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Universal Logistics acquires Fore Transportation

Published 06 February 2018

Universal Logistics Holdings, an asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, has acquired Fore Transportation.

Based in the Chicagoland suburb of Harvey, Illinois, Fore Transportation offers a full suite of intermodal logistics solutions, including local and regional drayage services, yard services, chassis rental, and repair and maintenance.

Fore Transportation operates over 150 trucks and reported total operating revenues of approximately $32.3 million for the year-ended December 31, 2017. Universal expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive.

The Chicago-area operations of Fore Transportation include a 28-acre terminal strategically located just north of interstate I-80, and adjacent to the Canadian National Railroad.

In addition to serving as the company’s corporate headquarters, the facility provides 24/7 secured trailer and container storage for 1,100 units, cross-docking capabilities, maintenance and repair, and refrigerated-unit fueling services.

The cash purchase price was $34.9m, subject to customary post-closing adjustments. To fund the acquisition, Universal used available cash and borrowed approximately $31.3 million using its margin credit facility, revolving credit facility and secured real estate financing. Mesirow Financial, Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to Fore Transportation.

Universal’s CEO Jeff Rogers said: “Fore is a strategic acquisition of a well-established brand in the Chicagoland intermodal trucking market.

“We see a great deal of opportunities to gain market share in this region, as well as offer expanded services to Fore’s already existing blue-chip customer base. We’re off to a great start in 2018, and closing this deal represents a first step in our renewed ambitions to acquire and integrate best-in-class companies.”

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. is a leading asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions throughout the United States, and in Mexico, Canada and Colombia.

We provide our customers with supply chain solutions that can be scaled to meet their changing demands and volumes. We offer our customers a broad array of services across their entire supply chain, including truckload, brokerage, dedicated, intermodal, and value-added services.



Source: Company Press Release