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Echo Global Logistics Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

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CHICAGO, April 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation management services, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.

"This was another strong quarter of profitability and cash flow for Echo," said Doug Waggoner, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer at Echo. "In an environment with lower truckload spot business and lower truckload rates, we improved net revenue margin, reduced SG&A costs, and increased free cash flow(1) compared to the prior year."

First Quarter 2019 Highlights

  • Revenue decreased 6.8% to $538.1 million from the first quarter of 2018; Net revenue(1) decreased 1.2% to $98.8 million from the first quarter of 2018
  • Less than truckload revenue increased 5.2% from the first quarter of 2018
  • Managed Transportation revenue increased 1.6% to $125.9 million and Transactional revenue decreased 9.0% to $412.1 million from the first quarter of 2018
  • Net revenue margin increased to 18.4% in the first quarter of 2019 from 17.3% in the first quarter of 2018
  • Net income decreased to $3.5 million, compared to $4.7 million in the first quarter of 2018
  • Fully diluted EPS decreased to $0.13 in the first quarter of 2019; non-GAAP fully diluted EPS(1) decreased to $0.38 in the first quarter of 2019
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) declined 1.4% to $21.7 million, compared to $22.0 million in the first quarter of 2018
  • Free cash flow(1) increased to $17.7 million, up 75.7% from the prior year.

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(1) Represents a non-GAAP financial measure. For the definition and a discussion of each non-GAAP financial measure contained in this release, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures." For a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the nearest comparable GAAP financial measure, see the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of this release.


Summarized financial results and select operating metrics are as follows:

    Three Months Ended March 31,    
Dollars in millions, except per share data   2019   2018   % change
         
    (unaudited)    
Transactional revenue   $ 412.1     $ 453.1     (9.0 )%
Managed Transportation revenue   125.9     124.0     1.6  %
Revenue   538.1     577.1     (6.8 )%
             
Transportation costs   439.3     477.2     (7.9 )%
Net revenue(1)   98.8     99.9     (1.2 )%
             
Commission expense   30.0     30.2     (0.6 )%
Change in contingent consideration   0.3     0.1     480.0  %
Stock compensation expense   2.8     2.5     11.6  %
Other selling, general and administrative   47.1     47.8     (1.4 )%
Selling, general and administrative expenses   80.2     80.5     (0.4 )%
             
Depreciation   6.3     5.7     11.3  %
Amortization   3.2     3.2     (2.4 )%
Depreciation and amortization   9.5     8.9     6.3  %
             
Income from operations   9.1     10.5     (13.3 )%
             
Cash interest expense   1.4     1.7     (14.5 )%
Non-cash interest expense   2.0     2.1     (4.6 )%
Interest expense   3.4     3.8     (9.0 )%
Income before provision for income taxes   5.7     6.7     (15.7 )%
Income tax expense   (2.2 )   (2.0 )   8.5  %
Net income   $ 3.5     $ 4.7     (26.0 )%
             
Fully diluted EPS   $ 0.13     $ 0.17     (25.3 )%
Diluted shares(1)   27.5     27.7      
                 
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.            
 
(1) See the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" sections of this release.
 


           
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures   Three Months Ended March 31,      
Dollars in millions, except per share data   2019   2018   % change  
           
    (unaudited)      
Revenue   $ 538.1     $ 577.1     (6.8 )%  
Transportation costs   439.3     477.2     (7.9 )%  
Net revenue(1)   $ 98.8     $ 99.9     (1.2 )%  
               
Net income   $ 3.5     $ 4.7     (26.0 )%  
Depreciation   6.3     5.7     11.3  %  
Amortization   3.2     3.2     (2.4 )%  
Non-cash interest expense   2.0     2.1     (4.6 )%  
Cash interest expense   1.4     1.7     (14.5 )%  
Income tax expense   2.2     2.0     8.5  %  
EBITDA(1)   $ 18.6     $ 19.4     (4.3 )%  
Change in contingent consideration   0.3     0.1     480.0  %  
Stock compensation expense   2.8     2.5     11.6  %  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)   $ 21.7     $ 22.0     (1.4 )%  
               
Fully diluted EPS   $ 0.13     $ 0.17     (25.3 )%  
Change in contingent consideration   0.01     0.00     485.7  %  
Amortization   0.12     0.12     (1.4 )%  
Non-cash interest expense   0.07     0.08     (3.6 )%  
Stock compensation expense   0.10     0.09     12.6  %  
Tax effect of adjustments   (0.05 )   (0.06 )   17.6  %  
Non-GAAP fully diluted EPS(1)   $ 0.38     $ 0.40     (4.4 )%  
               
Cash generated from operations   $ 24.1     $ 17.7     36.2  %  
Capital expenditures     (6.4 )   (7.6 )   (16.2 )%  
Free cash flow(1)   $ 17.7     $ 10.1     75.7  %  
               
Operating Metrics              
Net revenue margin   18.4 %   17.3 %   104   bps
Total employees   2,659     2,507     6.1  %  
Sales employees and agents   1,776     1,684     5.5  %  
Truckload (TL) revenue %   65.8 %   69.4 %   (355 ) bps
Less than truckload (LTL) revenue %   28.8 %   25.5 %   328   bps
 
(1) See the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of this release for the definition and a discussion of each Non-GAAP financial measure.
 

2019 Second Quarter and Full Year Guidance

"We expect revenue for the second quarter to be between $560 million and $600 million and we are updating our full year 2019 revenue guidance to be in the range of $2.30 billion to $2.50 billion," said Kyle Sauers, Chief Financial Officer at Echo.

Conference Call

A conference call, with accompanying presentation slides, will be broadcast live on April 24, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). Doug Waggoner, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer; Dave Menzel, President and Chief Operating Officer; and Kyle Sauers, Chief Financial Officer, will host the call. To participate in the call, dial 877-303-6235 (toll free) or 631-291-4837 (toll) and reference "Echo Global Logistics." To listen to a live webcast of the call, visit the Echo website at http://ir.echo.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for one year following the live webcast in the Investor Relations section of the Echo website. To listen to an audio replay, call 855-859-2056 (toll free) or 404-537-3406 (toll) and enter conference ID 6496114. The audio replay will be available through May 1, 2019.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes the following financial measures defined as "Non-GAAP financial measures" by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"): Net revenue, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP fully diluted EPS and Free cash flow. Net revenue is calculated as revenue less transportation costs. EBITDA is defined as net income excluding the effects of depreciation, amortization, cash and non-cash interest expense and income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (as previously defined) excluding the effects of changes in contingent consideration and stock compensation expense. Non-GAAP fully diluted EPS is defined as fully diluted EPS excluding changes in contingent consideration, amortization, non-cash interest expense, stock compensation expense and the tax effect of these adjustments. Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities reduced by capital expenditures. We believe such measures provide useful information to investors because they provide information about the financial performance of the Company's ongoing business.

Net revenue, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Non-GAAP fully diluted EPS and Free cash flow are used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and evaluation of overall operating performance. These measures may be different from similar measures used by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. For a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the nearest comparable GAAP financial measure, see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" included in this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements made in this release, other than statements of historical fact, are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. 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. These statements are based on current plans and expectations of Echo Global Logistics and involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these statements. Information concerning these risks, uncertainties and other factors is contained under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Forward-Looking Statements" and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and other filings with the SEC.


Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019   2018
   
In thousands, except per share data (unaudited)
Revenue $ 538,083     $ 577,091  
       
Costs and expenses:      
Transportation costs 439,317     477,168  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 80,195     80,518  
Depreciation and amortization 9,468     8,905  
Income from operations 9,103     10,500  
Interest expense (3,413 )   (3,750 )
Income before provision for income taxes 5,690     6,749  
Income tax expense (2,194 )   (2,023 )
Net income $ 3,497     $ 4,727  
       
Basic earnings per share $ 0.13     $ 0.17  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.13     $ 0.17  
               
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.      
       


Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

  March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
In thousands (unaudited)    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 37,595     $ 40,281  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 334,949     337,426  
Other current assets 10,877     16,025  
Total noncurrent assets 501,622     484,593  
Total assets $ 885,044     $ 878,325  
       
Accounts payable $ 218,993     $ 216,280  
Other current liabilities 47,968     50,627  
Convertible notes, net 177,300     183,168  
Other noncurrent liabilities 57,083     38,319  
Stockholders’ equity 383,700     389,932  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 885,044     $ 878,325  
       
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.      
       


Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019   2018
   
In thousands (unaudited)
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 24,076     $ 17,684  
Net cash used in investing activities (6,415 )   (7,612 )
Net cash used in financing activities (20,348 )   (984 )
(Decrease)/Increase in cash and cash equivalents (2,686 )   9,088  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 40,281     23,515  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 37,595     $ 32,603  
               
Note: Amounts may not foot due to rounding.              
               


About Echo Global Logistics

Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECHO) is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. Headquartered in Chicago with more than 30 offices around the country, Echo offers freight brokerage and Managed Transportation solutions for all major modes, including truckload, partial truckload, LTL, intermodal and expedited. Echo maintains a proprietary, web-based technology platform that compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 50,000 transportation providers to serve clients across a wide range of industries and simplify the critical tasks involved in transportation management. For more information on Echo Global Logistics, visit: www.echo.com.

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INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACTS:

Kyle Sauers
Chief Financial Officer
Echo Global Logistics
312-784-7695

Zach Jecklin
VP of Strategy
Echo Global Logistics
312-784-2046

MEDIA RELATIONS:

Christopher Clemmensen
SVP of Marketing
Echo Global Logistics
312-784-2132

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