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M&A News In The Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry

By Peter Heydenrych | Jun 11, 2018

The report below provides a good overview of the second quarter M&A activity in the Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Sector.  M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Transportation and Logistics sector for Q1 2018 included 44 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable middle market transactions closed in March when Greenbriar Equity Group LLC acquired LaserShip Inc, a portfolio company of Monitor Clipper Partners LLC, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition supports Greenbriar Equity Group LLC’s expansion strategy. LaserShip is located in Vienna, Virginia and provides custom delivery and distribution solutions.

The warehousing and logistics industries are trending toward automation and robotics to remain competitive. Tractica, a global research organization, forecasts that worldwide warehousing and logistics robot unit shipments will increase from 40,000 units in 2016 to 620,000 units annually by 2021.
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M&A News In The Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry

By Peter Heydenrych | Apr 04, 2018

The report below provides a good overview of the first quarter M&A activity in the Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Transportation and Logistics sector for Q4 2017 included 23 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the largest transactions of the quarter closed in October when AMP Capital Investors Ltd, acquired ITS Technologies & Logistics LLC from Carlyle Infrastructure GP Ltd for US$500 million. AMP Capital Investors Ltd. (AMP Capital) is the wholly-owned investment management subsidiary of AMP Capital Holdings Ltd., ultimately held by financial group AMP Ltd. (SY: AMP, ADR: AMLYY) in Australia. ITS Technologies & Logistics provides rail intermodal terminal services. The firm offers rail terminal operations, auto loading and unloading, contract switching and lift equipment, and trailer and chassis maintenance. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Darien, IL.

There is a significant shortage of qualified truck drivers. As the US economy has improved, demand for freight transportation has grown, and carriers are increasingly concerned that trucking demand will outstrip the supply of qualified drivers.

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M&A Quarterly News | Engineering and Construction Industry Sector

By Peter Heydenrych | Mar 26, 2018

The report below gives a good overview of the first quarter M&A activity in the Engineering and Construction Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Engineering and Construction sector for Q4 2017 included 86 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable transactions of the quarter was announced in October when Lennar Corp acquired CalAtlantic Group, Inc. for US$6.1 billion in cash and stock. The transaction is expected to generate annual cost savings and synergies of approximately US$250 million, with approximately US$75 million achieved in fiscal year 2018. Based in Irvine, California, CalAtlantic Group, Inc. provides home building services.

As the economy strengthens, construction spending across all sectors has increased.

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M&A News In The Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry

By Peter Heydenrych | Dec 11, 2017

The report below provides a good overview of the fourth quarter M&A activity in the Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Transportation and Logistics sector for Q3 2017 included 41 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

There has been significant consolidation in the supply chain technology sector, which has a substantial impact across the supply chain and logistics sector. Case in point, in September of this year HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management solutions, announced that it acquired Wesupply, a United Kingdom-based premier provider of supplier enablement and B2B integration solutions across multiple industries including retail, building, CPG, energy and manufacturing. With this acquisition, HighJump further expands its global footprint and extends its growing position in the market.
E-commerce giant Amazon continues to be a leader in supply chain and logistics with more than 200 fulfillment centers across the United States.

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M&A Quarterly News | Engineering and Construction Sector

By Peter Heydenrych | Nov 10, 2017

The report below gives a good overview of the fourth quarter M&A activity in the Engineering and Construction Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Engineering and Construction sector for Q3 2017 included 52 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

The nonresidential building market is expected to be among the weakest-performing segments of the overall US construction market over the next few years, according to a July 2017 forecast by ConstructConnect and Oxford Economics. US nonresidential building construction activity fell nearly 18% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period a year earlier.

Second-quarter activity was particularly weak for retail and parking garage segments. Between 2017 and 2021, nonresidential building construction starts are forecast to see annual growth of less than 2%. While starts were weak in the second quarter 2017, construction projects in the manufacturing sector could be a bright spot moving forward amid low energy costs, technical expertise in competitive world markets, and pressure from the Trump administration to keep manufacturing jobs in the US. Manufacturing-related construction starts are expected to drop more than 11% in 2017, then rise more than 9% in 2018. After a slight rise in 2018, commercial starts are forecast to gradually decline through 2021, but institutional projects should see modest annual upticks in activity.

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M&A News From The Engineering & Construction Industry

By Peter Heydenrych | Sep 13, 2017

The report below gives a good overview of the third quarter M&A activity in the Engineering and Construction Industry Sector. M&A activity for North American based target companies in the Engineering and Construction sector for Q2 2017 included 88 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet. The average transaction value was $81 million.

One of the largest deals of the quarter closed in April when Tallgrass Energy Partners LP acquired an additional 24.99% minority stake in Rockies Express Pipeline LLC from Tallgrass Development for US$400 million in cash. Rockies Express Pipeline LLC provides water, sewer and pipeline construction services.

The Trump administration has promised to spend on improving the condition of the United States’ infrastructure. New large infrastructure projects will certainly benefit the industry and could spur a flurry of M&A as larger companies look to acquire smaller companies to increase capabilities.

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Logistics & Transport Industry M&A News | 1st Quarter 2017

By Peter Heydenrych | Apr 15, 2017

Logistics & Transport IndustryAccording to Douglas Nix, Chairman of CFA’s Transportation and Logistics Industry Group, there is a very strong demand for good quality logistics & transport companies of all sizes. Significant bid premiums are being submitted by all categories of strategic buyers in every auction run by CFA.

On a global scale, the shipping of dry bulk containers – across all modes – continues to climb and is projected to continue on an upward trajectory. The growth is expected to be driven by freight rates, ship availability, ship utilization, oil market fundamentals, exchange rates and commodity prices and production.

A recent industry survey reported that the top priorities of North American logistics leaders for their 2017 transportation operations were:

  • Reduce overall transportation costs
  • Improve route planning accuracy
  • Improve the quality and timeliness of management information/reporting

While there are several reasons driving these priorities, we believe the key ones are:

  • The continued shortage of qualified drivers. Many trucking companies are still reporting 100% annual turnover rates in their driver pool. The impact of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging devices requirement is expected to worsen this shortage as it comes on stream in December 2017.
  • Continued weakness in freight rates resulting from overcapacity in intermodal, water and road markets.
  • The tightening of supply chains combined with the growing demand from shippers for transparency and real time, accurate freight status information. 

Industry Indicators:

  • Total US manufacturers’ shipments, an indicator of the volume of goods shipped by truck, fell 1.5% year-to-date in December 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Total US revenue for general freight trucking fell 1.4% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year.

Posted by Doug Nix.

Read the Entire Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain 1st Quarter Newsletter Here


M&A News From the Healthcare Industry

By Peter Heydenrych | Mar 02, 2017

healthcare industryM&A activity for North American based target companies in the Healthcare industry for Q4 2016 included 147 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.  The average transaction value was $137 million.

The number of US physician practices owned by hospitals is rising rapidly, as changes in medical payment systems prompt providers to seek efficiencies through new operational structures. Some 31,000 practices were acquired by hospital groups between 2012 and 2015, leading to an 86% jump in the number of hospital-owned doctors’ offices, according to a recent study from Avalere Health and the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI). Nearly 40% of physicians in the US are employed by hospitals or health systems. Typical acquisitions include employment contracts for multiple physicians’ services, along with physical property and equipment. The study found that Medicare payments for some common outpatient hospital services are up to three times higher than if they’d been performed at a physician-owned office, leading to concerns that the acquisition trend could drive up health care costs for payers. 

Industry Indicators

  • US consumer prices for medical care commodities, an indicator of healthcare costs, increased 4.3% in November 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
  • US consumer prices for medical care services, an indicator of profitability for healthcare services, rose 3.9% in November 2016 compared to the same month in 2015.
  • Total US revenue for healthcare and social assistance rose 5.40% in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year.

Posted by Peter Heydenrych.

Read the Entire Healthcare 1st Quarter Newsletter Here


Logistics & Transport M&A News

By Peter Heydenrych | Jan 06, 2017

logistics & transportM&A activity for North American based target companies in the Logistics & Transport sector for Q3 2016 included 55 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.  The average transaction value was $197 million.

One of the largest deals of the quarter in the Transport & Logistics sector  took place in September when XPO Logistics announced it would acquire Con-way Inc., one of the country’s largest trucking companies, for $3 billion. XPO will launch a tender offer for all of Con-way’s outstanding shares at a cash price of $47.60 per share. All of the divisions under Con-way, which include Con-way Freight, Menlo Logistics, Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal, are expected to be rebranded as XPO Logistics.

Developers of self-driving vehicles are moving closer to delivering technology that could improve safety, increase productivity, and reduce operating costs for trucking companies. Citing potential safety benefits, the US Department of Transportation issued federal policy for testing and deployment of automated vehicles in September 2016. The framework clarifies federal and state roles for the regulation of such vehicles, laying necessary groundwork for companies that plan to deploy self-driving cars and trucks. One such company, Otto, plans to start hauling freight with semi-autonomous vehicles sometime in 2017, according to Reuters. Commercial use of fully automated trucks is likely still many years away, and manufacturers will have to overcome significant challenges, including vehicle technology, inadequate infrastructure, and high development costs. However, Otto’s viability got a boost in August 2016: the company was acquired by Uber for $680 million.

Industry Indicators 

  • The average US retail price for diesel and regular gas, a major operating cost for trucking fleets, fell 2% and 0.9%, respectively, in the week ending October 17, 2016, compared to the same week in 2015.
  • Total US manufacturers’ shipments, an indicator of the volume of goods shipped by truck, fell 2.7% year-to-date in August 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
  • Total US revenue for general freight trucking fell 1.4% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year.

Posted by Doug Nix.

Read the Entire Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain 4th Quarter Newsletter Here

 


Healthcare Industry | M&A News

By Peter Heydenrych | Dec 08, 2016

healthcare industryHealthcare industry providers are consolidating to get a better handle on revenue streams, reduce costs and control risk. Federal programs looking to control costs may further alter payment systems if consolidation is found to increase medical spending. The number of US physician practices owned by hospitals is rising rapidly, as changes in medical payment systems prompt providers to seek efficiencies through new operational structures. Some 31,000 practices were acquired by hospital groups between 2012 and 2015, leading to an 86% jump in the number of hospital-owned doctors’ offices, according to a recent study from Avalere Health and the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI). Nearly 40% of physicians in the US are employed by hospitals or health systems.

A growing number of insurers and health providers are transitioning to value-based reimbursement methods, with the goal of containing costs and improving care. Healthcare providers must adjust processes to maintain efficient, high-quality operations during the transition period. While fee-for-service reimbursements are still the primary mode of payment for US health care providers, insurers are making progress on goals to switch over to value-based contracts. Value-based payment systems include quality incentives, accountable care models, network management, and bundled payments. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is on track to meet its goal of tying 30% of traditional Medicare payments to value-based payments by the end of 2016, as well as higher targets over the next several years. Commercial insurers are also adopting new payment models; Aetna is aiming for 75% of spending through value-based contracts by 2020. According to a recent survey by McKesson reported by Healthcare Dive, hospitals are about 50% along the continuum towards full value-based reimbursement. However, challenges remain in areas including process automation and payer-provider collaboration. A majority of surveyed hospitals were not yet meeting value-based reimbursement goals including lower costs, better care coordination, and improved patient outcomes.

Posted by Peter Heydenrych.

Read the Entire Healthcare 4th Quarter Newsletter Here