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ArcBest Corporation

$26 Million 12/01/2015 Transportation & Logistics Complete
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Transaction Details

  • On December 1, 2015, ArcBest Corporation (“ArcBest” or the “Company”) announced the completion of the acquisition of Bear Transportation Services, LP (“Bear Transportation”) by ABF Logistics, a subsidiary of ArcBest, in a transaction valued at $26.0 million
  • Bear Transportation will add scale to ABF Logistics’ brokerage operation and further enhance its logistics technology platform
  • The acquisition is the second of the year for ArcBest after its purchase of Smart Lines Transportation Group in January 2015
  • Stephens Inc. served as the Company’s exclusive financial advisor in the acquisition of Bear Transportation

About the company

ArcBest Corporation

ArcBest (Nasdaq: ARCB) provides complex logistics and transportation solutions. ArcBest’s companies and brands – ABF Freight, ABF Logistics, Panther Premium Logistics, FleetNet America, U-Pack and ArcBest Technologies – apply their expertise with every shipment and supply chain solution, household move or vehicle repair.

ABF Logistics

ABF Logistics provides third-party logistics services including brokerage, intermodal, and ocean transport, transportation management, warehousing and household moving. ABF Logistics builds and delivers seamless, customized supply chain solutions powered by advanced technology with access through a single point of contact.

Bear Transportation Services, LP

Bear Transportation Services, L.P. is a private, non-asset truckload brokerage firm headquartered in Plano, Texas, with more than 140 employees located in Plano and Fayetteville, AR. Founded in 1982, Bear Transportation has approximately $120 million in revenue, serving a variety of industry segments.

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