JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Feb. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAIA), a leading transportation provider offering multi-regional less-than-truckload (LTL), non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services, today reported fourth quarter and year-end 2017 financial results.

Fourth quarter 2017 diluted earnings per share of $1.82 compares to $0.40 in the fourth quarter of 2016.  For the full year 2017, our diluted earnings per share were $3.49 versus $1.87 in 2016.  During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company recorded a reduction in deferred income tax liability that was required as a result of the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Excluding this reduction, diluted earnings per share were $0.53 for the fourth quarter and $2.19 per share for 2017. 1

Highlights from our fourth quarter and full year operating results were as follows:

Fourth Quarter 2017 Compared to Fourth Quarter 2016 Results
  • Revenues were $353 million, a 17.7% increase
  • Operating income was $22.9 million, a 33.2% increase
  • Operating ratio improved by 80 basis points to 93.5
  • LTL shipments per workday increased 8.7%
  • LTL tonnage per workday increased 8.3%
  • LTL revenue per hundredweight increased 8.7%

2017 Results Compared to 2016 Results
  • Record revenues of $1.4 billion compares to $1.2 billion
  • Operating income was $94.7 million, a 19.7% increase
  • Operating ratio of 93.1 compares to 93.5
  • LTL shipments per workday increased 5.6%
  • LTL tonnage per workday increased 5.2%
  • LTL revenue per hundredweight increased 8.0%

"Fourth quarter results reflect not only significant growth from our expansion into new markets this past year, but are also indicative of continuing strong freight activity and disciplined pricing.  The two terminals we opened in the fourth quarter bring the 2017 total openings in new markets to six or approximately 4% terminal growth," said Saia President and Chief Executive Officer, Rick O'Dell.  "Customers have been very responsive to our offering of an expanded service area and freight in and out of new markets in the Northeast in December accounted for 6.8% of daily LTL revenue," O'Dell continued.

"Our revenue run rate in the Northeast has exceeded our expectations.  We believe both existing and new customers value our broader direct LTL shipping coverage and that this provides a potential future growth opportunity.  We also believe customers value the 98% on-time service standard and .73% cargo claims ratio that we achieved in the fourth quarter.  Our LTL yield increased by 8.7% in the quarter, marking our 30 th consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement," stated O'Dell.

"In 2018 we plan to open terminals in 4-6 new markets, as we continue to execute on our plan to provide 48-state coverage for our customers over the next few years," concluded O'Dell. 

Financial Position and Capital ExpendituresTotal debt was $132.9 million at December 31, 2017 and inclusive of the cash on-hand, net debt to total capital was 18.0%.  This compares to total debt of $73.8 million and net debt to total capital of 13.0% at December 31, 2016.

Net capital expenditures in 2017 were $217.0 million including equipment acquired with capital leases.  This compares to $152.4 million in net capital expenditures in 2016.  In 2018, we anticipate net capital expenditures of approximately $265 million.

Conference CallManagement will hold a conference call to discuss quarterly results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 800-239-9838 or 323-794-2551 referencing conference ID #5145633.  Callers should dial in five to ten minutes in advance of the conference call.  This call will be webcast live via the Company web site at www.saiacorp.com.  A replay of the call will be offered two hours after the completion of the call through March 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The replay will be available by dialing 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAIA) offers customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services.  With headquarters in Georgia, Saia LTL Freight operates 154 terminals in 40 states.  For more information on Saia, Inc. visit the Investor Relations section at www.saiacorp.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThe Securities and Exchange Commission encourages companies to disclose forward-looking information so that investors can better understand the future prospects of a company and make informed investment decisions. This news release contains these types of statements, which are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "believe," "should" and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect the present expectation of future events of our management as of the date of this news release and are subject to a number of important factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements. These factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, (1) general economic conditions including downturns in the business cycle; (2) effectiveness of Company-specific performance improvement initiatives, including management of the cost structure to match shifts in customer volume levels; (3) the creditworthiness of our customers and their ability to pay for services; (4) failure to achieve acquisition synergies; (5) failure to operate and grow acquired businesses in a manner that supports the value allocated to these acquired businesses, including their goodwill; (6) economic declines in the geographic regions or industries in which our customers operate; (7) competitive initiatives and pricing pressures, including in connection with fuel surcharge; (8) loss of significant customers; (9) the Company's need for capital and uncertainty of the credit markets; (10) the possibility of defaults under the Company's debt agreements (including violation of financial covenants); (11) possible issuance of equity which would dilute stock ownership; (12) integration risks; (13) the effect of litigation including class action lawsuits; (14) cost and availability of qualified drivers, fuel, purchased transportation, real property, revenue equipment and other assets; (15) governmental regulations, including but not limited to Hours of Service, engine emissions, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative, compliance with legislation requiring companies to evaluate their internal control over financial reporting, Homeland Security, environmental regulations and the Food and Drug Administration; (16) changes in interpretation of accounting principles; (17) dependence on key employees; (18) inclement weather; (19) labor relations, including the adverse impact should a portion of the Company's workforce become unionized; (20) terrorism risks; (21) self-insurance claims and other expense volatility; (22) cost and availability of insurance coverage; (23) increased costs of healthcare and prescription drugs, including as a result of healthcare reform legislation; (24) social media risks; (25) cyber security risk;  (26) failure to successfully execute the strategy to expand the Company's service geography into the Northeastern United States; and (27) other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC filings.  In addition, information regarding the impact of the Tax Act is a preliminary estimate.  This estimate is a forward-looking statement and is subject to change, possibly materially, as the Company completes its financial statements.  Information regarding the impact of the Tax Act is based on the Company's current calculations, as well as the Company's current interpretations, assumptions and expectations relating to the Tax Act, which are subject to further guidance and change.  As a result of these and other factors, no assurance can be given as to our future results and achievements.  A forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances and those future events or circumstances may not occur.

FOOTNOTE

1 Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure and Reconciliation:The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act") was enacted on December 22, 2017 and lowers U.S. corporate income tax rates as of January 1, 2018, among other changes.  The estimated impact of the Tax Act was a reduction of deferred income tax liability due to the effects of the remeasurement of deferred tax assets at lower enacted corporate tax rates.  Management believes that presenting the Company's results excluding the Tax Act is meaningful as excluding this item increases the comparability of period-to-period results.  Diluted earnings per common share excluding the impact of the Tax Act is a non-GAAP financial measure.  Non-GAAP financial measures do not have definitions under GAAP and may be defined differently by and not be comparable to similar non-GAAP measures used by other companies.  The table below presents the calculation of diluted earnings per common share, excluding the impact of the Tax Act:
   
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share and Reconciliation to GAAP  
For the Quarters and Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016  
(Unaudited)  
           
    Fourth Quarter   Years  
      2017       2016     2017       2016  
                               
Diluted earnings per share   $   1.82     $   0.40   $   3.49     $   1.87  
Less: Diluted earnings per share impact of Tax Act       (1.29 )       -        (1.30 )       -   
Adjusted diluted earnings per share   $   0.53     $   0.40   $   2.19     $   1.87  
                   

CONTACT:  Saia, Inc.Doug Coldcol@saia.com678.542.3910
 
 
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
         
    December 31,2017   December 31,2016
ASSETS        
         
CURRENT ASSETS:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,720     $ 1,539  
Accounts receivable, net     170,610       135,083  
Prepaid expenses and other     28,251       29,857  
Total current assets     203,581       166,479  
         
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT:        
Cost     1,289,994       1,101,946  
Less: accumulated depreciation     554,214       497,827  
Net property and equipment     735,780       604,119  
OTHER ASSETS     28,286       29,772  
Total assets   $ 967,647     $ 800,370  
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
         
CURRENT LIABILITIES:        
Accounts payable   $ 57,717     $ 45,149  
Wages and employees' benefits     39,748       31,700  
Other current liabilities     55,657       51,333  
Current portion of long-term debt     14,083       16,762  
Total current liabilities     167,205       144,944  
         
OTHER LIABILITIES:        
Long-term debt, less current portion     118,833       57,042  
Deferred income taxes     59,423       80,199  
Claims, insurance and other     39,639       35,107  
Total other liabilities     217,895       172,348  
         
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:        
Common stock     26       25  
Additional paid-in capital     246,454       237,846  
Deferred compensation trust     (3,486 )     (3,190 )
Retained earnings     339,553       248,397  
Total stockholders' equity     582,547       483,078  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 967,647     $ 800,370  
         

 
 
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the Quarters and Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
         
    Fourth Quarter   Years
    2017   2016   2017   2016
OPERATING REVENUE   $ 353,251     $ 300,223     $ 1,378,510     $ 1,218,481  
                 
OPERATING EXPENSES:                
Salaries, wages and employees' benefits     194,579       171,169       766,790       696,046  
Purchased transportation     21,270       13,890       81,482       56,329  
Fuel, operating expenses and supplies     71,329       57,953       268,090       230,364  
Operating taxes and licenses     11,242       9,798       43,330       40,025  
Claims and insurance     9,152       10,676       37,162       39,625  
Depreciation and amortization     22,495       19,330       87,102       76,240  
Loss (gain) from property disposals, net     286       220       (183 )     716  
Total operating expenses     330,353       283,036       1,283,773       1,139,345  
                 
OPERATING INCOME     22,898       17,187       94,737       79,136  
                 
NONOPERATING EXPENSES (INCOME):                
Interest expense     1,289       984       5,051       4,394  
Other, net     (149 )     (30 )     (92 )     (177 )
Nonoperating expenses, net     1,140       954       4,959       4,217  
                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES     21,758       16,233       89,778       74,919  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (26,001 )     5,885       (1,378 )     26,895  
NET INCOME   $ 47,759     $ 10,348     $ 91,156     $ 48,024  
                 
Average common shares outstanding - basic     25,589       25,084       25,518       25,038  
Average common shares outstanding - diluted     26,189       25,782       26,086       25,680  
                 
Basic earnings per share   $ 1.87     $ 0.41     $ 3.57     $ 1.92  
Diluted earnings per share   $ 1.82     $ 0.40     $ 3.49     $ 1.87  
                 

 
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
    Years
    2017   2016
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net cash provided by operating activities (1)   $ 157,846     $ 146,426  
Net cash provided by operating activities     157,846       146,426  
         
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
Acquisition of property and equipment     (186,696 )     (119,365 )
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment     5,172       1,682  
Net cash used in investing activities     (181,524 )     (117,683 )
         
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
Repayment of long-term debt     (7,143 )     (7,143 )
Borrowing (repayment) of revolving credit agreement, net     43,000       (14,534 )
Proceeds from stock option exercises     4,480       3,173  
Shares withheld for taxes (1)     (1,250 )     (650 )
Other financing activity     (12,228 )     (8,174 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     26,859       (27,328 )
         
NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     3,181       1,415  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF YEAR     1,539       124  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF YEAR   $ 4,720     $ 1,539  
         
NON-CASH ITEMS:        
Equipment financed with capital leases   $ 35,483     $ 34,683  
         
(1)  December 31, 2016 balances have been reclassified to conform with the 2017 adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, Improvement to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.

 
 
 
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Financial   Information
For the Quarters Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
(Unaudited)
                           
                  Fourth Quarter    
      Fourth Quarter   %   Amount/Workday   %
        2017       2016     Change   2017   2016   Change
Workdays               61   61    
                           
Operating ratio     93.5 %     94.3 %                
                           
Tonnage (1) LTL   912       842     8.3     14.95   13.80   8.3
    TL   192       172     11.5     3.15   2.83   11.5
                           
Shipments (1) LTL   1,636       1,506     8.7     26.83   24.69   8.7
    TL   27       24     11.6     0.44   0.40   11.6
                           
Revenue/cwt. (2) LTL $ 17.89     $ 16.45     8.7              
    TL $ 6.00     $ 5.61     6.9              
                           
Revenue/shipment (2) LTL $ 199.39     $ 183.91     8.4              
    TL $ 853.36     $ 798.53     6.9              
                           
Pounds/shipment LTL   1,114       1,118     (0.3 )            
    TL   14,230       14,237     (0.1 )            
                           
Length of Haul (3)     828       792     4.5              
                           
                           
(1) In thousands                        
                           
(2) Revenue does not include the adjustment required for financial statement purposes in accordance with the Company's revenue recognition policy and other revenue.
                           
(3) In miles                        
 

 
 
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Financial   Information
For the Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2016
(Unaudited)
                           
                  Year Over Year    
      Year Over Year   %   Amount/Workday   %
        2017       2016     Change   2017   2016   Change
Workdays               252   253    
                           
Operating ratio     93.1 %     93.5 %                
                           
Tonnage (1) LTL   3,711       3,541     4.8     14.73   14.00   5.2
    TL   773       705     9.8     3.07   2.79   10.2
                           
Shipments (1) LTL   6,666       6,335     5.2     26.45   25.04   5.6
    TL   109       100     8.9     0.43   0.39   9.4
                           
Revenue/cwt. (2) LTL $ 17.20     $ 15.93     8.0              
    TL $ 5.84     $ 5.56     5.0              
                           
Revenue/shipment (2) LTL $ 191.55     $ 178.13     7.5              
    TL $ 831.37     $ 785.65     5.8              
                           
Pounds/shipment LTL   1,113       1,118     (0.4 )            
    TL   14,232       14,126     0.8              
                           
Length of Haul (3)     811       787     3.0              
                           
                           
(1) In thousands                        
                           
(2) Revenue does not include the adjustment required for financial statement purposes in accordance with the Company's revenue recognition policy and other revenue.
                           
(3) In miles                        

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