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Hub Group, Inc. Reports Record First Quarter 2019 Results

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Highlights of the quarter

  • 11% revenue growth
  • 40% increase in gross margin with growth in all four service lines
  • 115% increase in operating income
  • Operating margin improved 180 basis points to 3.8%
  • EBITDA increased 83% to $64.0 million
  • Benefit from investment in Elevate technology transformation

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hub Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HUBG) announced first quarter 2019 net income of $23.9 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.71. Income from continuing operations for the first quarter 2018 was $11.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share.   


Results of Continuing Operations

Revenue for the current quarter increased by 11% to $933.0 million compared with $837.3 million for the first quarter 2018 as a result of our success in providing multimodal solutions to our customers and the addition of the CaseStack business in December 2018.  Operating income for the current quarter increased 115% to $35.6 million versus $16.5 million for the first quarter 2018, primarily as a result of effective margin improvement initiatives, our focus on providing value-added customer solutions, continuing investments in technology and stringent cost control.  Operating margin expanded to 3.8% for the current quarter, as compared to 2.0% in the prior year quarter.

First quarter intermodal revenue increased 8% to $536.0 million due to price increases, partially offset by a 1% decline in volume. Transcon volume was up 1%, local west was down 1%, and local east was up 1%. Intermodal gross margin increased compared to the first quarter of 2018 primarily due to implementing our pricing strategy which improved network balance.

Truck brokerage revenue decreased 2% to $117.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same quarter of last year.  Truck brokerage handled 20% more loads while fuel, price and mix combined were down 22% due primarily to the addition of CaseStack, which primarily handles LTL freight. Contractual truckload volume represented 85% of total truckload volume compared to 80% in the first quarter of 2018.   Truck brokerage gross margin increased compared to the first quarter of 2018 primarily due to the implementation of our new operating and procurement processes, pricing philosophy, compensation changes, and increased alignment with the sales organization, as well as the addition of CaseStack.

First quarter logistics revenue grew 25% to $203.3 million.  Revenue and gross margin expanded due to the addition of CaseStack, benefits from continuous improvements and cross selling to our customers and improved yield management. 

Dedicated revenue increased 26% to $76.1 million compared to the same quarter in the prior year due to improved pricing and growth with new accounts which was offset by lost business.  Dedicated gross margin improved compared to the first quarter of 2018 due to implementation of our yield management processes and improved operational discipline.  We ended the quarter with approximately 1,400 tractors and 5,300 trailers for Dedicated. 

Costs and expenses increased to $91.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $74.5 million in the first quarter of 2018 due primarily to costs and expenses of $12.6 million related to CaseStack (which includes $2.3 million of non-cash amortization expense), $2.5 million of higher compensation expense, and an increase of approximately $1.5 million in IT expense associated with our Elevate projects.  Costs and expenses include a total of $3.4 million of non-cash amortization expense related to CaseStack and Hub Group Dedicated and $0.6 million of compensation expense associated with restricted stock issued to CaseStack management in connection with the acquisition.


Results of Discontinued Operations

Income from discontinued operations related to the sale of our Mode segment for the first quarter 2018 was $5.1 million, or $0.15 per diluted share. 

Cash Flow and Capitalization

Our capital expenditures for the first quarter 2019 totaled $17.1 million, primarily for containers, tractors and technology investments.  At March 31, 2019, we had cash and cash equivalents of $112 million.    

2019 Outlook

We expect that our 2019 diluted earnings per share will range from $3.25 to $3.40. We estimate our quarterly costs and expenses will range from $96 million to $100 million.  We expect annual amortization expense associated with the CaseStack and Hub Group Dedicated acquisitions will be approximately $13.6 million and compensation expense related to restricted stock issued to CaseStack management in connection with the acquisition will be approximately $2.5 million in 2019. We project our effective tax rate for 2019 will range from 25% to 26%.

As our founder said, "Our greatest asset is our people."  To accommodate the growth in our business, we will be embarking on the expansion of our headquarters campus in Oak Brook, IL, adding a second office building that will bring our total capacity to approximately 1,400 employees on the campus.  We purchased the land adjacent to our current headquarters in 2016 and will be breaking ground on the new building in the coming months.  The budget for the new building is $55 million, of which approximately $25 million will be spent in 2019.  As a result, we are revising our capital expenditure guidance for 2019 to range from $115 million to $125 million.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

As required by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), we provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure contained in this press release to the most directly comparable measure under GAAP, which is set forth in the attached table.


CONFERENCE CALL

Hub will hold a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to discuss its first quarter 2019 results.

Hosting the conference call will be Dave Yeager, Chief Executive Officer.  Also participating on the call will be Don Maltby, Chief Operating Officer, Phil Yeager, Chief Commercial Officer and Terri Pizzuto, Chief Financial Officer.

This call is being webcast and can be accessed through the Investors link on Hub Group's web site at www.hubgroup.com.  The webcast is listen-only.  Those interested in participating in the question and answer session should follow the telephone dial-in instructions below.

To participate in the conference call by telephone, please register at http://www.yourconferencecenter.com/r.aspx?p=1&a=URLJFcvkRhDaQu. Registrants will be issued a passcode and PIN to use when dialing into the live call which will provide quickest access to the conference.  You may register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.  On the day of the call, dial (888) 206-4064 approximately ten minutes prior to the scheduled call time; enter the participant passcode and PIN received during registration.   The call will be limited to 60 minutes, including questions and answers.

An audio replay will be available through the Investors link on the Company's Web site at www.hubgroup.com. This replay will be available for 30 days.

CERTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this press release that are not historical, including statements about Hub Group's or management's earnings guidance, intentions, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and subject to risks, and should be viewed with caution. Forward-looking statements may contain words such as "expects", "expected", "believe", "projected", "estimate", or similar words, and are based on management's experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, and anticipated future developments, as well as other factors believed to be appropriate. We believe these statements and the assumptions and estimates contained in this release are reasonable based on information that is currently available to us. Such statements should be viewed with caution. Actual results or experience could differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include intermodal costs and prices, the integration of any acquisitions and expenses relating thereto, the future performance of Hub's Intermodal, Truck Brokerage, Dedicated and Logistics business lines, driver shortages, the amount and timing of strategic investments or divestitures by Hub, the failure to implement and integrate critical information technology systems, cyber security incidents, retail customers encountering adverse economic conditions and the factors listed from time to time in Hub Group's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.  Hub Group assumes no liability to update any such forward-looking statements.

SOURCE:  Hub Group, Inc.

 
 
HUB GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
           
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019
  2018
    % of     % of
  Amount Revenue   Amount Revenue
Revenue $ 932,998   100.0%   $ 837,342   100.0%
           
Transportation costs   805,709   86.4%     746,303   89.1%
Gross margin   127,289   13.6%     91,039   10.9%
           
Costs and expenses:          
Salaries and benefits   62,028   6.6%     52,304   6.3%
General and administrative   22,918   2.5%     18,437   2.2%
Depreciation and amortization   6,754   0.7%     3,763   0.4%
Total costs and expenses   91,700   9.8%     74,504   8.9%
           
Operating income   35,589   3.8%     16,535   2.0%
           
Other income (expense):          
Interest expense   (3,056 ) -0.3%     (2,103 ) -0.3%
Interest and dividend income   373   0.0%     11   0.0%
Other, net   (40 ) 0.0%     (50 ) 0.0%
Total other expense   (2,723 ) -0.3%     (2,142 ) -0.3%
           
Income from continuing operations before income taxes   32,866   3.5%     14,393   1.7%
           
Provision for income taxes   8,972   0.9%     3,324   0.4%
           
Income from continuing operations   23,894   2.6%     11,069   1.3%
           
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   -  
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