STR Logistics Limited

SFP Completes Sale of Exeter-based Freight Transport Firm

Nationwide insolvency practitioner, SFP, has successfully completed the sale of the business and assets of STR Logistics Limited, an Exeter-based freight logistics company – securing jobs for 144 employees.

Formed in 2002, the business provided a range of services across the South-West of England, including home deliveries, pallet distribution, secure freight handling, contract management, and short-to-medium term storage. Following a buy-out, the Company’s turnover was on an upward trajectory increasing from £2.9m in the year to June 2020, to £3.7m in 2021 and £6.7m in 2022.

However, a combination of rising costs, including fuel and wages, a shortage of available spare parts, increased lead time for vehicles and the general downturn of the economy led to numerous trading difficulties and the accumulation of creditor arrears.

Professional guidance was sought in December 2022 and after options were considered for the business, a marketing campaign was undertaken to source a buyer as part of a restructure.  This provided benefits including protecting employees, maximising value for stakeholders and ensuring ongoing services for the client base.

Expressions of interest were attended to by SFP and professional valuation agency, Middleton Barton Asset Valuation. An agreement was ultimately reached with Devon & Cornwall Logistics Limited (DCL) and a sale completed on 31 January 2023.

David Kemp, Joint Administrator at SFP, says that in the face of very difficult circumstances, the sale achieved a constructive outcome: “The impact of record inflation and other economic constraints placed enormous pressure on STR logistics, which sustained irretrievable damage as a result.

“The sale to Devon and Cornwall Logistics Limited was the best solution to achieving the preferred outcome: the retention of STR Logistics employees, maximised value for stakeholders and ongoing services to the business’ valuable clients.”

Anthony Quinn, CEO of DCL, comments that DCL will continue to trade under the banner of STR and is primed to be the delivery expert of choice for the Southwest, and beyond: “Our new management team, improved corporate strategy and good old-fashioned excellent service will ensure this business can go from strength to strength.”

“Their communication and support throughout the whole process was outstanding, I would recommend their services should a business find itself in difficulty.”

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