Wright Express To Acquire Fleet One, A Privately Held Fuel Card Provider For The Over-the-Road And Local Retail Fueling Markets In The U.S.
Wright Express Corporation (NYSE: WXS), a leading provider of value-based business payment processing and information management solutions, and Fleet One, an over-the-road and local retail fueling business, announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Wright Express will acquire Fleet One from private equity firms LLR Partners and FTV Capital for $369 million in cash. This transaction is expected to generate approximately $100 million in present value of tax benefits for Wright Express. The all cash transaction will be financed through the Company’s existing credit facility and is anticipated to be immediately accretive to the Company's adjusted net income, which is a non-GAAP measure, excluding one-time charges related to the transaction. The transaction is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2012, subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
Fleet One provides fuel cards and fleet management information services that address the entire fuel card supply chain and has a meaningful presence in both the over-the-road and local fleet markets. For the last twelve months ending June 30, 2012, Fleet One’s businesses generated revenue in excess of $56 million. They have 210,000 active cards, which are accepted at 60,000 locations, including 6,700 over-the-road locations.
"This is a unique opportunity to combine Fleet One’s strong brand and presence in the over-the-road market with Wright Express’ best-in-class product set to service the full spectrum of fleets,” said Michael Dubyak, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Wright Express. “Fleet One’s over-the-road business will give us an immediate presence in the heavy truck market in the U.S. and Canada, while the blending of Fleet One and Wright Express’ small fleet and private label businesses should provide greater scale. Additionally, their enhanced portfolio of services will strengthen our position to support mixed fleets. We expect this acquisition to provide us with significant opportunities for growth and it further demonstrates our commitment to expanding our Americas fleet business,” concluded Dubyak.
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