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.
- The average US retail price for diesel and regular gas, a major operating cost for trucking fleets, rose 26.3% and 21.1%, respectively, in the week ending May 14, 2018, compared to the same week in 2017.
- Total US manufacturers’ shipments, an indicator of the volume of goods shipped by truck, rose 6.8% year-to-date in March 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.
- Total US revenue for general freight trucking rose 2.8% in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year.
Posted by Peter Heydenrych.