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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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

16:00 EDT Thursday, July 25, 2013

WARREN, Mich., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Truckload Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: UACL) announced today it earned $0.47 per basic and diluted share in the second quarter ended June 29, 2013 on net income of $14.2 million.  This compares to pro forma earnings per share of $0.39 per basic and diluted share on pro forma net income of $11.7 million, and $0.52 per basic and diluted share on reported net income of $15.7 million during the second quarter of 2012. 

As reported, our income from operations increased 22.8%, to $23.6 million or 8.9% of operating revenues for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $19.2 million or 7.3% of operating revenues for the second quarter of 2012.  However, after excluding certain capital markets cost incurred in the second quarter of 2012, income from operations increased 11.8%, compared to adjusted income from operations totaling $21.1 million or 8.0% of operating revenues for the second quarter of 2012.

Total operating revenues decreased slightly to $264.2 million for the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2013, compared to $265.0 million in the second quarter of 2012.  Demand for our intermodal and value-added services continued to grow in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the second quarter of 2012, however this growth was outpaced by reduced demand for transportation services.  In the second quarter of 2013, intermodal services increased 15.5% and value-added services increased 15.0%, while transportation services decreased 6.3% compared to the same period last year. 

"We are starting to see some traction in our transportation services in the second quarter of 2013," stated Universal's President, Don Cochran. "However, our load count continues to lag behind the levels we saw last year by about 9.5%.  Our intermodal and value-added service categories continue to grow, and we are encouraged by the improvements we have made in our operating income.  Though we continue to experience slow, tentative demand in certain markets, we remain confident in executing our long-term growth strategy and continually seek ways to improve our profitability." 

Our consolidated financial statements for all periods presented include the results of LINC Logistics Company, which we acquired in the fourth quarter of 2012.  Our net income and earnings per share as reported declined.  However, this was primarily due to the change in tax status of LINC.  LINC was an "S" corporation for federal income tax purposes prior to October 1, 2012.  As a result, our effective tax rate increased to 38.0% in the second quarter of 2013, compared to 17.7% in the second quarter of 2012.

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 adjusted EBITDA increased 11.8% to $28.6 million for the thirteen weeks ended June 29, 2013, from $25.6 million for the thirteen weeks ended June 30, 2012.  Expressed as a percentage of operating revenues, second quarter 2013 adjusted EBITDA was 10.8%, compared to 9.7% for the second quarter of 2012.  For the second quarter of 2013, trends in adjusted EBITDA are substantially similar to trends in adjusted income from operations.  

As of June 29, 2013, we held cash and cash equivalents totaling $6.2 million and marketable securities totaling $10.2 million.  Outstanding debt at the end of the second quarter of 2013 totaled $128.0 million.  Due to recent debt market volatility, we have suspended our previously-announced initiative to enhance the flexibility of our capital structure through a private placement of senior secured notes. 

Separately, Universal Truckload Services, Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a new cash dividend policy, which anticipates a total annual dividend of $0.28 per share of common stock, payable in quarterly increments of $0.07 per share of common stock.  In connection with the new policy, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share of common stock, which is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 5, 2013 and is expected to be paid on August 15, 2013.  Declaration of future cash dividends, and the establishment of record and payment dates, are subject to final determination by the Board of Directors each quarter after its review of our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements, any legal or contractual restrictions on the payment of dividends and other factors the Board of Directors deems relevant.

Conference call:

We invite you to participate in a conference call on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time where management will discuss second 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 22187381.

To listen to an audio replay:  Please call (855) 859-2056 (toll free) or (404) 537-3406 (toll) and enter conference ID 22187381, or locate the link in the investor page at: www.goutsi.com.  Audio replay is available through August 26, 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

Twenty-six Weeks Ended

June 29,

June 30,

June 29,

June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Operating revenues:

Transportation services

$       179,439

$     191,431

$       346,366

$     376,821

Value-added services

51,181

44,494

98,951

89,752

Intermodal services

33,552

29,043

66,964

54,387

Total operating revenues

264,172

264,968

512,281

520,960

Operating expenses:

Purchased transportation and equipment rent

141,640

151,950

276,154

297,041

Direct personnel and related benefits

45,652

41,768

88,999

84,924

Commission expense

9,787

10,699

19,122

20,940

Operating expense (exclusive of items shown separately)

19,715

17,664

38,875

35,400

Occupancy expense

5,300

4,924

10,262

9,908

Selling, general and administrative

8,739

9,276

16,541

16,714

Insurance and claims

4,704

4,962

9,382

10,460

Depreciation and amortization

5,006

4,477

10,066

8,930

Total operating expenses

240,543

245,720

469,401

484,317

Income from operations

23,629

19,248

42,880

36,643

Interest expense, net

(928)

(793)

(2,030)

(1,589)

Other non-operating income

127

668

261

1,172

Income before provision for income taxes

22,828

19,123

41,111

36,226

Provision for income taxes

8,674

3,378

15,583

6,042

Net income

$         14,154

$       15,745

$         25,528

$       30,184

Earnings per common share:

Basic

$             0.47

$           0.52

$             0.85

$           1.00

Diluted

$             0.47

$           0.52

$             0.85

$           1.00

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

30,054

30,022

30,054

30,043

Diluted

30,196

30,022

30,196

30,043

Pre-merger dividends paid 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

$                  -

$         4,029

$                  -

$          8,032

Pro Forma net income

$        14,154

$       11,716

$         25,528

$       22,152

Earnings per common share:

Basic  

$            0.47

$           0.39

$             0.85

$           0.74

Diluted

$            0.47

$           0.39

$             0.85

$           0.74

 

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

June 29,

2013

December 31,

2012

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$          6,177

$              2,554

Marketable securities

10,249

9,962

Accounts receivable - net

127,527

118,903

Other current assets

39,187

37,719

Total current assets

183,140

169,138

Property and equipment - net

122,814

127,791

Other long-term assets - net

29,428

30,440

Total assets

$      335,382

$          327,369

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

Total current liabilities

$      105,929

$          103,717

Total long-term liabilities

146,146

166,280

Total liabilities

252,075

269,997

Total shareholders' equity

83,307

57,372

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$      335,382

$          327,369

 

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

 Unaudited Summary of Operating Data

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Twenty-six Weeks Ended

June 29,

June 30,

June 29,

June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

Average Headcount

Employees

3,540

2,484

3,208

2,488

Full time equivalents

1,650

1,983

1,856

1,911

     Total

5,190

4,467

5,064

4,399

Average number of tractors

Provided by owner-operators

3,338

3,328

3,356

3,308

Owned

687

617

685

612

Third party lease

65

40

55

40

     Total

4,090

3,985

4,096

3,960

Transportation Revenues:

Average operating revenues per loaded mile (a)

$              2.75

$              2.77

$              2.72

$              2.74

Average operating revenues per loaded mile, 

excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)

$              2.36

$              2.39

$              2.34

$              2.37

Average operating revenues per load (a)

$            1,002

$               994

$               999

$               990

Average operating revenues per load, excluding

fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)

$               859

$               857

$               857

$               857

Average length of haul (a) (b)

364

358

367

362

Number of loads (a)

158,274

174,919

309,315

346,118

Value Added Services:

Number of facilities (d)

Customer provided

17

13

17

13

Company leased

27

27

27

27

     Total

44

40

44

40

Intermodal Revenues:

Drayage (in thousands)

$          27,771

$          24,476

$          52,633

$          45,710

Domestic Intermodal (in thousands)

3,220

1,956

9,168

3,347

Depot (in thousands)

2,561

2,611

5,163

5,330

     Total (in thousands)

$          33,552

$          29,043

$          66,964

$          54,387

Average operating revenues per loaded mile (c)

$              4.49

$              4.53

$              4.47

$              4.39

Average operating revenues per loaded mile,

excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (c)

$              3.62

$              3.65

$              3.59

$              3.54

Average operating revenues per load (c)

$               339

$               304

$               330

$               293

Average operating revenues per load, excluding

fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (c)

$               273

$               244

$               264

$               236

Number of loads (c) 

82,000

80,580

159,657

155,843

Number of container yards

11

10

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 adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA as supplemental measures of our performance.   We define adjusted income from operations as income from operations adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing operating performance, including previous costs related to LINC's capital market activity, which was terminated in the second quarter of 2012.  We define adjusted 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, further adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing operating performance, including previous costs related to LINC's capital market activity. These further adjustments are itemized below. You are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis. In evaluating adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses that are the same as or similar to some of the adjustments in this presentation.  Our presentation of adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

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 income from operations, the most comparable GAAP measure, to adjusted income from operations; and of net income, the most comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for each of the periods indicated:

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Twenty-six Weeks Ended

June 29,

June 30,

June 29,

June 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

( in thousands)

( in thousands)

Adjusted income from operations

Income from operations

$ 23,629

$ 19,248

$ 42,880

$ 36,643

Suspended capital markets activity (a)

-

1,882

-

1,882

Adjusted income from operations

$ 23,629

$ 21,130

$ 42,880

$ 38,525

Operating margin (b)

8.9%

7.3%

8.4%

7.0%

Adjusted operating margin (b)

8.9%

8.0%

8.4%

7.4%

Adjusted EBITDA

Net income

$ 14,154

$ 15,745

$ 25,528

$ 30,184

Provision for income taxes

8,674

3,378

15,583

6,042

Interest expense, net

928

793

2,030

1,589

Depreciation and amortization

5,006

4,477

10,066

8,930

Other non-operating income

(127)

(668)

(261)

(1,172)

EBITDA

28,635

23,725

52,946

45,573

Suspended capital markets activity (a)

-

1,882

-

1,882

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 28,635

$ 25,607

$ 52,946

$ 47,455

EBITDA margin (b)

10.8%

9.0%

10.3%

8.7%

Adjusted EBITDA margin (b)

10.8%

9.7%

10.3%

9.1%

(a)  

Represents expenses incurred as a result of LINC's preparations for an IPO in early 2012.  When the IPO efforts were abandoned in May 2012, the costs were then taken as a charge to income.

(b)   

Operating margin, adjusted operating margin, EBITDA margin, and adjusted EBITDA margin are computed by dividing income from operations, adjusted income from operations, EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA, respectively, by total operating revenues for each of the periods indicated.

We present adjusted income from operations and adjusted 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.

Adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA do 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 adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • Adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the impact of certain cash charges resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations; and
  • Other companies in our industry may calculate adjusted income from operations and adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, adjusted income from operations and adjusted 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 using adjusted income from operations and adjusted 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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