STAMFORD, Conn.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:URI) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of NES Rentals Holdings II, Inc. (“NES”) for a total purchase price of approximately $965 million in cash. The purchase was funded through a combination of newly issued unsecured debt and available capacity on the company’s ABL facility.
“We’re excited by the customer and investor benefits we’ve created through this combination, which leverages our technology, infrastructure and cross-selling capabilities. Most important, we’re gaining a great team that cares deeply about providing quality service and shares our intense focus on safety.”
The acquisition increases the company's density in strategically important markets, including the East Coast, Gulf States and Midwest, and is expected to strengthen relationships with local and strategic accounts in the construction and industrial sectors. The assets acquired with NES include almost $900 million of fleet based on original cost, 73 branch facilities concentrated in the eastern half of the United States, and approximately 1,100 employees.
Michael Kneeland, president and chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, “We’re excited by the customer and investor benefits we’ve created through this combination, which leverages our technology, infrastructure and cross-selling capabilities. Most important, we’re gaining a great team that cares deeply about providing quality service and shares our intense focus on safety.”
Centerview Partners Holdings LP and Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisors to United Rentals, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP acted as legal advisor. Catalyst Strategic Advisors, LLC and Deutsche Bank acted as financial advisors to NES, and Jenner & Block LLP acted as legal advisor.
About United Rentals
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 968 rental locations in 49 states and every Canadian province. The company’s approximately 13,600 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 3,200 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $9.9 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com.
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The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the businesses of United Rentals described in the “Risk Factors” section of its Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed from time to time with the SEC. All forward-looking statements included in this document are based upon information available to United Rentals on the date hereof; and United Rentals assumes no obligations to update or revise any such forward-looking statements.