The IPO Buzz: Proficient Auto Logistics (PAL) Prices IPO at $15 Mid-Point

Following its IPO road map, Proficient Auto Logistics  (PAL) priced its IPO at $15.00 – the mid-point of its $14.00-to-$16.00 range on Wednesday night, May 8, 2024. The company, as expected, sold 14.33 million shares – the number in the prospectus – at $15.00 each to raise $215.0 million. The Jacksonville, Florida-based auto transportation company is a new company created by the combination of five founding companies. The owners of those five founding companies will receive a combined cash payment of $180.4 million, which represents about 84 percent of the IPO’s proceeds. (Editor’s Note: This column, published early today, Thursday, May 9, 2024, was updated at around 1 p.m. EDT to include details on Proficient Auto Logistics’ NASDAQ debut.)

Shares of Proficient Auto Logistics opened flat at $15.00 on NASDAQ on volume of about 696,000 shares at 11:32 a.m. EDT today – Thursday, May 9, 2024 – on NASDAQ. By 11:36 a.m. EDT, Proficient Auto Logistics’ stock had broken issue price to trade at $14.99 – down a penny.

Stifel, Raymond James and William Blair were the joint book-runners.

CEO nominee Richard O’Dell indicated an interest in buying up to $3 million of stock – or about 1.4 percent of the IPO, the prospectus says.

Proficient Auto Logistics, based in Jacksonville, Florida, says that it is being formed in connection with this IPO through the combination of the Founding Companies to operate one of the largest auto transportation fleets in North America. The company will use about 1,130 auto transport vehicles and trailers daily, including 615 company-owned transport vehicles and trailers, the prospectus says. As of Nov. 30, 2023, the company had 649 employees. Its customers include GM, BMW, Stellantis and Mercedes-Benz, as well as EV producers such as Telsa and Rivian. Other customers include auto dealers, auto auctions, rental car companies and auto leasing companies.

In the prospectus, Proficient Auto Logistics described the company as “a leading non-union specialized freight company focused on providing auto transportation and logistics services.”

Proficient Auto Logistics says in the prospectus that – on a pro forma combined basis – it had combined net income of $9.1 million on combined operating revenue of $414.6 million for the year that ended Dec.31, 2023. These figures represented results for all five founding companies combined.

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