Transpacific Industries Group Ltd - acquisition of Earthpower Technologies Sydney Pty Ltd

Acquirer(s)

  • Transpacific Industries Group Ltd

Target(s)

  • Earthpower Technologies Sydney Pty Ltd

Summary

Transpacific acquired 50% of the shares in Earthpower Technologies Sydney Pty Ltd (Earthpower). Veolia acquired the remaining 50% of the shares of Earthpower.

Market definition

The regional NSW market for the supply of organic waste collection services, waste disposal services, and the generation of electricity from organic waste.

Competition analysis

On the 2 November 2007, the ACCC decided not to oppose the acquisition by Transpacific of the business and assets of Earthpower.

The ACCC considered the information provided by Transpacific and other information available to it. Based on that information, the ACCC did not consider that the acquisition would result in a substiantial lessening of competition in the relevant markets. The main factors that informed this view included that:

* it was unlikely that the acquisition by Transpacific of Earthpower's relatively small-scale business and operations would result in the removal of a significant source of competitive constraint in the relevant markets;
* it was unlikely that Transpacific had the incentive or ability to foreclose the supply of waste collection and transport services in the NSW region to rivals in the waste disposal industry (i.e. landfill operators); and
* it was unlikely that Transpacific had the incentive or ability to foreclose the supply of waste disposal services in the NSW region to rivals in the waste collection industry (i.e. waste collection operators).

Timeline

DateEvent
08/08/2007Transpacific acquired 50% of the shares in Earthpower.
24/08/2007ACCC commenced review under Merger Review Process Guidelines. Market inquiries commenced.
31/10/2007Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
02/11/2007ACCC announced it would not oppose the acquisition.