Schneider National, Inc. (benefits from strength across its Truckload and Intermodal segments. Shares of Schneider have gained 8.4% over the past three months against the 3.8% decline of the SNDR Quick Quote SNDR - Free Report) industry it belongs to. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research
The company recently reported third-quarter 2022 earnings of 70 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 67 cents. The bottom line rose 13% from the year-ago quarter’s levels.
Operating revenues of $1,675.3 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,725.4 million but improved 16% year over year. Revenues (excluding fuel surcharge) increased 8% to $1,441.8 million.
How is Schneider Doing?
Solid performance in the Truckload and Intermodal segments is driving Schneider National’s top line, which increased 18% and 13%, respectively, year over year in third-quarter 2022. The surge in Truckload revenues was owing to Midwest Logistics Systems’ revenues, effective yield management and dedicated new business growth. The Intermodal segment is benefiting from an improvement in revenues per order.
The company’s sound liquidity position is encouraging enough. Its cash and equivalents at the end of the third quarter totaled $349.7 million, higher than the long-term debt of $140.1 million. This indicates that it has enough cash to pay off its debt obligations.
On the flip side, rising operating expenses, mainly due to high purchased transportation costs and salaries, wages and benefits, can hurt the bottom line. Total operating expenses increased 18.5% year over year in third-quarter 2022, with a 6.2% rise in purchased transportation costs and a 22.6% jump in salaries, wages and benefits expenses.
For 2022, Schneider now expects net capital expenditures to be $475 million (prior view: $500 million). Though capex guidance has been reduced, the updated earnings per share are not that encouraging. Schneider now anticipates 2022 adjusted earnings per share in the range of $2.60-$2.65 (previous view: $2.60-$2.70).
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Currently, Schneider carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see
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