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Con-way Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 28, 2012 | About:

Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Con-way Inc has a market cap of $1.6 billion; its shares were traded at around $28.77 with a P/E ratio of 18.8 and P/S ratio of 0.3. The dividend yield of Con-way Inc stocks is 1.4%. Con-way Inc had an annual average earning growth of 11.4% over the past 10 years.

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Con-ways operating results consisted of operating income of $78.2 million in 2010 compared to an operating loss of $25.9 million in 2009, primarily reflecting goodwill and intangible-asset impairment charges at Logistics in 2010 and a goodwill-impairment charge at Truckload in 2009. Excluding the impairment charges in both years, consolidated operating income in 2010 declined primarily due to the net effect of lower operating income at Freight, partially offset by improved operating results at Logistics. Lower operating income at Freight reflected weak industry pricing and higher costs, while higher operating income at Logistics was due to improved margins on higher revenue.

Despite a relatively flat year-over-year change, Freights yield in the third and fourth quarter of 2010 increased 3.1 % and 7.1%, respectively, from the same prior-year periods. These positive comparisons were due in part to sales and pricing initiatives implemented in the third quarter of 2010, as more fully discussed above. Weight per day increased 8.7% in the third quarter of 2010 when compared to the prior-year period, but decreased 1.3% in the fourth quarter of 2010 when compared to the prior-year period.

In 2011, Truckloads revenue increased 7.9% from 2010, primarily due to a 47.1% increase in fuel-surcharge. Freight revenue was essentially flat reflecting a 4.1% increase in revenue per mile and a 4.0% decline in loaded miles. Higher fuel-surcharge revenue was due to higher fuel prices in 2011 compared to 2010. The decrease in loaded miles was primarily due to a decline in the number of tractors operated by two-person teams, which resulted in lower miles per tractor, and to a slightly smaller fleet.

In 2010, Truckloads revenue increased 1.0% from 2009, primarily due to a 49.9% increase in fuel-surcharge revenue, partially offset by a 5.6% decrease in freight revenue. The 5.6% decrease in freight revenue reflects a 7.4% decline in loaded miles, partially offset by a 2.0% increase in revenue per mile. Higher fuel-surcharge revenue was primarily due to higher fuel prices in 2010 compared to 2009. The decrease in loaded miles reflects a smaller fleet and a planned reduction in the amount of services Truckload provided to Freight. Revenue per mile increased as the decrease in services provided to Freight allowed Truckload to take advantage of improved truckload pricing with external customers. The redeployment of equipment to serve external customers caused some deterioration in asset utilization in 2010, as revenue per tractor declined 1.2%.

In 2011, capital expenditures were $289.0 million, compared with $186.5 million in 2010 and $68.2 million in 2009. Increased capital expenditures in 2011 were primarily due to the acquisition of tractor equipment at Con-way Truckload. Higher capital expenditures at Con-way Truckload in 2011 reflect an accelerated fleet-replacement program that was implemented in June 2010. Con-way received sale-related proceeds of $13.2 million in 2011, $32.8 million in 2010 and $32.7 million in 2009. Proceeds in 2011 were primarily due to the sale of excess corporate properties and the sale of tractors in connection with the fleet-replacement program at Con-way Truckload. Proceeds in 2010 and 2009 include sale-leaseback transactions in which $20.4 million and $17.3 million were received, respectively, from the sale of revenue equipment.

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