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Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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DALLAS, July 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:FFEX) today announced its financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Highlights from second quarter 2013 financial results include:

  • 2Q13 total operating revenue was $102.4 million, an 7.0% increase to total operating revenue of $95.7 million in 2Q12
  • 2Q13 operating ratio was 101.5%, compared to 98.4% during 2Q12
  • 2Q13 net loss per diluted share of common stock was ($0.14), compared to net income per diluted share of common stock of $0.06 during 2Q12

Revenue (in $ millions) from: 2Q13 2Q12 % Change
Total Truckload ("TL") 37.7 37.7 0.2%
Less-than-truckload ("LTL") 36.3 31.1 16.6%
Brokerage, Logistics and Equipment Rental 8.6 7.5 13.4%
Operating Revenue (Excluding Fuel Surcharges) 82.6 76.3 8.2%
Fuel Surcharges 19.8 19.4 2.4%
Total Operating Revenue 102.4 95.7 7.0%

During the second quarter of 2013, LTL revenue increased 16.6 percent to $36.3 million, versus $31.1 million posted during the same period a year ago. The increase in LTL revenue was primarily related to a 7.8% increase in yield and an 11.8% increase in shipments. These improvements are attributable to the Company's continued focus on providing quality service and an emphasis on sales and marketing efforts in this service offering.

During the second quarter, truckload revenue, excluding fuel surcharges, was $37.7 million, relatively unchanged from the same period a year ago. The 2.9% increase in revenue per loaded mile and the 4.2% increase in TL shipments were offset by a $1.0 million decrease in dedicated services revenue, as certain trucks were redeployed from dedicated services to other service offerings with higher operating margins.

During the second quarter, brokerage and logistics services revenue was relatively flat compared to the same period a year ago, while equipment rental revenue increased $1.0 million, due to an increase in the number of tractors leased to owner-operators through the Company's Drive-to-Own program.

During the second quarter of 2013, total operating expenses increased 10.5% to $104.0 million, compared to $94.1 million during the second quarter of 2012. Primary factors related to the year-over-year increase in operating expenses are related to the increase in number of trucks in service to 1,656, as compared to 1,487 during the same period last year. Contributing to the increase in operating expenses were higher costs attributable to purchased transportation, claims and insurance, revenue equipment rent, supplies and maintenance, and salaries, wages and related expenses, partially offset by a decrease in fuel expense.

During the second quarter of 2013, the operating ratio was to 101.5, compared to 98.4 during the same period in 2012, and compared to 104.1 during the first quarter of 2013.

As previously disclosed, the Company has entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Duff Brothers Capital Corporation has offered to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of FFE (except shares owned by its affiliates) for $2.10 in cash per share of common stock, representing a 23.5% premium over the closing price on July 12, 2013, the last full trading day before the announcement of the agreement. The transaction was unanimously approved by the Company's Board of Directors and is expected to close by late August or early September 2013.

About FFEX

Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. is one of the leading temperature-controlled truckload and less-than-truckload carriers in the United States with core operations in the transport of temperature-controlled products and perishable goods including food, health care and confectionery products. Service is offered in over-the-road and intermodal modes for temperature-controlled truckload and less-than-truckload, as well as dry truckload on a non-dedicated fleet basis. We also provide bulk tank water transportation, brokerage/logistics and dedicated services to our customers. Additional information about Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. can be found at http://www.ffeinc.com. To join our email alert list, please click on the following link: http://financials.ffex.net/alerts.cfm. The Company's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select market under the symbol FFEX.

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Forward-Looking Statements

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. Forward-looking statements include statements relating to plans, strategies, objectives, expectations, intentions, and adequacy of resources, and may be identified by words such as "will", "could", "should", "believe", "expect", "intend", "plan", "schedule", "estimate", "project", and similar expressions. Those statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and change. Although our management believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will be realized. Should one or more of the risks or uncertainties underlying such expectations not materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those expected. Among the key factors that are not within our management's control and that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements are the decisions by the shareholders to tender shares into the tender offer, the ability for all conditions to closing the tender offer to be satisfied or waived, the outcome of pending shareholder litigation, demand for the Company's services and products, and its ability to meet that demand, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, weather conditions and the general economy, the availability and cost of labor and owner-operators, the ability to negotiate favorably with lenders and lessors, the continued growth of hydraulic fracturing techniques for oil and gas drilling in West Texas, the effects of terrorism and war, the availability and cost of equipment, fuel and supplies, the market for previously-owned equipment, the impact of changes in the tax and regulatory environment in which the Company operates, operational risks and insurance, risks associated with the technologies and systems used and the other risks and uncertainties described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Given the volatility in fuel prices and the impact fuel surcharge revenues have on total operating revenues, we often make reference to total operating revenue excluding fuel surcharges to provide a more consistent basis for comparison of operating revenue without the impact of fluctuating fuel prices. Readers should review and consider these factors along with the various disclosures by the Company in its press releases, stockholder reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not assume, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in the factors affecting the forward-looking information.

Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per-share amounts)
Assets June 30, 2013 December 31, 2012
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 935 $ 2,907
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,067 and $1,565, respectively 44,189 40,069
Tires on equipment in use, net 9,042 8,176
Equipment held for sale 41 832
Other current assets 8,950 7,840
Total current assets 63,157 59,824
Property and equipment, net 49,052 54,680
Deferred income taxes 3,039 3,039
Other assets 4,061 6,096
Total assets $ 119,309 $ 123,639
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $ 29,563 $ 26,178
Insurance and claims accruals 9,137 10,033
Accrued payroll and deferred compensation 3,800 3,951
Accrued liabilities 1,288 1,429
Current maturities of notes payable and capital lease obligations 3,157 3,040
Deferred income taxes 2,727 2,727
Total current liabilities 49,672 47,358
Borrowings under credit facility 26,049 26,215
Long-term notes payable and capital lease obligations 15,254 16,891
Insurance and claims accruals 5,604 4,904
Total liabilities 96,579 95,368
Shareholders' equity
Common stock, $1.50 par value per share; 75,000 shares authorized; 18,572 shares issued 27,858 27,858
Additional paid-in capital 678 1,165
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (76) (79)
Retained earnings 658 6,516
Total common shareholders' equity 29,118 35,460
Treasury stock (972 and 1,026 shares), at cost (6,388) (7,189)
Total shareholders' equity 22,730 28,271
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 119,309 $ 123,639
Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per-share amounts)
Three Months Six Months
Ended June 30, Ended June 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Total operating revenue $ 102,436 $ 95,705 $ 200,267 $ 183,640
Operating expenses
Salaries, wages and related expenses 29,367 28,078 58,374 57,303
Purchased transportation 22,056 16,487 41,702 32,320
Fuel 17,396 19,752 36,345 38,769
Supplies and maintenance 13,768 12,362 26,721 24,766
Revenue equipment rent 11,798 10,302 23,998 20,514
Depreciation 2,728 2,908 5,610 5,967
Communications and utilities 1,099 1,243 2,106 2,176
Claims and insurance 3,793 1,864 7,205 3,769
Operating taxes and licenses 997 1,065 1,957 2,152
Gain on sale of property and equipment (301) (777) (567) (2,537)
Miscellaneous 1,314 864 2,425 2,097
Total operating expenses 104,015 94,148 205,876 187,296
(Loss) income from operations (1,579) 1,557 (5,609) (3,656)
Interest and other (income) expense
Interest expense 543 398 1,169 769
Equity in loss (earnings) of limited partnership -- (97) 10 (332)
Gain on sale of investment in limited partnership -- -- (1,649) --
Other 440 129 626 371
Total interest and other (income) expense 983 430 156 808
(Loss) income before income taxes (2,562) 1,127 (5,765) (4,464)
Income tax expense 41 56 93 114
Net (loss) income $ (2,603) $ 1,071 $ (5,858) $ (4,578)
Net (loss) income per share of common stock
Basic $ (0.14) $ 0.06 $ (0.33) $ (0.26)
Diluted $ (0.14) $ 0.06 $ (0.33) $ (0.26)
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 18,028 17,872 17,976 17,799
Diluted 18,028 17,872 17,976 17,799
The following table summarizes and compares selected statistical data relating to our freight operations for each of the three and six month periods ended June 30:
Three Months Six Months
Truckload 2013 2012 2013 2012
Total linehaul miles (a) 22,057 21,792 45,066 42,342
Loaded miles (a) 19,214 19,185 39,356 37,341
Empty mile ratio (b) 12.9% 12.0% 12.7% 11.8%
Linehaul revenue per total mile (c) $ 1.54 $ 1.51 $ 1.52 $ 1.49
Linehaul revenue per loaded mile (d) $ 1.77 $ 1.72 $ 1.74 $ 1.68
Linehaul shipments (a) 21.9 21.0 43.9 40.6
Loaded miles per shipment (e) 878 913 897 920
Less-than-truckload
Hundredweight (a) 2,358,508 2,179,967 4,559,406 4,183,502
Shipments (a) 80.2 71.7 156.1 138.8
Linehaul revenue per hundredweight (f) $ 15.40 $ 14.29 $ 15.28 $ 14.21
Linehaul revenue per shipment (g) $ 453 $ 434 $ 447 $ 428
Average weight per shipment (h) 2,941 3,040 2,922 3,014
Computational notes:
(a) In thousands.
(b) Total truckload linehaul miles less truckload loaded miles divided by total truckload linehaul miles.
(c) Revenue from truckload linehaul services divided by truckload total linehaul miles.
(d) Revenue from truckload linehaul services divided by truckload loaded miles.
(e) Total truckload loaded miles divided by number of truckload linehaul shipments.
(f) LTL revenue divided by LTL hundredweight.
(g) LTL revenue divided by number of LTL shipments.
(h) LTL hundredweight times one hundred divided by number of LTL shipments.
The following table summarizes and compares the makeup of our fleet between company-provided tractors and tractors provided by owner-operators as of June 30:
2013 2012
Total company tractors available for freight operations 1,281 1,315
Total owner-operator tractors available for freight operations 415 260
Total tractors available for freight operations 1,696 1,575
Total trailers available for freight operations 2,858 2,914

CONTACT: Frozen Food Express Industries, Inc. Russell Stubbs, President and CEO John Hickerson, EVP and COO Steve Stedman, VP and Interim CFO (214) 630-8090 Dave Mossberg, Investor Relations Three Part Advisors, LLC 817 310-0051

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