Japanese rail company Shin-Keisei bought
Shin-Keisei, a high-speed rail operator in Japan, will be acquired by Keisei Electric Railway, a larger rail operator in the country.
Why it matters: Both railway companies have been struggling financially as Japan's population ages, the companies state in a letter to existing shareholders. The consolidation could be a preview of public transportation in countries with similar demographics.
Details: Keisei will be the singular owner of Shin-Keisei once the share exchange is completed, the letter states.
- The exchange is expected to finalize by August 29 but was approved by both boards Thursday.
- Shares of Shin-Keisei will convert to .81 shares of Keisei stock once completed.
- The deal values Shin-Keisei at roughly $228 million, based on Keisei's stock value at close on Thursday. Shin-Keisei had a market cap of roughly $194 million at close on Thursday.
- Keisei is currently a stakeholder in Shin-Keisei, owning roughly 44% of the company.
Context: Keisei operates several subsidiaries in logistics, hospitality and transportation. Adding Shin-Keisei would bolster its transportation offerings and operational rail lines.
- Keisei lost 26.33 million yen (~$201,ooo) in fiscal year ending March 2022, but forecasts a rebound to profitability in 2023 in its shareholder letter.
The bottom line: The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on public transportation companies globally due to decreased ridership and increased costs associated with safety measures.
- Look for more consolidation to come.