S&P 500 Component
|Founded||August 14, 1997|
|Headquarters||Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Michael J. Kneeland|
(Chairman of the Board)
|Products||Construction/industrial rentals, sales, servicing|
|Revenue||US$8.530 billion (2020)|
|US$1.800 billion (2020)|
|US$890 million (2020)|
|Total assets||US$17.868 billion (2020)|
|Total equity||US$4.545 billion (2020)|
Number of employees
|Footnotes / references|
United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) is the world's largest equipment rental company, with about 13 percent of the North American market share as of 2019. It owns the largest rental fleet in the world with about 660,000 rental units totaling about $14.2 billion in original equipment cost (OEC). The company has a workforce of approximately 18,800 employees, and operates 1,186 locations across 49 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and four European countries. In 2017, United Rentals' revenue totaled more than $6.64 billion, with over $1.35 billion in profit. It is ranked #424 on the Fortune 500, and #1183 on the Forbes Global 2000 list of the world's largest public companies.
URI was founded in 1997 by Bradley Jacobs and grew primarily through acquisition. It offers general, aerial, and specialty rentals to a customer base that includes construction and industrial companies; utilities; municipalities; and homeowners. In addition to rentals, the company offers new and used equipment sales, servicing, and safety training.
United Rentals is currently led by Matthew Flannery (President & CEO), Dale Asplund (Executive Vice President & COO), and Jessica Graziano (Executive Vice President & CFO). It is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. In 2019, United Rentals was announced the 6th best stock of the 2010s, with a total return of 1,559%.
United Rentals is primarily a provider of construction and industrial equipment: trucks, aerial work platforms, counterbalance forklifts, reach forklifts, earth movers, compressors, homeowner equipment, and similar devices. Together, these are considered general and aerial rentals, and they make up the bulk of URI's rental fleet and customer base.
The company also rents equipment in five primary specialty fields:
- Trench safety includes shoring equipment for excavation in confined spaces and below-ground construction sites, and the training necessary to safely handle such equipment.
- Power & HVAC includes temporary power generators and mobile climate control. These devices are often used during commercial renovations, on television and movie sets, or in response to natural disasters.
- Tool solutions involve renting out trailers stocked with tools and supplies. They are often used at large construction sites or during refinery shutdowns.
- Fluid solutions include the devices and supplies necessary for transferring, containing or removing liquids. They tend to have applications in mining and agriculture.
- Reliable Onsite Services involve the renting of portable toilets, and restroom and shower trailers.
Additional specialty fields include:
- Radio Services involve the renting of portable radios. United Rentals is an authorized dealer for Motorola and can provide a variety of handheld and portable radio solutions.
- Sports & Entertainment involve the renting of equipment that covers anything from movie production to large events like the Super Bowl.
- Drone Services involve providing drone services to scope out job sites and survey projects. Can be used on anything from large job sites to nuclear silos, etc.
United Rentals was founded in September 1997. Then-chairman and CEO Bradley Jacobs planned to grow the company through acquisition and consolidation, beginning in October 1997 with six small leasing companies scattered across North America.
In June 1998, it acquired U.S. Rentals, Inc., for a sum variously reported as $1.2 billion and $1.31 billion. The acquisition made United Rentals the largest equipment rental company in North America.
On December 26, 2006, United Rentals announced the sale of their Highway Technology division to HTS Acquisition, Inc.
On July 23, 2007, United Rentals announced a definitive agreement to sell itself to Cerberus Capital Management in a transaction valued at approximately $6.6 billion, including the assumption of approximately $2.6 billion in debt obligations. URI's board of directors approved the merger agreement and recommended that stockholders do the same.
On November 15, 2007, the company announced that Cerberus was not prepared to proceed with the purchase on the terms set forth in its merger agreement. Cerberus confirmed that there had not been a material adverse change at United Rentals, which would have let it bow out of the deal without penalty. On December 21, 2007, a Delaware Chancery Court ruling denied United Rentals' attempt to force Cerberus to follow through on the takeover bid. However, the court did order Cerberus to pay the $100 million termination fee stipulated in the original agreement.
On December 16, 2011, United Rentals and RSC Holdings, Inc. announced that they had entered into a definitive merger agreement, under which United Rentals would acquire RSC in a cash-and-stock transaction. The largest merger in rental equipment history was finalized on April 30, 2012, boosting URI to what was at the time a 13 percent market share of the equipment rental industry.
On March 9, 2014, the company announced plans to acquire National Pump for $780 million. This made United Rentals the second-largest pump rental company in North America. The transaction was finalized on March 31, 2014.
In June 2014, United Rentals was first listed on the Fortune 500. Based on its 2013 revenues of $4.955 billion, the company was ranked exactly 500th. It had previously made it as high as 517 in 2002, before falling back down.
On January 25, 2017, United Rentals announced the purchase of NES Rentals, a competing general equipment rentals company, for approximately $965 million. It completed the acquisition on April 3, 2017.
On August 22, 2017, United Rentals announced it had acquired all power generation assets, primarily mobile generator sets, from Cummins Inc. To maintain fleet and customer service continuity, a small number of Cummins employees joined United Rentals.
On October 2, 2017, United Rentals announced it had completed the acquisition of Neff Corporation, a competing general equipment rentals company, for approximately $1.3 billion. In the transaction, United Rentals acquired approximately $867 million in equipment (based on original equipment cost) and Neff's 69 rental facility locations in the United States.
On October 4, 2017, United Rentals announced it had acquired the assets of Superior Speedie Portable Services, Inc. and Superior Logistics Services, Inc. (together "Superior Speedie"), which includes a fleet of over 8,000 portable toilets and over 130 restroom trailers. This new specialty division is named United Rentals Reliable Onsite Services.
On July 2, 2018, United Rentals announced it had agreed to purchase BakerCorp International for about $715 million in cash, enhancing its Pump Solutions division. BakerCorp is a leading provider of tank, pump, filtration, and trench shoring rentals, with about 950 employees, 46 locations in North America, and another 11 locations in Europe. Following the transaction, United Rentals changed the name of its Pump Solutions division to United Rentals Fluid Solutions.
On September 11, 2018, United Rentals announced an agreement to add BlueLine Rental, one of the top ten rental equipment companies in North America, to its growing list of acquisitions. United Rentals' board of directors unanimously approved the deal to purchase BlueLine from Platinum Equity for about $2.1 billion in cash. BlueLine has 114 locations in 25 US states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and approximately 46,000 rental assets marketed primarily to mid-sized and local accounts.
United Rentals of Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of United Rentals, has agreed to acquire WesternOne Rentals & Sales LP with an all cash purchase of $91.8 million. The acquisition will add 330 employees and twelve locations in Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba.
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