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Kings Transport executes transformation plan that includes 245 mobile assets

  • Posted on Tuesday 28th, July 2020.

Freight and logistics specialist, Kings Transport Group, has refinanced through a global advisory and investment firm.

It has been announced that the company's incumbent bank valued at circa $8 million, has been refinanced by Gordon Brothers who have provided an asset-based lending structure.

By using assets rather than earnings as part of the deal, Kings has been enabled to execute its transformation plan that involves underlying collateral of more than 245 motorised and non-motorised assets without the constraints of heavy financial covenants.

A sculpted amortisation profile has been provided to support operational cashflows according to Gordon Brothers.

The deal comes at a time where many businesses have been affected by the fallout from COVID-19 and are seeking alternatives to traditional lending.

Kings Transport Group, established in 1991, offers integrated supply chain solutions across Australia and New Zealand employing more than 800 staff and 1300 subcontracted drivers.

In a statement Gordon Brothers Managing Director Matt Aubrey said the adverse impacts businesses around Australia were seeing from COVID-19 was unprecedented.

“But fortunately, this is where our business can help. We have the liquidity and we are able to support and advise companies with asset-rich balance sheets not just now during this pandemic, but as we have done for the last 100 years,” he said.

“We are proud to have played a significant role in helping Kings Transport Group execute its transformation plan through our Asset-based Lending structure. Kings are now able to execute their plan with the support of a facility focused on the assets rather than earnings,” said Aubrey. 

Asset Based Lending is becoming more popular, even among investment grade borrowers because of its flexible structures that require no financial covenants.

“COVID-19, while disruptive, has also allowed companies to take the time to think about their capital structure and business plan moving forward, and convert their revolving credit facilities to Asset Based Lending facilities," said Aubrey.

"For a number of asset and inventory rich businesses we are pleased to have played an instrumental part in providing these companies time and the runway to execute their transformation and turnaround plan,” he said.

In May 2020, Gordon Brothers also closed a first of its kind deal to disperse more than 100 heavy haulage assets from one of Australia’s largest national freight companies in partnership with leading asset management and disposition company, Ritchie Bros.

“COVID-19 has presented us with many different opportunities. Recently we were involved in a time sensitive situation which required significant liquidity to be provided to a well-known tier one heavy haulage transport company to help them scale back their business by outright buying the entire assets in a non-core division,” said Aubrey.

Kenworth Trucks and Drake trailers, according to Aubrey, made up the majority of assets in the fleet, including 156 prime mover axles, and 308 trailer and dolly axles.

"The transaction window required by the seller was tight, and the deal needed to close by the end of the company’s Fiscal Year. The ability to appraise the fleet, understand the risks, and importantly complete the multi million dollar deal in a timely fashion was critical to achieving this successful outcome," he said.

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