FRANKFURT, June 23 (Reuters) – Auto transport agency Gefco has been put up on the market by homeowners Russian Railways (RZhD) and carmaker Stellantis (STLA.MI)in a deal anticipated to be value greater than 2 billion euros ($2.39 billion), folks near the matter mentioned.

The homeowners are working with JP Morgan (JPM.N) and Rothschild (ROTH.PA) on the divestiture, they mentioned, including potential consumers have already been requested to log their curiosity.

Gefco, its homeowners and the banks declined to remark.

Gefco is anticipated to put up earnings earlier than curiosity, taxation, depreciation and amortisation of 345 million euros on gross sales of 4.4 billion this 12 months, one of many sources mentioned.

In 2020, manufacturing unit and dealership closures and delayed purchases by shoppers because of the pandemic led to a 20% slide in turnover to three.8 billion euros, whereas recurring EBIT fell 32% to 140 million.

Automobile markets have since rebounded and European automotive registrations surged 74% in Could, rising for the third month in row.

Stellantis stays Gefco’s most important buyer, accounting for roughly half of its income, and has already flagged that it’s going to scale back its enterprise with Gefco, weighing on the corporate’s valuation, the folks mentioned.

Whereas many listed logistics friends commerce at greater than 10 instances their anticipated core earnings, Gefco is anticipated to be valued at considerably lower than 10 instances, one of many sources mentioned.

France’s PSA Group bought a 75% stake in Gefco to Russian Railways in 2012 for 800 million euros. PSA rebranded as Stellantis final 12 months after its merger with FCA.

Based in 1949, Gefco employs 11.500 workers in 47 nations. It tried to drift on Euronext in 2019, however needed to scrap plans on muted investor curiosity.

The corporate sells transport providers to Stellantis, Ford, Renault, Skoda and Toyota, but additionally different corporations reminiscent of Nestle and Electrolux.

In September, a worldwide cyberattack on Gefco made headlines and Gefco mentioned in its annual report revealed in Could that it made important progress in rolling out a brand new IT system.

Stellantis Chief Government Carlos Tavares has mentioned he would current a marketing strategy for Stellantis in late 2021 or early 2022, as he’s working to ship on a synergy goal of greater than 5 billion euros a 12 months.

Stellantis this month floated French used automotive group Aramis.

Russian Railways, initially deliberate to increase its logistics enterprise after shopping for Gefco, however just a few years later modified course, promoting Russian railway logistics container operator Transcontainer.

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Extra reporting by Giulio Piovaccari, Gilles Guillaume and Gleb Stolyarov; enhancing by Jason Neely

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