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XPO Logistics Announces Third Quarter Earnings 2013

Nov 04, 2013

XPO Logistics Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results and Reaffirms Full Year Outlook

Reports 42% Organic Growth Company-wide
Generates Significant Gross Margin Percentage Improvement in All Business Units
Rebrands Freight Forwarding Division as XPO Global Logistics
Opens Freight Forwarding Cold-start in Dallas and Adds Brokerage Cold-starts in Houston and Richmond

GREENWICH, Conn. — November 4, 2013 — XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2013.

Total revenue was $194.0 million for the third quarter, a 173.3% increase from the same period in 2012. Gross margin dollars increased 251.0% year-over-year to $34.8 million, and gross margin percentage increased by 400 basis points to 18.0%.

For the third quarter of 2013, the company reported a net loss of $6.0 million, compared with a net loss of $3.1 million for the same period in 2012. The net loss available to common shareholders was $6.8 million, or a loss of $0.28 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $3.9 million, or a loss of $0.22 per diluted share, for the same period in 2012. The company’s third quarter results reflect: a $10.3 million tax benefit related to the release of a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets; $3.1 million, or $1.9 million after-tax, in accelerated amortization of intangible assets related to the rebranding of the freight forwarding business; and $3.0 million, or $1.9 million after-tax, for a commitment fee related to an undrawn debt funding option for the 3PD transaction.

Earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), a non-GAAP financial measure, was a loss of $10.3 million for the third quarter of 2013, compared with a loss of $8.9 million for the same period in 2012. EBITDA includes $1.2 million of non-cash share-based compensation in each of the third quarters for 2013 and 2012. A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income is provided in the attached financial tables.

The company had $67.3 million of cash as of September 30, 2013.

Rebrands Freight Forwarding Division as XPO Global Logistics

The company has rebranded its formerly named Concert Group Logistics (CGL) division as XPO Global Logistics, to better reflect the role of freight forwarding within the company’s broader service offering. XPO Global Logistics provides domestic and international freight forwarding services through 28 locations in the United States and Canada. The division has launched a new website at www.xpogloballogistics.com.

Reaffirms Full Year 2013 Financial Outlook

The company has reaffirmed its full year 2013 outlook for an annual revenue run rate of more than $1 billion as of December 31, and positive EBITDA for the fourth quarter.

CEO Comments

Bradley Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “In the third quarter, we drove 42% organic revenue growth on a year-over-year basis company-wide. We also achieved significant increases in gross margin percentage in every business unit. We delivered 146% organic revenue growth in our freight brokerage division, and improved our truckload brokerage gross margin percentage by 100 basis points. Our expedite division operated more efficiently, resulting in year-over-year improvements in revenue and margin performance. And our freight forwarding division continued to generate double-digit growth.

“We have brokerage cold-starts underway in Houston and Richmond, where we’re immersed in recruiting transportation talent. We recently received approval for up to $1.9 million in state and local tax incentives to develop a large brokerage facility in Louisville, Kentucky. And we’re continuing to grow our positions in LTL and intermodal. Our momentum is resonating with large shippers who see that we have both the desire to outperform, and the resources to deliver.”

Jacobs continued, "While we reported a loss, as expected, our strategic investments are driving significant revenue growth and margin improvement. Given our trajectory, we’re on track to meet our 2013 targets for positive EBITDA in the fourth quarter and a billion dollar revenue run rate by year-end."

Third Quarter 2013 Results by Business Unit

  • Freight brokerage: The company's freight brokerage business generated total revenue of $152.6 million for the quarter, a 374.4% increase from the same period in 2012. Gross margin percentage was 18.1% for the quarter, compared with 12.6% for the same period in 2012, an improvement of 550 basis points. The year-over-year increases in revenue and gross margin percentage were primarily driven by the acquisition of 3PD, which typically generates higher gross margin percentage than truckload brokerage, prior acquisitions and growth of the company’s brokerage cold-start locations. Truckload brokerage gross margin, which excludes last-mile, improved 100 basis points versus the same period in 2012. Third quarter operating loss was $3.4 million, compared with a loss of $2.2 million a year ago, primarily reflecting an increase in SG&A costs for sales force expansion, technology and training, as well as increased intangible asset amortization relating to the acquisition of 3PD.

  • Expedited transportation: The company’s expedited transportation business generated total revenue of $25.1 million for the quarter, a 5.7% increase from the same period in 2012. Gross margin percentage was 18.1% for the quarter, compared with 16.6% for the same period in 2012, an improvement of 150 basis points. The year-over-year increase in gross margin percentage primarily reflects lower direct expenses, partially offset by the addition of expedited air charter revenue from the 2013 acquisition of East Coast Air Charter; air charter services typically generate higher revenue per load but lower gross margin percentage than the company’s over-the-road expedited business. Third quarter operating income was $1.7 million, a 22.9% increase from the same period in 2012, primarily reflecting the increase in gross margin.

  • Freight forwarding: The company’s freight forwarding business generated total revenue of $19.1 million for the quarter, a 10.5% increase from the same period in 2012. The increase in revenue was primarily driven by growth of the company’s freight forwarding cold-starts and a higher volume of international shipments. Gross margin percentage was 13.8% for the quarter, an improvement of 270 basis points, compared with 11.1% for the same period in 2012. The increase in gross margin percentage was primarily driven by branch conversions from independent ownership to company ownership. Third quarter operating loss was $2.6 million compared with income of $193,000 a year ago. The operating loss in the quarter reflects the accelerated amortization of $3.1 million, or $1.9 million after-tax, in intangible assets related to the CGL trade name. Excluding this accelerated amortization, operating income increased reflecting a higher gross margin.

  • Corporate: Corporate SG&A expense for the third quarter of 2013 was $14.2 million, compared with $8.7 million for the third quarter of 2012. The increase in SG&A expense was largely driven by an increase in purchased services, including $3.2 million, or $2.0 million after-tax, of transaction costs primarily related to the 3PD acquisition; and $1.5 million, or $0.9 million after-tax, of litigation costs; as well as an increase in corporate shared services.

Nine Months 2013 Financial Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the company reported total revenue of $445.1 million, a 161.7% increase from the first nine months of 2012.

Net loss was $37.9 million for the first nine months of 2013, compared with net loss of $11.0 million for the same period last year. The company reported a nine-month net loss available to common shareholders of $40.2 million, or a loss of $1.99 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $13.3 million, or a loss of $0.89 per diluted share, for the same period in 2012. The company’s nine months results reflect: a $10.3 million tax benefit related to the release of a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets; $3.1 million, or $1.9 million after-tax, in accelerated amortization of intangible assets related to the rebranding of the freight forwarding business; and $3.0 million, or $1.9 million after-tax, for a commitment fee related to an undrawn debt funding option for the 3PD transaction.

EBITDA was a loss of $32.4 million for the first nine months of 2013, compared with a loss of $15.7 million for the same period in 2012, primarily reflecting planned investments in scale, including a significant increase in sales headcount year-over-year.

Announces Cold-starts

The company announced the August opening of a freight forwarding cold-start in Dallas, Texas, and the addition of two freight brokerage cold-starts in Houston, Texas, and Richmond, Va. In addition, the company has received approval for as much as $1.9 million in state and local tax incentives related to a planned brokerage center in Louisville, Ky.

Enters into ABL Facility

On October 18, 2013, the company entered into a $125 million multicurrency secured revolving loan credit agreement (the “ABL facility”) with a maturity of five years. The principal amount of the commitments under the ABL facility may be increased up to $200 million, subject to certain terms and conditions.

Conference Call

The company will hold a conference call on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants can call toll-free (from U.S./Canada) 1-800-447-0521; international callers dial +1-847-413-3238. A live webcast of the conference will be available on the investor relations area of the company’s website, www.xpologistics.com/investors. The conference will be archived until December 5, 2013. To access the replay by phone, call toll-free (from U.S./Canada) 1-888-843-7419; international callers dial +1-630-652-3042. Use participant passcode 35737223.

About XPO Logistics, Inc.

XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is one of the fastest growing providers of transportation logistics services in North America, offering freight brokerage, expedited transportation, white glove delivery and freight forwarding services. The company is one of the leading freight brokerage firms in North America, the largest provider of heavy goods, last-mile logistics, and a top expediter.

XPO is built to deliver constant growth in capacity and passionate service through market-facing technologies and 89 locations in the United States and Canada. The company uses its relationships with more than 23,000 ground, sea and air carriers to move freight for over 9,500 customers in the manufacturing, industrial, retail, commercial, life sciences and government sectors. www.xpologistics.com

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") rules, such as earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the quarters and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2013, and September 30, 2012. As required by SEC rules, we provide reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable measure under United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), which are set forth in the attachments to this release. We believe that EBITDA improves comparability from period to period by removing the impact of our capital structure (interest expense from our outstanding debt), asset base (depreciation and amortization) and tax consequences. In addition to its use by management, we believe that EBITDA is a measure widely used by securities analysts, investors and others to evaluate the financial performance of companies in our industry. Other companies may calculate EBITDA differently, and therefore our EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income, cash flows from operating activities and other measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Items excluded from EBITDA are significant and necessary components of the operations of our business, and, therefore, EBITDA should only be used as a supplemental measure of our operating performance.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, without limitation, our 2013 outlook with respect to annual revenue and fourth quarter 2013 EBITDA, the planned addition of a brokerage center in Louisville, Ky., the amount of potential tax incentives in connection with such brokerage center, and other such matters. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "anticipate," "estimate," "believe," "continue," "could," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should," "will," "expect," "objective," "projection," "forecast," "goal," "guidance," "outlook," "effort," "target" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terms. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to a material difference include, but are not limited to, those discussed in our filings with the SEC and the following: economic conditions generally; competition; our ability to find suitable acquisition candidates and execute our acquisition strategy; our ability to raise debt and equity capital; our ability to attract and retain key employees to execute our growth strategy; litigation, including litigation related to misclassification of independent contractors; our ability to develop and implement a suitable information technology system; our ability to maintain positive relationships with our network of third-party transportation providers; our ability to retain our largest customers; our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses; and governmental regulation. All forward-looking statements set forth in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by us will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on us or our business or operations. Forward-looking statements set forth in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, changes in expectations or the occurrence of unanticipated events, including our 2013 outlook, except to the extent required by law.

Investor Contact:
XPO Logistics, Inc.
Tavio Headley, +1-203-930-1602
tavio.headley@xpologistics.com

Media Contact:
Brunswick Group
Steve Lipin / Gemma Hart, +1-212-333-3810

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