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Switzerland / RhB tenders up to 121 new passenger coaches

Swiss regional rail transport operator Rhätische Bahn (RhB) has published a tender for the procurement of 37 to 121 passenger and panorama coaches of the EW V series. The contract is also to include an option for up to 50 vehicles of each design. Bids can be submitted until 25th October 2021.
Source: Official Journal of the European Union 21.07.2021

Germany / Reconstruction of rail infrastructure after floods to cost EUR 1.3 billion

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) announced on 22nd July 2021 that the reconstruction of the railway infrastructure after the extreme flooding in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and other parts of Germany will cost around EUR 1.3 billion. The reconstruction of 60 stations and railway yards will cost EUR 480 million, the construction of 600 km of track and other work on the network about EUR 780 million. The Eifel line (Cologne - Trier) is particularly affected, and there are restrictions on the lines between Düsseldorf, Hagen, Dortmund, Cologne, Aachen, Hürth, Bonn and Sinzig. Most of the lines can be rebuilt by the end of 2021, but it will take two to three years for the heavily damaged lines.
Source: German Federal Parliament press release 22.07.2021

Poland / Pesa records revenues of EUR 427 million in 2020

In its 2020 financial year, Polish rolling stock manufacturer Pesa recorded revenues of EUR 427 million (PLN 1.96 billion), which is a significant increase from the EUR 283 million generated in 2019. Moreover, Pesa recorded EBITDA of EUR 1.1 million, after EUR -110 million in 2019. Overall, the company ended 2020 with a net loss of EUR 16.1 million. Pesa\'s financial debt to unrelated parties in 2020 due to its bank loans and borrowings increased compared to 2019, reaching EUR 266 million in capital and EUR 6.6 million in interest at the end of 2020. In March 2020, long-term debt financing was established in agreement with existing creditors. The subject of this agreement is the granting of a revolving loan of up to EUR 163 million. Pesa also announced a new strategy and future product portfolio.
Source: Rynek Kolejowy 21.07.2021

Ireland / BYD ADL and NTA sign framework contract for up to 200 electric buses

On 19th July 2021, Scottish bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) and its Chinese partner BYD signed a framework contract with the Irish National Transport Authority (NTA) for the delivery of up to 200 battery-electric buses of the BYD ADL Enviro200EV series. An initial firm order for 45 buses was agreed at the same time, with deliveries starting in 2022 for services in Athlone and the greater Dublin area. The framework contract will run for up to five years. The buses will be 12 m long and can be specified in several configurations to suit different operational requirements, including a version with two doorways, a wheelchair space and a dedicated area for the accommodation of at least one unfolded pram or pushchair. 
Source: BYD ADL press release 19.07.2021

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Strategic Management Consultancy Examples

Support regarding operational strategies of a deinvestment

On behalf of a highly specialised and internationally successful railway technology company, SCI Verkehr supported the sales process of an in-house

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Support regarding operational strategies of a deinvestment

Customer: Railway technology company

On behalf of a highly specialised and internationally successful railway technology company, SCI Verkehr supported the sales process of an in-house development of the company, which no longer fitted into the company's portfolio. This involved the compilation and preparation of an exposé as well as the targeted approach and support of potential interested parties.

Due Diligence-Support Portfolio Passenger Trains

SCI Verkehr supported an investment fund in the acquisition of a passenger rail vehicle portfolio by preparing a value analysis for the assets

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Due Diligence-Support Portfolio Passenger Trains

Customer: Investment fonds

SCI Verkehr supported an investment fund in the acquisition of a passenger rail vehicle portfolio by preparing a value analysis for the assets concerned. In doing so, SCI Verkehr analysed the development of the transport and rail vehicle markets. The support in the due diligence process included the review of the vendor model and the inputs in the data room. In addition, SCI Verkehr determined the current and future market value of the assets using the DRC and DCF methods.

Support in the commercial valuation for an Eastern European company in the rail freight sector

SCI Verkehr supported a leading European railway company in the commercial valuation of a target in the Eastern European rail freight sector. The aim

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Support in the commercial valuation for an Eastern European company in the rail freight sector

Customer: Leading Western European rail company

SCI Verkehr supported a leading European railway company in the commercial valuation of a target in the Eastern European rail freight sector. The aim was to analyse the appeal of the market as well as strategic opportunities in order to issue recommendations for the client. The valuation was made on the basis of existing database systems as well as in close exchange with market players.

Market Analyses Examples

Due diligence support

A worldwide active company active in the rail industry has evaluated opportunities and risks regarding the acquisition of a company in a niche

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Due diligence support

Customer: International component manufacturer

A worldwide active company active in the rail industry has evaluated opportunities and risks regarding the acquisition of a company in a niche market. The company is active in the infrastructure segment. SCI Verkehr has supported the company in the commercial due diligence with a market and competition analysis.

Market data for due diligence

On behalf of an internationally active auditing firm, SCI Verkehr creates a market forecast for railway vehicles in Europe. The market data form the

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Market data for due diligence

Customer: Auditing firm

On behalf of an internationally active auditing firm, SCI Verkehr creates a market forecast for railway vehicles in Europe. The market data form the basis of a due diligence process.

Logistics service provider?s location selection

Consultation of a mid-sized logistics service provider on the selection of a new location in the Ruhr district. Evaluation of property and transport

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Logistics service provider?s location selection

Customer: Mid-sized logistics service provider

Consultation of a mid-sized logistics service provider on the selection of a new location in the Ruhr district. Evaluation of property and transport connections as well as creation of a purpose-serving railway. The appraisal will include a comparison of various modes of transportation. The final evaluation of the plan partially depends on whether or not the client has a possibility for state funding.

Asset Valuation Examples

Asset evaluation of used tank wagons

On behalf of an investor, SCI Verkehr evaluated a fleet of used tank wagons. The evaluation of the wagons according to DCF and DRC methodology took

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Asset evaluation of used tank wagons

Customer:

On behalf of an investor, SCI Verkehr evaluated a fleet of used tank wagons. The evaluation of the wagons according to DCF and DRC methodology took into account the wagon-specific supply and demand situation.

Vehicle assessment rail freight fleet

On behalf of a refinancing bank, SCI Verkehr ascertains the current vehicle value of a rail freight fleet. Value assessment of these vehicles

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Vehicle assessment rail freight fleet

Customer: International bank

On behalf of a refinancing bank, SCI Verkehr ascertains the current vehicle value of a rail freight fleet. Value assessment of these vehicles operated on the Iberian Peninsula is built on the cost-based DRC assessment approach and considers results of a supply and demand analysis of locomotives and freight wagons.

Asset valuation of electric locomotives

SCI Verkehr evaluated new electric locomotives for use in continental Europe. The valuation was carried out using the Depreciated Replacement Cost

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Asset valuation of electric locomotives

Customer: European railway company

SCI Verkehr evaluated new electric locomotives for use in continental Europe. The valuation was carried out using the Depreciated Replacement Cost (DRC) method. SCI Verkehr examined the supply and demand situation of the assets in their respective markets with a focus on the open-access market.

Public Consulting Examples

Analysis and assessment of the application of funds in short-distance passenger transport financing in the German states.

The controlled and efficient application of provided funds is becoming ever more important in short-distance passenger transport. Within the scope of

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Analysis and assessment of the application of funds in short-distance passenger transport financing in the German states.

Customer: Allianz pro Schiene

The controlled and efficient application of provided funds is becoming ever more important in short-distance passenger transport. Within the scope of the discussion in transport politics regarding the future further development of short-distance passenger transport, it is of great interest as to what extent the funds available to the states are to be applied ?sensibly? to strengthen short-distance passenger transport. The analysis of the application of funds for short-distance passenger transport in the federal states is of particular importance. As part of the project for Allianz pro Schiene, SCI Verkehr examined the application of funds and evaluated this in a publicly accessible final report.

Modern Railways Shanghai

Contact to and acquisition of railway engineering companies for their participation in the international ?Modern Railways? conference in Shanghai,

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Modern Railways Shanghai

Customer: Conference society

Contact to and acquisition of railway engineering companies for their participation in the international ?Modern Railways? conference in Shanghai, September 22-25, 2003.

Schienengüterverkehrstag 2001 (Railway Freight Traffic Conference 2001)

Because of the traffic problems on the road and the expected growth of traffic much hope, particularly in the field of freight traffic, is directed

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Schienengüterverkehrstag 2001 (Railway Freight Traffic Conference 2001)

Customer: Ministerium für Wohnungswesen, Städtebau und Verkehr des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt (Ministry for Housing, Town Planning, and Traffic of State Sachsen-Anhalt)

Because of the traffic problems on the road and the expected growth of traffic much hope, particularly in the field of freight traffic, is directed towards to the railways as a carrier for solving the transportation problems of the future. This was the background for the State of Sachsen-Anhalt to bring together, within the scope of a technical conference, decision makers in politics and science, consignors, and the transportation business, in order to develop initiatives for improving the efficiency and competitive capability of the railway freight traffic. SCI Verkehr has developed and implemented an agenda for this conference. It became possible to win high-ranking speakers from the economy, science, and politics. With more than 300 delegates the event was well received. Because of this success the State of Sachsen-Anhalt has decided to make the Railway Freight Traffic Conference a regular event. The Conference 2002 is scheduled for 5 and 6 September 2002.

Profitability Analysis Examples

Increase in profitability of an industrial and port railway

Analysis of existing and potential operations in regional passenger and cargo transport. Development and preparation of a business concept for an

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Increase in profitability of an industrial and port railway

Customer: Schwerin Public Works

Analysis of existing and potential operations in regional passenger and cargo transport. Development and preparation of a business concept for an economically viable NE-Railway.

Evaluation business plan leasing company

SCI Verkehr critically examined the business plan of a leasing company in the run-up to a possible due diligence. The focus was on the evaluation of

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Evaluation business plan leasing company

Customer: Financial investor

SCI Verkehr critically examined the business plan of a leasing company in the run-up to a possible due diligence. The focus was on the evaluation of the current portfolio and the management\'s assumptions regarding growth potential. For this purpose, a benchmark of current and expected future leasing rates and the occupancy rate was also carried out.

Economic assessment of automation potentials in rail operation

SCI Verkehr prepares a cost driver analysis for operational processes which is aimed at evaluating automation potentials in the context of

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Economic assessment of automation potentials in rail operation

Customer: Rail operator

SCI Verkehr prepares a cost driver analysis for operational processes which is aimed at evaluating automation potentials in the context of feasibility assessment and, thus, at enabling an investment decision regarding the digitalisation of processes.

Process optimization Examples

Model corridor Rotterdam - Genoa

The Rotterdam - Genoa axis is going to be developed into the first major European corridor to use ETCS/ERTMS. SCI Verkehr assisted a leading

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Model corridor Rotterdam - Genoa

Customer: Global player in the rail industry

The Rotterdam - Genoa axis is going to be developed into the first major European corridor to use ETCS/ERTMS. SCI Verkehr assisted a leading industrial company in developing the research project for testing ETCS/ERTMS. We analysed the assistance criteria and evaluated them for the concrete project concept, we identified and brought in project partners, compiled the necessary application documents and accompanying documents in cooperation with the client and ensured communication with funding institutions.

Reorganisation of system transport business processes

Analysis of the daily operational processes in trans-shipping facilities and in administrative areas. Direct support in the implementation of

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Reorganisation of system transport business processes

Customer: Shipping/Logistics company

Analysis of the daily operational processes in trans-shipping facilities and in administrative areas. Direct support in the implementation of suggestions for improvement of daily operations.

Project management reorganisation sales

On behalf of an international transport company, SCI Verkehr took on the management of a project entailing reorganising the sales department. The

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Project management reorganisation sales

Customer: International transport company

On behalf of an international transport company, SCI Verkehr took on the management of a project entailing reorganising the sales department. The project is aimed at developing a uniform sales organisation as well as professionalising the public image. SCI Verkehr supports the customer in organising the project and in terms of content-related sparring.