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XPO Logistics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results

Dépèche transmise le 21 février 2012 par Business Wire

BUCHANAN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: XPO) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2011. Total revenue was $44.1 million and gross margin was $7.2 million for the fourth quarter 2011, increases of 6.1% and 11.6%, respectively, year-over-year.

For the fourth quarter 2011, the company reported a net loss of $1.5 million, compared with net income of $820,000 for the fourth quarter 2010. The company reported a net loss available to common shareholders of $2.2 million for the fourth quarter 2011, or a loss of $0.27 per diluted share, compared with net income available to common shareholders of $820,000, or earnings of $0.10 per diluted share, for the same period in 2010. The net loss available to common shareholders in fourth quarter 2011 reflects $750,000 in cumulative preferred dividends relating to the quarter.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), a non-GAAP financial measure, was a loss of $2.1 million for the fourth quarter 2011, compared with EBITDA of $1.7 million for the same period in 2010. Fourth quarter 2011 EBITDA includes $1.2 million in compensation and professional fees related to the hiring of the company’s new executive team, and $882,000 of non-cash share-based compensation. A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income is provided in the attached financial tables.

CEO Comments

Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Operationally, we had a strong fourth quarter, with a 6% revenue increase and a gross margin improvement of almost 12% year-over-year. Our freight brokerage and expedited teams improved on some key metrics. At the same time, the costs of putting an executive team and infrastructure in place had the anticipated impact on the bottom line. These are strategic investments that should return significant benefits as we further execute our plan.”

Jacobs continued, “We have solid progress to report. XPO opened a new truck brokerage operation in Phoenix in December, the first of 20 coldstarts planned over the next few years. A second location is scheduled to open in Michigan in April. We also added new freight forwarding locations in Newark, Charlotte and Atlanta. We’re on track to reach our goal of 10 new freight forwarding locations by the end of 2013.

“We’ll achieve another major milestone in March, when we roll out the first phase of our new IT platform. This is going to provide us with a single, scalable platform that will support the growth of our coldstarts and the integration of the companies we acquire. We’re now immersed in a robust pipeline of acquisition prospects, confident in our ability to rapidly scale and manage operations of any size.”

Fourth Quarter 2011 by Business Unit

  • Expedited transportation: The Express-1 business generated total revenue of $20.3 million, a 10.1% improvement from the same period in 2010. The increase in revenue primarily reflects growth in cross-border-Mexico and temperature-controlled transactions. Gross margin percentage was 20.9%, compared with 19.5% in 2010. Express-1’s operating income was $1.8 million for the quarter, a 94.2% increase from the same period last year. The increase in operating income for the quarter primarily reflects a more disciplined focus on pricing and lower incentive compensation.
  • Freight forwarding: The Concert Group Logistics (“CGL”) business generated total revenue of $16.8 million, a 4.9% decrease from the same period in 2010. Gross margin percentage was 9.2%, compared with 9.8% in 2010. CGL’s performance was primarily impacted by lost revenue from larger accounts that more than offset an increase in the number of new customers. Operating income was $35,000 for the quarter, compared with $519,000 last year, reflecting higher accrual for bad debt expense related to one customer and an investment in additional salespeople.
  • Freight brokerage: Our freight brokerage business generated total revenue of $8.3 million, a 27.2% improvement from the fourth quarter of 2010. Gross margin of 16.8% was in-line with the previous year. Operating income was $496,000 for the quarter, a 42.9% increase compared with last year. The improvements in revenue and operating income were primarily driven by increased volume due to headcount additions and sales productivity improvement.

Full Year 2011 Financial Results

For the full year 2011, operating revenue and gross margin were $177.1 million and $29.8 million, increases of 12.1% and 8.7%, respectively, year-over-year.

For the full year 2011, the company reported net income of $759,000, compared with net income of $4.9 million for 2010. The company reported a net loss available to common shareholders of $44.6 million for 2011, or a loss of $5.41 per diluted share, compared with net income available to common shareholders of $4.9 million, or earnings of $0.59 per diluted share, for 2010. The net loss available to common shareholders in 2011 reflects a $44.2 million non-cash accounting charge related to the beneficial conversion features of the previously announced equity investment led by Jacobs Private Equity, LLC, in addition to $1.1 million in cumulative preferred dividends relating to 2011.

EBITDA was $2.9 million for the full year 2011, compared with $9.7 million for the full year 2010. Annual 2011 EBITDA includes $1.0 million in indirect transaction fees associated with the equity investment led by Jacobs Private Equity, LLC, $2.7 million of compensation and other fees related to the hiring of the company’s new executive team, and $1.2 million of non-cash share-based compensation. A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income is provided in the attached financial tables.

Recent Appointments

The company previously announced the appointment of John Hardig as chief financial officer, effective February 13. Mr. Hardig most recently served as a managing director in the Transportation & Logistics investment banking group with Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Previously, he was an investment banker in the Transportation and Telecom groups at Alex. Brown & Sons (now Deutsche Bank). Mr. Hardig has represented market leaders in truck and rail brokerage, international freight forwarding, value-added warehousing and distribution, and trucking. He has advised transportation and logistics companies on more than 60 mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions, including lead-managed IPOs for C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and Hub Group, Inc. His equity underwriting experience also includes follow-on equity offerings for Forward Air, Inc., Heartland Express, Inc. and Knight Transportation, Inc.

Additionally, the following appointments are now effective:

Robert Martin, branch president, Phoenix, Arizona

Mr. Martin most recently served as vice president of sales and operations for Knight Brokerage, a division of Knight Transportation, Inc. Previously, he spent 14 years with C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., initially as account manager from 1994 to 1999, and then as sales manager with responsibility for new business development from 1999 to 2010.

Timothy Thomas, branch president, Ann Arbor, Michigan (opening April 2012)

Mr. Thomas has 18 years of freight brokerage experience, most recently as manager of the Ann Arbor, Mich., branch of Allen Lund Company, Inc. from 2001 to 2012. Earlier, he held the position of transportation broker with C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. from 1994 to 2001.

Jacob Schnell, manager–carrier procurement

Mr. Schnell is a seasoned sales professional who most recently served as global logistics provider / senior sales executive with C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Additionally, his positions with C.H. Robinson from 2004 to 2011 include roles in branch operations, major account management and employee recruitment.

Leisa Morgan, regional carrier procurement specialist

Ms. Morgan has more than a decade of experience with third-party logistics operations. Her career has included carrier relations for Transplace Freight Services from 2010 to 2011, manager of customer service for American Central Transport, Inc. from 2007 to 2010, and national account manager for Knight Transportation, Inc. from 2004 to 2007. Earlier, she served as dedicated on-site manager for Werner Value Added Services, the logistics arm of truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, Inc.

David Norkett, district manager, Charlotte, North Carolina

Mr. Norkett has more than two decades of experience in the transportation logistics industry. In 1991, he joined Pilot Freight Services, Inc. as district manager, and was named regional manager in 2003. From 2008 to 2011, he had responsibility for freight forwarding locations in the Carolinas, Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee, first as director of sales and operations, and then as general manager. Mr. Norkett began his career as a terminal manager for Right-O-Way Transportation, Inc. from 1988 to 1991.

Michael Cocci, sales and operations manager, Phoenix, Arizona

Mr. Cocci began his logistics career with Allen Lund Company, Inc. in 2000, where he worked as a transportation broker. In 2005, he was named manager of Allen Lund’s Phoenix, Ariz., branch, where he led the business through six years of growth.

Conference Call

The company will hold a conference call on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants can call toll-free (from U.S./Canada) 1-888-396-2384; international callers dial +1-617-847-8711. A live webcast of the conference will be available on the Investor Relations area of the company’s website, www.xpologistics.com. The conference will be archived until March 21, 2012. To access the replay by phone, call toll-free (from U.S./Canada) 1-888-286-8010; international callers dial +1-617-801-6888. Use participant passcode 73727364.

About XPO Logistics, Inc.

Founded in 1989, XPO Logistics, Inc. is a non-asset based, third-party logistics provider of freight transportation services that uses a network of relationships with ground, sea and air carriers to find the best transportation solutions for its customers. The company offers its services through three distinct business units: expedited transportation (Express-1, Inc.); freight forwarding (Concert Group Logistics, Inc.); and freight brokerage. XPO Logistics serves more than 4,000 retail, commercial, manufacturing and industrial customers through nine U.S. operations centers and 23 agent locations.

The company’s strategy for growth is: selective acquisition of non-asset based transportation logistics companies that would benefit from greater scale and potential access to capital; organic growth through the opening of a significant number of new freight brokerage offices in North America; and the optimization of its operations by investing in an expanded sales and service workforce, implementing an advanced IT infrastructure, incorporating industry best practices, and leveraging scale to share capacity more efficiently and increase buying power. www.xpologistics.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) rules, such as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the quarters and years ended December 31, 2011 and December 31, 2010. As required by SEC rules, we provide reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable measure (net income) under United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), which are set forth in the attachments to this release. We believe that EBITDA is a useful measure of operating performance because it allows management, investors and others to evaluate and compare our core operating results from period to period by removing the impact of our capital structure (interest expense from our outstanding debt), asset base (depreciation and amortization) and tax consequences. In addition to its use by management, we believe EBITDA is a measure widely used by securities analysts, investors and others to evaluate the financial performance of companies in our industry. Other companies may calculate EBITDA differently, and therefore our EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income, cash flows from operating activities and other measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Items excluded from EBITDA are significant and necessary components of the operations of our business, and, therefore, EBITDA should only be used as a supplemental measure of our operating performance.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “should,” “will,” “expect,” “objective,” “projection,” “forecast,” “goal,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “effort,” “target” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terms. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances.

These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to a material difference include, but are not limited to, those discussed in our filings with the SEC and the following: economic conditions generally; competition; our ability to find suitable acquisition candidates and execute our acquisition strategy; our ability to raise capital; our ability to attract and retain key employees to execute our growth strategy; our ability to develop and implement a suitable information technology system; our ability to maintain positive relationships with our network of third-party transportation providers; and governmental regulation. All forward-looking statements set forth in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by us will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on us or our business or operations. Forward-looking statements set forth in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, changes in expectations or the occurrence of unanticipated events.

               
XPO Logistics, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended December 31, Twelve Months Ended December 31,
2011   2010 Difference   % 2011   2010 Difference   %
 
Total revenue $ 44,085,000     $ 41,557,000 $ 2,528,000     6.1 % $ 177,076,000     $ 157,987,000 $ 19,089,000     12.1 %
Direct expense
Transportation services 33,439,000 31,494,000 1,945,000 6.2 % 133,007,000 117,625,000 15,382,000 13.1 %
Station commissions 2,711,000 2,926,000 (215,000 ) -7.3 % 11,098,000 10,724,000 374,000 3.5 %
Insurance 415,000 342,000 73,000 21.3 % 1,597,000 1,161,000 436,000 37.6 %
Other   349,000       372,000   (23,000 )   -6.2 %     1,596,000       1,077,000   519,000     48.2 %
Direct expense   36,914,000       35,134,000   1,780,000     5.1 %   147,298,000       130,587,000   16,711,000     12.8 %
Gross margin   7,171,000       6,423,000   748,000     11.6 %   29,778,000       27,400,000   2,378,000     8.7 %
SG&A expenses
Salaries & benefits 5,449,000 3,325,000 2,124,000 63.9 % 15,158,000 12,039,000 3,119,000 25.9 %
Purchased services 1,821,000 744,000 1,077,000 144.8 % 6,733,000 2,519,000 4,214,000 167.3 %
Depreciation & amortization 251,000 290,000 (39,000 ) -13.4 % 1,046,000 1,173,000 (127,000 ) -10.8 %
Other   2,039,000       703,000   1,336,000     190.0 %   5,117,000       3,223,000   1,894,000     58.8 %
Total SG&A expenses   9,560,000       5,062,000   4,498,000     88.9 %   28,054,000       18,954,000   9,100,000     48.0 %
Operating (loss) income   (2,389,000 )     1,361,000   (3,750,000 )   -275.5 %   1,724,000       8,446,000   (6,722,000 )   -79.6 %
Other expense (6,000 ) 38,000 (44,000 ) -115.8 % 56,000 140,000 (84,000 ) -60.0 %
Interest expense   46,000       65,000   (19,000 )   -29.2 %   191,000       205,000   (14,000 )   -6.8 %
(Loss) income before income tax (2,429,000 ) 1,258,000 (3,687,000 ) -293.1 % 1,477,000 8,101,000 (6,624,000 ) -81.8 %
Income tax (benefit) provision   (967,000 )     438,000   (1,405,000 )   -320.8 %   718,000       3,213,000   (2,495,000 )   -77.7 %
Net (loss) income (1,462,000 ) 820,000 (2,282,000 ) -278.0 % 759,000 4,888,000 (4,129,000 ) -84.5 %
Preferred stock deemed dividends,
and dividends   (750,000 )     -   (750,000 )   -     (45,336,000 )     -   (45,336,000 )   -  
Net (loss) income available to
common shareholders $ (2,212,000 )   $ 820,000 $ (3,032,000 )   -369.8 % $ (44,577,000 )   $ 4,888,000 $ (49,465,000 )   -1012.0 %
 
Basic (loss) earnings per
common share (0.27 ) 0.10 (5.41 ) 0.61
 
Diluted (loss) earnings per share (0.27 ) 0.10 (5.41 ) 0.59
 
 
Basic weighted average common
shares outstanding 8,303,550 8,124,510 8,246,577 8,060,346
 
Diluted weighted average common
shares outstanding 8,303,550 8,506,432 8,246,577 8,278,995
 

Note: All share-related amounts in this press release and the financial tables reflect the 4-for-1 reverse stock split that was effected on September 2, 2011.

   
XPO Logistics, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash $ 74,007,000 $ 561,000
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $356,000 and $136,000, respectively 22,425,000 24,272,000
Prepaid expenses 426,000 257,000
Deferred tax asset, current 955,000 314,000
Income tax receivable 1,109,000 1,348,000
Other current assets   219,000     813,000  
Total current assets 99,141,000 27,565,000
 
Property and equipment, net of $3,937,000 and $3,290,000 in accumulated depreciation, respectively 2,979,000 2,960,000
Goodwill 16,959,000 16,959,000
Identifiable intangible assets, net of $3,356,000 and $2,827,000 in accumulated amortization, respectively 8,053,000 8,546,000
Loans and advances 128,000 126,000
Other long-term assets   381,000     516,000  
Total long-term assets   28,500,000     29,107,000  
Total assets $ 127,641,000   $ 56,672,000  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 8,565,000 $ 8,756,000
Accrued salaries and wages 2,234,000 1,165,000
Accrued expenses, other 2,789,000 2,877,000
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases 1,675,000 1,680,000
Other current liabilities   808,000     773,000  
Total current liabilities 16,071,000 15,251,000
 
Line of credit - 2,749,000
Long-term debt and capital leases, net of current maturities 454,000 2,083,000
Deferred tax liability, long-term

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