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Forward Air Corporation Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

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Forward Air Corporation Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Forward Air Corporation Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

GREENEVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Forward Air Corporation (NASDAQ:FWRD) today reported revenue, operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

“We had another outstanding quarter for cash flows allowing us to increase cash by $11.2 million to close the quarter with cash of $85.7 million. Consistent with year end we had $50.0 million outstanding on our line of credit with $38.3 million available on our credit facility.”

Operating revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 increased 12.3% to $120.2 million from $107.0 million for the same quarter in 2010. Income from operations was $13.3 million, compared with $6.1 million in the prior-year quarter. As a percent of operating revenue, income from operations increased to 11.1% from 5.7% for the same quarter last year. Net income during the period increased to $7.9 million from $3.4 million in the prior-year quarter. Income per diluted share for the first quarter of 2011 was $0.27 compared with $0.12 in the prior-year quarter.

Bruce A. Campbell, Chairman, President, and CEO, commenting on the first quarter said, “We were very pleased with out first quarter performance. Our operating income and income per diluted share exceeded last year’s by 118% and 125% respectively driven, in large part, by the exceptional performance of our airport-to-airport service offering. Ongoing low inventory levels and tightening capacity has increased the demand for our expedited time-definite service mode of transportation and we believe this provides for substantial growth potential for the foreseeable future.”

Commenting further, Mr. Campbell said, “Our Forward Air Solutions business segment results were driven by traditionally weak first quarter demand compounded by horrible weather early this year. Unlike our core business, specialty retail sales that are missed due to bad weather are typically not recaptured. With the majority of our cost control initiatives in place, Solutions stands poised for profitability as volumes return from existing customers and we build density from new business wins.”

In closing, Mr. Campbell said, “As we have stated previously, our goal is to return, as quickly as possible, to the pre-recession margins and returns our shareholders expect from us. While the 540 basis point improvement in our operating ratio is most encouraging, we remain vigilant to not allow unnecessary costs to creep back into the model. This will enable us to take full advantage of the model’s ample operating leverage. Lastly and most importantly, we thank our employees and independent contractors whose hard work and dedication made these results possible.”

Commenting further on the quarter, Rodney L. Bell, Senior Vice President and CFO said, “We had another outstanding quarter for cash flows allowing us to increase cash by $11.2 million to close the quarter with cash of $85.7 million. Consistent with year end we had $50.0 million outstanding on our line of credit with $38.3 million available on our credit facility.”

Commenting on the Company’s guidance for the second quarter, Mr. Bell said, “We anticipate that our second quarter 2011 revenues will increase in the range of 8% to 12% over the comparable 2010 period, and we expect income per diluted share to be between $0.34 and $0.38 per share. This compares to $0.27 per share in the second quarter of 2010.”

Review of Financial Results

Forward Air will hold a conference call to discuss first quarter 2011 results on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The Company’s conference call will be available online at www.forwardair.com or by dialing 800.841.9385, pass code 41970161. A replay of the conference call will be available at www.forwardair.com beginning shortly after the completion of the live call.

About Forward Air Corporation

Forward Air Corporation operates two business segments, Forward Air, Inc. and Forward Air Solutions, Inc.

Forward Air, Inc. is a high-service-level contractor to the air cargo industry providing time-definite ground transportation services through a network of terminals located on or near major airports in 84 cities in the United States and Canada. It provides these services as a cost-effective alternative to air transportation of cargo that must be delivered at a specific time but is relatively less time-sensitive than traditional air freight or when air transportation is not economical.

Forward Air Solutions, Inc. is a provider of pool distribution services. Pool distribution involves the consolidation and shipment of several smaller less-than-truckload shipments to a common area or region. Once at the regional destination, the loads are deconsolidated, then grouped with other shipments with common delivery points, and delivered in a very precise, time-sensitive manner. Our pool distribution network consists of terminals and service locations in 19 cities within the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and Southwestern United States.

 
Forward Air Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three months ended
March 31,   March 31,
2011 2010
Operating revenue:
Forward Air
Airport-to-airport $ 82,147 $ 70,888
Logistics 16,494 13,855
Other 6,403 5,875
Forward Air Solutions
Pool distribution   15,157   16,359
Total operating revenue 120,201 106,977
 
Operating expenses:
Purchased transportation
Forward Air
Airport-to-airport 32,593 28,799
Logistics 12,799 10,768
Other 1,473 1,492
Forward Air Solutions
Pool distribution   3,457   3,442
Total purchased transportation 50,322 44,501
Salaries, wages and employee benefits 30,495 30,670
Operating leases 6,706 6,629
Depreciation and amortization 5,082 4,949
Insurance and claims 2,175 2,331
Fuel expense 2,388 2,058
Other operating expenses   9,747   9,784
Total operating expenses   106,915   100,922
Income from operations 13,286 6,055
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (195 ) (185 )
Other, net   16   30
Total other expense   (179 )   (155 )
Income before income taxes 13,107 5,900
Income taxes   5,238   2,481
Net income $ 7,869 $ 3,419
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.27 $ 0.12
Diluted $ 0.27 $ 0.12
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 29,135 28,951
Diluted 29,371 29,074
 
Dividends per share: $ 0.07 $ 0.07
 
Forward Air Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
           
March 31, December 31,
2011 2010 (a)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash $ 85,681 $ 74,504
Accounts receivable, net 68,387 62,763
Other current assets   9,541   8,696
Total current assets 163,609 145,963
 
Property and equipment 217,560 213,704
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   88,033   87,272
Total property and equipment, net 129,527 126,432
Goodwill and other acquired intangibles:
Goodwill 43,332 43,332
Other acquired intangibles, net   30,111   31,259
Total goodwill and other acquired intangibles 73,443 74,591
Other assets   1,523   1,810
Total assets $ 368,102 $ 348,796
 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 11,804 $ 10,687
Accrued expenses 21,900 16,280
Current portion of debt and capital lease obligations   603   638
Total current liabilities 34,307 27,605
 
Debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion 50,747 50,883
Other long-term liabilities 8,371 8,106
Deferred income taxes 6,408 6,116
 
Shareholders’ equity:
Common stock 292 290
Additional paid-in capital 30,668 24,300
Retained earnings   237,309   231,496
Total shareholders’ equity   268,269   256,086
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 368,102 $ 348,796
 

(a) Taken from audited financial statements, which are not presented in their entirety.

 
Forward Air Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
   
Three months ended
March 31, March 31,
2011 2010
Operating activities:
Net income $ 7,869 $ 3,419
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities
Depreciation and amortization 5,082 4,949
Share-based compensation 1,443 1,763
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 21 1
Provision for (recovery) loss on receivables (50 ) 90
Provision for revenue adjustments 484 423
Deferred income taxes 20 (873 )
Tax benefit for stock options exercised (88 ) (4 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable (6,058 ) (3,218 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (881 ) 1,786
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 7,377 1,856
Net cash provided by operating activities 15,219 10,192
 
Investing activities:
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment 279 20
Purchases of property and equipment (7,329 ) (5,426 )
Other   308   39
Net cash used in investing activities (6,742 ) (5,367 )
 
Financing activities:
Payments of debt and capital lease obligations (171 ) (261 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 4,838 38
Payments of cash dividends (2,055 ) (2,029 )
Tax benefit for stock options exercised   88   4
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   2,700   (2,248 )
Net increase in cash 11,177 2,577
Cash at beginning of period   74,504   42,035
Cash at end of period $ 85,681 $ 44,612

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Forward Air Corporation
Segment Information
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three months ended
March 31,   Percent of   March 31,   Percent of     Percent
2011 Revenue 2010 Revenue Change Change
Operating revenue
Forward Air $ 105.2 87.5 % $ 90.9 85.0

%

 

$ 14.3 15.7 %
FASI 15.2 12.6 16.4 15.3 (1.2 ) (7.3 )
Intercompany Eliminations   (0.2 ) (0.1 )   (0.3 ) (0.3 )   0.1 (33.3 )
Total   120.2 100.0   107.0 100.0   13.2 12.3
 
Purchased transportation
Forward Air 46.9 44.6 41.1 45.2 5.8 14.1
FASI 3.6 23.7 3.7 22.6 (0.1 ) (2.7 )
Intercompany Eliminations   (0.2 ) 100.0   (0.3 ) 100.0   0.1 (33.3 )
Total   50.3 41.8   44.5 41.6   5.8 13.0
 
Salaries, wages and employee benefits
Forward Air 23.9 22.7 23.4 25.7 0.5 2.1
FASI   6.6 43.4   7.3 44.5   (0.7 ) (9.6 )
Total   30.5 25.4   30.7 28.7   (0.2 ) (0.7 )
 
Operating leases
Forward Air 4.9 4.7 4.5 5.0 0.4 8.9
FASI   1.8 11.8   2.1 12.8   (0.3 ) (14.3 )
Total   6.7 5.6   6.6 6.2   0.1 1.5
 
Depreciation and amortization
Forward Air 4.1 3.9 4.0 4.4 0.1 2.5
FASI   1.0 6.6   0.9 5.5   0.1 11.1
Total   5.1 4.2   4.9 4.6   0.2 4.1
 
Insurance and claims
Forward Air 1.6 1.5 1.8 2.0 (0.2 ) (11.1 )
FASI