Carlyle Congratulates ANE on its HKEX Listing
Hong Kong, November 11, 2021 – ANE (the “Company”), a leading express freight network in China’s less-than-truckload (“LTL”) market, today debuted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange raising HK$1,009 million as the Company continues to focus on serving its core objectives of strengthening its leadership position, accelerating consolidation in China’s LTL industry, and sustaining its strong, profitable growth in the years to come.
The consumption upgrade, an accelerated digitalisation of commerce and trade, and the evolving commerce landscape in China has prompted a rapid digitalisation of the entire supply chain system encompassing manufacturing, distribution and online offline omni-channel retail. The increased adoption of digital commerce and trade in China has resulted in faster turnover of inventory. In turn, this has generated significant demand in the market for timely, comprehensive and reliable LTL services with nationwide coverage. To meet this demand, ANE has built an innovative freight partner platform model, which is highly scalable and cost-effective, backed by leading technology solutions at all stages of the process.
In addition, ANE has established a sustainable and self-reinforcing ecosystem comprising of its freight partners, agents and shippers. By December 31, 2020, the Company had collaborated with approximately 26,400 freight partners and agents to serve shippers across approximately 96% of the counties and townships in China. ANE’s express freight network was able to reach a diverse and well-balanced end-customer base of over 3.6 million shippers in 2020 across the entire commerce landscape in China.
Carlyle invested into ANE through Carlyle Asia Partners IV in June 2015.
Ling Yang, a Managing Director of the Carlyle Asia advisory team, congratulated the Company: “With its market leading position and nationwide network, we believe ANE is well-positioned to capture the growing demand for LTL and develop high growth regions, industries and shipper groups. The Company is capable of expanding its product offerings to meet the continuously changing customer needs brought through e-commerceindustrial upgrade, omni-channel and supply chain evolution. We are excited to support ANE’s strong management team as they continue to drive growth in China and we are proud to back the Company as it celebrates this significant milestone.”
Carlyle has a well-established history of investing in the industrial and transportation sector, globally investing over US$33 billion of equity as of September 30, 2021, with approximately US$4 billion of this in Asia. Carlyle seeks opportunities in companies with strong disruptive technologies that have captured an early lead or a product niche, with the opportunity to transform these businesses into industry or geographic leaders. Carlyle’s Asia investments include Delhivery Private Ltd., JD Logistics, Atotech, Tongyi Lubricant, among others.
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