Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by The Jordan Company, L.P. (“TJC”), a global private equity firm, for an equity value of approximately $1.3 billion. Through this transaction, Echo will become a private company which it expects will provide additional resources and greater flexibility to continue to build its technology and data science platform and enhance its value proposition to shippers and carriers. Additionally, the transaction will allow Echo to benefit from the operating capabilities, capital support and sector expertise of The Jordan Company.
Under the terms of the agreement, Echo stockholders will receive $48.25 per share in cash, which represents a premium of approximately 54% over Echo’s closing share price on September 9, 2021 and a premium of approximately 32% over Echo’s all time high closing share price on September 10, 2018. Echo believes that the transaction provides its stockholders with an attractive premium that delivers immediate compelling value for their shares. The definitive agreement was unanimously approved by Echo’s Board of Directors, which recommended that Echo’s stockholders approve the agreement.
The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including stockholder approval and the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021. The closing is not subject to a financing condition.
“I’m thrilled to partner with TJC as they bring significant expertise and industry experience to enable Echo to further accelerate our success in the market,” said Doug Waggoner, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer at Echo. “In addition, having an experienced financial partner, with resources to fund continued growth, will result in a more rapid expansion of Echo’s supply chain capabilities, including all of the automation planned to enable both our people and our digital freight marketplace.”
“We are impressed with Echo’s people, technology, and business results, since their founding in 2005, and are excited that Echo’s leadership selected TJC as their partner in this recapitalization,” said Brian Higgins, head of TJC’s logistics and supply chain vertical. “We strongly support the team’s vision for continued growth and look forward to partnering with them as we bring expanded financial resources and expertise to accelerate Echo’s technology leadership that has set the company apart from its competitors.”
Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Echo, and Winston & Strawn LLP is serving as legal counsel to Echo. Citi is serving as financial advisor to TJC and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal counsel to TJC. Credit Suisse AG and Citi will provide financing for the transaction.
About Echo Global Logistics
Echo Global Logistics, Inc. is a leading Fortune 1000 provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. Headquartered in Chicago with more than 30 offices around the country, Echo offers freight brokerage and Managed Transportation solutions for all major modes, including truckload, partial truckload, LTL, intermodal, and expedited. Echo maintains a proprietary, web-based technology platform that compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 50,000 transportation providers to serve 35,000 clients across a wide range of industries and simplify the critical tasks involved in transportation management. For more information on Echo Global Logistics, visit: www.echo.com.
About The Jordan Company
The Jordan Company (“TJC”), founded in 1982, is a middle-market private equity firm that has managed funds with original capital commitments in excess of $17 billion since 1987 and a 39-year track record of investing in and contributing to the growth of many businesses across a wide range of industries, including Consumer & Healthcare; Industrials; Technology, Telecom & Utility; and Transportation & Logistics. The senior investment team has been investing together for over 20 years and it is supported by the Operations Management Group, which was established in 1988 to initiate and support operational improvements in portfolio companies. Headquartered in New York, TJC also has offices in Chicago and Stamford. For more information, please visit www.thejordancomapny.com.