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J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Reports Record Revenues and Earnings for the First Quarter 2012

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>First Quarter 2012 Revenue:</b> <b>$1.17 billion; up 17%</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>First Quarter 2012 Operating Income:</b> <b>$117 million; up 30%</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>First Quarter 2012 EPS:</b> <b>57 cents vs. 40 cents</b> </li> </ul>

Thursday, April 12, 2012

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Reports Record Revenues and Earnings for the First Quarter 201216:00 EDT Thursday, April 12, 2012 LOWELL, Ark. (Business Wire) -- J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., (NASDAQ:JBHT) announced record first quarter 2012 net earnings of $67.7 million, or diluted earnings per share of 57 cents vs. first quarter 2011 net earnings of $50.0 million, or 40 cents per diluted share. Total operating revenue for the current quarter was $1.17 billion, compared with $1.0 billion for the first quarter 2011. All four segments contributed to this increase in operating revenue. Load growth of 16% in Intermodal (JBI) and 14% in Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS), helped drive a 20% and 30% increase in segment revenue, respectively. Our Dedicated Contract Services (DCS) and Truck (JBT) segments increased operating revenue by 7% and 8%, respectively. Current quarter total operating revenue, excluding fuel surcharges, increased 13% vs. the comparable quarter 2011. Operating income for the current quarter totaled $117 million vs. $90 million for the first quarter 2011. DCS and ICS operating incomes increased by approximately $11 million combined or more than 50% over prior year primarily due to increased revenue, utilizing assets in more profitable accounts, better overall cost controls, and productivity gained from a more experienced workforce. JBI operating income increased by approximately $17 million on higher load volume, customer price increases and fuel surcharge recovery. Net interest expense for the current quarter decreased by $1.4 million due to lower interest rates on comparable debt levels. The effective income tax rate for the quarter was 38.25% compared to 38.45% last year. “We are driven to provide relevant transportation services that meet the evolving needs of our customers' supply chain management challenges. Changes in packaging, fuel costs, inventory levels, replenishment and end consumer point of purchase behaviors, among others, have had an effect on how our customers manage logistics. We continue to operate under our long stated strategy of directing investments towards solutions that customers need and are willing to pay for with reasonable rates and structured contract terms. The results of the first quarter provide ongoing confirmation for this disciplined and balanced strategy,” said John N. Roberts, JBHT President and CEO. Segment Information:Intermodal (JBI)First Quarter 2012 Segment Revenue:$694 million; up 20%First Quarter 2012 Operating Income:$79.4 million; up 27% Steady first quarter demand drove load growth of 16% over the prior year. Higher fuel prices and tighter capacity in the truck market contributed to our Eastern network growth of 28%. Transcontinental growth was 9% compared to prior year. Overall revenue grew 20% as a result of the volume growth, fuel surcharge recovery and a 3% increase in rates. Operating income increased 27% over prior year. Cost increases in fuel, dray costs and dray purchase transportation were offset with steady demand, consistent rail service, improved execution on dray movements and customer price increases. The current period ended with approximately 54,800 units of trailing capacity and more than 3,250 power units available to the dray fleet. Dedicated Contract Services (DCS)First Quarter 2012 Segment Revenue: $256 million; up 7%First Quarter 2012 Operating Income:$28.1 million; up 51% DCS revenue increased 7% during the current quarter while revenue excluding fuel surcharges increased 5%. Productivity, defined as revenue per truck per week excluding fuel surcharges, increased 2% vs. 2011 and new accounts provided a net additional 149 revenue producing trucks by the end of the quarter. Operating income increased by 51% from a year ago primarily due to the increase in revenue, productivity gains, lower safety expenses and the transfer of assets to more profitable accounts. DCS had a $1.6 million charge in the first quarter 2011 related to a customer bankruptcy. Truck (JBT)First Quarter 2012 Segment Revenue:$128 million; up 8%First Quarter 2012 Operating Income:$4.9 million; down 16% JBT revenue increased 8% from the same quarter 2011. Excluding fuel surcharges, revenue for the current quarter increased by 4%. Rate per loaded mile, excluding fuel surcharges, increased 2.1% over the same period last year but was unfavorably impacted by weaker spot pricing and fewer paid empty miles. Rates from consistent shippers improved year-over-year by 2.6%. At the end of the current quarter our tractor count was 2,561 compared to 2,497 in 2011 due to an increase in the use of independent contractors. Operating income for the current quarter decreased compared to the same quarter of 2011. Lower maintenance costs and improvements in miles per gallon were offset by higher fuel costs, increases in driver and independent contractor costs, higher safety expenses, and fewer gains on equipment sales compared to the first quarter of 2011. Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS)First Quarter 2012 Segment Revenue:$97 million; up 30%First Quarter 2012 Operating Income:$4.1 million; up 58% ICS revenue increased 30% vs. first quarter 2011 primarily due to a 14% increase in load volume, higher fuel costs and higher pricing in our transactional business. Operating income increased 58% over the same period in 2011 primarily from the increased revenue, improved overhead cost controls and favorable customer collections. Gross profit margin declined slightly to 14.3% in the current quarter vs. 14.7% last year due to increased rates paid to carriers from tighter supply and increased fuel costs. ICS's carrier base increased 14% and our employee count increased 14.5% compared to first quarter 2011. Cash Flow and Capitalization: At March 31, 2012, we had a total of $702 million outstanding on various debt instruments compared to $698 million at March 31, 2011, and $749 million at December 31, 2011. Our net capital expenditures for the first quarter 2012 approximated $84 million compared to $112 million for the first quarter 2011. At March 31, 2012, we had cash and cash equivalents of $5.7 million. We did not purchase any shares of our common stock during the quarter. At March 31, 2012, we had approximately $503 million remaining under two separate share repurchase authorizations. Actual shares outstanding at March 31, 2012 approximated 117 million. This press release may contain forward-looking statements, which are based on information currently available. Actual results may differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed in Item 1A of our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to the extent we become aware that it will not be achieved for any reason. This press release and additional information will be available immediately to interested parties on our web site, www.jbhunt.com.           J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC.Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings (in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)         Three Months Ended March 3120122011% Of% OfAmount   RevenueAmount   Revenue   Operating revenues, excluding fuel surcharge revenues $ 938,683 $ 831,600 Fuel surcharge revenues 227,239   169,180   Total operating revenues 1,165,922 100.0 % 1,000,780 100.0 %   Operating expenses Rents and purchased transportation 556,117 47.7 % 453,705 45.3 % Salaries, wages and employee benefits 250,044 21.4 % 232,027 23.2 % Fuel and fuel taxes 120,554 10.3 % 108,975 10.9 % Depreciation and amortization 56,120 4.8 % 51,357 5.1 % Operating supplies and expenses 39,811 3.4 % 36,648 3.7 % Insurance and claims 11,045 1.0 % 9,847 1.0 % General and administrative expenses, net of asset dispositions 3,995 0.4 % 6,880 0.7 % Operating taxes and licenses 7,142 0.6 % 6,648 0.6 % Communication and utilities 4,497   0.4 % 4,870   0.5 % Total operating expenses 1,049,325   90.0 % 910,957   91.0 % Operating income 116,597 10.0 % 89,823 9.0 % Net interest expense 6,987   0.6 % 8,434   0.9 % Earnings before income taxes 109,610 9.4 % 81,389 8.1 % Income taxes 41,926   3.6 % 31,294   3.1 % Net earnings $ 67,684   5.8 % $ 50,095   5.0 % Average diluted shares outstanding 119,750   123,966   Diluted earnings per share $ 0.57   $ 0.40               Financial Information By Segment (in thousands) (unaudited)   Three Months Ended March 3120122011% Of% OfAmount   TotalAmount   Total   Revenue   Intermodal $ 694,116 60 % $ 576,903 58 % Dedicated 255,852 22 % 238,456 24 % Truck 128,156 11 % 119,097 12 % Integrated Capacity Solutions 97,052   8 % 74,745   7 % Subtotal 1,175,176 101 % 1,009,201 101 % Intersegment eliminations (9,254 ) (1 %) (8,421 ) (1 %) Consolidated revenue $ 1,165,922   100 % $ 1,000,780   100 %     Operating income   Intermodal $ 79,430 68 % $ 62,638 70 % Dedicated 28,149 24 % 18,616 21 % Truck 4,884 4 % 5,835 6 % Integrated Capacity Solutions 4,064 4 % 2,579 3 % Other (1) 70   0 % 155   0 % Operating income $ 116,597   100 % $ 89,823   100 %     (1) Includes corporate support activity             Operating Statistics by Segment (unaudited)       Three Months Ended March 3120122011   Intermodal   Loads 324,142 279,346 Average length of haul 1,704 1,741 Revenue per load $ 2,141 $ 2,065 Average tractors during the period* 3,185 2,702   Tractors (end of period) Company-owned 2,956 2,648 Independent contractor 299   88   Total tractors 3,255 2,736   Net change in trailing equipment during the period 331 2,600 Trailing equipment (end of period) 54,837 48,266 Average effective trailing equipment usage 50,596 45,847     Dedicated   Loads 351,187 345,653 Average length of haul 208 201 Revenue per truck per week** $ 4,069 $ 4,004 Average trucks during the period*** 4,881 4,652   Trucks (end of period) Company-owned 4,600 4,340 Independent contractor 18 20 Customer-owned (Dedicated operated) 244   353   Total trucks 4,862 4,713   Trailing equipment (end of period) 11,163 11,241 Average effective trailing equipment usage 12,435 12,727     Truck   Loads 116,904 106,263 Average length of haul 498 533 Loaded miles (000) 57,551 56,206 Total miles (000) 66,264 63,986 Average nonpaid empty miles per load 73.8 70.1 Revenue per tractor per week** $ 3,822 $ 3,672 Average tractors during the period* 2,615 2,550   Tractors (end of period) Company-owned 1,563 1,632 Independent contractor 998   865   Total tractors 2,561 2,497   Trailers (end of period) 9,285 9,319 Average effective trailing equipment usage 8,154 8,167     Integrated Capacity Solutions   Loads 68,138 59,813 Revenue per load $ 1,424 $ 1,250 Gross profit margin 14.3 % 14.7 % Employee count (end of period) 379 331 Approximate number of third-party carriers (end of period) 29,800 26,100     * Includes company-owned and independent contractor tractors ** Using weighted workdays *** Includes company-owned, independent contractor, and customer-owned trucks           J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC.Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands) (unaudited)             March 31, 2012       December 31, 2011ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,713 $ 5,450 Accounts Receivable 447,706 411,479 Prepaid expenses and other     82,667       96,613 Total current assets     536,086       513,542 Property and equipment 2,713,194 2,658,143 Less accumulated depreciation     952,680       931,273 Net property and equipment     1,760,514       1,726,870 Other assets     26,262       26,920     $ 2,322,862     $ 2,267,332     LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Current debt $ 100,000 $ 50,000 Trade accounts payable 301,636 251,625 Claims accruals 41,931 42,364 Accrued payroll 53,570 77,107 Other accrued expenses     46,283       17,419 Total current liabilities     543,420       438,515   Long-term debt 602,119 699,177 Other long-term liabilities 46,988 45,382 Deferred income taxes 500,039 516,715 Stockholders' equity     630,296       567,543     $ 2,322,862     $ 2,267,332         Supplemental Data (unaudited)                       March 31, 2012       December 31, 2011   Actual shares outstanding at end of period (000)     117,085       116,932   Book value per actual share outstanding at end of period   $ 5.38     $ 4.85                     Three Months Ended March 3120122011   Net cash provided by operating activities (000)   $ 146,272     $ 136,583   Net capital expenditures (000)   $ 83,782     $ 112,346     J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.David G. Mee, 479-820-8363Executive Vice President, Finance/Administrationand Chief Financial Officer