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Truckers Wait for Washington reports that 93% of carrier executives are not pleased with the results of the 2012 presidential election. However, 9% of small carriers are pleased, compared to only 1% of large carriers. These numbers are sourced from the latest Business Expectations Survey, conducted quarterly by trucking industry consulting firm Transport Capital Partners.

In addition, a majority of trucking companies are waiting for the “Fiscal Cliff” debate to be resolved before moving forward with any major mergers and acquisitions. TCP partner Steven Dutro notes, “Carrier executives know that if consumers and businesses are uncertain about the economy, in general, and their own personal finances, in particular, they will not be buying goods. It’s not surprising that carriers are unwilling to risk their own capital if their customers are also sitting on theirs.”

TCP partner Richard Mikes reports a similar sentiment among his industry contacts: “There is a general pause evident throughout the industry,” said Mikes. “Most carriers are in a ‘parked’ mode.”

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Carriers Unhappy with Election 2012 reports that an overwhelming 93% of transportation executives are displeased with the results of this year’s presidential election. This data comes from the 4th Quarter Business Expectations Survey conducted by Transport Capital Partners.

Additionally, TCP partners Richard Mikes and Steven Dutro report that uncertainty around the “Fiscal Cliff” debate in Washington is causing carriers to hesitate before proceeding with any mergers and acquisitions. Read the full article here.

HDMA Quotes Lana Batts on Fiscal Cliff, the website for the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, references a Transport Topics article about the impending “Fiscal Cliff.” According to TCP Partner Lana Batts, “A lot of carriers say they want to sell before the end of the year. They may be buyers or sellers, but in the end they’re individuals, and a 3 percent or 6 percent tax increase comes out of their cash.” As a result, many carriers are waiting for the debate in Washington to be resolved before taking action on major transactions.

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Batts Quoted in Transport Topics Article Regarding “Fiscal Cliff”

TCP partner Lana Batts was recently quoted in an article by Transport Topics titled, “Fiscal Cliff’ Sparks New Deals as Carriers Ponder Tax Changes.” As the Obama administration and Congress deliberate 0ver revenue and spending changes, carriers are hurrying to sell before the end of the year. Batts noted that the fiscal cliff affects private equity buyers that “are thinking five years out. They want to flip those companies in five years, but they don’t know what the tax rate will be.” Read the full article here.




Boyd Brothers Acquires Mid Seven Transportation – Facilitated by Transport Capital Partners

Boyd Bros. Transportation recently acquired Mid Seven Transportation in Des Moines, Iowa. Layover Magazine reports on the acquisition which was facilitated by Miller Welborn and Jim Parham of Transport Capital Partners. “It is exciting for me to see Mid Seven Transportation Company become a member of the Boyd Bros. family of carriers,” said Jeff Simpson of Mid Seven. “Both companies have long histories of operating with integrity, commitment to customer service and placing a high value on their employees and independent contractors.” Read the full article here. Boyd Bros. Acquires Mid Seven Transportation

Boyd Brothers has acquired Mid Seven Transportation, as reported by online trucking magazine

With revenues in excess of $6 million, Mid Seven will continue to operate as a separate subsidiary. Mid Seven is based in the Midwest United States, with extended shipping to other parts of the country.

Transport Capital Partners was instrumental in facilitating an agreement. Read the article at Mid Seven Acquired by Boyd Brothers reports that Boyd Brothers Transportation has acquired Mid Seven Transportation. The transaction was executed with the help of Miller Welborn and Jim Parham of Transport Capital Partners.

“This acquisition by Boyd Bros allows Boyd to move into a market that has historically been a strong flatbed market and also gives the combined companies a strong base to build on  for the future,” says Welborn about the transaction. “Mid Seven has a great reputation to build upon and can grow rapidly.”

“We are proud to add Mid Seven Transportion to the Boyd family of companies,” said Boyd Bros. President Richard Bailey. “We plan to operate Mid Seven autonomously as a separate subsidiary. Mid Seven has some of the best owner operators and employees in the industry and we are especially proud of their safety and service culture.” Read the full article here.