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DGAP-News: VTG participates in acquisition of Slovak State Railway Freight Operator (ZSSK CARGO) wagons

VTG Aktiengesellschaft / Key word(s): Investment

2015-03-09 / 14:18

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VTG participates in acquisition of Slovak State Railway Freight Operator (ZSSK CARGO) wagons

- Joint venture with the Slovak State Rail Freight Operator (ZSSK CARGO) and a group of investors

- The Slovak State Railway sells approx. 12,000 standard freight wagons to the joint venture

- Acquisition of the fleet planned via independent financing

- The transaction facilitates ZSSK CARGO capital procurement

- The VTG Group's knowledge and market position is decisive for winning this tender

Hamburg, March 9, 2015. VTG Aktiengesellschaft (WKN: VTG999), one of Europe's leading wagon hire and rail logistics companies, the ZSSK CARGO and another investor are participating in the launch of Cargo Wagon a.s., a company founded in order to acquire the Slovak State Rail Freight Operator's fleet. ZSSK CARGO will retain 34 percent of the shares, while VTG and the group of investors will each acquire 33 percent. The parties are jointly investing a total of EUR seven million in the equity of the company. Cargo Wagon a.s. will receive additional funding from an international banking syndicate.

"We are delighted that our freight wagon management expertise can help ZSSK CARGO to take a major step forward with respect to their competitive ability and capital efficiency," explains Dr. Heiko Fischer, CEO of VTG Aktiengesellschaft. He adds: "This is the first sale-and-leaseback transaction of any state railway wagon fleet in Europe. It could be the prelude to a fundamental redefinition of the investment and risk partnership between wagon hire companies and railway undertakings which dates back several decades. VTG is optimally prepared for any developments in this regard as a railway partner."

The basis for VTG's involvement in Cargo Wagon and, with it, the acquisition of ZSSK CARGO's freight cars, was the Slovakian Ministry for Transport's Europe-wide tender in 2014. VTG's new acquisition, AAE, was awarded the contract. Negotiations about the participation began in the previous year and were concluded today with the signing of the transaction. 8,200 wagons will be hired back to ZSSK CARGO. Implementation will only be possible upon approval from the relevant antitrust authorities.

This transaction signifies a continuation of the longstanding cooperation between AAE and the Slovak State Railway companies. In 2001 and 2006, approximately 1,000 wagons were purchased from ŽSR, the state-owned railway infrastructure company in Slovakia, and ZSSK CARGO, refurbished and rented back to them.

About VTG:

VTG Aktiengesellschaft is one of Europe's leading wagon hire and rail logistics companies, with a fleet consisting of more than 80,000 railcars. VTG offers a full-range service, providing tank cars, intermodal wagons, standard freight wagons and sliding wall wagons. In addition to the hiring of wagons, the Group offers comprehensive multi-modal logistics services, mainly around rail transport, and global tank container transports.

With the combination of its three interlinked divisions Railcar, Rail Logistics and Tank Container Logistics, VTG offers its customers a high-performance platform for international transport of their freight. The Group has many years of experience and specific expertise, in particular in the transport of liquid and sensitive goods. Its customers include numerous well-known companies from almost every industrial sector, for example the chemical, petroleum, automotive, paper and agricultural industries.

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