Roadrunner Transportation Systems reports fourth quarter and full year 2018 operating results

Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc., a leading asset-right transportation and asset-light logistics service provider, has announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018 and the filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Revenue growth in full year 2018

  • Adjusted EBITDA improvement in Q4 and full year 2018
  • Continued progress on both operational and capital structure improvements
  • Positive financial outlook for 2019 and beyond

Fourth Quarter Results

Revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 were $551.5 million, a 1.6% decrease from revenues of $560.4 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017. Higher revenues in the Ascent Global Logistics (“Ascent”) segment were offset by declines in the Truckload & Express Services (“TES”) and Less-Than-Truckload (“LTL”) segments.

  • Revenue declines in TES resulted primarily from lower air and ground expedite brokerage at Active On-Demand compared to peak levels in the prior quarter, partially offset by revenue growth in over-the-road and intermodal services.
  • Revenue declines in LTL were a result of planned reductions in service areas and pricing discipline to drive more shipments into higher density lanes; lower shipment counts were partially offset by higher rates and average shipment size which yielded an increase in revenue per shipment.
  • Ascent revenues grew by 12.6% benefiting from growth in all three service offerings. International freight forwarding drove higher percentage growth due to higher rates and volumes, including some acceleration of shipments in anticipation of potential future tariff impacts.

Operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 was $22.9 million, which included corporate restructuring and restatement costs of $6.7 million, non-cash fleet impairment charges in intermodal services of $1.6 million and a contingent purchase obligation adjustment of $1.8 million. Operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $22.3 million, which included corporate restructuring and restatement costs of $8.7 million and legal reserves of $5.7 million.

Net loss increased to $58.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $23.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was due primarily to the items affecting operating loss discussed above and increased interest costs of $18.1 million related to the company’s preferred stock.

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