TIP Trailer Services to acquire Trailer Wizards

From the September 2019 issue.

TIP Trailer Services has agreed to acquire Trailer Wizards, a supplier of trailer rental and leasing services in Canada.

TIP first expanded from Europe into Canada in 2016 with the purchase of Train Trailer. The acquisition of Trailer Wizards will add 21 locations, over 400 employees and a diversified fleet of over 23,000 units in Canada.

“This is our second recent acquisition and a key step in our growth plan to expand the business to become a leading global provider of trailer services,” said Adil Rahmathulla, Chairman of the TIP Trailer Services Board and Managing Partner of I Squared Capital. “Acquiring Trailer Wizards will make TIP one of the leading trailer service providers in Canada, further diversify our geographic footprint, expand our service offering and broaden our customer base.”

“Trailer Wizards is a well-respected and exceptionally managed trailer service provider, and the combined company will maintain and expand its level of service for employees, customers and partners,” said Tip Trailer Services President and CEO, Bob Fast.

“As founder and owner of Trailer Wizards for over 50 years, I believe that with TIP, I have found the right home for the business for the future,” said Trailer Wizards owner, Carl Vanderspek.

Following the transaction, TIP’s Canadian division will have a combined fleet of over 33,000 trailers, reefers, chassis and flatbed/drop-deck configurations. The company will employ a staff of over 500 people, including approximately 300 mechanics, throughout almost 30 locations in Canada from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. TIP and I Squared Capital were advised by ING Bank N.V., HSBC Bank Canada and The Bank of Nova Scotia are lead debt arrangers on the transaction.

TIP Trailer Services is a portfolio company of US-based private equity firm, I Squared Capital.

Earlier this year, TIP Trailer Services agreed to purchase PEMA as part of its international growth and diversification strategy.

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