P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. Announces Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2014

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TONTITOWN, Ark., July 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTSI) today reported net income of $4,945,299, or diluted and basic earnings per share of $0.62 for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, and net income of $6,301,907, or diluted earnings per share of $0.78 ($0.79 basic) for the six month period then ended. These results compare to net income of $2,682,191, or diluted and basic earnings per share of $0.31, and net income of $2,225,923, or diluted and basic earnings per share of $0.26, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.

Operating revenues, including revenue from fuel surcharges, were $104,343,260 for the second quarter of 2014 compared to $104,407,650 for the second quarter of 2013. Operating revenues, including fuel surcharges, were $202,163,653 for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $204,389,588 for the six months ended June 30, 2013.

Daniel H. Cushman, President of the Company, commented, "We are very pleased to announce another quarter of improved results. The earnings per share results attained so far this year represent a 200% increase as compared to the same period last year and this quarter's earnings per share represents our highest single quarter earnings per share results on record. Also, considering that we are only halfway through the year and have already exceeded the net income posted for the entirety of last year, we are further satisfied that our strategic plans are maturing.

"We continue to focus on doing the things that make us special to our customers. Our Automotive, Mexico, Expedited, and Dedicated divisions all continue to grow and improve financially. We continue to seek opportunities that we believe are driver friendly and as a result, we have increased our driver count despite the difficulties in the driver market.

"Our strategy remains consistent. Our automotive strategy has been to diversify and we continue to do that. This freight is generally very consistent and we are able to recruit and maintain drivers in this division. Our Expedited Division continues to grow, and now comprises approximately 20% of our overall revenue. This division is very diverse and very service sensitive. By the nature of the business, we keep drivers moving and they get the miles they desire. We've focused on loading the expedited loads where they land, and as a result, we are experiencing positive trends in reducing deadhead. Our Mexico division continues to grow, and because these lanes generally represent a long length of haul, drivers like it. The ability to successfully manage this business so that drivers get to and from the border is imperative in order to maintain driver satisfaction.

"We have always had a lot of automotive dedicated business. In the past, we have had limited success in securing dedicated business outside of the automotive area, but within the last nine months we have been more successful in the diversification of our dedicated customer base. Again, this is freight that typically appeals to drivers.

"Our random freight business is generally our lowest performing division due to the non-repetitive nature of the customers, routes, and transit times. We continue to successfully move assets to better performing divisions and continue to experience growth in our more profitable divisions as a result. The majority of the growth in our more profitable divisions has come primarily at the expense of our random fleet. The resulting decrease in our random fleet has made it difficult to support our customer base that only has one way business. We are working hard to find ways to bring this type of customer more solutions.

"Our brokerage division is obviously one way that we can support our customers. We are making progress but this continues to be a great opportunity."

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 June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue, before fuel surcharge $80,606,497 $80,657,270 $155,502,109 $158,485,219
Fuel surcharge 23,736,763 23,750,380 46,661,544 45,904,369
104,343,260 104,407,650 202,163,653 204,389,588
Operating expenses and costs:
Salaries, wages and benefits (1) 27,032,250 27,385,801 53,067,022 54,781,126
Fuel expense 23,425,325 24,231,485 48,223,174 51,201,963
Operating supplies and expenses 8,155,623 8,812,376 16,348,600 17,661,286
Rent and purchased transportation (1) 21,956,713 22,193,940 42,718,627 42,291,647
Depreciation 9,166,415 9,766,340 18,292,252 19,859,914
Operating taxes and licenses 1,117,235 1,229,685 2,292,000 2,500,584
Insurance and claims 3,908,169 3,809,864 7,650,407 7,247,855
Communications and utilities 585,399 519,147 1,208,764 1,119,896
Other 1,927,868 1,665,760 3,715,547 3,325,868
Gain on disposition of equipment (1,521,221) (212,779) (2,787,448) (354,988)
Total operating expenses and costs 95,753,776 99,401,619 190,728,945 199,635,151
Operating income 8,589,484 5,006,031 11,434,708 4,754,437
Interest expense (743,144) (879,612) (1,605,378) (1,694,853)
Non-operating income 258,901 289,335 530,537 572,205
Income before income taxes 8,105,241 4,415,754 10,359,867 3,631,789
Income tax expense 3,159,942 1,733,563 4,057,960 1,405,866
Net income $4,945,299 $2,682,191 $6,301,907 $2,225,923
Diluted earnings per share $0.62 $0.31 $0.78 $0.26
Average shares outstanding – Diluted 8,034,537 8,659,472 8,032,801 8,674,600
Quarter ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
Truckload Operations 2014 2013 2014 2013
Total miles 53,676,567 54,087,798 104,698,872 105,831,764
Operating ratio (2) 88.85% 93.53% 92.36% 97.02%
Empty miles factor 6.63% 7.21% 6.77% 7.58%
Revenue per total mile, before fuel surcharge $1.40 $1.38 $1.38 $1.38
Total loads 73,268 67,501 140,508 131,370
Revenue per truck per work day $662 $651 $635 $637
Revenue per truck per week $3,310 $3,255 $3,175 $3,185
Average company-driver trucks 1,437 1,471 1,448 1,509
Average owner operator trucks 341 321 347 289
Logistics Operations
Total revenue $5,229,251 $5,951,402 $10,678,231 $12,871,196
Operating ratio 96.53% 97.14% 96.48% 96.74%
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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