Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (NYSE: RRTS), a leading asset-light transportation and logistics service provider, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. Highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2014 are as follows:
  • Revenues increased 28.0% to $489.0 million;
  • Operating income increased 39.3% to $26.8 million;
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA") increased 40.4% to $33.7 million;
  • Net income available to common stockholders increased 30.6% to $13.6 million; and
  • Diluted earnings per share available to common stockholders increased 29.6% to $0.35.

Roadrunner's summary financial results for the three months ended March 31 are illustrated below.
    Three Months Ended
(In thousands, except per share data) March 31,
2015     2014
Revenues $ 488,970   $ 382,031
Purchased transportation costs $ 328,491 $ 264,019
Depreciation and amortization 6,877 4,743
Other operating expenses 126,800 93,651
Acquisition transaction expenses   379
Operating income $ 26,802   $ 19,239
Net income available to common stockholders $ 13,604 $ 10,414
Weighted average diluted common stock outstanding 39,341 39,183
Diluted earnings per share available to common stockholders $ 0.35 $ 0.27

Roadrunner's EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, of $33.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 represented an increase of 40.4% from EBITDA of $24.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. For more information about EBITDA, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA is provided below:
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
2015     2014
(In thousands)
Net income $ 13,604 $ 10,414
Plus: Provision for income taxes 8,589 6,575
Plus: Interest expense 4,609 2,250
Plus: Depreciation and amortization 6,877   4,743
EBITDA $ 33,679   $ 23,982
 

2015 First Quarter Results

In discussing the company's first quarter performance, Mark DiBlasi, President and CEO of Roadrunner, said,

"We were very pleased with our first quarter 2015 performance, especially in the rebound of our LTL business segment. Due to the extensive operational and pricing initiatives implemented in the fourth quarter of 2014 and into the first quarter of 2015, our LTL operating ratio improved 460 basis points sequentially from 98.0 in the fourth quarter of 2014, and improved 160 basis points year over year from 95.0 in the first quarter of 2014 to 93.4 in the first quarter of 2015. Although our LTL revenues decreased by $3.4 million, or 2.5%, from the first quarter of 2014, our LTL segment operating income increased 28.4% from $6.7 million in the first quarter of 2014 to $8.7 million in the first quarter of 2015. LTL revenues were impacted by a drop in fuel prices that resulted in a 28.7% decrease in fuel surcharge revenue and an 8.0% reduction in tonnage primarily due to changes in freight mix. These items were partially offset by a 13.0% increase in revenue per hundredweight excluding fuel from the prior year first quarter due to improved pricing and positive freight mix changes as a result of our pricing initiatives. We expect these operational and pricing initiatives to continue throughout 2015 and favorably impact our 2015 LTL operating performance.

"TL revenues grew by $88.3 million, or 45.5%, during the first quarter of 2015 from the prior year first quarter. Despite the negative impact of weather and the West Coast port congestion that affected many of our TL business units, operating income increased 32.9% from $12.0 million in the first quarter of 2014 to $15.9 million in the first quarter of 2015. Normally, our air and ground expedited operations serve as a positive hedge for weather-related issues; however, the timing and location of severe weather conditions in the first quarter of 2015 did not benefit our air and ground expedited results as compared to prior periods.

"TMS revenues grew by $25.4 million, or 44.9%, during the first quarter of 2015 from the prior year first quarter, primarily as a result of our acquisition of Unitrans and organic revenue growth. The positive impact of the Unitrans acquisition and organic revenue growth led to a 67.8% increase in TMS operating income quarter-over-quarter.

"For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, consolidated revenue increased 28.0% to $489.0 million from $382.0 million in first quarter of 2014. This revenue growth was a combination of both organic and acquisition-related growth, offset partially by weather and a decrease in our fuel surcharge revenue. Our operating income increased 39.3% to $26.8 million in the first quarter of 2015 from $19.2 million in the first quarter of 2014. Our EBITDA increased 40.4% to $33.7 million in the first quarter of 2015 from $24.0 million in the first quarter of 2014. Net income available to common stockholders increased 30.6% to $13.6 million in the first quarter of 2015 from $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2014. Our diluted earnings per share available to common stockholders increased 29.6% to $0.35 in the first quarter of 2015 from $0.27 in the first quarter of 2014."

Second Quarter 2015 Guidance

Commenting on guidance for the second quarter of 2015, Peter Armbruster CFO of Roadrunner, said, "We anticipate our revenues for the second quarter of 2015 to be in the range of $520 million to $545 million, representing an increase of 13% to 18% from the second quarter of 2014. We expect diluted earnings per share available to common stockholders to be between $0.43 and $0.46, compared with diluted earnings per share available to common stockholders of $0.38 in the prior year quarter."

First Quarter 2015 Segment Information

Roadrunner has three operating segments: truckload logistics (TL), less-than-truckload (LTL), and transportation management solutions (TMS). The following highlights exclude intercompany eliminations and corporate expenses.

TL revenues increased 45.5% to $282.2 million for the first quarter of 2015 from $193.9 million for the first quarter of 2014. The improvement was primarily due to the acquisitions of Rich Logistics, ISI and Active Aero, increased load growth, and increased utilization of Roadrunner's TL brokerage agent network. TL operating income was $15.9 million, or 5.6% of TL revenues, for the first quarter of 2015 compared with $12.0 million, or 6.2% of TL revenues, for the first quarter of 2014.

LTL revenues decreased 2.5% to $131.6 million for the first quarter of 2015 from $135.0 million for the first quarter of 2014. LTL operating income was $8.7 million, or 6.6% of LTL revenues, for the first quarter of 2015 compared with $6.7 million, or 5.0% of LTL revenues, for the first quarter of 2014.

Summary LTL operating statistics for the three months ended March 31 are shown below.
    Three Months Ended March 31
 
2015     2014     % Change
Operating ratio 93.4 95.0
Tonnage (in thousands of tons) 349.9 380.5 (8.0

)%
Shipments (in thousands) 588.6 582.2 1.1 %
Revenue per hundredweight (incl. fuel) $ 19.03 $ 17.85 6.6 %
Revenue per hundredweight (excl. fuel) $ 16.55 $ 14.64 13.0 %
Weight per shipment (lbs.) 1,189 1,307 (9.0 %)
Linehaul cost per mile (excl. fuel) $ 1.25 $ 1.26 0.8 %

Note: Other than operating ratio, the statistics above do not include (i) adjustments for undelivered freight required for financial statement purposes in accordance with Roadrunner's revenue recognition policy; and (ii) non-LTL related business captured within the LTL segment.

TMS revenues increased 44.9% to $82.0 million for the first quarter of 2015 from $56.6 million for the first quarter of 2014. The improvement in revenue was primarily due to the acquisition of Unitrans, which contributed incremental TMS revenues of $19.2 million during the first quarter of 2015, and organic revenue growth. TMS operating income was $5.8 million, or 7.1% of TMS revenues, for the first quarter of 2015 compared with $3.5 million, or 6.1% of TMS revenues, for the first quarter of 2014.

Conference Call

A conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the conference call, please dial 877-703-6107 (U.S.) or 857-244-7306 (International) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Callers will be prompted for passcode 44892607. The conference call will also be available via live webcast under the Investor Relations section of Roadrunner's website, www.rrts.com.

If you are unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available through Wednesday, May 6, 2015, and can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 (U.S.) or 617-801-6888 (International). Callers will be prompted for passcode 95583828. An archived version of the webcast will also be available under the Investor Relations section of Roadrunner's website, www.rrts.com.

About Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.

Roadrunner is a leading asset-light transportation and logistics service provider offering a full suite of solutions, including customized and expedited less-than-truckload, truckload logistics, transportation management solutions, intermodal solutions, freight consolidation, inventory management, on demand expedited services, international freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and comprehensive global supply chain solutions. For more information, please visit Roadrunner's website, www.rrts.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that relate to future events or performance, including statements regarding Roadrunner's expectations that its operational and pricing initiatives will continue throughout 2015 and will favorably impact its 2015 LTL operating performance; and Roadrunner's expected revenues, diluted earnings per share available to common stockholders, and weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the second quarter of 2015. These statements reflect Roadrunner's current expectations, and Roadrunner does not undertake to update or revise these forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied in this or other company statements will not be realized. Furthermore, readers are cautioned that these statements involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Roadrunner's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to one or more significant claims and the cost of maintaining insurance, including increased premiums and insurance in excess of prior experience levels; the cost of compliance with, liability for violations of, or modifications to existing or future governmental regulations; the effect of environmental regulations; a decrease in the levels of capacity in the over-the-road freight sector; Roadrunner's ability to execute its acquisition strategy and to integrate acquired companies; Roadrunner's international operations; Roadrunner's indebtedness and compliance with the covenants in its senior credit facility; the unpredictability of and potential fluctuation in the price and availability of fuel; the economic environment; competition in the transportation industry; Roadrunner's reliance on independent contractors to provide transportation services to its customers; and other "Risk Factors" set forth in Roadrunner's most recent SEC filings.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Our reported results include EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure. We use EBITDA as a supplemental measure in evaluating our operating performance and when determining executive incentive compensation. We believe EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating our performance compared to other companies in our industry because it assists in analyzing and benchmarking the performance and value of a business. The calculation of EBITDA eliminates the effects of financing, income taxes, and the accounting effects of capital spending. These items may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to the overall operating performance of a company's business. EBITDA is not a financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP. Although our management uses EBITDA as a financial measure to assess the performance of our business compared to that of others in our industry, EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
  • EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures, or contractual commitments;
  • EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, EBITDA should not be considered a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our results of operations under GAAP.
 
ROADRUNNER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
2015     2014
Revenues $ 488,970 $ 382,031
Operating expenses:
Purchased transportation costs 328,491 264,019
Personnel and related benefits 62,055 42,932
Other operating expenses 64,745 50,719
Depreciation and amortization 6,877 4,743
Acquisition transaction expenses   379
Total operating expenses 462,168   362,792
Operating income 26,802 19,239
Interest expense 4,609   2,250
Income before provision for income taxes 22,193 16,989
Provision for income taxes 8,589   6,575
Net income available to common stockholders $ 13,604   $ 10,414
Earnings per share available to common stockholders:
Basic $ 0.36   $ 0.28
Diluted $ 0.35   $ 0.27
Weighted average common stock outstanding:
Basic 38,011   37,689
Diluted 39,341   39,183
 
 
ROADRUNNER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)

(In thousands)
 
    March 31,     December 31,
2015 2014
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,984 $ 11,345
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $4,493 and $4,209, respectively 287,625 284,379
Deferred income taxes 7,737 8,607
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 46,576   46,658
Total current assets 353,922   350,989
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $51,458 and $47,629, respectively 156,956 146,850
Other assets:
Goodwill and intangible assets, net 747,539 749,530
Other noncurrent assets 11,334   10,451
Total other assets 758,873   759,981
Total assets $ 1,269,751   $ 1,257,820
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' INVESTMENT
Current liabilities:
Current maturities of long-term debt $ 10,000 $ 10,000
Accounts payable 107,451 118,743
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 48,670   42,352
Total current liabilities 166,121   171,095
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 423,500 420,000
Other long-term liabilities 104,805   107,950
Total liabilities 694,426   699,045
Stockholders' investment:
Common stock $.01 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 38,147 and 37,925 shares issued and outstanding 381 379
Additional paid-in capital 393,669 390,725
Retained earnings 181,275   167,671
Total stockholders' investment 575,325   558,775
Total liabilities and stockholders' investment $ 1,269,751   $ 1,257,820
 

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