Arkansas Best Corp. has a market cap of $488.6 million; its shares were traded at around $19.72 with and P/S ratio of 0.3. The dividend yield of Arkansas Best Corp. stocks is 0.6%.
Highlight of Business Operations: Consolidated operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2011 increased $19.8 million from the same period in 2010. Consolidated operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2011 decreased $33.1 million from the same period in 2010. The improvements in consolidated operating results primarily reflect the operations of ABF, as discussed in the following sections of Results of Operations. The $1.0 million and $0.8 million decrease in other operating income for the three and six month periods, respectively, was attributable to the timing of share-based compensation awards in each year primarily at the holding company.
The transportation industry is dependent upon the availability of adequate fuel supplies. The Company has not experienced a lack of available fuel but could be adversely impacted if a fuel shortage were to develop. ABF charges a fuel surcharge based on changes in diesel fuel prices compared to a national index. The ABF fuel surcharge rate in effect is available on the ABF Web site at abf.com. (The information contained on the ABF Web site is not a part of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.) Although revenue from fuel surcharges generally more than offsets direct diesel fuel costs, other operating costs have been, and may continue to be, impacted by fluctuating fuel prices. The total impact of energy prices on other nonfuel-related expenses is difficult to ascertain. ABF cannot predict, with reasonable certainty, future fuel price fluctuations, the impact of energy prices on other cost elements, recoverability of fuel costs through fuel surcharges, and the effect of fuel surcharges on ABFs overall rate structure or the total price that ABF will receive from its customers. During periods of changing diesel fuel prices, the fuel surcharge and associated direct diesel fuel costs also vary by different degrees. Depending upon the rates of these changes and the impact on costs in other fuel- and energy-related areas, operating margins could be impacted. Fuel prices have fluctuated significantly in recent years. The weekly retail on-highway diesel price per gallon, including taxes, published by the U.S. Department of Energy decreased from a high of $4.76 in July 2008 to a low of $2.02 in March 2009 and subsequently increased to $3.89 in June 2011. Whether fuel prices fluctuate or remain constant, ABFs operating income may be adversely affected if competitive pressures limit its ability to recover fuel surcharges. While the fuel surcharge is one of several components in ABFs overall rate structure, the actual rate paid by customers is governed by market forces based on value provided to the customer.
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