Expeditors Reports Third Quarter 2012 EPS of $.42 Per Share1

Expeditors Reports Third Quarter 2012 EPS of $.42 Per Share1

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NAS: EXPD) today announced net earnings attributable to shareholders of $88,490,000 for the third quarter of 2012, as compared with $106,604,000 for the same quarter of 2011, a decrease of (17)%. Net revenues for the third quarter of 2012 decreased (6)% to $465,138,000 as compared with $493,846,000 reported for the third quarter of 2011. Total revenues and operating income were $1,531,664,000and $145,099,000in the third quarter of 2012, as compared with $1,606,368,000 and $163,758,000 for the same quarter of 2011, decreases of (5)% and (11)%, respectively. Diluted net earnings attributable to shareholders per share for the third quarter were $.42, as compared with $.50 for the same quarter in 2011, a decrease of (16)%.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net earnings attributable to shareholders was $249,152,000, as compared with $292,836,000 in 2011, a decrease of (15)%. Net revenues for the nine months decreased to $1,365,360,000 from $1,420,322,000 for 2011, down (4)%. Total revenues and operating income for the nine months were $4,447,986,000 and $402,773,000 in 2012, as compared with $4,648,584,000 and $463,263,000 for the same period in 2011, decreases of (4)% and (13)%, respectively. Diluted net earnings attributable to shareholders per share for the first three quarters of 2012 were $1.17, as compared with $1.36 for the same period of 2011, a decrease of (14)%.


"Amidst the myriad of challenges we've faced this year it was not only satisfying but a very significant achievement to our productivity and cost management objectives to see our operating margin2 once again above 30%," said Peter J. Rose, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "During our 30+ year operating history, we have never had the kinds of convergence of industry challenges, in both our customers and service providers' industries, than we have experienced this year. Financially struggling air and ocean carriers, airfreight markets adapting to smaller, lighter, more powerful smart phones and mobile tablets versus heavier PCs, lackluster consumer and business demand and global economic uncertainty have all combined to create a very uniquely challenging business environment. In spite of all this, we have executed efficiently and intelligently by maintaining both our uncompromising customer service standards and a long-term focus on our investments in our people and our systems. In addition to having the best people, we have loyal customers and very capable and dependable service providers, all of whom are integral to our success. For us, there is much more to feel good about than there is to fret about. We're not about to let short-term challenges become long-term obstacles," Rose continued.

"Years come and years go, and, like 2009, we'll be glad to see this one end. We remain confident, however, in our ability to weather the economic storms, keep our culture intact, remain profitable and continue to build market share that contributes, rather than detracts from the financial stability that our balance sheet shows we've constructed over the years. It is as strong and as liquid as it has ever been. We don't make public predictions, but we do believe people should pay more attention when we express concerns over economic uncertainty. Finally, on the subject of storms and best people, we'd be completely remiss not to mention our U.S. Northeast Region, particularly our people in the New York and New Jersey offices, who just bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully all were safe, however some lost homes, many lost cars and still more had significant property damage and remain without power. Despite that, even while assisting family, friends and neighbors, as much as the law and public safety allowed, they were also finding solutions to our customers' logistics challenges. Our New York office, which was in the mandatory evacuation zone, was operational as soon as the evacuation order was lifted. Our network has shown an outpouring of help and assistance that is the embodiment of everything we consider sacrosanct to our Expeditors family values. The example our people exhibit says more about our culture, about who we are and about our enduring potential as a Company than one can put into all of the 113 quarterly earnings releases we've issued over the years. It taught us a whole new meaning for our motto, 'You'd be surprised how far we'll go for you!' We couldn't be more proud," Rose concluded.

Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The company employs trained professionals in 189 full-service offices and 64 satellite locations located on six continents linked into a seamless worldwide network through an integrated information management system. Services include air and ocean freight forwarding, vendor consolidation, customs clearance, marine insurance, distribution, domestic time definite services and other value added international logistics services.

1 Diluted earnings attributable to shareholders per share.

2 Operating income divided by net revenues.

NOTE: See Disclaimer on Forward-Looking Statements on the following page of this release.

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

Third Quarter 2012 Earnings Release, November 6, 2012

Financial Highlights for the Three and Nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 (Unaudited)

(in 000's of US dollars except share data)

Three months ended

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

2012

2011

%

2012

2011

%

Revenues

$

1,531,664

$

1,606,368

(5

)%

$

4,447,986

$

4,648,584

(4

)%

Net revenues

$

465,138

$

493,846

(6

)%

$

1,365,360

$

1,420,322

(4

)%

Operating income

$

145,099

$

163,758

(11

)%

$

402,773

$

463,263

(13

)%

Net earnings attributable to shareholders

$

88,490

$

106,604

(17

)%

$

249,152

$

292,836

(15

)%

Diluted earnings attributable to shareholders

$

.42

$

.50

(16

)%

$

1.17

$

1.36

(14

)%

Basic earnings attributable to shareholders

$

.42

$

.50

(16

)%

$

1.18

$

1.38

(14

)%

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

211,397,602

214,717,451

212,916,309

215,376,675

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

210,135,763

212,256,119

211,314,850

212,160,994

Employee headcount as of September 30,

2012

2011

North America

4,786

4,631

Asia Pacific

3,936

4,094

Europe and Africa

2,336

2,227

Middle East

1,249

1,233

South America

683

631

Information Systems

603

552

Corporate

241

215

Total

13,834

13,583

Year-over-year percentage decrease in:

Airfreight kilos

Ocean freight FEU

2012

July

(19)%

(3)%

August

(7)%

(6)%

September

(2)%

(2)%

Quarter

(9)%

(4)%

During the third quarter of 2012, the Company opened four full service offices: (1) Copenhagen, Denmark; (2) Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; (3) Luxembourg, Luxembourg; and (4) Hannover, Germany (formerly a satellite office). The Company opened one satellite office in Le Havre, France and closed one satellite office in Kristiansand, Norway.

Investors may submit written questions via e-mail to:investor@expeditors.com. Questions received by the end of business on November 9, 2012 will be considered in management's 8-K "Responses to Selected Questions" expected to be filed on or about November 30, 2012.

Disclaimer on Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain portions of this release contain forward-looking statements which are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including comments on uncertain global economy and industry challenges, lackluster consumer and business demand, ability to maintain or increase operating margin and ability to remain profitable and continue to build market share. Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those projected in any forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, our ability to maintain consistent and stable operating results, future success of our business model, ability to perpetuate profits, changes in customer demand for Expeditors' services caused by a general economic slow-down, customers' inventory build-up, decreased consumer confidence, volatility in equity markets, energy prices, political changes, regulatory actions or changes or the unpredictable acts of competitors and other risks, risk factors and uncertainties detailed in our Annual Report as updated by our reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHINGTON, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

September 30,

December 31,

2012

2011

Assets

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,367,642

$

1,294,356

Accounts receivable, net

1,015,350

934,752

Deferred Federal and state income taxes

10,955

10,415

Other current assets

46,048

47,360

Total current assets

2,439,995

2,286,883

Property and equipment, net

551,610

538,806

Goodwill and other intangibles, net

9,774

10,557

Other assets, net

30,808

30,581

$

3,032,187

$

2,866,827

Liabilities and Equity

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

667,395

606,628

Accrued expenses, primarily salaries and related costs

174,862

169,445

Federal, state and foreign income taxes

23,943

20,072

Total current liabilities

866,200

796,145

Deferred Federal and state income taxes

70,288

60,613

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders' Equity:

Preferred stock; none issued

Common stock, par value $.01 per share; issued and outstanding 208,950,205 shares at September 30, 2012 and 212,003,662 shares at December 31, 2011

2,090

2,120

Additional paid-in capital

118

13,260

Retained earnings

2,082,542

1,991,222

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

5,267

(2,964

)

Total shareholders' equity

2,090,017

2,003,638

Noncontrolling interest

5,682

6,431

Total equity

2,095,699

2,010,069

$

3,032,187

$

2,866,827

EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHINGTON, INC.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(In thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Revenues:

Airfreight services

$

622,678

$

736,946

$

1,900,131

$

2,187,730

Ocean freight and ocean services

549,250

510,521

1,502,584

1,437,493

Customs brokerage and other services

359,736

358,901

1,045,271

1,023,361

Total revenues

1,531,664

1,606,368

4,447,986

4,648,584

Operating Expenses:

Airfreight consolidation

471,947

558,047

1,437,301

1,658,963

Ocean freight consolidation

432,518

392,249

1,177,919

1,109,603

Customs brokerage and other services

162,061

162,226

467,406

459,696

Salaries and related costs

252,899

258,512

748,956

745,441

Rent and occupancy costs

21,304

21,352

63,333

64,087

Depreciation and amortization

10,030

9,199

29,245

27,630

Selling and promotion

7,847

9,342

25,370

28,527

Other

27,959

31,683

95,683

91,374

Total operating expenses

1,386,565

1,442,610

4,045,213

4,185,321

Operating income

145,099

163,758

402,773

463,263

Interest income

2,831

2,888

9,241

7,520

Interest expense

(182

)

(279