Daseke, Inc. Completes Term Loan Amendment to Support Growth Strategy

ADDISON, Texas, Aug. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Daseke, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSKE) (NASDAQ:DSKEW), the largest owner and a leading consolidator of flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics solutions in North America, announced that it has completed an amendment to its Term Loan Agreement, providing additional financial flexibility to support the Company’s growth initiatives. Specifically, an adjustment was made to increase the delayed draw incurrence condition relating to pro forma total leverage ratio to 4.25x from 3.50x, effective today through to the maturity of the delayed draw term loan facility in February 2018. In addition, a temporary increase in the total leverage ratio covenant to 4.75x, from 4.25x today, was completed, effective today, with step-downs reverting to existing levels beginning in the test period ending March 31, 2018. No other changes were requested.

“Daseke has continued to execute on its consolidation strategy, closing three acquisitions following its public listing in February 2017,” said Don Daseke, President and CEO of Daseke. “Our acquisition pipeline remains robust, active and actionable, and we remain on track to achieve our 2017 pro forma adjusted EBITDA target of $140 million, after giving effect to acquisitions completed during 2017. The successful completion of this temporary amendment will allow us to capitalize on our growth initiatives and is an important step as we continue to position the Company for long-term success.”

“We are pleased with the support of our term loan lenders to successfully execute this temporary amendment,” said Scott Wheeler, CFO of Daseke. “The temporary modification of our term loan provides us with the financial flexibility to act quickly and decisively as acquisition opportunities become immediately actionable.”

About Daseke, Inc.

Daseke, Inc. is the largest owner and a leading consolidator of flatbed and specialized transportation and logistics solutions in North America, comprised of 12 operating companies with over 3,600 trucks and over 7,500 flatbed and specialized trailers. Daseke offers comprehensive, best-in-class services to some of the world’s most respected industrial shippers.

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