|MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 7, 2013– C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (“C.H. Robinson”) (NASDAQ: CHRW), today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013. Summarized financial results for the quarter ended March 31 are as follows (dollars in thousands, except per share data):
Pro Forma Comparison – The following shows the effects of the disposition of the Company’s T-Chek Payment Services business, which was completed in October 2012, and the acquisition of Phoenix International Freight Services, Ltd. (“Phoenix”), which was completed in November 2012, as if these transactions had occurred at the beginning of 2012. A reconciliation of these pro forma measures for the first quarter of 2012 is described on page 4.
Discussion of First Quarter 2013 Results
“Our results for the first quarter of 2013 reflect the slower growth and continued margin contraction that we have seen in the markets we serve. They also reflect our continued investments in our future and adjusting to the changes we see. We remain positive in our long term performance outlook. Our investments, including the acquisitions executed last year, continue to drive our revenue growth and ability to service the global supply chain needs of our customers,” said John P. Wiehoff, chairman and chief executive officer of C.H. Robinson.
Our truckload net revenues increased 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. Our truckload volumes increased approximately nine percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. Our North American truckload volumes increased approximately five percent. We estimate that our acquisition of Apreo Logistics S.A. (“Apreo”), which was completed in October 2012, contributed approximately four percent to our volume growth in the first quarter of 2013. The Apreo business has a large number of short haul shipments in Poland. Our truckload net revenue margin decreased in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012, due primarily to increased cost per mile. In North America, excluding the estimated impacts of the change in fuel, our average truckload rate per mile charged to our customers increased approximately 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. In North America, our truckload transportation costs increased approximately 2.5 percent, excluding the estimated impacts of the change in fuel.
Our less-than-truckload (“LTL”) net revenues increased 12.9 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. The increase was driven by an increase in total shipments of approximately 12 percent.
Our intermodal net revenues decreased 6.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. This was primarily due to decreased net revenue margin and slight decline in volume. Our net revenue margin decline was due to a change in our mix of business and increased cost of capacity.
Our ocean transportation net revenues increased 169.6 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. This increase was primarily due to our acquisition of Phoenix in November 2012.
Our air transportation net revenues increased 89.0 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. This increase was primarily due to our acquisition of Phoenix.
Our customs net revenues increased 153.1 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. This increase was primarily due to our acquisition of Phoenix.
Other logistics services net revenues, which include transportation management services, warehousing, and small parcel, increased 22.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. This was primarily due to transaction increases in our transportation management services.
Sourcing net revenues decreased 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the first quarter of 2012. This was due to decreased net revenue margin, partially offset by increased volumes.
Our payment services net revenues decreased 83.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013 due to the T-Chek divestiture in the fourth quarter of 2012.
For the first quarter, operating expenses increased 17.1 percent to $287.0 million in 2013 from $245.2 million in 2012. Operating expenses as a percentage of net revenues increased to 63.0 percent in 2013 from 59.1 percent in 2012. During the first quarter of 2013, operating expenses grew faster than net revenues primarily as a result of the impact of Phoenix operations. Phoenix has a higher operating expense to net revenue ratio than C.H. Robinson has historically experienced.
For the first quarter, personnel expenses increased 15.9 percent to $212.6 million in 2013 from $183.4 million in 2012. This was due to an increase in our average headcount of approximately 31 percent, related primarily to the acquisitions of Phoenix and Apreo in the fourth quarter of 2012, partially offset by declines in incentive plans that are designed to keep expenses variable with changes in net revenues and profitability. The increase in personnel expenses was also partially offset by the divestiture of T-Chek in October 2012.
For the first quarter, other selling, general, and administrative expenses increased 20.4 percent to $74.4 million in 2013 from $61.8 million in 2012. This increase was driven primarily by Phoenix operations, partially offset by the divestiture of T-Chek. For the first quarter, acquisition amortization expense increased to $5.0 million in 2013 from $0.8 million in 2012 primarily as a result of the definite-lived intangible assets recorded in connection with the acquisition of Phoenix.
For the first quarter, we used cash of $111.8 million to fund income taxes primarily related to the gain on the divestiture of T-Chek.
Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is one of the largest non-asset based third party logistics companies in the world. C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions, currently serving over 42,000 active customers through a network of 276 offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. C.H. Robinson maintains one of the largest networks of motor carrier capacity in North America and works with approximately 56,000 transportation providers worldwide.
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release are forward-looking statements that represent our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies concerning future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience or our present expectations, including, but not limited to such factors as changes in economic conditions, including uncertain consumer demand; changes in market demand and pressures on the pricing for our services; competition and growth rates within the third party logistics industry; freight levels and increasing costs and availability of truck capacity or alternative means of transporting freight, and changes in relationships with existing truck, rail, ocean and air carriers; changes in our customer base due to possible consolidation among our customers; our ability to integrate the operations of acquired companies with our historic operations successfully; risks associated with litigation and insurance coverage; risks associated with operations outside of the U.S.; risks associated with the potential impacts of changes in government regulations; risks associated with the produce industry, including food safety and contamination issues; fuel prices and availability; the impact of war on the economy; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in our Annual and Quarterly Reports.
Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and we undertake no obligation to update such statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date. All remarks made during our financial results conference call will be current at the time of the call and we undertake no obligation to update the replay.
Non-GAAP vs. GAAP Financial and Pro Forma Financial Measures
A reconciliation of our reported results to pro forma financial measures for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 is as follows (dollars in thousands):
Conference Call Information:
Presentation slides and a simultaneous live audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed through the Investor Relations link on C.H. Robinson’s website at www.chrobinson.com
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