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Arkansas Best Corporation Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Arkansas Best Corporation Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

03:00 EDT Tuesday, April 30, 2013

- Revenue rises to $520.7 million from $440.9 million
- First quarter 2013 net loss of $13.4 million, or $0.52 per share
- Emerging, non-asset-based businesses continue growth trends and cash generation
- ABF labor contract negotiations continue and remain important to lowering ABF's cost structure

FORT SMITH, Ark., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS) today reported a first quarter 2013 net loss despite continued encouraging trends in its emerging businesses.  Year-over-year revenue and tonnage growth at LTL carrier ABF Freight System, Inc., were offset by higher wage and benefit costs for employees represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Arkansas Best's first quarter 2013 revenue was $520.7 million compared to revenue of $440.9 million in the first quarter of 2012. The first quarter net loss was $13.4 million, or $0.52 per share, compared to a first quarter 2012 net loss of $18.2 million, or $0.71 per share.  Last year's first quarter results included the effects of an unusually low corporate tax benefit rate and unusually high workers' compensation claims costs.  Combined, these items increased last year's first quarter net loss by $0.31 per share.    

Arkansas Best's emerging, non-asset-based businesses continue to display strength in their revenue growth and cash flow generation.  Freight brokerage and vehicle roadside and preventive maintenance grew first-quarter revenue 82% and 45%, respectively, and improved operating income. Operating results at Panther Expedited Services, Inc., were impacted by reduced demand for expedited services and investments made in sales and service locations for future growth.  On a combined basis, Panther and all of the other non-asset-based businesses generated first quarter 2013 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") of $3.4 million, versus slightly negative EBITDA in the first quarter of 2012.  "First quarter revenue and operating income at our emerging businesses reflected growth and improvement as we invested heavily in these businesses during 2012.  They represent a critical piece of Arkansas Best's strategy to achieve sustained profitability," said Arkansas Best President and Chief Executive Officer Judy R. McReynolds.  "The investments made so far have improved the financial performance of these subsidiaries and strengthened their service offerings and their ability, both individually and through significant cross-selling opportunities, to better serve customers with full supply-chain solutions."

ABF Freight's first-quarter operating loss deepened despite revenue growth and improving business levels. McReynolds noted that the company's high-cost structure continues to weigh on results, underscoring the need for a more rational labor agreement that reflects the increasingly competitive LTL industry. "After months of hard work and a second extension of contract talks through May 31, the negotiating teams continue to make progress on developing a contract agreement for our Teamster-represented employees that is expected to provide ABF greater operational flexibility and lower costs in order to effectively compete in the future."

Closing Comments"Despite losses in the seasonally weak first quarter, Arkansas Best is well-positioned for growth in new and existing markets.  We continue to develop a comprehensive array of services designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and generate financial returns for our company and our shareholders," said McReynolds.  "Current negotiations on a new labor agreement provide an opportunity to preserve good-paying jobs and protect the retirement benefits of our union employees through a lower cost structure and improved operational flexibility.  A new labor contract, with lower more competitive costs, is a critical element in allowing ABF to effectively compete in a drastically different LTL marketplace." 

Conference CallArkansas Best Corporation will host a conference call with company executives to discuss the 2013 first quarter results.  The call will be today, Tuesday, April 30, at 9:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. CT).  Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 659-2165.  Following the call, a recorded playback will be available through the end of the day on May 31, 2013.  To listen to the playback, dial (800) 633-8284 or (402) 977-9140 (for international callers).  The conference call ID for the playback is 21653957.  The conference call and playback can also be accessed, through May 31, on Arkansas Best's website at arkbest.com.

Company DescriptionArkansas Best Corporation, headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is a freight transportation services and solutions provider. Through its various subsidiaries, Arkansas Best offers a wide variety of logistics solutions including: domestic and global transportation of less-than-truckload ("LTL") and full load shipments, expedited ground and time-definite delivery solutions, freight forwarding services, freight brokerage, oversight of roadside assistance and equipment services for commercial vehicles, and household goods moving market services for consumers, corporations, and the military. More information is available at arkbest.com, abf.com and pantherexpedite.com.

Forward-Looking StatementsThe following is a "safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:  Statements contained in this report that are not based on historical facts are "forward-looking statements." Terms such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "plan," "predict," "prospects," "scheduled," "should," "would," and similar expressions and the negatives of such terms are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are by their nature subject to uncertainties and risk including, but not limited to, a workforce stoppage by our employees covered under our collective bargaining agreement or unfavorable terms of future collective bargaining agreements; relationships with employees, including unions; general economic conditions and related shifts in market demand that impact the performance and needs of industries served by Arkansas Best Corporation's subsidiaries and/or limit our customers' access to adequate financial resources; union and nonunion employee wages and benefits, including changes in required contributions to multiemployer pension plans; competitive initiatives, pricing pressures and the effect of volatility in fuel prices and the associated changes in fuel surcharges on securing increases in base freight rates and the inability to collect fuel surcharges; availability of fuel; default on covenants of financing arrangements and the availability and terms of future financing arrangements; availability and cost of reliable third-party services; disruptions or failures of services essential to the use of information technology platforms in our business; availability, timing, and amount of capital expenditures; future costs of operating expenses such as fuel and related taxes; self-insurance claims and insurance premium costs; governmental regulations and policies; future climate change legislation; potential impairment of goodwill and intangible assets; the impact of our brand and corporate reputation; the cost, timing, and performance of growth initiatives; the cost, integration, and performance of any future acquisitions; the costs of continuing investments in technology, a failure of our information systems, and the impact of cyber incidents; weather conditions; and other financial, operational, and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Arkansas Best Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission public filings.

The following tables show financial data and operating statistics on Arkansas Best Corporation and its subsidiary companies.

 

ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended

March 31

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

($ thousands, except share and per share data)

OPERATING REVENUES

$

520,687

$

440,867

OPERATING EXPENSES AND COSTS

544,037

463,854

OPERATING LOSS

(23,350)

(22,987)

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

Interest and dividend income

171

253

Interest expense and other related financing costs

(1,207)

(1,142)

Other, net

1,083

1,340

47

451

LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(23,303)

(22,536)

INCOME TAX BENEFITS

(9,908)

(4,374)

NET LOSS

$

(13,395)

$

(18,162)

LOSS PER COMMON SHARE(1)

Basic

$

(0.52)

$

(0.71)

Diluted

$

(0.52)

$

(0.71)

AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

Basic

25,638,333

25,455,607

Diluted

25,638,333

25,455,607

CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE

$

0.03

$

0.03

(1) The Company uses the two-class method for calculating earnings per share. This method, as calculated below, requires an allocation of dividends paid and a portion of undistributed net income (but not losses) to unvested restricted stock for calculating per share amounts.

NET LOSS

$

(13,395)

$

(18,162)

EFFECT OF UNVESTED RESTRICTED STOCK AWARDS(1)

(38)

(34)

ADJUSTED NET LOSS FOR  CALCULATING

    EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE

$

(13,433)

$

(18,196)

ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31

2013

 

December 31

2012

(Unaudited)

Note

($ thousands, except share data)

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

75,071

$

90,702

Short-term investments

29,891

29,054

Restricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments

5,904

9,658

Accounts receivable, less allowances (2013 ? $5,360; 2012 ? $5,249)

190,036

180,631

Other accounts receivable, less allowances (2013 ? $1,376; 2012 ? $1,334)

6,011

6,539

Prepaid expenses

19,397

17,355

Deferred income taxes

37,302

39,245

Prepaid and refundable income taxes

7,851

5,681

Other

7,288

7,185

     TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

378,751

386,050

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

Land and structures

243,990

243,699

Revenue equipment

588,809

589,729

Service, office, and other equipment

119,642

119,456

Software

105,164

103,164

Leasehold improvements

23,357

23,272

1,080,962

1,079,320

Less allowances for depreciation and amortization

653,862

635,292

427,100

444,028

GOODWILL

75,032

73,189

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET

78,518

79,561

OTHER ASSETS

51,994

51,634

$

1,011,395

$

1,034,462

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Bank overdraft and drafts payable

$

11,737

$

13,645

Accounts payable

84,966

84,292

Income taxes payable

75

59

Accrued expenses

167,848

158,668

Current portion of long-term debt

39,861

43,044

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

304,487

299,708

LONG-TERM DEBT, less current portion

105,169

112,941

PENSION AND POSTRETIREMENT LIABILITIES

105,922

104,673

OTHER LIABILITIES

12,366

12,832

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

35,858

45,309

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 70,000,000 shares; issued 2013: 27,307,505 shares; 2012: 27,296,285 shares

273

273

Additional paid-in-capital

290,776

289,711

Retained earnings

269,955

284,157

Treasury stock, at cost, 1,677,932 shares

(57,770)

(57,770)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(55,641)

(57,372)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

447,593

458,999

$

1,011,395

$

1,034,462

Note: The balance sheet at December 31, 2012 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.

ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Three Months Ended

March 31

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

($ thousands)

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Net loss

$

(13,395)

$

(18,162)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

22,150

19,320

Amortization of intangibles

1,043

?

Share-based compensation expense

1,303

1,442

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

969

275

Deferred income tax benefit

(8,756)

(4,301)

Gain on sale of property and equipment

(212)

(285)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Receivables

(9,886)

(859)

Prepaid expenses

(2,042)

(1,621)

Other assets

(964)

(96)

Income taxes

(1,548)

1,793

Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other liabilities

11,124

7,371

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES

(214)

4,877

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(3,440)

(2,388)

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

842

1,315

Purchases of short-term investments

(3,752)

(14,335)

Proceeds from sales of short-term investments

2,940

3,185

Capitalization of internally developed software and other

(2,090)

(1,618)

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(5,500)

(13,841)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Repayments on long-term debt

(10,955)

(6,075)

Net change in bank overdraft and other

(1,909)

(10,056)

Change in restricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments

3,754

23,149

Deferred financing costs

?

(36)

Payment of common stock dividends

(807)

(797)

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

(9,917)

6,185

NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

(15,631)

(2,779)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

90,702

141,295

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

$

75,071

$

138,516

NONCASH INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Accruals for equipment received

$

173

$

2,060

ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Three Months Ended

March 31

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

($ thousands)

Arkansas Best Corporation ? Consolidated

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization

Net loss

$

(13,395)

$

(18,162)

Interest expense

1,207

1,142

Income tax benefits

(9,908)

(4,374)

Depreciation and amortization

23,193

19,320

Amortization of share-based compensation

1,303

1,442

Amortization of actuarial losses

2,912

2,847

EBITDA

$

5,312

$

2,215

Three Months Ended

March 31

2013

Three Months Ended

March 31

2012

Operating

Income

(Loss)

Depreciation and Amortization

EBITDA

Operating Income (Loss)

Depreciation and Amortization

EBITDA

Non-Asset Based Segments

Premium Logistics & Expedited Freight Services(1)

$

(864)

$

2,550

$

1,686

$

?

$

?

$

?

Truck Brokerage and Management

767

92

859

394

65

459

Emergency and Preventative Maintenance

711

132

843

(137)

118

(19)

Household Goods Moving Services

(231)

241

10

(792)

179

(613)

Total non-asset based segments

$

383

$

3,015

$

3,398

$

(535)

$

362

$

(173)

 

(1)

Depreciation and amortization consists primarily of amortization of intangibles, including customer relationships and software, which were acquired in conjunction with the purchase of Panther Expedited Services, Inc. on June 15, 2012.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures. The company reports its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").  However, management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios utilized for internal analysis provide financial statement users meaningful comparisons between current and prior period results, as well as important information regarding performance trends.  Certain information discussed in the scheduled conference call could be considered non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company's reported results. Management believes EBITDA to be relevant and useful information as EBITDA is a standard measure commonly reported and widely used by analysts, investors and others to measure financial performance and ability to service debt obligations. However, these financial measures should not be construed as better measurements than operating income, operating cash flow, net income or earnings per share, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles. Other companies may calculate EBITDA differently, and therefore the Company's EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

 

ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPERATING SEGMENT DATA AND OPERATING RATIOS

Three Months Ended

March 31

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

($ thousands)

OPERATING REVENUES

Freight Transportation

$

407,281

$

396,513

Premium Logistics & Expedited Freight Services

53,252

?

Truck Brokerage and Management

14,604

8,039

Emergency and Preventative Maintenance

32,522

22,378

Household Goods Moving Services

13,576

15,052

Total non-asset based segments

113,954

45,469

Other revenues and eliminations

(548)

(1,115)

Total consolidated operating revenues

$

520,687

$

440,867

OPERATING EXPENSES AND COSTS

Freight Transportation

Salaries, wages, and benefits

$

267,178

65.6%

$

265,061

66.8%

Fuel, supplies, and expenses

83,332

20.5

80,640

20.3

Operating taxes and licenses

10,990

2.7

10,801

2.7

Insurance

4,484

1.1

4,881

1.2

Communications and utilities

3,933

1.0

3,799

1.0

Depreciation and amortization

19,574

4.8

18,573

4.7

Rents and purchased transportation

38,469

9.4

33,216

8.4

Gain on sale of property and equipment

(212)

(0.1)

(282)

(0.1)

Other

2,082

0.5

1,682

0.5

429,830

105.5%

418,371

105.5%

Premium Logistics & Expedited Freight Services

Purchased transportation

$

41,036

77.1%

$

?

?

Depreciation and amortization(1)

2,550

4.8

?

?

Salaries, benefits, insurance, and other

10,530

19.7

?

?

54,116

101.6%

?

?

Truck Brokerage and Management

13,837

7,645

Emergency and Preventative Maintenance

31,811

22,515

Household Goods Moving Services

13,807

15,844

Total non-asset based segments

113,571

46,004

Other expenses and eliminations

636

(521)

Total consolidated operating expenses and costs

$

544,037

$

463,854

(1)

Depreciation and amortization consists primarily of amortization of intangibles, including customer relationships and software, which were acquired in conjunction with the purchase of Panther Expedited Services, Inc. on June 15, 2012.

Note: See the following page for description of segments.

ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPERATING SEGMENT DATA AND OPERATING RATIOS ? Continued

Three Months Ended

March 31

2013

2012

(Unaudited)

($ thousands)

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

Freight Transportation

$

(22,549)

$

(21,858)

Premium Logistics & Expedited Freight Services

(864)

?

Truck Brokerage and Management

767

394

Emergency and Preventative Maintenance

711

(137)

Household Goods Moving Services

(231)

(792)

Total non-asset based segments

383

(535)

Other loss and eliminations

(1,184)

(594)

Total consolidated operating loss

$

(23,350)

$

(22,987)

Description of Segments:

  • Freight Transportation includes the results of operations of Arkansas Best's largest subsidiary, ABF Freight System, Inc.®.
  • Panther Expedited Services, Inc., which was acquired on June 15, 2012, is reported as Premium Logistics & Expedited Freight Services.
  • Truck Brokerage and Management includes the transportation brokerage services operating as FreightValue®.
  • Emergency and Preventative Maintenance includes the roadside vehicle assistance and commercial equipment services subsidiary FleetNet America, Inc.
  • Household Goods Moving Services includes Albert Companies, Inc. and Moving Solutions, Inc. which provide services to the consumer, corporate, and military household goods moving market.

Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior year's operating segment data to conform to the current year presentation. The operating results of Global Supply Chain Services and Supply Chain Services, businesses which provide ocean container transport and warehousing services, have been reclassified from the Freight Transportation segment to "Other and Eliminations." There was no impact on consolidated amounts as a result of these reclassifications.

 

ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION

OPERATING STATISTICS

Three Months Ended

March 31

2013

2012

% Change

(Unaudited)

Freight Transportation(1)

Workdays

62.5

64.0

Billed Revenue(2) / CWT       

$

26.88

$

27.52

(2.3)%

Billed Revenue(2) / Shipment

$

372.36

$

366.15

1.7%

Shipments                                

1,095,678

1,095,019

0.1%

Shipments / Day

17,531

17,110

2.5%

Tonnage (tons)                        

758,889

728,465

4.2%

Tons / Day

12,142

11,382

6.7%

 

(1)

Based on the previously described reclassifications that have been made to the prior year's operating segment data and statistics to conform to the current year presentation, operations of Global Supply Chain Services and Supply Chain Services are excluded from key operating statistics for the Freight Transportation Segment.

(2)

Billed Revenue does not include revenue deferral required for financial statement purposes under the company's revenue recognition policy.

 

Contact:

Mr. David Humphrey, Vice President, Investor Relations

Telephone: (479) 785-6200

Media:  Ms. Kathy Fieweger, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications

Telephone:  (847) 903-8806

SOURCE Arkansas Best Corporation

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