updated 4/26/2011 4:47:21 PM ET 2011-04-26T20:47:21

TORONTO, April 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vitran Corporation Inc. (Nasdaq:VTNC) (TSX:VTN), a North American transportation and supply chain firm, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2011, the three-month period ended March 31, 2011 (all figures reported in $U.S.).

Vitran reported a 18.0% increase in consolidated revenues to $185.4 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $157.1 in the first quarter of 2010. Adjusting for the impact of foreign exchange on Vitran's Canadian operations consolidated revenue increased 16.0% in the comparable first quarters. Vitran recorded a net loss from continuing operations of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 compared to a net loss of $1.3 million, or $0.08 per diluted share 2010 three-month period..

On- a non-GAAP basis, that would include Vitran's normal income tax provision for its U.S. operations, the Company recorded earnings from continuing operations of $0.02 per diluted share in the 2011 first quarter compared to a loss from continuing operations of $0.08 per diluted share in the 2010 first quarter. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, in accordance with FASB ASC 740‑10, Vitran temporarily discontinued recording an income tax provision for its U.S. operations. 

"We are pleased to have posted an adjusted first quarter profit of 2 cents per diluted share, it was a significant improvement compared to the first quarter of 2010 particularly given the severe winter weather and sharp increase in full costs this quarter," stated Vitran President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Gaetz. 

"During the first quarter we accomplished another significant milestone adding five new southern states to our operating footprint through the acquisition of Milan Express Inc's LTL operation on February 19, 2011. This acquisition along with growth in our legacy LTL and Supply Chain operations contributed to the improvement in the first quarter revenue.

"The LTL pricing environment continues to firm and we believe yield will improve in the coming months. Our Supply Chain Operation performed well driven by increased activity levels throughout our North America infrastructure.  We believe our operating discipline will pave the way for continued growth in the year.

"Our consolidated debt, although slightly higher than the 2010 year end figure due to the Milan acquisition, still remains near the 5 year low. The Company maintained its leverage ratio and lowest possible interest rate spreads within its credit agreement. At the end of the quarter, 77.0% of the Company's total debt was incurring interest at a rate of less than 3%.


"Finally we are pleased with our financial results for the first quarter and believe we have an opportunity to improve in the quarters ahead as we more efficiently manage the increased density in our LTL operations and eventually begin to cross sell our customers into our five new states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi," concluded Mr. Gaetz

Segmented Results

The LTL (less-than-truckload) segment posted improvements in revenue and results from operations. Revenue improved to $159.0 million for the first quarter of 2011 compared to $137.0 million in the first quarter of 2010. The segment recorded income from operations for the 2011 first quarter of $0.9 million, with an OR (operating ratio) of 99.4% compared to a loss from operations of $0.6 million and an OR of 100.5% in the comparable period a year ago. 

The Supply Chain Operation segment recorded an increase in revenue of 31.2% to $26.4 million, a 53.3% improvement in income from operations to $2.1 million and a 92.1% OR in the first quarter of 2011.

About Vitran Corporation Inc.

Vitran Corporation Inc. is a North American group of transportation companies offering less-than-truckload and supply chain 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.

 (tables follow)

Vitran Corporation Inc.
 Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of United States dollars, US GAAP)
     
  Mar 31, 2011 Dec 31, 2010
  (unaudited) (audited)
Assets     
Current assets:     
 Accounts receivable  $89,027 $72,212
 Inventory, deposits and prepaid expenses  11,652 9,761
 Income and other taxes receivable  140  -- 
 Current assets of discontinued operations  268 1,683
 Deferred income taxes  113 110
  101,200 83,766
     
Property and equipment  140,425 138,847
Intangible assets  7,652 8,268
Goodwill  14,615 14,453
  $263,892 $245,334
     
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity     
Current liabilities:     
 Bank overdraft  $583 $3,906
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  81,981 68,955
 Income and other taxes payable   --  154
 Current liabilities of discontinued operations 1,811 2,410
 Current portion of long-term debt  16,390 19,545
  100,765 94,970
     
Long-term debt  61,553 49,838
Other  334 519
Deferred income taxes  1,375 1,160
     
Shareholders' equity:     
 Common shares  99,743 99,658
 Additional paid-in capital  4,975 4,838
 Accumulated deficit  (11,125) (10,901)
 Accumulated other comprehensive income  6,272 5,252
  99,865 98,847
  $263,892 $245,334

(Consolidated Statements of Income follows)

Vitran Corporation Inc.
Consolidated Statements Of Income
(Unaudited)
(in thousands of United States dollars except per share amounts, US GAAP)

   Three months

ended Mar 31,
     
   2011  2010
Revenue  $ 185,388  $ 157,143
Operating expenses 179,524 152,667
Depreciation and amortization expense  4,357  4,766
  183,881 157,433
     
Income (loss) from continuing operations before undernoted  

1,507 
 

(290) 
     
Interest expense, net 1,342 2,103
     
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 165 (2,393)
     
Income (recovery) taxes    389    (1,117)
     
Net loss from continuing operations    (224)    (1,276)
Discontinued operations, net of tax    --    347
 

Net loss
 

   (224)
 

   (929)
     
Basic and Diluted income (loss) per share  
 Net loss from continuing operations  $ (0.01)  $ (0.08)
 Discontinued operations  $ --  $ 0.02
 Net loss  $ (0.01)  $ (0.06)
     
Weighted average number of shares:    
 Basic 16,315,374 16,266,441
 Diluted 16,315,374 16,352,477

(Statements of Cash Flows follows)

 

Vitran Corporation Inc.
Consolidated Statements Of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 (in thousands of United States dollars, US GAAP)

  Three months

ended Dec 31,
  2011 2010
Cash provided by (used in):    
Operations:    
 Net loss  $ (224)  $ (929)
 Items not involving cash from operations:    
 Depreciation and amortization expense  4,357  4,766
 Deferred income taxes  (5)  (498)
  Share-based compensation expense  142  153
 Gain on sale of property and equipment  (38)  (144)
 Income from discontinued operations  --  (347)
 Change in non-cash working capital components    (5,974)    (3,658)
 Continuing operations  (1,742)  (657)
 Discontinued operations    816    606
    (926)   (51)
Investments:    
 Purchase of property and equipment  (2,340)  (2,865)
 Proceeds on sale of property and equipment   64   710
 Acquisition of business assets    (1,737)    --
   (4,013)  (2,155)
Financing:    
 Revolving credit facility and bank overdraft  9,177  7,822
 Repayment of long-term debt  (3,000)  (3,908)
 Repayment of capital leases  (971)  (1,273)
 Issue of Common Shares upon exercise of stock options  80  --
   5,286  2,641
     
Effect of translation adjustment on cash   (347)   (435)
     
Increase in cash and cash equivalents  --  --
Cash and cash equivalent position, beginning of period   --   --
Cash and cash equivalent position, end of period  $ --  $ --
     
Change in non-cash working capital components:    
 Accounts receivable  $ (16,815)  $ (11,996)
 Inventory, deposits and prepaid expenses  (1,891)  (383)
 Income and other taxes recoverable/payable  (294)  (1,204)
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   13,026   9,925
   $ (5,974)  $ (3,658)

(additional financial information follows)

 

Supplementary Segmented Financial Information
(in thousands of United States dollars) (Unaudited)

               
For the quarter ended

Mar 31, 2011
      For the quarter ended

Mar 31, 2010
     
  Revenue Inc. from Operations OR%   Revenue Inc. from Operations OR%
LTL $ 158,989  $ 926 99.4 LTL $ 137,018  $ (623) 100.5
SCO $ 26,399  $ 2,090 92.1 SCO $ 20,125  $ 1,363 93.2

LTL SEGMENT – Statistical Information

For the quarter ended

Mar 31, 2011      
($U.S.) LTL

Division
Q. over Q.

% Change
Revenue (000's)  $ 158,989 *  13.9%
No. of Shipments  1,012,521 7.0%
Weight (000's lbs)  1,526,539  6.6%
Revenue per shipment  $ 157.02   *  6.5%
Revenue per CWT  $ 10.41 *   6.8%

* All % changes have been normalized for the impact of foreign exchange fluctuation, period over period

Non-GAAP Measures

  Three months

ended Mar 31,
   
   2011
Net loss from continuing operations  $ (224)
Tax recovery from US operations  592
 

Adjusted net income from continuing operations


  368
   
Weighted average shares outstanding:  
Basic 16,315,374
Diluted 16,376,628
   
Adjusted basic and diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations  

0.02 
CONTACT: Richard Gaetz, President/CEO
         Sean Washchuk, VP Finance/CFO
         Vitran Corporation Inc.
         416/596-7664

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