Mullen Group Ltd.
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Mullen Group Ltd.
Kriska Holdings Limited

Kriska Holdings Limited

September 25, 2014 17:21 ET

Mullen Group Ltd. and Kriska Holdings Limited Announce Investment in a New Growth Orientated Transportation and Logistics Company

OKOTOKS, ALBERTA and PRESCOTT, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 25, 2014) - Mullen Group Ltd. ("Mullen Group" and/or the "Corporation") (TSX:MTL) and Kriska Holdings Limited ("Kriska Holdings") are pleased to announce that they have entered into a letter of intent ("LOI") in which Mullen Group and Kriska Holdings have agreed to proportionate investments into the creation of Kriska Transportation Group Limited ("Kriska Transportation") which will be a new growth orientated transportation and logistics company based in Prescott, Ontario. Mullen Group will be contributing its interest in Mill Creek Motor Freight L.P. ("Mill Creek") in exchange for a 30 percent equity interest in Kriska Transportation. Mark Seymour will be contributing his interest in Kriska Holdings to Kriska Transportation in exchange for a 70 percent equity interest in Kriska Transportation. Mark Seymour, a 30-year industry veteran of the Canadian trucking industry and the current Chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, will be the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kriska Transportation. In addition to Mullen Group having a board position in Kriska Transportation, the Corporation will be acquiring the real property used in the operations of Kriska Transportation and will be entering into long-term leases with Kriska Transportation. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to conditions typical for a transaction of this nature.

"We have been monitoring the trucking and logistics sector in Canada for a number of years. Over the past 12 to 18 months there has been significant consolidation in the trucking and logistics sector, particularly in eastern Canada. As such we believe our timing is right to partner with Mark Seymour and his team in the creation of a new growth orientated company that provides alternatives to customers, employees, owner operators and a new platform for additional investments into well run trucking and logistics companies. Mark Seymour's extensive experience in the trucking industry and vast network of personal contacts makes him the ideal person to run this new company. Moreover, we believe that aligning with Kriska Transportation provides Mullen Group shareholders with the best opportunity to participate in the industry consolidation that we expect to occur in the Ontario trucking sector. I look forward to working with Mark at the board level as we position Kriska Transportation for the future", said Mr. Murray K. Mullen, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Mullen Group.

"Kriska Holdings has a long and proven record of acquiring trucking companies in Ontario, and I am thrilled to be welcoming the employees and owner operators of Mill Creek into the Kriska family," noted Mr. Seymour, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kriska Holdings. "In addition, I am pleased to have the Mullen Group as a shareholder of Kriska Transportation. The Mullen Group's focus on safety, operational discipline, and well-being of their employees is congruent with how we operate at Kriska Holdings, and working together I'm confident we will raise the bar for our employees, customers, and shareholders. The impact of the driver shortage has become a major issue to shippers and carriers alike; this transaction allows us to go to market with the asset-based capacity our customer's value, and will provide a strong, stable platform for future acquisitions."

Kriska Transportation will be one of the largest growth orientated Ontario based transportation and logistics companies. Both Mill Creek and Kriska Holdings will continue to operate as wholly owned subsidiaries of Kriska Transportation.

A summary of the assets of Kriska Holdings and Mill Creek are as follows:

Kriska Holdings Mill Creek Kriska Transportation
People (Including Owner/Operators) 505 158 663
Power Units 350 107 457
Trailers 1,200 291 1,491

Founded in 1978, the Kriska Group of Companies is a privately held, family owned Canadian corporation. A fourteen time consecutive winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, today Kriska Holdings is a premiere asset-based provider of both dry and temperature controlled transportation serving Canada and the United States. As a recognized early adapter of technology, Kriska Holdings is well positioned to help its customers achieve continuous improvement in their supply chains. For more information about Kriska Holdings please visit www.kriska.com.

Mullen Group is a company that owns a network of independently operated businesses. Mullen Group provides a wide range of specialized transportation and related services to the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada and is one of the leading suppliers of trucking and logistics services in Canada - two sectors of the economy in which Mullen Group has strong business relationships and industry leadership. Mullen Group provides management and financial expertise, technology and systems support, shared services and strategic planning to its independent businesses. Mullen Group is a publicly traded corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MTL". Additional information is available on our website at www.mullen-group.com or on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risk factors associated with the trucking/logistics business and the overall economy. The parties believe that the expectations reflected in this news release are reasonable, but results may be affected by a variety of variables. The parties rely on litigation protection for "forward-looking" statements.

Contact Information

  • Mullen Group Ltd.
    Mr. Murray K. Mullen
    Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

    Mullen Group Ltd.
    Mr. P. Stephen Clark
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mullen Group Ltd.
    Mr. Richard J. Maloney
    Senior Vice President
    403-995-5200
    403-995-5296 (FAX)

    Kriska Holdings Limited
    Mr. Mark Seymour
    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Kriska Holdings Limited
    Mr. Pierre Carrier
    Chief Financial Officer

    Kriska Holdings Limited
    Mr. Jonathan Wahba
    Chief Operating Officer
    1-800-461-8000