Universal Truckload Services, Inc. Reports 2015 Financial Results

25 Feb, 2016, 16:37 ET from Universal Truckload Services, Inc.

WARREN, Mich., Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Truckload Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: UACL) today reported 2015 consolidated net income of $40.0 million, or $1.37 per basic and diluted share, on total operating revenue of $1.13 billion.  Net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 totaled $9.3 million, or $0.33 per basic and diluted share, on total operating revenue of $286.0 million.  This compares to $10.5 million of net income on total operating revenue of $302.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Operating revenues from transportation services decreased $17.7 million, or 9.1%, to $177.5 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from the comparable period one year earlier, due partially to a 7.7% year-over-year decrease in loads and a 1.4% decrease in average operating revenues per load, excluding fuel surcharges.  Value-added services revenues increased $1.7 million in the most recent quarter.  Revenues from intermodal services declined 1.1%, to $37.0 million from $37.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  

As we previously announced, demand for Universal's transportation and logistics services broadly met fourth quarter 2015 expectations.  Revenues from those operations included in our transportation segment decreased $25.3 million, or 12.4%, to $178.6 million in the quarter from $203.9 million one year earlier.  $10.2 million of the decline relates to reduced fuel surcharges, triggered by lower oil prices.  Revenues from our logistics segment increased $8.7 million, or 8.8%, to $107.2 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015 compared to $98.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Growth in our logistics segment is the result of solid continuing demand from automotive customers and from new operating locations, which were partially offset by slowing demand from heavy truck and selected industrial customers.

Income from operations totaling $18.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 was comparable to one year earlier, despite the $16.5 million decline in total operating revenues.  Expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, income from operations increased to 6.5% in 2015 fourth quarter, compared to 6.2% in 2014 fourth quarter.  Net income and earnings per share also reflects a non-cash charge of approximately $0.8 million after tax related to our December 2015 refinancing of outstanding indebtedness.

Jeff Rogers, our chief executive officer, commented, "Universal's 2015 financial performance was a mixed bag.  Our intermodal operations enjoyed a record year, and our value-added services operations enjoyed stable demand and growth in the number of operations and new projects as we ended the year.  In contrast, slack demand for flatbed and heavy haul truckload services, particularly from oil and gas exploration and steel customers, undercut progress toward our long term growth objectives.  Declining fuel surcharges due to lower diesel prices further impacted 2015 revenues from transportation services, further reducing our consolidated revenues.

"I currently expect slow-but-stable demand from our principal customers in 2016, with some weakness in demand for value-added services provided to heavy truck manufacturers.  Overall, the macro environment gives us a stable platform as we focus on growth opportunities, particularly in our value-added services pipeline and from our differentiated intermodal offering."

Universal calculates and reports 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."

As of December 31, 2015, we held cash and cash equivalents totaling $12.9 million and marketable securities totaling $13.4 million.  Outstanding debt at year end totaled $234.9 million and obligations pursuant to capital leases were valued at $2.0 million

Universal Truckload Services, Inc. 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 March 7, 2016 and is expected to be paid on March 17, 2016.  The Board of Directors also confirmed the appointment of Richard P. Urban, a director and member of our Audit Committee, as chairman of the Audit Committee, filling the vacancy created by the passing of Ted B. Wahby on December 5, 2015.

Conference call:

We invite investors and analysts to our quarterly earnings conference call.  During the call, Jeff Rogers, CEO,  and David Crittenden, CFO, will discuss Universal's fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial performance, the demand outlook in our key markets, the impact of pricing, fuel surcharges and foreign currency changes on our revenues and profits, and other trends impacting our business.

Quarterly Earnings Conference Call Dial-in Details:

Time:

10:00 AM ET

Date:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Call Toll Free: 

(866) 622-0924

International Dial-in: 

+1 (660) 422-4956

Conference ID:  

26586117

A replay of our conference call will be available two hours after the call through March 24, 2016, by calling (855) 859-2056 (toll free) or +1 (404) 537-3406 (toll) and using conference ID 26586117. The call will also 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, and in Mexico, Canada and Colombia.  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

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Operating revenues:

Transportation services

$

177,466

$

195,210

$

696,134

$

769,308

Value-added services

71,535

69,837

285,258

284,496

Intermodal services

36,990

37,433

147,381

137,717

Total operating revenues

285,991

302,480

1,128,773

1,191,521

Operating expenses:

Purchased transportation and equipment rent

139,706

159,115

567,558

615,327

Direct personnel and related benefits

61,279

51,234

220,653

208,505

Commission expense

9,832

11,482

37,844

43,922

Operating expense (exclusive of items shown separately)

26,899

25,967

108,523

116,611

Occupancy expense

6,831

6,272

27,004

25,063

Selling, general and administrative

9,786

12,558

37,510

42,214

Insurance and claims

4,770

8,138

21,413

25,991

Depreciation and amortization

8,424

8,921

34,873

33,053

Total operating expenses

267,527

283,687

1,055,378

1,110,686

Income from operations

18,464

18,793

73,395

80,835

Interest expense, net

(3,359)

(2,096)

(9,180)

(8,183)

Other non-operating income (expense)

(17)

132

790

447

Income before provision for income taxes

15,088

16,829

65,005

73,099

Provision for income taxes

5,782

6,310

25,004

27,729

Net income

$

9,306

$

10,519

$

40,001

$

45,370

Earnings per common share:

Basic

$

0.33

$

0.35

$

1.37

$

1.51

Diluted

$

0.33

$

0.35

$

1.37

$

1.51

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

28,380

29,946

29,233

30,013

Diluted

28,382

29,952

29,235

30,044

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.07

$

0.07

$

0.28

$

0.28

 

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands)

December 31, 2015

December 31, 2014

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

12,930

$

8,001

Marketable securities

13,431

14,309

Accounts receivable - net

141,275

151,107

Other current assets

41,895

42,863

Total current assets

209,531

216,280

Property and equipment - net

177,189

178,069

Other long-term assets - net

124,278

134,665

Total assets

$

510,998

$

529,014

Liabilities and shareholders' equity

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

$

91,700

$

103,389

Capital lease obligations

1,981

3,031

Debt

234,913

235,298

Other long-term liabilities

51,323

50,135

Total liabilities

379,917

391,853

Total shareholders' equity

131,081

137,161

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

510,998

$

529,014

 

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC. Unaudited Summary of Operating Data

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Transportation Services:

Average operating revenues per loaded mile (a)

$

2.61

$

3.03

$

2.69

$

2.99

Average operating revenues per loaded mile, excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)

$

2.44

$

2.68

$

2.47

$

2.61

Average operating revenues per load (a)

$

1,023

$

1,096

$

1,028

$

1,064

Average operating revenues per load, excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable (a)

$

956

$

970

$

945

$

928

Average length of haul (a) (b)

392

362

382

356

Number of loads (a)

149,386

161,862

602,739

643,375

Value Added Services:

Number of facilities (c)

Customer provided

17

15

17

15

Company leased

32

30

32

30

Total

49

45

49

45

Intermodal Services:

Drayage (in thousands)

$

34,000

$

34,276

$

135,062

$

124,609

Domestic Intermodal (in thousands)

469

665

2,108

3,315

Depot (in thousands)

2,521

2,492

10,211

9,793

Total (in thousands)

$

36,990

$

37,433

$

147,381

$

137,717

Average operating revenues per loaded mile

$

5.42

$

5.60

$

5.46

$

5.39

Average operating revenues per loaded mile, excluding fuel

   surcharges, where separately identifiable

$

4.69

$

4.55

$

4.62

$

4.35

Average operating revenues per load

$

399

$

414

$

410

$

404

Average operating revenues per load, excluding fuel surcharges, where separately identifiable

$

346

$

336

$

347

$

326

Number of loads

85,140

82,830

329,426

308,509

Number of container yards

10

11

10

11

 

(a)    Excludes operating data from 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 storage yards, terminals and office facilities.

 

UNIVERSAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES, INC. Unaudited Summary of Operating Data - Continued

Thirteen Weeks Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Average Headcount:

Employees

4,396

4,173

4,397

4,219

Full time equivalents

1,844

1,446

1,606

1,528

Total

6,240

5,619

6,003

5,747

Average number of tractors:

Provided by owner-operators

3,293

3,239

3,298

3,305

Owned

766

839

811

808

Third party lease

41

74

33

67

Total

4,100

4,152

4,142

4,180

Operating Revenues by Segment:

Transportation

$

178,554

$

203,936

$

721,437

$

778,603

Logistics

107,230

98,458

406,822

412,507

Other

207

86

514

411

$

285,991

$

302,480

$

1,128,773

$

1,191,521

Income from Operations by Segment:

Transportation

$

5,080

$

9,584

$

28,683

$

34,931

Logistics

12,222

11,138

43,848

50,892

Other

1,162

(1,929)

864

(4,988)

$

18,464

$

18,793

$

73,395

$

80,835

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

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

( in thousands)

( in thousands)

EBITDA

Net income

$

9,306

$

10,519

$

40,001

$

45,370

Provision for income taxes

5,782

6,310

25,004

27,729

Interest expense, net

3,359

2,096

9,180

8,183

Depreciation and amortization

8,424

8,921

34,873

33,053

Other non-operating (income) expense

17

(132)

(790)

(447)

EBITDA

$

26,888

$

27,714

$

108,268

$

113,888

EBITDA margin (a)

9.4

%

9.2

%

9.6

%

9.6

%

 

(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.

 

SOURCE Universal Truckload Services, Inc.



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