C.H. Robinson to Acquire Prime Distribution Services

The agreement is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

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C.H. Robinson announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Prime Distribution Services, a leading provider of retail consolidation services in North America, from Roadrunner Transportation. The agreement is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

Prime had $108.7 million in total revenues for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. C.H. Robinson intends to purchase Prime for approximately $225 million in cash. The acquisition is expected to be slightly accretive in 2020 and will be financed through cash on hand and funds drawn from C.H. Robinson’s existing credit facilities.

“Prime Distribution Services is a high-quality growth company that brings scale and value-added warehouse capabilities to our retail consolidation platform, adding to our global suite of services,” says Bob Biesterfeld, C.H. Robinson chief executive officer. “Prime has an outstanding track record of success, a talented and experienced team and a focus on delivering great value to its customers and carriers.”

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Prime Distribution Services provides a comprehensive suite of retail consolidation solutions, including distribution, fulfillment and inventory management, and currently operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Roadrunner Transportation. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Plainfield, Indiana, Prime employs approximately 270 people and has five fulfillment and distribution facilities totaling approximately 2.6 million square feet across the United States. Prime currently serves approximately 140 customers.

“Prime Distribution brings capabilities and synergies to our North American Surface Transportation business and allows us to provide a strategic advantage for our customers delivering to retailers,” said Mac Pinkerton, President of North American Surface Transportation of C.H. Robinson. “We are excited to welcome the talented team at Prime to C.H. Robinson, and we will work hard to create even more value for our combined set of employees, customers and carriers.”

“In joining C.H. Robinson, Prime begins an exciting new chapter,” said Bill Vechiarella, President of Prime Distribution Services. “We believe this combination will position us well to continue to provide excellent service to our customers and foster growth by leveraging C.H. Robinson’s scale, expertise and core service offerings.”

Once the deal closes, C.H. Robinson will integrate Prime Distribution Services into its North American Surface Transportation division and single global, multimodal technology platform, Navisphere®.

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