YRC Worldwide Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Results -- YRC Freight tons per day up 6.7%, revenue per hundredweight up 4.8%, operating revenue up 11.0%

-- Regional tons per day up 4.7%, revenue per hundredweight up 5.7%, operating revenue up 12.6%

OVERLAND PARK, KAN., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- YRC Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: YRCW) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Consolidated operating revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.212 billion, up 11.1% over 2010, and consolidated operating loss was $38 million, which included a $13 million loss on asset disposals, $4 million of restructuring professional fees and $9 million of letter of credit fees (as detailed in the reconciliation below). Excluding these items, on a non-GAAP basis 2011 fourth quarter operating loss would have been $12 million.  As a comparison, the company reported consolidated operating revenue of $1.092 billion for the fourth quarter of 2010 and a consolidated operating loss of $28 million, which included a $3 million loss on asset disposals, $8 million of letter of credit fees and $6 million of restructuring professional fees (as detailed in the reconciliation below). Excluding these items, on a non-GAAP basis 2010 fourth quarter operating loss would have been $11 million.

The company also reported positive operating cash flow of $27 million for the fourth quarter of 2011, which included the $4 million of restructuring professional fees, and reported gross capital expenditures of $35 million. When excluding the above noted restructuring professional fees, the company reported on a non-GAAP basis adjusted free cash flow usage of $4 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 (as detailed in the reconciliation below). As a comparison, the company generated non-GAAP basis adjusted free cash flow of $11 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, which included the add back of $7 million of restructuring professional fees (as detailed in the reconciliation below).  

"I wish to express my thanks to our employees for their efforts as we work to build a more service-centric culture focused on delivering quality and consistently reliable freight service for our customers," said James Welch, chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide.  "I am pleased with the renewed focus on customer service, but obviously not satisfied with our consolidated operating results. However, I am encouraged that our performance trends over the fourth quarter are consistent with or exceeding the consolidated operating plan created by our now autonomous operating companies," stated Welch.

"Our plans to streamline and simplify the YRC Freight network during 2012 are designed to enable fewer touches of the freight, expedite delivery to our customers, reduce costs by network optimization, and allow YRC Freight to return to its core competency of handling LTL shipments moving in the 2-day to 5-day transit lanes which are generally between 500 and 3,500 miles," stated Welch. "Our YRC Freight growth strategy will focus on delivering consistent, high-quality, long-haul service that is reliable and cost-effective with competitive transit times."

"I also want to recognize our Regional operating companies, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn, for continuing to deliver best-in-class service in the next-day and regional North American LTL markets," said Welch.  "The employees at all three Regional companies rallied and worked hard during 2011 to deliver an adjusted operating ratio of 97.3% which represents their second consecutive profitable year coming out of the economic downturn.  Customer satisfaction remains high at Holland, Reddaway and New Penn, which validates that these three companies are doing the right things for their customers, and we expect their operating momentum to continue to improve in 2012."

At December 31, 2011, the company's cash, cash equivalents and availability under its $400 million multi-year asset-based loan facility ('ABL') was $277 million. The ABL borrowing base was $361 million as of December 31, 2011 as compared to $371 million as of September 30, 2011. As a comparison, the company's cash, cash equivalents and unrestricted availability under its lending facilities was $279 million at September 30, 2011 and $194 million at December 31, 2010.

On December 15, 2011, the company sold a significant portion of the assets of its Glen Moore truckload operating subsidiary and redeployed the remaining revenue equipment units to YRC Freight and the Regional operating companies.  "The proceeds from the sale of our Glen Moore assets improved our liquidity position and, more importantly, enable us to better focus our efforts on improving our core North American LTL businesses. We continue to evaluate additional sales of non-strategic assets," stated Jamie Pierson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of YRC Worldwide. "On the operating front, our effective management of working capital produced a days-sales-outstanding of 35.4 days, which is a one-day improvement over last year."

"We have hired Chicago-based NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the auction of 62 of our surplus properties resulting from our network integration activities," said Pierson. "These surplus properties currently have substantial holding cost, maintenance and real estate taxes. We have chosen the auction process to monetize these properties and turn a liability into an asset. Some of these sites have been on the market for over three years, and we are marking them down to sell."

In addition, the company reported a net loss of $86 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. As a comparison, the company reported net income of $15 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, which included an $87 million income tax benefit primarily due to a favorable IRS settlement.

Key Segment Information

Fourth quarter 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010:

  • YRC Freight (formerly YRC National Transportation) operating revenues up 11.0% to $805 million, adjusted operating ratio of 101.5, tons per day up 6.7%, shipments per day up 6.0%, revenue per hundredweight up 4.8% and revenue per shipment up 5.5%.
  • Regional Transportation operating revenues up 12.6% to $382 million, adjusted operating ratio of 97.7, tons per day up 4.7%, shipments per day up 2.5%, revenue per hundredweight up 5.7% and revenue per shipment up 7.9%.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted operating income (loss) is a non-GAAP measure that reflects the company's operating income (loss) before letter of credit fees, certain union employee equity-based compensation expense, net gains or losses on property disposals, and certain other items including restructuring professional fees and results of permitted dispositions.  Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that reflects the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization expense, and further adjusted for letter of credit fees, equity-based compensation expense, net gains or losses on property disposals and certain other items, including restructuring professional fees and results of permitted dispositions and discontinued operations as defined in the company's credit agreement. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (loss) are used for internal management purposes as financial measures that reflect the company's core operating performance. In addition, management uses adjusted EBITDA to measure compliance with financial covenants in the company's credit agreement. Free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow are non-GAAP measures that reflect the company's operating cash flow minus gross capital expenditures and operating cash flow minus gross capital expenditures, excluding the restructuring costs included in operating cash flow, respectively. 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.  

Adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA and adjusted free cash flow have the following limitations:

  • Adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to fund restructuring professional fees, letter of credit fees, service interest or principal payments on our outstanding debt;
  • 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;
  • Equity-based compensation is an element of our long-term incentive compensation program, although adjusted operating income (loss) and adjusted EBITDA exclude either certain union employee equity-based compensation expense or all of it as an expense, respectively, when presenting our ongoing operating performance for a particular period;
  • Adjusted free cash flow excludes the cash usage by the company's restructuring activities, debt issuance costs, equity issuance costs and principal payments on our outstanding debt and the resulting reduction in the company's liquidity position from those cash outflows;
  • Other companies in our industry may calculate adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA and adjusted free cash flow differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow should not be considered 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 operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow as secondary measures.  The company has provided reconciliations of its non-GAAP measures (adjusted operating income (loss), adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow) to GAAP measures within the supplemental financial information in this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. The words "will," "plan," "designed," "enable," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The company's future results could differ materially from any results projected in such forward-looking statements because of a number of factors, including (among others) the company's ability to generate sufficient cash flows and liquidity to fund operations, inflation, inclement weather, price and availability of fuel, sudden changes in the cost of fuel or the index upon which the company bases its fuel surcharge, competitor pricing activity, expense volatility, including (without limitation) expense volatility due to changes in rail service or pricing for rail service, ability to capture cost reductions, changes in equity and debt markets, a downturn in general or regional economic activity, effects of a terrorist attack, labor relations, including (without limitation), the impact of work rules, work stoppages, strikes or other disruptions, any obligations to multi-employer health, welfare and pension plans, wage requirements and employee satisfaction, and the risk factors that are from time to time included in the company's reports filed with the SEC.

About YRC Worldwide

YRC Worldwide Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is a leading provider of transportation and global logistics services. It is the holding company for a portfolio of successful brands including YRC Freight, YRC Reimer, Holland, Reddaway, and New Penn, and provides China-based services through its Jiayu and JHJ joint ventures. YRC Worldwide has one of the largest, most comprehensive less-than-truckload (LTL) networks in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. Through its team of experienced service professionals, YRC Worldwide offers industry-leading expertise in heavyweight shipments and flexible supply chain solutions, ensuring customers can ship industrial, commercial and retail goods with confidence. Please visit www.yrcw.com for more information.

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