Bassett Completes Sale of Zenith Assets to JB Hunt Transport
BASSETT, Va., March 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSET) today announced that it has completed the sale of substantially all of the assets of Zenith Freight Lines, LLC, a wholly owned by Bassett, to a wholly owned subsidiary of JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), one of North America’s largest supply chain solutions providers. As previously announced, the selling price is approximately $87 million, subject to customary post-closing working capital adjustment. Bassett and JB Hunt have also entered into a long-term agreement whereby JB Hunt agrees to provide Bassett with the exceptional service that Zenith has provided Bassett for nearly 50 years.
“We are delighted that the transaction has been completed and we are ready to move forward in reaping the strategic benefits of partnering with JB Hunt to meet our midstream transportation and warehousing needs,” said Rob Spilman, President and CEO. “We will provide additional information on our capital allocation strategy after our board meeting next week.”
About Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.
Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSET), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality home furnishings. With 96 corporate and licensee-owned stores at the time of this publication, Bassett has leveraged its strong furniture brand into a network of corporate and licensee stores that focus on providing consumers with a friendly environment for the purchase of furniture and accessories. Bassett’s retail strategy includes stylish, bespoke furniture that features the latest on-trend furniture styles, free in-home design tours, and coordinating home accessories. Bassett also has a traditional wholesale business with over 700 accounts in the open market, both in the United States and abroad, and a logistics business specializing in furniture. For more information, visit the company’s website at bassettfurniture.com. (BSET-E)
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