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 Landstar System Reports Second Quarter Revenue of $1.045 Billion and Record Second Quarter Diluted Earnings Per Share of $1.53
   Wednesday, July 24, 2019 4:15:00 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) reported record second quarter diluted earnings per share of $1.53 in the 2019 second quarter on revenue of $1.045 billion. Landstar reported diluted earnings per share of $1.51 on revenue of $1.183 billion in the 2018 second quarter. Gross profit (defined as revenue less the cost of purchased transportation and commissions to agents) was $158.0 million in the 2019 second quarter compared to $171.4 million in the 2018 second quarter. Operating margin, representing operating income divided by gross profit, was 51.2 percent in the 2019 second quarter.

Truck transportation revenue hauled by independent business capacity owners (“BCOs”) and truck brokerage carriers in the 2019 second quarter was $968.2 million, or 93 percent of revenue, compared to $1.105 billion, or 93 percent of revenue, in the 2018 second quarter. Truckload transportation revenue hauled via van equipment in the 2019 second quarter was $605.4 million compared to $713.3 million in the 2018 second quarter. Truckload transportation revenue hauled via unsided/platform equipment in the 2019 second quarter was $338.1 million compared to $364.7 million in the 2018 second quarter. Revenue hauled by rail, air and ocean cargo carriers was $56.8 million, or 5 percent of revenue, in the 2019 second quarter compared to $60.3 million, or 5 percent of revenue, in the 2018 second quarter.

Trailing twelve-month return on average shareholders’ equity was 37 percent and trailing twelve-month return on invested capital, representing net income divided by the sum of average equity plus average debt, was 32 percent. Landstar purchased approximately 550,000 shares of its common stock during the 2019 second quarter at an aggregate cost of approximately $56.8 million. Currently, the Company is authorized to purchase up to approximately 1,326,000 shares of the Company’s common stock under Landstar’s previously announced share purchase programs. As of June 29, 2019, the Company had $285 million in cash and short term investments and $216 million available for borrowings under the Company’s senior credit facility. Landstar also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.185 per share payable on August 30, 2019, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 12, 2019. This quarterly dividend includes a 12 percent increase to the amount of the Company’s regular quarterly dividend declared following each of the prior four quarters. It is currently the intention of the Board to pay dividends on a quarterly basis going forward.

“Landstar’s business model performed very well in the 2019 second quarter given the significant change in U.S. freight dynamics from 2018 to 2019,” said Landstar’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Gattoni. “We entered 2019 knowing we would face very difficult year-over-year comparisons after a record setting 2018.  Plus, in late 2018, we began to experience decelerating rates of growth in both truck revenue per load and truck loads that continued through the first quarter of 2019. The freight environment softened further from the 2019 first quarter to the 2019 second quarter, putting additional downward pressure on rates, especially in the spot market where the Company primarily operates. Although demand for freight services has slowed and capacity has become more readily available as compared to 2018, I believe we continue to be in a relatively healthy freight environment.  In Landstar’s 2019 first quarter earnings release on April 24, we provided second quarter revenue guidance of $1.075 billion to $1.125 billion and second quarter diluted earnings per share guidance of $1.56 to $1.62. On June 5, we disclosed in a Form 8-K and further explained at a webcast investor conference later that day that, based on recent market conditions, and, in particular, a comparatively challenging pricing environment with respect to the Company’s truckload services, we may not achieve the bottom end of the range of estimates for revenue and earnings per diluted share we provided on April 24, 2019.  Revenue and diluted earnings per share for the 2019 second quarter were below the bottom end of the guidance issued on April 24, 2019 largely due to actual truckload rates below our original expectations, beginning in the month of May. Nonetheless, diluted earnings per share were $1.53 in the 2019 second quarter, the highest second quarter diluted earnings per share in Landstar history, as lower top-line numbers were offset by lower costs, showing the strength of Landstar’s variable cost model.”

Gattoni continued, “On April 24, Landstar provided volume guidance for the 2019 second quarter indicating that truck volumes would be approximately equal to the number of loads hauled by truck in the 2018 second quarter. The number of loads hauled via truck in the 2019 second quarter decreased 1 percent from the 2018 second quarter, driven entirely by a 3 percent decrease in the number of loads hauled via van equipment. The aggregate number of loads hauled via railroads, ocean cargo carriers and air cargo carriers was 8 percent lower in the 2019 second quarter compared to the 2018 second quarter.”

Gattoni further commented, “As I referred to above, the pricing environment for our truck services continued to drive truckload rates in the 2019 second quarter below the 2018 second quarter, as industry-wide truck capacity was more readily available than during the 2018 second quarter. The Company’s guidance issued on April 24, 2019 called for a decrease in revenue per load on loads hauled via truck in a high single-digit percentage range from the 2018 second quarter. Revenue per load on loads hauled via truck was below the prior year comparable period by 8 percent, 11 percent and 13 percent for April, May and June, respectively. Revenue per load on loads hauled via van equipment decreased 13 percent from the 2018 second quarter and revenue per load on loads hauled via unsided/platform equipment decreased 7 percent from the 2018 second quarter. As a result, revenue per load on loads hauled via truck was 11 percent lower in the 2019 second quarter than the 2018 second quarter.”

Gattoni continued, “Through the first few weeks of July, the number of loads hauled via truck was slightly behind the number of loads hauled in the corresponding period of 2018. I expect that trend to continue during the remainder of the 2019 third quarter.  Accordingly, I expect the number of loads hauled via truck in the 2019 third quarter to be below the number of loads hauled by truck in the 2018 third quarter in a low single-digit percentage range. My expectation is that pricing conditions for truck services experienced during the 2019 second quarter will continue through the 2019 third quarter with little change in the level of truck capacity available in the marketplace. Assuming those capacity market conditions continue throughout the rest of the third quarter, I expect 2019 third quarter truck revenue per load to be lower than the 2018 third quarter in a low double-digit percentage range. I anticipate revenue for the 2019 third quarter to be in a range of $1.01 billion to $1.06 billion. Assuming that range of estimated revenue and insurance and claims expense at 3.6 percent of BCO revenue, representing average insurance and claims costs as a percent of BCO revenue over the past five years, I would anticipate 2019 third quarter diluted earnings per share to be in a range of $1.48 to $1.54 per share.”

Landstar will provide a live webcast of its quarterly earnings conference call tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. ET. To access the webcast, visit the Company’s website at www.landstar.com ; click on “Investor Relations” and “Webcasts,” then click on “Landstar’s Second Quarter 2019 Earnings Release Conference Call.”

The following is a “safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements contained in this press release that are not based on historical facts are “forward-looking statements”. This press release contains forward-looking statements, such as statements which relate to Landstar’s business objectives, plans, strategies and expectations. Terms such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “intention,” “expects,” “plans,” “predicts,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “will,” the negative thereof and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are by nature subject to uncertainties and risks, including but not limited to: an increase in the frequency or severity of accidents or other claims; unfavorable development of existing accident claims; dependence on third party insurance companies; dependence on independent commission sales agents; dependence on third party capacity providers; decreased demand for transportation services; U.S. foreign trade relationships; substantial industry competition; disruptions or failures in the Company’s computer systems; cyber and other information security incidents; dependence on key vendors; changes in fuel taxes; status of independent contractors; regulatory and legislative changes; regulations focused on diesel emissions and other air quality matters; catastrophic loss of a Company facility; intellectual property; unclaimed property; and other operational, financial or legal risks or uncertainties detailed in Landstar’s Form 10K for the 2018 fiscal year, described in Item 1A Risk Factors, and in other SEC filings from time to time. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results or events to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated. Investors should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.

About Landstar:
Landstar System, Inc. is a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services to a broad range of customers utilizing a network of agents, third-party capacity providers and employees. Landstar transportation services companies are certified to ISO 9001:2015 quality management system standards and RC14001:2015 environmental, health, safety and security management system standards.  Landstar System, Inc. is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Its common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market® under the symbol LSTR.


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Landstar System, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
             
             
      Twenty Six Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended
      June 29, June 30, June 29, June 30,
       2019   2018   2019  2018 
             
Revenue   $  2,078,040  $  2,230,712  $  1,045,040 $  1,182,786 
Investment income     2,421     1,752     1,283    891 
             
Costs and expenses:         
 Purchased transportation    1,591,126     1,727,237     799,371    916,940 
 Commissions to agents    173,294     176,524     87,623    94,399 
 Other operating costs, net of gains on asset sales/dispositions    18,100     15,210     9,861    7,606 
 Insurance and claims     31,279     38,899     16,286    21,539 
 Selling, general and administrative    82,565     94,249     41,297    48,998 
 Depreciation and amortization    22,350     21,766     11,034    10,769 
             
  Total costs and expenses    1,918,714     2,073,885     965,472    1,100,251 
             
Operating income     161,747     158,579     80,851    83,426 
Interest and debt expense     1,514     1,639     709    839 
             
Income before income taxes    160,233     156,940     80,142    82,587 
Income taxes       35,833     36,975     19,042    20,095 
             
Net income      124,400     119,965     61,100    62,492 
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest    (17)    (75)    -    (31)
Net income attributable to Landstar System,        
 Inc. and subsidiary  $  124,417  $  120,040  $  61,100 $  62,523 
             
Earnings per common share attributable to        
 Landstar System, Inc. and subsidiary $  3.11  $  2.88  $  1.53 $  1.51 
             
Diluted earnings per share attributable to         
 Landstar System, Inc. and subsidiary $  3.11  $  2.87  $  1.53 $  1.51 
             
Average number of shares outstanding:        
 Earnings per common share     40,053,000     41,744,000     39,945,000    41,450,000 
 Diluted earnings per share    40,053,000     41,795,000     39,945,000    41,491,000 
             
Dividends per common share $  0.330  $  0.300  $  0.165 $  0.150 
             


 

          
Landstar System, Inc. and Subsidiary
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
          
          
       June 29, December 29,
        2019   2018 
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
 Cash and cash equivalents  $  250,212  $  199,736 
 Short-term investments     35,138     40,058 
 Trade accounts receivable, less allowance   
  of $6,744 and $6,413     594,122     691,604 
 Other receivables, including advances to independent   
  contractors, less allowance of $7,729 and $6,216   27,212     23,744 
 Other current assets     32,619     16,287 
  Total current assets     939,303     971,429 
          
Operating property, less accumulated depreciation   
   and amortization of $264,910 and $250,153   269,246     284,032 
Goodwill       38,407     38,232 
Other assets      101,737     86,871 
Total assets   $  1,348,693  $  1,380,564 
          
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY     
Current liabilities:      
 Cash overdraft   $  43,620  $  55,339 
 Accounts payable     285,569     314,134 
 Current maturities of long-term debt    39,194     43,561 
 Insurance claims     41,254     40,176 
 Accrued compensation     11,372     29,489 
 Contractor escrow     25,530     25,202 
 Other current liabilities     27,711     27,917 
  Total current liabilities     474,250     535,818 
          
Long-term debt, excluding current maturities   65,573     84,864 
Insurance claims      31,016     30,429 
Deferred income taxes and other non-current liabilities   49,554     40,320 
          
Equity       
Landstar System, Inc. and subsidiary shareholders' equity   
 Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 160,000,000    
  shares, issued 68,064,877 and 67,870,962 shares   681     679 
 Additional paid-in capital     224,550     226,852 
 Retained earnings     1,952,439     1,841,279 
 Cost of 28,435,182 and 27,755,001 shares of common   
  stock in treasury     (1,446,425)    (1,376,111)
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,945)    (5,875)
  Total Landstar System, Inc. and subsidiary shareholders'   
   equity      728,300     686,824 
Noncontrolling interest     -      2,309 
  Total equity      728,300     689,133 
Total liabilities and equity   $  1,348,693  $  1,380,564 
          

 

          
 Landstar System, Inc. and Subsidiary
 Supplemental Information
 (Unaudited)
             
             
     Twenty Six Weeks Ended  Thirteen Weeks Ended
     June 29, June 30,  June 29, June 30,
      2019   2018    2019   2018 
Revenue generated through (in thousands):         
             
 Truck transportation         
  Truckload:         
   Van equipment $  1,224,379  $  1,369,476   $  605,365  $  713,341 
   Unsided/platform equipment    648,828     664,045      338,107     364,676 
  Less-than-truckload    48,108     50,948      24,732     27,364 
   Total truck transportation    1,921,315     2,084,469      968,204     1,105,381 
 Rail intermodal    58,585     61,587      28,570     32,295 
 Ocean and air cargo carriers    58,893     51,506      28,224     28,029 
 Other (1)     39,247     33,150      20,042     17,081 
     $  2,078,040  $  2,230,712   $  1,045,040  $  1,182,786 
             
 Revenue on loads hauled via BCO Independent Contractors (2)         
  included in total truck transportation $  923,928  $  998,953   $  474,620  $  527,803 
             
Number of loads:         
             
 Truck transportation         
  Truckload:         
   Van equipment  686,901   691,866    345,080   354,947 
   Unsided/platform equipment  260,920   255,334    135,750   135,543 
  Less-than-truckload  74,549   70,670    39,240   37,250 
   Total truck transportation  1,022,370   1,017,870    520,070   527,740 
 Rail intermodal  23,880   26,840    11,420   13,560 
 Ocean and air cargo carriers  14,810   13,030    7,300   6,700 
      1,061,060   1,057,740    538,790   548,000 
             
 Loads hauled via BCO Independent Contractors (2)         
  included in total truck transportation  483,660   480,890    248,810   247,710 
             
Revenue per load:         
             
 Truck transportation         
  Truckload:         
   Van equipment $  1,782  $  1,979   $  1,754  $  2,010 
   Unsided/platform equipment    2,487     2,601      2,491     2,690 
  Less-than-truckload    645     721      630     735 
   Total truck transportation    1,879     2,048      1,862     2,095 
 Rail intermodal    2,453     2,295      2,502     2,382 
 Ocean and air cargo carriers    3,977     3,953      3,866     4,183 
             
 Revenue per load on loads hauled via BCO Independent Contractors (2)$  1,910  $  2,077   $  1,908  $  2,131 
             
Revenue by capacity type (as a % of total revenue);         
             
 Truck capacity providers:         
  BCO Independent Contractors (2)  44%  45%   45%  45%
  Truck Brokerage Carriers  48%  49%   47%  49%
 Rail intermodal  3%  3%   3%  3%
 Ocean and air cargo carriers  3%  2%   3%  2%
 Other   2%  1%   2%  1%
             
             
          June 29, June 30,
           2019   2018 
Truck Capacity Providers         
             
 BCO Independent Contractors (2)         9,879     9,501 
 Truck Brokerage Carriers:         
   Approved and active (3)         40,097     37,045 
   Other approved         17,790     15,406 
             57,887     52,451 
 Total available truck capacity providers         67,766     61,952 
             
 Trucks provided by BCO Independent Contractors (2)         10,587     10,155 
             
             
(1) Includes primarily reinsurance premium revenue generated by the insurance segment and intra-Mexico transportation services revenue generated by
  Landstar Metro.         
             
(2) BCO Independent Contractors are independent contractors who provide truck capacity to the Company under exclusive lease arrangements.
             
(3) Active refers to Truck Brokerage Carriers who moved at least one load in the 180 days immediately preceding the fiscal quarter end. 
             

 

Contact:  Kevin StoutLandstar System, Inc.www.landstar.com 904-398-9400

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