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Knight Transportation Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual 2012 Revenue and Earnings

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Knight Transportation Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual 2012 Revenue and Earnings16:01 EST Wednesday, January 30, 2013 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- Knight Transportation, Inc. (NYSE: KNX), one of North America's largest and most diversified truckload transportation companies, today reported revenue and net income for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012. Key financial highlights for the fourth quarter and year were as follows:       Three Months Ended December 31, (dollars in thousands, except per share data)       Twelve Months Ended December 31, (dollars in thousands, except per share data)   2012     2011     % Change 2012     2011     % Change Total revenue $ 242,303 $ 224,100 8.1 % $ 936,036 $ 866,199 8.1 % GAAP operating income $ 28,564 $ 29,235 -2.3 % $ 108,267 $ 100,021 8.2 % Adjusted operating income(1) NA NA NA $ 112,248 $ 100,021 12.2 % GAAP net income $ 17,698 $ 17,469 1.3 % $ 64,117 $ 60,248 6.4 % Adjusted net income(1) NA NA NA $ 68,011 $ 60,248 12.9 % GAAP earning per diluted share $ 0.22 $ 0.22 1.0 % $ 0.80 $ 0.74 8.9 % Adjusted earnings per diluted share(1) NA NA NA $ 0.85 $ 0.74 15.5 %   (1) See GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation schedule The company previously announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share and a special cash dividend of $0.50 to shareholders of record on December 7, 2012, both of which were paid on December 28, 2012. During the fourth quarter of 2012 we were successful in growing revenue in all parts of our business. Consolidated revenue grew 8.1% for the fourth quarter when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The environment in both 2012 and 2011 were similar in terms of growth. The economic environment continued in the lukewarm fashion we have become accustomed to. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees, we were able to produce what we believe to be truckload industry leading revenue growth of 8.1% for the year, which led to 12.2% adjusted operating income growth and 15.5% adjusted earnings per diluted share growth. The following chart reflects the year-over-year operating ratio comparison and revenue growth for our asset based businesses and our non-asset based businesses for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012 and 2011.       Three Months Ended December 31,       Twelve Months Ended December 31, Operating ratios(2)     Revenuegrowth Operating ratios(2)     Revenuegrowth 2012     2011   2012     2011   Asset based 83.8% 82.7% 5.7% 83.6% 84.6% 6.6% Non-asset based 94.1% 91.7% 30.0% 94.7% 93.7% 22.2%   Consolidated 85.4% 83.8% 8.1% 85.1% 85.7% 8.1%   (2) Operating ratio is defined as total operating expenses, net of trucking fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue before trucking fuel surcharge. We continue to provide our customers with the truckload services their supply chains rely on. Our investment in providing multiple solutions that are executed with a high level of efficiency and effectiveness has led to, and will continue to lead to, additional revenue opportunities. The DOE national average diesel fuel price increased 3.8% when compared to the fourth quarter last year. We continue our work towards cost effective, industry leading fuel economy while at the same time meaningfully contributing to environmental improvements. The driver market remains challenging, yet we are succeeding in attracting and retaining high performing driving associates. We continue to benefit by leveraging our model and the advantages it provides us with our driving associates. As a result, our driver turnover has trended favorably and is well below what we understand to be the industry average. In July of 2012, Congress passed a bill which included a requirement that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issue a rule mandating that all motor carriers engaged in interstate commerce must use electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to monitor compliance with hours-of-service regulations. All trucking companies will be required to adopt EOBRs by no later than July 2015. Our entire tractor fleet has been fully equipped with EOBRs for over two years. We believe this mandate will allow the carriers that have already adopted EOBRs to be more competitive in recruiting and retaining driving associates. Our average tractor count for the quarter increased 5.4%. We invested $34.9 million of net capital expenditures in the fourth quarter, as our tractor fleet remains one of the most modern fleets in the industry with an average age of 1.9 years. Included in the fourth quarter net capital expenditures is a real estate investment in a property in Phoenix, Arizona that will serve as our headquarters. Our gain on sale decreased from $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, as the used equipment market was less robust. We have returned $155.2 million to our shareholders in the form of quarterly dividends and stock repurchases over the twenty-four-month period ending December 31, 2012. We ended the quarter with $5.7 million of cash, $80.0 million of borrowing under our unsecured revolving credit agreement, and $490.2 million of shareholders' equity. The company will hold a conference call on January 30, 2013, at 4:30 PM EST, to further discuss its results of operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. The dial in number for this conference call is 1-855-733-9163. Slides to accompany this call will be posted on the company's website and will be available to download prior to the scheduled conference time. To view the presentation, please visit http://investor.knighttrans.com/events, ''Fourth Quarter 2012 Conference Call Presentation.'' Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation services using a nationwide network of service centers in the U.S. to serve customers throughout North America. In addition to operating one of the country's largest tractor fleets, Knight also partners with third-party equipment providers to provide a broad range of truckload services to its customers while creating quality driving jobs for our driving associates and successful business opportunities for owner-operators. INCOME STATEMENT DATA:       Three Months Ended December 31,       Twelve Months Ended December 31, (Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)         2012201120122011REVENUE: Revenue, before fuel surcharge $ 195,164 $ 181,001 $ 752,151 $ 697,286 Fuel surcharge   47,139         43,099     183,885         168,913   TOTAL REVENUE   242,303         224,100     936,036         866,199     OPERATING EXPENSES: Salaries, wages and benefits 60,046 56,467 238,266 218,686 Fuel expense - gross 56,781 56,968 230,178 226,471 Operations and maintenance 16,954 13,401 61,875 53,714 Insurance and claims 8,429 7,044 32,138 30,072 Operating taxes and licenses 4,180 3,973 16,184 15,212 Communications 1,299 1,437 5,172 5,534 Depreciation and amortization 21,925 19,891 85,056 75,832 Purchased transportation 41,008 33,600 148,022 129,143 Miscellaneous operating expenses   3,117         2,084     10,878         11,514     213,739         194,865     827,769         766,178   Income From Operations   28,564         29,235     108,267         100,021     Interest income 100 131 417 1,068 Interest expense (100 ) (131 ) (457 ) (180 ) Other income   1,120         271     1,550         279   Income before income taxes 29,684 29,506 109,777 101,188 INCOME TAXES   11,620         11,800     45,014         40,480   Net Income 18,064 17,706 64,763 60,708 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (366 )       (237 )   (646 )       (460 ) NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION $ 17,698       $ 17,469   $ 64,117       $ 60,248   Net Income Per Share - Basic $ 0.22 $ 0.22 $ 0.80 $ 0.74 - Diluted $ 0.22 $ 0.22 $ 0.80 $ 0.74 Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic 79,746 79,378 79,673 81,439 - Diluted 79,987 79,706 80,000 81,872   BALANCE SHEET DATA:12/31/1212/31/11ASSETS (Unaudited, in thousands) Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,684 $ 9,584 Accounts receivable, net 102,553 101,319 Notes receivable, net 791 1,034 Related party notes and interest receivable 2,814 2,868 Prepaid expenses 17,035 10,131 Assets held for sale 18,362 19,416 Other current assets 12,449 9,605 Income tax receivable - 3,821 Current deferred tax asset   3,409         2,319   Total Current Assets 163,097 160,097   Property and equipment, net 584,064 547,033 Notes receivable, long-term 3,692 3,987 Goodwill 10,276 10,295 Other assets and restricted cash   21,383         16,171   Total Long-term Assets 619,415 577,486   Total Assets $ 782,512       $ 737,583     LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Accounts payable $ 11,281 $ 14,322 Accrued payroll and purchased transportation 10,489 9,096 Accrued liabilities 16,020 13,645 Claims accrual - current portion 15,892 12,875 Dividend payable - current portion   141         77   Total Current Liabilities 53,823 50,015   Claims accrual - long-term portion 10,340 8,693 Long-term dividend payable & other liabilities 2,638 1,457 Deferred income taxes 144,871 145,668 Long-term debt   80,000         55,000   Total Long-term Liabilities 237,849 210,818   Total Liabilities   291,672         260,833       Common stock 798 794 Additional paid-in capital 142,837 132,723 Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) (302 ) (448 ) Retained earnings   346,899         343,290   Total Knight Transportation Shareholders' Equity 490,232 476,359 Noncontrolling interest   608         391   Total Shareholders' Equity   490,840         476,750   Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 782,512       $ 737,583             Three Months Ended December 31,       Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012     2011     %Change 2012     2011     %Change (Unaudited) (Unaudited) OPERATING STATISTICS         Average Revenue Per Tractor* $ 39,653 $ 39,974 -0.8 % $ 158,978 $ 157,076 1.2 %   Non-paid Empty Mile Percent 11.0 % 10.8 % 1.9 % 10.6 % 10.6 % 0.0 %   Average Length of Haul 480 468 2.6 % 482 483 -0.2 %   Operating Ratio** 85.4 % 83.8 % 85.1 % 85.7 %   Average Tractors - Total 4,178 3,963 4,096 3,908   Trailers - End of Quarter 9,564 8,986 9,564 8,986   Net Capital Expenditures (in thousands) $ 34,942 $ 40,327 $ 120,844 $ 138,308   Adjusted Cash Flow From Operations Excluding Change in Short-term Investments (in thousands) *** $ 44,142 $ 38,341 $ 150,820 $ 136,318   * Includes dry van, refrigerated, and port services revenue excluding fuel surcharge, brokerage revenue, intermodal revenue, and other revenue.   ** Operating ratio as reported in this press release is based upon total operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue before fuel surcharge. Operating ratio reported for the twelve months ending December 31, 2012 is based upon total operating expenses, excluding the first quarter 2012 one time non-cash stock compensation charge of $4 million related to the accelerated vesting of certain stock options issued prior to 2009, and net of fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue before fuel surcharge. We measure our revenue, before fuel surcharge, and our operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, because we believe that eliminating this sometimes volatile source of revenue affords a more consistent basis for comparing our results of operations from period to period.   *** No adjustment was made to the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2012 adjusted cash flow from operations of $150,820 as there was no change in short-term trading investments. Adjusted cash flow from operations of $136,318 for the prior year twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011 does not include $24,379 decrease in short-term trading investments. This reconciling item is needed to tie back to cash flow from operations.     In the press release, we provided adjusted cash flow from operations excluding changes in short-term investments. The exclusion of the change in short-term investments is not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (''GAAP''). This non-GAAP financial measure is intended to supplement, but not substitute for, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. We believe that the non-GAAP financial measure provides meaningful information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results because it excludes an item that may not be indicative or is unrelated to our core operating results. However, because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, investors are strongly encouraged to review our financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not rely on any single financial measure. A reconciliation to the most closely-related GAAP measure is provided in the preceding paragraph.   The following is a reconciliation of 2012 YTD GAAP Income to Non-GAAP Income: Reconciliation:       (GAAP) YTD12-31-12     * OptionAccelerationExpenseRecorded inQ1     (Non-GAAP)Adjusted YTD12-31-12 Total Revenue 936,036         936,036 Total Operating Expense   827,769   (3,981 )   823,788   108,267 112,248   Other Income   1,510     1,510   Income before income taxes 109,777 113,758 Income taxes   45,014   87   45,101   Net Income 64,763 68,657 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest   (646 )   (646 ) Net income attributable to Knight Transportation $ 64,117   $ 68,011   Net Income Per Share - Basic $ 0.80 $ 0.85 - Diluted $ 0.80 $ 0.85 Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic 79,673 79,673 - Diluted 80,000 80,000   * The first quarter of 2012 included a $4.0 million pretax non-cash stock compensation charge ($3.9 million after tax) relating to the accelerated vesting of certain stock options that had been issued prior to 2009. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements generally may be identified by their use of terms or phrases such as ''expects,'' ''estimates,'' ''anticipates,'' ''projects,'' ''believes,'' ''plans,'' ''intends,'' ''may,'' ''will,'' ''should,'' ''could,'' ''potential,'' ''continue,'' ''future,'' and terms or phrases of similar substance. Forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified, which could cause future events and actual results to differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Readers should review and consider the factors that may affect future results and other disclosures by the Company in its press releases, stockholder reports, Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in the factors affecting the forward-looking information. Knight Transportation, Inc.David A. Jackson, 602-269-2000PresidentorAdam Miller, 602-269-2000CFO