Linfox Armaguard - proposed acquisition of Brinks Australia's cash logistics business

Acquirer(s)

  • Linfox Armaguard

Target(s)

  • Brinks Australia Pty Ltd

Summary

Linfox Armaguard (Armaguard) proposed to acquire the cash logistics business of Brink's Australia (Brinks).

Market definition

The ACCC assessed the effects of the proposed acquisition in the context of state-based markets for the supply of armoured carrier services in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.

The ACCC's assessment of the product dimension and geographic dimension of the relevant markets was based on the competitive overlap between the merger parties.

Product dimension - Armaguard and Brinks overlap in the supply of armoured carrier services. The ACCC found that for certain customer segments there was some substitution between armoured and non-armoured services. However, as the proposed acquisition was not likely to substantially lessen competition in a market for the supply of armoured carrier services, it was not necessary to determine the extent of competitive constraint imposed by non-armoured providers.

Geographic dimension - As cash logistics services involve the physical transportation and processing of cash, customers require a provider with a physical presence in the customer's state. Brinks provides these services in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia. Therefore, the ACCC considered the effect of the proposed acquisition on the supply of armoured carrier services in these states.

Competition analysis

The ACCC considered that the proposed acquisition was not likely to substantially lessen competition in any relevant market. The ACCC considered that the presence of existing competitors would provide an ongoing competitive constraint on the merged entity post-acquisition in the relevant markets. The ACCC also noted that large customers appear to possess significant bargaining power.

Timeline

DateEvent
30/05/2014ACCC commenced review under the Merger Process Guidelines.
19/06/2014Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
24/06/2014ACCC requested further information from merger parties.
02/07/2014ACCC received further information from merger parties.
08/07/2014ACCC requested further information from merger parties.
15/07/2014ACCC received further information from merger parties.
24/07/2014ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.