JOHNS CREEK, GA--(Marketwired - Apr 28, 2017) - Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA), a leading transportation provider offering multi-regional less-than-truckload (LTL), non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services, today reported first quarter 2017 financial results.

First Quarter 2017 Compared to First Quarter 2016 Results

  • Revenues were $317.0 million, a 9.4% increase
  • LTL Shipments and Tonnage rose 3.5% and 2.0%, respectively
  • LTL Revenue per hundredweight increased 7.7%
  • Operating ratio deteriorated by 60 basis points to 94.5%
  • Operating income fell by 0.4% to $17.5 million
  • Net income, benefitting from a lower effective tax rate, rose 7.7% to $11.4 million
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.44 compared to $0.42

"We are encouraged by the improved LTL shipment trends we experienced in the first quarter", said Saia President and Chief Executive Officer, Rick O'Dell. "Our first quarter was a very busy time for all of us at Saia, as our plan for expansion into Pennsylvania and New Jersey kicked into high gear. We have secured the necessary terminals and completed the necessary hiring to commence operations in four new locations on May 1st. These are the first steps in our multi-year strategy of becoming a 48-state LTL service provider," O'Dell continued.

"Also during the quarter, we were pleased to announce our exclusive partnership with TST Overland Express, which will allow us to offer our customers a seamless, cross-border solution for their LTL service needs both to and from Canada. The partnership is scheduled to become effective on May 22nd", concluded Mr. O'Dell.

Financial Position and Capital Expenditures

Total debt was $156.9 million at March 31, 2017 and inclusive of the cash on-hand, net debt to total capital was 24.0%. This compares to total debt of $116.4 million and net debt to total capital of 20.9% at March 31, 2016.

Net capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2017 were $108.2 million including equipment acquired with capital leases. This compares to $63.7 million in net capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2016. The Company currently plans net capital expenditures in 2017 of approximately $220 million.

Conference Call
Management will hold a conference call to discuss quarterly results today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 888-778-9069 or 913-312-1480 referencing conference ID #5365991. Callers should dial in five to ten minutes in advance of the conference call. This call will be webcast live via the Company web site at A replay of the call will be offered two hours after the completion of the call through Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The replay will be available by dialing 1-888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) offers customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services. With headquarters in Georgia, Saia LTL Freight operates 148 terminals in 34 states. For more information on Saia, Inc. visit the Investor Relations section at

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Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
(Amounts in thousands)  
  March 31,
    December 31,
CURRENT ASSETS:              
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 711     $ 1,539  
  Accounts receivable, net   148,968       135,083  
  Prepaid expenses and other   34,969       29,857  
    Total current assets   184,648       166,479  
  Cost   1,216,711       1,101,946  
  Less: accumulated depreciation   504,324       497,827  
    Net property and equipment   712,387       604,119  
OTHER ASSETS   30,161       29,772  
    Total assets $ 927,196     $ 800,370  
  Accounts payable $ 70,971     $ 45,149  
  Wages and employees' benefits   33,098       31,700  
  Other current liabilities   51,103       51,333  
  Current portion of long-term debt   19,183       16,762  
    Total current liabilities   174,355       144,944  
OTHER LIABILITIES:              
  Long-term debt, less current portion   137,738       57,042  
  Deferred income taxes   82,738       80,199  
  Claims, insurance and other   36,898       35,107  
    Total other liabilities   257,374       172,348  
  Common stock   25       25  
  Additional paid-in capital   238,995       237,846  
  Deferred compensation trust   (3,337 )     (3,190 )
  Retained earnings   259,784       248,397  
    Total stockholders' equity   495,467       483,078  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 927,196     $ 800,370  
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
For the Quarters Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016  
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)  
  First Quarter  
  2017   2016  
OPERATING REVENUE $ 317,037   $ 289,911  
  Salaries, wages and employees' benefits   180,903     170,266  
  Purchased transportation   14,775     12,467  
  Fuel, operating expenses and supplies   63,990     54,040  
  Operating taxes and licenses   10,582     10,040  
  Claims and insurance   9,049     8,081  
  Depreciation and amortization   20,087     17,243  
  Loss from property disposals, net   132     190  
    Total operating expenses   299,518     272,327  
OPERATING INCOME   17,519     17,584  
  Interest expense   911     963  
  Other, net   98     (7 )
    Nonoperating expenses, net   1,009     956  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES   16,510     16,628  
Income tax expense   5,123     6,053  
NET INCOME $ 11,387   $ 10,575  
Average common shares outstanding - basic   25,225     24,998  
Average common shares outstanding - diluted   25,971     25,445  
Basic earnings per share $ 0.45   $ 0.42  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.44   $ 0.42  
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
For the Quarters Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016  
(Amounts in thousands)  
  2017     2016  
Net cash provided by operating activities (1) $ 24,128     $ 16,956  
    Net cash provided by operating activities   24,128       16,956  
  Acquisition of property and equipment   (88,388 )     (53,995 )
  Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment   607       367  
    Net cash used in investing activities   (87,781 )     (53,628 )
  Borrowing of revolving credit agreement, net   65,183       38,826  
  Proceeds from stock option exercises   1,288       -  
  Shares withheld for taxes (1)   (1,211 )     (650 )
  Other financing activity   (2,435 )     (1,390 )
    Net cash provided by financing activities   62,825       36,786  
NON-CASH ITEMS:              
  Equipment financed with capital leases $ 20,369     $ 10,032  
(1) March 31, 2016 balances have been reclassified to conform with the 2017 adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, Improvement to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting.  
Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Financial Information
For the Quarters Ended March 31, 2017 and 2016
                        First Quarter    
      First Quarter     %     Amount/Workday   %
      2017     2016     Change     2017   2016   Change
Workdays                           64   64    
Operating ratio       94.5 %     93.9 %                  
Tonnage (1) LTL     885       868     2.0     13.83   13.56   2.0
  TL     183       168     9.2     2.86   2.62   9.2
Shipments (1) LTL     1,607       1,553     3.5     25.12   24.26   3.5
  TL     26       24     6.8     0.40   0.38   6.8
Revenue/cwt. (2) LTL   $ 16.68     $ 15.49     7.7              
  TL   $ 5.61     $ 5.64     (0.4 )            
Revenue/shipment (2) LTL   $ 183.68     $ 173.20     6.1              
  TL   $ 800.02     $ 786.24     1.8              
Pounds/shipment LTL     1,101       1,118     (1.5 )            
  TL     14,249       13,942     2.2              
Length of Haul (3)       797       781     2.0              
(1) In thousands
(2) Revenue does not include the adjustment required for financial statement purposes in accordance with the Company's revenue recognition policy and other revenue.
(3) In miles

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