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Universal Truckload Services, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Universal Truckload Services, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

09:00 EDT Thursday, April 25, 2013

WARREN, Mich., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Truckload Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: UACL) announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2013.  Basic and diluted earnings per share totaled $0.38 from net income of $11.4 million.  This compares to net income of $14.4 million, or $0.48 per basic and diluted share, and pro forma net income of $10.4 million, or $0.35 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012. 

Income from operations increased 10.7%, to $19.3 million or 7.8% of operating revenues for the first quarter ended March 30, 2013, compared to $17.4 million or 6.8% of operating revenues for the first quarter of 2012.  Our net income and earnings per share declined, however, due to the change in tax status of LINC Logistics Company, which we acquired in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Our consolidated financial statements include LINC's results for all periods presented.  LINC was an "S" corporation for federal income tax purposes prior to October 1, 2012.  As a result, our effective tax rate increased to 37.8% in the first quarter ended March 30, 2013, compared to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2012.

First quarter 2013 growth in demand for our intermodal and value-added services was offset by reduced demand for transportation services compared to the first quarter of 2012.  Operating revenues totaled $248.1 million for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2013, an aggregate 3.1% decline from $256.0 million in the first quarter of 2012.  Our intermodal services increased 31.8% and value-added services increased 5.6% in the first quarter of 2013, while transportation services decreased 10.0% compared to the same period one year earlier.  Operating revenues from dedicated transportation routes were essentially flat, while transactional transportation business declined.

"Demand for our transportation services started slowly in 2013, which reflects decisions we undertook to shed certain under-performing sales channels, deferred demand from our alternative energy customers, recent economic trends, and unfavorable weather," observed Scott Wolfe, Universal's Chief Executive Officer.  "Nevertheless, we continue to execute our plan for the transactional side of our business with a focus on enhancing our agent base, expanding awareness of Universal's identity in the marketplace, and developing enterprise accounts.  Concurrently, we are pleased with the continuing progress of our intermodal and value-added services business, which continued to expand in the first quarter of 2013, and which can offer attractive returns based on our unique supply chain capabilities and our ability to secure longer term contracts with customers."

We calculate and report selected financial metrics in connection with lending arrangements, or to isolate and exclude the impact of non-operating expenses related to our corporate development activities.  These statistics are described in more detail below in the section captioned "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."  Our EBITDA increased 11.3% to $24.3 million for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2013, from $21.8 million for the thirteen weeks ended March 31, 2012.  Expressed as a percentage of operating revenues, first quarter 2013 EBITDA was 9.8%, compared to 8.5% for the first quarter of 2012.  For the first quarter of 2012, trends in EBITDA are substantially similar to trends in income from operations.  

As of March 30, 2013, Universal held cash and cash equivalents totaling $4.8 million and marketable securities totaling $10.4 million.  Outstanding debt at the end of the first quarter of 2013 totaled $136.0 million.

Conference call:

We invite you to participate in a conference call on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time where management will discuss first quarter 2013 financial performance.  Hosting the call will be Scott Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer, Don Cochran, President and David Crittenden, Chief Financial Officer.

To participate:  Please call (877) 866-3199 (toll free) or (660) 422-4956 (toll) and provide conference ID 47990086.

To listen to an audio replay:  Please call (855) 859-2056 (toll free) or (404) 537-3406 (toll) and enter conference ID 47990086, or locate the link in the investor page at: www.goutsi.com.  Audio replay is available through May 29, 2013.  

About Universal:

Universal Truckload Services, Inc. is a leading asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.  We provide our customers with supply chain solutions that can be scaled to meet their changing demands and volumes.  We offer our customers a broad array of services across their entire supply chain, including transportation, value-added, and intermodal services.  Our customized solutions and flexible business model are designed to provide us with a highly variable cost structure.

Some of the statements contained in this press release might be considered forward-looking statements.  These statements identify prospective information.  Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time and/or management's good faith belief with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements.  These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations described.  Additional information about the factors that may adversely affect these forward-looking statements is contained in the Company's reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data)

Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 30,

March 31,

2013

2012

Operating revenues:

   Transportation services

$       166,927

$    185,390

   Value-added services

47,770

45,258

   Intermodal services

33,412

25,344

Total operating revenues

248,109

255,992

Operating expenses:

   Purchased transportation and equipment rent

134,514

145,091

   Direct personnel and related benefits

43,347

43,156

   Commission expense

9,335

10,241

   Operating expense (exclusive of items shown separately)

19,160

17,736

   Occupancy expense

4,962

4,984

   Selling, general and administrative

7,802

7,438

   Insurance and claims

4,678

5,498

   Depreciation and amortization

5,060

4,453

   Total operating expenses

228,858

238,597

   Income from operations

19,251

17,395

Interest expense, net

(1,102)

(796)

Other non-operating income

134

504

 Income before provision for income taxes

18,283

17,103

Provision for income taxes

6,909

2,664

 Net income

$         11,374

$      14,439

Earnings per common share:

   Basic

$             0.38

$          0.48

   Diluted

$             0.38

$          0.48

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

   Basic

30,054

30,065

   Diluted

30,196

30,065

Pre-merger dividends declared per common share:

$                  -

$          1.00

Pro Forma earnings per common share - "C" corporation status:

   Pro Forma provision for income taxes due to LINC Logistics 

    Company conversion to "C" corporation

$                   -

$        4,003

   Pro Forma net income

$         11,374

$      10,436

   Earnings per common share:

   Basic  

$             0.38

$          0.35

   Diluted

$             0.38

$          0.35

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

March 30,

2013

December 31,

 2012

Assets

   Cash and cash equivalents

$           4,818

$           2,554

   Marketable securities

10,394

9,962

   Accounts receivable - net

122,315

118,903

   Other current assets

37,755

37,719

   Total current assets

175,282

169,138

   Property and equipment - net

125,866

127,791

   Other long-term assets - net

29,969

30,440

Total assets

$       331,117

$       327,369

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

   Total current liabilities

$       106,074

$       103,717

   Total long-term liabilities

155,398

166,280

   Total liabilities

261,472

269,997

   Total shareholders' equity

69,645

57,372

   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$       331,117

$       327,369

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

 Unaudited Summary of Operating Data

Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 30,

March 31,

2013

2012

Average Headcount

Employees

2,876

2,493

Full time equivalents

2,083

1,941

     Total

4,959

4,434

Average number of tractors

Provided by owner-operators

3,372

3,286

Owned

685

603

Third party lease

45

40

     Total

4,102

3,929

Transportation Revenues:

Average operating revenues per loaded mile (a)

$              2.69

$              2.70

Average operating revenues per loaded mile, 

excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)

$              2.31

$              2.34

Average operating revenues per load (a)

$               997

$               987

Average operating revenues per load, excluding

fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)

$               855

$               857

Average length of haul (a) (b)

370

366

Number of loads (a)

151,041

171,199

Value Added Services:

Number of facilities (d)

Customer provided

16

12

Company leased

28

27

     Total

44

39

Intermodal Revenues:

Drayage (in thousands)

$          24,862

$          21,234

Domestic Intermodal (in thousands)

5,948

1,391

Depot (in thousands)

2,602

2,719

     Total (in thousands)

$          33,412

$          25,344

Average operating revenues per loaded mile (c)

$              4.44

$              4.23

Average operating revenues per loaded mile,

excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (c)

$              3.55

$              3.42

Average operating revenues per load (c)

$               320

$               282

Average operating revenues per load, excluding

fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (c)

$               256

$               228

Number of loads (c) 

77,657

75,263

Number of container yards

11

10

(a)

Excludes operating data from Universal Logistics Solutions, Inc., Universal Logistics Solutions International, Inc., and Central Global Express, Inc., in order to improve the relevance of the statistical data related to our brokerage services and improve the comparability to our peer companies.  Also excludes final mile delivery and shuttle service loads.

(b)

Average length of haul is computed using loaded miles, excluding final mile delivery and shuttle service loads.

(c)

Excludes operating data from Universal Logistics Solutions, Inc. in order to improve the relevance of the statistical data related to our intermodal services and improve the comparability to our peer companies. 

(d)

Excludes storage yards, terminals and office facilities.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to providing consolidated financial statements based on generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), we are providing additional financial measures that are not required by or prepared in accordance with GAAP (non-GAAP). We present EBITDA as supplemental measures of our performance.   We define EBITDA as net income plus (i) interest expense, net, (ii) provision for income taxes and (iii) depreciation and amortization, and less other non-operating income, or EBITDA.  You are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis.

In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, we are presenting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and reconciling the non-GAAP financial measure to the comparable GAAP measure.  Set forth below is a reconciliation of net income, the most comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA for each of the periods indicated:

Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 30,

March 31,

2013

2012

( in thousands)

EBITDA

   Net income

$         11,374

$       14,439

   Provision for income taxes

6,909

2,664

   Interest expense, net

1,102

796

   Depreciation and amortization

5,060

4,453

   Other non-operating income

(134)

(504)

   EBITDA

$         24,311

$       21,848

   EBITDA margin (a)

9.8%

8.5%

(a) EBITDA margin is computed by dividing EBITDA by total operating revenues for each of the periods indicated.

We present EBITDA because we believe it assists investors and analysts in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance.

EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool. Some of these limitations are:

  • EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debts;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and EBITDA only supplementally.

SOURCE Universal Truckload Services, Inc.

For further information: David A. Crittenden, Chief Financial Officer, DCrittenden@goutsi.com, (586) 467-1427

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