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Knight Transportation, Inc. (NYSE:KNX)(“Knight”), one of North America’s largest and most diversified truckload transportation companies, today announced that it has proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK) for $9.00 per share in cash, valuing the equity of USA Truck at approximately $95 million. The total value of the proposed transaction is approximately $242 million, including USA Truck’s approximately $147 million of outstanding net indebtedness. The proposal represents a significant premium of approximately 39% to USA Truck’s closing price on September 25, 2013, the last trading day prior to this announcement; a premium of approximately 50% to USA Truck’s average closing price for the ten trading days preceding this announcement; and a premium of approximately 58% to USA Truck’s closing price on August 27, 2013, the last trading day prior to Knight’s August 28, 2013, proposal letter to USA Truck’s Board of Directors.
Knight also announced today that it has filed a Schedule 13D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing ownership of 829,946 shares of USA Truck common stock, representing approximately 8% of USA Truck’s shares outstanding.
“We are confident that USA Truck shareholders will share our strong belief that Knight’s $9.00 per share all-cash, premium proposal would provide significant and immediate cash value that is significantly more attractive than USA Truck’s standalone prospects,” said Kevin Knight, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Knight. “For Knight’s shareholders, we are confident that a combination with USA Truck would create value by further enhancing our position as a leading provider of multiple truckload transportation services in North America. Today Knight is well positioned to gain market share by leveraging our services, technology, relationships and service center network, and we are confident that the proposed transaction would further accelerate our growth.
“Knight and USA Truck operate in complementary service lines, and this proposed transaction would create an operationally and financially stronger transportation company that is better positioned to deliver value for all of our stakeholders,” continued Mr. Knight. “Our company has a demonstrated history of operational excellence, and we believe that we can meaningfully increase the financial performance of USA Truck’s operations. Knight is ready and willing to complete this transaction, and we are prepared to take the necessary steps to realize the benefits inherent in this proposed combination.