Capital Structure: What it is and Why it Matters

A company’s capital structure is arguably one of its most important choices. From a technical perspective, the capital structure is defined as the careful balance between equity and debt that a business uses to finance its assets, day-to-day operations, and future growth. From a tactical perspective however, it influences everything

Where Has the Capacity Gone?

The market remains dynamic, with all sorts of discussions about rate increases, truck availability, and the underlying state of capacity. As one shipper said to another recently, “Find me trucks.” When asked “where?”, his response was “anywhere going anywhere.” It’s been that crazy with networks out of balance more than

Recent Transportation and Logistics Trends

The ATA’s seasonally-adjusted trucking index increased more than 6% in 2013, with particular acceleration in 2H’13, making it the best year since 1998 and providing positive indications for the broader, tangible-goods economy In January, ISM reported that the overall economy expanded for the 56th consecutive month, although the PMI registered

Trucking Mergers Could Be Big in 2014

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the global transportation and logistics industry ended on a very strong note in 2013. M&A featured a 57% increase in deal volume and more than doubled the deal value in the fourth quarter, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The company concluded that even more deals

Contrans Group Inc. acquires Best Transfer

Contrans Group Inc. (TSX: CSS) announced today that it has acquired the operating assets and real property of Best Transfer, a trucking business, located near Guelph, Ontario. The business has provided transportation services to customers that require flatbed, tank and dry bulk trailers. It is expected that this acquisition will

December 2012 trucking conditions

December business conditions deteriorated compared to November with about 53% reporting that conditions were the same but nearly 31% saying conditions were worse, according to the latest Randall-Reilly MarketPulse survey of trucking conditions. The Carrier Sentiment Index dropped to 5.75 in December from 6.22 in November. About 44% of carriers