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Honolulu, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Matson, Inc. ("Matson" or the "Company") (NYSE: MATX), a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today reported net income of $9.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

 

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 was $3.8 million, or $0.09 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the first quarter 2013 was $394.7 million compared with $366.1 million reported for the first quarter 2012.

* Matson, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2013 Diluted EPS Of $0.21, Updates 2013 Outlook
* Hawaii volume gains and higher year over year China rates bolster profits
* Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations of $0.21 compared to $0.05 in the prior year
* Ocean transportation operating income of $18.5 million, up from $5.8 million in the prior year
* Net Income of $9.1 million, EBITDA of $36.0 million
* Total debt reduced by $18.0 million in quarter, $71.7 million in three quarters since Separation

Matt Cox, Matson's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "We had a good first quarter, driven by increased volume in our Hawaii trade and higher rates in our China service. We also benefited from operating an optimal nine-ship fleet for most of the quarter, which led to reduced vessel expenses compared to the 10-ship fleet deployed for the first quarter last year."

Cox continued, "With this solid quarter behind us, our outlook for the full year has shifted slightly higher. We continue to expect mixed results in our ocean transportation trade lanes as compared to 2012, as evidenced by a decrease in Guam volume during the first quarter, better than expected Hawaii volume trends and anticipated weaker China freight rates for the balance of the year. All said, we are off to a good start."

2013 Outlook
Ocean Transportation: In the first quarter of 2013, Hawaii volume increased due to an uptick in eastbound volume and modest market growth and gains. We note that eastbound volume has been historically volatile. Further, market gains can and do fluctuate depending on specific customer activity, competitive sailing schedules, and rate environment. As a result, moderate volume gains are expected in the Hawaii trade for the full year. In the China trade, freight rates were higher in the first quarter of 2013 than in the year earlier period, reflecting a continuation of rate gains made in the latter half of 2012. However, given the current surplus in global vessel capacity, modest rate erosion is expected to impact average rates for the balance of 2013. Guam trade volume declined in the quarter due to lower shipment levels from the U.S. military. Therefore, little if any full year growth in Guam is expected.

The Company's terminal operations joint venture, SSAT, continues to be negatively impacted by significantly reduced lift volume due to customer losses from prior years. It is therefore expected that SSAT will operate at a breakeven level for the year.

In addition to the trade lane and terminal operations outlook, the Company expects to continue to benefit from operating a nine-ship fleet for most of 2013 and lower outside transportation costs, both of which are the result of a lighter dry-dock schedule.

As described above, operating income for the full year in the Ocean Transportation segment is expected to improve moderately from the prior year. Performance for the remaining three quarters of 2013 is expected to improve modestly from levels achieved in 2012, although some variance in comparative quarterly performance is anticipated.

Logistics: Volume in Logistics' intermodal and highway businesses grew at a healthy pace in the quarter, offset by declines in warehouse operations and international intermodal margins. However, meaningful cost cutting measures instituted in 2012 led to flat year-over-year operating income. Due to anticipated volume growth and expense control, operating income margin for Logistics is expected to be 1-2 percent of revenues in 2013, returning to a level similar to 2011.

Other: The Company expects capital expenditures for 2013 to be approximately $30 million, excluding vessel replacement capital expenditures. Further, the Company may elect to make deposits to the Capital Construction Fund if it is able to finalize its vessel replacement plan. These deposits could be significant and will have the effect of deferring a portion of the Company's current cash tax liabilities. 

 

Logistics 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31 

(Dollars in millions) 

 

2013 

 

 

2012

 

Change

Intermodal revenue

 

$

56.8

 

 

$

52.6

 

8.0

%

Highway revenue

 

 

38.0

 

 

 

34.0

 

11.8

%

Total Revenue

 

$

94.8

 

 

$

86.6

 

9.5

%

Operating income

 

$

0.2

 

 

$

0.3

 

(33.3%)

 

Operating income margin

 

 

0.2

%

 

 

 

0.3

%

 

 

Logistics revenue increased $8.2 million, or 9.5 percent, during the first quarter of the year versus the prior year. This increase was the result of higher domestic intermodal and highway volume.

Logistics operating income decreased modestly, by $0.1 million, due to declines in warehouse operations and international intermodal margins, partially offset by lower general and administrative expenses.

Cash Generation & Capital Allocation
Matson continued to generate strong cash flow during the first quarter 2013. EBITDA was $36.0 million in the first quarter 2013 compared to $24.8 million in the first quarter 2012, an increase of $11.2 million, or 45.2 percent. Maintenance capital expenditures for the first quarter 2013 totaled $6.3 million compared with $8.5 million in the prior year. In early January, the Company paid a total of $9.6 million for the assets of Reef Shipping Limited. Also during the quarter, Matson's Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.15 per share payable on June 6, 2013 to shareholders of record on May 9, 2013.

Debt Levels
Total debt as of March 31, 2013 was $301.1 million, of which $283.7 million was long term debt. During the first quarter 2013, the Company reduced its total debt by $18.0 million. The ratio of net debt to last twelve month EBITDA was 1.61 as of March 31, 2013.

Teleconference and Webcast
Matson, Inc. has scheduled a conference call at 4:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. PDT/10:30 a.m. HST today to discuss its first quarter performance. The call will be broadcast live on the Company's website at www.matson.com; Investor Relations. A replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the call through 5:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 13, 2013 by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 and using the conference number 10027773. The slides and audio webcast of the conference call will be archived for one full quarter on the Company's Investor Relations page of the Company's website.

About the Company
Founded in 1882, Matson is a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the island economies of Hawaii, Guam, Micronesia and select South Pacific islands, and operates a premium, expedited service from China to Southern California. The Company's fleet of 18 vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson's transportation network throughout the continental U.S. Its integrated, asset-light logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage and warehousing. Additional information about Matson, Inc. is available at www.matson.com.

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
This press release, the Form 8-K and information to be discussed in the conference call include non-GAAP measures. While Matson reports financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company also considers other non-GAAP measures to evaluate performance, make day-to-day operating decisions, help investors understand our ability to incur and service debt and to make capital expenditures, and to understand period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportional positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. These non-GAAP measures include, but are not limited to, Earnings Before Interest, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA").

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the relevant forward-looking statement, including but not limited to risks and uncertainties relating to regional, national and international economic conditions; new or increased competition; fuel prices and our ability to collect fuel surcharges; our relationship with vendors, customers and partners and changes in related agreements; the actions of our competitors, including the timing of the entry of a competitor in the Guam trade lane; consummating and integrating acquisitions; conditions in the financial markets; changes in our credit profile and our future financial performance; the impact of future and pending legislation, including environmental legislation; government regulations and investigations; repeal, substantial amendment or waiver of the Jones Act or its application, or our failure to maintain our status as a United States citizen under the Jones Act; relations with our unions; and the occurrence of marine accidents, poor weather or natural disasters. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. This release should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other filings with the SEC through the date of this release, which identify important factors that could affect the forward-looking statements in this release. We do not undertake any obligation to update our forward-looking statements.

MATSON, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions, except per-share amounts) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2013

 

2012

Operating Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean transportation

$

299.9

 

$

279.5

Logistics

 

94.8

 

 

86.6

Total operating revenue

 

394.7

 

 

366.1

 

 

 

 

Logistics

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31

(Dollars in millions)

 

2013

 

 

2012

 

Change

Intermodal revenue

 

$

56.8

 

 

$

52.6

 

8.0

%

Highway revenue

 

 

38.0

 

 

 

34.0

 

11.8

%

Total Revenue

 

$

94.8

 

 

$

86.6

 

9.5

%

Operating income

 

$

0.2

 

 

$

0.3

 

(33.3%)

 

Operating income margin

 

 

0.2

%

 

 

 

0.3

%