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J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Reports Record Revenues, Record Net Earnings And Record Earnings Per Share For Both The Fourth Quarter And Year Ended December 31, 2012

Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS)

  • Fourth Quarter 2012 Segment Revenue: $129 million; up 30%
  • Fourth Quarter 2012 Operating Income: $4.6 million; up 13%

ICS revenue increased 30% in the current quarter vs. the fourth quarter 2011 mostly due to a 47% increase in load volume. Volumes grew faster than revenue primarily due to a change in freight mix driven by customer demand. Both contractual and transactional business realized volume increases, however contractual business continues to grow at a faster pace. Contractual business comprised approximately 67% of the total load volume in the current quarter vs. 59% a year ago.

Operating income increased 13% over the same period in 2011. Fourth quarter 2011 results include an approximate $0.2 million expense for severance and charitable commitments. Gross profit margin increased slightly to 14.1% in the current period from 13.9% last year. Positive results from increased and steady load growth at higher margins and improved productivity of a more experienced workforce were partially offset with cost increases for additional headcount, branch network expansion and a single large claim settlement. ICS’s carrier base increased 12% and the employee count increased 18% from a year ago.

Truck (JBT)

  • Fourth quarter 2012 Segment Revenue: $113 million; down 12%
  • Fourth quarter 2012 Operating Income: $ 5.2 million; down 27%

JBT revenue for the current quarter decreased 12% from the same period in 2011 on an approximate 19% reduction in fleet size. Revenue, excluding fuel surcharges, decreased 12% from the comparable 2011 period. Rates per mile, excluding fuel surcharges, increased 8.9% overall due largely to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts during the quarter. Rates from consistent shippers improved 1.6% from a year ago. At the end of the period, JBT’s tractor count was 2,093 compared to 2,585 in the fourth quarter 2011.

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