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ArcBest® Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

- Second quarter 2019 revenue of $771.5 million, and net income of $24.4 million, or $0.92 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP[1] basis, second quarter 2019 net income was $24.6 million, or $0.93 per diluted share.

- Asset-Based yield improvement in the midst of lower shipment and tonnage levels

- Asset-Light revenue and operating income impacted by lower market demand during a period that included resource investments for the future

FORT SMITH, Ark., July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- ArcBest® (ARCB), a leading logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver integrated solutions, today reported second quarter 2019 revenue of $771.5 million compared to second quarter 2018 revenue of $793.4 million.  Second quarter 2019 operating income was $35.2 million compared to operating income of $3.2 million in second quarter last year.  Second quarter net income was $24.4 million, or $0.92 per diluted share compared to second quarter 2018 net income of $1.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.

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Excluding certain items in both periods, as identified in the attached reconciliation tables, non-GAAP net income was $24.6 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, in second quarter 2019 compared to second quarter 2018 net income of $29.8 million, or $1.12 per diluted share.  Adjustments in the second quarter 2018 period included a one-time after-tax charge of $28.2 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, related to the restructure of ABF Freight's obligation with one multiemployer pension plan.

"Once again we saw that business conditions, while still relatively healthy, moderated in the second quarter from last year's record-setting levels but on an overall historical basis the quarter was solid with a rational underlying pricing environment," said Chairman, President and CEO Judy R. McReynolds. "Revenue improved month to month for our asset-based business while our asset-light business continued to see softer expedited services conditions on increased available truckload capacity."

Asset-Based

Results of Operations

Second Quarter 2019 Versus Second Quarter 2018

  • Revenue of $559.6 million compared to $559.2 million, a per-day increase of 0.9 percent.
  • Tonnage per day decrease of 3.4 percent, with a mid-single digit percentage decrease in LTL-rated freight.
  • Shipments per day decrease of 1.2 percent. Total weight per shipment decreased 2.2 percent and the decrease in the average LTL-rated weight per shipment was approximately 4 percent.
  • Total billed revenue per hundredweight increased 4.1 percent, positively impacted by lower average weight per shipment. Excluding fuel surcharge, the percentage increase on LTL-rated freight was in the high-single digits.
  • Operating income of $36.2 million and an operating ratio of 93.5 percent compared to operating income of $3.4 million and an operating ratio of 99.4 percent. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income of $36.2 million and an operating ratio of 93.5 percent compared to operating income of $41.3 million and an operating ratio of 92.6 percent. Operating income adjustments in the second quarter 2018 period included a one-time charge of $37.9 million related to the previously mentioned restructure of ABF Freight's obligation with one multiemployer pension plan.

 

1.

U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

Continued improvement in yield management and customer pricing initiatives, despite fewer shipments and lower freight tonnage, resulted in a slight increase in second quarter, daily revenue versus last year.  The reduction in second quarter total tonnage per day reflected lower LTL-rated freight tonnage partially offset by increases in truckload-rated spot shipments moving in the asset-based network.  Though below last year's second quarter, total average Asset-Based weight per shipment trends improved throughout the quarter, partially due to the growth in truckload-rated spot shipments. 

Increased costs associated with city pickup, dock handling and final shipment delivery impacted second quarter profitability as labor and other operational resources were somewhat elevated relative to decreasing LTL freight levels throughout the quarter.  An emphasis on customer service continues to be a focal point.  Linehaul costs were below prior year due, primarily, to reductions in the use of rail and outside carrier resources.

Asset-Light2

Results of Operations

Second Quarter 2019 Versus Second Quarter 2018

  • Revenue of $232.9 million compared to $246.8 million.
  • Operating income of $3.1 million compared to operating income of $4.7 million.
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") of $6.5 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $8.7 million.

Compared to last year's second quarter, fewer shipments and lower average shipment revenue contributed to reduced total Asset-Light ArcBest segment revenue.  This year's more available truckload capacity, compared to the tighter market last year, continued to be a factor impacting customer pricing and the ArcBest segment's results.  Because of lower revenue per shipment related to changing market conditions versus the prior year, expedite and truckload brokerage were the main contributors to the reduction in total ArcBest segment revenue. Increased revenue and shipment levels in managed transportation services were consistent with the growth trend of that business in recent quarters.  Total second quarter ArcBest operating expenses improved versus 2018.  At FleetNet, event growth and cost controls contributed to the quarter's operating income.

Closing Comments

"The first six months of 2019 saw moderated activity from the record-setting pace experienced in 2018," McReynolds said. "Our team has executed well in this environment, providing innovative full supply chain solutions and trusted advice to customers for all of their logistics challenges, with managed transportation solutions increasingly in demand. Our outlook for the second half sees a continuation of the current trends and we will monitor for any changes to that view, particularly as it relates to federal tariff policies and developments in the manufacturing and industrial sectors of the economy."

2.

The ArcBest and FleetNet reportable segments, combined, represent Asset-Light operations.

Conference Call

ArcBest will host a conference call with company executives to discuss the 2019 second quarter results. The call will be on Wednesday, July 31st at 9:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. CDT). Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 897‑3679. Following the call, a recorded playback will be available through the end of the day on September 15, 2019. To listen to the playback, dial (800) 633-8284 or (402) 977-9140 (for international callers). The conference call ID for the playback is 21926462. The conference call and playback can also be accessed, through September 15, 2019, on ArcBest's website at arcb.com.

Call participants can submit questions this afternoon prior to the conference call by emailing them to ir@arcb.com.  On the call, responses will be provided to as many questions as possible in the time available.

About ArcBest

ArcBest® (ARCB) is a leading logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver integrated solutions.  We'll find a way to deliver knowledge, expertise and a can-do attitude with every shipment and supply chain solution, household move or vehicle repair.  At ArcBest, we're More Than LogisticsSM.  For more information, visit arcb.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements and information in this press release concerning results for the three months ended June 30, 2019 may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Terms such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "foresee," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "scheduled," "should," "would," and similar expressions and the negatives of such terms are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's beliefs, assumptions, and expectations based on currently available information, are not guarantees of future performance, and involve certain risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control). Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, we cannot provide assurance that our expectations will prove to be correct. Actual outcomes and results could materially differ from what is expressed, implied, or forecasted in these statements due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to: a failure of our information systems, including disruptions or failures of services essential to our operations or upon which our information technology platforms rely, data breach, and/or cybersecurity incidents; untimely or ineffective development and implementation of new or enhanced technology; the loss or reduction of business from large customers; competitive initiatives and pricing pressures; relationships with employees, including unions, and our ability to attract and retain employees; unfavorable terms of, or the inability to reach agreement on, future collective bargaining agreements or a workforce stoppage by our employees covered under ABF Freight's collective bargaining agreement; the cost, timing, and performance of growth initiatives; general economic conditions and related shifts in market demand that impact the performance and needs of industries we serve and/or limit our customers' access to adequate financial resources; availability and cost of reliable third-party services; governmental regulations; environmental laws and regulations, including emissions-control regulations; union and nonunion employee wages and benefits, including changes in required contributions to multiemployer plans; our ability to secure independent owner operators and/or operational or regulatory issues related to our use of their services; litigation or claims asserted against us; maintaining our intellectual property rights, brand, and corporate reputation; the loss of key employees or the inability to execute succession planning strategies; default on covenants of financing arrangements and the availability and terms of future financing arrangements; timing and amount of capital expenditures; self-insurance claims and insurance premium costs; the cost, integration, and performance of any recent or future acquisitions; availability of fuel, the effect of volatility in fuel prices and the associated changes in fuel surcharges on securing increases in base freight rates, and the inability to collect fuel surcharges; increased prices for and decreased availability of new revenue equipment, decreases in value of used revenue equipment, and higher costs of equipment-related operating expenses such as maintenance and fuel and related taxes; potential impairment of goodwill and intangible assets; greater than anticipated funding requirements for our nonunion defined benefit pension plan; seasonal fluctuations and adverse weather conditions; regulatory, economic, and other risks arising from our international business; antiterrorism and safety measures; and other financial, operational, and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in ArcBest's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our projected results, please see our filings with SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Financial Data and Operating Statistics

The following tables show financial data and operating statistics on ArcBest® and its reportable segments.

ARCBEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS



Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 


June 30


June 30


2019


2018


2019


2018


(Unaudited)


($ thousands, except share and per share data)

REVENUES

$

771,490


$

793,350


$

1,483,329


$

1,493,351













OPERATING EXPENSES(1)


736,290



790,194



1,439,538



1,477,470













OPERATING INCOME


35,200



3,156



43,791



15,881













OTHER INCOME (COSTS)












Interest and dividend income


1,616



714



3,094



1,240

Interest and other related financing costs


(2,811)



(2,013)



(5,693)



(4,072)

Other, net


(445)



(1,123)



(1,036)



(3,324)



(1,640)



(2,422)



(3,635)



(6,156)













INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES


33,560



734



40,156



9,725













INCOME TAX PROVISION (BENEFIT)


9,184



(499)



10,892



(1,462)













NET INCOME

$

24,376


$

1,233


$

29,264


$

11,187













EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE(2)












Basic

$

0.95


$

0.05


$

1.14


$

0.43

Diluted

$

0.92


$

0.05


$

1.10


$

0.42













AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING












Basic


25,554,286



25,670,325



25,562,306



25,656,674

Diluted


26,431,592



26,699,549



26,483,011



26,653,282













CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER COMMON SHARE

$

0.08


$

0.08


$

0.16


$

0.16

____________________________

1)

Includes a one-time charge of $37.9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 for the multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability resulting from the transition agreement ABF Freight, Inc. entered into with the New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund.

2)

ArcBest uses the two-class method for calculating earnings per share. This method requires an allocation of dividends paid and a portion of undistributed net income (but not losses) to unvested restricted stock for calculating per share amounts.

 

ARCBEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



June 30


December 31


2019


2018


(Unaudited)


Note


($ thousands, except share data)

ASSETS






CURRENT ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$

181,731


$

190,186

Short-term investments


117,657



106,806

Accounts receivable, less allowances (2019 - $6,238; 2018 - $7,380)


296,090



297,051

Other accounts receivable, less allowances (2019 - $463; 2018 - $806)


17,207



19,146

Prepaid expenses


28,546



25,304

Prepaid and refundable income taxes


5,237



1,726

Other


4,982



9,007

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS


651,450



649,226







PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT






Land and structures


339,255



339,640

Revenue equipment


888,588



858,251

Service, office, and other equipment


218,131



199,230

Software


143,181



138,517

Leasehold improvements


10,058



9,365



1,599,213



1,545,003

Less allowances for depreciation and amortization


947,264



913,815



651,949



631,188







GOODWILL


108,320



108,320

INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET


66,700



68,949

OPERATING RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS


68,810



DEFERRED INCOME TAXES


6,296



7,468

OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS


80,402



74,080


$

1,633,927


$

1,539,231







LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY












CURRENT LIABILITIES






Accounts payable

$

166,829


$

143,785

Income taxes payable


1,942



1,688

Accrued expenses


228,994



243,111

Current portion of long-term debt


47,205



54,075

Current portion of operating lease liabilities


18,273



Current portion of pension and postretirement liabilities


8,231



8,659

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES


471,474



451,318







LONG-TERM DEBT, less current portion


235,001



237,600

OPERATING LEASE LIABILITIES, less current portion


54,040



PENSION AND POSTRETIREMENT LIABILITIES, less current portion


31,874



31,504

OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES


37,268



44,686

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES


61,111



56,441







STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 70,000,000 shares; issued 2019: 28,786,473 shares; 2018: 28,684,779 shares


288



287

Additional paid-in capital


329,388



325,712

Retained earnings


526,551



501,389

Treasury stock, at cost, 2019: 3,266,169 shares; 2018: 3,097,634 shares


(100,639)



(95,468)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(12,429)



(14,238)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


743,159



717,682


$

1,633,927


$

1,539,231


Note:  The balance sheet at December 31, 2018 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.

 

ARCBEST CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS



Six Months Ended 


June 30


2019


2018


Unaudited


($ thousands)

OPERATING ACTIVITIES






Net income

$

29,264


$

11,187

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization


51,722



51,409

Amortization of intangibles


2,249



2,264

Pension settlement expense


1,634



1,085

Share-based compensation expense


4,859



3,544

Provision for losses on accounts receivable


621



1,069

Change in deferred income taxes


5,124



(10,818)

Gain on sale of property and equipment


(1,469)



(166)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






Receivables


1,781



(31,281)

Prepaid expenses


(3,323)



2,393

Other assets


(2,798)



2,018

Income taxes


(3,042)



8,024

Operating right-of-use assets and lease liabilities, net


159



Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability(1)


(289)



37,922

Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other liabilities


(6,021)



40,914

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES


80,471



119,564







 INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Purchases of property, plant and equipment, net of financings


(41,909)



(24,763)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment


3,798



2,074

Purchases of short-term investments


(43,327)



(26,006)

Proceeds from sale of short-term investments


33,332



14,647

Capitalization of internally developed software


(5,535)



(5,997)

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES


(53,641)



(40,045)







 FINANCING ACTIVITIES






Payments on long-term debt


(29,984)



(33,694)

Proceeds from notes payable


9,552



Net change in book overdrafts


(4,398)



(2,888)

Payment of common stock dividends


(4,102)



(4,116)

Purchases of treasury stock


(5,171)



(201)

Payments for tax withheld on share-based compensation


(1,182)



(85)

NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES


(35,285)



(40,984)







NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS


(8,455)



38,535

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


190,186



120,772

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

$

181,731


$

159,307







 NONCASH INVESTING ACTIVITIES






Equipment financed

$

10,964


$

14,407

Accruals for equipment received

$

19,402


$

8,649

Lease liabilities arising from obtaining right-of-use assets

$

23,049


$

____________________________

1)

The six months ended June 30, 2018 includes a one-time charge related to the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability previously discussed in this press release.

 

ARCBEST CORPORATION

FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPERATING SEGMENT DATA AND OPERATING RATIOS



Three Months Ended 



Six Months Ended 



June 30



June 30



2019



2018



2019



2018



Unaudited



($ thousands, except percentages)


REVENUES
























Asset-Based

$

559,648





$

559,239





$

1,065,727





$

1,041,354




























ArcBest


181,173






199,987






354,377






381,920




FleetNet


51,722






46,792






104,981






94,551




 Total Asset-Light


232,895






246,779






459,358






476,471




























Other and eliminations


(21,053)






(12,668)






(41,756)






(24,474)




 Total consolidated revenues

$

771,490





$

793,350





$

1,483,329





$

1,493,351




























OPERATING EXPENSES
























Asset-Based
























Salaries, wages, and benefits

$

297,016


53.1

%


$

286,750


51.3

%


$

577,292


54.2

%


$

556,529


53.5

%

Fuel, supplies, and expenses


66,853


11.9




65,040


11.6




131,580


12.3




127,233


12.2


Operating taxes and licenses


12,214


2.2




11,910


2.1




24,612


2.3




23,666


2.3


Insurance


7,598


1.4




7,979


1.4




15,589


1.5




14,607


1.4


Communications and utilities


4,529


0.8




4,135


0.7




9,149


0.9




8,656


0.8


Depreciation and amortization


21,743


3.9




21,362


3.8




42,723


4.0




42,292


4.1


Rents and purchased transportation


57,687


10.3




63,253


11.3




107,599


10.1




109,386


10.5


Shared services(1)


56,013


10.0




56,825


10.2




106,725


10.0




102,432


9.8


Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge(2)






37,922


6.8








37,922


3.6


Gain on sale of property and equipment


(1,587)


(0.3)




(266)





(1,621)


(0.2)




(399)



Other


1,404


0.2




948


0.2




2,286


0.2




2,247


0.2


Total Asset-Based


523,470


93.5

%



555,858


99.4

%



1,015,934


95.3

%



1,024,571


98.4

%

























ArcBest
























Purchased transportation


147,552


81.4

%



162,920


81.5

%



287,657


81.2

%



311,292


81.5

%

Supplies and expenses


2,858


1.6




3,538


1.7




5,632


1.6




6,768


1.8


Depreciation and amortization(3)


3,055


1.7




3,597


1.8




6,206


1.7




7,005


1.8


Shared services(1)


23,141


12.8




23,536


11.7




46,172


13.0




45,404


11.9


Other


2,445


1.3




2,546


1.3




4,858


1.4




4,427


1.2


Restructuring costs(4)






143


0.1








152





179,051


98.8

%



196,280


98.1

%



350,525


98.9

%



375,048


98.2

%

FleetNet


50,696


98.0

%



45,763


97.8

%



102,467


97.6

%



92,001


97.3

%

 Total Asset-Light


229,747






242,043






452,992






467,049




























Other and eliminations


(16,927)






(7,707)






(29,388)






(14,150)




 Total consolidated operating expenses

$

736,290


95.4

%


$

790,194


99.6

%


$

1,439,538


97.0

%


$

1,477,470


98.9

%

























OPERATING INCOME
























Asset-Based

$

36,178





$

3,381





$

49,793





$

16,783




























ArcBest


2,122






3,707






3,852






6,872




FleetNet


1,026






1,029






2,514






2,550




 Total Asset-Light


3,148






4,736






6,366






9,422




























Other and eliminations(5)


(4,126)






(4,961)






(12,368)






(10,324)




 Total consolidated operating income

$

35,200





$

3,156





$

43,791





$

15,881




____________________________

1)

Shared services represent costs incurred to support all segments, including sales, pricing, customer service, marketing, capacity sourcing functions, human resources, financial services, information technology, and other company-wide services.

2)

The three and six months ended June 30, 2018 include a one-time charge for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability previously discussed in this press release.

3)

Depreciation and amortization consists primarily of amortization of intangibles, including customer relationships, and software associated with acquired businesses.

4)

Restructuring charges relate to the realignment of the Company's organizational structure as announced on November 3, 2016.

5)

"Other and eliminations" includes corporate costs for certain unallocated shared service costs which are not attributable to any segment, additional investments to offer comprehensive transportation and logistics services across multiple operating segments, and other investments in ArcBest technology and innovations.

ARCBEST CORPORATION
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios utilized for internal analysis provide analysts, investors, and others the same information that we use internally for purposes of assessing our core operating performance and provides meaningful comparisons between current and prior period results, as well as important information regarding performance trends. The use of certain non-GAAP measures improves comparability in analyzing our performance because it removes the impact of items from operating results that, in management's opinion, do not reflect our core operating performance. Other companies may calculate non-GAAP measures differently; therefore, our calculation may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Certain information discussed in the scheduled conference call could be considered non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, our reported results. These financial measures should not be construed as better measurements than operating income, operating cash flow, net income or earnings per share, as determined under GAAP.


Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 


June 30



June 30


2019


2018



2019



2018


(Unaudited)


($ thousands, except per share data)

ArcBest Corporation - Consolidated
























Operating Income












Amounts on GAAP basis

$

35,200


$

3,156


$

43,791


$

15,881

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge, pre-tax(1)




37,922





37,922

Restructuring charges, pre-tax(2)




340





716

Non-GAAP amounts

$

35,200


$

41,418


$

43,791


$

54,519













Net Income












Amounts on GAAP basis

$

24,376


$

1,233


$

29,264


$

11,187

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge, after-tax(1)




28,161





28,161

Restructuring charges, after-tax(2)




252





529

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement, after-tax(3)


377



1,301



1,664



2,821

Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value


(542)



(819)



(2,156)



(934)

Tax benefit from vested RSUs(4)


410



(282)



408



(301)

Deferred tax adjustment for 2017 Tax Reform Act(5)




(50)





(2,641)

Impact of 2017 Tax Reform Act on current tax expense(5)




(9)





(69)

Alternative fuel tax credit(6)








(1,203)

Non-GAAP amounts

$

24,621


$

29,787


$

29,180


$

37,550













Diluted Earnings Per Share












Amounts on GAAP basis

$

0.92


$

0.05


$

1.10


$

0.42

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge, after-tax(1)




1.05





1.06

Restructuring charges, after-tax(2)




0.01





0.02

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement, after-tax(3)


0.01



0.05



0.06



0.11

Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value


(0.02)



(0.03)



(0.08)



(0.04)

Tax benefit from vested RSUs(4)


0.02



(0.01)



0.02



(0.01)

Deferred tax adjustment for 2017 Tax Reform Act(5)








(0.10)

Impact of 2017 Tax Reform Act on current tax expense(5)








Alternative fuel tax credit(6)








(0.05)

Non-GAAP amounts

$

0.93


$

1.12


$

1.10


$

1.41

____________________________

1)

The three and six months ended June 30, 2018 include a one-time charge for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability previously discussed in this press release.

2)

Restructuring charges relate to the realignment of the Company's organizational structure as announced on November 3, 2016.

3)

Nonunion pension expense is presented as a non-GAAP adjustment with pension settlement expense, because expenses related to the plan have been excluded from the financial information management uses to make operating decisions, as the nonunion defined benefit pension plan was amended to terminate the plan with a termination date of December 31, 2017. Pension settlements related to the plan termination began in fourth quarter 2018 and are expected to be complete in 2019.

4)

The Company recognized the tax impact for the vesting of share-based compensation resulting in excess tax benefit during the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.

5)

Impact on current or deferred income tax expense as a result of recognizing the tax effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("2017 Tax Reform Act") that was signed into law on December 22, 2017.

6)

Represents the amount of the alternative fuel tax credit related to the year ended December 31, 2017 which was recorded in first quarter 2018 due to the February 2018 retroactive reinstatement.

 

Effective Tax Rate Reconciliation

ArcBest Corporation - Consolidated



















(Unaudited)


















($ thousands, except percentages)

Three Months Ended June 30, 2019





Other


Income Before


Income








Operating


Income


Income


Tax


Net


Effective


Income


(Costs)


Taxes


Provision


Income


Tax Rate

Amounts on GAAP basis

$

35,200


$

(1,640)


$

33,560


$

9,184


$

24,376


27.4

%

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement(1)




507



507



130



377


25.6


Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value




(542)



(542)





(542)



Tax benefit from vested RSUs(2)








(410)



410



Non-GAAP amounts

$

35,200


$

(1,675)


$

33,525


$

8,904


$

24,621


26.6

%




















Six Months Ended June 30, 2019



















Other


Income Before


Income








Operating


Income


Income


Tax


Net


Effective


Income


(Costs)


Taxes


Provision


Income


Tax Rate

Amounts on GAAP basis

$

43,791


$

(3,635)


$

40,156


$

10,892


$

29,264


27.1

%

Nonunion pension expense, including settlement(1)




2,241



2,241



577



1,664


25.7


Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value




(2,156)



(2,156)





(2,156)



Tax benefit from vested RSUs(2)








(408)



408



Non-GAAP amounts

$

43,791


$

(3,550)


$

40,241


$

11,061


$

29,180


27.5

%




















Three Months Ended June 30, 2018




Other


Income Before


Income Tax








Operating


Income


Income


Provision


Net


Effective Tax


Income


(Costs)


Taxes


(Benefit)


Income


(Benefit) Rate

Amounts on GAAP basis

$

3,156


$

(2,422)


$

734


$

(499)


$

1,233


(68.0)

%

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge(3)


37,922





37,922



9,761



28,161


25.7


Restructuring charges(4)


340





340



88



252


25.9


Nonunion pension expense, including settlement(1)




1,752



1,752



451



1,301


25.7


Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value




(819)



(819)





(819)



Tax benefit from vested RSUs(2)








282



(282)



Deferred tax adjustment for 2017 Tax Reform Act(5)








50



(50)



Impact of 2017 Tax Reform Act on current tax expense(5)








9



(9)



Non-GAAP amounts

$

41,418


$

(1,489)


$

39,929


$

10,142


$

29,787


25.4

%




















Six Months Ended June 30, 2018


















Other


Income Before


Income Tax








Operating


Income


Income


Provision


Net


Effective


Income


(Costs)


Taxes


(Benefit)


Income


Tax Rate

Amounts on GAAP basis

$

15,881


$

(6,156)


$

9,725


$

(1,462)


$

11,187


(15.0)

%

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge(3)


37,922





37,922



9,761



28,161


25.7


Restructuring charges(4)


716





716



187



529


26.1


Nonunion pension expense, including settlement(1)




3,798



3,798



977



2,821


25.7


Life insurance proceeds and changes in cash surrender value




(934)



(934)





(934)



Tax benefit from vested RSUs(2)








301



(301)



Deferred tax adjustment for 2017 Tax Reform Act(5)








2,641



(2,641)



Impact of 2017 Tax Reform Act on current tax expense(5)








69



(69)



Alternative fuel tax credit(6)








1,203



(1,203)



Non-GAAP amounts

$

54,519


$

(3,292)


$

51,227


$

13,677


$

37,550


26.7

%

____________________________

1)

Nonunion pension expense is presented as a non-GAAP adjustment with pension settlement expense, because expenses related to the plan have been excluded from the financial information management uses to make operating decisions, as the nonunion defined benefit pension plan was amended to terminate the plan with a termination date of December 31, 2017. Pension settlements related to the plan termination began in fourth quarter 2018 and are expected to be complete in 2019.

2)

The Company recognized the tax impact for the vesting of share-based compensation resulting in excess tax benefit during the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.

3)

The three and six months ended June 30, 2018 include a one-time charge for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability previously discussed in this press release.

4)

Restructuring charges relate to the realignment of the Company's organizational structure as announced on November 3, 2016.

5)

Impact on current or deferred income tax expense as a result of recognizing the tax effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("2017 Tax Reform Act") that was signed into law on December 22, 2017.

6)

Represents the amount of the alternative fuel tax credit related to the year ended December 31, 2017 which was recorded in first quarter 2018 due to the February 2018 retroactive reinstatement.

 


Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 


June 30


June 30


2019


2018


2019


2018

Segment Operating Income Reconciliations

(Unaudited)


($ thousands, except percentages)

Asset-Based Segment




Operating Income ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)















Amounts on GAAP basis

$

36,178


93.5

%


$

3,381


99.4

%


$

49,793


95.3

%


$

16,783


98.4

%

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge, pre-tax(1)






37,922


(6.8)








37,922


(3.6)


Non-GAAP amounts

$

36,178


93.5

%


$

41,303


92.6

%


$

49,793


95.3

%


$

54,705


94.8

%





Asset-Light








ArcBest Segment




Operating Income ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)















Amounts on GAAP basis

$

2,122


98.8

%


$

3,707


98.1

%


$

3,852


98.9

%


$

6,872


98.2

%

Restructuring charges, pre-tax(2)






143


(0.1)








152



Non-GAAP amounts

$

2,122


98.8

%


$

3,850


98.0

%


$

3,852


98.9

%


$

7,024


98.2

%





FleetNet Segment




Operating Income ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)















Amounts on GAAP basis

$

1,026


98.0

%


$

1,029


97.8

%


$

2,514


97.6

%


$

2,550


97.3

%

Restructuring charges, pre-tax(2)
















Non-GAAP amounts

$

1,026


98.0

%


$

1,029


97.8

%


$

2,514


97.6

%


$

2,550


97.3

%





Total Asset-Light




Operating Income ($) and Operating Ratio (% of revenues)















Amounts on GAAP basis

$

3,148


98.6

%


$

4,736


98.1

%


$

6,366


98.6

%


$

9,422


98.0

%

Restructuring charges, pre-tax(2)






143


(0.1)








152



Non-GAAP amounts

$

3,148


98.6

%


$

4,879


98.0

%


$

6,366


98.6

%


$

9,574


98.0

%





Other and Eliminations




Operating Loss ($)















Amounts on GAAP basis

$

(4,126)





$

(4,961)





$

(12,368)





$

(10,324)




Restructuring charges, pre-tax(2)







197











564




Non-GAAP amounts

$

(4,126)





$

(4,764)





$

(12,368)





$

(9,760)




____________________________

1)

The three and six months ended June 30, 2018 include a one-time charge for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability previously discussed in this press release.

2)

Restructuring charges relate to the realignment of the Company's organizational structure as announced on November 3, 2016.

Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA)
Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a key measure of performance and for business planning. The measure is particularly meaningful for analysis of operating performance, because it excludes amortization of acquired intangibles and software of the Asset-Light businesses, which are significant expenses resulting from strategic decisions rather than core daily operations. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is a primary component of the financial covenants contained in our credit agreement.


Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 


June 30



June 30


2019


2018


2019


2018


(Unaudited)

ArcBest Corporation - Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

($ thousands)



Net Income

$

24,376


$

1,233


$

29,264


$

11,187

Interest and other related financing costs


2,811



2,013



5,693



4,072

Income tax provision (benefit)


9,184



(499)



10,892



(1,462)

Depreciation and amortization


27,434



27,187



53,971



53,673

Amortization of share-based compensation


2,801



1,674



4,859



3,544

Amortization of net actuarial losses of benefit plans and pension settlement expense


586



1,119



2,340



2,647

Multiemployer pension fund withdrawal liability charge(1)




37,922





37,922

Restructuring charges(2)




340





716

 Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

$

67,192


$

70,989


$

107,019


$

112,299

____________________________

1)

The three and six months ended June 30, 2018 include a one-time charge for the multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability previously discussed in this press release.

2)

Restructuring charges relate to the realignment of the Company's organizational structure as announced on November 3, 2016.

 


Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 


June 30


June 30


2019


2018


2019


2018

Asset-Light Adjusted EBITDA

(Unaudited)


($ thousands, except percentages)




ArcBest












 Operating Income

$

2,122


$

3,707


$

3,852


$

6,872

Depreciation and amortization(3)


3,055



3,597



6,206



7,005

Restructuring charges(4)




143





152

 Adjusted EBITDA

$

5,177


$

7,447


$

10,058


$

14,029




FleetNet



 Operating Income

$

1,026


$

1,029


$

2,514


$

2,550

Depreciation and amortization


333



264



650



543

 Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,359


$

1,293


$

3,164


$

3,093




Total Asset-Light












Operating Income

$

3,148


$

4,736


$

6,366


$

9,422

 Depreciation and amortization(3)


3,388



3,861



6,856



7,548

 Restructuring charges(4)




143





152

 Adjusted EBITDA

$

6,536


$

8,740


$

13,222


$

17,122

____________________________

3)

Depreciation and amortization consists primarily of amortization of intangibles and software associated with acquired businesses.

4)

Restructuring charges relate to the realignment of the Company's organizational structure as announced on November 3, 2016.

 

ARCBEST CORPORATION

OPERATING STATISTICS



Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 


June 30


June 30


2019


2018


% Change


2019


2018


% Change


(Unaudited)

Asset-Based
































Workdays


63.5



64.0





126.5



127.5



















Billed Revenue(1) / CWT

$

35.11


$

33.73


4.1%


$

34.90


$

32.96


5.9%

















Billed Revenue(1) / Shipment

$

443.94


$

436.52


1.7%


$

431.40


$

424.89


1.5%

















Shipments


1,272,317



1,297,399


(1.9%)



2,483,104



2,480,655


0.1%

















Shipments / Day


20,036



20,272


(1.2%)



19,629



19,456


0.9%

















Tonnage (Tons)


804,487



839,583


(4.2%)



1,534,897



1,599,139


(4.0%)

















Tons / Day


12,669



13,118


(3.4%)



12,134



12,542


(3.3%)

















Pounds / Shipment


1,265



1,294


(2.2%)



1,236



1,289


(4.1%)

















Average Length of Haul (Miles)


1,040



1,048


(0.8%)



1,032



1,042


(1.0%)

____________________________

1)

Revenue for undelivered freight is deferred for financial statement purposes in accordance with the Asset-Based segment revenue recognition policy. Billed revenue used for calculating revenue per hundredweight measurements has not been adjusted for the portion of revenue deferred for financial statement purposes.

 



Year Over Year % Change



Three Months Ended 


Six Months Ended 



June 30, 2019


June 30, 2019



(Unaudited)

ArcBest(2)










Revenue / Shipment


(9.8%)



(8.3%)






Shipments / Day


(1.6%)



(1.3%)

____________________________

2)

Statistical data related to managed transportation services transactions are not included in the presentation of operating statistics for the ArcBest segment.

 




Investor Relations Contact: David Humphrey


Media Contact: Kathy Fieweger

Title: Vice President – Investor Relations


Phone: 479-719-4358

Phone: 479-785-6200 


Email: kfieweger@arcb.com

Email: dhumphrey@arcb.com 



 

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