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Marten Transport Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

MONDOVI, Wis., Jan. 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marten Transport, Ltd. (Nasdaq/GS:MRTN) today reported the highest net income and operating revenue for any quarter in its history. For the fourth quarter of 2014, net income improved 22.8% to a record $9.0 million, or 27 cents per diluted share, from $7.3 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2014, net income decreased to $29.8 million, or 89 cents per diluted share, from $30.1 million, or 90 cents per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Operating revenue, consisting of revenue from truckload, dedicated, intermodal and brokerage operations, increased 4.4% to a record $173.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 from $166.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, and increased to $672.9 million for 2014 from $659.2 million for 2013. Operating revenue, net of fuel surcharges and MW Logistics, LLC (MWL) revenue, increased 7.5% to $144.6 million for the 2014 quarter from $134.5 million for the 2013 quarter, and increased 4.4% to $547.7 million for 2014 from $524.8 million for 2013. Fuel surcharge revenue decreased to $29.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 from $31.7 million for the 2013 quarter, and to $125.2 million for 2014 from $127.7 million for 2013. With the March 2013 deconsolidation of MWL, no MWL revenue was included in 2014 or in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with $6.7 million in 2013.

Operating expenses as a percentage of operating revenue, with both amounts net of fuel surcharge revenue, improved to 88.7% for the fourth quarter of 2014 from 90.6% for the fourth quarter of 2013. The ratio was 90.7% for 2014 and 90.2% for 2013.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randolph L. Marten said, "We are pleased to announce our most profitable quarter ever, as well as an operating ratio net of fuel surcharges that at 88.7% was our best quarterly performance in the last 10 years. In the face of a difficult driver recruiting and retention environment, we successfully grew the number of tractors for our Truckload and Dedicated segments by 78 tractors in this year's fourth quarter and by 161 tractors in 2014. We continue to drive gains in our key operating measures as our revenue per tractor increased 3.3% over last year's fourth quarter, our nineteenth consecutive quarterly increase."

"We also improved the profitability of our intermodal operations from an operating loss in this year's third quarter to a 95.9% operating ratio in the fourth quarter, through a combination of rate increases, lane selectivity and slight improvements in rail service. We made these strides even though more favorable fuel costs have been somewhat offset by higher insurance and claims expense and driver wages. Based on the foundation that has been laid by the smart, hard work and dedication of our people, we strongly believe we are well positioned to take advantage of the market's continuing tight capacity in 2015."

"Going forward to best illustrate our increasingly successful and operationally distinct business units, we have elected to move from two to four financial reporting segments. Therefore, starting with this quarter, we are reporting our results in Truckload, Dedicated, Intermodal and Brokerage segments instead of Truckload and Logistics segments. From our Truckload segment we have carved out our dedicated operations into a separate Dedicated segment – a growing provider of customized freight movement solutions tailored to meet individual customers' requirements, utilizing refrigerated trailers, dry vans and other specialized equipment. Our Logistics segment has now also been split into Brokerage and Intermodal. We believe reporting our results in this manner will provide our stakeholders better visibility and understanding into our business and reflect our operational structure."

Marten Transport, with headquarters in Mondovi, Wis., is one of the leading temperature-sensitive truckload carriers in the United States. Marten specializes in transporting and distributing food and other consumer packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. Marten offers service in the United States, Canada and Mexico, concentrating on expedited movements for high-volume customers. Marten's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol MRTN.

Since 2004, Marten Transport's results and consolidated financial statements have included the accounts of MWL, a third-party provider of logistics services to the transportation industry. On March 28, 2013, a member of MWL made a capital contribution to MWL. As a result, it was determined that MWL was no longer required to be consolidated. Accordingly, Marten deconsolidated MWL and started accounting for its ownership interest in MWL under the equity method of accounting, effective as of that date.

This press release contains certain statements that may be considered 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. These statements by their nature involve substantial risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. Important factors known to the Company that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements are discussed in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013. The Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACTS: Tim Kohl, President, and Jim Hinnendael, Chief Financial Officer, of Marten Transport, Ltd., 715-926-4216.

MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
December 31, December 31,
(In thousands, except share information) 2014 2013
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 123 $ 13,650
Receivables:
Trade, net 72,263 70,869
Other 17,740 4,142
Prepaid expenses and other 16,860 15,274
Deferred income taxes 3,199 3,415
Total current assets 110,185 107,350
Property and equipment:
Revenue equipment, buildings and land, office equipment and other 645,972 579,925
Accumulated depreciation (180,223) (164,916)
Net property and equipment 465,749 415,009
Other assets 3,726 3,443
TOTAL ASSETS $ 579,660 $ 525,802
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Checks issued in excess of cash balances $ 745 $ -
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 29,775 38,624
Insurance and claims accruals 13,998 14,404
Total current liabilities 44,518 53,028
Long-term debt 24,373 -
Deferred income taxes 122,843 113,637
Total liabilities 191,734 166,665
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par value per share; 2,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding - -
Common stock, $.01 par value per share; 48,000,000 shares authorized; 33,418,829 shares at December 31, 2014,
and 33,301,048 shares at December 31, 2013, issued and outstanding
334 333
Additional paid-in capital 87,370 85,077
Retained earnings 300,222 273,727
Total stockholders' equity 387,926 359,137
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 579,660 $ 525,802
MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD.
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
Three Months Year
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
(In thousands, except per share information) 2014 2013 2014 2013
OPERATING REVENUE $ 173,547 $ 166,224 $ 672,929 $ 659,214
OPERATING EXPENSES (INCOME):
Salaries, wages and benefits 48,630 43,534 183,464 171,314
Purchased transportation 31,234 30,987 123,017 123,436
Fuel and fuel taxes 34,213 39,804 153,931 163,270
Supplies and maintenance 10,431 10,755 41,490 40,582
Depreciation 17,754 16,321 68,243 64,476
Operating taxes and licenses 1,862 1,704 7,140 7,110
Insurance and claims 8,247 6,321 27,240 23,681
Communications and utilities 1,547 1,362 5,798 5,212
Gain on disposition of revenue equipment (1,027) (848) (4,387) (5,972)
Other 4,264 3,601 15,987 14,110
Total operating expenses 157,155 153,541 621,923 607,219
OPERATING INCOME 16,392 12,683 51,006 51,995
OTHER 269 (94) (667) (392)
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 16,123 12,777 51,673 52,387
Less: Income before income taxes attributable to noncontrolling interest - - - 84
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES ATTRIBUTABLE TO MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD. 16,123 12,777 51,673 52,303
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 7,154 5,476 21,839 22,156
NET INCOME $ 8,969 $ 7,301 $ 29,834 $ 30,147
BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE $ 0.27 $ 0.22 $ 0.89 $ 0.91
DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE $ 0.27 $ 0.22 $ 0.89 $ 0.90
DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE $ 0.025 $ 0.025 $ 0.10 $ 0.083
MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD.
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
Dollar Percentage
Change Change
Three Months Three Months Three Months
Ended Ended Ended
December 31, December 31, December 31,
(Dollars in thousands) 2014 2013 2014 vs. 2013 2014 vs. 2013
Operating revenue:
Truckload revenue, net of fuel surcharge revenue $ 91,825 $ 92,112 $ (287) (0.3)%
Truckload fuel surcharge revenue 20,583 23,634 (3,051) (12.9)
Total Truckload revenue 112,408 115,746 (3,338) (2.9)
Dedicated revenue, net of fuel surcharge revenue 18,280 10,106 8,174 80.9
Dedicated fuel surcharge revenue 3,681 2,561 1,120 43.7
Total Dedicated revenue 21,961 12,667 9,294 73.4
Intermodal revenue, net of fuel surcharge revenue 17,458 19,458 (2,000) (10.3)
Intermodal fuel surcharge revenue 4,716 5,503 (787) (14.3)
Total Intermodal revenue 22,174 24,961 (2,787) (11.2)
Marten Transport Brokerage revenue 17,004 12,850 4,154 32.3
Total operating revenue $ 173,547 $ 166,224 $ 7,323 4.4%
Operating income:
Truckload $ 12,440 $ 9,666 $ 2,774 28.7%
Dedicated 2,335 1,556 779 50.1
Intermodal 920 921 (1) (0.1)
Brokerage 697 540 157 29.1
Total operating income $ 16,392 $ 12,683 $ 3,709 29.2%
Operating ratio:
Truckload 88.9% 91.6%
Dedicated 89.4 87.7
Intermodal 95.9 96.3
Brokerage 95.9 95.8
Consolidated operating ratio 90.6% 92.4%
MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD.
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
Dollar Percentage
Change Change
Year Year Year
Ended Ended Ended
December 31, December 31, December 31,
(Dollars in thousands) 2014 2013 2014 vs. 2013 2014 vs. 2013
Operating revenue:
Truckload revenue, net of fuel surcharge revenue $ 358,458 $ 366,798 $ (8,340) (2.3)%
Truckload fuel surcharge revenue 89,815 98,161 (8,346) (8.5)
Total Truckload revenue 448,273 464,959 (16,686) (3.6)
Dedicated revenue, net of fuel surcharge revenue 56,609 33,526 23,083 68.9
Dedicated fuel surcharge revenue 13,743 8,794 4,949 56.3
Total Dedicated revenue 70,352 42,320 28,032 66.2
Intermodal revenue, net of fuel surcharge revenue 75,447 71,764 3,683 5.1
Intermodal fuel surcharge revenue 21,645 20,749 896 4.3
Total Intermodal revenue 97,092 92,513 4,579 4.9
Brokerage revenue:
Marten Transport 57,212 52,746 4,466 8.5
MWL - 6,676 (6,676) (100.0)
Total Brokerage revenue 57,212 59,422 (2,210) (3.7)
Total operating revenue $ 672,929 $ 659,214 $ 13,715 2.1%
Operating income:
Truckload $ 39,483 $ 39,290 $ 193 0.5%
Dedicated 7,136 5,575 1,561 28.0
Intermodal 1,735 4,014 (2,279) (56.8)
Brokerage 2,652 3,116 (464) (14.9)
Total operating income $ 51,006 $ 51,995 $ (989) (1.9)%
Operating ratio:
Truckload 91.2% 91.5%
Dedicated 89.9 86.8
Intermodal 98.2 95.7
Brokerage 95.4 94.8
Consolidated operating ratio 92.4% 92.1%
MARTEN TRANSPORT, LTD.
OPERATING STATISTICS
(Unaudited)
Three Months Year
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Truckload Segment:
Revenue (in thousands) $ 112,408 $ 115,746 $ 448,273 $ 464,959
Average revenue, net of fuel surcharges, per tractor per week(1) $ 3,698 $ 3,528 $ 3,618 $ 3,471
Average tractors(1) 1,890 1,987 1,900 2,027
Average miles per trip 696 652 682 645
Non-revenue miles percentage(2) 8.5% 9.9% 9.3% 10.4%
Total miles (in thousands) 50,009 51,651 199,168 211,122
Dedicated Segment:
Revenue (in thousands) $ 21,961 $ 12,667 $ 70,352 $ 42,320
Average revenue, net of fuel surcharges, per tractor per week(1) $ 3,359 $ 3,465 $ 3,322 $ 3,396
Average tractors(1) 414 222 327 189
Average miles per trip 346 332 337 350
Non-revenue miles percentage(2) 2.8% 5.0% 2.4% 8.2%
Total miles (in thousands) 10,233 5,646 31,543 19,046
Intermodal Segment:
Revenue (in thousands) $ 22,174 $ 24,961 $ 97,092 $ 92,513
Loads 10,104 10,973 44,336 38,316
Average tractors 105 89 110 83
Brokerage Segment:
Total revenue (in thousands) $ 17,004 $ 12,850 $ 57,212 $ 59,422
Marten Transport
Revenue (in thousands) $ 17,004 $ 12,850 $ 57,212 $ 52,746
Loads 10,714 8,673 36,712 35,140
MWL
Revenue (in thousands) $ - $ - $ - $ 6,676
Loads - - - 3,758
At December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013:
Total tractors(1) 2,420 2,255
Average age of company tractors (in years) 1.7 1.9
Total trailers 4,265 4,105
Average age of company trailers (in years) 2.5 2.4
Ratio of trailers to tractors(1) 1.8 1.8
Three Months Year
Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
(In thousands) 2014 2013 2014 2013
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 23,588 $ 23,338 $ 81,971 $ 89,187
Net cash used for investing activities 23,403 9,994 118,606 74,722
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 33,411 33,265 33,381 33,221
Diluted 33,697 33,525 33,678 33,429
(1) Includes tractors driven by both company-employed drivers and independent contractors. Independent contractors provided 52 and 49 tractors as of December 31, 2014, and 2013, respectively.
(2) Represents the percentage of miles for which the company is not compensated.

Source:Marten Transport, Ltd.