Expansion into Northern Ontario Creates New Opportunities
BARRIE, ON, July 15 /CNW/ - Student Transportation of Canada ("STC"), an operating subsidiary of Student Transportation Inc. (TSX: STB) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Leuschen Bros. Limited ("Leuschen"), a school bus operator based in Sudbury, Ontario. The transaction and closing were contingent upon meeting certain conditions and receiving various consents and renewals, which have been obtained. Management said the transaction is immediately accretive to shareholders of its common stock. While the purchase price was not disclosed, the company funded the deal through its credit facility. Leuschen will add over 250 vehicles from three new locations and increase STC's net revenues by $12.0 million, a 20 percent increase for that subsidiary year over year.
"Leuschen is a fantastic company and a great acquisition for us," said Denis J. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STC and its parent company. "The company adds Canadian revenues and cash flows which increase the natural hedge for our continued dividend program. It also increases regional density to our management and operations in Ontario and opens up a new, strategic area of expansion for us in the province. Like so many other great acquisitions we have completed, this is a family business like ours. Since 1952, the Leuschen family and its management team have earned an outstanding reputation in the pupil transportation industry and we are extremely pleased they chose to partner with us. We are excited to work with them as we get ready for the new school year."
Leuschen's main school bus transportation contract was recently tendered and currently runs through June 2016 with agreed upon annual rate increases. Additionally, Leuschen provides transportation services to physically disabled residents of Greater Sudbury, operating as part of the city's Handi-Transit system.
"As we continue to grow, we may see other forms of 'contracted transportation,' similar to ours, such as transportation for our aging population and transportation for the physically challenged, as a natural fit for future expansion. These services are a good fit for the Leuschen operations and we see them as potential growth opportunities for us as well," Gallagher said.
"We have seen an increase in the tendering process this year in the province and, as a result, have won some and lost some business. We currently have approximately 6 percent of the school transportation market in Ontario and are well-positioned for the long term. This new acquisition continues to build on our platform and the strengths of our long-term business objectives."
About Student Transportation Inc.
Founded in 1997, Student Transportation Inc. is North America's third-largest and most progressive school bus transportation services company, operating more than 6,500 vehicles. Student Transportation of Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of STI and its family of local companies, delivers safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation solutions to school districts throughout Canada. Services are delivered by drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers and others who are caring members of their local communities. For more information, please visit www.rideSTA.com.
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