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JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Oct. 30, 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 third quarter 2019 financial results. Diluted earnings per share in the quarter were $1.25 compared to $1.07 in the third quarter of 2018.
Third Quarter 2019 Compared to Third Quarter 2018 Results
“The record third quarter results at Saia were achieved even as the Company opened three new terminals and relocated another all in the back half of September, as we continue to focus on our long-term growth strategy,” said Saia President and Chief Operating Officer, Fritz Holzgrefe. “While I was generally pleased with our execution in the third quarter, the challenge created by the new terminal openings and relocations late in the quarter, and continuing negative weight per shipment trends provided a larger than expected headwind to results,” continued Holzgrefe. “Saia’s LTL yield increased year-over-year for the 37th consecutive quarter and the market remains rational in our view,” Holzgrefe concluded.
“This year has been by far our most active year in terms of facility openings since our organic expansion began in 2017,” stated Saia Chief Executive Officer, Rick O’Dell. “We have opened eight new terminals in the Northeast including two in October and we have relocated three others in major markets. Additionally, in early October we opened a new terminal in Long Beach, California,” continued O’Dell. “Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the country and this 14th terminal in California positions us well for continued growth. The Long Beach terminal opening highlights our long-term opportunity to open new terminals in existing markets and get closer to customers, provide better service and ultimately gain market share,” continued O’Dell. “We plan to relocate two additional terminals before year-end,” concluded O’Dell.
Financial Position and Capital Expenditures
Total debt was $165.3 million at September 30, 2019 and inclusive of the cash on-hand, net debt to total capital was 17.3%. This compares to total debt of $121.3 million and net debt to total capital of 15.3% at September 30, 2018.
Net capital expenditures in the year-to-date period through September were $250.7 million including equipment acquired with capital leases. This compares to $182.5 million in net capital expenditures through the first nine months of 2018. In 2019, we anticipate net capital expenditures of $275-$300 million.
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 800-367-2403 or 334-777-6978 referencing conference ID #9832917. 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 November 27, 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 Johns Creek, GA, Saia LTL Freight operates 168 terminals across 43 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.
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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)|
|September 30, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||15||$||2,194|
|Accounts receivable, net||218,000||181,612|
|Prepaid expenses and other||31,694||29,567|
|Total current assets||249,709||213,373|
|PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT:|
|Less: accumulated depreciation||693,895||628,283|
|Net property and equipment||1,041,124||893,058|
|OPERATING LEASE RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS||103,650||–|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Wages and employees' benefits||53,068||48,116|
|Other current liabilities||68,607||64,118|
|Current portion of long-term debt||19,245||18,082|
|Current portion of operating lease liability||18,304||–|
|Total current liabilities||244,081||209,310|
|Long-term debt, less current portion||146,020||104,777|
|Operating lease liability, less current portion||86,552||–|
|Deferred income taxes||108,711||86,893|
|Claims, insurance and other||44,537||36,899|
|Total other liabilities||385,820||228,569|
|Additional paid-in capital||259,388||254,738|
|Deferred compensation trust||(3,824||)||(3,381||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||792,371||695,864|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||1,422,272||$||1,133,743|
|Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|For the Quarters and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018|
|(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)|
|Third Quarter||Nine Months|
|Salaries, wages and employees' benefits||250,162||224,635||708,203||656,165|
|Fuel, operating expenses and supplies||84,259||81,643||253,130||245,182|
|Operating taxes and licenses||13,634||12,366||40,365||37,310|
|Claims and insurance||7,850||9,985||30,536||30,086|
|Depreciation and amortization||31,333||26,694||87,258||74,965|
|Loss from property disposals, net||451||326||607||305|
|Total operating expenses||423,532||386,865||1,218,514||1,139,258|
|NONOPERATING EXPENSES (INCOME):|
|Nonoperating expenses, net||1,848||1,271||4,660||3,706|
|INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES||43,511||37,426||120,496||104,135|
|Income tax expense||10,543||9,231||28,196||24,534|
|Average common shares outstanding - basic||25,978||25,792||25,936||25,752|
|Average common shares outstanding - diluted||26,460||26,354||26,413||26,328|
|Basic earnings per share||$||1.27||$||1.09||$||3.56||$||3.09|
|Diluted earnings per share||$||1.25||$||1.07||$||3.49||$||3.02|
|Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018|
|(Amounts in thousands)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||207,298||$||187,110|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||207,298||187,110|
|Acquisition of property and equipment||(245,203||)||(155,217||)|
|Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment||678||778|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(244,525||)||(154,439||)|
|Borrowing (repayment) of revolving credit agreement, net||50,005||(28,000||)|
|Proceeds from stock option exercises||2,927||4,165|
|Shares withheld for taxes||(3,471||)||(1,396||)|
|Other financing activity||(14,413||)||(11,631||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||35,048||(36,862||)|
|NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS||(2,179||)||(4,191||)|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD||2,194||4,720|
|CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD||$||15||$||529|
|Equipment financed with finance leases||$||6,165||$||28,052|
|Total current liabilities|
|Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries|
|For the Quarters Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018|
|LTL tonnage (1)||1,263||1,208||4.6||19.74||19.17||3.0|
|LTL shipments (1)||1,941||1,780||9.0||30.33||28.26||7.3|
|LTL length of haul (2)||842||835||0.8|
(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.