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Ryder System Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: February 16, 2012 05:03PM
Ryder System Inc. (R) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.
Highlight of Business Operations:Excluding the special items listed above, comparable earnings from continuing operations increased 54% to $181 million in 2011 and increased 24% to $117 million in 2010. Comparable EPS from continuing operations increased 57% to $3.49 in 2011 and 31% to $2.22 per diluted common share, respectively.
Net earnings (earnings including discontinued operations) increased 44% in 2011 to $170 million or $3.28 per diluted common share and increased 91% in 2010 to $118 million or $2.25 per diluted common share. Net earnings in 2011 and 2010 were negatively impacted by losses from discontinued operations of $2 million and $6 million, respectively. EPS growth in 2011 exceeded the earnings growth reflecting the impact of share repurchase programs.
Free cash flow from continuing operations was negative $257 million in 2011 compared to positive $258 million in 2010. The decline was driven by higher capital expenditures, primarily for revenue earning equipment. In addition, during 2011 we made $362 million in acquisition-related payments. With our stronger earnings and positive operating cash flows, we repurchased approximately 1 million shares of common stock in 2011 for $59 million and made pension contributions of approximately $65 million. We also increased our annual dividend by 8% to $1.12 per share of common stock.
SG&A expenses increased 18% to $771 million in 2011 and increased 5% to $655 million in 2010. SG&A expenses as a percent of total revenue remained at 13% in 2011 and 2010. Incentive based compensation, which primarily impacts SG&A expenses, increased $37 million in 2011 compared to 2010. SG&A expenses were also impacted in 2011 by significant investments in information technology and sales initiatives. The increases in SG&A expenses were offset by the 2011 acquisitions for which we were able to leverage our overhead structure on the additional revenue contributed by the acquisitions.
Earnings from continuing operations increased 15% to $48 million and EPS from continuing operations increased 15% to $0.92 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Earnings and EPS from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2011 included the $2.4 million or $0.05 per diluted common share acquisition-related restructuring and other charges. Earnings and EPS from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2010 included a $8 million or $0.15 per diluted common share benefit related to certain tax benefits partially offset by restructuring and other items. Excluding these items, comparable earnings and EPS from continuing operations increased 48% to $50 million and 49% to $0.97 per diluted common share, respectively.
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