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SOURCE Universal Truckload Services, Inc.

WARREN, Mich., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Truckload Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: UACL) reported today second quarter net income of $13.6 million, or $0.45 per basic and diluted share, on total revenues of $307.5 million.  This compares to net income of $14.2 million, or $0.47 per basic and diluted share, on total revenues of $264.2 million during the second quarter of 2013. 

Operating revenues increased 16.4% in the quarter ended June 28, 2014 compared to the second quarter of 2013.  Excluding results from our December 2013 acquisition of Westport Axle Corporation, which totaled $26.3 million in the second quarter, Universal's consolidated operating revenues grew 6.4% to $281.2 million, compared to $264.2 million in the second quarter of 2013. 

Revenues from transportation services increased to $197.5 million in the quarter ended June 28, 2014, a 10.1% increase from the comparable period last year due to solid demand in key markets and a good pricing environment.   Excluding Westport's results, revenues from value-added services declined $1.5 million, or 2.9% in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the second quarter of 2013.  Our revenues from intermodal services increased 1.2%, to $34.0 million from $33.6 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Income from operations increased 3.4%, to $24.4 million or 7.9% of operating revenues, compared to $23.6 million or 8.9% of operating revenues for the second quarter of 2013.  Income from operations in our transportation segment increased 30.7% to $9.8 million or 5.0% of segment operating revenues for the second quarter of 2014, which compares to $7.5 million or 4.2% of segment operating revenues for the second quarter of 2013.  Income from operations in our logistics segment, which includes value-added services and dedicated transportation services, decreased 4.7% to $16.1 million or 14.4% of operating revenues for the second quarter of 2014.  This compares to $16.9 million or 19.7% of operating revenues one year earlier.  Second quarter 2014 income from operations in our logistics segment includes $4.1 million from Westport. 

"Our transportation businesses performed well in the second quarter, driven by a 5.7% increase in the number of loads and a 6.5% improvement in average operating revenue per loaded mile," stated Universal's Chief Executive Officer, Scott Wolfe. "During the recent quarter, our recurring logistics operations operated in line with expectations.  Jeff Rogers, our new executive vice president, has now joined our leadership team, and we are focused on identifying growth opportunities, while continuing to build a more effective organization."

We calculate and report selected financial metrics in connection with lending arrangements, and also to isolate and separately identify the impact of corporate development activities, which can include non-operating transaction costs and amortization of intangible assets recognized as the result of prior acquisitions. These statistics are described in more detail below in the section captioned "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

For the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2014, our EBITDA increased 13.3% to $32.4 million, from $28.6 million for the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2013.  Expressed as a percentage of operating revenues, second quarter 2014 EBITDA was 10.5%, compared to 10.8% for the second quarter of 2013.  Trends in EBITDA expressed as a percentage of operating revenues are substantially similar to trends in income from operations.

As of June 28, 2014, we held cash and cash equivalents totaling $8.1 million and marketable securities totaling $12.4 million.  Outstanding debt totaled $242.4 million and obligations pursuant to capital leases were valued at $3.9 million

Universal Truckload Services, Inc. also announced today that our Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.07 per share of common stock.  The dividend is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 4, 2014 and is expected to be paid on August 14, 2014. 

Conference call:

We invite analysts and investors to participate in a conference call on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET.  During the call, we will discuss Universal's second quarter 2014 financial performance, the current demand outlook in key markets we serve, and trends impacting our business.  Hosting the call will be Scott Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer, Don Cochran, President, and David Crittenden, CFO.

Dial-in details:

Call Toll Free:  (866) 622-0924 
International Dial-in:  +1 (660) 422-4956 
Conference ID:  64110930

A replay of the conference will be available two hours after the call through August 21, 2014, by calling (855) 859-2056 (toll free) or +1 (404) 537-3406 (toll) and using conference ID 64110930. Additionally, the call will be available on investors.goutsi.com.   

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. 

Forward Looking Statements

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 28,


June 29,

June 28,


June 29,



2014


2013


2014


2013

Operating revenues:









 Transportation services


$       197,505


$       179,439


$       377,321


$       346,366

 Value-added services


76,009


51,181


145,489


98,951

 Intermodal services


34,035


33,552


64,103


66,964

Total operating revenues


307,549


264,172


586,913


512,281










Operating expenses:









 Purchased transportation and equipment rent


155,518


141,640


295,943


276,154

 Direct personnel and related benefits


55,017


45,652


107,918


88,999

 Commission expense


11,022


9,787


20,753


19,122

 Operating expense (exclusive of items shown separately)


30,789


19,715


61,279


38,875

 Occupancy expense


6,578


5,300


13,413


10,262

 Selling, general and administrative


11,217


8,739


21,308


16,541

 Insurance and claims


4,973


4,704


11,594


9,382

 Depreciation and amortization


8,022


5,006


15,663


10,066

Total operating expenses


283,136


240,543


547,871


469,401

Income from operations


24,413


23,629


39,042


42,880

Interest expense, net


(2,463)


(928)


(4,038)


(2,030)

Other non-operating income


125


127


214


261

Income before provision for income taxes


22,075


22,828


35,218


41,111

Provision for income taxes


8,442


8,674


13,461


15,583

Net income


$         13,633


$         14,154


$         21,757


$         25,528










Earnings per common share:









 Basic


$             0.45


$             0.47


$             0.72


$             0.85

 Diluted


$             0.45


$             0.47


$             0.72


$             0.85










Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:









 Basic


30,054


30,054


30,082


30,054

 Diluted


30,092


30,196


30,124


30,196










Dividends paid per common share:


$             0.07


$                 -


$             0.14


$                 -

 

 

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)











June 28,
2014


December 31,
2013

Assets





Cash and cash equivalents


$           8,106


$            10,223

Marketable securities


12,407


11,626

Accounts receivable - net


161,214


132,001

Other current assets


46,430


49,539

Total current assets


228,157


203,389

Property and equipment - net


161,429


142,656

Other long-term assets - net


138,926


144,091

Total assets


$       528,512


$          490,136






Liabilities and shareholders' equity





Current liabilities, excluding current maturities of capital lease obligations and debt


$       118,195


$            93,896

Capital lease obligations


3,895


4,643

Debt


242,403


237,500

Other long-term liabilities


44,953


48,532

Total liabilities


409,446


384,571

Total shareholders' equity


119,066


105,565

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$       528,512


$          490,136

 

 


UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

 Unaudited Summary of Operating Data








Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-six Weeks Ended

June 28, 


June 29,


June 28, 


June 29,



2014


2013


2014


2013










Transportation Services:










Average operating revenues per loaded mile (a)


$             2.93


$             2.75


$             2.95


$             2.72


Average operating revenues per loaded mile, 











excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)


$             2.54


$             2.36


$             2.55


$             2.34


Average operating revenues per load (a)


$           1,031


$           1,002


$           1,039


$              999


Average operating revenues per load, excluding











fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)


$              892


$              859


$              898


$              857


Average length of haul (a) (b)


351


364


353


367


Number of loads (a)


167,299


158,274


317,660


309,315










Value Added Services:










Number of facilities (d)











Customer provided


19


17


19


17



Company leased


28


27


28


27



     Total


47


44


47


44












Intermodal Services:










Drayage (in thousands)


$         30,629


$         27,771


$         57,573


$         52,633


Domestic Intermodal (in thousands)


743


3,220


1,547


9,168


Depot (in thousands)


2,663


2,561


4,983


5,163


     Total (in thousands)


$         34,035


$         33,552


$         64,103


$         66,964












Average operating revenues per loaded mile (c)


$             5.30


$             4.49


$             5.21


$             4.47


Average operating revenues per loaded mile,











excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (c)


$             4.28


$             3.62


$             4.20


$             3.59


Average operating revenues per load (c)


$              395


$              339


$              397


$              330


Average operating revenues per load, excluding











fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (c)


$              319


$              273


$              320


$              264


Number of loads (c) 


77,460


82,000


145,081


159,657


Number of container yards


11


11


11


11












(a)

Excludes operating data from Universal Logistics Solutions, Inc., and Universal Logistics Solutions International, 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.

 

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC.

 Unaudited Summary of Operating Data - Continued








Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-six Weeks Ended

June 28, 


June 29,


June 28, 


June 29,



2014


2013


2014


2013












Average Headcount:










Employees


4,251


3,540


4,241


3,208


Full time equivalents


1,539


1,650


1,583


1,856


     Total


5,790


5,190


5,824


5,064












Average number of tractors:










Provided by owner-operators


3,323


3,338


3,309


3,356


Owned


801


687


779


685


Third party lease


67


65


77


55


     Total


4,191


4,090


4,165


4,096












Operating Revenues by Segment:










Transportation


$       195,374


$       178,261


$       370,723


$       347,803


Logistics


112,062


85,805


215,968


164,267


Other


113


106


222


211





$       307,549


$       264,172


$       586,913


$       512,281












Income from Operations by Segment:










Transportation


$           9,819


$           7,504


$         15,129


$         13,220


Logistics


16,081


16,890


25,762


30,644


Other


(1,487)


(765)


(1,849)


(984)





$         24,413


$         23,629


$         39,042


$         42,880

 

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


Twenty-six Weeks Ended


June 28, 


June 29,


June 28, 


June 29,



2014


2013


2014


2013



( in thousands)


( in thousands)

EBITDA









Net income


$         13,633


$       14,154


$         21,757


$       25,528

Provision for income taxes


8,442


8,674


13,461


15,583

Interest expense, net


2,463


928


4,038


2,030

Depreciation and amortization


8,022


5,006


15,663


10,066

Other non-operating income


(125)


(127)


(214)


(261)

EBITDA


$         32,435


$       28,635


$         54,705


$       52,946










EBITDA margin (a)


10.5%


10.8%


9.3%


10.3%

(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.

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