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Royal Mail: Billionaire offers to buy shareholders shares

Royal Mail: Billionaire offers to buy shareholders shares
Royal Mail: Billionaire offers to buy shareholders shares

Royal Mail’s current and previous staff have been asked to sell their shares to Czech billionaire, Daniel Křetínský. 

Just days ago, a claim on behalf of Bulk Mail Claim Limited (BMCL) was filed against Royal Mail for £878m ($1.113 billion). This follows a class action filed by 290,000 of its members, claiming they were overcharged.

Royal Mail as an investment 

Often companies will look to purchase other entities for their investment potential. We have seen Royal Mail sail choppy waters in recent months, with a fine from UK regulatory board Ofcom. But, acquisitions also offer the investor to turn things around with revenue potential it offers. 

What strategic advantage can EPH aim to gain from its acquisition of Royal Mail?

By buying Royal Mail, a new owner can diversify its business, tap into the growing online shopping market. It can also use Royal Mail’s valuable assets and strong market position to gain long-term benefits.

Who is Daniel Křetínský? 

Daniel Křetínský the founder of EP Global Commerce and owns 53% of the company. It is headquartered in Prague.

The businessman is also chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of EPH, a leading central European energy group. Here he is responsible for strategy, key HR issues, and major negotiations, including top mergers and acquisitions.

He is also chairman of the Board of Czech Media Invest, which focuses on media assets in Central and Western Europe. Additionally, he is a significant shareholder and Chairman of the football club AC Sparta Prague and holds a stake in West Ham United F.C.

Before 2009, Křetínský worked for the Czechoslovak investment group J&T, joining in 1999 as a lawyer and later taking over asset management projects. By 2003, he became a partner responsible for the corporate finance department in the Czech Republic and the energy sector.

Successful transformation of postal operations

Here are some success stories of transforming postal services:  

  • The privatization of Deutsche Bundespost in 1989, which led to the creation of Deutsche Post DHL. 
  • Swiss Post has also been on an acquisition mission. Last year, it announced it would acquire Swiss logistics companies Quickmail and Quickpac, thereby growing Swiss Post’s own logistics capabilities. 
  • Dutch postal service PostNL successfully executed acquisitions to strengthen its market position. The company completed a takeover of TNT Express. 

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Photo Credit: Royal Mail (Facebook)

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.

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