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National Express Group PLC
22 June 2021

National Express Group PLC

22 June 2021


Acquisition of Transportes Rober


National Express is pleased to announce the acquisition of Transportes Rober (Rober) in Spain for headline consideration of €13 million, which represents 2.6 times EBITDA.


The acquisition of Rober, which has operated the urban bus contract in Granada for more than 20 years, represents a further step in consolidating the regional and urban bus markets, a strategy which ALSA has successfully executed in Galicia, the Basque Region and Leon amongst others. Granada is a major hub for long haul connections and builds on ALSA's existing urban business in Almeria and regional services, consolidating our leadership position in Andalusia with a combined fleet of 650 vehicles and 1,900 employees.


Trading performance across the group continues to improve, slightly ahead of management expectations, and we have continued to win new contracts, notably in corporate shuttle both in North America and the UK. We will give a further update with the interim results on July 29.


Ignacio Garat, CEO of National Express said "I am delighted that in addition to maintaining tight control on costs, we are able to focus on growth and continue our successful 'consolidate and compound' strategy. The acquisition of Rober adds another revenue-protected contract to ALSA, consolidating its leadership position in another region, further diversifying its revenue streams and delivering operational synergies".


Francisco Iglesias, CEO of ALSA said "The consolidation of regional and urban services in Andalusia will reinvigorate public transport across the region making it more attractive and easier to use".




National Express Group PLC

Chris Davies, Chief Financial Officer

0121 460 8655

Louise Richardson, Head of Investor Relations

07827 807766



Neil Bennett

020 7379 5151

James McFarlane

07584 142 665


About National Express

National Express is a leading mass transit provider with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, North America, continental Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.



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