Pacer International Reports Third Quarter Results

  Pacer International Reports Third Quarter Results  Business Wire  DUBLIN, Ohio -- October 24, 2013  Pacer International, Inc. (Nasdaq:PACR), the asset-light North American freight transportation and logistics services provider, today reported financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September30, 2013.  THIRD QUARTER RESULTS    *Earnings per share more than doubled from the third quarter of 2012 to     $0.08;   *Total revenues decreased $98.9 million from the third quarter of 2012. As     expected, the decrease was primarily due to the new cross border agreement     with Union Pacific where we no longer collect and pass through the rail     transportation costs to automotive intermediaries servicing the US-Mexico     business;   *Total cost of purchased transportation and services decreased $99.0     million from the third quarter of 2012. As expected, the decrease was     primarily due to the implementation of the new cross border agreement with     Union Pacific;   *Income from operations increased $2.7 million from the third quarter of     2012 to $5.0 million, primarily due to improved gross margins in both the     intermodal and logistics segments. Intermodal income from operations     improved by $2.6 million or 29.9% and the logistics loss from operations     decreased by $0.6 million or 26.1%;   *Net income increased $1.7 million from the third quarter of 2012 to $2.8     million;   *Cash on hand at September 30, 2013 improved to $39.7 million primarily due     to $15.0 million in cash provided by operating activities during the     quarter.  (In millions, except for per share data)  Selected Financial Data                                 2013                               2012                                  Q1         Q2         Q3          Q3 Revenue                          $ 232.7     $ 238.0     $ 250.0     $ 348.9 Cost of purchased                177.9       181.2       192.2       291.2 transportation and services Gross margin                     $ 31.9      $ 32.7      $ 34.6      $ 31.7 Gross margin %                   13.7    %   13.7    %   13.8    %   9.1     % SG&A                             $ 29.8      $ 29.9      $ 29.9      $ 29.6 Income from operations           $ 2.4       $ 3.0       $ 5.0       $ 2.3 Operating margin %               1.0     %   1.3     %   2.0     %   0.7     % Net income                       $ 1.3       $ 1.9       $ 2.8       $ 1.1 Earnings per share               $ 0.04      $ 0.05      $ 0.08      $ 0.03   “We continue to see improved operating results in our intermodal segment from the efforts we have taken to further lower our network costs through better management of our empty miles, network flows, and box utilization. Our logistics segment, while not yet profitable, has improved significantly over the last four quarters,” said Daniel W. Avramovich, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS    *Earnings per share more than doubled from the 2012 period to $0.17;   *Total revenues decreased $342.4 million from the 2012 period. As expected,     the decrease was primarily due to the new cross border agreement with     Union Pacific where we no longer collect and pass through the rail     transportation costs to automotive intermediaries servicing the US-Mexico     business;   *Total cost of purchased transportation and services decreased $339.4     million from the 2012 period. As expected, the decrease was primarily due     to the implementation of the new cross border agreement with Union     Pacific;   *Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $1.8 million from     the 2012 period, or 2.0%;   *Income from operations increased $5.6 million from the 2012 period to     $10.4 million. Intermodal income from operations improved by $5.6 million     or 21.3% and the logistics loss from operations decreased by $0.7 million     or 8.8%;   *Net income increased $3.9 million from the 2012 period to $6.0 million.  (In millions, except for per share data)  Selected Financial Data                                                2013          2012                                                 Year-to-Date   Year-to-Date Revenue                                         $  720.7       $  1,063.1 Cost of purchased transportation and services   551.3          890.7 Gross margin                                    $  99.2        $  96.0 Gross margin %                                  13.8      %    9.0        % SG&A                                            $  89.6        $  91.4 Income from operations                          $  10.4        $  4.8 Operating margin %                              1.4       %    0.5        % Net income                                      $  6.0         $  2.1 Earnings per share                              $  0.17        $  0.06   Certain reclassifications have been made to the 2012 operating expenses in order to conform to the 2013 presentation.The reclassifications had no impact on previously reported income. A tabular reconciliation detailing the reclassification amounts for 2012 is contained in the schedules attached to this press release.  2013 GUIDANCE  We are tightening our 2013 earnings per share guidance and reconfirming our 2013 revenue guidance. We expect 2013 earnings per share to range between $0.26 and $0.33 and revenues to range between $1.0 billion and $1.1 billion.  CONFERENCE CALL TODAY Pacer International will hold a conference call for investors, analysts, business and trade media, and other interested parties at 8:30 a.m. EDT, today (Thursday, October24, 2013). To participate, please call five minutes early by dialing (800)230-1059 (in USA) and ask for “Pacer International Third Quarter Earnings Call.” International callers can dial (612)234-9959.  An audio-only, simultaneous webcast of the live conference call can be accessed through the Investors link on the company’s website at www.pacer.com. For persons unable to participate in either the conference call or the webcast, a digitized replay will be available from October24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to November 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. For the replay, dial (800)475-6701(USA) or (320)365-3844 (International), using access code 303541. During such period, the replay also can be accessed through the Investors link on the company’s website at www.pacer.com.  USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES: From time to time in press releases regarding quarterly earnings, presentations and other communications, we may provide financial information determined by methods other than in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").  These measures include adjusted results for 2012 which exclude from revenues and costs of purchased transportation, the rail transportation costs in our wholesale intermodal auto business that we no longer collect and pass through to automotive intermediaries servicing the US-Mexico business. Adjusted results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 are set forth in the tables of this press release.  Management uses these non-GAAP measures in its analysis of the Company’s performance and regularly reports such information to our Board of Directors. Management believes that presentations of financial measures excluding the impact of these items provides useful supplemental information that is essential to a proper understanding of the operating results of our core businesses and allows investors, management and our Board to more easily compare operating results from period to period. However, the use of any such non-GAAP financial information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for revenues, net income or loss, operating income or loss, cash flows from operations or other income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of our profitability or liquidity. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to those used by other companies.  ABOUT PACER INTERNATIONAL (www.pacer.com)  Pacer International, a leading asset-light North American freight transportation and logistics services provider, offers a broad array of services to facilitate the movement of freight from origin to destination through its intermodal and logistics operating segments. The intermodal segment offers container capacity, integrated local transportation services, and door-to-door intermodal shipment management. The logistics segment provides truck brokerage, warehousing and distribution, international freight forwarding, and supply-chain management services. For more information on Pacer International visit www.pacer.com.  CERTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS - This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements, including revenue and earnings per share guidance for 2013, within the meaning of Section27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. 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 current U.S. and global economic environment and the timing and strength of economic recovery in the U.S. and internationally; industry trends, including changes in the costs of services from rail, motor, ocean and air transportation providers; and other risks discussed in the company’s Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.  Pacer International, Inc. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions)                                         September 30, 2013  December 31, 2012 Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents               $    39.7            $    20.2 Accounts receivable, net                109.6                132.7 Prepaid expenses and other              11.0                 9.4 Deferred income taxes                   2.2                 2.4            Total current assets                    162.5               164.7          Property and equipment Property and equipment, cost            105.9                108.8 Accumulated depreciation                (59.2         )      (62.0         ) Property and equipment, net             46.7                46.8           Other assets Deferred income taxes                   8.7                  12.6 Other assets                            9.0                 9.9            Total other assets                      17.7                22.5           Total assets                            $    226.9          $    234.0     Liabilities & Equity Current liabilities Accounts payable and other accrued      $    98.5            $    112.5 liabilities Long-term liabilities Other                                   1.0                 1.3            Total liabilities                       99.5                113.8          Stockholders’ equity Common stock                            0.4                  0.4 Additional paid-in capital              307.0                305.7 Accumulated deficit                     (179.9        )      (185.9        ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (0.1          )      —              Total stockholders’ equity              127.4               120.2          Total liabilities and stockholders’     $    226.9          $    234.0     equity   Pacer International, Inc. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (in millions, except share and per share data)                    Three Months Ended             Nine Months Ended                    September 30,   September      September     September                    2013             30, 2012       30, 2013       30, 2012 Revenues           $   250.0        $   348.9      $   720.7      $  1,063.1 Operating expenses: Cost of purchased          192.2            291.2          551.3          890.7 transportation and services Direct operating   23.2             26.0           70.2           76.4 expenses Selling, general and                29.9             29.6           89.6           91.4 administrative expenses Other income       (0.3        )    (0.2       )   (0.8       )   (0.2       ) Total operating    245.0           346.6         710.3         1,058.3     expenses Income from        5.0              2.3            10.4           4.8 operations Interest expense   (0.4        )    (0.3       )   (0.9       )   (1.1       ) Income before      4.6              2.0            9.5            3.7 income taxes Income tax         (1.8        )    (0.9       )   (3.5       )   (1.6       ) expense Net income         $   2.8         $   1.1       $   6.0       $  2.1      Earnings per share: Basic: Earnings per       $   0.08        $   0.03      $   0.17      $  0.06     share Weighted average shares             35,325,993      35,087,082    35,270,337    35,064,057  outstanding Diluted: Earnings per       $   0.08        $   0.03      $   0.17      $  0.06     share Weighted average shares             35,679,419      35,380,600    35,559,160    35,328,023  outstanding   Pacer International, Inc. Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in millions)                                        Nine Months Ended                                        September 30, 2013  September 30, 2012 Cash flows from operating activities Net income                             $     6.0            $     2.1 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and amortization          6.3                  5.8 Amortization of deferred gain on       (0.6          )      (0.6          ) sale lease-back transactions Deferred taxes                         3.7                  1.0 Stock based compensation expense       2.0                  1.3 Change in operating assets and liabilities Accounts receivable, net               23.1                 (7.5          ) Prepaid expenses and other             (1.6          )      (1.2          ) Accounts payable and other accrued     (13.2         )      (4.6          ) liabilities Other assets                           0.9                  0.9 Other liabilities                      (0.2          )      (1.1          ) Net cash provided by (used in)         26.4                (3.9          ) operating activities Cash flows from investing activities Capital expenditures                   (6.6          )      (9.3          ) Purchase of railcar assets             —                    (28.4         ) Net proceeds from sale lease-back      —                    30.2 transaction Proceeds from sales of property and    —                   0.1            equipment Net cash used in investing             (6.6          )      (7.4          ) activities Cash flows from financing activities Debt issuance costs paid to third      —                    (0.2          ) parties Repurchase and retirement of Pacer     —                    (0.1          ) common stock Withholding tax paid upon vesting of restricted and performance stock       (0.3          )      (0.1          ) units Net cash used in financing             (0.3          )      (0.4          ) activities Net increase (decrease) in cash and    19.5                 (11.7         ) cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents at           20.2                24.0           beginning of period Cash and cash equivalents at end of    $     39.7          $     12.3     period   Pacer International, Inc. Unaudited Results by Segment (in millions)                  Three Months Ended September 30,              Nine Months Ended September 30,                  2013       2012       Change     % Change   2013       2012       Change      % Change Revenues Intermodal       $ 193.3     $ 291.0     $ (97.7 )   (33.6 )%   $ 558.0     $ 882.7     $ (324.7 )   (36.8 )% Logistics        57.0        58.1        (1.1    )   (1.9  )    163.6       181.0       (17.4    )   (9.6  ) Inter-segment    (0.3    )   (0.2    )   (0.1    )   N/M        (0.9    )   (0.6    )   (0.3     )   N/M elimination Total            250.0       348.9       (98.9   )   (28.3 )    720.7       1,063.1     (342.4   )   (32.2 ) Cost of purchased transportation and services Intermodal       142.8       240.4       (97.6   )   (40.6 )    409.2       732.7       (323.5   )   (44.2 ) Logistics        49.7        51.0        (1.3    )   (2.5  )    143.0       158.6       (15.6    )   (9.8  ) Inter-segment    (0.3    )   (0.2    )   (0.1    )   N/M        (0.9    )   (0.6    )   (0.3     )   N/M elimination Total            192.2       291.2       (99.0   )   (34.0 )    551.3       890.7       (339.4   )   (38.1 ) Direct operating expenses Intermodal       23.2       26.0       (2.8    )   (10.8 )    70.2       76.4       (6.2     )   (8.1  ) Total            23.2        26.0        (2.8    )   (10.8 )    70.2        76.4        (6.2     )   (8.1  ) Gross margin Intermodal       27.3        24.6        2.7         11.0       78.6        73.6        5.0          6.8 Logistics        7.3        7.1        0.2        2.8        20.6       22.4       (1.8     )   (8.0  ) Total            $ 34.6      $ 31.7      $ 2.9       9.1        $ 99.2      $ 96.0      $ 3.2        3.3 Gross margin percentage Intermodal       14.1    %   8.5     %   5.6     %              14.1    %   8.3     %   5.8      % Logistics        12.8        12.2        0.6                    12.6        12.4        0.2 Total            13.8    %   9.1     %   4.7     %              13.8    %   9.0     %   4.8      % Selling, general & administrative expenses Intermodal       $ 16.0      $ 15.9      $ 0.1       0.6        $ 46.7      $ 47.3      $ (0.6   )   (1.3  ) Logistics        9.3         9.6         (0.3    )   (3.1  )    28.7        30.6        (1.9     )   (6.2  ) Corporate        4.6        4.1        0.5        12.2       14.2       13.5       0.7         5.2 Total            29.9        29.6        0.3         1.0        89.6        91.4        (1.8     )   (2.0  ) Other income Logistics        (0.3    )   (0.2    )   (0.1    )   50.0       (0.8    )   (0.2    )   (0.6     )   N/M Total            (0.3    )   (0.2    )   (0.1    )   50.0       (0.8    )   (0.2    )   (0.6     )   N/M Income (loss) from operations Intermodal       11.3        8.7         2.6         29.9       $ 31.9      $ 26.3      $ 5.6        21.3 Logistics        (1.7    )   (2.3    )   0.6         26.1       (7.3    )   (8.0    )   0.7          8.8 Corporate        (4.6    )   (4.1    )   (0.5    )   (12.2 )    (14.2   )   (13.5   )   (0.7     )   (5.2  ) Total            5.0         2.3         2.7         N/M        10.4        4.8         5.6          N/M Interest         (0.4    )   (0.3    )   (0.1    )   (33.3 )%   (0.9    )   (1.1    )   0.2          18.2  % expense Income tax       (1.8    )   (0.9    )   (0.9    )   N/M        (3.5    )   (1.6    )   (1.9     )   N/M Net income       $ 2.8      $ 1.1      $ 1.7      N/M        $ 6.0      $ 2.1      $ 3.9       N/M   Reclassifications of 2012 Quarterly Results to Conform to 2013 Presentation For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 (in millions)                  Three Months Ended September 30, 2012         Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012                  As          Reclassification  As             Originally  Reclassification  As                  Originally                  Reported     Amount 1/          Reclassified   Reported     Amount 1/          Reclassified Cost of purchased        $  287.7     $    3.5           $  291.2       $  880.6     $    10.1          $  890.7 transportation and services Direct operating        23.3         2.7                26.0           68.2         8.2                76.4 expenses Selling, general and      33.5         (3.9         )     29.6           103.7        (12.3        )     91.4 administrative expenses Depreciation and              2.1          (2.1         )     —              5.8          (5.8         )     — amortization Other income     $  —         $    (0.2    )     $  (0.2   )    $  —         $    (0.2    )     $  (0.2   )                   Three Months Ended September 30, 2012          Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012                  As           Reclassification   As             Originally   Reclassification   As                  Originally                  Reported     Amount 1/          Reclassified   Reported     Amount 1/          Reclassified Gross margin Intermodal       $  27.3      $    (2.7    )     $  24.6        $  81.8      $    (8.2    )     $  73.6 Logistics        10.6        (3.5         )     7.1           32.5        (10.1        )     22.4       Total            $  37.9      $    (6.2    )     $  31.7        $  114.3     $    (18.3   )     $  96.0 Gross margin percentage Intermodal       9.4      %                      8.5       %    9.3      %                      8.3       % Logistics        18.2                            12.2           18.0                            12.4 Total            10.9     %                      9.1       %    10.8     %                      9.0       %       Certain reclassifications have been made to the 2012 operating expenses      in order to conform to the 2013 presentation. The reclassifications had      no impact on previously reported income. Specifically, Pacer reclassified 1/  certain expenses from selling, general and administrative to costs of      purchased transportation and services and direct operating expenses.      Pacer also reclassified depreciation and amortization as direct operating      expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses.   Reconciliation of GAAP Results to Adjusted Results For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 (in millions)                                   Three                                                                               Months                  Ended                  September                  30, 2013    Three Months Ended September 30, 2012         Adjusted    %                                                                                        Adjusted                  GAAP        GAAP                            Adjusted    Variance    Variance                  Results     Results          Adjustments      Results     2013 vs     2013 vs                                                                            2012        2012 Total revenues   $ 250.0     $ 348.9          $  (95.9  ) 2/   $ 253.0     $ (3.0  )   (1.2  )% Total cost of purchased        192.2      291.2      1/   (95.9     ) 2/   195.3      (3.1    )   (1.6  ) transportation and services Total net        $ 57.8      $ 57.7           $  —             $ 57.7      $ 0.1       0.2 revenue Total gross margin           13.8    %   9.1       % 1/                    12.5    %   1.3     % percentage Total operating        2.0     %   0.7       %                       0.9     %   1.1     % margin percentage                                                                                         Intermodal       $ 193.3     $ 291.0          $  (95.9  ) 2/   $ 195.1     $ (1.8  )   (0.9  ) revenues Intermodal cost of purchased        142.8      240.4      1/   (95.9     ) 2/   144.5      (1.7    )   (1.2  ) transportation and services Intermodal net   $ 50.5      $ 50.6           $  —             $ 50.6      $ (0.1  )   (0.2  )% revenue Intermodal gross margin     14.1    %   8.5       % 1/                    12.6    %   1.5     % percentage Intermodal operating        5.8     %   3.0       %                       4.5     %   1.3     % margin percentage                                     Nine                  Months                  Ended                  September                  30, 2013    Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012          Adjusted    %                                                                                        Adjusted                  GAAP        GAAP                              Adjusted    Variance    Variance                  Results     Results          Adjustments      Results     2013 vs     2013 vs                                                                            2012        2012 Total revenues   $ 720.7     $ 1,063.1        $  (287.9 ) 2/   $ 775.2     $ (54.5 )   (7.0  )% Total cost of purchased        551.3      890.7      1/   (287.9    ) 2/   602.8      (51.5   )   (8.5  ) transportation and services Total net        $ 169.4     $ 172.4          $  —             $ 172.4     $ (3.0  )   (1.7  ) revenue Total gross margin           13.8    %   9.0       % 1/                    12.4    %   1.4     % percentage Total operating        1.4     %   0.5       %                       0.6     %   0.8     % margin percentage                                                                                         Intermodal       $ 558.0     $ 882.7          $  (287.9 ) 2/   $ 594.8     $ (36.8 )   (6.2  ) revenues Intermodal cost of purchased        409.2      732.7      1/   (287.9    ) 2/   444.8      (35.6   )   (8.0  ) transportation and services Intermodal net   $ 148.8     $ 150.0          $  —             $ 150.0     $ (1.2  )   (0.8  )% revenue Intermodal gross margin     14.1    %   8.3       % 1/                    12.4    %   1.7     % percentage Intermodal operating        5.7     %   3.0       %                       4.4     %   1.3     % margin percentage  1/  2012 GAAP results are after reclassification of certain selling, general      and administrative expenses to cost of purchased transportation.       Effective January 1, 2013, we now act as Union Pacific's network manager      for US-Mexico cross-border shipments. We are compensated on a fee basis      for such services and these fees are recorded as revenues in 2013. We no 2/   longer collect and pass through the rail transportation costs to      automotive intermediaries servicing the US-Mexico business. Accordingly,      adjustments were made to exclude these costs from revenues and cost of      purchased transportation to present 2012 on a net basis.  Contact:  INVESTORS: Pacer International, Inc. Steve Markosky, 614-923-1703 VP, Investor Relations& Financial Planning& Analysis steve.markosky@pacer.com or MEDIA: Princeton Partners James Curtis, 609-452-8500, ext. 118 Account Executive jcurtis@princetonpartners.com