21.02.22

nox NachtExpress is sold to Groupe Sterne by SSVP III

nox NachtExpress is sold to Groupe Sterne by SSVP III, a private equity fund advised by Orlando, creating a leading overnight critical logistics services provider in Europe

Langenfeld, 21 February 2022 – nox NachtExpress, a key player in overnight premium express delivery services in Europe, has been sold to Group Sterne, a leading French provider of critical logistics services. The newly created group will become a leading provider of overnight critical logistics services in Europe.

Founded in 1972, Groupe Sterne has established itself as a key European player in sustainable transport and premium multi-service logistics with a strong historical presence in France and a growing geographical footprint in Europe and Asia, with a network of quality partners. In addition to its well-established transport and overnight delivery services, the group has developed three complementary service solutions to better serve their customer base (time critical, urban, and express daylight delivery, aftermarket), as well as a best-in-class digital platform. In 2021, Groupe Sterne delivered strong results with 270 million euros of turnover.

nox NachtExpress is a leading European player in overnight express delivery services with market presence in Germany, Austria, and Benelux regions. The company operates more than 20 warehouses throughout Germany, employs around 1,000 people and delivered 280 million euros of turnover.

The newly created group will comprise over 80 warehouses in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, providing a diverse service offering to more than 6,000 shippers. The group will employ more than 2,200 people globally, providing ample resources to serve more than 100,000 customers per day with 3,000 delivery trips.

nox NachtExpress was acquired from the SSVP III, a private equity fund advised by Orlando. The proposed transaction should be completed during the second quarter of 2022, subject to the approval of the relevant administrative and regulatory authorities.

Daniel Desage, Executive Chairman of Groupe Sterne and Laurent De Rosnay, CEO of Groupe Sterne said:"This merger is major evolution for both groups, introduces a pan-European offer and further our strategic partnership with our clients. We aim to create new standards for critical services with an efficient and reliable high-speed network. We would like to extend a warm welcome to nox NachtExpress customers, employees and partner companies and look forward to the next chapter of our development together.”

"The complementary setup of our two companies will provide our existing customer base with new - previously unavailable – opportunities and services to optimize their supply chains. We remain committed to increasing the efficiency, quality and sustainability credentials of our service offering.", said Donald Pilz, CEO of nox NachtExpress.

About Groupe Sterne

Founded in 1972, Groupe Sterne is one of the French leaders in critical logistics services, specialising in high value-added and tailor-made services with 270 million euros revenue and 1,100 employees in 2021. Groupe Sterne offers its customers regular night and daily transport and logistics services as well as time critical unplanned delivery services. Groupe Sterne has a strong historical presence in France and has successfully expanded its geographical footprint through a growing local presence in European and Asian countries, as well as a global network of quality partners.

About nox NachtExpress

nox NachtExpress is the brand of Innight Express Germany GmbH, which was created in mid 2016 through the takeover of the overnight express business of the German TNT. The investor behind nox NachtExpress is the private equity fund Special Situations Venture Partners III (SSVP III), advised by Orlando. nox NachtExpress, headquartered in Langenfeld, Germany, employs over 1,000 people and has a turnover of around 280 million euros. Up to 160,000 packages are moved per night. Throughout Europe, the company operates either through its own national companies, such as in the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria, or through a network of cooperation partners. Every night, around 2,600 vehicles are on the road for nox NachtExpress throughout Europe. This makes the company Europe's largest service provider for the delivery of goods and spare parts, which are collected late in the evening and delivered on the next working day before the start of work - either before 8:00, 7:00 or 6:00 am.

Press contact

nox NachtExpress
Heike Steinmetz, +49 231 / 9 41 50 65 or +49 163 63 86 497, heike.steinmetz@verbalis.de