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Thursday, January 16, 2020

=XPO Logistics (XPO) : CEO seeks to break up company

Late Wednesday, XPO Logistics announced it's undertaking the review to enhance shareholder value. XPO stock continues to trade well below the sum-of-the-parts value and at a big discount to pure-play peers, CEO Bradley Jacobs noted in a statement.

It has not set a timetable for completing the review process.

But the company ruled out selling or spinning off its North American less-than-truckload unit, which is key to XPO Logistics' growth.

In the first nine months of 2019, the segment contributed to 36% of total revenue, up from 34% in the year-ago period. In 2021, company expects it to generate $1 billion in EBIT from the less-than-truckload business.

In February 2019, XPO Logistics warned that its largest customer was downsizing the amount of business it does with XPO. That customer was widely believed to be e-commerce giant Amazon, which is building out its own fleet of delivery vehicles and aircraft. The warning took XPO stock down to a two-month low.

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