Common Ground advises on the investment of D2E in Trafuco, Transporter of the year 2015

Common Ground Corporate Finance is happy to announce that D2E has invested in Trafuco group, one of the largest Belgian transport businesses.

Common Ground Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive corporate finance advisor to Trafuco group.

The merger and acquisition market in the transport and logistical sector is definitely on the up. The main objectives are consolidation, geographical expansion and vertical and horizontal specialisation. This year, the total value of acquisition transactions in the transport market will exceed 60 billion dollars. This transaction fits perfectly with Trafuco’s buy&build strategy.

Trafuco realised a turnover of € 27.5 million and € 4 million EBITDA with 220 employees, 170 vehicles, 350 trailers and 4 barges. It works exclusively with its own transport equipment and its own staff on a Belgian payroll.

For D2E, an independent private equity investor, Trafuco is the ideal platform and an ideal growth partner for the specialist transport market, which is currently embarking on the globalisation process. D2E will support Trafuco to achieve an increase in scale and tap into new markets, while giving the freedom to keep doing business the Trafuco way.

Marc Van den Broeck CEO and shareholder of Trafuco group : “Common Ground listened to our specific needs and understood our unique positioning. In approaching the market, they proved to be very flexible and have been able to translate our specific approach and value-added to interested investors. The perfect collaboration with the knowledgeable partners from Common Ground, is in my view the basis for this highly satisfying result.”

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