TRANSDEV should finish 2006 with almost EUR 1 billion in sales, of which 47 achieved abroad. The international already generates more than half of the results of the company. Present in six countries, the subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts has two prestigious urban networks in London and Melbourne, Australia. "Rather than disperse us, we prefer we anchor and find a critical mass in each country where we are we introducing, explains Philippe Segretain, President and CEO." Without excluding the distant destinations, we do not catch strategy and our European development has in mind.
The company has started missions consultant abroad as early as 1993, but it makes the jump in Britain in 1997, with its first major acquisition, London United, its development across database. Upon its resumption, this business weighs 43 million pounds in sales in London. In 2006, it is expected to reach 120 million pounds in the only English capital and 170 million in Great Britain, which now represents one-quarter of the consolidated activity of the group, with operating margins located between 8 and 10.
From this base, Transdev multiplies operations at the United Kingdom, taking 17 in Nottingham, 90 in the buses of Bournemouth society. "Propose to the city to keep 10 and a representative to the board was the originality of our offer," said its leader. In January, the French still surprised by buying the entire share capital of Blazefield, urban and long distance carrier of province that places the Transdev operator to the 6th rank of Britain bus operators.
TRANSDEV also invests in trams, which is the world leader in network management. He won in 2004, Council in construction and operation of one of Edinburgh, after having invested 50 in the operating of Nottingham company. It is screened for the concession of Manchester. "In England, we have created a new form of mixed economy, public-private partnership." "While in the mixed economy to the French, we support few commitments since the investment is still worn by the community, in some countries, we become a shareholder heavily committed alongside local communities," explains Philippe Segretain.
Experience of mixed economy
The Australia is historically the second base of the French group, where he manages all of the network of trams from Melbourne (State of Victoria), the largest private network of the world, captured in two times after the British National Express threw sponge. In this country, Transdev also operates River shuttles in Brisbane, Sydney buses. In the Portugal, the company took foot by the Porto Metro where it operates a network of 35 kilometres which will extend to 70 km. His entry in Italy is made in 2005 in Genoa and Milan. In the first city, he obtained the management of the network of bus and subway and took 41 of the capital of the operator. In the second, he entered the capital of a company of urban and peri-urban transport. "Many Italian cities look at the experience of a mixed economy in Genoa," says the head of the group. In Germany, the operator is present in the rail regional through EuRailCo, a subsidiary to 50-50 with the RATP.