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Indonesian Shipping Firm Meratus Weighing $2 Billion Sale, Sources Say

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July 13, 2023

By Manuel Baigorri and Elffie Chew (Bloomberg) —

Indonesian logistics and marine shipping business Meratus is exploring a sale of the business amid interest from prospective investors, according to people familiar with the matter.

Meratus is working with a financial adviser on the sale plans, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is private. The closely-held business is seeking a valuation of about $2 billion, the people said.

Investment funds and other companies in the industry have shown preliminary interest in the business, the people said. Deliberations are at an early stage and no final decision has been made, they added.

A representative for Meratus Group didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tracing its history to 1957, Meratus counts more than 60 strong vessels and over 500 trucks operating in over 45 routes, according to its website. Based in Surabaya, Indonesia, the company expanded service to Papua New Guinea in February and launched its direct China Indonesia Express route last year.

–With assistance from Fathiya Dahrul.

© 2023 Bloomberg L.P.

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