Stagecoach Group PLC SGC Acquisition of Wigan bus operations

  Stagecoach Group PLC (SGC) - Acquisition of Wigan bus operations

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Stagecoach Group PLC
31 October 2012




31 October 2012



Stagecoach Group plc



Acquisition of Wigan bus operations from First Manchester Limited



Stagecoach Group plc ("Stagecoach") is pleased to announce that Greater
Manchester Buses East Limited, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of
Stagecoach, has agreed to acquire the Wigan bus business and assets from First
Manchester Limited ("First") for a consideration of £12 million.



The business being acquired operates commercial bus services and a small
number of school contracts, employing approximately 300 people.



In the 12 months to 31 March 2012, the business had revenues of £13.2 million,
EBITDA of £2.2 million and an operating profit of £1.5 million.



The purchase includes the owned Locket Road depot in Wigan, as well as some
leased premises in Wigan bus station, staff facilities and approximately 120
vehicles. Around 20 of the vehicles are owned by Transport for Greater
Manchester, mostly as part of school contract operations.



The acquisition will allow Stagecoach to expand its successful bus operations
in the Greater Manchester region, where it already operates around 630 buses
and employs 1,850 staff.



The Wigan operations will become part of Stagecoach Manchester, which carries
nearly 100 million passengers a year and is led by Managing Director Chris
Bowles.



Staff will transfer to Stagecoach's Greater Manchester Buses East Limited
business under TUPE arrangements.



Stagecoach expects the acquisition to be completed in early December 2012.



Les Warneford, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: "We have a strong
track-record of attracting more people to bus travel and these new operations
will expand our successful high-quality operations in other parts of Greater
Manchester.



"We will continue to focus on providing customers with the best value fares of
any major bus operator in the UK, investing in our networks and delivering
punctual and reliable services.



"Our people are central to our growth plans and we look forward to welcoming
our new employees to the company."



ENDS



Investors and analysts



Martin Griffiths, Finance Director

01738 442111



Ross Paterson, Director of Finance & Company Secretary

01738 442111



Media



Steven Stewart, Director of Corporate Communications

07764 774680

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