$710 million divestiture advances XPO’s strategic plan to create two pure-play, publicly traded companies through a spin-off later this year
GREENWICH, Conn., March 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) today announced that it has divested its North American intermodal business to STG Logistics, Inc. for cash proceeds of approximately $710 million, subject to a customary post-closing purchase price adjustment.
The intermodal unit, which XPO has reported as part of its Brokerage and Other Services segment, generated $1.2 billion of revenue in 2021. The divested operations provide rail brokerage and drayage services; 48 locations and approximately 700 employees have transferred to the buyer in the transaction.
Brad Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “This divestiture simplifies our business model and moves our capital structure closer to investment-grade — two priorities in our strategic plan to unlock significantly more value for our stakeholders. We’ve completed a key step in preparing for our planned spin-off, when we’ll separate XPO into two publicly traded leaders in less-than-truckload transportation and tech-enabled brokered transportation services.”
XPO will update its guidance to reflect the divestiture when the company reports its first quarter 2022 financial results.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc. served as financial advisor to XPO for the transaction, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal advisor.
There can be no assurance that the planned fourth quarter 2022 spin-off will occur or, if it does occur, of its terms or timing.
About XPO Logistics
XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is a leading provider of freight transportation services, primarily truck brokerage and less-than-truckload (LTL). XPO uses its proprietary technology, including the cutting-edge XPO Connect® automated freight marketplace, to move goods efficiently through supply chains. The company’s global network serves 50,000 shippers with approximately 727 locations and 41,000 employees, and is headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., USA. Visit xpo.com and europe.xpo.com for more information, and connect with XPO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
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Where required by law, no binding decision will be made with respect to the divestiture of the European business other than in compliance with applicable employee information and consultation requirements.
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