updated 10/26/2010 9:15:53 AM ET 2010-10-26T13:15:53

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vitran Corporation Inc. (Nasdaq:VTNC) (TSX:VTN), a North American transportation and supply chain firm, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2010 and the nine-month period ended September 30, 2010 (all figures reported in $U.S.).

Vitran reported a significant increase in net income to $2.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, on revenues of $182.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010. In the comparable 2009 three-month period, the Company achieved net income of $0.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share on revenue of $165.9 million. The consolidated increases in revenue and profitability were driven by significant improvements in the LTL and Supply Chain Operation ("SCO") segments.

"We continue to be encouraged with the activity growth in relationship to our unrelenting efforts to increase yield to an acceptable level within our LTL segment. Most notably our U.S. LTL business unit posted monthly sequential gains in revenue per hundredweight throughout the quarter which led to an 8% year-over-year improvement in quarterly revenue. We believe we can continue to increase yield through the fourth quarter of 2010 and further improve the year-over-year results," stated Vitran President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Gaetz.

"Our Supply Chain Operation posted record revenue and income from operations in the quarter. This was achieved by activity improvement throughout the segment as well as the commencement of operations in two new facilities, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Salt Lake City, Utah."

"We have reduced our balance sheet debt $7.8 million since December 31, 2009 with improved earnings, prudent management of our capital expenditures and working capital. Correspondingly, our interest rates continue to decline, and for the fourth consecutive quarter, Vitran was able to reduce its consolidated leverage ratio resulting in another 50 basis point reduction on our syndicated debt margins starting in the fourth quarter of 2010, " concluded Mr. Gaetz.

Segmented Results

The LTL (less-than-truckload) segment posted income from operations for the 2010 third quarter of $3.0 million, with an OR (operating ratio) of 98.0% compared to income from operations of $1.5 million and an OR of 98.9% in the comparable period a year ago. In the comparable third quarters, shipments and tonnage improved 4.9% and 4.6% respectively in the LTL segment. 

The Supply Chain Operation posted income from operations of $2.0 million, a record, and an OR of 91.5% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to income from operations of $1.7 million and OR of 91.4% in the third quarter of 2009.

The Truckload segment posted a decline in income from operations during the three-month period ended September 30, 2010 to $70,000, compared to $175,000 in 2009, and the Truckload OR was 99.2%, compared to an OR of 98.0% in the prior year third quarter. The Truckload segment's results deteriorated due to higher than anticipated accident costs and a lack of qualified owner operators.

About Vitran Corporation Inc.

Vitran Corporation Inc. is a North American group of transportation companies offering less-than-truckload, supply chain, truckload, and freight brokerage services. To find out more about Vitran Corporation Inc. (Nasdaq:VTNC) (TSX:VTN), visit the website at www.vitran.com .

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking statements may be generally identifiable by use of the words "believe", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate", "expect", "project", "may", "plans", "continue", "will", "focus should" "endeavor" or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Vitran's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, technological change, increases in fuel costs, regulatory changes, the general health of the economy, seasonal fluctuations, unanticipated changes in railroad capacities, exposure to credit risks, changes in labour relations and competitive factors. More detailed information about these and other factors is included in the annual MD&A on Form 10K under the heading "General Risks and Uncertainties." Many of these factors are beyond the Company's control; therefore, future events may vary substantially from what the Company currently foresees. You should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Vitran Corporation Inc. does not assume the obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements after the date of this document or to revise them to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

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