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C.H. Robinson Reports Third Quarter Results

Dépèche transmise le 20 octobre 2009 par Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (“C.H. Robinson”) (NASDAQ: CHRW), today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2009.

Summarized financial results for the quarter ended September 30 are as follows (dollars in thousands, except per share data):

   
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
    %    

%

2009   2008   change 2009   2008   change
 
Total revenues $ 1,954,803 $ 2,316,593 -15.6 % $ 5,568,823 $ 6,623,511 -15.9 %
 

Net revenues:

Transportation
Truck 268,055 262,500 2.1 % 790,640 774,027 2.1 %
Intermodal 8,350 11,952 -30.1 % 26,608 31,830 -16.4 %
Ocean 13,404 17,164 -21.9 % 40,578 43,453 -6.6 %
Air 8,309 8,474 -1.9 % 23,394 26,235 -10.8 %
Miscellaneous   11,714     10,297   13.8 %   32,529     30,997   4.9 %
Total transportation 309,832 310,387 -0.2 % 913,749 906,542 0.8 %
Sourcing 30,860 28,223 9.3 % 95,477 85,561 11.6 %
Information services   11,874     12,978   -8.5 %   33,647     38,700   -13.1 %
Total net revenues 352,566 351,588 0.3 % 1,042,873 1,030,803 1.2 %
 

Operating expenses

 

197,765

   

202,969

 

-2.6

%

 

600,820

   

601,601

 

-0.1

%

Operating income   154,801     148,619   4.2 %   442,053     429,202   3.0 %
Net income $ 95,460   $ 93,560   2.0 % $ 273,096   $ 270,296   1.0 %
Diluted EPS $ 0.57 $ 0.54 5.6 % $ 1.61 $ 1.56 3.2 %
 

Our consolidated total revenues decreased 15.6 percent in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008. Our Transportation revenue decline of 20.0 percent in the third quarter of 2009 was driven by falling transportation rates and volume declines in many of our transportation modes. Transportation rates declined primarily due to a reduction in fuel prices. Our pricing to our customers also decreased due to a significant decline in overall transportation market demand as a result of the economic recession. Weak demand also negatively impacted our volumes.

Our Sourcing revenues increased 8.4 percent in the third quarter of 2009 primarily due to volume growth. Our Information Services revenues decreased 8.5 percent in the third quarter of 2009. The decrease was driven by lower fuel prices and declines in transactions.

Total Transportation net revenues decreased 0.2 percent to $309.8 million in the third quarter of 2009 from $310.4 million in the third quarter of 2008. Our Transportation net revenue margin increased to 19.8 percent in 2009 from 15.9 percent in 2008 largely driven by a decline in fuel prices and a lower cost of capacity.

Our truck net revenues, which consist of truckload and less-than-truckload (“LTL”) services, increased 2.1 percent in the third quarter of 2009. Our truckload volumes were relatively consistent with the third quarter of 2008. Our truckload net revenue margins increased due to lower fuel prices and lower cost of capacity. Excluding the estimated impacts of fuel, on average our truckload rates decreased approximately 7 percent in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008. Our LTL net revenues decreased slightly. The decrease was driven by price declines, largely offset by volume increases. Our LTL net revenue margin was relatively consistent with the third quarter of 2008.

Our intermodal net revenue decrease of 30.1 percent in the third quarter was driven largely by price declines, combined with volume decreases. Net revenue margin was relatively consistent with the third quarter of 2008.

Our ocean transportation net revenues decreased 21.9 percent in the third quarter of 2009 driven by decreased volumes and price declines. Excluding our previously announced acquisition of Walker Logistics Overseas Ltd. (“Walker”) on June 12, 2009, our ocean transportation net revenues would have declined approximately 24.3 percent. Our ocean net revenue margins increased due to lower cost of capacity.

Our air transportation net revenue declined 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2009. Excluding the Walker acquisition, our volumes declined and our air transportation net revenues decreased approximately 13.3 percent.

For the third quarter, Sourcing net revenues increased 9.3 percent to $30.9 million in 2009 from $28.2 million in 2008. This increase was driven primarily by volume growth and the acquisition of Rosemont Farms Corporation, Inc. (“Rosemont”) on September 15, 2009.

Our Information Services net revenues decreased 8.5 percent in the third quarter of 2009. The decrease was driven by declines in transactions and lower fuel prices, as some of our merchant fees are based on a percentage of the total sale amount.

For the third quarter, operating expenses decreased 2.6 percent to $197.8 million in 2009 from $203.0 million in 2008. This was due to a decrease of 2.4 percent in personnel expenses and a decrease of 3.2 percent in other selling, general, and administrative expenses. As a percentage of net revenues, total operating expenses decreased slightly to 56.1 percent in the third quarter of 2009 from 57.7 percent in the third quarter of 2008.

On September 14, 2009, we acquired certain assets of Rosemont Farms Corporation, Inc., a produce marketing company, and its sister company Quality Logistics, LLC, a non-asset based transportation provider that focuses on produce transportation. Rosemont is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida and has approximately 100 employees.

During the third quarter of 2009, the C.H. Robinson Board of Directors authorized management to repurchase an additional 10,000,000 shares. These repurchases are expected to take place over multiple years. We are currently purchasing shares under the 2007 authorization of 10,000,000 shares. There are approximately 2,700,000 shares remaining under the 2007 authorization.

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is one of the largest non-asset based third party logistics companies in the world. C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions, currently serving over 32,000 customers through a network of 235 offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. C.H. Robinson maintains one of the largest networks of motor carrier capacity in North America and works with over 50,000 transportation providers worldwide.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release are forward-looking statements that represent our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies concerning future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience or our present expectations, including, but not limited to such factors as changes in economic conditions such as the current recession and decreased consumer confidence, changes in market demand and pressures on the pricing for our services; competition and growth rates within the third party logistics industry; freight levels and availability of truck capacity or alternative means of transporting freight, and changes in relationships with existing truck, rail, ocean and air carriers; changes in our customer base due to possible consolidation among our customers; our ability to integrate the operations of acquired companies with our historic operations successfully; risks associated with litigation and insurance coverage; risks associated with operations outside of the U.S.; risks associated with the potential impacts of changes in government regulations; risks associated with the produce industry, including food safety and contamination issues; fuel prices and availability; and the impact of war on the economy; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in our Annual and Quarterly Reports.

Conference Call Information:
C.H. Robinson Worldwide Third Quarter 2009 Earnings Conference Call
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Live webcast available through Investor Relations link at www.chrobinson.com
Telephone access: 877-941-6009; conference ID 4164763
Webcast replay available through November 3, 2009; Investor Relations link at www.chrobinson.com
Telephone audio replay available until 12:59 a.m. Eastern Time on October 23, 2009: 800-406-7325; passcode: 4164763#

 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)
 
   
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2009   2008 2009   2008
 
Revenues:
Transportation $ 1,563,335 $ 1,953,555 $ 4,369,438 $ 5,522,521
Sourcing 379,594 350,060 1,165,738 1,062,290
Information Services   11,874   12,978   33,647   38,700
Total revenues   1,954,803   2,316,593   5,568,823   6,623,511
Costs and expenses:
Purchased transportation and related services 1,253,503 1,643,168 3,455,689 4,615,979
Purchased products sourced for resale 348,734 321,837 1,070,261 976,729
Personnel expenses 148,750 152,331 453,716 452,606
Other selling, general, and administrative expenses  

49,015

 

50,638

 

147,104

 

148,995

Total costs and expenses   1,800,002   2,167,974   5,126,770   6,194,309
 
Income from operations   154,801   148,619   442,053   429,202
 
Investment and other income   439   1,595   1,658   5,778
 
Income before provision for income taxes 155,240 150,214 443,711 434,980
Provision for income taxes   59,780   56,654   170,615   164,684
Net income $ 95,460 $ 93,560 $ 273,096 $ 270,296
 
Net income per share (basic) $ 0.57 $ 0.55 $ 1.62 $ 1.60
Net income per share (diluted) $ 0.57 $ 0.54 $ 1.61 $ 1.56
Weighted average shares outstanding (basic) 167,191 168,864 168,168 169,432
Weighted average shares outstanding (diluted) 168,648 172,446 169,746 173,236
 
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
 
  September 30,   December 31,
2009 2008
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 376,274 $ 494,743
Available-for-sale securities 11,918 2,644
Receivables, net 884,565 828,884
Other current assets   39,523   21,600
Total current assets 1,312,280 1,347,871
 
Property and equipment, net 118,785 104,088
Intangible and other assets   410,968   363,762
Total Assets $ 1,842,033 $ 1,815,721
 
Liabilities and stockholders’ investment
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and outstanding checks $ 590,798 $ 568,758
Accrued compensation 79,249 93,431
Other accrued expenses   27,974   35,464

Total current liabilities

698,021 697,653
 
Long term liabilities   25,769   10,847
Total liabilities 723,790 708,500
 
Total stockholders’ investment   1,118,243   1,107,221
Total liabilities and stockholders’ investment $ 1,842,033 $ 1,815,721
 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited, in thousands, except operational data)
 
 
  Nine months ended
September 30,
2009   2008
Operating activities:
Net income $ 273,096 $ 270,296
Stock-based compensation 17,187 16,562
Depreciation and amortization 22,195 23,198
Provision for doubtful accounts 13,626 9,982
Other non-cash change, net (2,238 ) 4,810
Net changes in operating elements   (81,495 )   (149,517 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 242,371 175,331
 
Investing activities:
Net property additions (28,993 ) (16,108 )
Purchases of available-for-sale securities (11,915 ) (136,954 )
Sales/maturities of available-for-sale securities 2,763 250,489
Cash paid for acquisition, net (43,537 ) (59,696 )
Other assets, net   213     677  
Net cash (used for) provided by investing activities (81,469 ) 38,408
 
Financing activities:
Repayment of acquired line of credit - (9,383 )
Net repurchases of common stock (162,723 ) (130,477 )
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation plans 8,052 9,802
Cash dividends   (122,023 )   (113,477 )
Net cash used for financing activities (276,694 ) (243,535 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash   (2,677 )   2,828  
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (118,469 ) (26,968 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   494,743     338,885  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 376,274