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Pitney Bowes to Buy Newgistics to Expand Ecommerce Services

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Pitney BowesPitney Bowes is expanding its ecommerce capabilities with the acquisition of Newgistics. The $475 million deal will help Pitney Bowes deliver a broader range of ecommerce and parcel-management solutions to retailers, small- and medium-sized businesses, and enterprise clients. Newgistics has nearly 500 retail clients and is best known for its returns-processing capabilities.

Pitney Bowes also announced the opening of a new Presort Services Operating Center in Huntington Beach, California that will further expand its entry into the U.S. domestic parcels space. This will be the second high-speed parcel sortation center in the Pitney Bowes Presort Services network.

Press release follows:

Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Newgistics, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based provider of parcel delivery, returns, fulfillment and digital commerce solutions for retailers and ecommerce brands.

The acquisition will accelerate Pitney Bowes’ expansion into the U.S. domestic parcels market at scale, enabling the company to deliver a broader range of consumer-focused ecommerce and parcel management solutions to retailers, small and medium businesses, and enterprise clients. This transaction is consistent with the company’s capital allocation practice to prioritize investments to optimize long-term shareholder value.

“Newgistics fits uniquely at the intersection of our parcel growth strategies and will accelerate the overall transformation of Pitney Bowes,” said Marc B. Lautenbach, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pitney Bowes. “This acquisition – combined with recent innovations in mailing and shipping for SMB clients, organic growth of our Global Ecommerce business, and expansion of our presort and parcel services network – definitively anchors Pitney Bowes in a growing space and vastly increases the value we can deliver for our clients.”

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Pitney Bowes will purchase all shares of the privately held company for approximately $475 million. The acquisition of Newgistics meets all of the financial criteria for acquisitions that the Company has previously presented. The transaction is expected to close by late third or early fourth quarter subject to customary closing conditions. It is Pitney Bowes’ intention to continue to operate the businesses as independent units through the remainder of 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018 to avoid any disruptions during the busy holiday shipping season.

Newgistics, best known for its returns-processing capabilities, provides a range of ecommerce solutions on behalf of nearly 500 retail clients. It is a workshare partner of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and processes nearly 100 million parcels annually, including more than 50 percent of all Parcel Returns Select packages shipped through the USPS. It’s parcel services and ecommerce logistics network includes nine operating centers and an asset-light national transportation network of more than 50 partners.

“We’re excited about joining the Pitney Bowes team,” said Todd Everett, CEO, Newgistics. “Pitney Bowes is a company that shares our values – a company we can trust with our reputation, our clients and our employees. By adding our capabilities, Pitney Bowes will deliver even more value and a broader range of ecommerce and shipping solutions to our collective client base.”

Newgistics adds to Pitney Bowes’ growing list of physical and digital ecommerce and parcel services capabilities, including:

– a national network of Presort Services Operating Centers, which processes more than 15 billion letters and parcels annually;

– the industry’s most proven, capable and scalable end-to-end Global Ecommerce solution that can handle all facets of enterprise retail cross-border expansion; and

– a nearly 100-year old relationship with the USPS, including the USPS’s largest national workshare partnership and technology integrations that have enabled new innovations like SendPro C-Series, the next generation office sending solution for SMBs.

In addition to the acquisition of Newgistics, Pitney Bowes announced the opening of a new Presort Services Operating Center in Huntington Beach, California that will further expand its entry into the U.S. domestic parcels space. This will be the second high-speed parcel sortation center in the Pitney Bowes Presort Services network. Another center is located in San Francisco.

“Shipping will drive the next phase of our transformation. Parcel volume has increased 48 percent globally over the past two years and is expected to grow another 17 to 28 percent between 2017 and 2021. Today’s announcement of the SendPro C-Series family of products and shipping solutions, combined with the acquisition of Newgistics, and the expansion of our parcel services business strengthens our presence in the shipping and sending market,” said Lautenbach.

SOURCE: Pitney Bowes Press Release

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