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TransForce Announces 2012 Third Quarter Results

  • Total revenue of $761.7 million, up from $743.0 million last year
  • EBIT of $66.9 million, or 8.8% of total revenue, versus $57.0 million, or 7.7% of total revenue last year
  • Strong 31% increase in adjusted net income to $43.5 million, or $0.43 per share
  • Free cash flow of $79.5 million, or $0.84 per share
  • $42.0 million repurchase of common shares and $22.8 million decrease in long-term debt driven by solid cash flow generation


Montreal, Quebec, October 24, 2012 – TransForce Inc. (TSX: TFI), a North American leader in the transportation and logistics industry, today announced its results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012.


“Once again, TransForce performed strongly in a challenging market environment. While total revenue grew 3%, our key EBIT metric rose more than 17% year-over-year, as our focus on optimizing operating efficiency and asset utilization continued to generate superior results for our shareholders. Package and Courier, Less-Than-Truckload (“LTL”) and Truckload (“TL”) operations reported further profitability gains driven by our constant focus on maximizing return on assets, while business in the energy sector slowed due to lower industry-wide activity. Strong free cash flow generation also allowed TransForce to repurchase common shares and reimburse long-term debt,” said Alain Bédard, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TransForce.

Financial highlights
(in millions of dollars, except per share data)
Quarters ended Sept. 30, Nine months ended Sept. 30,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Total revenue  761.7  743.0 2,361.9 1,955.0
Revenue excluding fuel surcharge 683.0 667.2 2,115.9 1,757.7
Income from operating activities (EBIT 1) 66.9 57.0 183.0 130.7
Free cash flow 2 79.5 92.3 175.9 128.4
Adjusted net income 3 43.5 33.3 106.0 68.6
      Per share – diluted ($) 0.43 0.34 1.07 0.71
Net income 53.8 19.3 118.1 60.5
      Per share – diluted ($) 0.53 0.20 1.18 0.63
Weighted average shares outstanding ('000s) 94,622 95,449 95,285 95,377


1 Earnings before finance income and costs and income taxes.
2 Net cash from operating activities less additions to property and equipment plus proceeds from sale of property and equipment.
3 Excluding the after-tax effect of changes in the fair value of derivatives, net foreign exchange gain or loss, and items that are not in the Company’s normal business.

 

Third-quarter results

Total revenue reached $761.7 million, up from $743.0 million a year ago. Third-quarter EBIT rose 17% to $66.9 million, or 8.8% of total revenue, up from $57.0 million, or 7.7% of total revenue in the corresponding period a year earlier. Approximately half of the year-over-year monetary increase in EBIT stems from successful measures to optimize operations, while the other half is attributable to acquisitions.


Net income for the period increased 178% to $53.8 million, or $0.53 per share, fully diluted, up from $19.3 million, or $0.20 per share, fully diluted, in the third quarter of 2011. Adjusted net income, which excludes the after-tax effect of changes in the fair value of derivatives, net foreign exchange gain or loss, and items that are not in the Company’s normal business, rose 31% to $43.5 million, or $0.43 per share, fully diluted, versus $33.3 million, or $0.34 per share, fully diluted, last year.

 

Nine-month results

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, total revenue reached $2.4 billion, up 21% from $2.0 billion for the same period a year earlier. EBIT rose 40% to $183.0 million, or 7.7% of total revenue, up from $130.7 million, or 6.7% of total revenue, last year. Net income for the period amounted to $118.1 million, or $1.18 per share, fully diluted, up 95% from $60.5 million, or $0.63 per share, fully diluted, for the first nine months of 2011. Adjusted net income was $106.0 million, or $1.07 per share, fully diluted, versus from $68.6 million, or $0.71 per share, fully diluted, a year earlier.

 

Segmented results

(in millions of dollars) Quarters ended Sept. 30, Nine months ended Sept. 30,
 2012  2011 2012 2011
$ $ $ $
Total revenue
     Package and Courier 287.2 295.6 867.1 669.6
     Less-Than-Truckload 159.6 137.7 489.9 382.4
     Truckload 147.7 155.2 458.3 470.3
     Specialized Services - Energy 99.1 80.4 329.2 229.6
     Specialized Services - Others 84.5 86.8 259.5 244.2
     Eliminations  (16.4) (12.8) (42.2) (41.1)
Total 761.7 743.0 2,361.9 1,955.1
                 
   $ % of Rev. % of Rev. % of Rev. % of Rev.
Income from operating activities (EBIT)
     Package and Courier 17.4 6.0 14.8 5.0 52.0  6.0 40.7 6.1
     Less-Than-Truckload 10.8 6.7 9.0 6.6 26.0 5.3 11.9 3.1
     Truckload 14.9 10.1 12.5 8.0 38.0 8.3 29.6 6.3
     Specialized Services - Energy 12.6 12.7 10.8 13.4 40.7 12.4 23.5 10.2
     Specialized Services - Others 14.8 17.5 13.1 15.1 38.2 14.7 33.8 13.9
     Corporate (3.5) (3.3) (11.9) (8.9)
Total 66.9 8.8 57.0 7.7 183.0 7.7 130.7 6.7

Note: due to rounding, totals may differ slightly from the sum of individual segmented revenue or EBIT.

 

Strong cash flow allows share repurchase and debt reimbursement

Net cash from operating activities reached $89.6 million in the third quarter of 2012, while free cash flow for the period amounted to $79.5 million, or $0.84 per share. TransForce used this robust cash flow to repurchase $42.0 million in common shares under its normal course issuer bid program and to reimburse its long-term debt, which decreased by $22.8 million during the quarter. Going forward, TransForce will continue to use its solid cash flow to partially finance its disciplined acquisition strategy, further reimburse long-term debt and remain active on its normal course issuer bid program.

 

Outlook

“As the North American economy remains hesitant, TransForce will maintain its relentless focus on maximizing return on assets. This guiding principle will also dictate our approach to capital utilization, including the execution of our selective acquisition strategy. Internally, our priority on cost control and asset optimization should lead to further efficiency gains and additional strong cash flow generation. Above all, by leveraging its enhanced density and by providing innovative, value-added solutions to its growing North American customer base, TransForce will be a consistent source of value creation for shareholders,” concluded Mr. Bédard.

 

Conference call

TransForce will hold a conference call for analysts and portfolio managers on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss these results. Business media are also invited to listen to the call. Interested parties can join the call by dialling 1-888-231-8191. A recording of the call will be available until midnight, October 31, 2012, by dialling 1-855-859-2056 or 416-849-0833 and entering passcode 34726664.