Solidifies Position as Leading Integrated Logistics Company and Delivers Record Profitability
- First quarter 2022 revenue of $1.3 billion increased 61.0 percent over first quarter 2021.
- Net income improved to $69.6 million, or $2.68 per diluted share. On a non-GAAP basis, first quarter 2022 net income was $79.8 million, or $3.08 per diluted share.
- Continued significant investments in technology, customer solutions and people to drive revenue growth.
ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB), a leader in supply chain logistics, today reported first quarter 2022 revenue of $1.3 billion, reflecting an increase of $505.9 million compared to first quarter 2021. Each of ArcBest’s operating segments achieved double-digit percentage revenue growth over the prior year period. First quarter 2022 results include the impact of the acquisition of MoLo Solutions, LLC (“MoLo”), which was completed in November 2021.
ArcBest’s first quarter 2022 operating income was $94.9 million and net income was $69.6 million, or $2.68 per diluted share, compared to operating income of $32.2 million and net income of $23.4 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2021.
Excluding certain items in both periods as identified in the attached reconciliation tables, first quarter non-GAAP operating income was $108.6 million, compared to $40.8 million in the prior-year period. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $79.8 million, or $3.08 per diluted share, compared to $28.5 million, or $1.06 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2021.
“Our outstanding first quarter results, including record profitability, demonstrate our success in transforming ArcBest and positioning it as one of the country’s leading integrated logistics companies,” said Judy R. McReynolds, ArcBest chairman, president and CEO. “Our strategy is working, underscored by improved operating margins across the business, and we are aggressively investing in our vision to ensure we continue innovating, developing our talent, enhancing our ability to serve customers and driving incremental revenue growth. As announced yesterday, our strong cash flow allows us to return more capital to shareholders by increasing both our share repurchase program and our dividend. We are confident our talented team is poised to execute on our clearly defined strategy, which will accelerate our growth trajectory while positioning ArcBest to operate even more efficiently and consistently for years to come.”
First Quarter Results of Operations Comparisons
First Quarter 2022 Versus First Quarter 2021
- Revenue of $705.3 million compared to $556.3 million, a per-day increase of 25.8 percent.
- Total tonnage per day increase of 3.6 percent, including an increase of 0.9 percent in LTL-rated weight per shipment.
- Total shipments per day increased 0.2 percent.
- Total billed revenue per hundredweight increased 21.1 percent and was positively impacted by higher fuel surcharges. Revenue per hundredweight on LTL-rated business, excluding fuel surcharge, improved by a percentage in the double digits.
- Operating income of $80.0 million compared to $30.1 million. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income of $87.0 million compared to $36.9 million.
Strength in the pricing environment and an increase in ABF Freight’s average weight per shipment both contributed to strong first quarter revenue growth in ArcBest’s Asset-Based business versus the prior year period. Despite inflationary pressures, customer demand and market rates remained solid and ArcBest continued to deliver on the increasing supply chain needs of its customers through customized logistics solutions. Freight trends with ArcBest’s core LTL customers were also positive throughout the quarter while activities designed to optimize revenue, network balance, freight mix and shipments resulted in more efficient utilization of labor and network resources, and improved profitability. Asset-Based hiring initiatives were successful, contributing to ABF Freight adding over 600 new employees across key locations during the quarter.
First Quarter 2022 Versus First Quarter 2021 (including the results of MoLo)
- Revenue of $673.7 million compared to $311.5 million, a per-day increase of 114.6 percent.
- Operating income of $22.8 million compared to $9.3 million. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income of $26.9 million compared to $10.2 million.
- Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) of $29.3 million compared to $12.1 million, as detailed in the attached non-GAAP reconciliation tables.
Enhanced customer demand and higher market rates drove strong first quarter revenue growth and record profitability in the ArcBest Asset-Light segment. The integration of MoLo and related synergy realization remains on schedule and is progressing as expected, contributing to increases in truckload brokerage revenue and business levels over the same period last year. In addition, supply chain solutions offered through managed transportation, expedite and international services were meaningful contributors to the enhanced financial results of the Asset‑Light business. The higher operating income reflects increased revenue and effective cost management, which also resulted in greater operating leverage.
At FleetNet, increases in total events and revenue per event contributed to growth in total revenue and profitability compared to the prior year period.
‡ - The ArcBest and FleetNet reportable segments, combined, represent Asset-Light operations.
ArcBest will host a conference call with company executives to discuss the 2022 first quarter results. The call will be today, Friday, April 29, at 9:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. CDT). Interested parties are invited to listen by calling (800) 891-9945 or by joining the webcast which can be found on ArcBest’s website at arcb.com. Slides to accompany this call are included in Exhibit 99.3 of the Form 8-K filed on April 29, 2022, will be posted and available to download on the company’s website prior to the scheduled conference time, and will be included in the webcast. Following the call, a recorded playback will be available through the end of the day on June 15, 2022. To listen to the playback, dial (800) 633‑8284 or (402) 977‑9140 (for international callers). The conference call ID for the playback is 22017045. The conference call and playback can also be accessed, through June 15, 2022, on ArcBest’s website at arcb.com.
ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB) is a multibillion-dollar integrated logistics company that helps keep the global supply chain moving. Founded in 1923 and now with nearly 15,000 employees across more than 250 campuses and service centers, the company is a logistics powerhouse, fueled by the simple notion of finding a way to get the job done. Through innovative thinking, agility and trust, ArcBest leverages their full suite of shipping and logistics solutions to meet customers’ critical needs, each and every day. For more information, visit arcb.com.
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