Knight Transportation Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual 2012 Revenue and Earnings

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Knight Transportation Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual 2012 Revenue and Earnings

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Knight Transportation, Inc. , one of North America's largest and most diversified truckload transportation companies, today reported revenue and net income for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Key financial highlights for the fourth quarter and year were as follows:

   Three Months Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

   Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 
2012  2011  % Change2012  2011  % Change
Total revenue$242,303$224,1008.1%$936,036$866,1998.1%
GAAP operating income$28,564$29,235-2.3%$108,267$100,0218.2%
Adjusted operating income(1)NANANA$112,248$100,02112.2%
GAAP net income$17,698$17,4691.3%$64,117$60,2486.4%
Adjusted net income(1)NANANA$68,011$60,24812.9%
GAAP earning per diluted share$0.22$0.221.0%$0.80$0.748.9%
Adjusted earnings per diluted share(1)NANANA$0.85$0.7415.5%
 
(1) See GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation schedule

The company previously announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share and a special cash dividend of $0.50 to shareholders of record on December 7, 2012, both of which were paid on December 28, 2012.

During the fourth quarter of 2012 we were successful in growing revenue in all parts of our business. Consolidated revenue grew 8.1% for the fourth quarter when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The environment in both 2012 and 2011 were similar in terms of growth. The economic environment continued in the lukewarm fashion we have become accustomed to. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees, we were able to produce what we believe to be truckload industry leading revenue growth of 8.1% for the year, which led to 12.2% adjusted operating income growth and 15.5% adjusted earnings per diluted share growth.

The following chart reflects the year-over-year operating ratio comparison and revenue growth for our asset based businesses and our non-asset based businesses for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012 and 2011.

   Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
Operating ratios(2)  

Revenue
growth

Operating ratios(2)  

Revenue
growth

2012  2011 2012  2011 
Asset based83.8%82.7%5.7%83.6%84.6%6.6%
Non-asset based94.1%91.7%30.0%94.7%93.7%22.2%
 
Consolidated85.4%83.8%8.1%85.1%85.7%8.1%
 

(2) Operating ratio is defined as total operating expenses, net of trucking fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue before trucking fuel surcharge.

We continue to provide our customers with the truckload services their supply chains rely on. Our investment in providing multiple solutions that are executed with a high level of efficiency and effectiveness has led to, and will continue to lead to, additional revenue opportunities.

The DOE national average diesel fuel price increased 3.8% when compared to the fourth quarter last year. We continue our work towards cost effective, industry leading fuel economy while at the same time meaningfully contributing to environmental improvements.

The driver market remains challenging, yet we are succeeding in attracting and retaining high performing driving associates. We continue to benefit by leveraging our model and the advantages it provides us with our driving associates. As a result, our driver turnover has trended favorably and is well below what we understand to be the industry average.

In July of 2012, Congress passed a bill which included a requirement that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issue a rule mandating that all motor carriers engaged in interstate commerce must use electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to monitor compliance with hours-of-service regulations. All trucking companies will be required to adopt EOBRs by no later than July 2015. Our entire tractor fleet has been fully equipped with EOBRs for over two years. We believe this mandate will allow the carriers that have already adopted EOBRs to be more competitive in recruiting and retaining driving associates.

Our average tractor count for the quarter increased 5.4%. We invested $34.9 million of net capital expenditures in the fourth quarter, as our tractor fleet remains one of the most modern fleets in the industry with an average age of 1.9 years. Included in the fourth quarter net capital expenditures is a real estate investment in a property in Phoenix, Arizona that will serve as our headquarters. Our gain on sale decreased from $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, as the used equipment market was less robust.

We have returned $155.2 million to our shareholders in the form of quarterly dividends and stock repurchases over the twenty-four-month period ending December 31, 2012. We ended the quarter with $5.7 million of cash, $80.0 million of borrowing under our unsecured revolving credit agreement, and $490.2 million of shareholders' equity.

The company will hold a conference call on January 30, 2013, at 4:30 PM EST, to further discuss its results of operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. The dial in number for this conference call is 1-855-733-9163. Slides to accompany this call will be posted on the company's website and will be available to download prior to the scheduled conference time. To view the presentation, please visit http://investor.knighttrans.com/events, ''Fourth Quarter 2012 Conference Call Presentation.''

Knight Transportation, Inc. is a provider of multiple truckload transportation services using a nationwide network of service centers in the U.S. to serve customers throughout North America. In addition to operating one of the country's largest tractor fleets, Knight also partners with third-party equipment providers to provide a broad range of truckload services to its customers while creating quality driving jobs for our driving associates and successful business opportunities for owner-operators.

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INCOME STATEMENT DATA:   Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
    

2012

2011

2012

2011

REVENUE:
Revenue, before fuel surcharge$195,164$181,001$752,151$697,286
Fuel surcharge 47,139    43,099  183,885    168,913 
TOTAL REVENUE 242,303    224,100  936,036    866,199 
 
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Salaries, wages and benefits60,04656,467238,266218,686
Fuel expense - gross56,78156,968230,178226,471
Operations and maintenance16,95413,40161,87553,714
Insurance and claims8,4297,04432,13830,072
Operating taxes and licenses4,1803,97316,18415,212
Communications1,2991,4375,1725,534
Depreciation and amortization21,92519,89185,05675,832
Purchased transportation41,00833,600148,022129,143
Miscellaneous operating expenses 3,117    2,084  10,878    11,514 
 213,739    194,865  827,769    766,178 
Income From Operations 28,564    29,235  108,267    100,021 
 
Interest income1001314171,068
Interest expense(100)(131)(457)(180)
Other income 1,120    271  1,550    279 
Income before income taxes29,68429,506109,777101,188
INCOME TAXES 11,620    11,800  45,014    40,480 
Net Income18,06417,70664,76360,708
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (366)   (237) (646)   (460)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO KNIGHT TRANSPORTATION$17,698   $17,469 $64,117   $60,248 
Net Income Per Share
- Basic$0.22$0.22$0.80$0.74
- Diluted$0.22$0.22$0.80$0.74
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
- Basic79,74679,37879,67381,439
- Diluted79,98779,70680,00081,872
 
BALANCE SHEET DATA:

12/31/12

12/31/11

ASSETS(Unaudited, in thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents$5,684$9,584
Accounts receivable, net102,553101,319
Notes receivable, net7911,034
Related party notes and interest receivable2,8142,868
Prepaid expenses17,03510,131
Assets held for sale18,36219,416
Other current assets12,4499,605
Income tax receivable-3,821
Current deferred tax asset 3,409    2,319 
Total Current Assets163,097160,097
 
Property and equipment, net584,064547,033
Notes receivable, long-term3,6923,987
Goodwill10,27610,295
Other assets and restricted cash 21,383    16,171