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Roadrunner Transportation Systems Reports Third Quarter Operating Results

November 7, 2018

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (“Roadrunner” or the “company”) (NYSE: RRTS), a leading asset-right transportation and asset-light logistics service provider, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 and the filing of its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Third Quarter Financial Results

Revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 were $536.6 million. Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were $521.4 million and included $19.3 million of revenues from Unitrans, which was successfully divested in September 2017. Excluding Unitrans from the prior year, comparable third quarter revenue increased by 6.9% in 2018. Operating loss in the third quarter of 2018 was $10.8 million, which included corporate restructuring and restatement costs of $4.7 million. Operating income in the third quarter of 2017 was $11.3 million, which included: A gain on the sale of Unitrans of $35.4 millionCorporate restructuring and restatement costs of $6.8 millionNon-cash impairment charges of $4.4 million related to the revaluation of the Ascent segment goodwill after the sale of UnitransUnitrans operating income of $1.3 million Net loss increased to $41.6 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $10.1 million in the third quarter of 2017. The increase was due primarily to the items affecting operating income (loss) discussed above and higher interest costs related to the company’s outstanding preferred stock, partially offset by the absence of a loss from debt extinguishment of $6.0 million that occurred in the third quarter of 2017 and an income tax benefit. Diluted loss per share available to common stockholders was $1.08 for the third quarter of 2018, compared to diluted loss per share of $0.26 for the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding the impact of Unitrans, was $4.5 million for the third quarter of 2018 compared to a loss of $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2017. The improvement was due to higher Adjusted EBITDA at all segments and lower corporate costs of $2.3 million in 2018, primarily due to lower insurance claims reserves. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarters ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 was calculated as follows:

Note: Adjusted EBITDA for the Ascent segment in the third quarter of 2017, excluding Unitrans, was $5.8 million.

Note: Adjusted EBITDA for the Ascent segment in the third quarter of 2017 excludes Unitrans.

For more information about Adjusted EBITDA, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below and the company’s SEC filings.

Third Quarter Segment Results

The company’s three reporting segments are: Truckload & Express Services (TES), Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and Ascent Global Logistics (Ascent). Segment results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 are highlighted below:

TES revenues of $280.3 million in the third quarter of 2018 increased 7.6% from $260.5 million in 2017 due primarily to increased air and ground and expedited freight and related brokerage, coupled with a strong demand environment which drove higher rates compared to the prior year third quarter across most of the segment. Purchased transportation costs and yield were negatively impacted by capacity reductions in intermodal services and over-the-road operations, including dry van and temperature controlled. TES experienced an operating loss of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to an operating loss of $1.7 million in the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA increased 19.4% to $5.7 million in the third quarter of 2018 from $4.7 million in the prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was the result of higher revenue, partially offset by increased purchased transportation, equipment lease, maintenance and IT costs. LTL revenues of $113.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 decreased 3.1% from $117.6 million in the third quarter of 2017 due to a decrease in shipping volumes, which was partially offset by higher fuel surcharges and rates. LTL operating loss was $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $8.2 million in the third quarter of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA loss in the third quarter of 2018 of $4.2 million improved by $3.0 million, or 42.5%, when compared to the prior year third quarter Adjusted EBITDA loss of $7.2 million. The improvement in Adjusted EBITDA from the prior year was primarily the result of the continued focus on key lanes and the reduction in selected service areas in order to eliminate unprofitable freight. Lower operating expenses also benefited 2018 results primarily due to reductions in bad debt, cargo claims and equipment lease costs. Ascent revenues of $145.6 million in the third quarter of 2018 increased slightly from $145.3 million in the third quarter of 2017. Unitrans generated $19.3 million of revenue in the third quarter of 2017. Excluding Unitrans, Ascent revenue increased by 15.6% in 2018 due to higher revenue from domestic freight management (truckload and LTL brokerage), retail consolidation (growth from existing and new customers) and international freight forwarding. Operating income increased to $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2018 from $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2017, which included $1.3 million of operating income from Unitrans. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding Unitrans in 2017, increased 48.4% to $8.7 million in the third quarter of 2018 from $5.8 million in the prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was the result of improved performance driven by growth in retail consolidation and domestic freight management, partially offset by declines in international freight forwarding and increases in other operating expenses, including IT costs.

First Nine Months Financial Results

Revenues for the first nine months of 2018 were $1,664.6 million. Revenues for the first nine months of 2017 were $1,530.9 million, which included $67.6 million of revenue from Unitrans. As previously mentioned, Unitrans was successfully divested in September 2017. Excluding Unitrans, comparable revenue increased by 13.8% in 2018. Operating loss in the first nine months of 2018 was $35.6 million, which included operations and corporate restructuring and restatement costs of $20.2 million. The operating loss for the first nine months of 2017 was $14.1 million which included: A gain on the sale of Unitrans of $35.4 millionCorporate restructuring and restatement costs of $23.6 millionNon-cash impairment charges of $4.4 million related to the revaluation of the Ascent segment goodwill after the sale of UnitransUnitrans operating income of $5.8 million Net loss increased to $107.2 million for the first nine months of 2018, compared to $67.9 million in the first nine months of 2017, due primarily to the items affecting operating loss discussed above and higher interest costs related to the company’s outstanding preferred stock, partially offset by the absence of a loss from debt extinguishment of $15.9 million that occurred in the first nine months of 2017. Diluted loss per share available to common stockholders was $2.78 for the first nine months of 2018, compared to diluted loss per share of $1.77 for the first nine months of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding the impact of Unitrans, was $14.3 million for the first nine months of 2018 compared to $1.5 million for the first nine months of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2018 and 2017 was calculated as follows:

Note: Adjusted EBITDA for the Ascent segment for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, excluding Unitrans, was $18.9 million.

Note: Adjusted EBITDA for the Ascent segment for the first nine months of 2017 excludes Unitrans.

First Nine Months Segment Results

Segment results for the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 are highlighted below:

TES revenues of $906.4 million in the first nine months of 2018 increased 20.7% from $750.8 million in the first nine months of 2017. The increase was due primarily to increased air and ground expedited freight and related brokerage coupled with a strong demand environment which drove higher rates across most of the segment. Purchased transportation costs and yield were negatively impacted by capacity reductions in intermodal services and over-the-road operations, including dry van and temperature controlled. TES operating income was $2.9 million in the first nine months of 2018, which included operations restructuring costs of $4.7 million related to fleet and facilities right-sizing and severance costs to complete the integration of temperature controlled. Adjusted EBITDA increased 39.8% to $26.5 million in the first nine months of 2018 from $19.0 million in the prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was the result of higher revenue, partially offset by increased purchased transportation, equipment lease, maintenance and IT costs. LTL revenues of $344.2 million in the first nine months of 2018 decreased 1.2% from $348.4 million in the first nine months of 2017 due to a decrease in shipping volumes, partially offset by higher fuel surcharges and rates. LTL operating loss was $17.5 million in the first nine months of 2018, compared to $14.2 million in the first nine months of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA loss in the first nine months of 2018 of $14.8 million increased compared to the Adjusted EBITDA loss in the first nine months of 2017 of $11.3 million. The decline in Adjusted EBITDA was the result of lower shipping volumes and higher linehaul rates. While purchased transportation costs were lower due to lower shipping volumes, linehaul costs as a percentage of revenue were negatively impacted by market conditions resulting in rate increases from purchase power providers and higher spot prices paid to brokers. Ascent revenues of $425.2 million in the first nine months of 2018 decreased from $438.9 million in the first nine months of 2017 due to the divestiture of Unitrans, which generated $67.6 million of revenue in the first nine months of 2017. Excluding Unitrans, Ascent revenue increased by 14.5% in the first nine months of 2018 due to higher revenue from retail consolidation (growth from existing and new customers) and domestic freight management (truckload and LTL brokerage). Ascent operating income increased to $21.5 million in the first nine months of 2018 from $16.4 million in the first nine months of 2017, which included $5.8 million of operating income from Unitrans. Adjusted EBITDA, excluding Unitrans, increased 32.2% to $25.0 million in the first nine months of 2018 from $18.9 million in the prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was the result of improved results driven by growth in retail consolidation and domestic freight management, partially offset by decreases in international freight forwarding and increases in other operating expenses, including IT costs.

Liquidity and Equipment Purchase Update

The company currently has over $40 million of available funds for working capital and operating purposes from its existing borrowing capacity under its ABL facility and standby commitment from its preferred stock investor. The company is in compliance with its ABL and preferred stock investment agreements. In addition, the company increased its investment in fleet equipment adding approximately $14 million during the third quarter of 2018 out of a total of approximately $29 million added during the first nine months of 2018. Most of the fleet equipment additions in 2018 were financed under capital leases provided by captives of OEM tractor manufacturers and other lenders. The company has received additional financing commitments which provide the opportunity to replace aging tractors and trailers and add capacity to its current fleet over the next 12 months.

Discussion and Outlook

“Overall we are encouraged by our progress in the third quarter. Our air and ground expedited freight and Ascent Global Logistics businesses continue to perform, driving both top- and bottom-line growth. We continue to invest in these businesses to position them for future growth. In the third quarter, we saw bottom line improvement in our restructured temperature controlled fleet and expect further improvements in future periods. We are disappointed in the short-term performance of our dry van truckload fleets and are aggressively taking actions to improve these results. Lastly, we continue to make steady progress and improvements in our LTL segment where we narrowed our operating losses in the third quarter versus the prior year quarter and continued to see operational benefits from eliminating selected service areas, improving our freight and lane mix and lowering our operating costs,” said Curt Stoelting, Chief Executive Officer of Roadrunner.

Stoelting continued, “We remain confident that we will achieve our longer-term business goals including our plans to deliver higher levels of profitability and sustainable returns on invested capital. The company expects to retain and enhance its annual revenue base of approximately $2.2 billion and improve its Adjusted EBITDA from between $20 to $25 million in 2018 to over $100 million by the end of 2020. This represents a 2020 target for Adjusted EBITDA margin similar to the company’s 2015 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.0 billion and $93.6 million, respectively. We continue to believe that the structural changes currently being implemented will over time result in profitability that is more resilient and better positions Roadrunner for success throughout natural industry cycles.”

Stoelting concluded, “We continue to pursue the simplification and improvement of our capital structure to support our long-term business plans and to increase the speed and likelihood of a full operational recovery.”

Conference Call and Webcast

Roadrunner management will host a conference call to discuss the company’s results for the 2018 third quarter and year-to-date on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the conference call, please dial 866-763-0340 (U.S.) or 703-871-3799 (International) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. Callers will be prompted for passcode 8953029. Presentation materials and a live webcast of the call can be accessed on the “events and presentations” page in the Investor Relations section of Roadrunner’s website, www.rrts.com. The conference call may include forward-looking statements.

If you are unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available through Wednesday, November 14, 2018 and can be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (U.S.) or 404-537-3406 (International). Callers will be prompted for passcode 8953029. An archived version of the webcast will also be available for a period of time under the Investor Relations section of Roadrunner’s website, www.rrts.com.

About Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc.

Roadrunner Transportation Systems is a leading asset-right transportation and asset-light logistics service provider offering a full suite of solutions under the Roadrunner®, Active On-Demand® and Ascent Global Logistics® brands. The Roadrunner brand offers less-than-truckload, temperature controlled and intermodal services. Active On-Demand offers premium mission critical air and ground transportation solutions. Ascent Global Logistics offers domestic freight management, retail consolidation, international freight forwarding and customs brokerage. For more information, please visit Roadrunner’s websites,  www.rrts.com  and  www.ascentgl.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which relate to future events or performance. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the opportunity for Roadrunner to replace aging tractors and trailers and add capacity to its fleet over the next 12 months; Roadrunner’s expectation that the structural changes in scheduled dry van and intermodal services will improve; Roadrunner’s ability to grow the expedited freight and the Ascent Global Logistics business; Roadrunner’s confidence that it will achieve its longer-term business goals including its plans to deliver higher levels of profitability and sustainable returns on invested capital; Roadrunner’s expectation for revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for 2018 and by the end of 2020; Roadrunner’s target Adjusted EBITDA margin for 2020; Roadrunner’s belief that the structural changes being implemented will over time result in profitability that is more resilient and better position Roadrunner for success throughout natural industry cycles; and Roadrunner’s continued pursuit of the simplification and improvement of its capital structure to support its long-term business plans and to increase the speed and likelihood of a full operational recovery. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “predict,” “potential,” “opportunity,” and similar words or phrases or the negatives of these words or phrases. These forward-looking statements are based on Roadrunner’s current assumptions, expectations and beliefs and are subject to substantial risks, estimates, assumptions, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that may cause Roadrunner’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, among others, risks related to the restatement of Roadrunner’s previously issued financial statements, the remediation of Roadrunner’s identified material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting, the litigation resulting from the restatement of Roadrunner’s previously issued financial statements and the other risk factors contained in Roadrunner’s SEC filings, including Roadrunner’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. Because the risks, estimates, assumptions and uncertainties referred to above could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, Roadrunner assumes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Roadrunner calculates Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA excluding impairment and other non-cash gains and losses, other long-term incentive compensation expenses, losses from debt extinguishments, operations restructuring costs, and corporate restructuring and restatement costs associated with legal matters (including the company’s internal investigation, SEC compliance and debt restructuring costs). Roadrunner uses Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure in evaluating its operating performance and when determining executive incentive compensation. Roadrunner believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating its performance compared to other companies in its industry because it assists in analyzing and benchmarking the performance and value of a business. The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA eliminates the effects of financing, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending. These items may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to the overall operating performance of a company’s business. Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP. Although Roadrunner’s management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a financial measure to assess the performance of its business compared to that of others in Roadrunner’s industry, Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of Roadrunner’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect Roadrunner’s cash expenditures, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Roadrunner’s working capital needs; Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on Roadrunner’s debt or dividend payments on Roadrunner’s preferred stock; Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and Other companies in Roadrunner’s industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than Roadrunner does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of discretionary cash available to Roadrunner to invest in the growth of the company’s business. Roadrunner compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on Roadrunner’s results of operations under GAAP.

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