ProNorth Transportation sold to Toronto firm for $5.8M

261115_JT_pronorth_truckNorthern trucking firm was founded in 1986 and has a well-established customer base throughout Ontario

A familiar northern trucking company headquartered in North Bay, but with terminals in Sudbury and Mississauga, has been sold to a Toronto firm.

ProNorth Transportation has been bought by Titanium Transportation Group, in a deal expected to close Dec. 1.

The company was founded by Brian Glass in 1986 and has a well-established customer base throughout Ontario.

In a letter to employees obtained by in North Bay, Glass wrote, “The sale will position ProNorth to become modern, competitive (and) efficient, and will be able to better service its customer base, both present and future.

“Titanium provides a unique and compelling opportunity to participate in the rapid growth of a new generation transportation company. We are excited to be joining the Titanium team.”

Glass becomes a shareholder of Titanium Transportation.

ProNorth provides truckload van shipping services to more than 250 customers, with 110 power units, 280 trailers and 150 employees and independent owner-operators. The acquisition of ProNorth increases Titanium’s fleet size by more than 30 per cent, to a total of over 450 power units and more than 1,200 trailers.

Based in North Bay, with terminals in Mississauga and Sudbury, ProNorth also has facilities in Timmins.

Under the terms of the deal, Titanium acquires all of ProNorth’s stock for a total cash consideration of $5.8 million and 1,750,000 common shares. Upon closing, ProNorth is expected to have approximately $1.7 million of cash on hand.

The remaining $4.1 million of the cash consideration will be funded using Titanium’s existing credit facilities. The shares of Titanium to be issued in connection with the transaction will be subject to a two-year escrow arrangement.

Titanium will also be purchasing some real estate used in the operation of ProNorth for the aggregate purchase price of $2.5 million. The purchase of the property will be funded using $250,000 of cash on hand and a $2.25 million nine-year, interest-free, vendor take back financing agreement.

“It’s all good,” Ted Daniel, CEO of Titanium told BayToday, said of the deal. “It will create opportunity for ProNorth to expand.”

The company is not looking at laying off any workers, Daniel said. In fact, Titanium is looking to grow.

“We’re a public company with a lot of money in the bank to invest in our future growth and get our shareholders a good rate of return over the next five to 10 years,” he said. “So no job losses. We’re hoping to increase the amount of freight by using our ability to expand our network, not shrink it.”

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