NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa, July 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heartland Express, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTLD) announced today financial results for the quarter and six month period ended June 30, 2014.
Heartland Express (the "Company") ended the second quarter of 2014 with operating revenues of $226.8 million, net income of $26.5 million, and $0.30 earnings per share compared to $134.0 million, $19.1 million, and $0.23, respectively for the second quarter of 2013. Operating revenues increased 69.3% primarily due to increased miles associated with the November 11, 2013 acquisition of Gordon Trucking, Inc. ("GTI"). Operating revenues for the quarter included fuel surcharge revenues of $46.2 million compared to $27.3 million in the same period of 2013. Operating income for the three-month period was positively impacted by a $5.2 million increase in gains on disposal of property and equipment. The Company posted an operating ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of operating revenues) of 82.1% and an 11.7% net margin (net income as a percentage of operating revenues) in the second quarter of 2014 compared to 78.1% and 14.3%, respectively in the second quarter of 2013.
For the six month period ended June 30, 2014 the Company had operating revenues of $451.3 million, net income of $40.6 million, and $0.46 earnings per share compared to $268.3 million, $38.9 million, and $0.46, respectively for the same six month period ended June 30, 2013. Operating revenues increased 68.2% primarily due to increased miles associated with the GTI acquisition. Operating income for the six month period was negatively impacted by a $3.9 million decrease in gains on disposal of property and equipment. The Company posted an operating ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of operating revenues) of 86.4% and a 9.0% net margin (net income as a percentage of operating revenues) in the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to 77.8% and 14.5%, respectively for the same period of 2013.
Since the acquisition of GTI in November 2013, the Company has been working on the integration of the two companies and synergies of combining the operations of the two organizations. The first quarter of 2014, the first full quarter of combined operations of GTI and historical Heartland Express since the acquisition of GTI on November 11, 2013, the Company achieved an operating ratio of 90.8%. During the second quarter of 2014, the Company lowered the operating ratio to 82.1% and achieved an operating ratio of 86.4% for the first six months of 2014 without the combination of the two respective company's information technology platforms. The Company expects to gain additional synergies upon the next step in the integration process which is expected to be achieved in the third quarter of 2014 when the two companies will be brought together on a single information technology platform.
The trucking industry continues to be challenged with reductions in the availability of qualified drivers at a time when the industry continues to be challenged by various regulations that increasingly reduce drivers' availability. The regulations, including the thirty-four hour restart and a thirty minute break within the first eight hours of driving that were effective July 1, 2013, will continue to reduce driver utilization. The Company will continue to look at all of our alternatives to enhance our drivers' utilization as well as compensation of our drivers for their time spent away from home while on the road.
Balance Sheet, Liquidity, and Capital Expenditures
At June 30, 2014, the Company had $16.1 million in cash balances and $43.0 million in borrowings under the Company's $250 million unsecured line of credit. Borrowings under the line of credit bore interest at a weighted average interest rate of 0.78%. The Company had $201.5 million in available borrowing capacity on the line of credit at June 30, 2014, after consideration of outstanding letters of credit, and was in compliance with associated financial covenants. The Company's debt balance decreased $32.0 million from December 31, 2013 due to net repayments during the six months ended June 30, 2014 on the Company's line of credit. Since the high point of the Company's debt borrowings of $76.7 million in December of 2013, the Company has had net debt repayments of $33.7 million. The Company ended the quarter with total assets of $751.4 million and total debt minus cash on hand of $26.9 million.
The average age of the Company's tractor fleet was 2.2 years as of June 30, 2014 compared to 2.0 at June 30, 2013. During the second quarter of 2014 the Company took delivery of 511 new tractors and has approximately 800 tractors scheduled for delivery prior to the end of the year. The new tractors have been and will continue to be a mix of International ProStar Plus and Freightliner Cascadia models. The average age of tractors is currently expected to remain flat throughout the remainder of 2014 to the average age at June 30, 2014. The average age of the Company's trailer fleet was 4.6 years at June 30, 2014 compared to 3.2 years at June 30, 2013. The Company continues its process of updating the Company's trailer fleet exiting model years 2007 and prior. During the second quarter of 2014 the Company took delivery of 574 trailers and has approximately 650 trailers scheduled for delivery prior to the end of 2014. By the end of 2014 the Company currently anticipates that its trailer fleet will be 88% 2008 and newer model years. The average age of trailers is expected to decrease throughout the remainder of 2014 as a result of the trailer upgrade project.
Net cash flows from operations for the first six months of 2014 continued to be strong at 17.3% of operating revenues during 2014 or $78.1 million. The primary uses of cash during the six month period ended June 30, 2014 were $32.0 million for the repayment of long-term debt obligations, net capital expenditures of $43.0 million related to tractor and trailer fleet upgrades, and an additional payment of $3.0 million related to post-closing true up of working capital on the acquisition of GTI. The Company currently anticipates net capital expenditures of approximately $94.0 million in the second half of 2014 with $137.0 million anticipated for the 2014 calendar year. The Company ended the past twelve months with a return on total assets of 10.6% and an 18.2% return on equity compared to 12.9% and 20.2%, respectively, during the twelve month period ending June 30, 2013.
The Company continues its commitment to stockholders through the payment of cash dividends. A dividend of $0.02 per share was declared during the quarter and was paid on July 2, 2014. The Company has now paid cumulative cash dividends of $447.0 million, including three special dividends, ($2.00 in 2007, $1.00 in 2010, and $1.00 in 2012) over the past forty-four consecutive quarters.
The Company has been recognized for its commitment to on-time service, customer service and its ability to partner with our customers. During 2014, the Company has received the 2013 Walmart General Merchandise Carrier of the Year, the Winegard 2013 Carrier of the Year for the third consecutive year, the FedEx 2014 Gold Award, for the fourth consecutive year with a most recent year of 99.82% on-time service, the FedEx SmartPost 2014 Peak Performance Award for the fourth consecutive year, the FedEx 2014 Core Carrier of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, and the Nestle Waters 2013 Southeast Region Carrier of the Year. In addition to these customer awards, during 2014 GTI has been named a top 20 national carrier to drive for by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) for the third year in a row, GTI was named the safest U.S. based trucking company in its division (carriers over 100 million miles per year) by the TCA for the fifth consecutive year, and GTI was also recognized by the California Trucking Association with two 2014 Fleet Safety Awards. This marks the fourth time in five years that GTI has been recognized as an outstanding and safe carrier by the State of California.
This press release may contain statements that might be considered as forward-looking statements or predictions of future operations. Such statements are based on management's belief or interpretation of information currently available. These statements and assumptions involve certain risks and uncertainties. Actual events may differ from these expectations as specified from time to time in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
|HEARTLAND EXPRESS, INC.|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
| Three Months Ended |
| Six Months Ended |
|OPERATING REVENUE||$ 226,785||$ 133,992||$ 451,265||$ 268,265|
|Salaries, wages, and benefits||$ 71,240||$ 40,939||$ 142,185||$ 81,537|
|Rent and purchased transportation||13,741||1,325||28,252||2,623|
|Operations and maintenance||9,776||3,828||19,897||9,269|
|Operating taxes and licenses||5,319||2,468||10,165||4,884|
|Insurance and claims||4,370||4,744||11,465||7,604|
|Communications and utilities||1,553||699||3,383||1,472|
|Depreciation and amortization||26,668||16,930||51,241||31,995|
|Other operating expenses||7,997||3,691||16,687||7,506|
|Gain on disposal of property and equipment||(13,859)||(8,644)||(15,903)||(19,823)|
|Income before income taxes||40,616||29,504||61,185||59,836|
|Federal and state income taxes||14,144||10,366||20,634||20,962|
|Net income||$ 26,472||$ 19,138||$ 40,551||$ 38,874|
|Earnings per share|
|Basic||$ 0.30||$ 0.23||$ 0.46||$ 0.46|
|Diluted||$ 0.30||$ 0.23||$ 0.46||$ 0.46|
|Weighted average shares outstanding|
|Dividends declared per share||$ 0.02||$ 0.02||$ 0.04||$ 0.04|
|HEARTLAND EXPRESS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
|ASSETS|| June 30, |
| December 31, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$ 16,142||$ 17,763|
|Trade receivables, net||88,158||84,400|
|Prepaid shop supplies||3,097||4,194|
|Other current assets||19,265||11,061|
|Income tax receivable||—||5,706|
|Deferred income taxes, net||14,310||14,177|
|Total current assets||150,702||144,300|
|PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT||649,612||622,864|
|Less accumulated depreciation||180,590||173,605|
|OTHER INTANGIBLES, NET||17,563||18,746|
|$ 751,398||$ 724,841|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$ 44,077||$ 26,912|
|Compensation and benefits||27,007||28,084|
|Income taxes payable||844||—|
|Total current liabilities||103,574||88,568|
|Income taxes payable||17,585||20,089|
|Deferred income taxes, net||72,184||61,948|
|Insurance accruals less current portion||66,203||67,965|
|Other long-term liabilities||13,618||13,618|
|Total long-term liabilities||212,590||238,620|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|Capital stock, common, $.01 par value; authorized 395,000 shares; issued 90,689 in 2014 and 2013; outstanding 87,778 in 2014 and 87,705 in 2013, respectively||907||907|
|Additional paid-in capital||6,443||5,897|
|Treasury stock, at cost; 2,911 in 2014 and 2,984 in 2013, respectively||(41,185)||(41,185)|
|$ 751,398||$ 724,841|
CONTACT: Heartland Express, Inc. Mike Gerdin, Chief Executive Officer John Cosaert, Chief Financial Officer 319-626-3600Source:Heartland Express, Inc.