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XPO Logistics to Acquire Con-way

On September 9th, in a $3 billion dollar transaction, XPO Logistics, Inc. and Con-way Inc. announced a definitive agreement for XPO Logistics to acquire Con-way. Enhancing XPO’s range of supply chain solutions and becoming the second largest less-than-truckload (LTL) provider in North America, the transaction will also expand the company’s global contract logistics platform. XPO will also capitalize on synergies from the combination with Con-way’s managed transportation, truckload and freight brokerage businesses.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way is a Fortune 500 company with a transportation and logistics network of 582 locations and approximately 30,000 employees serving over 36,000 customers. All of the acquired operations – Con-way Freight, Menlo Logistics, Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal – will be rebranded as XPO Logistics.

XPO will remain asset-light, with asset-based operations accounting for about a third of sales.

Bradley Jacobs, XPO Logistics Chairman and CEO, will retain these positions and lead the combined company. Douglas Stotlar, Con-way’s president and chief executive officer, will serve in a limited role as an independent advisor to the combined company through the first quarter of 2016.

Bradley Jacobs, XPO Logistics Chairman and CEO, said, “Our opportunistic acquisition of Con-way will make XPO the second largest provider of less-than-truckload transportation in North America, a $35 billion market. LTL is a non-commoditized, high-value-add business that’s used by nearly all of our customers. Con-way is a premier platform that we will run with a fresh set of eyes as part of our broader offering. Importantly, we’ll gain strategic ownership of assets that will benefit our company and our customers during periods of tight capacity.

Douglas Stotlar, president and chief executive officer of Con-way, said, “This landmark transaction provides immediate cash value for our shareholders and reflects the outstanding contributions of our employees over our 86-year history. The combination will mean more services for our customers, more miles for our drivers, and more career opportunities for our employees as part of XPO’s global organization. We look forward to working with the XPO team to complete the transaction and ensure a smooth transition.”
With XPO and Con-way boards of directors unanimously approving the transaction, it’s expected to finalize in October of this year.