Japan Post to sell part of Australia's Toll, booking $645m loss

Nikkei -- Apr 21
Japan Post Holdings will unload part of Australian logistics company Toll Holdings to an Australian investment fund for around 1 billion yen ($9.23 million), absorbing a massive loss in the deal, Nikkei has learned.

By selling Toll's logistics and home delivery operations in Australia and New Zealand to Allegro Funds, Japan Post will assume several billion dollars worth of debt and log an extraordinary loss of about 70 billion yen -- or roughly $645 million -- for the fiscal year ended in March 2021.

The sale marks the latest chapter in the Japanese postal group's troubled ownership of Toll, which it acquired in 2015 for 620 billion yen in hopes of gaining international logistics know-how for fresh growth. The deal will force Japan Post, which is majority owned by the government, to reconsider its international strategy.

Japan Post, set to make an announcement on Wednesday, does not expect the sale to have a major impact on its net profit, believing most of the loss will be offset by more than 60 billion yen in tax reductions, the result of other factors.

Japan Post picked Nomura Securities and JPMorgan Securities Japan as advisers for the deal and began the process of selecting buyers in November. Toll's lackluster performance made the search difficult.

Toll suffered an operating loss of 10 million Australian dollars ($7.75 million) for the nine months through December, owing mainly to losses in the Australia-focused segment now being sold. This segment's operating loss reached AU$83 million, widening by AU$25 million from a year earlier. - Nikkei