- Revenues increased 11% to $499.5 million
- EBITDA increased 20% to $74.5 million
- Record EBITDA margin of 14.9%
- Adjusted EPS increased 71% to $0.24
Montreal, October 28, 2010 – TransForce Inc. (“TransForce” or “the Company”) (TSX: TFI - T), the leader in the Canadian transportation and logistics industry, today announced its results for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2010. Despite continuing weak industry conditions, TransForce translated a moderate rise in revenues into greater increases in its most important performance measures such as EBITDA and adjusted net income and achieved its highest EBITDA margin in the last five years.
“The third quarter continued the trends established earlier in the year. The economic recovery is not as robust as some predicted but we kept firm control on our costs. In this difficult environment, we were pleased to see strong performance from the Package and Courier segment and the oilfield and oilsands services companies,” said Alain Bédard, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TransForce Inc. “Real improvement for the industry is slow in coming so we will maintain our highly disciplined approach which has produced good results for our shareholders.”
In the third quarter, TransForce acquired substantially all the assets of Speedy Heavy Hauling, Inc. Those oilfield services assets are now part of Hemphill Speedy in the Company’s Specialized Services segment.
TransForce also announced that its Package and Courier subsidiary Canpar won a minimum three-year contract to provide overnight courier services to the Government of Ontario.
Third Quarter Results
For the three months ended September 30, 2010, TransForce reported total revenues of $499.5 million, an 11% increase over $451.4 million in the same period of 2009. Revenue excluding fuel surcharge increased 10% to $460.8 million, compared with $418.9 million a year ago.
TransForce increased operating income before depreciation by 21% to $69.2 million, compared with $57.2 million in the third quarter of 2009 as it held costs essentially flat while increasing revenue. Third quarter EBITDA was $74.5 million, 20% higher than the $62.0 million reported a year earlier.
As a percentage of revenue, EBITDA increased to 14.9% from 13.7% in the third quarter of 2009. Adjusted net income, which excludes the after-tax effect of changes in the fair value of derivatives and of items that are not in the Company’s normal business, increased by 77% to $23.2 million from $13.1 million in the third quarter of 2009. Adjusted earnings per share increased to $0.24 from $0.14 in the year-earlier period.
Cash flow from operations before net change in non-cash operating working capital was $59.4 million in the third quarter, compared with $52.8 million in the same quarter of 2009.
During the third quarter, TransForce’s capital expenditures were $34.1 million. This included $21.5 million for rolling stock, $8.1 million related to properties, and $4.5 million for other equipment. The Company invested $19.3 million in the same quarter of last year. The Company paid out a dividend of $0.10 per share during the quarter, unchanged from a year ago.
“Our diversification means that, overall, TransForce continues to improve its performance with Specialized Services adding 21% to revenues and the Package and Courier segment growing revenues by 39% from a year ago, while Truckload and Less-Than-Truckload are essentially unchanged,” said Mr. Bédard. “Given industry conditions, these quarterly results are strong and we believe we can continue to improve in the future.”
Results for First Nine Months
Total revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 increased by 8% to $1.46 billion from $1.36 billion in the same period of 2009. Excluding fuel surcharges, revenue was $1.35 billion compared with $1.27 billion a year ago.
Revenue growth was stronger than the increase in operating expenses and fixed costs and general and administrative expenses in the first three quarters. This produced operating income before depreciation of $188.1 million, an 18% increase from the first nine months of 2009.
EBITDA for the nine-month period was $192.2 million up 16% from $166.3 in the year-earlier period. EBITDA margin increased to 13.1% from 12.2% a year ago.
Adjusted net income was $52.4 million or $0.55 per share in the first nine months, compared with $28.7 million, or $0.33 per share, at the same point last year. This represents increases of 82% and 67% respectively.
For the first nine months, cash flow from operations before net change in non-cash operating working capital was $152.5 million compared with $140.6 million in the comparable period of 2009. The Company’s free cash flow was $106.6 million or $1.12 per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.
TransForce negotiated a new credit facility during the quarter and reduced interest expense by approximately $443,000 to $26.8 million for the first nine months. Despite incurring debt to complete acquisitions during the quarter, at September 30, 2010, TransForce’s long-term debt was $704.0 million, slightly below the December 31, 2009 level. However, long-term debt as a percentage of total capitalization at the end of the quarter was 55.01%, down from 57.03% at December 31, 2009. TransForce paid out dividends of $0.30 per share during the first nine months, the same as a year earlier.
Third Quarter Management Conference Call
TransForce’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alain Bédard, will host a conference call for investors to discuss the results of the periods ended September 30, 2010 on Friday, October 29, 2010, at 9:00 a.m.
To participate in the conference call, investors are invited to call 1-800-920-2968.
A recording of the call will be available until midnight, November 5, 2010, by dialing 1-800-558-5253 or 416-626-4100 and entering passcode 21482922.
The partial financial statements for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 included below are an integral part of this news release.
Please click here to download the Financial Statements.
For more detailed financial information, reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures and integral financial statements, please see Management’s Discussion and Analysis which can be found on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website www.transforcecompany.com.