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NZX Announcement – Freightways acquires Australian Information Management company

NZX Announcement – Freightways acquires Australian Information Management company

04 December 2014
Freightways acquires Australian Information Management company

Freightways Limited (Freightways) has extended its presence in the Australian information management market with the purchase of LitSupport Pty Ltd (LitSupport), which provides electronic and physical evidence management services to the legal industry from a network of offices in the major Australian capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

LitSupport's services include:

  • Electronic Document Services - litigation support, data hosting, objective coding, electronic materials processing (ESI processing), forensic data services;
  • Bureau Services - photocopying, scanning, printing, onsite court copying/uplifting of subpoenaed documents, preparation of court and appeal books and ESI processing and
  • Other Services - general printing, copying and scanning services to government departments, financial services institutions and other corporate and commercial organisations.

LitSupport has been acquired by Freightways' wholly-owned subsidiary The Information Management Group Pty Ltd (TIMG). LitSupport's suite of services complements those of TIMG and positions TIMG higher on the service chain of the legal industry, in particular, but also for government and corporate Australia. The acquisition is effective immediately.

The purchase price for LitSupport includes an initial payment of A$17.1 million and a potential earnout payment of up to A$12.9 million based on its FY2017 financial performance. It is expected that in its first 12 months of Freightways' ownership, LitSupport will generate revenue of A$17 million and earnings (operating profit) before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of A$3.8 million. Capital expenditure applicable to this acquisition in the coming year is expected to be approximately A$0.2 million. This acquisition is expected to be immediately EPS (earnings per share) positive.

Freightways operates in the express package & business mail and information management markets. This acquisition is consistent with Freightways' strategy to develop growth opportunities that complement its existing capabilities.

For further information please contact:
Dean Bracewell Managing Director Freightways Limited
Ph: (09) 571 9672 Fax: (09) 571 9671

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