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Pacer International Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: August 5, 2009 09:38PM
Press Release: Pacer International Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
CONCORD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacer International, Inc. (Nasdaq: PACR), a leading North American freight transportation and logistics services provider, today reported financial results for the three- and six-month periods ended June 30, 2009.
SECOND QUARTER RESULTS
Revenues decreased $139.9 million to $376.7 million compared to $516.6 million for the quarter ended June 27, 2008.
Income from operations declined $34.7 million to a loss of $11.8 million compared to an income of $22.9 million in the 2008 quarter.
Net income declined from $13.4 million in the 2008 quarter to a net loss of $7.3 million in the 2009 quarter.
During the quarter the company entered into an amendment to its credit agreement which, among other things, waived compliance with the leverage ratio covenant for the second quarter through August 31, 2009, and also received $22.5 million from SAP America, Inc. as part of an amendment to the software license agreement with SAP.
Intermodal segment income from operations decreased $37.3 million from the 2008 quarter to a loss of $5.7 million compared to an operating income of $31.6 million in the 2008 quarter. Volumes showed improvement from the first quarter of 2009, but are still below the 2008 quarter.
Logistics segment income from operations improved by $0.3 million to a loss of $1.4 million compared to a loss of $1.7 million in the 2008 quarter. Increased warehousing business and reduced truck services losses were the main contributors.
Corporate costs for the 2009 quarter were $2.3 million less than the 2008 quarter principally due to the lack of a performance incentive accrual in the 2009 quarter.
Sale of Truck Services - On July 24, 2009, the company entered into an agreement with Universal Truckload Services, Inc. and UTS Leasing, Inc. to sell certain assets of its truck services business. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur in August 2009.
“While demand and economic conditions in general remained very difficult leading to a second quarter loss, there were some positive signs that our business levels were stabilizing and even improving in some key areas during the quarter,” said Brian C. Kane, Chief Financial Officer of Pacer. “We continue to take the steps necessary to reduce our costs to benchmark competitive levels and provide the financial resources needed to position Pacer for future growth. Operating cash flows were much improved for the second quarter compared to the first quarter, and we anticipate returning to positive cash flow and earnings during the second half of 2009.”
“Additional organizational simplification and workforce reduction initiatives were implemented during the quarter moving Pacer significantly closer to the organizational integration, process improvement, and cost reduction goals we have established,” added Michael E. Uremovich, Chairman and CEO of Pacer. “We are continuing to implement a number of key initiatives supporting these goals, including actions that will further integrate our Cartage and Intermodal Operations teams that will result in improved door-to-door service delivery while reducing costs through increased density and improved driver coordination.”
“Though these remain extremely challenging times, we are very encouraged with the progress of our organizational improvement initiatives. Also encouraging is the number of new customers and new business opportunities with existing customers that we are winning, particularly in our retail intermodal services area where both volume and market share improved year-over-year in the second quarter.”
Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2009 decreased $284.1 million to $735.3 million compared to $1,019.4 million for the six months ended June 27, 2008.
Income from operations, which includes a $200.4 million pre-tax, non-cash goodwill impairment charge (of which $31.4 million related to our logistics segment and $169.0 million related to our intermodal segment), was a loss of $234.9 million compared to income of $46.0 million in the 2008 period. Excluding the first quarter impairment charge, income from operations was a loss of $34.5 million.
Net income declined from $26.8 million in the 2008 period to a net loss of $184.7 million in the 2009 period. Net income includes the impact of the goodwill impairment charge ($162.1 million after-tax, or $4.67 per share). Excluding the impairment charge, net income was a loss of $22.6 million, or $0.65 per diluted share.
Intermodal segment income from operations decreased $251.4 million from the 2008 period to a loss of $189.4 million (including a $169.0 million goodwill impairment charge) compared to an operating income of $62.0 million in the 2008 period. Excluding the impairment charge, the intermodal segment recorded a $20.4 million operating loss.
Logistics segment income from operations decreased $33.6 million to a loss of $36.1 million (including a $31.4 million goodwill impairment charge) compared to a loss of $2.5 million in the 2008 period. Excluding the impairment charge, the logistics segment recorded a $4.7 million operating loss.
Corporate costs for the 2009 period were $4.1 million less than the 2008 period principally due to the lack of a performance incentive accrual in the 2009 period.
Note: A tabular reconciliation detailing the adjustments made to arrive at the adjusted financial results set forth above and elsewhere in this press release from financial results determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) is contained in the financial summary statements attached to this press release.
CONFERENCE CALL TODAY
Pacer will hold a conference call for investors, analysts, business and trade media, and other interested parties at 5:00 p.m. ET, today (Wednesday, August 5). To participate, please call five minutes early by dialing (800) 288-8968 (domestic) and ask for "Pacer International Second Quarter Earnings Call." International callers can dial (612) 332-0107.
An audio-only, simultaneous Webcast of the live conference call can be accessed through the Investors link on the company’s Web site at www.pacer.com. For persons unable to participate in either the conference call or the Webcast, a digitized replay will be available from August 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET to September 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the replay, dial (800) 475-6701 (domestic) or (320) 365-3844 (international), using access code 109597. Or, access the replay by selecting the Investors link on the company\'s Web site at www.pacer.com.
ABOUT PACER INTERNATIONAL (www.pacer.com)
Pacer International is a leading asset-light North American freight transportation and logistics provider, and through its intermodal and logistics operating segments, offers a broad array of services to facilitate the movement of freight from origin to destination. The intermodal segment offers wholesale services provided by Pacer Stacktrain (cost-efficient, two-tiered rail transportation for containerized shipments) and Pacer Cartage (local trucking), as well as retail services through its Rail Brokerage unit (intermodal marketing). The logistics segment provides retail truck brokerage, trucking, warehousing and distribution, international freight forwarding, and supply-chain management services. Pacer International is headquartered in Concord, California. Its intermodal and logistics operating segments are headquartered in Concord, California, and in Dublin, Ohio, respectively.
USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES:
This press release contains “non-GAAP financial measures” as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, including adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted net income and adjusted income from operations for the logistic and intermodal segments and on a consolidated basis. These non-GAAP measures which exclude the effect of the company’s goodwill impairment write-off in the first quarter of 2009 are used by Management and the Board of Directors in their analysis of the company\'s ongoing core operating performance. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information that is essential to a proper understanding of the operating results of the company\'s core businesses and allows investors to more easily compare operating results from period to period. A tabular reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP financial information discussed in this release and the most directly comparable financial information calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is contained in the financial summary statements attached to this press release.
CERTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), including the belief that the Company will return to positive cash flow and earnings during the second half of 2009. These forward-looking statements are based on the company\'s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements are: general economic and business conditions including the length and severity of the current economic recession; industry trends, including changes in the costs of services from rail and motor transportation providers; our ability to comply with the financial ratios in our credit agreement as amended during the remainder of 2009, and thereafter our ability to obtain a long-term waiver or replacement credit facility; our inability as of September 1, 2009 to borrow under our credit agreement upon expiration of the waiver period (August 31, 2009) granted by our syndicate of banks with respect to the leverage covenant ratio; increases in interest rates, including those that may result if we are required to seek amendments to our credit agreement to comply with financial covenants; the loss of one or more of our major customers; the success of our cost reduction initiatives in improving our operating results and cash flows; the effect of the current economic recession on our customers including reduced transportation needs and an inability to pay us on time or at all; the impact of competitive pressures in the marketplace; the frequency and severity of accidents, particularly involving our trucking operations; changes in the terms of contracts with our underlying rail carriers that are less favorable to us relative to our current contracts as these expire; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulation; changes in our business strategy, development plans or cost savings plans; congestion, work stoppages, equipment and capacity shortages, weather related issues and service disruptions affecting our rail and motor transportation providers; changes in fuel prices; our ability to successfully defend or resolve customer and vendor rate and volume adjustment claims against us; changes in international and domestic shipping patterns; availability of qualified personnel; difficulties in maintaining or enhancing our information technology systems including selecting, developing and implementing applications and solutions to update our diverse legacy systems; increases in our leverage; our ability to integrate acquired businesses; and terrorism and acts of war. Additional information about these and other factors that could affect the company\'s business is set forth in the company\'s various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in the company\'s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2008 filed with the SEC on February 17, 2009 and the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 filed with the SEC on May 8, 2009. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as anticipated, believed, expected or intended. Except as otherwise required by federal securities laws, the company does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.