Boer & Croon Corporate Finance advised Active Ants in the sale of a majority stake to bpost

Boer & Croon Corporate Finance advised the shareholders of Active Ants in partnering with bpost as a shareholder. Both companies joined forces through a strategic cooperation with a clear mission: qualitative growth in cross-border e-commerce logistics.

Active Ants is a fast-growing e-fulfilment company based in the heart of the Netherlands: Nieuwegein. The company specialises in cross-border e-commerce logistics. With innovative solutions in the field of storage, order picking and packaging, Active Ants has established a head start in the efficient processing of e-commerce orders. Active Ants employs 179 people.

bpost is a postal operator in Belgium, offering a wide variety of products and services for letters and parcels. bpost’s core activity is the collection, sorting, transportation and delivery of letters and parcels. Every day, bpost’s employees deliver 8.1 million letters and 190,000 parcels to 4.7 million households in Belgium.

Bpost and its subsidiaries also develop activities in the proximity & convenience business. bpost is listed on Euronext Brussels and generated over 3 billion euros in revenues in 2017.

Boer & Croon Corporate Finance assisted Active Ants’ shareholders in their capacity as financial advisor.

Jean Lahaye, Managing Director and shareholder of Active Ants: “Boer & Croon Corporate Finance has provided us with excellent support throughout the process, from the initial explorations to the closing of the transaction. Particularly their continuous commitment to maximise the result for us shareholders on all fronts – independent of any self-interest from their behalf – struck as a pleasant surprise”.