* Q2 EPS 67 cents matches Wall St view
* Revenue $1.26 bln vs. $1.3 bln estimate
* Wages, tolls and other charges offset lower fuel
July 16 U.S. trucker J.B. Hunt Transport
Services reported quarterly profit that matched Wall
Street estimates while revenue increased slightly less than
expected on higher expenses.
The company said higher volume in its intermodal (JBI) and
dedicated contract services (DCS) divisions were offset by
higher costs for driver wages, rail transportation costs,
maintenance, and other charges.
The Lowell, Arkansas-based company on Monday said net income
rose to $80.5 million, or 67 cents a share, from $65.7 million,
or 53 cents per share, a year earlier.
Earnings were directly in line with the average forecast,
according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Total operating revenue rose 9 percent to $1.26 billion,
slightly below the average Wall Street view of $1.3 billion.
In the intermodal segment, the company's biggest, revenue
rose by 13 percent from the same period a year ago as fuel
Intermodal refers to the shipment of goods in containers
that can be shifted from one form of transportation to another,
such as from truck to train.
Revenue rose by 1 percent in the second-largest segment,
dedicated contract services. The company said lower fuel prices
were partly offset by higher safety and maintenance costs as
well as higher toll road charges.
J.B. Hunt said its debt outstanding rose to $679 million at
the end of the quarter on June 30, from $664 million a year
earlier. Its net capital spending for the first half of the year
was about $171 million, down from $211 million in the same
period a year ago.
The company said it did not buy back any of its common stock
during the quarter.
J.B. Hunt's shares closed down 1.3 percent at $58.33, near
the high of the past year's range between $34.42 and $61.18.