Knight-Swift Agrees to Acquire U.S. Xpress

Knight-Swift Agrees to Purchase U.S. Xpress

Knight-Swift vans (Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. through PowerPoint) and U.S. Xpress truck (TT File Picture)

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Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings has reached an settlement to amass U.S. Xpress for roughly $808 million, the businesses introduced March 21.

The transaction was unanimously accredited by the board of administrators at Knight-Swift and a particular committee of impartial administrators from the U.S. Xpress board of administrators. The deal is topic to customary closing circumstances however is anticipated to shut late within the second quarter or early third quarter. U.S. Xpress will proceed to function as an impartial model.

“The chance so as to add one of many largest and most well-known manufacturers in our trade, with important alternative to enhance earnings, acquire clients and attain extra skilled drivers, was very compelling to us,” Knight-Swift CEO Dave Jackson stated. “We count on to use the identical playbook that proved profitable within the Knight-Swift merger as we share finest practices, enhance operations and work collectively to assist U.S. Xpress develop into the most effective that it may be.”

Jackson expects operational enhancements to take time given the present freight atmosphere. However he famous that his firm wouldn’t have pursued the transaction until it was assured in attaining a return threshold inside just a few years.

“Past that, we are going to proceed to work with the U.S. Xpress group in pursuit of the efficiency ranges of our different truckload companies over the following a number of years, so the chance for our stockholders is substantial,” Jackson stated. “Furthermore, this transaction won’t decelerate the geographic growth of our LTL community or our different progress initiatives, as our monetary and different sources stay important.”

U.S. Xpress stockholders will obtain $6.15 per share in money for every excellent share of Class A and Class B frequent inventory. U.S. Xpress CEO Eric Fuller, Government Chairman Max Fuller and associated entities are the exception since a portion of their shares will roll over into an roughly 10% curiosity in a brand new Knight-Swift subsidiary fashioned to carry the U.S. Xpress enterprise post-closing. The rollover pursuits shall be topic to non-compulsory and obligatory redemption provisions based mostly on future enterprise efficiency.

“We’re more than happy to ship to our stockholders the chance for near-term liquidity at a big premium,” Eric Fuller stated. “Moreover, becoming a member of the Knight-Swift group is an thrilling alternative for our folks, our clients, and the Chattanooga and different communities we name house. The elevated scale, working experience and sources of the mixed entity will enable U.S. Xpress to pursue new ranges of service and effectivity.”

Knight-Swift ranks No. 7 on the Transport Subjects High 100 listing of the biggest for-hire carriers in North America. U.S. Xpress ranks No. 23 on the for-hire TT100 and No. 54 on the TT High 100 listing of the biggest logistics firms in North America.

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