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ArcBest Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

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Investor Relations Contact: David Humphrey

 

Title: Vice President – Investor Relations

 

Phone: 479-785-6200 

 

Email: dhumphrey@arcb.com

 

 ArcBest® Announces First Quarter 2020 Results

  • First quarter 2020 revenue of $701.4 million, and net income of $1.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.  On a non‑GAAP1 basis, first quarter 2020 net income was $9.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share.
  • Asset-Based tonnage growth and cost management resulted in solid profitability
  • Asset-Light business impacted by lower demand and reduced revenue per shipment
  • COVID-19 pandemic did not significantly impact first quarter financial results

FORT SMITH, Arkansas, May 5, 2020 — ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB) a leading logistics company today reported first quarter 2020 revenue of $701.4 million compared to first quarter 2019 revenue of $711.8 million.  First quarter 2020 operating income was $7.8 million compared to operating income of $8.6 million in the same period last year.  Net income was $1.9 million or $0.07 per diluted share compared to first quarter 2019 net income of $4.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted share.

Excluding certain items in both periods as identified in the attached reconciliation tables, non-GAAP operating income was $12.4 million in first quarter 2020 compared to first quarter 2019 non-GAAP operating income of $11.3 million.  On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $9.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in first quarter 2020 compared to first quarter 2019 net income of $6.7 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic began impacting our customers’ businesses in late March,” said Judy R. McReynolds, Chairman, President and CEO of ArcBest.  “In some cases, we began handling new shipments related to the pandemic while we also started to experience impacts of reduced demand and facility closures from other customers.  Though this contributed to reductions in shipments, and revenue that was somewhat below previous expectations, operational resources and the associated costs were effectively managed to available business levels.  As a result, the COVID-19 pandemic did not have a significant impact on our financial results in first quarter 2020.  In fact, it was one of the best first quarters in our company’s history.  However, in April we experienced significant business declines in all operating segments.”2

First Quarter Results of Operations Comparisons

Asset-Based

First Quarter 2020 Versus First Quarter 2019

  • Revenue of $515.7 million compared to $506.1 million, a per-day increase of 0.3 percent.
  • Total tonnage per day increase of 4.6 percent, with a low single-digit percentage increase in LTL-rated tonnage combined with a double-digit percentage increase in TL-rated spot shipment tonnage moving in the Asset-Based network.
  • Total shipments per day decrease of 2.2 percent.  Total weight per shipment increase of 6.9 percent and an increase of 3.6 percent in LTL-rated weight per shipment impacted by transactional, LTL-rated shipments added during the first quarter.
  • Total billed revenue per hundredweight decreased 4.3 percent and was negatively impacted by lower fuel surcharges versus prior year.  Excluding fuel surcharge, the percentage increase on LTL-rated freight was in the low-single digits.
  • Operating income of $13.2 million and an operating ratio of 97.4 percent compared to the prior year quarter operating income of $13.6 million and an operating ratio of 97.3 percent.  On a non-GAAP basis, operating income of $17.8 million and an operating ratio of 96.5 percent compared to the prior year quarter operating income of $15.4 million and an operating ratio of 96.9 percent.

Despite a reduction in average daily shipments, first quarter tonnage in the Asset-Based business increased partially due to spot, truckload-rated shipments and transactional LTL-rated shipments added throughout the quarter.  These larger sized shipments contributed to increases in weight per shipment and revenue per shipment.  As a result, total first quarter Asset-Based revenue increased despite fewer shipments and a decline in fuel surcharge revenue.  Total first quarter revenue per hundredweight decreased due to freight mix changes related to the addition of these transactional shipments.  However, pricing on ABF Freight’s traditional published and contractual business reflected solid increases in the midst of a rational pricing environment in the marketplace.

The operational efficiencies gained from increased tonnage moving through the ABF Freight network resulted in improvements in various cost metrics.  During this year’s first quarter, Asset-Based results also benefited from an asset sale.   

Asset-Light3

First Quarter 2020 Versus First Quarter 2019

  • Revenue of $217.2 million compared to $226.5 million, a per-day decrease of 5.6 percent.
  • An operating loss of $0.4 million compared to operating income of $3.2 million.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) of $2.5 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $6.7 million.

First quarter revenue in the Asset-Light ArcBest segment was below the prior year due to a reduction in total shipments combined with lower revenue per shipment in both the expedite and truckload brokerage businesses.  Purchased transportation expense was below the prior year’s first quarter but not at the rate of the decline in revenue, thus pressuring shipment margins and contributing to this segment’s operating loss.  This was particularly the case in the truckload brokerage business despite an increase in the average number of brokerage shipments handled each day.  As seen in recent quarters, reduced demand for expedited services was related to customers having access to capacity options in the marketplace and weakness in the auto and manufacturing sectors.  At FleetNet, a decrease in total events resulted in reduced revenue and lower operating income compared to the prior year period.

April 2020 Business Update and Actions Taken to Address Reduced Business Levels

The significant April 2020 business decline2 due to COVID-19 resulted in a year-over-year and a sequential consolidated revenue reduction of approximately 20 percent during the month.  In anticipation of these lower business levels, primarily in the Asset-Based segment, ArcBest implemented a number of actions in late March and early April to mitigate the operating and financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As outlined in the following paragraphs, these previously announced proactive measures were intended to preserve financial flexibility and to lower costs.

ArcBest drew down the $180 million remaining available borrowing capacity of its Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility and borrowed $45 million under its Accounts Receivable Securitization Program. The funds supplemented ArcBest’s already strong cash and short-term investments position which, with the addition of these new funds, totaled $531 million as of March 31, 2020. 

For 2020, total net capital expenditures are estimated to range from $95 million to $105 million, a reduction of approximately 30% from the previously disclosed range due to lower business levels experienced in second quarter 2020.  This includes a reduction in revenue equipment purchases of $18 million from the previously disclosed amount of $82 million. Considering the changes in projected capital expenditures for 2020, depreciation and amortization is now estimated to be approximately $110 million.

ArcBest has implemented cost reductions that include, but are not limited to, a 15% decrease in the salaries or work hours of all nonunion employees and suspension of the employer match of ArcBest’s nonunion 401(k) Plan.  As recently announced, the fees paid to ArcBest’s board members and to the board committee chairpersons are being reduced by 15%.  When compared to second quarter 2019, ArcBest anticipates that the second quarter 2020 expense reductions associated with these compensation and other cost reductions implemented in response to the pandemic will be in a range of $15 million to $20 million, provided the measures are maintained throughout second quarter 2020.

In addition, operational changes in the ABF Freight network designed to reduce costs have been made including workforce reductions to better align resources with business levels. However, cost reductions may not directly correspond during dramatic changes in business levels.

ArcBest’s preliminary April 30, 2020 consolidated cash and short-term investments, net of debt, increased to approximately $12 million net cash compared to the $3 million net debt position at March 31, 2020, reflecting positive EBITDA for the month of April 2020.

 

Closing Comments

“These are truly extraordinary times and the duration and magnitude of COVID-19’s total impact are not fully understood,” said McReynolds.  “We believe that the broad array of logistics services that ArcBest offers are critical to our nation’s recovery.  The knowledge and experience that our employees provide in crafting adaptive supply chain solutions will be an important resource for our customers as the nation begins to return to a level of normalcy. We entered this challenging period in a position of financial strength and the steps we have taken to further enhance our liquidity and reduce our costs will help us navigate through the coming days.  In times of crisis, our industry is vital in playing a key role to ensure essential goods such as medical supplies and food are available when and where they are needed. The work we do here at ArcBest is important to our nation’s recovery, and we will continue serving our customers to meet their logistical needs as we all do our part to get our country back to work again.  I want to thank our 13,000 valued employees who work around the clock to ensure the safe delivery of our services.”

 

 

NOTES

  1. U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  2. Discussions of April 2020 business results and certain projections for 2020 are included in Exhibit 99.2 to our first quarter 2020 earnings release filed with the SEC in our Current Report on Form 8‑K.
  3. The ArcBest and FleetNet reportable segments, combined, represent Asset-Light operations

 

Conference Call

ArcBest will host a conference call with company executives to discuss the 2020 first quarter results. The call will be today, Tuesday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. CT). Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 404-8174. Following the call, a recorded playback will be available through the end of the day on June 15, 2020. To listen to the playback, dial (800) 633‑8284 or (402) 977‑9140 (for international callers). The conference call ID for the playback is 21959516. The conference call and playback can also be accessed, through June 15, 2020, on ArcBest’s website at arcb.com.

About ArcBest

ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB) is a leading logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver innovative solutions.  We'll find a way to deliver knowledge, expertise and a can-do attitude with every shipment and supply chain solution, household move or vehicle repair.  At ArcBest, we’re More Than Logistics®. For more information, visit arcb.com.

 

The following is a “safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:  Certain statements and information in this press release concerning results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “foresee,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “scheduled,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions and the negatives of such terms are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations based on currently available information, are not guarantees of future performance, and involve certain risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control). Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, we cannot provide assurance that our expectations will prove to be correct. Actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied, or forecasted in these statements due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to: a failure of our information systems, including disruptions or failures of services essential to our operations or upon which our information technology platforms rely, data breach, and/or cybersecurity incidents; the ability to maintain third-party information technology systems or licenses; widespread outbreak of an illness or any other communicable disease and the effects of pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic, or any other public health crisis; regulatory measures that may be implemented in response to widespread illness, including the COVID-19 pandemic; ineffectiveness of our business continuity plans to meet our operational needs in the event of adverse external events or conditions; untimely or ineffective development and implementation of, or failure to realize potential benefits associated with, new or enhanced technology or processes, including the pilot test program at ABF Freight, and any write-offs associated therewith; the loss or reduction of business from large customers; competitive initiatives and pricing pressures; general economic conditions and related shifts in market demand, including the impact of and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, that impact the performance and needs of industries we serve and/or limit our customers’ access to adequate financial resources; the ability to manage our cost structure, and the timing and performance of growth initiatives; relationships with employees, including unions, and our ability to attract, retain, and develop employees; unfavorable terms of, or the inability to reach agreement on, future collective bargaining agreements or a workforce stoppage by our employees covered under ABF Freight’s collective bargaining agreement; our ability to secure independent owner operators and/or operational or regulatory issues related to our use of their services; availability and cost of reliable third-party services; availability of fuel, the effect of volatility in fuel prices and the associated changes in fuel surcharges on securing increases in base freight rates, and the inability to collect fuel surcharges; governmental regulations; environmental laws and regulations, including emissions-control regulations; union employee wages and benefits, including changes in required contributions to multiemployer plans; litigation or claims asserted against us; the loss of key employees or the inability to execute succession planning strategies; maintaining our intellectual property rights, brand, and corporate reputation; default on covenants of financing arrangements and the availability and terms of future financing arrangements; timing and amount of capital expenditures; self-insurance claims and insurance premium costs; increased prices for and decreased availability of new revenue equipment, decreases in value of used revenue equipment, and higher costs of equipment-related operating expenses such as maintenance, fuel, and related taxes; potential impairment of goodwill and intangible assets; the cost, integration, and performance of any recent or future acquisitions; seasonal fluctuations and adverse weather conditions; regulatory, economic, and other risks arising from our international business; acts of terrorism or war, or the impact of antiterrorism and safety measures; and other financial, operational, and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in ArcBest’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

 

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our projected results, please see our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

 

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

Financial Data and Operating Statistics

The following tables show financial data and operating statistics on ArcBest® and its reportable segments.

ARCBEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

 

    

2020

    

2019

    

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

($ thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

REVENUES

 

$

 701,399

 

$

 711,839

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

 

 693,580

 

 

 703,248

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING INCOME

 

 

 7,819

 

 

 8,591

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER INCOME (COSTS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and dividend income

 

 

 1,375

 

 

 1,478

 

 

Interest and other related financing costs

 

 

 (2,947)

 

 

 (2,882)

 

 

Other, net

 

 

 (3,862)

 

 

 (591)

 

 

 

 

 

 (5,434)

 

 

 (1,995)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

 

 2,385

 

 

 6,596

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INCOME TAX PROVISION

 

 

 483

 

 

 1,708

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME

 

$

 1,902

 

$

 4,888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE(1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

 0.07

 

$

 0.19

 

 

Diluted

 

$

 0.07

 

$

 0.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

 25,390,377

 

 

 25,570,415

 

 

Diluted

 

 

 26,246,800

 

 

 26,512,349

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE

 

$

 0.08

 

$

 0.08

 

 


  1. ArcBest uses the two-class method for calculating earnings per share. This method requires an allocation of dividends paid and a portion of undistributed net income (but not losses) to unvested restricted stock for calculating per share amounts.

 

 

 

ARCBEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31

 

December 31

 

 

    

2020

    

2019

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

Note

 

 

 

($ thousands, except share data)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

 352,165

 

$

 201,909

 

Short-term investments

 

 

 178,810

 

 

 116,579

 

Accounts receivable, less allowances (2020 - $6,111; 2019 - $5,448)

 

 

 278,783

 

 

 282,579

 

Other accounts receivable, less allowances (2020 - $646; 2019 - $476)

 

 

 15,276

 

 

 18,774

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

 33,806

 

 

 30,377

 

Prepaid and refundable income taxes

 

 

 6,231

 

 

 9,439

 

Other

 

 

 4,460

 

 

 4,745

 

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 869,531

 

 

 664,402

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and structures

 

 

 343,527

 

 

 342,122

 

Revenue equipment

 

 

 885,949

 

 

 896,020

 

Service, office, and other equipment

 

 

 230,163

 

 

 233,354

 

Software

 

 

 154,749

 

 

 151,068

 

Leasehold improvements

 

 

 11,022

 

 

 10,383

 

 

 

 

 1,625,410

 

 

 1,632,947

 

Less allowances for depreciation and amortization

 

 

 961,950

 

 

 949,355

 

 

 

 

 663,460

 

 

 683,592

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOODWILL

 

 

 88,320

 

 

 88,320

 

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET

 

 

 57,873

 

 

 58,832

 

OPERATING RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS

 

 

 73,324

 

 

 68,470

 

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

 

 

 8,145

 

 

 7,725

 

OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS

 

 

 73,703

 

 

 79,866

 

 

 

$

 1,834,356

 

$

 1,651,207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

 127,625

 

$

 134,374

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

 31

 

 

 12

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

 217,678

 

 

 232,321

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

 56,977

 

 

 57,305

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

 

 20,542

 

 

 20,265

 

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 422,853

 

 

 444,277

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM DEBT, less current portion

 

 

 476,945

 

 

 266,214

 

OPERATING LEASE LIABILITIES, less current portion

 

 

 56,716

 

 

 52,277

 

POSTRETIREMENT LIABILITIES, less current portion

 

 

 20,411

 

 

 20,294

 

OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

 

 

 35,058

 

 

 38,892

 

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES

 

 

 63,167

 

 

 66,210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 70,000,000 shares;
      issued 2020: 28,817,109 shares; 2019: 28,810,902 shares

 

 

 288

 

 

 288

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

 336,064

 

 

 333,943

 

Retained earnings

 

 

 532,858

 

 

 533,187

 

   Treasury stock, at cost, 2020: 3,554,639 shares; 2019: 3,404,639 shares

 

 

 (107,740)

 

 

 (104,578)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 (2,264)

 

 

 203

 

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 759,206

 

 

 763,043

 

 

 

$

 1,834,356

 

$

 1,651,207

 

 

Note:  The balance sheet at December 31, 2019 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.

 

 

ARCBEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

    

2020

    

2019

 

 

 

Unaudited

 

 

 

($ thousands)

 

 OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

 1,902

 

$

 4,888

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 28,032

 

 

 25,409

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

 

 981

 

 

 1,128

 

Pension settlement expense

 

 

 89

 

 

 1,356

 

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

 2,181

 

 

 2,058

 

Provision for losses on accounts receivable

 

 

 1,383

 

 

 112

 

Change in deferred income taxes

 

 

 (2,815)

 

 

 (584)

 

Gain on sale of property and equipment

 

 

 (2,130)

 

 

 (43)

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables

 

 

 3,874

 

 

 3,931

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

 (3,429)

 

 

 (5,760)

 

Other assets(1)

 

 

 5,800

 

 

 (141)

 

Income taxes

 

 

 2,949

 

 

 (4,313)

 

Operating right-of-use assets and lease liabilities, net(1)

 

 

 (138)

 

 

 40

 

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability

 

 

 (150)

 

 

 (143)

 

Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other liabilities(1)

 

 

 (15,400)

 

 

 (31,309)

 

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 23,129

 

 

 (3,371)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment, net of financings

 

 

 (6,738)

 

 

 (15,543)

 

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

 

 4,692

 

 

 1,039

 

Purchases of short-term investments

 

 

 (73,973)

 

 

 (13,790)

 

Proceeds from sale of short-term investments

 

 

 12,210

 

 

 4,998

 

Capitalization of internally developed software

 

 

 (3,342)

 

 

 (2,656)

 

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 (67,151)

 

 

 (25,952)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings under credit facilities

 

 

 180,000

 

 

 —

 

Borrowings under accounts receivable securitization program

 

 

 45,000

 

 

 —

 

Payments on long-term debt

 

 

 (14,598)

 

 

 (15,217)

 

Net change in book overdrafts

 

 

 (10,869)

 

 

 (2,524)

 

Payment of common stock dividends

 

 

 (2,033)

 

 

 (2,052)

 

Purchases of treasury stock

 

 

 (3,162)

 

 

 (2,663)

 

Payments for tax withheld on share-based compensation

 

 

 (60)

 

 

 (8)

 

NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 194,278

 

 

 (22,464)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

 

 150,256

 

 

 (51,787)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

 201,909

 

 

 190,186

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

 

$

 352,165

 

$

 138,399

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NONCASH INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment and other financings

 

$

 —

 

$

 —

 

Accruals for equipment received

 

$

 39

 

$

 2,878

 

Lease liabilities arising from obtaining right-of-use assets

 

$

 10,370

 

$

 18,144

 


  1. Certain reclassifications were made to the prior year’s consolidated statement of cash flows to conform to the current year presentation of “Operating right-of-use assets and lease liabilities, net” on a separate line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

    

2020

    

 

2019

    

 

 

Unaudited

 

 

 

($ thousands, except percentages)

 

REVENUES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset-Based

 

$

 515,713

 

 

 

 

$

 506,079

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArcBest

 

 

 164,775

 

 

 

 

 

 173,204

 

 

 

FleetNet

 

 

 52,439

 

 

 

 

 

 53,259

 

 

 

Total Asset-Light

 

 

 217,214

 

 

 

 

 

 226,463

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other and eliminations

 

 

 (31,528)

 

 

 

 

 

 (20,703)

 

 

 

Total consolidated revenues

 

$

 701,399

 

 

 

 

$

 711,839

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset-Based

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries, wages, and benefits

 

$

 283,838

 

 55.0

%

 

$

 280,276

 

 55.4

%

Fuel, supplies, and expenses(1)

 

 

 61,225

 

 11.9

 

 

 

 63,972

 

 12.7

 

Operating taxes and licenses

 

 

 12,794

 

 2.5

 

 

 

 12,398

 

 2.4

 

Insurance

 

 

 7,824

 

 1.5

 

 

 

 7,991

 

 1.6

 

Communications and utilities(1)

 

 

 4,711

 

 0.9

 

 

 

 4,616

 

 0.9

 

Depreciation and amortization(1)

 

 

 23,270

 

 4.5

 

 

 

 20,961

 

 4.1

 

Rents and purchased transportation(1)

 

 

 55,770

 

 10.8

 

 

 

 49,306

 

 9.7

 

Shared services(1)

 

 

 48,885

 

 9.5

 

 

 

 50,295

 

 9.9

 

Gain on sale of property and equipment

 

 

 (2,164)

 

 (0.4)

 

 

 

 (34)

 

 —

 

Innovative technology costs(1)(2)

 

 

 4,533

 

 0.9

 

 

 

 1,802

 

 0.4

 

Other(1)

 

 

 1,787

 

 0.3

 

 

 

 881

 

 0.2

 

Total Asset-Based

 

 

 502,473

 

 97.4

%

 

 

 492,464

 

 97.3

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArcBest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchased transportation

 

 

 137,182

 

 83.3

%

 

 

 140,105

 

 80.9

%

Supplies and expenses

 

 

 2,280

 

 1.4

 

 

 

 2,774

 

 1.6

 

Depreciation and amortization(3)

 

 

 2,470

 

 1.5

 

 

 

 3,151

 

 1.8

 

Shared services

 

 

 21,727

 

 13.2

 

 

 

 23,031

 

 13.3

 

Other

 

 

 2,525

 

 1.5

 

 

 

 2,413

 

 1.4

 

 

 

 

 166,184

 

 100.9

%

 

 

 171,474

 

 99.0

%

FleetNet

 

 

 51,399

 

 98.0

%

 

 

 51,771

 

 97.2

%

Total Asset-Light

 

 

 217,583

 

 

 

 

 

 223,245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other and eliminations

 

 

 (26,476)

 

 

 

 

 

 (12,461)

 

 

 

Total consolidated operating expenses

 

$

 693,580

 

 98.9

%

 

$

 703,248

 

 98.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset-Based

 

$

 13,240

 

 

 

 

$

 13,615

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArcBest

 

 

 (1,409)

 

 

 

 

 

 1,730

 

 

 

FleetNet

 

 

 1,040

 

 

 

 

 

 1,488

 

 

 

Total Asset-Light

 

 

 (369)

 

 

 

 

 

 3,218

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other and eliminations(4)

 

 

 (5,052)

 

 

 

 

 

 (8,242)

 

 

 

Total consolidated operating income

 

$

 7,819

 

 

 

 

$

 8,591

 

 

 


  1. Beginning in third quarter 2019, the presentation of Asset-Based segment expenses was modified to present innovative technology costs as a separate operating expense line item. Previously, innovative technology costs incurred directly by the segment or allocated through shared services were categorized in individual segment expense line items. Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior period operating segment expenses to conform to the current year presentation. There was no impact on the segment’s total expenses as a result of the reclassifications.
  2. Represents costs associated with the freight handling pilot test program at ABF Freight.
  3. Depreciation and amortization consists primarily of amortization of intangibles, including customer relationships, and software associated with acquired businesses.
  4. “Other and eliminations” includes corporate costs for certain unallocated shared service costs which are not attributable to any segment, additional investments to offer comprehensive transportation and logistics services across multiple operating segments, and other investments in ArcBest technology and innovations, including innovative technology costs.

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios utilized for internal analysis provide analysts, investors, and others the same information that we use internally for purposes of assessing our core operating performance and provides meaningful comparisons between current and prior period results, as well as important information regarding performance trends. The use of certain non-GAAP measures improves comparability in analyzing our performance because it removes the impact of items from operating results that, in management's opinion, do not reflect our core operating performance. Other companies may calculate non-GAAP measures differently; therefore, our calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Certain information discussed in the scheduled conference call could be considered non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, our reported results. These financial measures should not be construed as better measurements than operating income, operating cash flow, net income or earnings per share, as determined under GAAP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

    

2020

 

2019

    

ArcBest Corporation - Consolidated

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

($ thousands, except per share data)

 

Operating Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 7,819

 

$

 8,591

 

Innovative technology costs, pre-tax(1)

 

 

 4,600

 

 

 2,758

 

Non-GAAP amounts

 

$

 12,419

 

$

 11,349

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 1,902

 

$

 4,888

 

Innovative technology costs, after-tax (includes related financing costs)(1)

 

 

 3,570

 

 

 2,095

 

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement, after-tax(2)

 

 

 66

 

 

 1,287

 

Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value

 

 

 3,805

 

 

 (1,614)

 

Tax expense (benefit) from vested RSUs(3)

 

 

 20

 

 

 (2)

 

Non-GAAP amounts

 

$

 9,363

 

$

 6,654

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted Earnings Per Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 0.07

 

$

 0.18

 

Innovative technology costs, after-tax (includes related financing costs)(1)

 

 

 0.14

 

 

 0.08

 

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement, after-tax(2)

 

 

 —

 

 

 0.05

 

Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value

 

 

 0.14

 

 

 (0.06)

 

Tax expense (benefit) from vested RSUs(3)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Non-GAAP amounts(4)

 

$

 0.36

 

$

 0.25

 


  1. Represents costs associated with the freight handling pilot test program at ABF Freight.
  2. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, represents pension settlement expense related to the Company’s supplemental benefit plan. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, nonunion defined benefit pension expense is presented as a non-GAAP adjustment with pension settlement expense, because expenses related to the plan were excluded from the financial information management used to make operating decisions, as the nonunion defined benefit pension plan was amended to terminate the plan with a termination date of December 31, 2017. Pension settlements related to benefit distributions for the plan termination began in fourth quarter 2018 and were completed in third quarter 2019.
  3. The Company recognized the tax impact for the vesting of share-based compensation resulting in excess tax expense (benefit) during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.
  4. Non-GAAP EPS is calculated in total and may not foot due to rounding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

 

    

2020

 

2019

 

 

Segment Operating Income Reconciliations

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

($ thousands, except percentages)

 

 

Asset-Based Segment

 

 

 

 

Operating Income ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 13,240

 

 97.4

%  

 

$

 13,615

 

 97.3

%  

 

 

Innovative technology costs, pre-tax(1)

 

 

 4,533

 

 (0.9)

 

 

 

 1,802

 

 (0.4)

 

 

 

Non-GAAP amounts

 

$

 17,773

 

 96.5

%  

 

$

 15,417

 

 96.9

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset-Light

 

 

 

 

ArcBest Segment

 

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss) ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 (1,409)

 

 100.9

%  

 

$

 1,730

 

 99.0

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FleetNet Segment

 

 

 

 

Operating Income ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 1,040

 

 98.0

%  

 

$

 1,488

 

 97.2

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Asset-Light

 

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss) ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 (369)

 

 100.2

%  

 

$

 3,218

 

 98.6

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other and Eliminations

 

 

 

 

Operating Loss ($)

 

 

 

 

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 (5,052)

 

 

 

 

$

 (8,242)

 

 

 

 

 

Innovative technology costs, pre-tax(1)

 

 

 67

 

 

 

 

 

 956

 

 

 

 

 

Non-GAAP amounts

 

$

 (4,985)

 

 

 

 

$

 (7,286)

 

 

 

 

 


  1. Represents costs associated with the freight handling pilot test program at ABF Freight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective Tax Rate Reconciliation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ArcBest Corporation - Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

($ thousands, except percentages)

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

Income

 

Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating

 

Income

 

Before Income

 

Tax

 

Net

 

 

 

 

Income

 

(Costs)

 

Taxes

 

Provision

 

Income

 

Tax Rate(4)

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 7,819

 

$

 (5,434)

 

$

 2,385

 

$

 483

 

$

 1,902

 

 20.3

%  

Innovative technology costs(1)

 

 

 4,600

 

 

 207

 

 

 4,807

 

 

 1,237

 

 

 3,570

 

 25.7

 

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement(2)

 

 

 —

 

 

 89

 

 

 89

 

 

 23

 

 

 66

 

 25.7

 

Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value

 

 

 —

 

 

 3,805

 

 

 3,805

 

 

 —

 

 

 3,805

 

 —

 

Tax expense from vested RSUs(3)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 (20)

 

 

 20

 

 —

 

Non-GAAP amounts

 

$

 12,419

 

$

 (1,333)

 

$

 11,086

 

$

 1,723

 

$

 9,363

 

 15.5

%  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

Other

 

Income

 

Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating

 

Income

 

Before Income

 

Tax

 

Net

 

 

 

 

Income

 

(Costs)

 

Taxes

 

Provision

 

Income

 

Tax Rate(4)

Amounts on GAAP basis

 

$

 8,591

 

$

 (1,995)

 

$

 6,596

 

$

 1,708

 

$

 4,888

 

 25.9

%  

Innovative technology costs(1)

 

 

 2,758

 

 

 63

 

 

 2,821

 

 

 726

 

 

 2,095

 

 25.7

 

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement(2)

 

 

 —

 

 

 1,733

 

 

 1,733

 

 

 446

 

 

 1,287

 

 25.7

 

Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value

 

 

 —

 

 

 (1,614)

 

 

 (1,614)

 

 

 —

 

 

 (1,614)

 

 —

 

Tax benefit from vested RSUs(3)

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 2

 

 

 (2)

 

 —

 

Non-GAAP amounts

 

$

 11,349

 

$

 (1,813)

 

$

 9,536

 

$

 2,882

 

$

 6,654

 

 30.2

%  

 


  1. Represents costs associated with the freight handling pilot test program at ABF Freight.
  2. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, represents pension settlement expense related to the Company’s supplemental benefit plan. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, nonunion defined benefit pension expense is presented as a non-GAAP adjustment with pension settlement expense, because expenses related to the plan were excluded from the financial information management used to make operating decisions, as the nonunion defined benefit pension plan was amended to terminate the plan with a termination date of December 31, 2017. Pension settlements related to benefit distributions for the plan termination began in fourth quarter 2018 and were completed in third quarter 2019.
  3. The Company recognized the tax impact for the vesting of share-based compensation resulting in excess tax expense (benefit) during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.
  4. Tax rate for total “Amounts on GAAP basis” represents the effective tax rate. The tax effects of non-GAAP adjustments are calculated based on the statutory rate applicable to each item based on tax jurisdiction, unless the nature of the item requires the tax effect to be estimated by applying a specific tax treatment.

 

Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA)

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a key measure of performance and for business planning. The measure is particularly meaningful for analysis of operating performance, because it excludes amortization of acquired intangibles and software of the Asset-Light businesses, which are significant expenses resulting from strategic decisions rather than core daily operations. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is a primary component of the financial covenants contained in our credit agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

    

2020

    

2019

    

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

ArcBest Corporation - Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

 

($ thousands)

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

$

 1,902

 

$

 4,888

 

Interest and other related financing costs

 

 

 2,947

 

 

 2,882

 

Income tax provision

 

 

 483

 

 

 1,708

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 29,013

 

 

 26,537

 

Amortization of share-based compensation

 

 

 2,181

 

 

 2,058

 

Amortization of net actuarial losses of benefit plans and pension settlement expense(1)

 

 

 (56)

 

 

 1,754

 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

 36,470

 

$

 39,827

 


  1. The three months ended March 31, 2020 includes pre-tax pension settlement expense of $0.1 million related to the Company’s supplemental benefit plan. The three months ended March 31, 2019 includes pre-tax pension settlement expense of $1.4 million related to the Company’s nonunion defined benefit pension plan for which plan termination was completed as of December 31, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

    

2020

 

2019

 

Asset-Light Adjusted EBITDA

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

($ thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

ArcBest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss)

 

$

 (1,409)

 

$

 1,730

 

Depreciation and amortization(2)

 

 

 2,470

 

 

 3,151

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

 1,061

 

$

 4,881

 

 

 

 

 

FleetNet

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

$

 1,040

 

$

 1,488

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 391

 

 

 317

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

 1,431

 

$

 1,805

 

 

 

 

 

Total Asset-Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss)

 

$

 (369)

 

$

 3,218

 

Depreciation and amortization(2)

 

 

 2,861

 

 

 3,468

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

 2,492

 

$

 6,686

 


  1. Depreciation and amortization consists primarily of amortization of intangibles and software associated with acquired businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

 

March 31

 

 

    

2020

    

2019

    

% Change

    

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

Asset-Based

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workdays

 

 

 64.0

 

 

 63.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billed Revenue(1) / CWT

 

$

 33.16

 

$

 34.66

 

(4.3%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Billed Revenue(1) / Shipment

 

$

 427.87

 

$

 418.23

 

2.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipments

 

 

 1,203,416

 

 

 1,210,787

 

(0.6%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipments / Day

 

 

 18,803

 

 

 19,219

 

(2.2%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tonnage (Tons)

 

 

 776,468

 

 

 730,409

 

6.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tons / Day

 

 

 12,132

 

 

 11,594

 

4.6%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pounds / Shipment

 

 

 1,290

 

 

 1,207

 

6.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Length of Haul (Miles)

 

 

 1,042

 

 

 1,023

 

1.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  1. Revenue for undelivered freight is deferred for financial statement purposes in accordance with the Asset-Based segment revenue recognition policy. Billed revenue used for calculating revenue per hundredweight measurements has not been adjusted for the portion of revenue deferred for financial statement purposes.
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year Over Year % Change

 

 

 

Three Months Ended 

 

 

    

March 31, 2020

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

ArcBest(2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue / Shipment

 

 

(3.3%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shipments / Day

 

 

(9.8%)

 


  1. Statistical data related to managed transportation solutions transactions are not included in the presentation of operating statistics for the ArcBest segment.
     
     

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