M&A POWERING GROWTH AND MARKETSHARE IN TRUCKING
The trucking industry is a critical component of the U.S. economy, with an estimated worth of over $875 billion. As the industry continues to grow, mergers and acquisitions have become increasingly common, as companies look to consolidate resources and gain a competitive edge.
One of the major drivers of this trend is the need for companies to stay ahead of the game in an increasingly competitive market. With rising fuel costs, driver shortages and turnover, and increased regulations, companies are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase efficiency.
Another factor driving M&A activity in the trucking industry is the need for companies to expand their capabilities and diversify their offerings. For example, a company that specializes in dry goods transportation may look to acquire a company that specializes in refrigerated transport to expand its offerings and provide a more comprehensive service to its customers.
In addition to these factors, you can also expect to see more private equity firms getting involved in the trucking industry. Private equity firms have been increasingly active in recent years, investing in a variety of industries and looking for opportunities to grow and expand their portfolios. With the trucking industry offering significant potential for growth and profitability, you can expect to see more private equity firms looking to invest in the sector.
Some notable recent acquisitions in trucking include:
- Knight-Swift acquiring U.S. Xpress The deal is expected to close late in the second quarter or early in the third quarter. Once combined, Knight-Swift will generate roughly $10 billion in annual revenue with a TL fleet of 25,000 tractors and 93,000 trailers.
- Werner Enterprises acquires Baylor Trucking increasing Werner’s fleet size by 2.4%.
- KLLM acquires Quest Global - this is the latest addition for KLLM in their ongoing growth strategy in the temperature-controlled shipping sector.
- Heartland Express acquires Smith Transport Heartland acquired 100% of the equity of Smith and related companies for a cash-free, debt-free enterprise value of $170 million.
- R&R Express adds Load to Ride The acquisition is expected to provide LTR’s customers with access to a larger network of carriers and multimodal services.
Overall, the outlook for mergers and acquisitions in the trucking industry in 2023 looks positive. As companies look for ways to stay ahead of the game and meet changing customer demands, we can expect to see more M&A activity in the sector. While there are always risks associated with M&A, the potential benefits are significant, including increased market share, expanded capabilities, and improved profitability.