P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2013

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TONTITOWN, Ark., Feb. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTSI) today reported net income of $1,295,393 or diluted and basic earnings per share of $0.15 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, and net income of $5,914,814 or diluted and basic earnings per share of $0.68 for the year ended December 31, 2013. These results compare to net loss of $311,010 or diluted and basic loss per share of $0.04 for the quarter ended December 31, 2012, and net income of $2,178,881 or diluted and basic earnings per share of $0.25 for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Operating revenues were $96,545,594 for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $95,772,668 for the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating revenues were $402,813,020 for the year ended December 31, 2013, a 5.8% increase compared to $380,632,762 for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Daniel H. Cushman, President of the Company, commented, "For the third quarter in a row, we have posted double-digit gains in our quarterly year over year earnings per share performance which resulted in a 172% increase in total year over year earnings per share. The fourth quarter of this year reflected a significant swing from a net loss of $0.04 per share to net income of $0.15 per share, resulting in a year over year improvement of $0.19 in earnings per share for the fourth quarter. While the fourth quarter results are satisfying, momentum slowed during December due to multiple unfavorable weather related events and a slow final week of the year. We certainly had challenges this December but October and November performance was strong enough to allow us to finish the quarter with a $2.1 million operating profit. Last year, even though we had operating profits in October and November, these profits were not large enough to make up for a weak December.

"We are pleased not only with our final results for 2013 but also in the consistency of those results. In 2012, we had an operating profit in every month except December and while those results were a significant improvement compared to our previous four year history, we were not satisfied that our monthly profits were just marginal. During 2013, we experienced 8 months that exceeded our best month during 2012 and our results reflected consistent improvement from month to month.

"We believe a large part of our success is that we continue to focus on the things we do best. We are a premiere transportation service provider to the automotive industry and we continue to grow in the other service areas where we feel we are "best in class" such as in our Dedicated, Mexico, and Expedited divisions. Like most carriers, we continue to face significant challenges in our random fleet. However, we continue to look for opportunities to make the random fleet "less random" by building and maintaining linked geographical tours. We have experienced some sluggishness with our Supply Chain Solution division but believe potential remains for growth and increased profits."

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. is a leading truckload dry van carrier transporting general commodities throughout the continental United States, as well as in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The Company also provides transportation services in Mexico through its gateways in Laredo and El Paso, Texas under agreements with Mexican carriers.

Certain information included in this document contains or may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements may relate to expected future financial and operating results or events, and are thus prospective. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, excess capacity in the trucking industry; surplus inventories; recessionary economic cycles and downturns in customers' business cycles; increases or rapid fluctuations in fuel prices, interest rates, fuel taxes, tolls, license and registration fees; the resale value of the Company's used equipment and the price of new equipment; increases in compensation for and difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified drivers and owner-operators; increases in insurance premiums and deductible amounts relating to accident, cargo, workers' compensation, health, and other claims; unanticipated increases in the number or amount of claims for which the Company is self insured; inability of the Company to continue to secure acceptable financing arrangements; seasonal factors such as harsh weather conditions that increase operating costs; competition from trucking, rail, and intermodal competitors including reductions in rates resulting from competitive bidding; the ability to identify acceptable acquisition candidates, consummate acquisitions, and integrate acquired operations; a significant reduction in or termination of the Company's trucking service by a key customer; and other factors, including risk factors, included from time to time in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed above and in company filings might not transpire.

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Key Financial and Operating Statistics
Quarter ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Revenue, before fuel surcharge $75,469,175 $74,398,457 $313,116,995 $297,698,165
Fuel surcharge 21,076,419 21,374,211 89,696,025 82,934,597
96,545,594 95,772,668 402,813,020 380,632,762
Operating expenses and costs:
Salaries, wages and benefits (1) 25,967,999 27,137,756 107,037,366 108,866,054
Fuel expense 22,958,725 26,715,873 97,660,447 111,377,974
Operating supplies and expenses 8,286,873 9,264,374 34,727,589 39,010,789
Rent and purchased transportation (1) 20,716,991 15,876,261 85,225,650 54,010,981
Depreciation 9,552,111 10,105,040 39,087,688 38,297,890
Operating taxes and licenses 1,217,238 1,277,739 4,879,628 5,003,437
Insurance and claims 3,621,365 3,662,053 14,586,585 13,744,172
Communications and utilities 558,758 574,842 2,237,036 2,234,532
Other 1,629,916 1,629,851 6,719,466 5,350,424
Gain on disposition of equipment (31,903) (76,566) (854,491) (166,251)
Total operating expenses and costs 94,478,073 96,167,223 391,306,964 377,730,002
Operating income (loss) 2,067,521 (394,555) 11,506,056 2,902,760
Interest expense (834,235) (783,837) (3,374,948) (2,595,371)
Non-operating income 837,220 610,719 1,539,629 3,287,939
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,070,506 (567,673) 9,670,737 3,595,328
Income tax expense (benefit) 775,113 (256,663) 3,755,923 1,416,447
Net income (loss) $ 1,295,393 $ (311,010) $ 5,914,814 $ 2,178,881
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.15 $ (0.04) $ 0.68 $ 0.25
Average shares outstanding – Diluted 8,683,400 8,701,607 8,681,921 8,701,924
Quarter ended December 31, Twelve Months ended December 31,
Truckload Operations 2013 2012 2013 2012
Total miles 50,874,675 50,241,983 209,837,462 200,765,378
Operating ratio (2) 97.21% 100.74% 96.24% 99.18%
Empty miles factor 7.10% 8.52% 7.33% 8.72%
Revenue per total mile, before fuel surcharge $1.39 $1.37 $1.38 $1.36
Total loads 63,971 63,769 260,970 258,968
Revenue per truck per work day $612 $606 $633 $609
Revenue per truck per week $3,060 $3,030 $3,165 $3,045
Average company trucks 1,467 1,563 1,483 1,611
Average owner operator trucks 365 209 322 149
Logistics Operations
Total revenue $4,856,509 $5,645,912 $23,033,491 $24,280,406
Operating ratio 97.96% 97.96% 97.35% 97.33%
1) In order to conform to industry practice, the Company began to classify payments to third-party owner operator drivers as purchased transportation rather than as salaries, wages and benefits as had been presented in reports prior to the period ended September 30, 2013. This reclassification has no effect on operating income, net income or earnings per share. The Company has made corresponding reclassifications to comparative periods shown.
2) Operating ratio has been calculated based upon total operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue, before fuel surcharge. We used revenue, before fuel surcharge, and 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.

CONTACT: P.A.M. TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, INC. P.O. BOX 188 Tontitown, AR 72770 Allen W. West (479) 361-9111

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