Danser, a major Dutch container carrier and provider of logistics services, was acquired by Blue Ocean Capital, an investment company specializing in European port infrastructure. JBR and IMAP provided M&A services to the two parties.
In 1982 it was Danser founded in the Netherlands and today the company operates throughout Northwest Europe. It offers multimodal logistics solutions such as barge, rail, truck, project and ancillary services.
From the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, the container carrier transports cargo to various inland terminals including Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Nuremberg and Munich. In 2021, Danser carried more than 1.6 million TEU of cargo.
By now becoming part of Blue Ocean Capital, an investment company focused on transportation infrastructure and logistics real estate, Danser expects to solidify its position as an independent operator in the market while accelerating its growth, said CEO of Danser, Ben Maelissa.
Maarten van der Valk, Managing Director of Danser, added: "This move will allow us to continue, guarantee and further expand our services to customers and network partners."
For Blue Ocean Capital, the acquisition is in line with its strategy of investing in "attractive companies in an attractive and growing market," said Jacob Ingemann Olsen, Managing Partner at the investment firm. "We have followed the company with great interest and are pleased to be able to close this transaction. We very much look forward to being part of the next journey of Danser."
In addition to expanding Dansers fleet and service offerings, the investors will help the logistics company realize its decarbonization ambitions.
"We will work diligently to introduce green transportation solutions that will benefit the customers of Danser. We are in discussions with financial and technical partners who want to support and accelerate the green transition at Danser," said Tommy Moelgaard, Partner at Blue Ocean Capital.
Danserwas advised in the deal by M&A experts from IMAP. Erik Biesheuvel, the CFO of Danser, is very pleased with the support of the M&A experts.
"Looking back at the intensive cooperation of the past period, we can definitely conclude that we are happy with our choice. The IMAP team supported us both professionally and personally and guided us through the entire process. We are grateful for the good and pleasant cooperation."
Blue Ocean Capital was advised in the deal by JBR, which provided financial advisory and transaction support services. The deal team of the advisory firm was led by associate partner Onno Sloterdijk and further consisted of principal Rocher Hulstand consultant Gustian van der Linde.
Remarkably, JBR and Blue Ocean Capital previously sat opposite each other at the negotiating table. In January last year, JBR acted as a dealmaker in the sale of Rotterdam Shortsea Terminals to Blue Ocean Capital and its US partner Crestline Investors.