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Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 29, 2012 | About:

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (NASDAQ:ODFL) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Old Dominion Fl has a market cap of $2.54 billion; its shares were traded at around $43.69 with a P/E ratio of 18.2 and P/S ratio of 1.4. Old Dominion Fl had an annual average earning growth of 14.4% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Old Dominion Fl the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Revenue is generated by customers dispersed primarily throughout the United States and North America. In 2011, our largest customer accounted for approximately 2.6% of our revenue and our largest 5, 10 and 20 customers accounted for approximately 9.1%, 14.3% and 21.4% of our revenue, respectively. For each of the previous three years, approximately 90% of our revenue was derived from transporting LTL shipments for our customers and less than 5% of our revenue was generated from international services. We believe the diversity of our customer base helps protect our business from adverse developments in a single geographic region and the reduction or loss of business from a single customer.

Our industry depends heavily upon the availability of diesel fuel. Although we maintained fuel storage and pumping facilities at 47, or 22%, of our service center locations at December 31, 2011, we may experience shortages at certain locations and may be forced to incur additional expense to help ensure adequate supply on a timely basis to prevent a disruption to our service schedules. We implemented a fuel surcharge program in August 1999, which has remained in effect since that time and is one of many components that we use to determine the overall price for our transportation services. Our fuel surcharges are generally indexed to fuel prices published by the U.S. Department of Energy (the DOE) that reset each week. Our management believes that our operations and financial condition are susceptible to the same diesel fuel price increases or shortages as those of our competitors. Diesel fuel costs, including fuel taxes, totaled 15.0%, 13.1% and 11.4% of revenue in 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Salaries, wages and benefits increased $147.3 million or 18.2% in 2011, which compares favorably with our revenue growth of 27.1%. As a result, our salaries, wages and benefits improved to 50.8% of revenue from 54.6% in 2010. Salaries and wages, excluding benefits, increased $109.9 million due to a 7.6% increase in the total number of full-time employees and the impact from salary and wage increases provided to our employees in September 2011 and 2010. In addition, there was an increase in performance-based compensation due to the improvement in our financial and operational results. These increases were partially offset by the improved productivity of our linehaul, P&D and platform operations that resulted from increased density and a continued focus on efficiency. Our linehaul laden load average, P&D shipments per hour and platform pounds handled per hour improved 0.3%, 1.1% and 0.1%, respectively.

Salaries, wages and benefits increased $90.1 million or 12.5 % in 2010, which compares favorably with our revenue and tonnage growth of 19.0% and 15.4%, respectively. As a result, and due to our increased reliance on purchased transportation in 2010, our salaries, wages and benefits improved to 54.6% of revenue from 57.7% in 2009. Salaries and wages increased $76.1 million due to a 16.4% increase in the total number of full-time employees and an increase in the number of hours worked by existing employees, which was in direct response to the increase in tonnage during the year. In addition, we implemented a 2% salary and wage increase for all employees on September 3, 2010.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased to 5.4% of revenue in 2010 as compared to 7.6% in 2009. Our capital expenditure requirements were reduced for 2010 due to the available capacity throughout the year in our fleet and service center network. The operating leverage created by our reduced capital expenditures and the 15.4% increase in tonnage contributed to the decrease in depreciation and amortization expense as a percent of revenue. The improvement as a percent of revenue also reflects the approximate $12.7 million decrease in depreciation expense that resulted from changes in the estimated useful lives and salvage values of certain equipment, effective January 1, 2010. The changes we made are described in more detail under Critical Accounting Policies below.

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