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

By Peter Heydenrych | Sep 25, 2019

The report below gives a good overview of the third 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 Q2 2019 included 71 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable middle market transactions in the sector closed in June when Aurora Capital Group LP acquired Petroleum Service Corp from SGS SA for US$335 million. Founded in 1991, Aurora Capital Group is a private equity firm located in Los Angeles. Petroleum Service Corp. provides loading and unloading services for the refining, chemical and marine transportation industries. It offers tinkering barges, operating docks, switching railcars, material packaging and warehousing services. The company was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.

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

By Peter Heydenrych | Jun 19, 2019

The report below gives 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 2019 included 49 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable middle market transactions was announced in March when a private group led by Mason Wells Buyouts, management of RJW Logistics, Inc. and other investors, acquired RJW Logistics Group from the Williamson family, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition enhances Mason Wells Buyouts’ long-term growth initiatives for its logistics platform. RJW Logistics Group is located in Illinois and provides trucking, logistics and warehousing services.

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

By Peter Heydenrych | Mar 20, 2019

The report below gives 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 2018 included 43 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable middle market transactions closed in November when SP Plus Corp acquired Baggage Airline Guest Services, Inc., trading as Bags, Inc., for US$275 million in cash. SP Plus Corp. provides professional parking, ground transportation, facility maintenance, security, event logistics and baggage handling and related services to commercial, institutional, municipal and aviation clients. Baggage Airline Guest Services engages in the provision of airline related delivery and logistic services. It serves hotels and resorts, group travel, malls, cruises and aviation. The company is headquartered Orlando, FL.

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

By Peter Heydenrych | Nov 28, 2018

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 2018 included 59 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable middle market transactions was announced in September when General Logistics Systems BV, a subsidiary of Royal Mail Group Ltd, ultimately owned by Royal Mail Plc, acquired Dicom Transportation Group Canada, Inc., a portfolio company of Wind Point Advisors, LLC, for CAD360 million (US$276.1 million) in cash, on a cash-free debt-free basis. The acquisition allows Royal Mail to further expand and diversify its existing business operations. Dicom Transportation Group Canada is located in Montréal, Québec and provides business to business transportation services. It generated revenue of approximately CAD233 million (US$178.7 million) for the year ended June 30, 2018.

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

By Peter Heydenrych | Sep 06, 2018

The report below provides a good overview of the third 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 Q2 2018 included 50 closed deals, according to data published by industry data tracker FactSet.

One of the notable middle market transactions closed in July when The Jordan Co LP acquired GlobalTranz Enterprises, Inc., a portfolio company of Providence Equity Partners LLC, Susquehanna Growth Equity LLC, Volition Capital LLC and Savano Direct Capital Partners LLC, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition expands Jordan Co’s existing portfolio. GlobalTranz Enterprises is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and provides international freight forwarding services.

As the retail sector shifts more toward e-commerce, there continues to be a surging demand for truck drivers.

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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 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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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


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