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Kirby to buy Allied assets in $116 million deal

Written by Nick Blenkey

kirby flagSEPTEMBER 4, 2012 — Tank barge operator Kirby Corporation reports that it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Allied Transportation Company, a subsidiary of Allied Marine Industries, and two affiliated companies.

Allied is an operator of offshore barges and tugboats involved in the coastal transportation of petrochemicals, as well as dry sugar products, in the Northeast, Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions of the U.S. Customers include major petrochemical companies, most of which are current Kirby customers for inland tank barge services. Allied’s fleet consists of 10 coastwise tank barges with a total liquid capacity of 680,000 barrels, three offshore dry-bulk barges with a total capacity of 48,000 deadweight tons, and seven tugboats.

The total value of the cash transaction is anticipated to be $116 million (before post-closing adjustments and fees), including $10 million that will be paid contingent on developments with the sugar provisions in the U.S. Farm Bill.

The purchase will be financed through Kirby’s revolving credit facility. Last week, Kirby received the consent and commitment from participating banks to increase its unsecured revolving credit facility from $250 million to $325 million. The closing of the Allied transaction is expected to occur in the late third or early fourth quarter of 2012 and is subject to certain conditions, including expiration of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Joe Pyne, Kirby’s Chairman and CEO, commented, “We are very pleased to announce our agreement with Allied. Operating as a U.S. Jones Act carrier primarily in the offshore petrochemical business, Allied has one of the most complementary coastal fleets to Kirby’s existing coastal and inland operations. In addition to enhancing Kirby’s ability to expand and strengthen certain existing customer relationships, the acquisition of Allied provides Kirby with a strong footprint from which to grow the petrochemical segment of our offshore business.”

Mr. Pyne further commented, “We expect the positive earnings impact from Allied on our 2012 results will be offset by transaction related expenses. Accordingly, our guidance for 2012 remains in the $3.50 to $3.70 per share range. For 2013, we expect the earnings per share contribution from Allied to be in the $0.06 to $0.08 range.”

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