United Rentals Completes Acquisition of BakerCorp

United Rentals Inc. announced July 31 that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of BakerCorp International Holdings Inc. for a total purchase price of approximately $715 million. The transaction was funded through a combination of cash and available capacity on the company’s senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility.

BakerCorp is a leading multinational provider of tank, pump, filtration and trench shoring rental solutions for a broad range of industrial and construction applications. With the acquisition, United Rentals substantially augments its bundled solutions for fluid storage, transfer and treatment; expands its strategic account base; and gains a significant opportunity to increase revenue and enhance customer service by cross-selling to its broader customer base.

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The BakerCorp acquisition added approximately 25,000 units of fleet, 46 branches in North America and 11 in Europe, and approximately 950 employees to United Rentals’ footprint. For the trailing 12 months ended May 31, 2018, BakerCorp generated $79 million of adjusted EBITDA at a 26.9% margin on $295 million of total revenue.

Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, “The Baker acquisition is a highly strategic move on our part to grow our Specialty segment. Our expanded expertise in fluid solutions will benefit our customers and build long-term value for our investors. Today we welcomed almost a thousand top-notch colleagues as the first step in the integration.”

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The company has updated its 2018 guidance solely to reflect the acquisition of BakerCorp. The new guidance includes $140 million of total revenue, $40 million of adjusted EBITDA and $50 million of gross capital spending, reflecting the anticipated impact of the acquisition on the company’s full-year results.

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