Arkansas Best Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results And Full Year 2012 Results

Arkansas Best Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results And Full Year                                  2012 Results  - Fourth quarter 2012 net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.31 per share, including $2.4 million, or $0.09 per share, related to an increase in workers' compensation expense  - Emerging, non-asset-based businesses profitable on gains that produced record fourth quarter revenues  - ABF contract negotiations underway with goal to cut costs and restore profitability  PR Newswire  FORT SMITH, Ark., Jan. 30, 2013  FORT SMITH, Ark., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS) today announced unaudited results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012. Arkansas Best had a fourth quarter 2012 net loss, as generally flat, year-over-year revenue, tonnage and pricing at ABF Freight System, Inc. were offset by higher costs. For the same period, Arkansas Best's emerging, non-asset-based businesses were profitable and posted higher revenues. Arkansas Best's fourth quarter 2012 revenue was $537.0 million compared to revenue of $463.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Following the acquisition of Panther Expedited Services, Inc. in June 2012, Arkansas Best saw yearly revenue top $2 billion for the first time in its history. In addition to Panther, Arkansas Best's emerging, non-asset-based businesses that contributed to 2012's revenue growth are in freight brokerage, and vehicle roadside and preventative maintenance.  Arkansas Best's fourth quarter 2012 net loss was $7.9 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to fourth quarter 2011 net income of $1.4 million, or $0.05 per share. This quarter's results include an after-tax charge of $2.4 million, or $0.09 per share, related to an actuarial adjustment to ABF's workers' compensation expense. The liabilities associated with Arkansas Best's self-insured portion of these costs are estimates based on a number of variables and assumptions. During the fourth quarter, information indicating that many of these claims had a longer duration and higher payments than initially projected resulted in a thorough actuarial review and in this adjustment.   For full year 2012, Arkansas Best had a net loss of $7.7 million, or $0.31 per share, including the previously discussed workers' compensation expense increase. This compares to net income of $6.2 million, or $0.23 per share, in 2011. Arkansas Best's full year 2012 revenue was $2.1 billion compared to revenue of $1.9 billion in 2011.  "We are pleased with revenue growth and improving profitability at our emerging businesses as they added up to more than 20 percent of our total company fourth quarter revenue," said Arkansas Best President and Chief Executive Officer Judy R. McReynolds. "Expanding our portfolio of expedited and premium logistics services was a major initiative in 2012 as our customers' supply chains grow ever more complex. We are encouraged by the trends we have seen in these businesses. Among other things, we added key sales and customer service personnel and invested in service-enhancing technologies, all of which were well-received in the marketplace."  McReynolds added that the full-year loss at ABF resulting in a 2012 operating ratio above 100, following a slightly profitable 2011, was troubling as total revenues remained about even with annual yield improvement offset by lower business levels. "We are focused on a return to profitability at ABF by substantially lowering our costs in the next labor contract through negotiations that are now underway. ABF's management team is hopeful it will reach an agreement with the Teamsters that allows us to preserve good-paying jobs and protect our employees' retirements through a lower cost structure that truly reflects the competitive nature of today's LTL marketplace."  In late December, ABF exchanged initial contract proposals with the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee. ABF seeks a national contract that eliminates the use of supplements and provides uniform terms for all of its local operations throughout the country. While previous versions of the National Master Freight Agreement ("NMFA") once covered more than 500,000 Teamsters, today, ABF is negotiating for its own contract that will cover 7,500 union employees. ABF is the only remaining union LTL carrier still paying full NMFA rates. Without significant reduction to this burdensome cost structure, ABF has informed Teamster leadership that extensive network changes will result, including closure of terminals and distribution centers.  ABF Freight System, Inc. ABF's fourth quarter 2012 total daily tonnage and pricing statistics saw little change compared to last year's fourth quarter, leading to flat revenue as shippers maintained low inventory levels. At the same time, costs rose due to union labor contract wage and benefit increases that occurred earlier in the year and because of a lack of operational flexibility. In addition, higher depreciation costs associated with more expensive capital equipment and higher workers' compensation expense contributed to ABF's losses.  In late October, the impact of Hurricane Sandy resulted in lost revenue and profit opportunities along with returned shipments that had to be re-handled and re-delivered as customers closed for business in the days following the storm. This resulted in estimated lost revenue of $2 – $2.5 million, an increase of about 0.4 percentage points in ABF's operating ratio and a reduction of $0.04 per share on Arkansas Best's fourth quarter results.  During the fourth quarter, changes in ABF's freight profile and account mix caused total pricing statistics to be the same as last year. However, when adjusted for fuel surcharge and these profile and account changes, ABF's fourth quarter pricing on its traditional LTL business increased more than 2.5 percent versus last year. Throughout 2012, pricing among carriers in the LTL industry was consistent and stable. For the full year, ABF made steady progress in improving its account yield levels by 4.4 percent compared to 2011.  ABF Results of Operations  Fourth Quarter 2012    oRevenue of $422.8 million compared to $422.1 million in fourth quarter     2011, a slight per day decrease   oTonnage per day increase of 0.4% versus fourth quarter 2011   oTotal billed revenue per hundredweight of $28.02, essentially the same as     the $28.01 in fourth quarter 2011   oOperating loss of $13.6 million, including $3.8 million related to an     increase in workers' compensation expense, compared to operating income of     $1.3 million in fourth quarter 2011   oOperating ratio of 103.2%, including 0.9% related to an increase in     workers' compensation expense, compared to an operating ratio of 99.7% in     fourth quarter 2011  Full Year 2012    oRevenue of $1.73 billion, the same as in 2011   oTonnage per day decrease of 4.6% versus 2011   oTotal billed revenue per hundredweight of $28.03 compared to $26.86 in     2011, an increase of 4.4%   oOperating loss of $19.4 million, including $3.8 million related to an     increase in workers' compensation expense, compared to 2011 operating     income of $3.6 million   oOperating ratio of 101.1%, including 0.2% related to an increase in     workers' compensation expense, compared to an operating ratio of 99.8% in     2011  Emerging Businesses Panther Expedited Services, Inc. is an important component of Arkansas Best's strategic goal of being an integrated logistics solutions provider. During the fourth quarter, Panther's revenue increased to record fourth quarter levels, and cash flow generation remained strong despite mixed results in the various market segments. Particularly in the government business segment, Panther was affected by a lack of commitment of many of its customers to invest in their businesses due to uncertainty in the economy. A slowdown in industrial production and tighter inventory management also resulted in fewer available manufacturing-related shipments.  Arkansas Best's other emerging non-asset-based subsidiaries experienced revenue growth and operating income improvement throughout the quarter despite a challenging macroeconomic environment. The freight brokerage segment grew revenue by 91%, achieving the highest quarterly revenue in its history. The emergency and preventative maintenance segment achieved revenue growth of 39%, producing the second highest quarterly revenue in its history. Fourth quarter profits in these two operating segments increased nearly two to three times compared to the same period last year. The benefits of investments previously made in sales, customer service, and information technology at these companies are contributing to increased revenues and improving profitability.  Capital Expenditures In 2012, ABF's total net capital expenditures equated to $69 million, including approximately $49 million of revenue equipment. Depreciation and amortization costs equaled $85 million.  Because ABF's union labor negotiations are in progress and planning for 2013 is highly dependent on the outcome of contract negotiations, ABF's 2013 net capital expenditures and depreciation and amortization costs have not been estimated. In the next few months, as more clarity is gained on potential costs savings associated with ABF's new labor contract, estimates on capital expenditures and depreciation will be provided.  Closing Comments "There continue to be many questions about the economy and its impact on the transport markets in which we compete. Most economists are predicting a low level of growth in 2013," said McReynolds. "Looking ahead, we recognize that ABF and all of our other subsidiaries must generate profits regardless of the economic climate. We are hopeful that our ongoing ABF contract negotiations will result in the right cost structure and greater operational flexibility, but our game plan for success at Arkansas Best takes into account all potential outcomes. Thanks to our expanding portfolio of diverse companies that are better able to meet customers' needs in a changing marketplace, we will continue to execute on our overarching goal to keep Arkansas Best firmly on a path toward financial success that rewards our shareholders."  Conference Call Arkansas Best Corporation will host a conference call with company executives to discuss the 2012 fourth quarter and full year results. The call will be today, Wednesday, January30, at 9:30a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. CT). Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 618-4645. Following the call, a recorded playback will be available through the end of the day on March 2, 2013. To listen to the playback, dial (800) 633-8284 or (402) 977-9140 (for international callers). The conference call ID for the playback is 21643591. The conference call and playback can also be accessed, through March 2, on Arkansas Best's website at arkbest.com.  Company Description Arkansas Best Corporation, headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is a freight transportation services and solutions provider. Through its various subsidiaries, Arkansas Best offers a wide variety of logistics solutions including: domestic and global transportation of less-than-truckload ("LTL") and full load shipments, expedited ground and time-definite delivery solutions, freight forwarding services, freight brokerage, oversight of roadside assistance and equipment services for commercial vehicles, and household goods moving market services for consumers, corporations, and the military. More information is available at arkbest.com, abf.com and pantherexpedite.com.  Forward-Looking Statements The following is a "safe harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements contained in this report that are not based on historical facts are "forward-looking statements." Terms such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "plan," "predict," "prospects," "scheduled," "should," "would," and similar expressions and the negatives of such terms are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are by their nature subject to uncertainties and risk including, but not limited to, general economic conditions and related shifts in market demand that impact the performance and needs of industries served by Arkansas Best Corporation's subsidiaries and limit our customers' access to adequate financial resources; the successful integration of Panther; relationships with employees, including unions; union and nonunion employee wages and benefits, including changes in required contributions to multiemployer pension plans; competitive initiatives, pricing pressures, the effect of volatility in fuel prices and the associated changes in fuel surcharges on securing increases in base freight rates and the inability to collect fuel surcharges; availability of fuel; availability and cost of reliable third-party services; the timing and amount of capital expenditures; future costs of operating expenses such as fuel and related taxes; self-insurance claims and insurance premium costs; governmental regulations and policies; future climate change legislation; availability and cost of capital and financing arrangements; the cost and timing of growth initiatives; the impact of our brand and corporate reputation; the cost, integration, and performance of any future acquisitions; costs of continuing investments in technology and the impact of cyber incidents; weather conditions; and other financial, operational, and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Arkansas Best Corporation's Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") public filings.  The following tables show financial data and operating statistics on Arkansas Best Corporation and its subsidiary companies.    ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS                Three Months Ended          Year Ended                 December 31                 December 31                2012          2011          2012          2011                (Unaudited)                ($ thousands, except share and per share data) OPERATING      $ 537,042     $ 463,241     $ 2,065,999   $ 1,907,609 REVENUES OPERATING EXPENSES AND     548,058       461,606       2,080,567     1,897,850 COSTS OPERATING        (11,016)      1,635         (14,568)      9,759 INCOME (LOSS) OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE) Interest and dividend         185           286           808           1,069 income Interest expense and other related    (1,409)       (1,054)       (5,273)       (3,953) financing costs Other, net       (76)          1,067         2,041         2,618                  (1,300)       299           (2,424)       (266) INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME    (12,316)      1,934         (16,992)      9,493 TAXES INCOME TAX PROVISION        (4,387)       530           (9,260)       3,160 (BENEFIT) NET INCOME       (7,929)       1,404         (7,732)       6,333 (LOSS) LESS: NONCONTROLLING INTEREST IN      –             –             –             174  NET INCOME OF SUBSIDIARY NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE   $ (7,929)     $ 1,404       $ (7,732)     $ 6,159 TO ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE^(1) Basic          $ (0.31)      $ 0.05        $ (0.31)      $ 0.23 Diluted        $ (0.31)      $ 0.05        $ (0.31)      $ 0.23 AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING Basic            25,629,309    25,421,887    25,564,752    25,403,073 Diluted          25,629,309    25,421,887    25,564,752    25,403,073 CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER   $ 0.03        $ 0.03        $ 0.12        $ 0.12 COMMON SHARE   (1) The Company uses the two-class method for calculating earnings per share. This method, as calculated below, requires an allocation of dividends paid and a portion of undistributed net income (but not losses) to unvested restricted stock for calculating per share amounts. NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE   $ (7,929)     $ 1,404       $ (7,732)     $ 6,159 TO ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION EFFECT OF UNVESTED RESTRICTED       (38)          (59)          (149)         (249) STOCK AWARDS^(1) ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) FOR            $ (7,967)     $ 1,345       $ (7,881)     $ 5,910 CALCULATING EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE    ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION  CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                                      December 31    December 31                                       2012           2011                                      (Unaudited)    Note                                      ($ thousands, except share                                      data) ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents            $  90,702      $ 141,295 Short-term investments                  29,054        33,960 Restricted cash equivalents and         9,658         52,693 short-term investments Accounts receivable, less allowances    180,631       149,665 (2012 – $5,249; 2011 – $5,957) Other accounts receivable, less allowances (2012 – $1,334; 2011 –       6,539         7,538 $1,226) Prepaid expenses                        17,355        11,363 Deferred income taxes                   39,245        35,481 Prepaid and refundable income taxes     5,681         6,905 Other                                   7,185         6,186 TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                    386,050       445,086 PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Land and structures                     243,699       242,120 Revenue equipment                       589,729       569,303 Service, office, and other equipment    119,456       110,511 Software                                103,164       64,229 Leasehold improvements                  23,272        21,426                                         1,079,320     1,007,589 Less allowances for depreciation and    635,292       592,171 amortization                                         444,028       415,418 GOODWILL                                73,189        3,660 INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET                  79,561        2,822 OTHER ASSETS                            51,634        49,234                                      $  1,034,462   $ 916,220 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Bank overdraft and drafts payable    $  13,645      $ 20,836 Accounts payable                        84,292        66,517 Income taxes payable                    59            169 Accrued expenses                        158,668       151,887 Current portion of long-term debt       43,044        24,262 TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES               299,708       263,671 LONG-TERM DEBT, less current portion    112,941       46,750 PENSION AND POSTRETIREMENT              104,673       106,578 LIABILITIES OTHER LIABILITIES                       12,832        13,751 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES                   45,309        19,855 STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Common stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 70,000,000 shares; issued    273           271 2012: 27,296,285 shares; 2011: 27,099,819 shares Additional paid-in-capital              289,711       286,408 Retained earnings                       284,157       295,108 Treasury stock, at cost, 1,677,932      (57,770)      (57,770) shares Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (57,372)      (58,402) TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY              458,999       465,615                                      $  1,034,462   $ 916,220 Note: The balance sheet at December 31, 2011 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.    ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS                                       Year Ended                                        December 31                                       2012         2011                                       (Unaudited)                                       ($ thousands) OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income (loss)                     $ (7,732)    $ 6,333 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization           85,493       73,742 Amortization of intangibles             2,261        – Pension settlement expense              –            1,125 Share-based compensation expense        6,068        6,450 Provision for losses on accounts        1,524        2,394 receivable Deferred income tax provision           (10,359)     3,056 (benefit) Gain on sale of property and            (735)        (2,360) equipment Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Receivables                             508          (6,067) Prepaid expenses                        305          (1,105) Other assets                            961          (635) Income taxes                            2,630        (776) Accounts payable, accrued expenses,     3,610        18,695 and other liabilities^(1) NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING          84,534       100,852 ACTIVITIES INVESTING ACTIVITIES Purchases of property, plant and        (37,278)     (53,227) equipment, net of financings Proceeds from sale of property and      6,397        7,062 equipment Purchases of short-term investments     (55,858)     (59,718) Proceeds from sale of short-term        60,730       64,995 investments Business acquisition, net of cash       (180,039)    – acquired Capitalization of internally            (7,218)      (5,295) developed software and other NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (213,266)    (46,183) FINANCING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from issuance of long-term     100,000      – debt Repayments on long-term debt            (53,000)     (16,056) Acquisition of noncontrolling           –            (4,084) interest Net change in bank overdraft and        (7,190)      7,811 other Change in restricted cash equivalents   43,035       (1,032) and short-term investments Deferred financing costs                (1,487)      (174) Payment of common stock dividends       (3,219)      (3,180) Proceeds from the exercise of stock     –            763 options NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN)          78,139       (15,952) FINANCING ACTIVITIES NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND     (50,593)     38,717 CASH EQUIVALENTS Cash and cash equivalents at            141,295      102,578 beginning of period CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF   $ 90,702     $ 141,295 PERIOD NONCASH INVESTING ACTIVITIES Accruals for equipment received       $ 301        $ 338 Equipment financed under capital      $ 37,973     $ 30,410 leases and notes payable   (1) 2012 includes $18.0 million in contributions to the Company's nonunion pension plan.    ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION  RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES                     Three Months Ended   Year Ended                      December 31          December 31                     2012       2011      2012       2011                     (Unaudited)                     ($ thousands, except per share data) ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION – CONSOLIDATED Net Income Attributable to Arkansas Best Corporation Amounts on a GAAP   $ (7,929)  $ 1,404   $ (7,732)  $ 6,159 basis Tax benefits^(1)      –          –         (3,333)    – Transaction costs,    –          –         1,294      – after-tax^(2) Non-GAAP amounts    $ (7,929)  $ 1,404   $ (9,771)  $ 6,159 Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share Amounts on a GAAP   $ (0.31)   $ 0.05    $ (0.31)   $ 0.23 basis Tax benefits^(1)      –          –         (0.13)     – Transaction costs,    –          –         0.05       – after-tax^(2) Non-GAAP amounts    $ (0.31)   $ 0.05    $ (0.39)   $ 0.23 Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization Net income attributable to     $ (7,929)  $ 1,404   $ (7,732)  $ 6,159 Arkansas Best Corporation Interest expense      1,409      1,054     5,273      3,953 Income taxes          (4,387)    530       (9,260)    3,160 (benefits) Depreciation and      23,764     19,541    87,754     73,742 amortization Amortization of share based           1,357      1,334     6,068      6,450 compensation Amortization of       2,846      1,841     11,385     7,361 actuarial losses EBITDA                17,060     25,704    93,488     100,825 Transaction costs,    –          –         2,129      – pre-tax^(2) Adjusted EBITDA     $ 17,060   $ 25,704  $ 95,617   $ 100,825 PREMIUM LOGISTICS & EXPEDITED FREIGHT SERVICES^(3) Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization Operating income    $ 1,118    $ –       $ 2,402    $ – Depreciation and      2,473      –         5,438      – amortization EBITDA              $ 3,591    $ –       $ 7,840    $ – (1) Tax benefit adjustments related to deferred tax asset valuation allowances.  (2) Transaction costs associated with the June 15, 2012 acquisition of Panther Expedited Services, Inc.  (3) Includes the results of Panther Expedited Services, Inc., for the period of June 16 to December 31, 2012.   Non-GAAP Financial Measures.  The company reports its financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). However, management believes that certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios utilized for internal analysis provide financial statement users meaningful comparisons between current and prior period results, as well as important information regarding performance trends. Certain information discussed in the scheduled conference call could be considered non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company's reported results. Management believes EBITDA to be relevant and useful information as EBITDA is a standard measure commonly reported and widely used by analysts, investors and others to measure financial performance and ability to service debt obligations. However, these financial measures should not be construed as better measurements than operating income, operating cash flow, net income or earnings per share, as defined by GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, and therefore the Company's Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.    ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION  FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPERATING SEGMENT DATA AND OPERATING RATIOS                    Three Months Ended                   Year Ended                     December 31                          December 31                    2012              2011               2012                2011                    (Unaudited)                     ($ thousands) OPERATING REVENUES Freight            $ 422,842         $ 422,051          $ 1,725,134         $ 1,730,773 Transportation^(1) Premium Logistics & Expedited          61,046            –                  132,326             – Freight Services^(2) Truck Brokerage &    13,255            6,942              42,710              25,429 Management^(3) Emergency and Preventative         30,704            22,136             115,968             92,554 Maintenance^(4) Household Goods Moving               16,377            16,732             77,619              85,611 Services^(5) Total non-asset-based      121,382           45,810             368,623             203,594 segments Other revenues and   (7,182)           (4,620)            (27,758)            (26,758) eliminations Total consolidated $ 537,042         $ 463,241          $ 2,065,999         $ 1,907,609 operating revenues OPERATING EXPENSES AND COSTS Freight Transportation^(1) Salaries, wages,   $ 265,520 62.8%   $ 254,073 60.2%    $ 1,073,205 62.2%   $ 1,061,213 61.3% and benefits Fuel, supplies,      82,417  19.5      80,391  19.0       330,063   19.1      333,779   19.3 and expenses Operating taxes      10,823  2.6       11,133  2.6        43,337    2.5       45,469    2.6 and licenses Insurance            5,336   1.3       6,360   1.5        20,751    1.2       24,490    1.4 Communications and   3,649   0.9       3,649   0.9        14,733    0.9       15,118    0.9 utilities Depreciation and     20,308  4.8       18,765  4.4        78,748    4.6       70,810    4.1 amortization Rents and purchased            46,873  11.1      43,816  10.4       176,977   10.3      169,212   9.8 transportation Gain on sale of property and         (132)   –         (426)   (0.1)      (711)     –         (2,370)   (0.1) equipment Pension settlement   –       –         1,125   0.3        –         –         1,125     0.1 expense Other                1,600   0.2       1,825   0.5        7,441     0.3       8,318     0.4                      436,394 103.2%    420,711 99.7%      1,744,544 101.1%    1,727,164 99.8% Premium Logistics & Expedited  Freight Services^(2) Purchased          $ 47,052  77.1%   $ –       –        $ 101,559   76.7%   $ –         – transportation Depreciation and     2,473   4.1       –       –          5,438     4.1       –         – amortization Salaries, benefits,            10,403  17.0      –       –          22,927    17.4      –         – insurance, and other                      59,928  98.2%     –       –          129,924   98.2%     –         – Truck Brokerage &    12,386            6,619              40,087              23,539 Management^(3) Emergency and Preventative         30,199            21,999             114,033             89,572 Maintenance^(4) Household Goods Moving               16,484            16,780             76,927              82,893 Services^(5) Total non-asset-based      118,997           45,398             360,971             196,004 segments Other expenses and   (7,333)           (4,503)            (24,948)            (25,318) eliminations Total consolidated operating expenses $ 548,058         $ 461,606          $ 2,080,567         $ 1,897,850 and costs   Note: See the following page for footnotes.    ARKANSAS BEST CORPORATION  FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPERATING SEGMENT DATA AND OPERATING RATIOS – Continued                        Three Months Ended     Year Ended                         December 31            December 31                        2012         2011      2012             2011                        (Unaudited)                         ($ thousands) OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) Freight                $ (13,552)   $ 1,340   $ (19,410)       $ 3,609 Transportation^(1) Premium Logistics & Expedited Freight        1,118        –         2,402            – Services^(2) Truck Brokerage &        869          323       2,623            1,890 Management^(3) Emergency and Preventative             505          137       1,935            2,982 Maintenance^(4) Household Goods Moving   (107)        (48)      692              2,718 Services^(5) Total non-asset-based    2,385        412       7,652            7,590 segments Other income (loss) and                      151          (117)     (2,810)          (1,440) eliminations Total consolidated operating income       $ (11,016)   $ 1,635   $ (14,568)       $ 9,759 (loss)    (1) This segment includes the results of operations of Arkansas Best's largest     subsidiary, ABF Freight System, Inc.^®.     This segment includes the results of operations of Arkansas Best's (2) expedited services operating as Panther Expedited Services, Inc. for the     period of June 16 to December 31, 2012. (3) This segment includes the results of operations of Arkansas Best's     transportation brokerage services operating as FreightValue^®.     This segment includes the results of operations of Arkansas Best's (4) roadside vehicle assistance and commercial equipment services subsidiary     FleetNet America, Inc.     This segment includes the results of operations of Arkansas Best's (5) subsidiaries Albert Companies, Inc. and Moving Solutions, Inc. which     provide services to the consumer, corporate, and military household goods     moving market.    ABF FREIGHT SYSTEM, INC.  OPERATING STATISTICS                 Three Months Ended              Year Ended                 December 31                     December 31                 2012        2011        %       2012        2011        %                                         Change                          Change                 (Unaudited) Freight Transportation ^(1) Workdays        61.5        61.0                252.0       252.0 Billed Revenue  $ 28.02     $ 28.01     –       $ 28.03     $ 26.86     4.4% ^(2) / CWT Billed Revenue  $ 382.40    $ 371.34    3.0%    $ 380.49    $ 362.11    5.1% ^(2) / Shipment Shipments         1,083,615   1,101,893 (1.7)%    4,494,062   4,745,404 (5.3)% Shipments / Day   17,620      18,064    (2.5)%    17,834      18,831    (5.3)% Tonnage (tons)    739,418     730,426   1.2%      3,049,885   3,198,292 (4.6)% Tons / Day        12,023      11,974    0.4%      12,103      12,692    (4.6)%    (1) Operating statistics for the Freight Transportation segment do not include     the results from ABF's Global Supply Chain Services. (2) Billed Revenue does not include revenue deferral required for financial     statement purposes under the company's revenue recognition policy.    Contact: Investors: Mr. David Humphrey, Vice President, Investor Relations and          Corporate Communications          Telephone: (479) 785-6200          Media: Ms. Kathy Fieweger          Telephone: (847) 903-8806  SOURCE Arkansas Best Corporation  Website: http://arkbest.com  
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