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Saia Reports First Quarter Earnings per Share of $0.85

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga., May 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Saia, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAIA), a leading transportation provider offering multi-regional less-than-truckload (LTL), non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services, today reported first quarter 2019 financial results. Diluted earnings per share in the quarter were $0.85 compared to $0.80 in the first quarter of 2018.

First Quarter 2019 Compared to First Quarter 2018 Results

  • Revenues were $410.6 million, a 4.5% increase
  • Operating income was $28.6 million, a 3.8% increase
  • Operating ratio was flat at 93.0
  • LTL shipments per workday decreased 0.1%
  • LTL tonnage per workday decreased 3.5%
  • LTL revenue per hundredweight increased 10.6%
  • LTL revenue per shipment rose 6.8% to $230.43

“In the first quarter we saw continued success with selling our value proposition to customers and we were able to increase LTL revenue per hundred weight by 10.6% including average contractual renewal rates that rose 9.8% in the quarter.  This increase in LTL yield marked the 35th consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement, reflecting our improving service reach and record low cargo claims ratio”, said Saia Chief Executive Officer, Rick O’Dell.

“While first quarter 2019 diluted earnings per share were a first quarter record, we are disappointed that we were not able to bring more of our strong yield improvements to the bottom line.  The first quarter is typically the seasonally softest period of the year and we simply incurred too many weather-related volume and cost impacts to reach our profitability goals in the period.  Winter weather throughout the quarter caused parts of our network to be interrupted on an almost weekly basis”, O’Dell continued.

“We opened one additional terminal in the Northeast in the first quarter and have plans to open an additional four or five in that region over the remainder of the year.  Broadening our direct service coverage area is resonating with customers and nearly 70% of our business in and out of the Northeast is coming from customers who were already using Saia in other parts of the country”, concluded O’Dell. 

Financial Position and Capital Expenditures

Total debt was $148.9 million at March 31, 2019 and inclusive of the cash on-hand, net debt to total capital was 17.2%.  This compares to total debt of $142.6 million and net debt to total capital of 19.0% at March 31, 2018.

Net capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2019 were $56.5 million including equipment acquired with capital leases.  This compares to $52.1 million in net capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2018.  In 2019, we anticipate net capital expenditures of $275-$300 million.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call to discuss quarterly results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 800-458-4121 or 323-794-2093 referencing conference ID #2680729.  Callers should dial in five to ten minutes in advance of the conference call.  This call will be webcast live via the Company website at www.saia.com.  A replay of the call will be offered two hours after the completion of the call through May 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The replay will be available by dialing 888-203-1112.

Saia, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAIA) offers customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services.  With headquarters in Georgia, Saia LTL Freight operates 162 terminals across 42 states.  For more information on Saia, Inc. visit the Investor Relations section at www.saia.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Securities and Exchange Commission encourages companies to disclose forward-looking information so that investors can better understand the future prospects of a company and make informed investment decisions. This news release may contain these types of statements, which are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “believe,” “should” and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect the present expectation of future events of our management as of the date of this news release and are subject to a number of important factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements. These factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, (1) general economic conditions including downturns in the business cycle; (2) effectiveness of Company-specific performance improvement initiatives, including management of the cost structure to match shifts in customer volume levels; (3) the creditworthiness of our customers and their ability to pay for services; (4) failure to achieve acquisition synergies; (5) failure to operate and grow acquired businesses in a manner that supports the value allocated to these acquired businesses;

(6) economic declines in the geographic regions or industries in which our customers operate; (7) competitive initiatives and pricing pressures, including in connection with fuel surcharge; (8) loss of significant customers; (9) the Company’s need for capital and uncertainty of the credit markets; (10) the possibility of defaults under the Company’s debt agreements (including violation of financial covenants); (11) possible issuance of equity which would dilute stock ownership; (12) integration risks; (13) the effect of litigation including class action lawsuits; (14) cost and availability of qualified drivers, fuel, purchased transportation, real property, revenue equipment, technology and other assets; (15) the effect of governmental regulations, including but not limited to Hours of Service, engine emissions, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative, the Food and Drug Administration, compliance with legislation requiring companies to evaluate their internal control over financial reporting, Homeland Security, environmental regulations, tax law changes and potential changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and to certain international tariffs; (16) changes in interpretation of accounting principles; (17) dependence on key employees; (18) inclement weather; (19) labor relations, including the adverse impact should a portion of the Company’s workforce become unionized; (20) terrorism risks; (21) self-insurance claims and other expense volatility; (22) risks arising from international business operations and relationships; (23) cost and availability of insurance coverage, including the possibility the Company may be required to pay additional premiums under its auto liability policy; (24) increased costs of healthcare and prescription drugs, including as a result of healthcare reform legislation; (25) social media risks; (26) disruption in or failure of the Company’s technology or equipment, including services essential to operations of the Company and/or cyber security risk; (27) failure to successfully execute the strategy to expand the Company’s service geography into the Northeastern United States; and (28) other financial, operational and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC filings. 

As a result of these and other factors, no assurance can be given as to our future results and achievements. Accordingly, a forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances and those future events or circumstances may not occur. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. We are under no obligation, and we expressly disclaim any obligation, to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(Amounts in thousands)  
    March 31,
  December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents   $   31     $   2,194    
Accounts receivable, net       202,133         181,612    
Prepaid expenses and other       38,923         29,567    
  Total current assets       241,087         213,373    
Cost       1,553,938         1,521,341    
Less: accumulated depreciation       648,408         628,283    
  Net property and equipment       905,530         893,058    
OPERATING LEASE RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS       72,460         –    
 OTHER ASSETS       27,780         27,312    
  Total assets   $   1,246,857     $   1,133,743    
Accounts payable   $   71,983     $   78,994    
Wages and employees' benefits       38,834         48,116    
Other current liabilities       65,345         64,118    
Current portion of long-term debt       17,914         18,082    
Current portion of operating lease liability       17,390         –    
  Total current liabilities       211,466         209,310    
Long-term debt, less current portion       130,964         104,777    
Operating lease liability, less current portion       58,035         –    
Deferred income taxes       92,208         86,893    
Claims, insurance and other       36,534         36,899    
  Total other liabilities       317,741         228,569    
Common stock       26         26    
Additional paid-in capital       254,575         254,738    
Deferred compensation trust       (3,691 )       (3,381 )  
Retained earnings       466,740         444,481    
  Total stockholders' equity       717,650         695,864    
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity    $   1,246,857     $   1,133,743    

Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the Quarters Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
    First Quarter
      2019       2018  
OPERATING REVENUE   $   410,584     $   392,805  
Salaries, wages and employees' benefits        220,352       211,124  
Purchased transportation       28,418       29,916  
Fuel, operating expenses and supplies       83,543       78,794  
Operating taxes and licenses        13,202       12,150  
Claims and insurance        9,530       10,191  
Depreciation and amortization       26,782       23,030  
Loss from property disposals, net       126       21  
  Total operating expenses        381,953         365,226  
OPERATING INCOME        28,631         27,579  
Interest expense       1,383         1,226  
Other, net       (334 )       (103 )
  Nonoperating expenses, net       1,049         1,123  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES       27,582         26,456  
Income tax expense       5,323         5,331  
NET INCOME    $   22,259     $   21,125  
Average common shares outstanding - basic       25,873         25,698  
Average common shares outstanding - diluted       26,322         26,308  
Basic earnings per share   $   0.86     $   0.82  
Diluted earnings per share   $   0.85     $   0.80  


Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018  
(Amounts in thousands)  
    First Quarter  
      2019       2018    
Net cash provided by operating activities   $   30,400     $   35,502    
  Net cash provided by operating activities       30,400         35,502    
Acquisition of property and equipment       (56,741 )       (46,881 )  
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment       275         100    
  Net cash used in investing activities       (56,466 )       (46,781 )  
Borrowing of revolving credit agreement, net       30,608         7,832    
Proceeds from stock option exercises       1,798         4,018    
Shares withheld for taxes       (3,268 )       (1,302 )  
Other financing activity       (5,235 )       (3,493 )  
  Net cash provided by financing activities       23,903         7,055    
NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS       (2,163 )       (4,224 )  
NON-CASH ITEMS:          
  Equipment financed with finance leases   $   –      $   5,318    


Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Financial   Information  
For the Quarters Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018  
                First Quarter      
    First Quarter    %    Amount/Workday    %   
      2019       2018     Change   2019   2018   Change  
Workdays             63   64      
Operating ratio   93.0 %     93.0 %                  
LTL tonnage (1)   1,139       1,199       (5.0 )   18.07   18.73     (3.5 )  
LTL shipments (1)   1,741       1,770       (1.6 )   27.63   27.65     (0.1 )  
LTL revenue/cwt. $   17.61     $   15.92       10.6                
LTL revenue/shipment $   230.43     $   215.79       6.8                
LTL pounds/shipment   1,308       1,355       (3.5 )              
LTL length of haul (2)   831       837       (0.7 )              
(1 ) In thousands.                        
(2 ) In miles.                        
Note: LTL operating statistics exclude transportation and logistics services where pricing is generally not determined by weight.  The LTL operating statistics also exclude the adjustment required for financial statement purposes in accordance with the Company's revenue recognition policy.  

CONTACT:  Saia, Inc.
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