PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Knight Transportation, Inc. (NYSE: KNX), one of North America’s largest and most diversified truckload transportation companies, today reported revenue and net income for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.
Key financial highlights for the fourth quarter and annual period of 2014 and 2013 were as follows:
|(dollars in thousands, except per share data)||Three Months Ended Dec 31,||Twelve Months Ended Dec 31,|
|2014||2013||% Chg||2014||2013||% Chg|
|Revenue, excluding trucking fuel surcharge||$||273,653||$||206,300||32.6||%||$||925,985||$||791,851||16.9||%|
|Net income, attributable to Knight||$||32,938||$||20,101||63.9||%||$||102,862||$||69,282||48.5||%|
|Earnings per diluted share||$||0.40||$||0.25||59.7||%||$||1.25||$||0.86||45.4||%|
The company previously announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share to shareholders of record on December 5, 2014, which was paid on December 22, 2014.
Dave Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented on the quarter, ''During the fourth quarter of 2014, the truckload freight environment remained strong while capacity continued to be tight. The robust freight environment coupled with the October 1, 2014 acquisition of Barr-Nunn Transportation, Inc. and certain affiliates led to revenue, excluding trucking fuel surcharge, growth of 32.6%. Excluding the growth related to the Barr-Nunn acquisition, Knight grew revenue, excluding trucking fuel surcharge, 18.9%, when compared to the same quarter last year. We experienced growth from both our trucking and logistics segments, as these businesses continue to complement one another. Our trucking segment grew revenue 26.7% as a result of the strong rate environment and bringing on additional capacity through acquisition and organic growth. Our logistics segment grew revenue 56.2%, as we continue to grow this segment through expansion of our partner carrier base and investments in the resources that enable this business to provide additional capacity for our customers. We expect continued growth from both the trucking and logistics segments of our business as we expand our capacity and pursue acquisition opportunities that enable us to meet the supply chain needs of our customers.''
The following chart reflects the financial performance of our trucking (asset based) and our logistics (non-asset based) segments for the fourth quarter and annual period of 2014 and 2013.
|(dollars in thousands)||Three Months Ended Dec 31,||Twelve Months Ended Dec 31,|
|Revenue, excluding trucking fuel surcharge||$||273,653||$||206,300||32.6||%||$||925,985||$||791,851||16.9||%|
|Adjusted Operating Ratio(1)||80.7||%||84.4||%||-370 bps||82.4||%||85.6||%||-320 bps|
|Trucking (Asset based)|
|Revenue, excluding trucking fuel surcharge||$||208,739||$||164,751||26.7||%||$||715,712||$||644,682||11.0||%|
|Adjusted Operating Ratio(1)||77.5||%||81.6||%||-410 bps||79.4||%||83.5||%||-410 bps|
|Logistics (Non-asset based)|
|Operating Ratio(1)||91.0||%||95.6||%||-460 bps||92.7||%||94.7||%||-200 bps|
(1)Operating ratio is defined in our trucking segment as
total operating expenses, net of trucking fuel surcharge, as a
percentage of revenue before trucking fuel surcharge. Operating ratio is
defined in our Logistics segment as total operating expenses as a
percentage of total revenue.
In the fourth quarter, the trucking segment operating ratio improved to 77.5% from 81.6% for the same quarter last year. The trucking segment experienced revenue, excluding trucking fuel surcharge, growth of 26.7%, while improving operating income by 54.8%. A portion of this growth is associated with the October 1, 2014 acquisition of Barr-Nunn Transportation, Inc. and certain affiliates, which operated an average of 545 tractors during the quarter. We continue to experience positive results from our efforts to improve yield and drive operational efficiencies. Revenue per tractor, excluding fuel surcharge, increased 9.0%, year over year, attributable to a 10.6% improvement in revenue per total mile, an 0.8% increase in average length of haul, and a 1.4% decrease in average miles per tractor. Along with the strong rate environment, the rapid decline in fuel prices and the favorable used equipment market during the fourth quarter resulted in a benefit to our cost per mile that was partially offset by increased salaries and wages, increased recruiting and hiring costs, and rising equipment prices. Cost control remains an integral part of our culture and enables us to effectively manage these inflationary pressures. Our consolidated non-paid empty mile percentage increased 130 basis points as a result of the expedited business operated by Barr-Nunn. Excluding Barr-Nunn, our consolidated non-paid empty mile percentage improved 20 basis points when compared to the fourth quarter last year.
Our logistics segment continues to show meaningful growth and complements our trucking segment by enabling us to source more capacity and offer more solutions for our customers. Our brokerage business increased revenue 99.3% and operating income 220.0%, when compared to the same quarter last year. Our intermodal business recorded the third consecutive profitable quarter with an 88.1% operating ratio. We expect continued profitable growth in the logistics segment as we continue to invest in technology and drive operational efficiencies.
Attracting and retaining high quality driving associates to the industry continues to be a challenge. Despite a strong freight environment, the current shortage of qualified driving associates has been a headwind for adding additional capacity. Our driver development and training programs remain a primary focus area for our management team, and we feel well positioned to continue to make progress in the coming quarters.
Our tractor fleet remains one of the most modern fleets in the industry with an average age of 1.6 years. During the fourth quarter our average tractor count increased 16.4%, when compared to the same quarter last year. Excluding Barr-Nunn, we ended the fourth quarter with 88 additional tractors when compared to the end of the third quarter, a 2.1% increase, and with 199 additional tractors when compared to the end of 2013, a 5.0% increase. The used equipment market remained strong during the quarter and resulted in gain on sale of revenue equipment in the fourth quarter of 2014 of $3.6 million, compared to $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.
We have returned $19.6 million to our shareholders in the form of quarterly dividends over the twelve months ended December 31, 2014. We ended the quarter with $17.1 million of cash, $134.4 million of long term debt, and $677.8 million of shareholders' equity. Excluding the $112.4 million borrowed on October 1, 2014 to fund the acquisition of Barr-Nunn, we reduced our net debt by $30.5 million in the fourth quarter. Our net capital expenditures for the year were $178.8 million, while our cash flow from operations was $177.2 million.
The company will hold a conference call on January 28, 2015, at 4:30 PM EST, to further discuss its results of operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The dial in number for this conference call is 1-855-733-9163. Slides to accompany this call will be posted on the company’s website and will be available to download prior to the scheduled conference time. To view the presentation, please visit http://investor.knighttrans.com/events, ''Fourth Quarter 2014 Conference Call Presentation.''
Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation and logistics services using a nationwide network of business units and service centers in the U.S. to serve customers throughout North America. In addition to operating one of the country’s largest tractor fleets, Knight also contracts with third-party equipment providers to provide a broad range of truckload services to its customers while creating quality driving jobs for our driving associates and successful business opportunities for owner-operators.
|INCOME STATEMENT DATA:||Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Revenue, before fuel surcharge||$||273,653||$||206,300||$||925,985||$||791,851|
|Salaries, wages and benefits||81,036||59,749||271,815||234,306|
|Fuel expense - gross||48,336||52,073||203,758||214,843|
|Operations and maintenance||20,078||15,799||71,558||64,715|
|Insurance and claims||8,718||7,710||31,133||29,350|
|Operating taxes and licenses||5,708||3,979||17,972||15,624|
|Depreciation and amortization||26,471||21,551||92,893||86,129|
|Miscellaneous operating expenses||3,325||3,902||7,541||15,679|
|Total operating expenses||264,686||217,551||939,610||855,328|
|Income From Operations||52,782||32,165||162,722||113,909|
|Other income (expense)||3,524||1,820||9,380||2,844|
|Income before income taxes||56,047||33,952||171,830||116,704|
|Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest||(362||)||(271||)||(1,159||)||(742||)|
|NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION||$||32,938||$||20,101||$||102,862||$||69,282|
|Basic Earnings Per Share||$||0.40||$||0.25||$||1.27||$||0.87|
|Diluted Earnings Per Share||$||0.40||$||0.25||$||1.25||$||0.86|
|Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Basic||81,376||80,131||80,947||79,994|
|Weighted Average Shares Outstanding - Diluted||82,713||80,587||82,042||80,330|
|BALANCE SHEET DATA:|
|ASSETS||(Unaudited, in thousands)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||17,066||$||992|
|Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts||143,531||116,391|
|Notes receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts||1,020||774|
|Related party notes and interest receivable||0||748|
|Assets held for sale||23,248||16,476|
|Other current assets||13,345||11,066|
|Current deferred tax assets||3,187||3,359|
|Total Current Assets||218,820||164,832|
|Property and equipment, net||752,046||591,791|
|Notes receivable, long-term||4,065||4,047|
|Goodwill and Intangible Assets||50,642||10,257|
|Other assets and restricted cash||37,280||36,194|
|Total Long-term Assets||844,033||642,289|
|LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accrued payroll and purchased transportation||34,127||13,864|
|Claims accrual - current portion||18,532||15,616|
|Dividend payable - current portion||200||168|
|Total Current Liabilities||97,023||63,064|
|Claims accrual - long-term portion||11,505||8,889|
|Long-term dividend payable and other liabilities||2,513||2,486|
|Deferred tax liabilities||138,137||140,149|
|Total Long-term Liabilities||286,555||189,524|
|Additional paid-in capital||185,184||150,858|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||12,231||4,582|
|Total Knight Transportation Shareholders' Equity||677,760||553,588|
|Total Shareholders' Equity||679,275||554,533|
|Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity||$||1,062,853||$||807,121|
Three Months Ended December 31,
|Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Average Revenue Per Tractor*||$||44,583||$||40,918||9.0||%||$||171,510||$||160,186||7.1||%|
|Non-paid Empty Mile Percent||11.5||%||10.2||%||12.7||%||10.1||%||10.6||%||-4.7||%|
|Average Length of Haul||478||474||0.8||%||492||479||2.7||%|
|Average Tractors - Total||4,682||4,021||4,173||4,017|
|Average Trailers - Total||11,441||9,382||9,732||9,382|
|Net Capital Expenditures (in thousands)||$||57,526||$||28,217||$||178,834||$||85,368|
|Cash Flow From Operations (in thousands)||$||60,120||$||38,271||$||177,187||$||138,985|
* Includes asset segment revenue excluding fuel surcharge.
** Operating ratio as reported in this press release is based upon total operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue before fuel surcharge. We measure our revenue, before fuel surcharge, and our operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, because we believe that eliminating this sometimes volatile source of revenue affords a more consistent basis for comparing our results of operations from period to period.
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