This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

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, 2013

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., (NASDAQ:JBHT) announced record fourth quarter 2013 net earnings of $92 million, or diluted earnings per share of 77 cents vs. fourth quarter 2012 net earnings of $84 million, or 70 cents per diluted share.

Total operating revenue for the current quarter was $1.47 billion, compared with $1.34 billion for the fourth quarter 2012. Load growth of 13% in Intermodal (JBI) helped drive an 11% increase in segment revenue. Dedicated Contract Services (DCS) segment revenue increased by 17%, primarily from the addition of new customer accounts. Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS) segment revenue increased by 13%, mostly from a higher load count and an increase in revenue per load. Truck (JBT) segment revenue decreased 19%, primarily from an 11% reduction in fleet size compared to a year ago. Current quarter total operating revenue, excluding fuel surcharges, increased 13% vs. the comparable quarter 2012.

Operating income for the current quarter increased to $153.5 million vs. $143.3 million for the fourth quarter 2012. The increase primarily reflects higher revenue on greater load volumes and improved network balance in JBI. These improvements were partially offset by increased costs paid to hire and retain drivers; higher workers’ compensation and accident costs; increased costs to third party carriers, fewer gains on equipment sales and lower truck utilization.

Net earnings rose 9% to $92 million in the current quarter from $84 million in 2012, primarily due to the growth in revenue and a lower cost of borrowing. Compared with the same period 2012, net interest expense in the current quarter was down approximately $500,000 on a higher average debt balance due to a reduction in our average interest rate. The annual and fourth quarter effective tax rates in 2013 were 38.15% and 38.23%. The annual and fourth quarter effective tax rates in 2012 were 38.5% and 39.16%, respectively.

1 of 5

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,712.66 +34.43 0.19%
S&P 500 2,061.02 +4.87 0.24%
NASDAQ 4,891.2190 +27.8570 0.57%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs