Knight, Swift Announce All-Stock Transaction With Enterprise Value Of $6B

Knight Transportation (KNX) and Swift Transportation Company (SWFT) announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a merger of Knight and Swift in an all-stock transaction that will create the industry's largest full truckload company. The combined company will be named Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc. and will trade under the ticker "KNX."

This transaction combines under common ownership two long-standing industry leaders creating North America's premier truckload transportation company with $5 billion in annual revenue and a "Top 5" truckload presence in dry van, refrigerated, dedicated, cross-border Mexico and Canada, and a significant presence in brokerage and intermodal. The holding company structure will enable the Knight and Swift businesses to operate under common ownership and share best practices, while maintaining distinct brands and operations. The company will remain headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona operating with approximately 23,000 tractors, 77,000 trailers, and 28,000 employees. Under the terms of the definitive agreement each Swift share will convert into 0.72 shares of Knight-Swift by means of a reverse stock split. Each share of Knight will be exchanged for one Knight-Swift share. Based on the $30.65 closing price of Knight shares on April 7, 2017, the last trading day prior to the announcement, the implied value per share of Swift is $22.07. Upon closing of the transaction, Swift stockholders will own approximately 54 percent and Knight stockholders will own approximately 46 percent of the combined company.

Based on Knight's closing share price on April 7, 2017, the number of combined company shares expected to be outstanding after closing and the combined net debt of Swift and Knight as of December 31, 2016, the combined company would have an implied enterprise value of approximately $6 billion. Knight is expected to be the accounting acquirer, and the transaction is expected to be accretive to adjusted EPS with expected pre-tax synergies of approximately $15 million in the second half of 2017, $100 million in 2018, and $150 million in 2019. Knight has been among the most efficient truckload motor carriers and Knight-Swift expects to employ a cross-functional team to generate significant synergies across both brands. The transaction is expected to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share and to generate pre-tax revenue and cost synergies of approximately $15 million in the second half of 2017, $100 million in 2018 and $150 million in 2019. Synergies are expected to be realized from sharing best practices from each company, improving yield, identifying purchasing economies, benefitting from broader geographic scale and capitalizing on an enhanced cash flow profile to reduce interest costs.

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