July 26, 2019 3:15 PM, EDT

Forward Air Sets Revenue Record in 2Q

Forward Air logo on trailerJohn Sommers II for Transport Topics

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Forward Air Corp.’s net income dropped 8.2% from the same quarter last year, the Greeneville, Tenn.-based company reported July 26. But at the same time, the company set a second-quarter record for revenue, thanks to a surge in less-than-truckload services.

Forward Air said net income during the three months ended June 30 was $22.3 million, compared with $24.3 million in the same period of 2018.

Earnings per share dropped 4.9%, to 78 cents per share compared with 82 cents in the prior year’s second quarter.

Forward Air said revenue for the quarter increased 4.7%, to $345.8 million from $330.3 million for the same period of 2018.

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Income from operations was $30.6 million compared with $32.9 million in the prior-year period.

“Our growth strategies drove our record second-quarter revenue,” Chairman and CEO Tom Schmitt said. “Our operating income grew 5.5% before considering the net impact of the $5 million vehicle reserve recorded during the quarter.”

Company officials said the board declared a quarterly cash dividend of 18 cents per share of common stock. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business Aug. 22, and is expected to be paid Sept. 6.

Forward Air’s expedited less-than-truckload jumped to $205.7 million from $192.9 million in the same quarter last year. Premium truckload fell to $46.1 million from $49 million in the comparable quarter of 2018.

Forward Air ranks No. 31 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of largest for-hire carriers in North America and No. 1 on the TT list of top for-hire carriers in the Air/Expedited sector.