Deutsche Bahn starts DB Schenker sale process

19. December 2023, 09:30 o'Clock

Article: Deutsche Bahn starts DB Schenker sale process

Transparent process for potential buyers announced • Focus on DB's core business with more growth for rail transport in Germany

Deutsche Bahn AG has launched the sale process for its logistics subsidiary DB Schenker. The DB Group has issued an official announcement today laying out an open and non-discriminatory process for the sale of the shares. The condition for a sale is that it must have apparent economic advantages for Deutsche Bahn in all respects.

The international logistics market offers excellent prospects for long-term growth. As one of the world's top 4 logistics companies, DB Schenker has a solid position within the market. DB Schenker has contributed very positively to the DB Group's economic growth over the years. However, the DB subsidiary will need more capital and flexibility for its own growth.

The DB Group will retain all proceeds from a sale, a large part of which will be used to reduce debt. A sale would significantly accelerate Deutsche Bahn's focus on its core business and the implementation of the Strong Rail strategy. Deutsche Bahn has already completed or contractually agreed the sale of several of its business units in foreign markets and would be taking another big step by letting go of DB Schenker. Our goal is to serve the climate, people and the economy by substantially increasing the cargo and passenger volumes handled by eco-friendly rail services. 

In December 2022, the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG assigned DB's Management Board the task of examining the case and preparing for a potential sale of its entire shares in DB Schenker. The final decision on a sale of DB Schenker will be based on a separate resolution adopted by the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG at the end of the sale process. The process is also subject to general capital market developments.

Compared to its competitors, DB Schenker has a strong position in all the relevant industry sectors – land, air and ocean freight – and in comprehensive and specialized logistics solutions. With some 76,600 employees at over 1,850 locations in more than 130 countries, the company is one of the world's leading logistics providers.