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Seko Logistics under new ownership

Ridgemont Equity buys Greenbriar’s stake to become Seko’s majority investor

Global freight forwarder and logistics provider Seko Logistics said Thursday that private equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners has become its majority investor by acquiring a large stake from fellow private equity concern Greenbriar Equity Group LP.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. However, an industry source said the Greenbriar sale to Ridgemont fetched more than $500 million. New York-based Greenbriar, which acquired a majority position in Seko in 2015, will continue as a minority investor in the Itasca, Illinois-based company, Seko said. Greenbriar initially paid about $500 million for its stake in Seko, according to the source.

In a statement, Seko said it will leverage Ridgemont’s resources to expand its network through acquisitions and to strengthen its information technology capabilities. 

The Seko acquisition broadens Charlotte, North Carolina-based Ridgemont’s portfolio of transport and logistics assets. It controls logistics company Worldwide Express; truck fleet maintenance firm Amerit Fleet Solutions, and specialty distribution firm J.A.M. Distributing Co.

Founded in 1976 as an airfreight forwarder, Seko today operates in 120 offices across 40 countries. It made its first acquisition in January 2019 by buying Goodship International Inc., a freight forwarder and customs brokerage and compliance consultancy. Since then, Seko has acquired Air-City, a cross-border e-commerce specialist and airfreight forwarder, and has taken a majority stake in its Australian partner, Omni-Channel Logistics.

Mark Solomon

Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.