Patrick Corporation

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Patrick Corporation Limited
Fateacquired by Toll Holdings in 2006.
FoundedSydney, Australia
previously known as Lang Corporation
2002 name changed to Patrick Corporation
HeadquartersSydney, Australia
ProductsPatrick Terminals
Patrick Port Services
Patrick PortLink
General Stevedoring
Patrick Autocare (80% JV)
Owens NZ (50% JV)
Car Compounds Australia (50% JV)
Australian Amalgamated Terminals (50% JV)
RevenueA$1.2 billion (2004)
Number of employees
unknown (2004)
ParentQube Brookfield Asset Management
Container crane belonging to Patrick Corporation at Port Botany, New South Wales, Australia.
Aerial photograph of Port Botany in 2014.

Patrick Corporation Ltd was an Australian publicly listed logistics conglomerate. Headed by CEO Chris Corrigan before it was absorbed by Toll Holdings in 2006, Patrick had interests in shipping, rail and aviation, including a 62% shareholding in airline Virgin Blue. Its headquarters were located in Sydney, New South Wales.


Patrick Corporation was one of the main parties in the 1998 Australian waterfront dispute which centred on the Port of Melbourne.

In August 2005, Toll Holdings launched a hostile takeover bid for Patrick Corporation, which would include selling down its share in Virgin Blue.

In January 2006, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) ordered that Toll could not takeover Patrick Corporation.[1] However, on 11 March 2006, after Toll gave the ACCC further undertakings in relation to the conduct of the business after a successful acquisition the ACCC indicated that it would withdraw its opposition.

Patrick was given approval by the ACCC to acquire freight-forwarders FCL Interstate Transport on the condition that it broke up Pacific National, its joint-venture with Toll. The deal also hinged on Toll being unsuccessful in its bid for Patrick. On 14 April 2006, Patrick Corporation agreed to accept Toll's revised bid for the company after spending nine months fighting the hostile takeover. Toll's revised bid, some $5.8 billion instead of about $4 billion offered initially, was considered by Patrick to be the best deal it could get. The deal ended Patrick's plans for acquiring FCL (which was then taken over by Linfox)[2] and was expected to mean the sell-off of Patrick's 50% stake in Pacific National to a third party (under the ACCC's ruling). Toll would become the only fully vertically integrated logistics company in Australia — it would be able to provide a full package of shipping, road, rail and door-to-door transport of freight.

On 24 May 2006, after having had held over 50% of Patrick for the past two weeks and having extended its offer for an additional week after not being able to achieve the required stock to remove Patrick from the ASX, Toll reached 90%. Patrick was absorbed the following day. Patrick had previously been a constituent of the S&P/ASX 200 index. Trade in the remaining shares was suspended on 6 June 2006, and PRK was removed from the official list on 3 July 2006 after completion of compulsory acquisition.[3]

Patrick and Pacific National were demerged from Toll Holdings in 2007 and together became Asciano Limited.

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  2. ^ Rochfort, Scott (18 August 2006). "Linfox reacts - snaps up FCL". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Patrick Corporation Limited Removal from Official List" (Press release). Australian Securities Exchange. 3 July 2006. Archived from the original (pdf) on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2006.

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