Landstar System Reports Fourth Quarter Revenue Of $849 Million And Record Fourth Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share From Continuing Operations Of $0.88

Jan 28, 2016, 16:05 ET from Landstar System, Inc.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) reported fourth quarter net income of $37.9 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, on fourth quarter revenue of $849 million. Diluted earnings per share for the 2015 fourth quarter was the highest fourth quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations in Landstar history.  Landstar reported net income of $38.5 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, on revenue of $863 million in the 2014 fourth quarter. Gross profit (defined as revenue less the cost of purchased transportation and commissions to agents) was $126.4 million in the 2015 fourth quarter compared to $124.7 million in gross profit in the 2014 fourth quarter. Operating income was $62.6 million in the 2015 fourth quarter and operating margin, representing operating income divided by gross profit, was 49.6 percent.

Truck transportation revenue hauled by independent business capacity owners ("BCOs") and truck brokerage carriers in the 2015 fourth quarter was $786.4 million, or 93 percent of revenue, compared to $811.2 million, or 94 percent of revenue, in the 2014 fourth quarter.  Truckload transportation revenue hauled via van equipment in the 2015 fourth quarter was $481.4 million compared to $499.7 million in the 2014 fourth quarter.  Truckload transportation revenue hauled via unsided/platform equipment in the 2015 fourth quarter was $285.6 million compared to $289.6 million in the 2014 fourth quarter. Revenue hauled by rail, air and ocean cargo carriers was $50.6 million, or 6 percent of revenue, in the 2015 fourth quarter compared to $41.0 million, or 5 percent of revenue, in the 2014 fourth quarter. 

Return on average shareholders' equity was 31 percent and return on invested capital, representing net income divided by the sum of average equity plus average debt, was 25 percent in fiscal year 2015.  Landstar purchased approximately 779,000 shares of its common stock during the fiscal quarter ended December 26, 2015 at an aggregate cost of $48.5 million. Landstar purchased approximately 2,498,000 shares of its common stock during the fiscal year ended December 26, 2015 at an aggregate cost of $161.2 million. Currently, there are approximately 1,809,000 shares of the Company's common stock available for purchase under Landstar's authorized share purchase program.  As of December 26, 2015, the Company had $163 million in cash and short term investments and $192 million available for borrowing under the Company's senior credit facility. 

In addition, Landstar announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share payable on March 11, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 15, 2016.  It is currently the intention of the Board to pay dividends on a quarterly basis going forward.

"Given the backdrop of a low growth macro environment and very difficult year-over-year comparisons, I am very pleased with our 2015 fourth quarter operating performance," said Landstar's President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Gattoni. "The number of loads hauled via truck in the 2015 fourth quarter increased 7 percent over the 2014 fourth quarter, while the number of loads hauled via railroads, ocean cargo carriers and air cargo carriers increased 35 percent over the 2014 fourth quarter.  The growth in the number of loads hauled via truck was driven by increased volumes from unsided/platform equipment, van equipment and less-than-truckload services of 12 percent, 4 percent, and 6 percent, respectively.   The growth in the number of loads hauled via unsided/platform equipment in the 2015 fourth quarter was entirely due to the continuation of demand from one shipper in the automotive sector for a project that began in April 2015.  Otherwise, unsided/platform volumes were 4 percent lower in the 2015 fourth quarter compared to the 2014 fourth quarter.  We expect the number of loads hauled on behalf of that shipper for this project to be insignificant in the 2016 first quarter.  As expected, revenue per load on loads hauled via truck was lower in the 2015 fourth quarter as compared to the 2014 fourth quarter.   Truck revenue per load in the 2015 fourth quarter was 9 percent lower as compared to the 2014 fourth quarter, mostly due to the impact of lower diesel fuel costs on loads hauled via truck brokerage carriers, the difficult comparison to record truck revenue per load experienced in the 2014 fourth quarter and a somewhat softer freight environment."

Gattoni continued, "In terms of annual performance, 2015 included a number of tremendous achievements.  The Company established a new record for annual revenue, surpassing $3.3 billion for the first time in its history.  Landstar also set new annual records for many other financial metrics including gross profit, operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share.  The Company achieved these milestones against a backdrop of a low growth macro environment, declining fuel prices which impacted top-line growth and very tough comparisons to the previous record performance of fiscal year 2014.  These fiscal year 2015 achievements speak to the continued strength of our variable cost business model and ability to execute in almost any environment.  In particular, I am pleased by our continued organic load volume growth across all of the Company's service offerings with increases in truck, rail, air and ocean shipments of 8 percent, 42 percent, 13 percent and 10 percent, respectively, in fiscal year 2015 compared to fiscal year 2014.  We continue to invest in the agent network and are currently underway in a multi-year project aimed at increasing efficiencies, primarily through technology, at both Landstar and across all of our agent offices that we believe will continue to fuel growth in the years to come.  We expect costs associated with this initiative to impact diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.05 to $0.10 in fiscal year 2016."

Gattoni further stated, "During the first three weeks of the 2016 first quarter, growth in the number of loads hauled via truck has softened somewhat as compared to the quarter over quarter growth rates experienced during 2015.  I expect the number of loads hauled via truck in the 2016 first quarter to increase in a low to mid-single digit range over the 2015 first quarter.  As it pertains to revenue per load on loads hauled via truck, a low growth environment and looser capacity is putting further pressure on rates.  However, I do not expect a significant change in the rate environment over the balance of the 2016 first quarter.  As such, I expect revenue per load on loads hauled via truck in the 2016 first quarter to be below the 2015 first quarter in a mid-single digit percentage range.  Assuming the current environment continues throughout the 2016 first quarter, I anticipate revenue for the 2016 first quarter to be in a range of $720 million to $770 million and, assuming that range of estimated revenue, I would anticipate 2016 first quarter diluted earnings per share to be in a range of $0.70 to $0.75 per share, compared to $0.67 per diluted share in the 2015 first quarter.  From a longer term perspective, recent turmoil in world markets, the impact of a slowing global economy and uncertainty surrounding the 2016 election cycle all contribute to a highly unpredictable environment for our industry.  As such, we will not be providing annual guidance.  Nevertheless, regardless of these challenges, Landstar's variable cost business model performs well in almost any environment and I would expect Landstar to outperform industry fundamentals in the years ahead."

Landstar will provide a live webcast of its quarterly earnings conference call this afternoon at 5:00 pm ET.  To access the webcast, visit the Company's website at www.landstar.com; click on "Investor Relations" and "Webcasts," then click on "Landstar's Fourth Quarter 2015 Earnings Release Conference Call." 

The following is a "safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Statements contained in this press release that are not based on historical facts are "forward-looking statements".  This press release contains forward-looking statements, such as statements which relate to Landstar's business objectives, plans, strategies and expectations.  Terms such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "intention," "expects," "plans," "predicts," "may," "should," "could," "will," the negative thereof and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Such statements are by nature subject to uncertainties and risks, including but not limited to: an increase in the frequency or severity of accidents or other claims; unfavorable development of existing accident claims; dependence on third party insurance companies; dependence on independent commission sales agents; dependence on third party capacity providers; decreased demand for transportation services; substantial industry competition; disruptions or failures in the Company's computer systems; dependence on key vendors; changes in fuel taxes; status of independent contractors; regulatory and legislative changes; catastrophic loss of a Company facility; intellectual property; unclaimed property; and other operational, financial or legal risks or uncertainties detailed in Landstar's Form 10K for the 2014 fiscal year, described in Item 1A Risk Factors, and in other SEC filings from time to time.  These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results or events to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated.  Investors should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

About Landstar:

Landstar System, Inc. is a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation logistics services to a broad range of customers utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity owners and employees.  All Landstar transportation services companies are certified to ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standards and RC14001:2013 environmental, health, safety and security management system standards.  Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.

 (Tables follow)

Landstar System, Inc. and Subsidiary

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)
























Fiscal Years Ended


Fiscal Quarters Ended




December 26,


December 27,


December 26,


December 27,




2015


2014


2015


2014











Revenue

$        3,321,091


$         3,184,790


$          848,602


$       862,830

Investment income

1,396


1,381


353


354











Costs and expenses:









Purchased transportation

2,551,343


2,461,143


651,030


668,583


Commissions to agents

270,260


250,780


71,147


69,584


Other operating costs, net of gains/losses on asset sales/dispositions

31,618


25,771


7,230


6,421


Insurance and claims

48,754


46,280


11,144


8,548


Selling, general and administrative

149,704


150,250


37,907


41,683


Depreciation and amortization

29,102


27,575


7,849


7,156













Total costs and expenses

3,080,781


2,961,799


786,307


801,975











Operating income

241,706


224,372


62,648


61,209

Interest and debt expense

2,949


3,177


741


917











Income before income taxes

238,757


221,195


61,907


60,292

Income taxes 

91,068


82,386


24,052


21,801











Net income

$          147,689


$           138,809


$           37,855


$         38,491





















Earnings per common share

$                3.38


$                 3.09


$               0.89


$             0.86











Diluted earnings per share

$                3.37


$                 3.07


$               0.88


$             0.86











Average number of shares outstanding:









Earnings per common share  

43,664,000


44,956,000


42,729,000


44,770,000


Diluted earnings per share

43,813,000


45,169,000


42,849,000


45,002,000











Dividends per common share

$                0.30


$                 1.26


$               0.08


$             1.07











 

 

Landstar System, Inc. and Subsidiary

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)
















December 26,


December 27,




2015


2014

ASSETS




Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$      114,520


$      163,944


Short-term investments

48,823


37,007


Trade accounts receivable, less allowance of $4,327 and $4,338

462,699


492,642


Other receivables, including advances to independent contractors, less allowance of $4,143 and $4,189





18,472


15,132


Deferred income taxes and other current assets

18,156


23,603



Total current assets

662,670


732,328







Operating property, less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $182,591 and $160,681

225,927


202,203

Goodwill

31,134


31,134

Other assets

78,339


78,547

Total assets

$      998,070


$   1,044,212







LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:





Cash overdraft

$        35,609


$        34,629


Accounts payable

223,709


220,077


Current maturities of long-term debt

42,499


35,064


Insurance claims

19,757


24,233


Dividends payable

-


44,794


Other current liabilities

47,963


51,654



Total current liabilities

369,537


410,451







Long-term debt, excluding current maturities

81,793


76,257

Insurance claims

21,477


21,769

Deferred income taxes and other non-current liabilities

59,026


47,474







Shareholders' equity:





Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 160,000,000 shares, issued 67,391,616 and 67,268,817 shares





674


673


Additional paid-in capital

195,841


189,012


Retained earnings

1,389,975


1,255,374


Cost of 24,972,079 and 22,474,331 shares of common stock in treasury

(1,116,765)


(955,613)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(3,488)


(1,185)



Total shareholders' equity

466,237


488,261

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

$      998,070


$   1,044,212



















 

 

Landstar System, Inc. and Subsidiary

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)





























Fiscal Years Ended



Fiscal Quarters Ended





December 26,


December 27,



December 26,


December 27,





2015


2014



2015


2014

Revenue generated through (in thousands):






















Truck transportation











Truckload:












Van equipment

$  1,894,221


$  1,814,195



$     481,397


$      499,651




Unsided/platform equipment

1,109,356


1,093,999



285,589


289,627



Less-than-truckload

80,687


80,384



19,390


21,969




Total truck transportation

3,084,264


2,988,578



786,376


811,247


Rail intermodal

105,347


81,220



28,659


22,263


Ocean and air cargo carriers

86,664


74,952



21,939


18,784


Other (1)   

44,816


40,040



11,628


10,536





$  3,321,091


$  3,184,790



$     848,602


$      862,830














Revenue on loads hauled via BCO Independent Contractors (2)











included in total truck transportation

$  1,522,513


$  1,514,254



$     381,643


$      388,041













Number of loads:






















Truck transportation











Truckload:












Van equipment

1,102,654


1,038,517



282,431


270,875




Unsided/platform equipment

485,993


444,852



126,224


112,300



Less-than-truckload

112,363


96,541



28,525


26,835




Total truck transportation

1,701,010


1,579,910



437,180


410,010


Rail intermodal

45,060


31,640



12,710


8,800


Ocean and air cargo carriers

18,060


16,260



4,740


4,150





1,764,130


1,627,810



454,630


422,960














Loads hauled via BCO Independent Contractors (2)











included in total truck transportation

826,600


818,480



210,190


203,680













Revenue per load:






















Truck transportation











Truckload:












Van equipment

$          1,718


$          1,747



$         1,704


$          1,845




Unsided/platform equipment

2,283


2,459



2,263


2,579



Less-than-truckload

718


833



680


819




Total truck transportation

1,813


1,892



1,799


1,979


Rail intermodal

2,338


2,567



2,255


2,530


Ocean and air cargo carriers

4,799


4,610



4,628


4,526














Revenue per load on loads hauled via BCO Independent Contractors (2)

$          1,842


$          1,850



$         1,816


$          1,905













Revenue by capacity type (as a % of total revenue);






















Truck capacity providers:











BCO Independent Contractors (2)

46%


48%



45%


45%



Truck Brokerage Carriers

47%


46%



48%


49%


Rail intermodal

3%


3%



3%


3%


Ocean and air cargo carriers

3%


2%



3%


2%


Other


1%


1%



1%


1%


































December 26,


December 27,










2015


2014

Truck Capacity Providers






















BCO Independent Contractors (2)






8,907


8,372


Truck Brokerage Carriers:











Approved and active (3)






29,728


26,222



Other approved






14,715


12,135










44,443


38,357


Total available truck capacity providers






53,350


46,729














Trucks provided by BCO Independent Contractors (2)






9,500


8,932

























(1) Includes primarily premium revenue generated by the insurance segment.













(2) BCO Independent Contractors are independent contractors who provide truck capacity to the Company under exclusive lease arrangements.













(3) Active refers to Truck Brokerage Carriers who have moved at least one load in the 180 days immediately preceeding the fiscal quarter end.

 

 

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