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Caterpillar Sells Majority Interest of Third-Party Logistics Business

Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill, has signed an agreement that would result in Platinum Equity acquiring a 65 percent equity stake in Caterpillar Logistics Services LLC. The pending sale of the third-party business supports Caterpillar’s increased focus on the continuing growth opportunities in its core businesses. The overall transaction is valued at approximately $750 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Caterpillar would retain a 35 percent equity stake. Other terms are not being disclosed.

The proposed sale does not impact Caterpillar manufacturing logistics and transportation operations and Cat brand parts distribution; they will continue as core businesses within Cat Logistics. In fact, Caterpillar previously announced plans for a multiyear expansion and enhancement of the Cat parts distribution network, which, to date, has added over four million square feet of capacity in new parts distribution centers in the United States, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates.

“The sale of the third party logistics business would be a key step in the execution of our enterprise strategy. This event enables Caterpillar to increase its focus on our core business that aligns with our strategic business model,” said Stu Levenick, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for customer and dealer support. “We believe the transaction with Platinum will set the third party logistics business on a path for continued growth and success.”

Over the past 25 years, the third party logistics business has provided outstanding logistics service to more than 50 customers worldwide in a number of different industries. As part of the agreement with Platinum, the third party logistics business will continue to provide logistics services for non Cat-branded parts including FG Wilson, Perkins, Solar, as well as for Caterpillar Japan.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012.


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