CHICAGO, Nov. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (Nasdaq:ECHO), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, today reported financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2010. Summarized financial results for the third quarter of 2010, along with select operating metrics, are as follows:
Commenting on the Company's performance, Chief Executive Officer Doug Waggoner said, "Our strong third quarter financial results reflect the execution of our growth strategy, as we delivered our third consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth and doubled our net income. Our focus remains on building our market share position, as we further expanded our enterprise client base by 29 new clients and our shipment volume increased by 56% in the third quarter. On a year-over-year comparison, our net revenue margins were down 310 basis points due to tight capacity, particularly in the truckload market. However, we did see an improvement of 67 basis points sequentially, indicating an easing of the margin pressure experienced throughout the first half of the year."
Third Quarter Results
Total revenue of $113.5 million in the third quarter of 2010 increased 62% compared to revenue of $70.2 million in the third quarter of 2009. The majority of this increase was driven by higher volumes, attributable to both an increase in the number of clients served as well as higher volumes per client for our transactional and enterprise clients. Total shipment volume increased by 56% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter of 2009. In addition, the Company's revenue per shipment increased by 4% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter of 2009.
Transactional revenue of $70.1 million in the third quarter of 2010 increased 67% compared to transactional revenue of $41.9 million in the third quarter of 2009. Echo's transactional client base increased from 9,170 in the third quarter of 2009 to 12,626 in the third quarter of 2010. In addition, revenue per transactional customer increased by 21% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter of 2009, and revenue per transactional salesperson increased by 26% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter of 2009 due to increased productivity.
Enterprise revenue of $43.4 million in the third quarter of 2010 increased 54% compared to enterprise revenue of $28.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. This increase was driven by the net addition of 29 new enterprise clients from the prior year quarter, as well as a 23% increase in the average revenue per enterprise client in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter of 2009. Echo entered into six new enterprise agreements during the third quarter of 2010.
Net revenue, which represents total revenue less transportation costs, increased 39% in the third quarter of 2010 to $21.5 million compared to $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. This increase was driven by growth in volume, partially offset by lower margins due to tightening truckload capacity.
Commission expense increased by 53% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the third quarter of 2009. This increase was due to the increase in net revenue, as the Company's commission plans are based on net revenue, and a higher overall effective commission rate due to the changes in net revenue mix and varying compensation plans.
The Company's general and administrative expense of $9.0 million increased 19% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2009, driven primarily by an increase in personnel. The total number of employees and agents increased from 747 as of September 30, 2009 to 869 as of September 30, 2010.
The Company's depreciation and amortization expense of $1.7 million increased 33% in the third quarter of 2010 compared to $1.3 million in the third quarter of 2009. This increase in expense was the result of continued investment in technology and the resulting depreciation of capitalized software development costs, as well as an increase in amortization expense of intangibles assets resulting from the acquisitions completed over the past year.
Net income for the third quarter of 2010 was $2.6 million compared to net income of $1.3 in the third quarter of 2009. Diluted earnings per share of $0.12 in the third quarter of 2010 was an increase of $0.04 per share over diluted earnings per share of $0.08 in the third quarter of 2009.
"Our strategy is to remain focused on growing our client base and increasing our footprint throughout the U.S.," Mr. Waggoner commented. "We serve industries with significant growth potential and are investing in our people, technology and capacity to accommodate this future long-term growth. We experienced improving trends in sales force productivity as well as improvement in key operating metrics that have enabled us to continue to achieve rapid growth. However near-term, we did see some softening of demand indicating the economic recovery may be slowing from levels earlier in the year. We anticipate a more moderate demand environment in the fourth quarter, yet we remain confident that our business model will enable us to capture further market share."
A conference call will be broadcast live on Wednesday, November 3, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). The live webcast discussion, which will include a Q&A session, will be hosted by Douglas R. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer, and David B. Menzel, Chief Financial Officer. Interested parties are invited to listen to the live webcast by visiting the Investors' "Events" section of Echo's website at . A replay of the webcast will be available later that day in the same section of the website.
About Echo Global Logistics
Chicago-based Echo Global Logistics is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, delivered on a proprietary technology platform, serving the transportation and logistics needs of its clients. Echo's web-based technology platform compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 24,000 transportation providers to serve its clients' shipping and freight management needs. This year, Echo has procured transportation and provided logistics services for more than 19,000 clients across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, consumer products and retail. For more information on Echo, visit: .
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This release contains statements relating to future results. These statements are forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws. We can give no assurance that any future results discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent our views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. These statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. For a discussion of important factors that could affect our actual results, please refer to our SEC filings, including the "Risk Factors" section of the Form 10-K we filed with the SEC.
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