SAMARA CAPITAL AND XPONENTIA FUND PARTNERS TO ACQUIRE SPOTON LOGISTICS TO BUILD INDIA’S LEADING LOGISTICS PLATFORM

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Bangalore,  August 2018, INDIA: Spoton Logistics (www.Spoton.co.in), the fastest growing Pan-India express logistics company in India with an annualized revenue run rate in excess of Rs.600 Crore, today announced that it has partnered with a consortium of investors led by Samara Capital (www.samaracapital.com)and Xponentia Fund Partners to invest into and build out the next stage of growth.  Edelweiss was the exclusive financial advisor to the seller and the company for this deal.

 

“We are delighted to have the new investor group on board in the next phase of our journey towards excellence and leadership,” said Abhik Mitra, MD and CEO, Spoton Logistics, “Their support for strong management teams to run the company, whilst playing a key role as a value added partner focused on business strategy, internal controls, governance, financial management, and identifying and supporting growth opportunities, through business alliances and or M&A, will bring rich rewards to all. The existing Spoton leadership team will continue to drive and execute the next phase of Spoton’s growth strategy, working closely with the Samara and Xponentia Teams,” he added.

 

Spoton was set up in Jan 2012, when PE firm India Equity Partners acquired the road express business of multinational company TNT.  Since then, under CEO Abhik Mitra’s leadership, it has established a national network and grown to be recognized as a leading technology-led express logistics provider to over 4000 corporate and SME customers across industries.

 

“The Spoton Leadership team has done a fantastic job in building a defensible and profitable proposition in the opportunity rich logistics sector, which is seeing and will continue to see the tailwinds due to GST, e-way bill and other initiatives. Spoton’s success has been driven by strong corporate governance, an outstanding management team, supported by a Pan India network covering 20000 plus pin codes which is driven by global quality network engineering, led by technology and analytics. We look forward to partnering with them for an equally exciting second innings,” said Abhishek Kabra, Director of Samara Capital.

 

An entrepreneurially run private equity firm, Samara focuses on mid-market buyouts across sectors, in partnership with best-in-class management teams.

 

“We are excited to be part of Spoton’s journey to becoming a leading logistics company in India.  Abhik is leading an entrepreneurial management team that has leveraged technology to build scale and provide great customer service.  As the introduction of GST transforms the logistics industry in India, working with Samara and the management team, we see exciting possibilities to build SpotOn into a great company”, said Devinjit Singh, Managing Partner at Xponentia.

 

Xponentia is an India focused mid-market private equity firm that provides entrepreneurial management teams with capital & capabilities to build valuable businesses.

 

Samara and Xponentia’s partnership with Spoton is a win-win for all stakeholders for the company.  Spoton’s customers will benefit, as Spoton aggressively continues to expand its network, add new products and continue to deliver operational and service delivery excellence. New career and growth opportunities abound for employees and business partners whilst creating a perfect opportunity for Samara to build an excellent logistics platform delivering scale, growth and high profitability.

 

Spoton will continue to grow aggressively in the road express business and will remain the fastest growing player in this segment.  Additional service offerings such as air express cargo, 3rd party logistics (3PL) and speed trucking are also on the cards and detailed plans are being drawn up along with the Samara team.  Domestic air express will be the first new product to be launched and this should be completed by Q4 FY19.

 

Aided by the new investor group’s global network, Spoton also plans to explore business alliances with leading global logistics players to boost revenue and growth opportunities for the company.