As part of the development of its Fleet & Mobility Solutions in Europe, Edenred has signed an agreement to acquire EBV Finance, which specializes in tax refunds for European transportation companies. The Group will transfer to EBV Finance the assets of its Danish subsidiary Nikosax, which specializes in the same field as EBV Finance. Following the transaction, Edenred will own 60% of the combined entity .
Since 2015, EBV Finance has provided European transportation companies with refund services for VAT and excise duties paid on certain expenses, such as fuel and tolls, to simplify management and improve profitability for the companies. Thanks to these services, EBV Finance’s 1,500 clients, located mainly in Eastern and Northern Europe, can request a refund for the taxes in 31 European countries. EBV Finance has recorded profitable, double-digit growth for several years. Together, EBV Finance and Nikosax are expected to generate revenue of around €13 million in 2019.
The European tax refund market for transportation companies represents business volumes of close to €4 billion , with specialist businesses such as EBV Finance and Nikosax managing more than half of the total. The market is expected to continue delivering sustained growth over the coming years, notably driven by a trend to outsource more of this type of operation. Edenred has been active in the market since 2015, through UTA and its subsidiary Nikosax. With the integration of EBV Finance, the Group is significantly strengthening its position.
The transaction will enable Edenred to leverage not only scale effects and operating synergies, but also EBV Finance’s expertise and positioning in a buoyant market. For its part, EBV Finance will be able to take advantage of Edenred’s Europe-wide footprint and broad client base in the region.
The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant competition authorities. It will be accretive to net profit, Group share from year one. Closing is slated for early 2020.
“We are particularly proud to welcome EBV Finance’s teams to the Edenred Group. By integrating EBV Finance, we will be able to offer our transportation company clients a simple, efficient solution for claiming back a number of taxes paid across Europe. This transaction is a good fit with the Group’s strategy of strengthening its offering of value-added services in the Fleet & Mobility Solutions segment,” said Antoine Dumurgier, Chief Operating Officer, Fleet & Mobility Solutions at Edenred.
“We are very pleased to be joining forces with Edenred, a fast-growing, global group and a leading player in Fleet & Mobility Solutions. By combining the expertise of our teams with Edenred’s outstanding reach, we will be able to step up our development in the tax refund market for transportation companies in Europe,” said Marius Svidinskas, Managing Director of EBV.