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WillScot Mobile Mini (WSC) Buys Elite Modular, Stock Rise

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WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings Corp.’s (WSC - Free Report) shares moved up 1.21% in the after-hours trading session on May 16, after it announced the acquisition of Elite Modular Leasing and Sales, Inc. The company funded the transaction through cash on hand and borrowings under the revolving credit agreement.

The deal has helped WSC add approximately 900 modular units to its existing California operations and particular expertise in serving the public education sector.

Acquisitions to Drive Growth

Over the past several years, WillScot Mobile Mini has been on an acquisition spree. It has a strong track record of business integrations generating significant synergies. On May 9, the company announced that it acquired the rental fleet and related assets from Georgia Storage Containers, Inc., enhancing its existing greater Atlanta operation with more than 1,000 storage units.

From January to April, the company closed three acquisitions. The buyout strategy helps WSC reach new customers, expand product and service offerings, and create additional revenue and cost synergies opportunities. The company expects more such acquisitions in the rest of 2022.

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Shares of this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company have outperformed the Zacks Furniture industry in the year-to-date period. The company benefits from continuous product innovation, solid segmental results and transformation of the legacy WillScot business into Mobile Mini's SAP platform. Improved housing market fundamentals in the United States make the company’s near-term outlook encouraging.

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