Express-1 Expedited Solutions (AMEX:XPO) Continues Driving Momentum for Seventh Consecutive Quarter

  • Revenues Up 25%; Operating Income Up 43%

Express-1 Expedited Solutions, Inc. today reported higher revenues and operating income for the second quarter, ended June 30, 2007.

Express-1, one of the nation's top providers of ground expedited services for the automotive, manufacturing, logistics, service, and other industries, reported a 24.5% increase in revenue in the second quarter of 2007. Revenues increased to $13.8 million compared to $11.1 million in the second quarter of 2006. During the same period, income from operations (income before income tax provision) increased by 42.8% to $1,211,000 versus $848,000 for the same period in 2006.

The Company's net income was $754,000 or $0.03 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2007 compared to $848,000 or $0.03 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2006. The decline is related to the provision for current taxes during the 2007 period. The Company did not record a current provision for taxes during the second quarter of 2006, and estimates its net operating loss carry-forwards (NOL's) have been reduced to approximately $6.3 million as of June 30, 2007. At the start of 2007, the Company had net operating loss carry forwards of approximately $8.3 million, which are reduced by current taxable earnings. The Company does not anticipate paying a significant amount of cash for income taxes until its net operating losses are exhausted.

"Express-1 continues to build on its success, and now has completed seven consecutive quarters with growth. We're gaining market share as reflected by our increases in revenue, and remain focused on our earnings, as shown by our income from operations. Our fleet of independent contractors, or value providers ("VP's") as we call them, has steadily increased and we are focused on giving them more miles and enhancing their quality life," said Michael Welch, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Jeff Curry, the Company's President stated, "Within our primary operating segment we increased our revenues while delivering strong margins for the quarter. We remain focused on cost containment and successfully controlled our SG&A increases in relation to our top-line growth. Capacity improved with our average fleet of VP's increasing by 36% during the period," Mr. Welch added, "At the same time, our Evansville segment showed a small increase in revenue during the period. Evansville remains profitable and contributed to our overall results for the period. We remain focused on pushing our momentum as we head into the second half of 2007."

Chief Financial Officer Mark Patterson said, "The Company is clearly demonstrating the operating leverage we've spoken of in the past. Our income from operations grew at a much greater rate than that for our revenues during the period. We're committed to this model, cautious about overhead increases and careful in our spending. Our reliance on a variable cost model and the use of VP's continued to support favorable margins. We recognized a gross margin of 25.4% for the second quarter of 2007 versus 25.7% in the same quarter last year. We're pleased with these results and proud of the commitment of our team."

Outlook

"Looking ahead to 2007, we continue to be focused on adding to our fleet capacity and on further developing of our customer base. These are two of the primary keys of our successful organic growth," Welch said. "We want to be one of the largest and the most reliable of the ground expediters in the country. We're confident in our business model and believe that by remaining conservative and goal-focused in our approach we will be able to continue delivering strong results in revenue growth and profitability."

Conference Call/Webcast Information

Management will conduct a conference call August 10th at 11:00 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 17, 2007. To listen to the playback, please call 201-612-7415 (international) or 877-660-6853. Use account number 286 and conference ID number 249228.

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,
      2007     2006
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 328,000     $ 79,000  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $70,000 and $77,000, respectively     6,699,000       5,354,000  
Prepaid expenses     147,000       265,000  
Other current assets     303,000       181,000  
Deferred tax asset, current     1,069,000       1,069,000  
Total current assets     8,546,000       6,948,000  
             
Property and equipment, net of $1,601,000 and $1,410,000 in accumulated depreciation, respectively     2,408,000       2,488,000  
             
Goodwill     5,527,000       5,527,000  
Identified intangible assets, net of $1,164,000 and $1,004,000 in accumulated amortization, respectively     4,065,000       4,225,000  
Loans and advances     125,000       143,000  
Deferred tax asset, long term     1,334,000       2,069,000  
Other long term assets     381,000       209,000  
    $ 22,386,000     $ 21,609,000  
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 1,109,000     $ 1,034,000  
Accrued salaries and wages     576,000       724,000  
Accrued acquisition earnouts     0       1,960,000  
Accrued expenses, other     1,490,000       740,000  
Current maturities of long term debt     117,000       117,000  
Other current liabilities     530,000       295,000  
Total current liabilities     3,822,000       4,870,000  
             
Line of credit     1,346,000       1,159,000  
Notes payable and capital leases, net of current maturities   58,000       127,000  
Other long-term liabilities     108,000       115,000  
Total long-term liabilities     1,512,000       1,401,000  
             
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; 26,915,880 and 26,516,037 shares issued and 26,735,880 and 26,336,037 shares outstanding     27,000       27,000  
Additional paid-in capital     20,958,000       20,459,000  
Accumulated deficit     (3,826,000 )     (5,041,000 )
Treasury stock, at cost, 180,000 shares held     (107,000 )     (107,000 )
             
Total stockholders' equity     17,052,000       15,338,000  
    $ 22,386,000     $ 21,609,000  

 

Express-1 Expedited
Solutions, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations


(Unaudited)

                               
        Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
                               
          June 30,     June 30,       June 30,     June 30,
          2007     2006       2007     2006
                               
Revenues                            
  Operating revenue   $ 13,842,000   $ 11,120,000     $ 25,335,000   $ 20,675,000
                               
Expenses                            
  Direct expenses     10,328,000     8,257,000       18,801,000     15,386,000
                               
    Gross margin     3,514,000     2,863,000       6,534,000     5,289,000
                               
  Sales, general and administrative expense     2,242,000     1,923,000       4,492,000     3,644,000
  Other expense     27,000     29,000       34,000     132,000
  Interest Expense     34,000     63,000       58,000     108,000
                               
Income before income tax provision     1,211,000     848,000       1,950,000     1,405,000
                               
  Income tax provision     457,000     -       735,000     -
                               
Net income   $ 754,000   $ 848,000     $ 1,215,000   $ 1,405,000
                               
Earnings per common share                          
  Basic income per common share     0.03     0.03       0.05     0.05
  Diluted income per common share     0.03     0.03       0.04     0.05
                               
Weighted average common shares outstanding                          
  Basic weighted average common shares outstanding   26,706,100     26,285,034       26,574,016     26,285,034
  Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding   27,509,728     26,441,809       27,365,538     26,398,952

 

Included within the expenses above are depreciation and amortization of $220,000 and $254,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively; and $451,000 and $513,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively.