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Auto hauler Jack Cooper about to file bankruptcy but reorganize: Teamsters

Auto hauler Jack Cooper, which reorganized its debt and became a private company just two years ago, appears to be reorganizing again.

While the company itself has said nothing about a reorganization, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has published updates on its negotiations on the Teamsters website that described a Jack Cooper filing under Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code as  “imminent.”

The Teamsters has received its “Last, Best and Final Offer” as part of a Restructuring Term Sheet being put together through negotiations being conducted by Jack Cooper and its lenders, according to the Teamsters document. The offer, according to the document, would “save more than 2,200 Teamsters job and a total of nearly 3,000 jobs at the company.”

Various “contractual modifications” in the Restructuring Term Sheet are “necessary for the company’s survival in a brutal marketplace,” the Teamsters said. 

Since it is a private company, the revenue of Jack Cooper can not be determined. But in 2016, its last full year as a public company before debt issues led to its lenders taking over the company, it reported revenues of approximately $647 million, exclusive of fuel surcharge revenues. 

A section of the restructuring term sheet, also provided by the Teamsters on its website, says the existing Jack Cooper Transport Company will be succeeded post-bankruptcy by a “new company” that will be created by the company’s unidentified junior lender “for the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Jack Cooper and related debtor entities.”

According to the restructuring document, Jack Cooper would remain a signatory to the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement. There also are no wage or health care benefit concessions in the most recent agreement.

That portion of the restructuring agreement published by the Teamsters includes several provisions aimed at limiting how much the company’s senior management will be able to receive from the new company. For example, CEO T. Michael Riggs is barred from receiving a cash bonus for this year and the two full calendar years following the effective date of the company’s restructuring. The “new” Jack Cooper’s executive committee will not be able to receive more than 5 percent equity in the new company.

The agreement disclosed by the Teamsters also says the new company will be required to invest at least $20 million per year in a new fleet, which it estimated would be 100 vehicles per year through 2023. Jack Cooper’s website put the size of the current fleet at more than 2,000 rigs, but also said it drew that number from a 2015 company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, when Jack Cooper was public. 

Jack Cooper officials were not immediately available for comment. A phone call to the operator of the main Jack Cooper number was greeted with a recording saying no person was available. 

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John Kingston

John has an almost 40-year career covering commodities, most of the time at S&P Global Platts. He created the Dated Brent benchmark, now the world’s most important crude oil marker. He was Director of Oil, Director of News, the editor in chief of Platts Oilgram News and the “talking head” for Platts on numerous media outlets, including CNBC, Fox Business and Canada’s BNN. He covered metals before joining Platts and then spent a year running Platts’ metals business as well. He was awarded the International Association of Energy Economics Award for Excellence in Written Journalism in 2015. In 2010, he won two Corporate Achievement Awards from McGraw-Hill, an extremely rare accomplishment, one for steering coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the other for the launch of a public affairs television show, Platts Energy Week.

4 Comments

  1. The “new” Jack Cooper will still be the old Jack Cooper, same management! The very same people that created this mess is still going to be in charge. Jack Cooper has asked us Teamsters to take a 50% retirement cut for 5 years, but the people who created this mess only miss out on their bonuses for 2 years!!!! Supposedly the company will use the Teamsters retirement $$$’s for new equipment that will ultimately again aid the company in asset equity. So here in another 2-3years when Mike Riggs, who has a perfect bankruptcy track record, runs this new company in the ground Non-union carries will be able to buy the newer equipment at a discount from bankruptcy court. The new equipment that was paid for by Teamsters retirement $$’s.

  2. The new and the old that will keep holding the gold …

    That is why the future of most industries is small and medium sized businesses, owner operators who hold their own gold! Who can decide and fight for fair market pay.

  3. Are the Teamster Union Officials going to take a pension cut too? Opt out or go fair share cut of their dues money now!

    Why is Jack Cooper allowed to remain a signatory to the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement if their not paying full pension? The other companies will want the same concession too. Why should tax payers bailout Central State Pension Fund when companies aren’t forced to pay full rate?

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