C.H. Robinson Reports Fourth Quarter Results

MINNEAPOLIS--()--C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (“C.H. Robinson”) (NASDAQ: CHRW), today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2011.

Summarized financial results for the quarter ended December 31 are as follows (dollars in thousands, except per share data):

  Three months ended   Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31,
    %     %
2011   2010   change 2011   2010   change
 
Total revenues $ 2,568,284 $ 2,325,349 10.4 % $ 10,336,346 $ 9,274,305 11.5 %
 

Net revenues:

Transportation
Truck $ 306,443 $ 290,465 5.5 % $ 1,236,611 $ 1,076,247 14.9 %
Intermodal 10,189 9,441 7.9 % 41,189 36,550 12.7 %
Ocean 17,022 16,714 1.8 % 66,873 60,763 10.1 %
Air 8,811 10,756 -18.1 % 39,371 42,315 -7.0 %
Other logistics services   16,207     14,397 12.6 %   59,872     57,254 4.6 %
Total transportation 358,672 341,773 4.9 % 1,443,916 1,273,129 13.4 %
Sourcing 27,431 31,704 -13.5 % 128,448 139,377 -7.8 %
Payment services   15,282     14,687 4.1 %   60,294     55,472 8.7 %
Total net revenues 401,385 388,164 3.4 % 1,632,658 1,467,978 11.2 %
 

Operating expenses

 

229,430

   

224,099

2.4

%

 

939,928

   

845,118

11.2

%

Operating income 171,955 164,065 4.8 % 692,730 622,860 11.2 %
Net income $ 109,214   $ 103,161 5.9 % $ 431,612   $ 387,026 11.5 %
Diluted EPS $ 0.67 $ 0.62 8.1 % $ 2.62 $ 2.33 12.4 %
 

Our truck net revenues, which consist of truckload and less-than-truckload (“LTL”) services, increased 5.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Our truckload volumes increased approximately seven percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Our truckload net revenue margin decreased in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, due to the higher cost of fuel and our cost per mile rising faster than our price per mile. Excluding the estimated impacts of the change in fuel, our truckload pricing to our customers increased approximately three percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Our truckload transportation costs increased approximately four percent, excluding the estimated impacts of the change in fuel. Our LTL net revenues increased approximately 22 percent. The increase was driven by an increase in total shipments of approximately 14 percent and pricing increases, offset partially by a decreased net revenue margin.

Our intermodal net revenue increased 7.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. This was due to volume growth, partially offset by decreased net revenue margin. Our net revenue margin decline was due to a change in our mix of business.

Our ocean transportation net revenues increased 1.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven primarily by increased volumes, largely offset by price declines.

Our air transportation net revenue decreased 18.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 due to decreases in volumes, pricing, and net revenue margin.

Other logistics services, which include transportation management fees, customs, warehousing, and small parcel, increased 12.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. This was primarily due to increases in our management fee and customs net revenues.

For the fourth quarter, our Sourcing revenues decreased 3.2 percent. Sourcing net revenues decreased 13.5 percent to $27.4 million in 2011 from $31.7 million in 2010, primarily due to decreased net revenue margin, partially offset by volume growth.

Our Payment Services revenues increased 4.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 primarily due to fee increases driven by higher fuel prices and changes to merchant agreements, and by an increase in MasterCard® transactions and other fuel card services.

For the fourth quarter, operating expenses increased 2.4 percent to $229.4 million in 2011 from $224.1 million in 2010. This was due to a decrease of 3.1 percent in personnel expense and an increase of 19.2 percent in other selling, general, and administrative expenses. The personnel expense decrease was driven by a reduction in certain incentive compensation plans that are based on growth in earnings, including our restricted stock program. Our earnings grew slower in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the earnings growth in the fourth quarter of 2010. Other operating expense growth was driven by an increase in claims, travel, temporary services, depreciation, and amortization of internally developed software. For the fourth quarter, operating expenses as a percentage of net revenues declined slightly, to 57.2 percent in 2011 and 57.7 percent in 2010.

Through January 30, 2012, our North American truckload volume growth per business day was approximately seven percent. Through the same period, our total net revenue growth per business day was approximately six percent.

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is one of the largest non-asset based third party logistics companies in the world. C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions, currently serving over 37,000 customers through a network of 235 offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. C.H. Robinson maintains one of the largest networks of motor carrier capacity in North America and works with over 53,000 transportation providers worldwide.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release are forward-looking statements that represent our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies concerning future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience or our present expectations, including, but not limited to such factors as changes in economic conditions, including uncertain consumer demand; changes in market demand and pressures on the pricing for our services; competition and growth rates within the third party logistics industry; freight levels and increasing costs and availability of truck capacity or alternative means of transporting freight, and changes in relationships with existing truck, rail, ocean and air carriers; changes in our customer base due to possible consolidation among our customers; our ability to integrate the operations of acquired companies with our historic operations successfully; risks associated with litigation and insurance coverage; risks associated with operations outside of the U.S.; risks associated with the potential impacts of changes in government regulations; risks associated with the produce industry, including food safety and contamination issues; fuel prices and availability; and the impact of war on the economy; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in our Annual and Quarterly Reports.

Conference Call Information:
C.H. Robinson Worldwide Fourth Quarter 2011 Earnings Conference Call
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 5:00 pm. Eastern Time
The call will be limited to 60 minutes, including questions and answers.

Presentation slides and a simultaneous live audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed through the Investor Relations link on C.H. Robinson’s website at www.chrobinson.com
To participate in the conference call by telephone, please call ten minutes early by dialing: 877-941-6009. Callers should reference the conference ID, which is 4504485
Webcast replay available through Investor Relations link at www.chrobinson.com
Telephone audio replay available until 12:59 a.m. Eastern Time on February 3: 800-406-7325; passcode: 4504485#

 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three months ended   Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31,
2011   2010 2011   2010
 
Revenues:
Transportation $ 2,200,258 $ 1,946,325 $ 8,740,524 $ 7,575,659
Sourcing 352,744 364,337 1,535,528 1,643,174
Payment Services   15,282   14,687   60,294   55,472
Total revenues   2,568,284   2,325,349   10,336,346   9,274,305
Costs and expenses:
Purchased transportation and related services 1,841,586 1,604,552 7,296,608 6,302,530
Purchased products sourced for resale 325,313 332,633 1,407,080 1,503,797
Personnel expenses 164,062 169,271 696,233 632,064
Other selling, general, and administrative expenses   65,368   54,828   243,695   213,054
Total costs and expenses   2,396,329   2,161,284   9,643,616   8,651,445
 
Income from operations   171,955   164,065   692,730   622,860
 
Investment and other income   1,373   256   1,974   1,242
 
Income before provision for income taxes 173,328 164,321 694,704 624,102
Provision for income taxes   64,114   61,160   263,092   237,076
Net income $ 109,214 $ 103,161 $ 431,612 $ 387,026
 
Net income per share (basic) $ 0.67 $ 0.63 $ 2.63 $ 2.35
Net income per share (diluted) $ 0.67 $ 0.62 $ 2.62 $ 2.33
Weighted average shares outstanding (basic) 162,919 164,729 164,114 164,909
Weighted average shares outstanding (diluted) 163,825 166,075 164,741 165,972
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
  December 31,   December 31,
2011 2010
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 373,669 $ 398,607
Available-for-sale securities - 9,290
Receivables, net 1,189,637 1,036,070
Other current assets   48,237   37,801
Total current assets 1,611,543 1,481,768
 
Property and equipment, net 126,830 114,333
Intangible and other assets   399,668   399,598
Total Assets $ 2,138,041 $ 1,995,699
 
Liabilities and stockholders’ investment
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and outstanding checks $ 704,734 $ 627,561
Accrued compensation 117,541 96,991
Other accrued expenses   54,357   47,055
Total current liabilities 876,632 771,607
 
Long term liabilities   12,935   20,024
Total liabilities 889,567 791,631
 
Total stockholders’ investment   1,248,474   1,204,068
Total liabilities and stockholders’ investment $ 2,138,041 $ 1,995,699
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands, except operational data)
 
  Twelve months ended
December 31,
2011   2010
Operating activities:
Net income $ 431,612 $ 387,026
Stock-based compensation 38,601 37,047
Depreciation and amortization 32,498 29,369
Provision for doubtful accounts 9,052 13,922
Other non-cash expenses, net 7,363 10,619
Net changes in operating elements   (89,414 )   (133,204 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 429,712 344,779
 
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (35,932 ) (17,718 )
Purchases and development of software (16,874 ) (10,959 )
Purchases of available-for-sale securities - (10,752 )
Sales/maturities of available-for-sale securities 9,311 53,111
Restricted cash 5,000 (5,000 )
Other   182     (84 )
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities (38,313 ) 8,598
 
Financing activities:
Payment of contingent purchase price (4,318 ) -
Net repurchases of common stock (231,338 ) (133,324 )
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation 15,255 13,092
Cash dividends   (194,697 )   (168,902 )
Net cash used for financing activities (415,098 ) (289,134 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash   (1,239 )   (2,944 )
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (24,938 ) 61,299
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   398,607     337,308  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 373,669   $ 398,607  
 
 
As of December 31,
2011   2010
Operational Data:
Employees 8,353 7,628
Branches 235 231

Contacts

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Chad Lindbloom, chief financial officer, 952-937-7779
or
Angie Freeman, vice president, investor relations, 952-937-7847

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Contacts

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Chad Lindbloom, chief financial officer, 952-937-7779
or
Angie Freeman, vice president, investor relations, 952-937-7847