Quantuma has advised on the sale of e-commerce delivery and fulfilment specialist International Logistics Group (ILG)
Business advisory firm Quantuma has advised on the sale of e-commerce delivery and fulfilment specialist International Logistics Group (ILG) to the UK division of global logistics provider Yusen Logistics.
Founded in West Sussex in 1990, ILG provides e-commerce warehousing, fulfilment and delivery services, with an added expertise in the fashion and beauty sectors. Underpinned by state of the art technology, ILG ships thousands of parcels daily to businesses and consumers.
The business has experienced significant growth over the last decade, quadrupling its facilities, which now offer over 175,000 square feet of warehousing, with over 220 employees serving more than 700 clients worldwide. ILG now has four offices in the UK, covering Crawley, Gatwick, East Grinstead and Burgess Hill, with plans for continued growth across the UK.
With 19 locations nationwide, Yusen Logistics UK is the UK division of the Japanese company of the same name. Its international network covers almost every country in the world, with regional headquarters based in Europe, Japan, East Asia, South Asia and Oceania, as well as the Americas, providing a truly global logistics service. By placing customers at the centre of its operations, Yusen Logistics has developed an integrated and tailored service for warehousing, distribution, freight forwarding and supply chain management services across its six core sectors: Aerospace, Automotive, Food, Healthcare, Retail and Technology.
The deal will enable ILG to tap into Yusen Logistics’ full end-to-end international supply chain services, providing additional expertise in customs brokerage, cross-border logistics and access to a further 82 locations with seven million square foot of warehousing across Europe. It also connects Yusen’s services with ILG’s specialist knowledge, people and infrastructure to provide end-to-end B2B and B2C supply chain solutions.
The transaction sees a full exit for private equity house Percipient Capital, who invested in ILG in 2015.
A corporate finance team at Quantuma, comprising partner Mark Lucas and director Fardeen Nariman, provided lead financial advice to ILG on the transaction.
Mark Lucas, partner at Quantuma, said: “Having led the initial Percipient buyout of ILG in 2015, it’s fantastic to see the growth of the business over the three years and the realisation of that initial investment. Working closely alongside Mike and the team at ILG, we were able to find the ideal strategic buyer to support the firm in the next stage of its development.
“Yusen Logistics, with its outstanding global pedigree, provides a considerable opportunity for ILG to expand into international markets and provide a full end-to-end service.”
Mike Stephenson, managing director at ILG, said: “This is an exciting time for ILG, with the opportunity to scale our business and work in partnership with a global logistic giant in Yusen. Mark and the team at Quantuma have done a brilliant job to find a buyer that fits perfectly with our business strategy, and understand the enormous growth potential to be unlocked.
“Our thanks must also go to Percipient Capital for the work they have done in the last three years, supporting the expansion of ILG and enabling the business to develop both in the UK and overseas. We look forward to beginning our new journey with Yusen and providing the highest quality service to our customers.”
Jason Gould, investment director at Percipient Capital, said: “ILG has developed a reputation as an innovator in global delivery services, making the company a great strategic fit for Yusen Logistics’ approach.
“Having worked with Mark on the initial transaction, we had every confidence that he and the Quantuma team would find the ideal buyer. We would like to thank Mike and ILG for their hard work, and wish them all the best for the future.”
Press contact for Quantuma & ILG:
Andy Haywood, MC2
0161 236 1352
Notes to Editors
Quantuma is a leading business advisory firm which works with businesses at the key milestones, delivering partner led solutions to help clients take advantage of opportunities and overcome a range of operational and financial challenges, enabling them to achieve their business objectives and ambitions. Offices in London, Southampton, Marlow, Watford, Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Ringwood and Weymouth.