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Dublin-based Pacer International to be sold for $335 million

Posted by Kitty McConnell on January 6, 2014

From this morning's announcement: 

XPO Logistics, Inc. (“XPO Logistics” or “XPO”) (NYSE: XPO) and Pacer International, Inc. (“Pacer”) (NASDAQ: PACR) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for XPO Logistics to acquire Pacer, the third largest provider of intermodal transportation services in North America.

The combined company will continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol XPO. Under the terms of the proposed transaction, shareholders of Pacer will receive $6.00 in cash and $3.00 of XPO Logistics common stock for each share of Pacer common stock, subject to a price collar, for a total market value of $335 million and a total enterprise value of $296 million.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory clearance, Pacer shareholder approval and other customary conditions. Pacer’s board of directors unanimously approved the transaction.

Pacer, founded in 1997, facilitates approximately 10 percent of all domestic intermodal freight movements, and is the largest provider of intermodal services between the U.S. and Mexico. For the trailing 12 months ended November 30, 2013, Pacer generated total revenue of $1.0 billion, with 30 locations and approximately 950 employees.

About XPO Logistics, Inc.

XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is one of the fastest growing providers of transportation logistics services in North America: the fourth largest freight brokerage firm, the largest provider of heavy goods, last-mile logistics, and the largest manager of expedited shipments, with growing positions in managed transportation, global freight forwarding, less-than-truckload brokerage and intermodal. The company facilitates more than 20,000 deliveries a day throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

XPO Logistics currently has 94 locations and over 2,200 employees operating in the United States and Canada. Its three business segments – freight brokerage, expedited transportation and freight forwarding – use relationships with ground, sea and air carriers to serve over 9,500 customers in the manufacturing, industrial, retail, commercial, life sciences and government sectors. The company has approximately 400 trucks under exclusive contract and over 24,000 additional relationships with carriers that provide capacity.

The company is led by Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer. Mr. Jacobs founded and built four highly successful companies prior to investing in XPO Logistics, including two multi-billion dollar, publicly traded companies: United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) and United Waste Systems, Inc. For more information: www.xpologistics.com

About Pacer International, Inc.

Pacer International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PACR), a leading North American freight transportation and logistics services provider, offers a broad array of services to facilitate the movement of freight through its intermodal and logistics operating segments. Pacer’s intermodal segment utilizes its container capacity, integrated local transportation services, and door-to-door intermodal management services to facilitate over 500,000 shipments per year. Its logistics segment provides truck brokerage, warehousing and distribution, global freight forwarding services and supply-chain management services.

Pacer’s contractual arrangements with rail carriers provide access to more than 60,000 miles of network rail routes. To support these operations, Pacer manages one of the largest domestic intermodal fleets in North America, with more than 16,000 Pacer-controlled containers and access to an additional 100,000+ big and small boxes. For more information: www.pacer.com

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