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April 30, 2021 1:30 PM, EDT

Universal Logistics Reports Record Q1 Earnings

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Universal Logistics Holdings Inc. reported April 29 record highs for the first quarter of 2021.

The Warren, Mich.-based asset-light transportation and logistics company reported consolidated net income of $21.7 million, or 80 cents per share, for the three months ending March 31. That compared with $12.2 million, 45 cents, during the same time the previous year.

The total revenue increased by 8.7% to $415.2 million from $382.2 million.

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The operating income for the quarter increased 30.3% to $31.2 million from $23.9 million during the prior year’s quarter.

“2021 is off to a great start,” Universal Logistics CEO Tim Phillips said in a statement. “I am excited to announce that the first quarter of 2021 was not only a new record for first-quarter earnings, it was Universal’s highest quarterly earnings ever reported.”

Phillips added that the company began the year with a renewed sense of optimism and a belief that it could be a breakout year.

“We have certainly proven together we can achieve great success,” Phillips said. “With record import volumes, continued inventory restocking, and a robust forecast for North American automotive production, I believe we will continue to achieve strong results in the second quarter and throughout the back half of the year.”

The results surpassed expectations by investment analysts on Wall Street, which had been looking for 74 cents per share and quarterly revenue of $395.6 million, according to Zacks Consensus Estimate.

The contract logistics segment reported operating revenue increased 21.9% to $154.9 million from $127 million during the same time last year. Income from operations for the segment increased 43.9% to $16.8 million from $11.7 million during the prior-year quarter.

Dedicated transportation load volumes within the contract logistics segment increased 12.1% partially due to 60 value-added programs compared with 56 during the same time last year. The report noted the successful launch of new business wins and robust volumes at current operations led to improved performance during the period.

The intermodal segment reported operating revenues decreased 6.2% to $103.7 million from $110.3 million for the same period last year. Income from operations in the intermodal segment decreased 5.5% to $8.5 million from $9 million during the same time last year.

Intermodal segment load volumes fell 9% and the average operating revenue per load decreased an additional 6.5%. These decreases were partially offset by a $6.3 million increase in assessorial and other non-linehaul charges during the current period.

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The trucking segment reported operating revenues increased 3.6% to $94.9 million from $91.6 million during the prior-year quarter. Income from operations in the trucking segment increased 15.4% to $5.2 million from $4.5 million during the same period last year.

The results for the trucking segment were driven by load volumes decreasing 4.6% year-over-year that were offset by an increase in the average operating revenue per load. The segment includes agent-based and company managed trucking operations.

The company-managed brokerage segment reported operating revenue increased 15.8% to $61.1 million from $52.8 million. Income from operations for the segment increased to $0.4 million from an operating loss of $1.4 million during the same period last year The brokerage segment results were driven by a 20.8% decrease in load volumes that was offset by average operating revenue per load increasing 42.4% on a year-over-year basis.

Universal Logistics Holdings ranks No. 27 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. It ranks No. 38 on the TT Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies.

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