Districon is the leading and largest supply chain solutions firm in the Netherlands, providing consultancy, IT solutions and (interim) professionals. The company serves a broad range of public and private customers, including SMEs and multinationals across multiple end-markets. Districon brings unique knowledge of optimising logistics networks, warehousing, transport, (air) cargo, inventory planning and control for clients while using distinctive digital solutions. The company expects to realise revenue growth in 2022 together with its 80+ employees.
About Royal HaskoningDHV
Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent company dating from 1881 integrating engineering, design, consultancy, software and technology to deliver more added value for clients. Backed by the expertise of almost 6,000 colleagues working from offices in more than 25 countries across the world, the company is helping clients with challenges ranging from climate change and digital transformation to changing customer demands and the energy transition.
About the sale
Manufacturers, distributors and supporting organisations see increasing challenges and opportunities in their chain from raw materials to consumer, including scarcity, changing consumer demands, sustainability and digitalisation. Royal HaskoningDHV foresees significant opportunities to deepen and extend its service offering with the acquisition of Districon. With Districon, both companies can now offer a comprehensive portfolio consisting of strategic, financial and sustainability consultancy, digital services, process consultancy and engineering, program and project management, technical expertise and extensive domain knowledge. As a result, both companies are better able to fully support their clients in their entire logistics and production chain. The sale of Districon to Royal HaskoningDHV was finalised on 5 April 2022.
CFI’s role in the process
At CFI, we were asked by Districon to orchestrate the sales process and bring together management, shareholders and Royal HaskoningDHV. CFI initiated the contacts, discussions and negotiations that resulted in the sale of Districon to Royal HaskoningDHV. After the agreement on terms, CFI subsequently coordinated the extensive due diligence to successfully complete the transaction. In this process, day-to-day management team of Districon was supported by CFI in a constructive, pragmatic and proficient way, streamlining and guiding shareholders and current management throughout the entire M&A process while minimising disruptions.
Jeroen Kiks, Managing Director of Districon commented: ‘We know the people at CFI already for a long time and have benefited in this process from a strong, open and trusted relationship. Throughout the entire process, CFI successfully safeguarded the interests of the various shareholders and current management. We are excited about this outcome and also about the prospects of working together with Royal HaskoningDHV. With this partnership, we have the opportunity to realise the next step in our growth and serve our customers through the entire supply chain, providing them the excellent service level they are accustomed to.’
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