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P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. Announces Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2021

TONTITOWN, AR / ACCESSWIRE / October 14, 2021 / P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTSI) today reported net income of $21.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.87 ($1.88 basic), for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, and net income of $48.6 million, or diluted earnings per share of $4.24 ($4.26 basic), for the nine-month period then ended. These results compare to net income of $6.0 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.52, and net income of $3.9 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.34, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Operating revenues increased 50.1% to $183.1 million for the third quarter of 2021 compared to $121.9 million for the third quarter of 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, operating revenues increased 43.3% to $493.2 million compared to $344.1 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2020.

Joe Vitiritto, President of the Company, commented, "We have had another record quarter for revenue and operating statistics at PAM. I am excited to see the work that continues to go in to making PAM into what our customers and employees expect from a growing transportation company. Our driving associates deserve a lot of respect for the job they continue to do, given all the supply chain challenges our industry has experienced. We couldn't be doing this without them. We continued to see significant disruptions from some of our biggest customers in the third quarter and it accelerated quarter over quarter, but we are getting better at navigating the disruptions and that shows in our results this quarter. We still have plenty of opportunity to continue to improve from here and our team will continue to press for profitable growth as we move through the rest of the year and into 2022. We also completed a 2-for-1 stock split and a successful Dutch Auction in the quarter generating additional benefit to our shareholders."

Stock split

During the third quarter of 2021, the Company completed the previously announced 2-for-1 forward stock split in the form of a 100% stock dividend which was paid on August 16, 2021, to stockholders of record on July 30, 2021. Immediately following payment of the 100% stock dividend, our outstanding common stock increased from 5,726,243 shares to 11,452,486 shares. Our current per-share results and prior periods per-share results have been adjusted accordingly to reflect the impact of these additional shares.

Self Tender Offer

During the third quarter of 2021, the Company completed the previously announced modified "Dutch auction" tender offer to purchase up to 200,000 shares of its outstanding common stock. Including allowances for oversubscribed submissions, the Company accepted for purchase a total of 272,405 shares of its common stock, representing approximately 2.4% of the Company's issued and outstanding stock, at a purchase price of $37.00 per share. Payment for the shares accepted was made during the quarter at a total cost of approximately $10.1 million, excluding fees and expenses related to the offer.

Share Repurchase Program

During the third quarter of 2021, the Company purchased 12,820 shares of its outstanding common stock under its authorized stock repurchase program at an average price of $39.21 per share for a total cost of approximately $0.5 million. Approximately 153,000 shares remain available for purchase under this program.

Liquidity, Capitalization, and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2021, we had an aggregate of $117.4 million of cash, marketable equity securities, and available liquidity under our line of credit and $188.1 million of stockholders' equity. Outstanding debt was $243.7 million as of September 30, 2021, which is a $53.7 million decrease from December 31, 2020, while net debt, defined as debt less cash and marketable equity securities, was $186.0 million as of September 30, 2021, an $83.1 million decrease from December 31, 2020.

During the first nine months of 2021, we generated $74.0 million in operating cash flow and returned $10.6 million to shareholders in the form of share repurchases. Net capital expenditures during the first nine months resulted in a cash inflow of $12.8 million due to payments received during the first nine months which were related to December 2020 asset retirements and to 2021 equipment delivery delays.


We anticipate that our 2021 equipment order will only be fulfilled at the rate of 80% of our 2021 order quantity by the end of the year, with remaining deliveries occurring in early 2022. Due to the relatively new age of our equipment fleet and remaining unexpired warranty coverage for most of our trucks and trailers, we do not expect to incur significant additional maintenance costs related to any delivery delays. The average ages of our truck and trailer fleets were 1.8 years and 5.2 years, respectively, at the end of the third quarter of 2021 as compared to 1.6 years and 4.9 years, respectively, at the end of the third quarter 2020.

About P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc.

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. is a leading truckload dry van carrier transporting general commodities throughout the continental United States, as well as in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The Company also provides transportation services in Mexico through its gateways in Laredo and El Paso, Texas under agreements with Mexican carriers.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information included in this document contains or may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements may relate to expected future financial and operating results, prospects, plans or events, and are thus prospective. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, ongoing and potential future economic, business and operational disruptions and uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health crises; excess capacity in the trucking industry; surplus inventories; recessionary economic cycles and downturns in customers' business cycles; increases or rapid fluctuations in fuel prices, interest rates, fuel taxes, tolls, and license and registration fees; the resale value of the Company's used equipment and the price of new equipment; increases in compensation for and difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified drivers and owner-operators; increases in insurance premiums and deductible amounts relating to accident, cargo, workers' compensation, health, and other claims; unanticipated increases in the number or amount of claims for which the Company is self-insured; inability of the Company to continue to secure acceptable financing arrangements; seasonal factors such as harsh weather conditions that increase operating costs; competition from trucking, rail, and intermodal competitors including reductions in rates resulting from competitive bidding; the ability to identify acceptable acquisition candidates, consummate acquisitions, and integrate acquired operations; our ability to develop and implement suitable information technology systems and prevent failures in or breaches of such systems; the impact of pending or future litigation; general risks associated with doing business in Mexico, including, without limitation, exchange rate fluctuations, inflation, import duties, tariffs, quotas, political and economic instability and terrorism; the potential impact of new laws, regulations or policy, including, without limitation, tariffs, import/export, trade and immigration regulations or policies; a significant reduction in or termination of the Company's trucking service by a key customer; and other factors, including risk factors, included from time to time in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether due to new information, future events or otherwise. Considering these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed above and in company filings might not transpire.

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Key Financial and Operating Statistics

Quarter Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,

2021 2020 2021 2020

(in thousands, except earnings per share) (in thousands, except earnings per share)

Revenue, before fuel surcharge
$166,331 $109,854 $446,647 $307,441
Fuel surcharge
16,754 12,088 46,559 36,634
Operating Revenue
183,085 121,942 493,206 344,075

Operating expenses and costs:
Salaries, wages and benefits
34,937 30,618 102,173 90,992
Operating supplies and expenses
25,712 20,875 74,375 62,866
Rent and purchased transportation
72,698 41,402 192,387 114,688
12,740 13,404 41,426 41,936
Insurance and claims
3,443 3,145 9,806 5,701
3,008 2,599 8,505 10,410
Gain on disposition of equipment
(276) (175) (962) (71)
Total operating expenses and costs
152,262 111,868 427,710 326,522

Operating income
30,823 10,074 65,496 17,553

Non-operating income (expense)
37 (94) 6,853 (6,209)
Interest expense
(1,899) (2,210) (6,372) (6,601)

Income before income taxes
28,961 7,770 65,977 4,743
Income tax expense
7,602 1,769 17,352 869

Net income
$21,359 $6,001 $48,625 $3,874

Diluted earnings per share
$1.87 $0.52 $4.24 $0.34

Average shares outstanding - Diluted
11,430 11,536 11,481 11,550

Quarter Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
Truckload Operations
2021 2020 2021 2020

Total miles (in thousands)
44,910 47,934 138,441 145,935
Operating ratio (1)
77.88% 89.70% 83.59% 93.96%
Empty miles factor
8.94% 7.48% 8.49% 8.88%
Revenue per total mile, before fuel surcharge
$2.46 $1.73 $2.16 $1.67
Total loads
97,119 89,435 277,056 262,786
Revenue per truck per work day
$902 $692 $795 $633
Revenue per truck per week
$4,512 $3,460 $3,974 $3,165
Average company-driver trucks
1,530 1,516 1,595 1,554
Average owner operator trucks
382 358 373 455

Logistics Operations
Total revenue (in thousands)
$55,897 $26,905 $147,815 $63,224
Operating ratio
88.59% 94.31% 88.87% 95.59%
  1. Operating ratio has been calculated based upon total operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue, before fuel surcharge. We used revenue, before fuel surcharge, and operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, because we believe that eliminating this sometimes volatile source of revenue affords a more consistent basis for comparing our results of operations from period to period.

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

September 30, December 31,

2021 2020

(in thousands, except share amounts)

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents
$21,575 $337
Trade accounts receivable, net
103,517 77,731
Other receivables
6,088 5,127
1,349 1,345
Prepaid expenses and deposits
8,428 10,172
Marketable equity securities
36,130 27,941
Income taxes refundable
413 868
Total current assets
177,500 123,521

Property and equipment
583,037 653,676
Less: accumulated depreciation
194,060 202,851
Total property and equipment, net
388,977 450,825

Other non-current assets
3,772 4,246
Total Assets
$570,249 $578,592

Current liabilities:
Accounts payable
$41,261 $46,102
Accrued expenses and other liabilities
25,937 26,601
Current portion of long-term debt
46,367 57,776
Total current liabilities
113,565 130,479

Long-term debt, net of current portion
184,191 228,330
Deferred income taxes
83,868 68,883
Other long-term liabilities
499 919
Total liabilities
382,123 428,611

Common stock, $.01 par value, 40,000,000 authorized; 23,394,046 and 23,391,438 shares issued; 11,167,261 and 11,455,790 shares outstanding, respectively
234 117
Additional paid-in capital
84,379 84,148
Treasury stock, at cost; 12,226,785 and 11,935,648 shares, respectively
(169,946) (159,118)
Retained earnings
273,459 224,834
Total stockholders' equity
188,126 149,981
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$570,249 $578,592

P.O. BOX 188
Tontitown, AR 72770
Allen W. West
(479) 361-9111

SOURCE: P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc.

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