Covenant Transport has announced financial and operating results for the quarter ended Sept. 30, including a 12 percent revenue rise. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based carrier also hired two external candidates to lead its refrigerated and regional operations.
Revenue was up about 12 percent to $169.9 million in the 2005 quarter from $151.9 million in the 2004 quarter. Freight revenue, before fuel surcharges, was up about 3 percent to $144.7 million in the 2005 quarter from $140.6 million in the 2004 quarter.
The company had net income of $1.2 million, or $.09 per diluted share, in the 2005 quarter, compared with net income of $4.7 million, or $.32 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2004.
“Freight demand gained strength throughout the quarter, with September finishing quite strong,” says David R. Parker, chairman, president and CEO of Covenant Transport. “After two quarters of less-than-impressive asset utilization, we were able to increase our average freight revenue per tractor per week — excluding fuel surcharge revenue — to $3,067 in the third quarter of 2005, a 1.1 percent increase over a strong third quarter of 2004.”
“Additionally, the 3.6 percent sequential increase in average freight revenue per tractor per week from the second quarter of 2005 was the largest increase in the company’s history. A key factor in the improvement was a 7.4 percent increase in average revenue per loaded mile, to $1.515 in the third quarter of 2005, compared with $1.410 in the third quarter of 2004.”
Parker says Covenant Transport continued to make progress during the third quarter in building the foundation for the evolution of its business model. Highlights included the following: