Old Dominion Freight Line’s ( ODFL Quick Quote ODFL - Free Report) second-quarter 2021 earnings per share of $2.31 outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14 cents. Moreover, the bottom line surged 84.8% year over year. The upside was driven by a vast improvement in the operating ratio (operating expenses, as a percentage of revenues) on the back of higher revenues.
Revenues of $1319.4 million also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,240.8 million and increased 47.2% year over year as well, led by an 28.1% increase in LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) tons and a 14.9% uptick in LTL revenue per hundredweight.
In the quarter under review, LTL weight per shipment fell 4%, while LTL revenue per shipment rose 10.3%. Both LTL shipments and LTL shipments per day were up 33.5% year over year.
The company’s major revenue-generating segment LTL services logged a total of $1,299.8 million, up 47% year over year. Revenues from other services rallied 61.8% to $19.6 million.
Total operating expenses rose 36.8% to $953.4 million, mainly due to the 32.7% rise in costs pertaining to salaries, wages & benefits and 82.5% escalation in operating supplies & expenses.
Moreover, the operating ratio improved 550 basis points to 72.3%. Notably, lower the value of this metric, the better.
Old Dominion exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents worth $484.2 million compared with $401.43 million at the end of 2020. Capital expenditures incurred in the reported quarter were $155.1 million. Old Dominion expects a capex of $605 million for 2021 (in-line with its previous expectation). Of the total, $275 million is anticipated to be invested in real estate and service-center expansion. The company expects to spend $290 million and $40 million on tractors/trailers and information technology and other assets, respectively.
During the second quarter, Old Dominion, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), rewarded its shareholders with $63.2 million of capital. You can see
the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. New Buyback Program
The company’s board of directors approved a new share buyback program that authorizes Old Dominion to repurchase up to $2 billion of its outstanding stock. This new repurchase program will begin after the completion of the company’s existing $700-million repurchase program, of which $206.3 million was available and uncommitted at Jun 30, 2021. The new share repurchase program does not have an expiration date.
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