Knight Transportation (KNX) Announces Acquisition of Barr-Nunn

October 1, 2014 9:32 AM EDT

Knight Transportation (NYSE: KNX) has acquired 100% of the outstanding stock of Barr-Nunn Transportation, Inc. and certain affiliates. Knight expects the current management team to remain in place and continue to operate the business under the Barr-Nunn name and with the Barr-Nunn personnel, policies, and culture. Driving associates, non-driving associates, and customers should notice little change following the transaction.


  • Approximately 550-truck dry van truckload carrier headquartered near Des Moines, Iowa will operate as an independent business unit under current management with no personnel changes expected.
  • Highly profitable business generated approximately $119.8 million in total revenue ($99.2 million excluding fuel surcharge), $26.0 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (''EBITDA'') and $14.9 million in operating income for the last twelve months ending August 31, 2014 (''LTM''). EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See appendix for reconciliation and disclosures.
  • Experienced driving associates focused on safety and customer service, operating a modern tractor and trailer fleet.
  • Enterprise value of approximately $112.4 million (before potential earn-out of up to $3.5 million).

Company Comments

Kevin P. Knight, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knight Transportation, commented: ''Bob and Jane Sturgeon, together with their experienced and talented team, have built a unique and highly profitable business centered around drivers, customers, safety, and efficiency. Our goal as the new owner is to afford Barr-Nunn access to our capital, purchasing power, and knowledge base as they continue operating the business under the Barr-Nunn name and culture. We do not intend to integrate Barr-Nunn into Knight Dry Van or to change the personnel, policies, compensation, or spirit that have contributed to a very successful business. This is consistent with the operation of our other semi-autonomous business units, each with empowered local management and access to our consolidated resources. We believe strongly in the power of our model, and Barr-Nunn is the perfect size for a new business unit. From the very first conversation, the entire Barr-Nunn team has demonstrated integrity, excellence, and class, and we thank Bob, Jane, and the team for placing their trust in us.''

Jane Sturgeon, Chief Executive Officer of Barr-Nunn Transportation, commented: ''When Bob and I first discussed selling, we made it clear that the future of our people and the cultural fit would determine whether we would entertain any discussions. Although they did not know it at the time, Knight was our number one choice for a buyer because their pursuit of excellence, their commitment to a career path for employees, and their support of regional management teams strongly aligned with our goals. Once Knight was identified, we quickly and fairly negotiated all important points in the transaction. Importantly, Knight and we were up front and consistent about our points of view and, once we shook hands, neither of us wavered. We are confident that we found the right owner for the next generation of growth and success at Barr-Nunn.''

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