Stagecoach Group PLC SGC Acquisition of bus operations in North Manchester

  Stagecoach Group PLC (SGC) - Acquisition of bus operations in North

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Stagecoach Group PLC
07 November 2012

7 November 2012

Stagecoach Group plc

              Acquisition of bus operations in North Manchester

Stagecoach Group plc ("Stagecoach") is pleased to announce that Greater
Manchester Buses South Ltd, a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Stagecoach,
has agreed to acquire the bus business and assets of private operator Bluebird
for a consideration of £2.0 million.

The business being acquired, which was founded in 1988, operates commercial
and supported bus services in North Manchester, employing approximately 80

In the 12 months to 31 January 2012, the business had revenues of £4.0
million, EBITDA of around £480,000 and an operating profit of around £330,000.

The purchase includes the leased depot site at Greengate in Middleton, as well
as approximately 40 vehicles.

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 Bluebird 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 South Ltd
business under TUPE arrangements.

The agreement commits Stagecoach to acquire the business only if clearance is
given by the Office of Fair Trading. If approved, Stagecoach expects the
acquisition to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.

Les Warneford, Managing Director of Stagecoach UK Bus, said: "This is a good
fit with our existing successful bus network in Greater Manchester. We believe
there is scope to develop the business and attract more customers to bus
travel through our good value fares and high quality of service."


Investors and analysts

Martin Griffiths, Finance Director​​​​
 01738 442111

Ross Paterson, Director of Finance & Company Secretary​01738


Steven Stewart, Director of Corporate Communications​ 07764

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