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July 22, 2014 4:40 PM, EDT
Forward Air's Net Income Rises 24%
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Forward Air Corp. increased net income to $17.2 million, Inc., a 24% improvement, helped by primarily increased freight volume.

Forward Air, Greeneville, Tennessee, said revenue increased 21% to $193.9 million. Net income in the year-earlier period was $13.8 million. Profit per share rose to 55 cents from 45 cents.

The Forward Air unit, which includes airport-to-airport trucking as well as intermodal drayage, raised profit excluding interest and taxes nearly 15% to $25.2 million. That result included a $2.3 million contribution from Central States Trucking, an intermodal drayage firm acquired a year ago.

In addition, the company forecast that earnings in the third quarter would range from 57 cents to 61 cents per share, an improvement of around 30%, driven by revenue growth of 18% to 22% over last year’s third quarter.

The TQL pharmaceutical services business boosted profit excluding interest and taxes to $1.4 million from $800,000 and the company’s pool distribution business provided $1 million by reversing a $200,000 loss in the 2013 period.

Forward Air is No. 46 on Transport Topics Top 100 For-Hire Carriers in the U.S. and Canada.