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Matson Completes Alaska Acquisition For $469 Million [HONOLULU – Posted on 5.29.2015]

• Becomes a leading container carrier to Alaska
• Acquisition accretive to Matson’s annual EPS and cash flow per share (before one-time items)

Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL), which includes Horizon’s Alaska operations and the assumption of all non-Hawaii business liabilities. Separately and immediately preceding the completion of the transaction, Horizon completed the sale of its Hawaii trade lane assets and liabilities to The Pasha Group for $141.5 million.

Matson acquired the stock of Horizon for $0.72 per fully diluted common share, or $69 million, and repaid Horizon’s outstanding debt, for a total transaction value of $469 million (before transaction costs). Matson financed the transaction with cash on hand and available borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

Matson will continue Horizon’s long operating history in Alaska with a three vessel deployment of diesel powered Jones Act qualified containerships that provide two weekly sailings from Tacoma to Anchorage and Kodiak, and a weekly sailing to Dutch Harbor. In addition, Matson will be operating port terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor and acquiring several reserve steam powered Jones Act containerships that may be used for dry-dock relief.

“We are pleased to have completed this strategic acquisition that substantially grows our ocean transportation business into the attractive Alaska market,” said Matt Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer of Matson. “The Alaska market is a natural geographic extension of our platform as a leader serving our customers in the Pacific. We are excited by the long-term prospects of the Alaska trade lane and expect this transaction to deliver shareholder value through earnings and cash flow accretion.”

Founded in 1882, Matson is a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the economies of Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia, and select South Pacific islands, and operates a premium, expedited service from China to Southern California. The Company’s fleet of 25 vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships, and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson’s transportation network throughout the continental U.S. Its integrated, asset-light logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage, and warehousing. Additional information about Matson, Inc. is available at www.matson.com.