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1948 IMPERIAL started out as a Chrysler dealership in downtown Johannesburg
1973 Cancelled Chrysler agency and became Toyota dealers and added trucks to offering
1975 Started IMPERIAL Truck Hire
1979 Launched IMPERIAL Car Rental and started a transportation business
1987 IMPERIAL Car Rental merged with Hertz
1989 Regent short term insurance was started and logistics diversified into warehousing
1991 Acquired Springbok Atlas and first Mercedes Benz dealerships
1992 Acquired Tanker Services
1993 Acquired Long Rail Group
1994 Added vehicle distribution to offering
Acquired Highway Carriers
1995 Added Saficon to signifcantly expand the motor retail division
1996 IMPERIAL Bank was created and life assurance added to Regent
1998 Acquired European logistics arm from Thyssen Krupp and Safair
Acquired Truck Africa Group
Acquired Goldfields Trucking
1999 Acquired National Airways Corporation
Acquired controlling interest in Brian Porter Holdings Ltd to expand motor retail divsion
Acquired Fast 'n Fresh Transport (Pty) Ltd
Acquired Cargo Africa (Pty) Ltd 
2000 Developed supply chain services logistics and acquired a controlling interest in diversified tourism company, Tourvest
2001 Launched IMPERIAL Parts and disposed of 50.1% of IMPERIAL Bank to Nedbank
Acquired Haniel Reederie Holding GmbH, largest operator of barges on Europe's inland waterways
2005 Acquired Jurgens Caravans
2008 Merged Regent Insurance and Regent Life and unbundled the Leasing and Capital Equipment division as Eqstra
Discontinued Safair and International Trucks distribution
2009 Disposed of Tourvest and acquired Midas minority interest of Imperial Bank
2010 Disposed of the remaining 49.9% of IMPERIAL Bank to Nedbank
Expanded automotive parts business with the acquisition of Midas
Entered the vehicle tracking and fleet management industry with the acquisition of 25% of MiX Telematics
Launched Imperial Fleet Management in a joint venture with Wesbank
Acquired Goscor to expand into industrial distribution
Acquired E-Z-Go South Africa to expand product range in Distribution divsion
2011 Expanded African footprint in Logistics with the acquisition of CIC Holdings and created a seperate African Logistics divsion
Awarded distribution rights for Mitsubishi
Acquired Edusport, leading sports and events management company
Created new Financial Services division
2012 In Europe, acquired Lehnkering, one of Europe’s leading specialist logistics companies serving the chemical, agricultural,
petrochemical and steel industries
In Africa, logistics acquired control and increased our shareholding to 80% in Transport Holdings in Botswana, which
provides fuel and other transportation services
Distributorships and Automotive Retail acquired:
— Bobcat, a leading supplier of compact equipment into the construction, mining and agricultural sectors
— Watts Truck and Van, a DAF truck dealer.
2013 Acquired 100% of the pharmaceutical distribution and health supply-chain service business conducted by RTT, now
branded as Imperial Health Sciences
Acquired 60% of LTS Kenzam (Pty) Limited, a logistics business that distributes bituminous products throughout southern Africa
60% of KWS Carriers (Pty) Limited, a business focused on the movement of bulk commodities mainly through
subcontractors
Acquired 49% of MDS Logistics plc in Nigeria providing supply chain and logistics solutions
Acquired 100% of Orwell Trucks, a Mercedes commercial vehicle dealer in the UK
Acquired 80% of Afintapart, a commercial distributor
Disposed of our shareholding in National Airways Corporation, to fully exit the aviation industry
Disposed of our interest in the Tourism business subject to Competition Commission approval.

IMPERIAL in the News

Imperial eyes Africa, South America
27 Feb 2014
OUTGOING Imperial Holdings CEO Hubert Brody says the group is "as entrepreneurial as ever" and has significant opportunities to grow in developing markets, including South America and Africa outside South Africa.

In Mr Brody’s last results presentation as CEO on Wednesday — before Massmart and Transaction Capital nonexecutive chairman Mark Lamberti takes over next week — he announced an acquisition in Nigeria, and the group’s entry into South America.

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Imperial first-half profit increases
26 Feb 2014
Johannesburg - Imperial Holdings, owner of South Africa’s biggest car dealership network, said first-half profit increased 10 percent as sales and operating margin at its logistics unit rose.
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Imperial taps Massmart founder as CEO
20 Feb 2014
Johannesburg - Imperial Holdings on Thursday named Massmart founder Mark Lamberti as its next chief executive, tapping a business veteran who built one of the dominant retailers in Africa's top economy
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