Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

XPO Logistics Sticking To Its Guns

XPO Logistics (NYSEMKT:XPO) is quite possibly one of the most controversial names I follow, with every article I write seemingly bringing more than its share of "I'll believe it if/when I see it" skepticism on the company's growth-by-acquisition plans. There is no doubt that management's strategy is exceptionally aggressive and the company has shifted (or perhaps broadened) its strategy from asset-light truck brokerage to a more comprehensive third-party logistics (or 3PL) portfolio.

There are good reasons to be skeptical of stories like XPO Logistics. Rampant M&A makes it harder to suss out the real underlying performance of the business and creates opportunities for accounting that runs from ambitious to aggressive to outright wrong. On the other hand, the...

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