All-Share Combination between National Express and Stagecoach now lapsed

20 May 2022 6:15 PM

The Board of National Express notes the announcement by DWS that its offer for Stagecoach is now unconditional. As such, National Express confirms that the all-share combination with Stagecoach has now lapsed.

The Board of National Express looks forward to continuing to execute its Evolve Strategy as a stand-alone business, with a differentiated position in the sector driven by:

  • a uniquely diversified and balanced international portfolio;
  • leading positions and high market share in attractive and growing international markets; and
  • significant opportunities to compound growth through organic and inorganic expansion and multi-modal in-market consolidation, in particular in its North American and ALSA businesses.

The National Express Board has full conviction its stand-alone targets of:

  • at least £1 billion of revenue growth from 2022 to 2027;
  • at least £100 million of profit growth from 2022 to 2027, with an operating profit margin averaging around 9% over the coming years; and
  • at least £1.25 billion of free cash between 2022 and 2027 inclusive, with average cash conversion over 80%.

As set out in its trading statement on 26 April 2022, the business has made an encouraging start to the year, with revenue recovering to 2019 levels and improving through the first quarter. Looking ahead, we anticipate a further recovery in demand over the balance of the year.

 

Enquiries:

National Express

  Chris Davies, Chief Financial Officer

+44 (0) 121 460 8655

  Louise Richardson, Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0) 7827 807766

  Maitland/amo

 

  Neil Bennett

+44 (0) 20 7379 5151

  James McFarlane

+44 (0) 7584 142665

 

About National Express

National Express is a leading mass transit provider with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, North America, continental Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

 

 

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