Intersections: Third-quarter 2015 transportation & logistics industry mergers and acquisitions analysis


November 2015

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Despite a decline in deal volume in 3Q15 compared to the previous quarter, average deal value has continued to increase in each of the last four quarters.

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Intersections is a quarterly analysis of global merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the transportation and logistics (T&L) industry. It provides an overview of the most recent M&A results and our expectations for future deal activity.

Highlights of what this quarter's analysis revealed:

  • Average deal value has continued to increase in the T&L sector in each of the last four quarters.
  • Megadeals represented close to two-thirds of the total deal value for the quarter, despite a decline in activity vs. the previous quarter.
  • Cross-border activity increased, driven by strategic investors, with many of these deals intended to build a global transportation network and expand operations.
  • On a segment basis, logistic companies remained a significant driver of M&A activity in the third quarter. As more companies make the decision to outsource logistics services, efficiencies in scale and geographic reach are expected to become critical drivers of inorganic growth.
  • Trucking continued to be an active deal-making segment, as smaller “mom and pop” operators decide to cash out rather than invest in fleets and attempt to find the increasingly scarce driver talent.
  • Regionally, Asia and Oceania continued to be the largest acquirer region with more than one-half of all deals announced in the quarter.

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