EV Cargo, the largest privately-owned logistics business in the UK, has completed a £150m debt financing with Investec.
The financing involved all operating businesses within the EV Cargo group – Adjuno, Allport Cargo Services, CM Downton, Jigsaw, NFT and Palletforce – and includes cash flow loans, fixed asset loans and receivables based working capital revolvers. It leaves EV Cargo well-placed for the next phase of growth, providing flexibility for future acquisitions and investment.
EV Cargo has grown its revenues to £870m and its operations now span more than 120 countries. In all, it boasts operations totalling 9 million sq ft of warehousing space and 20,000 delivery vehicles; a team of 5,000 UK based logistics professionals including 2,200 truck drivers; 175 UK operating centres and 18 overseas operations; and international logistics operations managing 200,000 containers of sea freight annually and 6 million kg air freight monthly.
The financing represents a further important milestone in the strategic relationship between EmergeVest, the private equity investor behind EV Cargo, and Investec.
Heath Zarin, CEO of EV Cargo and Founder of EmergeVest, said: “As EV Cargo continues to grow, we are pleased to see such a vote of confidence in our business. This provides us with significant investment capital and we look forward to further growth. Indeed, we are actively reviewing strategic M&A opportunities and expect to complete another acquisition in the near term. We are also increasing our investment in technology across EV Cargo, with an emphasis on data-driven predictive analytics.”
Paul Rablen of Investec said: “We are delighted to build further on our long-standing relationship with EmergeVest. We’ve been a supporter of their strategy since 2014, and it is great to see the EV Cargo businesses integrate and scale up as a supply chain and logistics powerhouse in the UK, Europe and Asia.”