Expeditors Reports Third Quarter 2018 EPS of $0.92

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPD) today announced third quarter 2018 financial results including the following highlights compared to the same quarter of 2017:

  • Diluted Net Earnings Attributable to Shareholders per share (EPS1) increased 39% to $0.92
  • Net Earnings Attributable to Shareholders increased 35% to $163 million
  • Operating Income increased 9% to $203 million
  • Revenues increased 16% to $2.1 billion
  • Net Revenues2 increased 10% to $661 million
  • Airfreight tonnage volume increased 1% and ocean container volume increased 8%

We generated record third quarter profitability, with the highest net revenue and operating income in our history, as we continued to win new business and grow volumes with existing customers in an unpredictable rate environment, said Jeffrey S. Musser, President and Chief Executive Officer. Capacity in both the air and ocean markets remained tight in many lanes. Carriers continued to take advantage of the supply and demand imbalance and sought opportunities to increase pricing in an effort to improve profitability. That presented a challenge, particularly in ocean, requiring that we work our strong relationships to secure space for our customers, while remaining disciplined on pricing.

We continue to focus on providing outstanding service to our customers, especially in these times of uncertainty surrounding potential trade conflicts, Mr. Musser continued. Rates have been particularly volatile, but we have managed through similar cycles throughout our history and are adept at making adjustments to deliver quality growth over the long term. I commend our people for their exceptional efforts on behalf of our customers and our organization.

Bradley S. Powell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, We managed expenses well during a period of rapid changes in pricing to drive operational efficiency (operating income as a percentage of net revenue) back above 30%. Once again, our double-digit net revenue increase outpaced our growth in headcount, as we invest in people, new projects, and core technologies in support of profitable growth. Mr. Powell also noted that the Companys effective tax rate for the three months was 21.8%, compared to 36.7% a year ago. In addition to the lower U.S. federal tax rate that resulted from the 2017 Tax Act, the effective tax rate in the most recent quarter benefited from certain discrete adjustments as a result of recent interpretations related to the 2017 Tax Act amounts and a State income tax refund. Mr. Powell emphasized that the Companys effective tax rate in future periods will largely depend on the mix of pretax earnings that are generated in its U.S. versus foreign operations, further interpretation and guidance to be issued on the new tax law and discrete items that occur in the reporting periods.

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Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The Company employs trained professionals in 177 district offices and numerous branch locations located on six continents linked into a seamless worldwide network through an integrated information management system. Services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, time-definite transportation, order management, warehousing and distribution and customized logistics solutions.

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1Diluted earnings attributable to shareholders per share.
2Non-GAAP measure calculated as revenues less directly related operating expenses attributable to the Company’s principal services. See reconciliation on the last page of this release.
NOTE: See Disclaimer on Forward-Looking Statements on the following page of this release.
 

Disclaimer on Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain portions of this release contain forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and expectations of future events that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including comments on our ability to secure space for our customers at a reasonable cost, manage through a volatile rate cycle, deliver quality growth over the long term, manage expenses, drive operational efficiency, and generate profitable market growth; the impact of the 2017 Tax Act and related interpretations on our effective tax rate; energy and fuel prices; political changes; changes and uncertainties in governmental policies and inter-governmental disputes; foreign exchange rates; regulatory actions or changes; and risk factors and uncertainties detailed in our Annual Report as updated by our reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

     
Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.
Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Release, November 6, 2018
Financial Highlights for the Nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (Unaudited)

(in 000s of US dollars except per share data)

 
Three months ended September 30,     Nine months ended September 30,
2018   2017  

% Change

2018   2017  

% Change

Revenues1 $ 2,090,947 $ 1,802,166 16% $ 5,902,768 $ 5,019,577 18%
Net revenues2 $ 661,314 $ 599,142 10% $ 1,939,698 $ 1,690,380 15%
Operating income3 $ 203,154 $ 186,895 9% $ 579,556 $ 501,249 16%
Net earnings attributable to shareholders4 $ 162,692 $ 120,263 35% $ 438,989 $ 322,378 36%
Diluted earnings attributable to shareholders per share $ 0.92 $ 0.66 39% $ 2.46 $ 1.77 39%
Basic earnings attributable to shareholders per share $ 0.94 $ 0.67 40% $ 2.51 $ 1.79 40%
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 177,173 181,788 178,447 181,951
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 173,394 179,416 174,675 179,827
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1Effective January 1, 2018, the Company adopted required new revenue recognition guidance, resulting in a $22 million net reduction to the opening balance of retained earnings. In addition, in conjunction with the adoption of new revenue recognition guidance, the Company also changed the presentation of certain warehouse and distribution revenues from a net to a gross basis, which increased both revenues and operating expenses in customs brokerage and other services by approximately $50 million in each of the three quarters of 2018. Comparative prior year revenues (and the related volume information in the table below) has not been adjusted and continue to be reported under the Company’s historical policies. 2018 reported revenues (and the related volume information) are reported under the Company’s new revenue recognition accounting policies.
 
2Non-GAAP measure calculated as revenues less directly related operating expenses attributable to the Company’s principal services. See reconciliation on the last page of this release.
 
3The year-to-date period ended September 30, 2017 includes the recovery of certain legal and related fees totaling $8 million and the favorable resolution of an indirect tax contingency of $6 million.
 
4The Company’s consolidated effective income tax rate was 21.8% and 26.1%, respectively, for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2018 as compared to 36.7% and 37.1% for the comparable periods in 2017. In addition to the lower U.S. federal tax rate that resulted from the 2017 Tax Act, the effective tax rate in 2018 benefited from significant share-based compensation deductions principally as a result of stock option exercises occurring during the second quarter of 2018, required discrete adjustments as a result of interpretations related to the 2017 Tax Act and a State income tax refund during the third quarter of 2018.
 

During the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2018, we repurchased 2.0 million and 7.8 million shares of common stock at an average price of $73.47 and $71.58 per share, respectively. During the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2017, we repurchased 3.6 million and 6.1 million shares of common stock at an average price of $56.18 and $55.93 per share, respectively.

 

Employee Full-time Equivalents as of September 30,

2018   2017
North America 6,635 6,061
Europe 3,270 2,950
North Asia 2,655 2,671
South Asia 1,640 1,613
Middle East, Africa and India 1,478 1,516
Latin America 831 802
Information Systems 904 877
Corporate 351 379
Total 17,764 16,869
 
 

Third quarter year-over-year percentage increase (decrease) in:

Airfreight kilos   Ocean freight FEU
2018
July 2% 7%
August 5% 7%
September (4)% 9%
Quarter 1% 8%
 

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Investors may submit written questions via e-mail to: [email protected]. Questions received by the end of business on November 9, 2018 will be considered in management’s 8-K Responses to Selected Questions expected to be filed on or about November 29, 2018.

     
EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHINGTON, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 

September 30, 2018

December 31, 2017

Assets

Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 990,612 $ 1,051,099
Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $13,696 at September 30, 2018 and $12,858 at December 31, 2017 1,528,524 1,414,741
Deferred contract costs 168,090
Other current assets 59,247   75,612  
Total current assets 2,746,473   2,541,452  
Property and equipment, less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $441,433 at September 30, 2018 and $420,282 at December 31, 2017 510,328 525,203
Goodwill 7,927 7,927
Deferred Federal and state income taxes, net 43,293 13,207
Other assets, net 26,779   29,219  
$ 3,334,800   $ 3,117,008  

Liabilities and Equity

Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 934,509 $ 866,305
Accrued expenses, primarily salaries and related costs 228,785 206,320
Contract liabilities 195,035
Federal, state and foreign income taxes 19,139   20,494  
Total current liabilities 1,377,468   1,093,119  
Noncurrent Federal income taxes payable 29,516
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Shareholders Equity:
Preferred stock; none issued
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share. Issued and outstanding 172,564 shares at September 30, 2018 and 176,374 shares at December 31, 2017 1,726 1,764
Additional paid-in capital 1,832 546
Retained earnings 2,053,389 2,063,512
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (101,098 ) (73,964 )
Total shareholders equity 1,955,849   1,991,858  
Noncontrolling interest 1,483 2,515
Total equity 1,957,332   1,994,373  
$ 3,334,800   $ 3,117,008  
 
     
EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHINGTON, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Revenues:
Airfreight services $ 833,338 $ 735,164 $ 2,366,326 $ 2,022,577
Ocean freight and ocean services 585,810 563,386 1,636,701 1,585,730
Customs brokerage and other services 671,799   503,616   1,899,741   1,411,270
Total revenues 2,090,947   1,802,166   5,902,768   5,019,577
Operating Expenses:
Airfreight services 620,554 547,595 1,727,383 1,490,417
Ocean freight and ocean services 435,313 411,061 1,199,887 1,163,051
Customs brokerage and other services 373,766 244,368 1,035,800 675,729
Salaries and related costs 351,577 319,050 1,042,420 930,159
Rent and occupancy costs 38,202 30,533 113,186 87,826
Depreciation and amortization 13,335 12,272 40,833 36,241
Selling and promotion 10,632 10,608 32,385 32,476
Other 44,414   39,784   131,318   102,429
Total operating expenses 1,887,793   1,615,271   5,323,212   4,518,328
Operating income 203,154   186,895   579,556   501,249
Other Income (Expense):
Interest income 4,704 3,444 14,171 9,565
Other, net 566   96   2,357   2,584
Other income (expense), net 5,270   3,540   16,528   12,149
Earnings before income taxes 208,424 190,435 596,084 513,398
Income tax expense 45,357   69,829   155,871   190,470
Net earnings 163,067   120,606   440,213   322,928
Less net earnings attributable to the noncontrolling interest 375   343   1,224   550
Net earnings attributable to shareholders $ 162,692   $ 120,263   $ 438,989   $ 322,378
Diluted earnings attributable to shareholders per share $ 0.92   $ 0.66   $ 2.46   $ 1.77
Basic earnings attributable to shareholders per share $ 0.94   $ 0.67   $ 2.51   $ 1.79
Dividends declared and paid per common share $   $   $ 0.45   $ 0.42
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 177,173   181,788   178,447   181,951
Weighted average basic shares outstanding 173,394   179,416   174,675   179,827
 
     
EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHINGTON, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30, September 30,
2018     2017 2018     2017
Operating Activities:
Net earnings $ 163,067 $ 120,606 $ 440,213 $ 322,928
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash from operating activities:
Provision for losses on accounts receivable 1,969 1,741 2,232 3,187
Deferred income tax expense (23,610 ) (28,854 ) (17,522 ) (16,000 )
Stock compensation expense 13,902 11,210 43,171 39,036
Depreciation and amortization 13,335 12,272 40,833 36,241
Other, net 666 377 770 (148 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Increase in accounts receivables (210,092 ) (126,102 ) (156,321 ) (123,790 )
Increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses 115,629 61,833 127,860 96,132
Increase in deferred contract costs (34,623 ) (51,235 )
Increase in contract liabilities 36,256 49,149
Increase (decrease) in income taxes payable, net 9,292 38,149 (9,258 ) 10,814
Decrease (increase) in other current assets 930   (5,872 ) 862   (6,147 )
Net cash from operating activities 86,721   85,360   470,754   362,253  
Investing Activities:
Purchase of property and equipment (11,733 ) (34,462 ) (37,642 ) (67,603 )
Other, net 1,109   (261 ) (886 ) (892 )
Net cash from investing activities (10,624 ) (34,723 ) (38,528 ) (68,495 )
Financing Activities:
Proceeds from issuance of common stock 47,806 65,915 169,566 162,781
Repurchases of common stock (147,828 ) (202,776 ) (555,760 ) (340,736 )
Dividends paid (79,180 ) (75,726 )
Payments for taxes related to net share settlements (3,215 )
Distributions to noncontrolling interest (633 ) (633 )
Purchase of noncontrolling interest (613 )   (613 )  
Net cash from financing activities (101,268 ) (136,861 ) (469,835 ) (253,681 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (5,071 ) 4,758   (22,878 ) 18,932  
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (30,242 ) (81,466 ) (60,487 ) 59,009
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,020,854   1,114,910   1,051,099   974,435  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 990,612   $ 1,033,444   $ 990,612   $ 1,033,444  
Taxes paid:
Income taxes $ 59,313 $ 58,257 $ 183,444 $ 190,911
 
                                 
EXPEDITORS INTERNATIONAL OF WASHINGTON, INC.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Business Segment Information
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 

UNITED STATES

OTHER NORTH AMERICA

LATIN AMERICA

NORTH ASIA

   

SOUTH ASIA

EUROPE

MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND INDIA

ELIMI- NATIONS

CONSOLI- DATED

Three months ended September 30, 2018:
Revenues from unaffiliated customers $ 597,183 88,877 39,389 741,997 198,537 312,724 112,240 2,090,947
Transfers between geographic areas 31,860   3,998   4,054   6,592   6,855   14,488   5,807   (73,654 )
Total revenues $ 629,043   92,875   43,443   748,589   205,392   327,212   118,047   (73,654 ) 2,090,947
Net revenues $ 283,807 34,411 15,808 146,890 47,166 99,794 34,055 (617 ) 661,314
Operating income $ 79,567 10,476 2,409 72,823 15,543 15,658 6,671 7 203,154
Identifiable assets $ 1,694,556 174,402 53,322 540,465 156,887 508,855 212,817 (6,504 ) 3,334,800
Capital expenditures $ 6,889 301 227 1,280 910 751 1,375 11,733
Depreciation and amortization $ 8,185 497 375 1,319 554 1,958 447 13,335
Equity $ 1,334,952 66,399 25,663 197,939 86,048 157,973 119,718 (31,360 ) 1,957,332
Three months ended September 30, 2017:
Revenues from unaffiliated customers $ 476,575 65,544 24,181 686,915 170,225 273,606 105,120 1,802,166
Transfers between geographic areas 26,888   2,782   3,679   5,253   5,681   10,302   5,318   (59,903 )
Total revenues $ 503,463   68,326   27,860   692,168   175,906   283,908   110,438   (59,903 ) 1,802,166
Net revenues $ 257,030 30,664 14,710 138,667 41,411 85,390 29,956 1,314 599,142
Operating income $ 74,645 9,215 2,652 72,070 11,697 11,124 5,495 (3 ) 186,895
Identifiable assets $ 1,636,293 100,651 52,238 446,826 143,893 473,509 212,210 3,261 3,068,881
Capital expenditures $ 7,398 263 2,436 589 390 23,138 248 34,462
Depreciation and amortization $ 7,905 405 310 1,313 569 1,309 461 12,272
Equity $ 1,345,266 52,212 25,709 231,831 102,477 139,688 119,649 (35,751 ) 1,981,081
 
 

UNITED STATES

    OTHER NORTH AMERICA     LATIN AMERICA    

NORTH ASIA

   

SOUTH ASIA

    EUROPE    

MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND INDIA

   

ELIMI- NATIONS

    CONSOLI- DATED
Nine months ended September 30, 2018:    
Revenues from unaffiliated customers $ 1,699,323 245,670 110,808 2,046,670 539,833 934,466 325,998 5,902,768
Transfers between geographic areas 91,546   11,536   11,362   18,735   20,237   43,501   16,591   (213,508 )
Total revenues $ 1,790,869   257,206   122,170   2,065,405   560,070   977,967   342,589   (213,508 ) 5,902,768
Net revenues $ 832,872 99,607 46,476 424,681 136,458 300,800 100,381 (1,577 ) 1,939,698
Operating income $ 212,843 29,571 7,480 213,105 44,049 51,894 20,599 15 579,556
Identifiable assets at period end $ 1,694,556 174,402 53,322 540,465 156,887 508,855 212,817 (6,504 ) 3,334,800
Capital expenditures $ 16,092 4,020 899 2,623 1,934 9,167 2,907 37,642
Depreciation and amortization $ 25,397 1,368 1,138 3,998 1,679 5,889 1,364 40,833
Equity $ 1,334,952 66,399 25,663 197,939 86,048 157,973 119,718 (31,360 ) 1,957,332
Nine months ended September 30, 2017:
Revenues from unaffiliated customers $ 1,354,811 187,997 69,747 1,873,393 475,163 764,596 293,870 5,019,577
Transfers between geographic areas 79,356   8,246   11,073   15,139   16,520   29,288   15,316   (174,938 )
Total revenues $ 1,434,167   196,243   80,820   1,888,532   491,683   793,884   309,186   (174,938 ) 5,019,577
Net revenues $ 737,842 84,630 43,634 371,459 117,634 242,244 89,973 2,964 1,690,380
Operating income $ 191,256 26,583 8,349 183,515 37,434 36,189 17,928 (5 ) 501,249
Identifiable assets at period end $ 1,636,293 100,651 52,238 446,826 143,893 473,509 212,210 3,261 3,068,881
Capital expenditures $ 19,492 1,066 3,648 2,492 1,172 38,717 1,016 67,603
Depreciation and amortization $ 23,389 1,163 930 3,995 1,656 3,707 1,401 36,241
Equity $ 1,345,266 52,212 25,709 231,831 102,477 139,688 119,649 (35,751 ) 1,981,081
 

Net Revenues (Non-GAAP measure)

We commonly refer to the term net revenues when commenting about our Company and the results of its operations. Net revenues are a Non-GAAP measure calculated as revenues less directly related operations expenses attributable to the Companys principal services. We believe that net revenues are a better measure than are total revenues when analyzing and discussing our effectiveness in managing our principal services since total revenues earned as a freight consolidator must consider the carriers charges to us for carrying the shipment, whereas revenues earned in other capacities include primarily the commissions and fees earned by us. Net revenues are one of our primary operational and financial measures and demonstrates our ability to concentrate and leverage purchasing power through effective consolidation of shipments from customers utilizing a variety of transportation carriers and optimal routings. Using net revenues also provides a commonality for comparison among various services. The following table presents the calculation of net revenues.

       
Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30,     September 30,
(in thousands) 2018     2017 2018   2017
Total revenues $ 2,090,947 $ 1,802,166 $ 5,902,768 $ 5,019,577
Expenses:
Airfreight services 620,554 547,595 1,727,383 1,490,417
Ocean freight and ocean services 435,313 411,061 1,199,887 1,163,051
Customs brokerage and other services 373,766 244,368 1,035,800 675,729
Net revenues $ 661,314 $ 599,142 $ 1,939,698 $ 1,690,380

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.
Jeffrey S. Musser,
206-674-3433
President and Chief Executive Officer
or
Bradley
S. Powell, 206-674-3412
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer
or
Geoffrey Buscher, 206-892-4510
Director –
Investor Relations

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