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Terra Worldwide reaches $1B in trailing revenue amid talk of sale

Company looks to logistics companies and investment firms as possible buyers, sources tell Bloomberg

Terra Worldwide reaches $1 billion in trailing 12-month revenue. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

Terra Worldwide Logistics announced Tuesday that three years after its founding, the supply chain solutions company has eclipsed $1 billion in trailing 12-month revenue.

“Terra is the largest transportation solutions company … that you’ve probably never heard of,” said Jim Briles, founder and chief operating officer, after the company documented triple-digit year-over-year growth since 2019. “Our focus has always been on our customers and solving their needs. That’s what got us here and will continue to push us forward.”

Linking its ocean, airfreight, domestic and customs brokerage offerings, leveraged with its cloud-based platform powered by logistics data integrations, Atlanta-based Terra has seen shippers average a 3.2% increase in profit while global shipping prices saw historic volatility.

This SONAR chart tracks the daily price movements of 40-foot containers in 12 major maritime lanes. It is expressed as an average price per 40-foot container and is showcased as the white line. The green line measures the weekly spot price movements of air cargo in 191 airport to airport lanes. (FreightWaves SONAR) To learn more about FreightWaves SONAR, click here.

“Our data exchange combined with our operational excellence has propelled our growth during one of the most tumultuous times on record for logistics,” said Devon Wijesinghe, chief transformation officer. “In markets where supply is tight, it helps our customers secure capacity, and when space is open, it allows them to receive the most competitive rate.”

Talk of a sale

Coincidentally along with its revenue announcement, Terra is now considering a sale, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In a Bloomberg report, sources say the global logistics firm is collaborating with a financial adviser to review a number of offers from other logistics firms and investment funds, valuing the business at about $1 billion.

Asked about the rumors by Bloomberg News, Briles said, “We evaluate different solutions of investment capital from time to time. … Our focus is solely how do we serve our customers better.”

Sources say that no final decision has been made.

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Grace Sharkey

Grace is an entrepreneur and former supply chain executive who has held positions in sales, operations, and consulting. She is passionate about the future of the industry and how technology can improve the experience for all supply chain members. She believes supply chain is the one industry that affects every human directly, and is looking forward to creating content that mirrors that sentiment. If you have a story to share, please contact me at [email protected]