So, DPW bought
This was somehow approved without any review anyone can recall and Dubya has his knickers in a twist 'cause congress critters are getting uppity and saying mean things about Dubai.
We're talking 6 large east coast ports. This, by the way, goes back to november 2005, and Dubai was competing with a Singapore company for the rights. We're not just talking US ports, BTW, but also Canadian (Vancouver) and European ports.
Now DPW is backed by oil cash and Dubai is sitting on a lot of money with no place to invest.
Maybe they're anticipating lucrative US Army contracts with synergy with Asian ports they also own...
But, here is P&O 2004 financial report shows that while the port profits are strong, at 150 million pounds and growing, compared with 170 million pounds for PO as a whole, only 10% of the profit came from the US ports. Quite frankly the US operations suck, and are underproductive, the profit is mostly from Asian ports!
So, solution: it would actually pay for DPW to cut out the US ports and just take over the rest of P&O ports worldwide. It is good business and gets them and their buddies out of a political jam. Win-win? Who could say no?
PS - DPW is paying over the odds for P&O, and the port operations are the most profitable division from the looks of it.
Now, cash earning investments are hard to find right now, but DPW must anticipate significant increases in profit to make the deal worthwhile - or they think the can signficantly cut operation costs on current faciltiies.
After all, the market rationally valued P&O at half that price 6 months ago...
Curious - DP World intends to pay for P&O using bonds raised on the financial markets, but are also mentioned as being very cash rich.
Company was only created in Sep 2005, and immediately moved to take over P&O. Curious
Again, maybe they are anticipating synergy with increased traffic between the ports they already own, like in the Middle East, and the East Coast ports - lots of preloaded containers to rush over, money no object.
Here is the DP World web site - they have no US presence and negligible European presence currently - from a business perspective they may in fact get synergy with their current Asian and African operations. Except having East Coast ports is bizarre, their synergy would be with West Coast US ports. Latin American presence is small, Venezuela and Dominican Rep. Hm, they bought into Hong Kong and Qingdao last year, just after buying CSX Terminals in the US, ah, that is how they became a global operator.. That is very aggressive acquisition. Also bought a greenfield site in Turkey for port development in Nov 2005. CSX was done on credit as well, where does their reputation for being cash rich come from?
They are partners with Jafza - some sort of free-trade zone consultants
And some company called "Crane Services" - makes sense but can't find them. Ah, it is a deal with Konecranes (Finnish?!) and Kanoo group of UAE - so DPW vertically integrates, they set up the dockside cranes as well as manage operations.
This company became an international operator in little more than a year by buying up existing companies and consolidating them, as an entity they have very little port operation experience.
The Kanoo group looks interesting - they do a bit of everything, shipping, travel, security, oil, machinery...