2023 M&A Activity: Major Moves in Transportation Sector

Amid evolving market dynamics, Schneider National and Titanium Transportation announce significant acquisitions, marking growth in the sector.

2023 M&A Activity: Major Moves in Transportation Sector
Source: Tenney Group's Mid-Year Report, published a few weeks ago, before the announcement of Schneider's and Titanium's recent acquisitions.

The Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) landscape in the transportation and logistics sector has undergone a considerable shift in 2023. Numerous factors such as compressed spot rates, elevated inventories, slower consumer spending, and the Federal Reserve's decision to hike the target federal funds rate are molding the current M&A activity. These dynamics are influencing M&A deal terms, leading buyers to lean more towards "buyer-friendly" strategies to navigate the more expensive acquisition landscape and the reduced return on investment (ROI).

Despite these challenges, the industry continues to see promising activity. Just this week, two significant acquisitions were announced, further demonstrating the resilience and strategic foresight of companies in the sector.

Schneider National Acquires M&M Transport Services

Schneider National has acquired M&M Transport Services. Photo source: CCJ.

Schneider National has made a strategic move to expand its transportation capabilities through the acquisition of M&M Transport Services. Although the financial details of the deal remain undisclosed, the acquisition marks a significant expansion of Schneider's service range. M&M's fleet of 500 trucks and 1,900 trailers are now added to Schneider's resources, thereby enhancing their ability to serve the retail and manufacturing sectors more extensively.

Titanium Transportation Acquires Crane Transport

Canadian logistics provider, Titanium Transportation Group, has acquired Georgia-based Crane Transport. Source: Crane Transport Facebook

In a first for the Canadian logistics provider, Titanium Transportation Group, they have ventured into the U.S. market with the acquisition of Georgia-based truckload carrier Crane Transport. The acquisition, valued at $59 million, includes the carrier's real estate and adds a fleet of 200 trucks and over 600 diverse units to Titanium's arsenal. This move not only marks Titanium's debut in the U.S. but also significantly boosts its existing Southeast operations.

Sources: Tenney Group, Commercial Carrier Journal, & FreightWaves.

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