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Transport & Logistics Barometer

M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances in the transport and logistics industry

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Ingo Bauer

Ingo Bauer
Transport & Logistics Leader at PwC Germany
Tel: +49 201 438-1107
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On this site you will find our semi-annual analyses on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances in the transport and logistics industry. “Transport & Logistics Barometer” is an elevated version of the former M&A Reports (until 2019). All issues are available for download here.

Digital transformation, new players, changing business models: transport and logistics are in a state of flux. What impact do deals have on the industry? How is digitalisation changing the face of an entire industry? With our Transport & Logistics Barometer, we provide answers – and not just to these questions. The Barometer provides a 360-degree view of the entire industry and analyzes what impact social change and global megatrends are having on the industry.

“In particular, courier, express and parcel services gained during the corona crisis as consumers increasingly turned to online purchases. Companies now have to look hard at decarbonisation solutions.”

Ingo Bauer, Transport & Logistics Leader at PwC Germany

2021 full-year analysis

Out of the crisis with an M&A record year

The transport and logistics industry is ending its second year of the corona crisis with a new record for mergers and acquisitions: Deals with a total value of $219.1 billion were announced in 2021. Strategic investors were particularly active, accounting for 44 percent of the mergers and transactions. Three quarters of the deals were in the freight transport and logistics sector.

The increasing requirements for sustainability and climate protection – in addition to strong freight prices – boosted the whole industry. The political requirements are being met by an industry that is not only willing to innovate and change but also experiment with new concepts and technologies.

There are major regional differences in the global venture capital market which is dominated by large transactions in Asia and the USA. Europe, on the other hand, lags behind. The major global players have so far been cautious to tap the VC market and have tended to participate in smaller financing transactions internationally.

Merger and acquisition activity is expected to continue at a high level in the current half-year.

Total: Number and total value of deals in the global transport and logistics industry
Freight: Number and total value of deals in the global transport and logistics industry
Passenger: 1.	Number and total value of deals in the global transport and logistics industry

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Ingo Bauer

Ingo Bauer

Transport & Logistics Industry Leader, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 201 438-1107

Dr. André Wortmann

Dr. André Wortmann

Partner, Leiter Maritimes Kompetenzzentrum, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 40 6378-1414

Dr. Peter Kauschke

Dr. Peter Kauschke

Director Transport and Logistics, Mobility, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 211 981-2167

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