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“Strategic Acquisition Criteria: Sigma M&A’s Buyer Profile for Logistics Companies in Texas”

Sigma Business Brokers M&A (a Dallas business broker) currently as several buyer actively seeking  logistics companies in Texas with a particular focus on Dallas and Houston, Texas. The Logistic Business buyer is seeking companies generating approximately +/- $1 to $3 million in EBITDA (see the definition of EBITDA here), emphasizing a low level of customer concentration.

The target EBITDA range of around $1 to $3 million reflects the financial capacity and strategic objectives of this buyer.

The geographical focus on Dallas and Houston is a deliberate strategy to tap into the thriving logistics markets in these regions. Both cities offer robust opportunities and align with the buyer’s growth strategy. The buyer’s preference is directed towards logistics companies that exhibit operational excellence. While the ideal EBITDA is set at approximately $1 million, there is flexibility within a reasonable range. This approach allows for “addbacks” or personal benifets that have lowered your EBITDA to be accounted and added to the valuation.

  • -/+ 1 to 3 million in EBITDA is their minimum requirement and are easily able to go above.
  • Customer concentration is a critical factor for the buyer. They insist on low customer concentration, ensuring that no single client contributes more than 20% of the total revenue.

Here are some examples of types of Logistics companies.

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1. Freight Forwarders:
– These companies coordinate the transportation of goods from one point to another, often across borders. They handle the logistics of shipping, including documentation and customs clearance.

2. Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Providers:
– 3PL providers offer outsourced logistics services, handling everything from transportation and warehousing to order fulfillment and distribution.

3. Trucking Companies:
– These companies focus on transporting goods via trucks. They can be further categorized into full truckload (FTL) carriers, which transport large shipments, and less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers, which handle smaller loads.

4. Courier and Delivery Services:
– Companies in this category specialize in small package and document delivery. They often provide expedited services for time-sensitive shipments.

5. Warehousing and Distribution Centers:
– These companies manage storage facilities for goods, along with distribution services. They play a crucial role in inventory management and order fulfillment.

6. Shipping Lines:
– Shipping lines operate ocean vessels for transporting goods internationally. They handle the movement of containers and bulk cargo across major waterways.

7. Air Freight Companies:
– Specializing in the rapid transportation of goods by air, these companies provide expedited shipping for time-sensitive or high-value cargo.

8. Rail Freight Companies:
– Focused on transporting goods via rail networks, these companies are particularly efficient for large shipments covering long distances.

9. Intermodal Logistics Providers:
– These companies offer integrated solutions that involve multiple modes of transportation (such as combining trucking, rail, and ocean freight) to optimize the supply chain.

10. Cold Chain Logistics Providers:
– Companies in this sector specialize in the transportation and storage of temperature-sensitive goods, such as perishable foods, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines.

11. Last-Mile Delivery Companies:
– These providers handle the final leg of the delivery process, ensuring goods reach the end consumer’s doorstep. They are crucial for e-commerce and retail distribution.

12. Reverse Logistics Companies:
– Focused on managing the return process, these companies handle product recalls, returns, and recycling, optimizing the reverse flow of goods in the supply chain.

13. Parcel Carriers:
– Specializing in small package delivery, these carriers manage the shipment of lightweight parcels and are often used for business and consumer shipments.

These are just a few examples, and within each category, companies may further specialize based on the industries they serve or the specific services they offer. The logistics industry is diverse and plays a vital role in ensuring the efficient movement of goods from production to consumption.

In summary, Sigma M&A’s current buyer profile is distinctly focused on strategically acquiring logistics companies all over Texas, specifically in Dallas and Houston. The buyer’s financial capability, target EBITDA range, and emphasis on low customer concentration reflect a deliberate and calculated approach to identifying a suitable acquisition opportunity in the logistics sector.

Scot Cockroft Business Broker
Hi, I’m Scot Cockroft.

When I founded Sigma Mergers and Acquisitions back in 2003, I had sold my business the year prior.

Now, that can sound good, but let me tell you, back in 2003, it was not easy to sell a business. Not that I’m saying in modern day times it’s easy to sell a business, but back then I interviewed broker after broker after broker, and no one was interested in actually seeing the value that my business brought to the table.


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