Express-1 Expedited Solutions Reports 123% Revenue Growth During Second Quarter of 2008

Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. (AMEX:XPO) today reported its earnings for the second quarter, ended June 30, 2008.

Express-1 Expedited Solutions, one of the nation's fastest growing providers of premium transportation services, including ground expedited, domestic and international freight forwarding, premium freight brokerage and dedicated expedite delivery, reported a 123% increase in revenue during the second quarter of 2008 versus the same period in 2007. Revenues grew dramatically to $30.9 million during the quarter, compared to $13.8 million during the same period in the prior year. The January 2008 acquisition of Concert Group Logistics contributed $14.4 million of this increase. During the quarter, the Company's Express-1 operations expanded revenues by 16% over the same period in 2007. The Company's other business units, Express-1 Dedicated and Bounce Logistics also contributed to the record year-over-year increase in revenues. Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. continues to grow at a healthy pace, even in the face of the current soft transportation market.

During the second quarter of 2008, income from operations increased by 11% to $1,416,000 versus $1,272,000 for the same period of 2007. Net income improved 2.7% and represented $774,000 or $0.02 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2008 compared to $754,000 or $0.03 per diluted share for the same period in 2007.

CEO, Mike Welch stated, "Throughout the second quarter of 2008, we were faced with many challenges. The overall demand for expedited transportation was down, trip count dropped roughly 7% year over year for the first six-months of 2008, according to Stuart Sutton, President of GPSNet Technologies, Inc. GPSNet provides software to over 300 expedited transportation companies in the U.S. and Canada. The domestic auto industry was in turmoil with multiple plant closings due to an extended strike at a leading automotive supplier; the cost of fuel was up over 50% from the same time last year; and bankruptcies within the trucking industry are at record levels. The second quarter of 2008 was one of the most challenging economies in memory. In spite of this, our company continued to grow and generate an increasing level of profitability. Our model works and we're pleased with the efforts of our people and the opportunity to serve our customers."

Welch added: "Express-1 had fantastic growth in a down automotive environment; this growth was augmented by solid gains in the agricultural and 3PL markets. Concert Group Logistics continued to expand its station network and increased its revenue and profitability while absorbing the interest and amortization expense associated with its purchase. CGL's international business accounted for over 23% of their second quarter sales, which will help drive future growth. Bounce Logistics is a success by any standard. During the second quarter, Bounce successfully grew its revenue base to a size that should allow it to exceed our full year expectations. Express-1 Dedicated continues to provide exceptional service and return a good level of profitability. We're faring well within this economy and have positioned ourselves for growth and strong profitability when demand shifts."

Chief Financial Officer Mark Patterson said, "The Company absorbed some charges in the second quarter that we do not expect to be on-going for the balance of 2008. These charges include costs associated with the CGL Customer Appreciation event, the annual CGL station owners meeting and some additional Bounce start-up costs. Combined, the overall impact of these activities was approximately $250,000 during the second quarter. In addition, the CGL results continue to reflect the full burden of the CGL purchase, with $100,000 of amortization and $76,000 of interest charges being recorded within the CGL statements during the second quarter. Our back-office expenses continue to grow at a rate that is much slower than that for our top-line and we are optimistic that when the recent downward trend in pricing reverses we will experience significant operating leverage. Increasing by 57% during the second quarter, our SG&A expenses grew at less than half the rate of increase within our revenue. All of our managers and employees remain focused on controlling our costs in the face of this soft economy. We are proud of the commitment from our team."

Outlook

"Looking towards the end of 2008, our Presidents continue to be focused on delivering results that meet or exceed the targets we've established. Jeff Curry at Express-1, Brian Glaser at Express-1 Dedicated, Gerry Post at Concert Group Logistics and Tim Hindes at Bounce Logistics each lead a team of professionals that are committed to continuing the momentum we've established over the past eleven quarters. Our non-asset based business model has proven itself over many years and in all types of economic climates. We remain on target to deliver the results we committed to deliver at the start of 2008; therefore we are reaffirming this year's guidance projections. By remaining focused on our model and our goals, we should be able to continue growing our company and our profits," stated Welch.

Conference Call/Webcast Information

Management will conduct a conference call August 7, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern to discuss the Company's second quarter financial results. Those interested in accessing a live or archived Webcast of the call should visit the Company's Website at www.express-1.com. Those wishing to take part in the live teleconference call can dial 201-689-8049 (International) or 877-407-9210. A playback will be available through midnight on August 14, 2008. To listen to the playback, please call 877-660-6853. Use account number 286 and conference ID number 291001.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that may be subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are made based on management's current expectations or beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. These forward-looking statements, which may include statements regarding our future financial performance or results of operations, including expected revenue growth, cash flow growth, future expenses, future operating margins and other future or expected performance, are subject to the following risks: that our recent reorganization fails to result in projected operating efficiencies; the acquisition of businesses or the launch of new lines of business, which could increase operating expenses and dilute operating margins; increased competition, which could lead to negative pressure on our pricing and the need for increased marketing; the inability to maintain, establish or renew relationships with customers, whether due to competition or other factors; the inability to comply with regulatory requirements governing our business operations; and to the general risks associated with our businesses.

In addition to the risks and uncertainties discussed above you can find additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that would cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested in the forward-looking statements in the reports that we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent our judgment as of the date of this release and you should not unduly rely on such statements. Unless otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this press release. In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in the filing may not occur, and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

         
Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
         
    June 30,   December 31,
    2008   2007
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 1,348,000     $ 800,000  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $178,000 and $77,000, respectively     17,067,000       5,663,000  
Prepaid expenses     367,000       492,000  
Other current assets     875,000       149,000  
Deferred tax asset, current     1,231,000       1,549,000  
Total current assets     20,888,000       8,653,000  
         
Property and equipment, net of $2,034,000 and $1,734,000 in accumulated depreciation, respectively     3,077,000       2,312,000  
         
Goodwill     16,040,000       7,737,000  
Identified intangible assets, net of $1,486,000 and $1,279,000 in accumulated amortization, respectively     6,747,000       3,950,000  
Loans and advances     84,000       104,000  
Deferred tax asset, long term     -       377,000  
Other long term assets     1,294,000       591,000  
Total assets     48,130,000       23,724,000  
         
         
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 7,707,000     $ 892,000  
Accrued salaries and wages     805,000       660,000  
Accrued acquisition earnouts     -       2,210,000  
Accrued expenses, other     2,183,000       861,000  
Current maturities of long term debt     1,250,000       50,000  
Other current liabilities     1,057,000       199,000  
Total current liabilities     13,002,000       4,872,000  
         
Line of credit     7,624,000       -  
Notes payable and capital leases, net of current maturities     2,010,000       34,000  
Deferred tax liability, long term     250,000       -  
Other long-term liabilities     564,000       616,000  
Total long-term liabilities     10,448,000       650,000  
         
Stockholders' equity:        
Preferred stock, $.001 par value; 10,000,000 shares no shares issued or outstanding     -       -  

Common stock, $.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 31,999,536 and 27,008,768 shares issued and 31,819,536 and 26,828,768 shares outstanding

    32,000       27,000  
Additional paid-in capital     26,208,000       21,152,000  
Accumulated deficit     (1,453,000 )     (2,870,000 )
Treasury stock, at cost, 180,000 shares held     (107,000 )     (107,000 )
Total stockholders' equity     24,680,000       18,202,000  
    $ 48,130,000     $ 23,724,000  
         

a The Company is currently awaiting the results of an independent valuation of the assets purchased in the Concert Group Logistics transaction.  At this time, the Company has estimated the value of the intangibles created in the transaction to be $3.0 million.  Based upon the results of this independent valuation, this amount could change.  The valuation is anticipated to be completed during the third quarter of 2008.

 

         

Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc.


Consolidated Statements of Operations


(Unaudited)

         
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,   June 30,   June 30,
    2008   2007   2008   2007
Revenues                
Operating revenue   $ 30,925,000   $ 13,842,000   $ 55,931,000   $ 25,335,000
                 
Expenses                
Operating expenses     25,985,000     10,328,000     46,565,000     18,801,000
Gross margin     4,940,000     3,514,000     9,366,000     6,534,000
                         

Sales, general and administrative expense

    3,524,000     2,242,000     6,804,000     4,492,000
Income from operations     1,416,000     1,272,000     2,562,000     2,042,000
                 
Other expense     12,000     27,000     15,000     34,000
Interest expense     99,000     34,000     179,000     58,000
                 
Income before income tax provision     1,305,000     1,211,000     2,368,000     1,950,000
                 
Income tax provision     531,000     457,000     951,000     735,000
                 
Net income   $ 774,000   $ 754,000   $ 1,417,000   $ 1,215,000
                 
Earnings per common share                
Basic income per common share     0.02     0.03    

0.05

    0.05
Diluted income per common share     0.02     0.03     0.05     0.04
                 
Weighted average common shares outstanding                
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding     31,723,787     26,706,100     30,883,946     26,574,016
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding     32,067,972     27,509,728     31,275,223     27,365,538
                 

Included within the expenses above are depreciation and amortization of $317,000 and $220,000 for the three-month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively, and $559,000 and $451,000 for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

                         
Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc.
Summary Financial Table
                         
                    Percent of Total
   

Three Months Ended June 30,

  Quarter to Quarter Change   Segment Revenues
    2008   2007   In Dollars   In Percentage   2008   2007

Revenues

                       
Express-1   $ 14,609,000     $ 12,575,000     $ 2,034,000     16.2 %   47.2 %   90.8 %
Express-1 Dedicated     1,250,000       1,267,000       (17,000 )   -1.3 %   4.0 %   9.2 %
Concert Group Logistics     14,492,000       -       14,492,000     -     46.9 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     1,045,000       -       1,045,000     -     3.4 %   -  
Intercompany Eliminations     (471,000 )     -       (471,000 )   -     -1.5 %   -  
Total Revenues     30,925,000       13,842,000       17,083,000     123.4 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
                         
Direct Expenses                        
Express-1     11,250,000       9,290,000       1,960,000     21.1 %   36.3 %   67.1 %
Express-1 Dedicated     1,060,000       1,038,000       22,000     2.1 %   3.4 %   7.5 %
Concert Group Logistics     13,232,000       -       13,232,000     -     42.8 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     914,000       -       914,000     -     3.0 %   -  
Intercompany Eliminations     (471,000 )     -       (471,000 )   -     -1.5 %   -  
Total Direct Expenses     25,985,000       10,328,000       15,657,000     151.6 %   84.0 %   74.6 %
                         
Gross Margin                        
Express-1     3,359,000       3,285,000       74,000     2.3 %   10.9 %   23.7 %
Express-1 Dedicated     190,000       229,000       (39,000 )   -17.0 %   0.6 %   1.7 %
Concert Group Logistics     1,260,000       -       1,260,000     -     4.1 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     131,000       -       131,000     -     0.4 %   -  
Total Gross Margin     4,940,000       3,514,000       1,426,000     40.6 %   16.0 %   25.4 %
                         
Selling, General & Administrative                        
Express-1     1,919,000       1,729,000       190,000     11.0 %   6.3 %   12.5 %
Express-1 Dedicated     135,000       127,000       8,000     6.3 %   0.4 %   0.9 %
Concert Group Logistics     865,000       -       865,000     -     2.8 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     198,000       -       198,000     -     0.6 %   -  
Corporate     407,000       386,000       21,000     5.4 %   1.3 %   2.8 %
Total Selling, General & Administrative     3,524,000       2,242,000       1,282,000     57.2 %   11.4 %   16.2 %
                         
Income From Operations                        
Express-1     1,440,000       1,556,000       (116,000 )   -7.5 %   4.6 %   11.2 %
Express-1 Dedicated     55,000       102,000       (47,000 )   -46.1 %   0.2 %   0.7 %
Concert Group Logistics     395,000       -       395,000     -     1.3 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     (67,000 )     -       (67,000 )   -     -0.2 %   -  
Corporate     (407,000 )     (386,000 )     (21,000 )   5.4 %   -1.3 %   -2.8 %
Total Income From Operations     1,416,000       1,272,000       144,000     11.3 %   4.6 %   9.2 %
                         
Interest Expense     99,000       34,000       65,000     -     0.3 %   -  
Other Expense     12,000       27,000       (15,000 )   -55.6 %   0.0 %   0.2 %
Income Before Tax     1,305,000       1,211,000      

94,000

   

7.8

%   4.2 %   8.7 %
                         
Tax Provision     531,000       457,000       74,000     16.2 %   1.7 %   3.3 %
Total Net Income   $ 774,000     $ 754,000     $

20,000

   

2.7

%   2.5 %   5.4 %

 

                         
Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc.
Summary Financial Table
                         
                    Percent of Total
    Six Months Ended June 30,   Year to Year Change   Segment Revenues
    2008   2007   Change   % Change   2008   2007
Revenues                        
Express-1   $ 27,777,000     $ 22,850,000     $ 4,927,000     21.6 %   49.7 %   90.2 %
Express-1 Dedicated     2,540,000       2,485,000       55,000     2.2 %   4.5 %   9.8 %
Concert Group Logistics     24,963,000       -       24,963,000     -     44.6 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     1,228,000       -       1,228,000     -     2.2 %   -  
Intercompany Eliminations     (577,000 )     -       (577,000 )   -     -1.0 %   -  
Total Revenues     55,931,000       25,335,000       30,596,000     120.8 %   100.0 %   100.0 %
                         
Direct Expenses                        
Express-1     21,305,000       16,840,000       4,465,000     26.5 %   38.2 %   66.5 %
Express-1 Dedicated     2,034,000       1,961,000       73,000     3.7 %   3.6 %   7.7 %
Concert Group Logistics     22,716,000       -       22,716,000     -     40.6 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     1,087,000       -       1,087,000     -     1.9 %   -  
Intercompany Eliminations     (577,000 )     -       (577,000 )   -     -1.0 %   -  
Total Direct Expenses     46,565,000       18,801,000       27,764,000     147.7 %   83.3 %   74.2 %
                         
Gross Margin                        
Express-1     6,472,000       6,010,000       462,000     7.7 %   11.5 %   23.7 %
Express-1 Dedicated     506,000       524,000       (18,000 )   -3.4 %   0.9 %   2.1 %
Concert Group Logistics     2,247,000       -       2,247,000     -     4.0 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     141,000       -       141,000     -     0.3 %   -  
Total Gross Margin     9,366,000       6,534,000       2,832,000     43.3 %   16.7 %   25.8 %
                         
Selling, General & Administrative                        
Express-1     3,778,000       3,470,000       308,000     8.9 %   6.7 %   13.7 %
Express-1 Dedicated     265,000       287,000       (22,000 )   -7.7 %   0.5 %   1.1 %
Concert Group Logistics     1,608,000       -       1,608,000     -     2.9 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     334,000       -       334,000     -     0.6 %   -  
Corporate     819,000       735,000       84,000     11.4 %   1.5 %   2.9 %
Total Selling, General & Administrative     6,804,000       4,492,000       2,312,000     51.5 %   12.2 %   17.7 %
                         
Income From Operations                        
Express-1     2,694,000       2,540,000       154,000     6.1 %   4.9 %   10.0 %
Express-1 Dedicated     241,000       237,000       4,000     1.7 %   0.4 %   0.9 %
Concert Group Logistics     639,000       -       639,000     -     1.1 %   -  
Bounce Logistics     (193,000 )     -       (193,000 )   -     -0.3 %   -  
Corporate     (819,000 )     (735,000 )     (84,000 )   11.4 %   -1.5 %   -2.9 %
Total Income From Operations     2,562,000       2,042,000       520,000     25.5 %   4.6 %   8.1 %
                         
Interest Expense     179,000       58,000       121,000     208.6 %   0.3 %   0.2 %
Other Expense     15,000       34,000       (19,000 )   -55.9 %   0.0 %   0.1 %
Income Before Tax     2,368,000       1,950,000       418,000     21.4 %   4.2 %   7.7 %
                         
Tax Provision     951,000       735,000       216,000     29.4 %   1.7 %   2.9 %
Total Net Income   $ 1,417,000     $ 1,215,000     $ 202,000     16.6 %   2.5 %   4.8 %