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Pacer International Reports Fourth Quarter Results

Pacer International, Inc. (Nasdaq: PACR), the asset-light North American freight transportation and logistics services provider, today reported financial results for the three-month period and the year ended December 31, 2012.


  • Income from operations increased 9.0%, excluding the impact of realignment expense of $0.8 million and $0.3 million in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Intermodal income from operations increased $2.3 million and logistics income from operations decreased $1.4 million;
  • Earnings per share improved by $0.03 to $0.06 in 2012. Excluding the effect of the 2012 realignment expense of $0.02 per share, earnings per share was $0.08 in 2012;
  • Intermodal revenues improved by $7.2 million or 2.5% while logistics revenues declined by 16.1% to $57.3 million. Total revenues decreased by 1.7% to $351.9 million;
  • Intermodal gross margin improved by $2.7 million and logistics gross margin declined by $2.5 million. Total gross margin percentage increased by 20 basis points;
  • Net income increased $1.1 million to $2.2 million;
  • Cash provided by operating activities increased by $2.9 million or 40.8%, from $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $10.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

(In millions, except for per share data)

          2012       2011
Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4 Q4
Revenue $ 345.9 $ 368.3 $ 348.9 $ 351.9 $ 358.0
Gross margin $ 31.9 $ 32.4 $ 31.7 $ 35.9 $ 35.7
Gross margin % 9.2 % 8.8 % 9.1 % 10.2 % 10.0 %
SG&A $ 31.9 $ 29.9 $ 29.6 $ 32.0 $ 31.5
Income from operations 2.5 2.3 4.1 4.2
Net income (loss) (0.3 ) 1.3 1.1 2.2 1.1
Earnings (loss) per share $ (0.01 ) $ 0.04 $ 0.03 $ 0.06 $ 0.03

“The quarter was much improved from the previous three as we were focused on improving under-performing traffic corridors and reducing controllable costs to help offset rising external purchased transportation costs. We are also excited about the new opportunities created by our new cross border auto agreement with the Union Pacific. We will pursue automotive parts shipments as a retail provider of door-to-door intermodal services and continue the development of our east-west intermodal business to grow our intermodal segment,” said Daniel W. Avramovich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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