Network Services Company - completed acquisition of certain distribution agreements from NDD Distribution Pty Ltd

Acquirer(s)

  • Network Services Company

Target(s)

  • NDD Distribution Pty Ltd

Summary

On 1 August 2010 Network Services Company acquired a number of assets and client contracts of NDD Distribution Pty Ltd.

Market definition

The ACCC considered the completed acquisition in the context of the national market for magazine distribution services.

Competition analysis

The ACCC concluded that the completed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in the relevant markets. In forming this view, the ACCC had regard to a number of factors including:

- the competitive constraint posed by existing market participants, including Gordon & Gotch and Fairfax, along with smaller magazine distributors; and

- the threat of new entry by logistics service providers, which have pre-existing distribution routes, capital and infrastructure suitable for use in magazine distribution.

Timeline

DateEvent
24/08/2010ACCC commenced review under the Merger Review Process Guidelines.
07/09/2010Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
09/11/2010ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.