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 Old Dominion Freight Line Announces Fourth-Quarter Earnings Per Diluted Share of $0.85
   Thursday, February 04, 2016 7:00:01 AM ET

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (ODFL ) today announced financial results for the three-month period and year ended December 31, 2015, which include the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                Three Months Ended                                                                                                                                                     Twelve Months Ended
(In thousands, except per share amounts)                                                                                                           December 31,                                                          %                                                                             December 31,                                                                    %
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                                                                                                        2015               2014                               Chg.                                                  2015                                    2014                                         Chg.
                                                                                                                     ------------                                              ------------   --------------------                      ------                                            --------------   --------------------                      --------------   --------------------                      ------------------------
Revenue                                                                                                                $ 734,572                                                 $ 721,048                                               1.9  %                                             $ 2,972,442                                                $ 2,787,897                                               6.6                    %
Operating income                                                                                                       $ 113,922                                                 $ 112,298                                               1.4  %                                             $   498,240                                                $   441,307                                              12.9                    %
Operating ratio                                                                                                             84.5  %                                                   84.4  %                                                                                                      83.2  %                                                    84.2  %
Net income                                                                                                             $  72,224                                                 $  69,869                                               3.4  %                                             $   304,690                                                $   267,514                                              13.9                    %
Basic and diluted earnings per share                                                                                   $    0.85                                                 $    0.81                                               4.9  %                                             $      3.57                                                $      3.10                                              15.2                    %
Basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding                                                                     84,585                                                    86,154                                              (1.8 )%                                                  85,378                                                     86,162                                              (0.9                   )%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

David S. Congdon, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Old Dominion, commented, "Old Dominion produced solid financial results for the fourth quarter, despite a soft economic environment and strong comparable results for the fourth quarter of 2014. We believe that we gained market share during the fourth quarter based on increases in both shipments and tonnage, as customers continued to respond favorably to the superior on-time, claims-free service we provide at a fair price.

"Old Dominion’s revenues for the fourth quarter reflect the combined impact of a 3.0% increase in LTL tons and a 0.2% decline in LTL revenue per hundredweight. Tonnage in the fourth quarter included an increase in LTL shipments of 8.2% that was partially offset by the 4.8% decrease in LTL weight per shipment. Our revenue and yield were both negatively affected by a significant decline in fuel surcharges as compared with the fourth quarter of last year. The pricing environment remained relatively stable during the quarter, however, and we were pleased with the 6.1% increase in LTL revenue per hundredweight, excluding fuel surcharges."

The Company’s operating ratio increased slightly to 84.5% for the fourth quarter of 2015 as compared to the same quarter of last year, primarily due to higher costs for salaries, wages and benefits as well as increased depreciation. These changes were partially offset by the reduction in operating supplies and expenses as well as productivity improvements in platform and pickup and delivery operations. The Company finished the year with 17,931 full-time employees who achieved superior service execution in the fourth quarter, with a 99% on-time delivery percentage and a cargo claims ratio of 0.33%.

Cash Flow and Use of Capital

Old Dominion remained well-positioned at the end of 2015 to finance its growth strategies. The Company’s net cash provided by operating activities was $553.9 million for 2015, an increase of 41.4% over 2014. The Company had $11.5 million in cash and cash equivalents at year end, and its debt to total capitalization was 7.4% compared with 9.4% at the end of 2014.

Capital expenditures for 2015 were $462.1 million as compared to $367.7 million for 2014. The Company currently expects capital expenditures for 2016 to total approximately $440.0 million, including planned expenditures of $180.0 million for real estate and service center expansion projects, $220.0 million for tractors and trailers and $40.0 million for technology and other assets. Old Dominion repurchased $114.1 million of its common stock during 2015, leaving $80.4 million available for repurchase under its previously authorized $200 million stock repurchase program.

Summary

Mr. Congdon concluded, "After another year of exceptional results, we enter 2016 with a unique and compelling competitive market position. Our long-term record of steadily increasing market share has been driven by our commitment to provide superior on-time, claims-free service at a fair price. Industry demand for our service has also steadily strengthened. Our OD family of employees is focused on executing on the fundamental aspects of our business plan and building long-term shareholder value."

Old Dominion will hold a conference call to discuss this release today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors will have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live over the Internet by going to www.odfl.com. Please log on at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available at this website shortly after the call through March 4, 2016. A telephonic replay will also be available through February 13, 2016 at (719) 457-0820, Confirmation Number 3433775.

Forward-looking statements in this news release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We caution the reader that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to be materially different from those expressed or implied herein, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) the competitive environment with respect to industry capacity and pricing, including the use of fuel surcharges, such that our total overall pricing is sufficient to cover our operating expenses; (2) our ability to collect fuel surcharges and the effectiveness of those fuel surcharges in mitigating the impact of fluctuating prices for diesel fuel and other petroleum-based products; (3) the negative impact of any unionization, or the passage of legislation or regulations that could facilitate unionization, of our employees; (4) the challenges associated with executing our growth strategy, including the inability to successfully consummate and integrate any acquisitions; (5) changes in our goals and strategies, which are subject to change at any time at our discretion; (6) various economic factors such as economic recessions and downturns in customers’ business cycles and shipping requirements; (7) increases in driver compensation or difficulties attracting and retaining qualified drivers to meet freight demand; (8) our exposure to claims related to cargo loss and damage, property damage, personal injury, workers’ compensation, group health and group dental, including increased premiums, adverse loss development, increased self-insured retention levels and claims in excess of insured coverage levels; (9) cost increases associated with employee benefits, including compliance obligations associated with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; (10) the availability and cost of capital for our significant ongoing cash requirements; (11) the availability and cost of new equipment and replacement parts, including regulatory changes and supply constraints that could impact the cost of these assets; (12) decreases in demand for, and the value of, used equipment; (13) the availability and cost of diesel fuel; (14) the costs and potential liabilities related to compliance with, or violations of, existing or future governmental laws and regulations, including environmental laws, engine emissions standards, hours-of-service for our drivers, driver fitness requirements and new safety standards for drivers and equipment; (15) the costs and potential liabilities related to various legal proceedings and claims that have arisen in the ordinary course of our business, some of which include class-action allegations; (16) the costs and potential liabilities related to governmental proceedings; (17) the costs and potential liabilities related to our international business operations and relationships; (18) the costs and potential adverse impact of compliance with, or violations of, current and future rules issued by the Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, including its Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative, and other regulatory agencies; (19) seasonal trends in the less-than-truckload industry, including harsh weather conditions; (20) our dependence on key employees; (21) the concentration of our stock ownership with the Congdon family; (22) the costs and potential adverse impact associated with future changes in accounting standards or practices; (23) potential costs associated with cyber incidents and other risks, including system failure, security breach, disruption by malware or other damage; (24) the impact of potential disruptions to our information technology systems or our service center network; (25) damage to our reputation from the misuse of social media; (26) dilution to existing shareholders caused by any issuance of additional equity; and (27) other risks and uncertainties described in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our forward-looking statements are based upon our beliefs and assumptions using information available at the time the statements are made. We caution the reader not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements (i) as these statements are neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances and (ii) the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and projections about future events may differ materially from actual results. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect developments occurring after the statement is made, except as otherwise required by law.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a leading, less-than-truckload ("LTL"), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL services, which include ground and air expedited transportation and consumer household pickup and delivery through a single integrated organization. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a broad range of value-added services including container drayage, truckload brokerage, supply chain consulting and warehousing.

 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE, INC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Statements of Operations
 
                                                                                                                                                 Fourth Quarter                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Year To Date
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(In thousands, except per share amounts)                                                                                                        2015                                                                                    2014                                                                                     2015                                                                                             2014
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Revenue                                                                                                   $ 734,572                          100.0  %                                             $ 721,048                          100.0  %                                              $ 2,972,442                          100.0  %                                              $ 2,787,897                               100.0         %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Operating expenses:
Salaries, wages & benefits                                                                                  407,334                                                                 55.5  %                                               366,367                                                                 50.8  %                                                1,569,791                                                                 52.8  %                                                1,381,277                                                                      49.6         %
Operating supplies & expenses                                                                                83,781                                                                 11.4  %                                               104,794                                                                 14.5  %                                                  353,889                                                                 11.9  %                                                  432,675                                                                      15.5         %
General supplies & expenses                                                                                  20,133                                                                  2.7  %                                                21,210                                                                  2.9  %                                                   89,308                                                                  3.0  %                                                   83,165                                                                       3.0         %
Operating taxes & licenses                                                                                   23,625                                                                  3.2  %                                                22,411                                                                  3.1  %                                                   93,292                                                                  3.1  %                                                   83,417                                                                       3.0         %
Insurance & claims                                                                                            6,197                                                                  0.9  %                                                 8,218                                                                  1.1  %                                                   37,368                                                                  1.3  %                                                   36,145                                                                       1.3         %
Communications & utilities                                                                                    6,770                                                                  0.9  %                                                 6,351                                                                  0.9  %                                                   26,913                                                                  0.9  %                                                   25,507                                                                       0.9         %
Depreciation & amortization                                                                                  44,223                                                                  6.0  %                                                39,546                                                                  5.5  %                                                  165,343                                                                  5.6  %                                                  146,466                                                                       5.3         %
Purchased transportation                                                                                     23,153                                                                  3.2  %                                                32,429                                                                  4.5  %                                                  116,300                                                                  3.9  %                                                  129,312                                                                       4.6         %
Building and office equipment rents                                                                           2,473                                                                  0.3  %                                                 2,780                                                                  0.4  %                                                    9,620                                                                  0.3  %                                                   10,679                                                                       0.4         %
Miscellaneous expenses, net                                                                                   2,961         0.4  %                                                 4,644         0.7  %                                                   12,378         0.4  %                                                   17,947              0.6         %
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    Total operating expenses                                                                                620,650        84.5  %                                               608,750        84.4  %                                                2,474,202        83.2  %                                                2,346,590             84.2         %
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Operating income                                                                                            113,922                                                                 15.5  %                                               112,298                                                                 15.6  %                                                  498,240                                                                 16.8  %                                                  441,307                                                                      15.8         %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Non-operating expense (income):
Interest expense                                                                                              1,309                                                                  0.2  %                                                 1,449                                                                  0.2  %                                                    5,210                                                                  0.2  %                                                    6,610                                                                       0.2         %
Interest income                                                                                                 (22 )                                                               (0.0 )%                                                   (30 )                                                               (0.0 )%                                                     (209 )                                                               (0.0 )%                                                     (108 )                                                                    (0.0        )%
Other expense, net                                                                                              678         0.1  %                                                   530         0.1  %                                                    3,222         0.1  %                                                    2,291              0.1         %
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Income before income taxes                                                                                  111,957                                                                 15.2  %                                               110,349                                                                 15.3  %                                                  490,017                                                                 16.5  %                                                  432,514                                                                      15.5         %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Provision for income taxes                                                                                   39,733         5.4  %                                                40,480         5.6  %                                                  185,327         6.2  %                                                  165,000              5.9         %
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Net income                                                                                                $  72,224         9.8  %                                             $  69,869         9.7  %                                              $   304,690        10.3  %                                              $   267,514              9.6         %
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Earnings per share:
Basic and Diluted                                                                                         $    0.85                                                                                                                     $    0.81                                                                                                                      $      3.57                                                                                                                      $      3.10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Weighted average outstanding shares:
Basic and Diluted                                                                                            84,585                                                                                                                        86,154                                                                                                                           85,378                                                                                                                           86,162
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE, INC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Operating Statistics
 
                                                                                                                        Fourth Quarter                                                                                                                                   Year to Date
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                                                                                                                            2015             2014               % Chg.                                                                          2015             2014                        % Chg.
                                                                                                                        -------------                                          -------------                                          -------------------                                                               -------------                                          -------------                                          ------------------------------------
Work days                                                                                                                       63                                                     63                                             --   %                                                                       254                                                    254                                             --                    %
Operating ratio                                                                                                               84.5 %                                                 84.4 %                                                                                                                                   83.2 %                                                 84.2 %
LTL intercity miles (1)                                                                                                    143,747                                                133,319                                                        7.8   %                                                                   566,210                                                503,923                                                       12.4                    %
LTL tons (1)                                                                                                                 1,959                                                  1,902                                                        3.0   %                                                                     7,938                                                  7,391                                                        7.4                    %
LTL shipments (1)                                                                                                            2,515                                                  2,325                                                        8.2   %                                                                    10,129                                                  9,073                                                       11.6                    %
LTL revenue per intercity mile                                                                                            $   4.98                                               $   5.22                                                       (4.6  )%                                                                  $   5.11                                               $   5.38                                                       (5.0                   )%
LTL revenue per hundredweight                                                                                             $  18.26                                               $  18.30                                                       (0.2  )%                                                                  $  18.23                                               $  18.33                                                       (0.5                   )%
LTL revenue per hundredweight, excluding fuel surcharges                                                                  $  16.51                                               $  15.56                                                        6.1   %                                                                  $  16.28                                               $  15.40                                                        5.7                    %
LTL revenue per shipment                                                                                                  $ 284.47                                               $ 299.38                                                       (5.0  )%                                                                  $ 285.67                                               $ 298.65                                                       (4.3                   )%
LTL revenue per shipment, excluding fuel surcharges                                                                       $ 257.25                                               $ 254.54                                                        1.1   %                                                                  $ 255.10                                               $ 250.92                                                        1.7                    %
LTL weight per shipment (lbs.)                                                                                               1,558                                                  1,636                                                       (4.8  )%                                                                     1,567                                                  1,629                                                       (3.8                   )%
Average length of haul (miles)                                                                                                 927                                                    928                                                       (0.1  )%                                                                       928                                                    928                                             --                    %
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
(1) - In thousands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Note: Our LTL operating statistics exclude certain transportation and logistics services where pricing is generally not determined by weight. These statistics also exclude adjustments to revenue for undelivered freight required for financial statement purposes in accordance with our revenue recognition policy.

 
                                                                                OLD DOMINION FREIGHT LINE, INC.
                                                                                        Balance Sheets
 
                                             December 31,                 December 31,
(In thousands)                                                                                            2015                                                               2014
------------------------------------                                                                ---------------                                            ------------------------------
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                $    11,472                                                    $               34,787
Other current assets                                                                                         370,258                                                                   368,985
                                                                                                    -----------------                                          --------------------------------
Total current assets                                                                                         381,730                                                                   403,772
Net property and equipment                                                                                 2,023,448                                                                 1,743,245
Other assets                                                                                                  61,326                                                                    59,849
                                                                                                    -----------------                                          --------------------------------
Total assets                                                                                             $ 2,466,504                                                    $            2,206,866
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Current maturities of long-term debt                                                                     $    26,488                                                    $               35,714
Other current liabilities                                                                                    258,914                                                                   219,924
                                                                                                    -----------------                                          --------------------------------
Total current liabilities                                                                                    285,402                                                                   255,638
Long-term debt                                                                                               107,317                                                                   120,000
Other non-current liabilities                                                                                389,148                                                                   337,164
                                                                                                    -----------------                                          --------------------------------
Total liabilities                                                                                            781,867                                                                   712,802
Equity                                                                                                     1,684,637                                                                 1,494,064
                                                                                                    -----------------                                          --------------------------------
Total liabilities & equity                                                                               $ 2,466,504                                                    $            2,206,866
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Note: The financial and operating statistics in this press release are unaudited.

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SOURCE: Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. 
Adam Satterfield, 336-822-5721 
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer


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