JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) reported second quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.76 on revenue of $775 million in the 2016 second quarter. Net income was negatively impacted by elevated insurance and claims costs, driven mostly by the severity of claims, in the 2016 second quarter, the highest quarterly insurance and claims cost over the past 6 years. Landstar reported diluted earnings per share of $0.92 on revenue of $868 million in the 2015 second quarter. Gross profit (defined as revenue less the cost of purchased transportation and commissions to agents) was $121.0 million in the 2016 second quarter compared to $130.8 million in the 2015 second quarter. Operating margin, representing operating income divided by gross profit, was 43.9 percent in the 2016 second quarter.
Truck transportation revenue hauled by independent business capacity owners (“BCOs”) and truck brokerage carriers in the 2016 second quarter was $718.5 million, or 93 percent of revenue, compared to $809.2 million, or 93 percent of revenue, in the 2015 second quarter. Truckload transportation revenue hauled via van equipment in the 2016 second quarter was $458.0 million compared to $496.9 million in the 2015 second quarter. Truckload transportation revenue hauled via unsided/platform equipment in the 2016 second quarter was $242.0 million compared to $291.0 million in the 2015 second quarter. Revenue hauled by rail, air and ocean cargo carriers was $45.1 million, or 6 percent of revenue, in the 2016 second quarter compared to $48.1 million, or 6 percent of revenue, in the 2015 second quarter.
Trailing twelve-month return on average shareholders’ equity was 29 percent and trailing twelve-month return on invested capital, net income divided by the sum of average equity plus average debt, was 23 percent. Landstar purchased approximately 423,000 shares of its common stock during the first half of 2016 at an aggregate cost of $26.5 million. Currently, there are approximately 1,386,000 shares of the Company’s common stock available for purchase under Landstar’s authorized share purchase program. As of June 25, 2016, the Company had $215 million in cash and short term investments and $214 million available for borrowings under the Company’s senior credit facility.
In addition, Landstar announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.09 per share payable on August 26, 2016, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 8, 2016. This quarterly dividend includes a 12.5 percent increase to the amount of the Company’s quarterly dividend declared following each of the prior four quarters. It is currently the intention of the Board to pay dividends on a quarterly basis going forward.
Commenting on Landstar’s 2016 second quarter, Landstar’s President and CEO Jim Gattoni said, “On April 20th, we provided second quarter revenue guidance of $770 million to $820 million and second quarter diluted earnings per share guidance of $0.80 to $0.85. On June 8th, I updated both our revenue and diluted earnings per share guidance by indicating at a webcast investor conference available to the public that I was more comfortable at the lower end of both the revenue and diluted earnings per share guidance. Revenue of $775 million for the second quarter was in-line with our updated guidance. Diluted earnings per share of $0.76 for the second quarter was below the low end of the updated guidance due to an increase in estimated insurance and claims costs, as a result of a severe accident that occurred at the end of the second quarter.”
Gattoni continued, “Overall, from a revenue standpoint, I believe we executed well considering the sluggish freight environment. During the 2015 second quarter, we hauled over 13,000 truckloads via unsided/platform equipment for a project on behalf of a customer in the automotive sector, generating $27 million of revenue in the 2015 second quarter. Excluding the loadings related to that project we experienced a slight increase in loads hauled via truck over the 2015 second quarter. However, Landstar’s truckload services continued to experience significant pricing pressure throughout the 2016 second quarter, as industry-wide truck capacity was more readily available as compared to the 2015 second quarter and demand continued to be soft. Although we experienced a somewhat normal seasonal uptick in revenue per load from May to June, the pricing pressure continued in the U.S. spot market, in which the Company operates much of its business. Additionally, the average cost of a gallon of diesel fuel was approximately 20 percent lower during the 2016 second quarter compared to the 2015 second quarter putting additional pressure on pricing, especially as it relates to loads hauled via truck brokerage carriers. As such, revenue per load on loads hauled via truck was 9 percent lower in the 2016 second quarter compared to the 2015 second quarter.”
Gattoni further commented, “The number of loads hauled via truck in the 2016 second quarter decreased 2 percent from the 2015 second quarter, driven by a 9 percent decrease in the number of loads hauled via unsided/platform equipment, entirely due to the 2015 automotive sector project, partially offset by a 1 percent increase in the number of loads hauled via van equipment. Landstar achieved an 11 percent increase in the number of loads hauled via railroads, ocean cargo carriers and air cargo carriers in the 2016 second quarter over the 2015 second quarter. The softer pricing environment and increased insurance and claims expense drove the 2016 second quarter operating margin down to 43.9 percent, from 50.5 percent in the 2015 second quarter.”
Gattoni continued, “Third quarter 2016 over third quarter 2015 revenue comparisons will include the effects of revenue derived from the automotive project previously referenced. The Company’s 2015 third quarter included approximately $35 million in revenue from approximately 20,000 loads hauled via truck related to that project. The project was completed at the end of 2015. Historically, revenue in the Company’s third fiscal quarter has been relatively consistent with revenue generated in the Company’s second fiscal quarter. Revenue per load on loads hauled via truck in the Company’s third quarter has been slightly ahead of the second quarter while the number of loads hauled via truck in the third quarter is typically slightly below the second quarter. Through the first few weeks of July, we have experienced the normal seasonal uptick in revenue per load on loads hauled via truck. Also, the number of loads hauled via truck during the first few weeks of July is trending with the historical second quarter to third quarter pattern. As such, I expect 2016 third quarter revenue to be similar to the Company’s 2016 second quarter revenue. Assuming insurance and claims costs in the 2016 third quarter are approximately 3.2 percent of BCO revenue, representing average insurance and claims costs as a percent of BCO revenue over the past 5 years, I would expect diluted earnings per share to be in a range of $0.79 to $0.84 in the 2016 third quarter.”
Landstar will provide a live webcast of its quarterly earnings conference call tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. ET. To access the webcast, visit the Company’s website at www.landstar.com; click on “Investor Relations” and “Webcasts,” then click on “Landstar’s Second Quarter 2016 Earnings Release Conference Call.”
This earnings announcement, as well as an accompanying slide presentation, is available through the Company’s website at http://investor.landstar.com under “Presentations” and on a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Landstar System, Inc. is a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation logistics services to a broad range of customers utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity providers and employees. All Landstar transportation services companies are certified to ISO 9001:2008 quality management system standards and RC14001:2013 environmental, health, safety and security management system standards. Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.
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