NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa, July 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heartland Express, Inc. (Nasdaq:HTLD) announced today financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. For the quarter, net income increased $0.9 million to $19.1 million compared to $18.2 million in the 2012 period, a 5.0% increase. Basic earnings per share increased 9.5% to $0.23 from $0.21 reported in the second quarter of 2012. For the six months ended June 30, 2013 net income increased $4.1 million to $38.9 million compared to $34.8 million for the same period of 2012, an 11.7% increase. Basic earnings per share increased 15.0% to $0.46 from $0.40 reported in the six months ended June 30, 2012.
Operating revenues for the quarter decreased to $134.0 million from $139.7 million in the second quarter 2012. Operating revenues were negatively impacted by lower fuel surcharge revenues which were $27.3 million for the quarter, a 6.7% decline from $29.2 million in the same period of 2012. Operating revenues for the six month period ended June 30, 2013 decreased to $268.3 million from $274.5 million in the 2012 period. Operating revenues were negatively impacted by lower fuel surcharge revenues which were $55.2 million, a 3.5% decline from $57.3 million in the six month period ended June 30, 2012. Operating income for the three and six month periods was positively impacted by $5.1 million and $12.1 million, respectively, of increases in gains on disposal of property and equipment as the Company continues its fleet upgrade program.
For the quarter, Heartland Express, Inc. (the "Company") posted an operating ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of operating revenues) of 78.1% and a 14.3% net margin (net income as a percentage of operating revenues) compared to 80.9% and 13.0%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2012. The Company posted an operating ratio of 77.8% and a 14.5% net margin for the six month period ended June 30, 2013 compared to an 81.6% operating ratio and a 12.7% net margin for the same period of 2012.
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