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Knight-Swift (KNX) Buys Kansas City-Based UTXL for $22.5M

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Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings, Inc. (KNX - Free Report) has acquired Kansas City, MO-based third-party logistics company UTXL, Inc for approximately $22.5 million.

UTXL, which specializes in over-the-road full-truckload and multi-stop loads, generated operating revenues of more than $100 million last year. This, in turn, contributed to an operating ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of revenues) in the low-90s.

The acquisition widens Knight-Swift’s customer base across the United States, Canada and Mexico, where UTXL served thousands of shippers.

The purchase price is subject to customary working capital adjustment and additional potential deferred payments over the next two years.

Regarding the transaction, Knight-Swift’s CEO, Dave Jackson, stated, "The UTXL team’s excellence in providing customer-specific solutions will be an invaluable complement to our Knight-Swift transportation service offerings. UTXL provides outstanding and unique customer service with some of the truckload industry’s most demanding service requirements.”

Knight-Swift’s successive acquisitions to drive growth are noteworthy. Previously, in February, the company acquired a majority stake in Greenville, SC-based software provider Eleos.

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