OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: WERN), one of the nation’s largest transportation and logistics companies, reported revenues and earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.
Summarized financial results for first quarter 2012 compared to first quarter 2011 are as follows (dollars in thousands, except per share data):
|Trucking revenues, net of fuel surcharge||$321,226||$316,447||2||%|
|Value Added Services (“VAS”) revenues||
|Earnings per diluted share||$0.29||$0.22||30||%|
Werner Enterprises achieved 30% earnings growth in first quarter 2012 compared to first quarter 2011, the ninth consecutive quarter in which Werner attained year-over-year earnings growth in excess of 20%. We owe these strong results to the continued excellence, dedication and commitment of our 12,000 Werner associates and to our loyal customers.
First quarter 2012 freight demand (as measured by our daily morning ratio of loads to trucks in our One-Way Truckload network) exhibited typical seasonal freight trends and gradually improved from January to February to March. Freight trends in first quarter 2012 were more steady and balanced throughout the U.S. geographic network compared to first quarter 2011. Unusually mild winter weather throughout much of the U.S. in first quarter 2012 compared favorably to more severe winter weather trends in first quarter 2011. This had a modest positive impact on operational efficiency and certain operating costs in first quarter 2012 compared to first quarter 2011. To date in April 2012, we are experiencing normal seasonal freight improvement compared to March 2012. We continue to believe that favorable truckload demand trends are caused to a greater degree by supply side constraints limiting truckload capacity, as compared to growing demand generated by increased economic activity.
Pent-up freight demand from severe winter storms in the first five weeks of first quarter 2011 contributed to unusually strong customer demand for truck capacity in the latter part of first quarter 2011. This resulted in higher spot market rates and significant customer capacity charges for repositioning trucks and providing trucks above committed levels, both of which aided in improving revenue per total mile in first quarter 2011. As a result, average revenues per total mile, net of fuel surcharge, increased 2.6% in first quarter 2012 compared to first quarter 2011. Due in part to certain large seasonal projects in fourth quarter 2011 that did not continue into the seasonally softer first quarter 2012, our average revenues per total mile declined 1.8% sequentially, when comparing first quarter 2012 to fourth quarter 2011. Contractual rate increase awards year to date in 2012 are similar to percentage increases in the same period of 2011. We continue to be successful in this tightening capacity environment by working jointly with our customers to secure sustainable transportation solutions across all modes.
In the last half of 2011, we operated slightly below our fleet goal of 7,300 trucks due to the more challenging driver market, and we ended 2011 with 7,200 trucks. Our entire team worked closely together to increase our truck count to the 7,300 level, and we achieved this during the final week of first quarter 2012. We intend to maintain our fleet size at approximately this level. Our primary objectives continue to be expanding our operating margin percentage and improving our returns on assets, equity and invested capital, while staying true to our broad transportation services portfolio.
Capacity in our industry remains constrained by economic, safety and regulatory factors. From 2007 to 2010, the number of new class 8 trucks built was well below historical replacement levels for our industry. This led to the oldest average industry truck age in 40 years. Carriers were compelled to begin upgrading their aging truck fleets, which led to increased replacement purchases of new and later-model used trucks during 2011. However, we do not believe that industry fleet growth is occurring, as some carriers are already struggling to finance the replacement truck upgrade due to the large pricing gap between the significantly increased costs of EPA-compliant new trucks compared to the lower value of record-old trucks. For example, for a newer fleet such as ours, the average cost of the new trucks we purchased in first quarter 2012 was approximately 30% higher than the original purchase price of our used trucks sold in first quarter 2012.
We continue to diversify our business model with the goal of achieving a balanced portfolio of revenues comprised of One-Way Truckload (which includes the Regional, medium-to-long-haul Van and Expedited fleets), Specialized Services and Logistics (VAS). Our Specialized Services unit, primarily Dedicated, ended the quarter with 3,525 trucks (or 48% of our total fleet).
Diesel fuel prices were 30 cents per gallon higher in first quarter 2012 than in first quarter 2011 and were 13 cents per gallon higher than in fourth quarter 2011. For the first 18 days of April 2012, the average diesel fuel price per gallon was 4 cents lower than the average diesel fuel price per gallon in the same period of 2011 and 10 cents higher than in second quarter 2011.
The driver recruiting and retention market remained challenging in first quarter 2012 and was comparable to the driver market in fourth quarter 2011. Assuming the domestic economy strengthens, we anticipate the driver market will become more challenging as we progress through 2012. While historically higher national unemployment rates have aided our driver recruiting and retention efforts, we believe that an improved freight market, extended unemployment benefit payment programs, a reduction in available truck driving school graduates and changing industry safety regulations are tightening driver supply. While we are not immune to fluctuations in the driver market, we continue to believe we are in a better position in the current market than many competitors because over 70% of our driving jobs are in more attractive, shorter-haul Regional and Dedicated fleet operations that enable us to return these drivers to their homes on a more frequent and consistent basis.
Gains on sales of assets were $4.7 million in first quarter 2012 compared to $4.8 million in both first quarter 2011 and fourth quarter 2011. The market for the sale of used trucks and trailers remains strong. Gains on sales are reflected as a reduction of Other Operating Expenses in our income statement.
We continue to buy new trucks to replace older trucks we sell or trade. We continue to invest in environmentally friendly equipment solutions such as more aerodynamic truck features, idle reduction systems, tire inflation systems and trailer skirts. Over the last three years, Werner Enterprises has reduced its annual carbon footprint by almost 150,000 tons. Our net capital expenditures in first quarter 2012 were $83 million. We expect our net capital expenditures for the full year 2012 to be in a range of $160 million to $210 million. During 2011, we reduced the average age of our company truck fleet from 2.8 years at December 31, 2010 to 2.4 years at December 31, 2011. We reduced our average truck age to 2.3 years as of March 31, 2012 and expect to further reduce our average truck age to approximately 2.1 years as of December 31, 2012. We remain committed to the ongoing investment required to maintain a best-in-class fleet while focusing on the lowest operating cost model for our customers.
To provide shippers with additional sources of managed capacity and network analysis, we continue to develop our non-asset-based VAS segment. VAS includes Brokerage, Freight Management, Intermodal and Werner Global Logistics (International).
Value Added Services (amounts in 000’s)
|Rent and purchased transportation expense||65,263||85.0||53,332||83.9|
|Other operating expenses||7,505||9.8||6,831||10.7|
The following table shows the change in shipment volume and average revenue (excluding logistics fee revenue) per shipment for all VAS shipments.
|Total VAS shipments||66,820||59,436||7,384||12||%|
Less: Non-committed shipments to Truckload segment
|Net VAS shipments||47,663||41,031||6,632||16||%|
|Average revenue per shipment||$||1,523||$||1,470||$||53||4||%|
In first quarter 2012, VAS revenues increased $13.2 million or 21%, gross margin dollars increased 12% and operating income dollars increased 17% compared to first quarter 2011. Compared to fourth quarter 2011, VAS revenues, gross margin dollars and operating income dollars decreased in first quarter 2012. These decreases were the result of large special projects that occurred during fourth quarter 2011. As VAS revenues grow, large projects will have less of an impact on the quarter-to-quarter comparison of VAS results.
Brokerage revenues in first quarter 2012 increased 13% compared to first quarter 2011 due to a 3% increase in shipment volume and a 10% increase in average revenue per shipment. Brokerage gross margin percentage and operating income percentage both increased year-over-year. Intermodal revenues increased 46%, and Intermodal gross margin and operating income both increased by an even higher percentage, comparing first quarter 2012 to first quarter 2011. Werner Global Logistics revenues increased 40% in first quarter 2012 compared to first quarter 2011.
Comparisons of the operating ratios (net of fuel surcharge revenues) for the Truckload segment and VAS segment for first quarters 2012 and 2011 are shown below.
|Truckload Transportation Services||90.3||%||92.4||%||(2.1||)%|
|Value Added Services||94.8||94.6||0.2|
Fluctuating fuel prices and fuel surcharge collections impact the total company operating ratio and the Truckload segment’s operating ratio when fuel surcharges are reported on a gross basis as revenues versus netting against fuel expenses. Eliminating fuel surcharge revenues, which are generally a more volatile source of revenue, provides a more consistent basis for comparing the results of operations from period to period. The Truckload segment’s operating ratios for first quarter 2012 and first quarter 2011 are 92.5% and 94.0%, respectively, when fuel surcharge revenues are reported as revenues instead of a reduction of operating expenses.
Our financial position remains strong. As of March 31, 2012 we had no debt and $745.2 million of stockholders’ equity.
|INCOME STATEMENT DATA|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Quarter||% of||Quarter||% of|
|Salaries, wages and benefits||133,848||26.9||132,863||28.3|
|Supplies and maintenance||41,837||8.4||41,189||8.8|
|Taxes and licenses||22,532||4.5||23,026||4.9|
|Insurance and claims||19,224||3.9||18,060||3.8|
|Rent and purchased transportation||100,510||20.2||88,497||18.9|
|Communications and utilities||3,819||0.8||3,923||0.8|
|Total operating expenses||462,974||92.9||441,987||94.2|
|Other expense (income):|
|Total other expense (income)||(304||)||(0.1||)||(291||)||(0.1||)|
|Income before income taxes||35,706||7.2||27,733||5.9|
|Diluted shares outstanding||73,390||73,138|
|Diluted earnings per share||$0.29||$0.22|
|Quarter Ended||Quarter Ended|
|Trucking revenues, net of fuel surcharge (1)||$321,226||1.5%||$316,447|
|Trucking fuel surcharge revenues (1)||93,207||11.9%||83,273|
|Non-trucking revenues, including VAS (1)||79,783||20.6%||66,165|
|Other operating revenues (1)||4,160||17.4%||3,544|
|Operating revenues (1)||$498,376||6.2%||$469,429|
|Average monthly miles per tractor||9,660||-0.5%||9,705|
|Average revenues per total mile (2)||$1.541||2.6%||$1.502|
|Average revenues per loaded mile (2)||$1.748||3.2%||$1.693|
|Average percentage of empty miles||11.88||%||5.5%||11.26||%|
|Average trip length in miles (loaded)||432||-4.0%||450|
|Total miles (loaded and empty) (1)||208,507||-1.0%||210,634|
|Average tractors in service||7,195||-0.6%||7,235|
|Average revenues per tractor per week (2)||$3,434||2.1%||$3,364|
|Capital expenditures, net (1)||$82,549||$20,054|
|Cash flow from operations (1)||$83,999||$53,800|
|Return on assets (annualized)||6.4||%||5.6||%|
|Total tractors (at quarter end)|
|Total trailers (truck and intermodal, quarter end)||23,165||23,530|
(1) Amounts in thousands.
(2) Net of fuel surcharge revenues.
BALANCE SHEET DATA
|(In thousands, except share amounts)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$12,072||$12,412|
|Accounts receivable, trade, less allowance|
|of $10,243 and $10,154, respectively||213,201||218,712|
|Inventories and supplies||27,983||30,212|
|Prepaid taxes, licenses and permits||11,171||15,094|
|Current deferred income taxes||25,514||25,805|
|Other current assets||18,878||29,883|
|Total current assets||318,193||341,331|
|Property and equipment||1,673,961||1,625,008|
|Less – accumulated depreciation||689,686||682,872|
|Property and equipment, net||984,275||942,136|
|Other non-current assets||21,955||18,949|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Checks issued in excess of cash balances||$7,407||$6,671|
|Insurance and claims accruals||59,512||62,681|
|Other current liabilities||24,286||16,504|
|Total current liabilities||201,795||198,825|
|Other long-term liabilities||14,901||14,194|
|Insurance and claims accruals, net of current portion||122,750||121,250|
|Deferred income taxes||239,736||243,000|
|Common stock, $.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares|
|authorized; 80,533,536 shares issued; 72,857,376|
|and 72,847,576 shares outstanding, respectively||805||805|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(3,985||)||(5,170||)|
|Treasury stock, at cost; 7,676,160 and 7,685,960|
|Total stockholders’ equity||745,241||725,147|
Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated van; temperature-controlled and flatbed; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; and expedited services. Werner's Value Added Services portfolio includes freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal, and international services. International services are provided through Werner’s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.
Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select MarketSM under the symbol “WERN”. For further information about Werner, visit the Company’s website at www.werner.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Such forward-looking statements are based on information presently available to the Company’s management and are current only as of the date made. Actual results could also differ materially from those anticipated as a result of a number of factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. For those reasons, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statement. The Company assumes no duty or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, although it may do so from time to time as management believes is warranted or as may be required by applicable securities law. Any such updates or revisions may be made by filing reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, through the issuance of press releases or by other methods of public disclosure.