Benchmark International Wins Logistics Deal Of The Year

Posted on February 1, 2023 By

Benchmark International was awarded Logistics Deal of the Year for the sale of X Caliber Container, LLC, to LongWater Opportunities at this year’s M&A Atlas Awards from the Global M&A Network.

The awards recognize the achievements of successful dealmakers, outstanding firms, and the best-growth-delivering transactions at the first in-person 14th Annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards celebration in New York City on January 19, 2023. They acknowledge the stellar achievements of top firms, deals, and dealmakers, who exemplify excellence in executing transactions.

Winning the independently governed awards equates to achieving the “Gold Standard of Performance” in the business, validating the firm and team leadership, as winners are selected based on deal criteria, experience, and expertise. The Global M&A Network is a diversified media company and the executive publisher of the popular “Top Dealmakers” lists.

Kendall Stafford, Managing Partner, added, “We don’t set out to win awards, but every time we win one, it is an affirmation that we’re doing the right thing and that people can appreciate how hard we worked for it. It’s a confirmation of our success and, more importantly, the motivation always to keep aiming higher."

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X Caliber Container, LLC, is a Texas-based steel shipping and cargo container provider. They provide steel storage containers for a large and well-diversified customer base on a national scale with various products that overlap into several varied markets within the steel container industry. The company then provides custom fabrication at both of its Texas-based facilities, including Firework Stands, Workshops, Mobile Chemical Labs, and Emergency Response units.

LongWater Opportunities is an operationally-focused private investment firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with an office in Fargo, ND, that targets control buyout equity investments in lower middle-market US-based manufacturing and specialty distribution companies. LongWater Opportunities believes in mutually aligned interests and investing patient capital in building successful American manufacturing businesses with long-term, sustainable competitive advantages.

Benchmark International proved value in finding a buyer with experience in the industry through its proprietary multi-medium marketing strategies. The market uncovered several interested buyers, but the ultimate buyer provided the right cultural fit for the sellers.

Benchmark International’s Managing Partner, Kendall Stafford, commented, ”It is an honor to be recognized at the 14th Annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards for our hard work on the sale of X Caliber Container to LongWater Opportunities. Our team worked diligently on behalf of our client to uncover the best opportunity for the company’s future. We appreciate being recognized for the hard work that went into the transaction.”

“It was a pleasure to work with X Caliber and LongWater Opportunities on this transaction. The X Caliber team was motivated and engaged throughout the entire process and kept their sites on getting the deal across the line. It was obvious from the start that this was the perfect fit for both parties and that the LongWater team was excited to partner with X Caliber and work to take the business to the next level. We look forward to watching the continued growth of this partnership in the Texas market and beyond.” - Amy Alonso, Transaction Director, Benchmark International.

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Benchmark International is a global M&A firm that provides business owners with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. Benchmark International has handled over $8.25 billion in transaction value across various industries from offices across the world. With decades of M&A experience, Benchmark International’s transaction teams have assisted business owners with achieving their objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses. The firm has also been named the Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor and the #1 Sell-side, Privately Owned M&A Advisor in the World by Pitchbook’s Global League Tables.





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