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Saia Reports Second Quarter Results

JOHNS CREEK, Ga., July 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Saia, Inc. (Nasdaq: SAIA), a leading transportation provider offering national less-than-truckload (LTL), non-asset truckload, expedited and logistics services, today reported second quarter 2023 financial results. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $3.42 compared to $4.10 in the second quarter of 2022. 

Highlights from the second quarter operating results were as follows:

Second Quarter 2023 Compared to Second Quarter 2022 Results

  • Revenue was $694.6 million, a 6.8% decrease
  • Operating income was $120.3 million, a 17.6% decrease
  • Operating ratio of 82.7% compared to 80.4%
  • LTL shipments per workday decreased 3.8%
  • LTL tonnage per workday decreased 1.7%
  • LTL revenue per hundredweight, excluding fuel surcharge revenue increased 2.7%
  • LTL revenue per shipment, excluding fuel surcharge revenue increased 4.8%

“Saia released solid second quarter results despite the softer economic environment we faced compared to last year,” stated Saia President and Chief Executive Officer, Fritz Holzgrefe. “Total revenue was down only 6.8% while fuel surcharge revenue fell by more than 30%. Strong core execution helped to moderate tonnage declines year-over-year. Declining fuel costs helped offset cost trends and we were able to report an 82.7% operating ratio,” added Holzgrefe. “Our commitment to customer service and solid execution allowed us to raise prices and improve our revenue per shipment excluding fuel surcharge revenue, a key metric we monitor as we think about overcoming inflationary costs in our business,” continued Holzgrefe.

“We have opened five new terminals so far this year, enhancing our market position and in doing so we are making it easier for customers to choose Saia. Our claims ratio of 0.61% in the quarter is among the lowest in our industry and our customer first focus puts us in a great position to grow our market share for years to come,” concluded Holzgrefe.

Financial Position and Capital Expenditures

We ended the second quarter of 2023 with $235.0 million of cash on hand and total debt of $21.4 million, which compares to $137.9 million of cash on hand and total debt of $39.3 million at June 30, 2022.

Net capital expenditures were $226.5 million during the first six months of 2023, compared to $155.3 million in net capital expenditures during the first six months of 2022.  In 2023, we anticipate that net capital expenditures will be in excess of $400 million, subject to ongoing evaluation of market conditions.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call to discuss quarterly results today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 1-888-440-5655 or 1-646-960-0338 referencing conference ID #9246157. Callers should dial in five to ten minutes in advance of the conference call. This call will be webcast live via the Company website at A replay of the call will be offered two hours after the completion of the call through August 27, 2023 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time. The replay will be available by dialing 1-800-770-2030 or 1-647-362-9199 referencing conference ID #9246157.

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 192 terminals with service across 45 states. For more information on Saia, Inc. visit the Investor Relations section at

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As a result of these and other factors, no assurance can be given as to our future results and achievements. Accordingly, a forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances and those future events or circumstances may not occur. You should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release. We are under no obligation, and we expressly disclaim any obligation, to update or alter any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

CONTACT:Saia, Inc.
 Douglas Col
 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in thousands)
  June 30, 2023 December 31, 2022
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $234,997  $187,390 
Accounts receivable, net  299,551   290,306 
Prepaid expenses and other  44,321   53,190 
Total current assets  578,869   530,886 
Property and Equipment:    
Cost  2,683,192   2,478,824 
Less: accumulated depreciation  1,075,639   996,204 
Net property and equipment  1,607,553   1,482,620 
Operating Lease Right-of-Use Assets  110,428   120,455 
Other Assets  40,261   40,749 
Total assets $2,337,111  $2,174,710 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $98,249  $99,792 
Wages, vacation and employees' benefits  63,153   66,684 
Other current liabilities  68,818   68,165 
Current portion of long-term debt  11,681   14,519 
Current portion of operating lease liability  25,393   24,925 
Total current liabilities  267,294   274,085 
Other Liabilities:    
Long-term debt, less current portion  9,677   16,489 
Operating lease liability, less current portion  88,506   98,581 
Deferred income taxes  158,543   145,771 
Claims, insurance and other  66,869   60,443 
Total other liabilities  323,595   321,284 
Stockholders' Equity:    
Common stock  27   26 
Additional paid-in capital  277,208   277,366 
Deferred compensation trust  (5,626)  (5,248)
Retained earnings  1,474,613   1,307,197 
Total stockholders' equity  1,746,222   1,579,341 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,337,111  $2,174,710 

Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the Quarters and Six Months Ended June 30, 2023 and 2022
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
  Second Quarter Six Months
   2023   2022   2023   2022 
Operating Revenue $694,622  $745,554  $1,355,157  $1,406,770 
Operating Expenses:        
Salaries, wages and employees' benefits  311,888   295,052   610,844   584,515 
Purchased transportation  49,771   91,819   96,498   170,067 
Fuel, operating expenses and supplies  133,490   145,530   275,115   268,301 
Operating taxes and licenses  17,457   15,979   34,522   32,552 
Claims and insurance  16,956   14,216   31,015   24,952 
Depreciation and amortization  44,658   36,944   87,538   76,896 
Other operating, net  147   21   227   45 
Total operating expenses  574,367   599,561   1,135,759   1,157,328 
Operating Income  120,255   145,993   219,398   249,442 
Nonoperating (Income) Expenses:        
Interest expense  458   668   1,146   1,360 
Interest income  (487)  (55)  (627)  (62)
Other, net  (990)  824   (1,493)  1,066 
Nonoperating (income) expenses, net  (1,019)  1,437   (974)  2,364 
Income Before Income Taxes  121,274   144,556   220,372   247,078 
Income tax expense  29,955   35,311   52,956   58,409 
Net Income $91,319  $109,245  $167,416  $188,669 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic  26,634   26,507   26,617   26,489 
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted  26,736   26,665   26,722   26,662 
Basic earnings per share $3.43  $4.12  $6.29  $7.12 
Diluted earnings per share $3.42  $4.10  $6.27  $7.08 

Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the six months ended June 30, 2023 and 2022
(Amounts in thousands)
  Six Months
   2023   2022 
Operating Activities:    
Net cash provided by operating activities $291,405  $207,905 
Net cash provided by operating activities  291,405   207,905 
Investing Activities:    
Acquisition of property and equipment  (227,022)  (156,351)
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment  529   1,060 
Net cash used in investing activities  (226,493)  (155,291)
Financing Activities:    
Borrowing (repayment) of revolving credit agreement, net      
Proceeds from stock option exercises  2,250   1,008 
Shares withheld for taxes  (8,928)  (11,230)
Other financing activity  (10,627)  (11,109)
Net cash used in financing activities  (17,305)  (21,331)
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents  47,607   31,283 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period  187,390   106,588 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period $234,997  $137,871 

Saia, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Financial Information
For the Quarters Ended June 30, 2023 and 2022
        Second Quarter  
  Second Quarter % Amount/Workday %
   2023   2022  Change 2023 2022 Change
Workdays      64 64  
Operating ratio 82.7%  80.4%        
LTL tonnage (1) 1,421   1,446  (1.7) 22.20 22.60 (1.7)
LTL shipments (1) 1,970   2,048  (3.8) 30.78 32.00 (3.8)
LTL revenue/cwt.$23.85  $25.05  (4.8)      
LTL revenue/cwt., excluding fuel surcharges$19.96  $19.44  2.7       
LTL revenue/shipment$344.08  $353.74  (2.7)      
LTL revenue/shipment, excluding fuel surcharges$287.90  $274.60  4.8       
LTL pounds/shipment 1,443   1,412  2.2       
LTL length of haul (2) 892   910  (2.0)      
 (1)In thousands.           
 (2)In miles.           
 Note:LTL operating statistics exclude transportation and logistics services where pricing is generally not determined by weight.  The LTL operating statistics also exclude the adjustment required for financial statement purposes in accordance with the Company's revenue recognition policy.

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