JACKSONVILLE, FL / ACCESSWIRE / February 3, 2021 / Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATI)
First Quarter Operating Results
The Company reported a net loss of ($222,000), or ($.07) per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to net loss of ($464,000), or ($.14) per share, in the same quarter last year.
Total revenues for the quarter were $20,228,000, down $4,581,000 from the same quarter last year, approximately $2,700,000 of which resulted from the downsizing of two customer accounts and the closure of our Wilmington terminal in April, 2020. The remainder of the revenue variance is primarily attributable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and a smaller driver force. Transportation revenues (excluding fuel surcharges) were $19,217,000, down $3,382,000 or 15%. Revenue miles were down 1,510,000 miles, or 19%, over the same quarter last year. Transportation revenue per mile was up $.14, or 4.9%, due to an improved business mix and rate increases. Fuel surcharge revenue was $1,011,000, down $1,199,000, or $.12 per mile, from the same quarter last year.
Compensation and benefits decreased $1,947,000, mainly due to lower company miles, as well as the elimination of minimum driver pay expense and reductions in non-driver support positions. Gross fuel expense decreased $1,365,000, or $.11 per mile, as a result of lower company miles and lower cost per gallon. Repairs and tire expense decreased $370,000 due to lower miles this quarter. Insurance and losses decreased $647,000, primarily from lower health care claims somewhat offset by two significant product mixes and a sizeable wreck repair (~$55,000). Depreciation expense was down $205,000 in the quarter as we continue to reduce our fleet size to meet our business levels. Loss on disposition of assets was $86,000 primarily due to the write off of a late model tractor ($92,000) involved in a non-preventable accident versus a gain of $122,000 in the same quarter last year. SG&A expense was lower by $345,000 resulting from permanent cost reductions.
As a result, operating loss this quarter was ($301,000) compared to ($724,000) in the same quarter last year. Operating ratio was 101.5 this quarter versus 102.9 the same quarter last year.
Summary and Outlook
While most of the revenue declines this quarter were anticipated, there was a portion that was not as we continued to struggle with a lower than expected driver count due primarily to high driver turnover and a tight hiring market. The hiring market has improved in January but it takes six weeks to hire, train and produce a revenue producing driver. We are putting a lot of emphasis on turnover and finding ways to improve. We have implemented some items already such as (i) transitional supplemental pay following a driver coming out of training, (ii) a 3rd party vendor focused specifically on transitioning new hires through their first 6 months, (iii) improved on-boarding and driver communication and (iv) a complete review and several adjustments to driver pay down to the specific lane level by location. The driver shortage is an issue nationwide that will continue to challenge all carriers and their customers both in cost and the ability to provide enough capacity to meet demand.
Depreciation expense was high on a per mile basis this quarter as we completed the downsizing of the final pieces of business with a particular customer and we sold the excess equipment in January which will reduce depreciation by ~$60,000 per quarter. We are continuing to review all aspects of our fixed cost structure and will adjust accordingly.
Our balance sheet remains solid with $7.5 million of cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2020, and no outstanding debt. We will continue to focus on rates and a better business mix, including a continued push to diversify in the chemical, dry bulk and water business. We do not anticipate needing to replace any equipment until at least the fourth quarter putting our current planned capital expenditures at ~$3,000,000 for the fiscal year.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on demand for oil and petroleum products. Volume declines due to COVID-19 vary by market but management estimates the current range to be ~5-15% below historical demand across our network. As an essential business, we have continued to operate throughout the pandemic in accordance with CDC guidance and orders issued by state and local authorities.
In December, we announced that our Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $3.00 per share, or approximately $10 million in the aggregate, on the Company's outstanding common stock. This one-time, special dividend was paid on December 30, 2020, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2020.
The Company will host a conference call on February 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM (EST). Analysts, shareholders and other interested parties may access the teleconference live by calling 1-877-407-0778 domestic or international at 1-201-689-8565. Computer audio live streaming is available via the Internet through the Company's website at www.patriottrans.com at the Investor Relations tab or https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2058/39660. An audio replay will be available for sixty (60) days following the conference call by dialing toll free 1-877-481-4010 domestic or international 1-919-882-2331 then enter pass code 39660. An audio archive can be accessed through the Company's website at www.patriottrans.com on the Investor Relations tab or at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2058/39660.
Investors are cautioned that any statements in this press release which relate to the future are, by their nature, subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements. These include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our revenues, operations and financial condition; general economic conditions; competitive factors; political, economic, regulatory and climatic conditions; driver availability and cost; the impact of future regulations regarding the transportation industry; freight demand for petroleum product and levels of construction activity in the Company's markets; fuel costs; risk insurance markets; pricing; energy costs and technological changes. Additional information regarding these and other risk factors and uncertainties may be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. is engaged in the transportation business. The Company's transportation business is conducted through Florida Rock & Tank Lines, Inc. which is a Southeastern transportation company engaged in the hauling of liquid and dry bulk commodities.
PATRIOT TRANSPORTATION HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
|THREE MONTHS ENDED|
|Cost of operations:|
|Compensation and benefits||9,051||10,998|
|Repairs & tires||1,381||1,751|
|Insurance and losses||2,122||2,769|
|Rents, tags & utilities||696||750|
|Sales, general & administrative||2,136||2,481|
|Loss (gain) on disposition of PP&E||86||(122)|
|Total cost of operations||20,529||25,533|
|Total operating loss||(301)||(724)|
|Interest income and other||2||85|
|Loss before income taxes||(307)||(647)|
|Benefit from income taxes||(85)||(183)|
|Reclassification adjust for net investment gains realized in net income||-||(5)|
|Earnings per common share:|
|Number of shares (in thousands) used in computing:|
|-basic earnings per common share||3,377||3,351|
|-diluted earnings per common share||3,377||3,351|
PATRIOT TRANSPORTATION HOLDING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands) (Unaudited)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||7,494||15,962|
|Accounts receivable (net of allowance for|
|doubtful accounts of $84 and $87, respectively)||4,633||5,005|
|Inventory of parts and supplies||896||903|
|Prepaid tires on equipment||1,415||1,414|
|Prepaid taxes and licenses||376||522|
|Prepaid expenses, other||283||291|
|Total current assets||17,217||26,541|
|Property and equipment, at cost||83,141||83,204|
|Less accumulated depreciation||54,374||52,805|
|Net property and equipment||28,767||30,399|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||2,695||2,964|
|Intangible assets, net||907||957|
|Other assets, net||168||171|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity|
|Federal and state taxes payable||31||284|
|Accrued payroll and benefits||3,187||3,156|
|Accrued liabilities, other||1,671||1,281|
|Operating lease labilities, current portion||1,066||1,065|
|Total current liabilities||8,812||9,675|
|Operating lease liabilities, less current portion||1,790||2,073|
|Deferred income taxes||5,255||5,087|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Preferred stock, 5,000,000 shares authorized,|
|of which 250,000 shares are designated Series A|
|Junior Participating Preferred Stock; $0.01 par|
|value; none issued and outstanding||-||-|
|Common stock, $.10 par value; (25,000,000 shares|
|authorized; 3,377,279 and 3,377,279 shares issued|
|and outstanding, respectively)||338||338|
|Capital in excess of par value||38,729||38,670|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income, net||105||105|
|Total shareholders' equity||34,753||45,048|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$||53,391||64,669|
Chief Financial Officer
SOURCE: Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc.
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