Universal Logistics Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results; Declares Dividend; Approves Stock Repurchase Plan
WARREN, Mich., July 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULH), a leading asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, today reported consolidated second quarter 2021 net income of $25.6 million, or $0.95 per basic and diluted share, on total operating revenues of $422.8 million. This compares to net income of $6.2 million, or $0.23 per basic and diluted share, during second quarter 2020 on total operating revenues of $258.0 million. Second quarter 2021 operating revenues represent Universal's highest quarterly operating revenues ever reported. The peak of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted our results during the second quarter 2020, as a substantial portion of our customer operations were shuttered during the period. Second quarter 2021 results include a favorable legal settlement which resulted in a $5.7 million pre-tax gain, or $0.16 per share, which is included in other non-operating income. Second quarter 2021 results also include a $0.4 million pre-tax holding gain, or $0.01 per share, on marketable securities due to changes in fair value recognized in income compared to $0.9 million, or $0.02 per share, in the second quarter of 2020.
In the second quarter 2021, Universal's operating income increased $20.5 million to $31.3 million compared to operating income of $10.8 million in the second quarter one year earlier. As a percentage of operating revenue, operating margin for the second quarter 2021 was 7.4% compared to 4.2% during the same period last year. EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, increased $23.6 million during the second quarter 2021 to $53.7 million, compared to $30.2 million one year earlier. As a percentage of operating revenue, EBITDA margin for the second quarter 2021 was 12.7% compared to 11.7% during the same period last year.
"Universal's momentum carried into the second quarter as we continue to report solid financial results," stated Tim Phillips, Universal's Chief Executive Officer. "Our second quarter success is directly attributable to the incredible efforts of our people. While there is still room for improvement in our financial performance, I'd be remiss without congratulating Team Universal on a job well done. As I look forward to the second half of the year, I am cautiously optimistic. While I am bullish on North American auto production over the longer term, the persistent chip shortage and an extremely tight labor market continue to adversely impact our contract logistics operations. And although there remains an incredible amount of freight opportunities across the country, the lack of fluidity in the supply chain and constraints on the availability of equipment and drivers remains a headwind. We know the challenges in front of us, and I remain confident in our ability to deliver excellent customer service and strong results."
As of July 3, 2021, Universal held cash and cash equivalents totaling $13.1 million, and $7.9 million in marketable securities. Outstanding debt at the end of the second quarter 2021 was $433.5 million and capital expenditures totaled $12.0 million. For the full-year 2021, Universal is projecting total operating revenues between $1.6 billion and $1.7 billion and an operating margin between 7.0% and 8.0%.
In the contract logistics segment, which includes our value-added and dedicated services, recent program awards and a more stable operating environment led to improved performance during the period. Second quarter 2021 operating revenues in the contract logistics segment increased $83.0 million, or 115.6 % to $154.8 million compared to $71.8 million for the same period last year. During the second quarter of 2020, the contract logistics segment was adversely impacted by the shutdown of North American automotive and heavy-duty truck manufacturing during much of the quarter from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the second quarter 2021, we managed 60 value-added programs compared to 55 such programs at the end of the second quarter 2020. On a year-over-year basis, dedicated transportation load volumes increased 170.6% as automotive production resumed. Income from operations in the contract logistics segment for the second quarter 2021 increased $15.2 million to $15.9 million compared to $0.8 million during the same period last year. Included in the contract logistics segment second quarter 2021 results were approximately $5.0 million of losses incurred in connection with a recent program launch. As a percentage of revenue, operating margin in the contract logistics segment for the second quarter 2021 was 10.3% compared to 1.0% during the same period last year.
Operating revenues in the intermodal segment increased $23.7 million to $106.6 million in the second quarter 2021, compared to $82.9 million for the same period last year. Included in intermodal segment revenues for the recently completed quarter were $11.7 million in separately identified fuel surcharges compared to $8.2 million during the same period last year. Intermodal segment load volumes increased 8.1% and the average operating revenue per load, excluding fuel surcharges, increased an additional 5.8%. Additionally, assessorial and other non-line haul charges increased $5.9 million during the current period. Second quarter 2021 income from operations in the intermodal segment increased $1.4 million to $6.2 million compared to $4.7 million during the same period last year. As a percentage of revenue, operating margin in the intermodal segment for the second quarter 2021 was 5.8% compared to 5.7% during the same period last year.
In the trucking segment, which includes agent-based and company-managed trucking operations, second quarter 2021 operating revenues increased 58.4% to $99.8 million compared to $63.0 million for the same period last year. Included in our trucking segment revenues for the recently completed quarter were $6.0 million in separately identified fuel surcharges compared to $2.9 million in such surcharges during the same period last year. On a year-over-year basis, trucking segment load volumes increased 47.7% and the average operating revenue per load, excluding fuel surcharges, increased an additional 3.5% during the same period. Income from operations in the trucking segment in the second quarter 2021 increased 80.4% to $6.5 million compared to $3.6 million during the same period last year. As a percentage of revenue, operating margin in the trucking segment for the second quarter 2021 was 6.5% compared to 5.7% during the same period last year.
Second quarter 2021 operating revenues in the company-managed brokerage segment increased 51.3% to $60.4 million compared to $39.9 million for the same period last year. Company-managed brokerage segment average operating revenue per load, excluding fuel surcharges, increased 71.4%; however, load volumes decreased 6.1% on a year-over-year basis. Second quarter 2021 income from operations in the company-managed brokerage segment was $2.4 million which compares to $1.7 million during the same period last year. As a percentage of revenue, operating margin in the company-managed brokerage segment for the second quarter 2021 was 4.0% compared to 4.3% one year earlier.
Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.105 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 6, 2021 and is expected to be paid on October 4, 2021.
Stock Repurchase Program
Universal's Board also authorized a new stock repurchase program under which the company may purchase up to an additional 621,622 shares of the company's common stock from time to time through the open market in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or in privately negotiated transactions. As of July 29, 2021, there were 378,378 remaining shares authorized under the plan approved in June 2014, which results in a total of 1,000,000 shares authorized for repurchase by the company.
Universal calculates and reports selected financial metrics not only for purposes of our lending arrangements but also in an effort to isolate and exclude the impact of non-operating expenses related to our corporate development activities. These statistics are described in more detail below in the section captioned "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
We invite investors and analysts to our quarterly earnings conference call.
Quarterly Earnings Conference Call Dial-in Details:
Time: 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
A replay of the conference call will be available beginning two hours after the call through August 6, 2021, by calling (855) 859-2056 (toll free) or +1 (404) 537-3406 (toll) and using conference ID 3590296. The call will also be available on investors.universallogistics.com.
Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. is a leading asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions throughout the United States, and in Mexico, Canada and Colombia. We provide our customers with supply chain solutions that can be scaled to meet their changing demands and volumes. We offer our customers a broad array of services across their entire supply chain, including truckload, brokerage, intermodal, dedicated, and value-added services.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to providing consolidated financial statements based on generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP), we are providing additional financial measures that are not required by or prepared in accordance with GAAP (non-GAAP). We present EBITDA and EBITDA margin, each a non-GAAP measure, as supplemental measures of our performance. We define EBITDA as net income plus (i) interest expense, net, (ii) income taxes, (iii) depreciation, and (iv) amortization. We define EBITDA margin as EBITDA as a percentage of total operating revenues. You are encouraged to evaluate these adjustments and the reasons we consider them appropriate for supplemental analysis.
In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, we are presenting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and reconciling the non-GAAP financial measure to the comparable GAAP measure. Set forth below is a reconciliation of net income, the most comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA for each of the periods indicated:
We present EBITDA and EBITDA margin because we believe they assist investors and analysts in comparing our performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance.
EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool. Some of these limitations are:
Because of these limitations, EBITDA and EBITDA margin should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and only supplementally on EBITDA and EBITDA margin.
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