UPS Completes Coyote Logistics Acquisition for $1.8 Billion (NYSE: UPS)

UPS Completes Coyote Logistics Acquisition: It was announced today (Wednesday) that the United Parcel Services Inc.'s (NYSE: UPS) $1.8 billion acquisition of Coyote has been finalized.

Coyote is a leading provider of logistics and transportation services. The acquisition will allow UPS to capitalize on the fast-growing freight brokerage business.

Atlanta-based UPS expects to benefit from annual operating synergies of $100 million to $150 million. That will come from purchased transportation, backhaul utilization, cross-selling to customers, and technology systems. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to UPS earnings in 2016.

Top NewsThe transaction is being financed with available cash, as well as existing and new debt.

Coyote is one of the fastest growing third-party logistics providers in the country. It coordinates freight movement across North America for some 40,000 shippers of all sizes. Its clients are involved in numerous industries, including consumer goods, industrial goods, retail, and healthcare. Last year, Coyote booked $2 billion in revenue.

For several years, shippers have been switching to cheaper and slower delivery methods, like freight. U.S. domestic freight brokers, or third-party logistics companies, grew 20% in 2014. By 2018, the industry is expected to reach nearly $200 billion in overall sales, according to research firm Armstrong & Associates.

The industry has seen a flurry of consolidation as more and more consumers shop online and demand purchases be delivered more quickly. The UPS-Coyote union marks the third-largest logistics deal this year.

In April, UPS's main rival FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced a $4.8 billion deal for Dutch parcel delivery company TNT Express. Also in April, XPO Logistics Inc. (NYSE: XPO) agreed to buy European rival Norbert Dentressangle SA for about $3.53 billion, including debt.

Now that UPS has completed its acquisition of Coyote Logistics, here's what investors can expect...

UPS Stock After the Coyote Logistics Acquisition

This is not UPS's first acquisition of 2015. Last month, subsidiary UPS Capital announced the purchase of the Insured Parcel Services. The unit is the logistics arm of G4S, the world's leading global integrated security company.

The purchase followed UPS Capital's recent acquisition of Parcel Pro, the leading logistics provider to the high-value jewelry, wristwatch, and collectibles industries.

Both deals will help UPS ensure the security of valuable international parcel shipments for highly priced items.

UPS hopes these strategic acquisitions will boost revenue and give it an even bigger edge in a crowded industry. New alternative delivery methods like ridesharing services Uber and Lyft have created even more competition in the market.

On July 28, UPS posted strong Q2 earnings per share (EPS) of $1.35, up from $1.21 a share in the year ago period. That beat estimates of $1.27.

Revenue, however, dipped 1.2% to $14.1 billion. That missed forecasts of $14.51 billion. A stronger U.S. dollar and lower fuel surcharges were blamed for the shortfall.

Nonetheless, the company gave a bullish outlook for FY 2015 and outlined plans for cost controls during the crucial holiday season.

"Even though the U.S. economy appears to be growing at a slower pace, our global portfolio and performance reinforces our expectations to attain the higher end of the guidance range," the company said.

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Still, Wall Street is taking the guidance with a grain of salt. The median analyst recommendation on UPS stock is "Hold," according to data from The Wall Street Journal.

At a recent price of $102.21, shares are down 8.06% year to date.

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