Transportation & Logistics Services Sector Update

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Transportation & Logistics Overview

Global transportation and logistics industry participants include third party logistics, freight management, and transportation service companies serving variety of end-markets. Key public industry players are categorized by subsectors as follows:

Sub-Sector Public Revenue / EBITDA Multiple(1) Description Key Select Industry Leadership
Logistics Providers 1.48x/8.7x Third-party logistics providers offering warehouse management, order fulfillment, and shipment services
  • Agility Public Warehousing
  • Air Transport Services
  • Atlas Air Worldwide
  • C.H. Robinson Worldwide
  • Deutsche Post
  • DSV
  • Expeditors International of Washington
  • FedEx

  • Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Forward Air
  • Hub Group
  • J.B. Hunt Transport
  • Kuehne + Nagel International
  • Landstar System 
  • Ryder System
  • TFI International 
  • United Parcel Service
  • World Fuel Services
Marine 1.59x/5.1x Ocean and marine freight transportation and logistics services
  • A.P. Møller -Mærsk
  • Costamare
  • Diana Shipping
  • Kirby
  • Matson
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Rail and Rail Services 4.42x/13.9x Rail-based freight transportation services
  • Canadian National Railway
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • CSX
  • Norfolk Southern
  • The Greenbrier Companies
  • Trinity Industries
  • Union Pacific
  • Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies
Trucking 1.47x/6.3x Companies offering truckload transportation services
  • ArcBest
  • Covenant Logistics
  • Heartland Express
  • Knight-Swift Transportation
  • Marten Transport
  • Old Dominion Freight Line
  • P.A.M. Transportation
  • Saia
  • Werner Enterprises



Sector Perspectives: The U.S. Transportation and Logistics Market

  • Recent supply chain disruptions, coupled with the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, have strained transportation and shipping networks dating back to the first half of 2020
    • Transportation and logistics companies continually need to meet the challenge of ongoing supply-chain issues. Labor constraints and capacity at ports in China, and elsewhere, are unable to meet current demand requirements
    • Approximately 11% of shipments from Asia arrived on time in North America this month, down from 18% in May 2021 and 59% for the same month two years ago
  • While Class 8 truck orders, which indicate market confidence and the need to scale capacity, were 56,500 units in Sep-2022, significantly up from 21,400 units in last month, build rates continue to be adversely affected due to bottlenecks and labor shortages faced by suppliers in the industry.

Class 8 Truck Orders (January 2016 –September 2022)

  • To alleviate supply chain constraints, the U.S. federal government formed the Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, jointly led by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Agriculture. Actions taken to augment the nation’s supply chain include:
    • Maintain operations for ports 24/7
    • Reduce long-dwelling containers, working to increase freight rail services, and alleviating workforce constraints
  • Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP) Grants: DOT announced $450 million of funding available for ports across the country for infrastructure upgrades such as constructing new berths, restoring docks, and extending rail lines
  • DOT launched a Trucking Action Plan, a two-fold effort focused on the recruitment of truck drivers as well as improving the quality of existing driver jobs in order to mitigate low retention rates
  • The U.S. Logistics Manager’s Index (LMI) is a combination of eight key logistics metrics that indicate the contraction / expansion of transportation activity. A reading of 50%+ indicates that logistics is expanding
    • The LMI decreased to 61.4 in Sept-2022, up from 59.7 in Aug-2022, indicating an ongoing market shift toward more sustainable, moderate levels of growth

Logistics Manager’s Index in the U.S.

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  1. Valuation Multiples represent Enterprise Value to LTM Revenue and LTM EBITDA at 7/31/2022

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