Echo Global Logistics Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

CHICAGO, Nov 4, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (Nasdaq:ECHO), a leading provider of technology enabled transportation and supply chain management services, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

Summarized financial results for the third quarter, along with select operating metrics, are as follows:

  Amts in 000,000's
  except per share data                     Three months ended
                                               September 30,
                                        2008       2009    % change
    Transactional                    $   34.3   $   41.9      22.0%
    Enterprise                           24.0       28.3      17.8%
    Total Revenue                        58.3       70.2      20.3%

 Net revenue (Revenue less
  transportation costs)                  12.3       15.4      25.5%

 Operating Expenses
    Commissions                           4.1        4.3       5.3%
    General and administrative            6.4        7.5      18.4%
    Depreciation and amortization         0.8        1.3      47.5%
      Total Operating Expenses           11.3       13.1      15.9%

 Operating Income                         1.0        2.3     136.3%

 Net Income                               0.6        1.3     134.8%
 Dividends                                0.3        0.3       0.0%
 Net income applicable to
  common shareholders                $    0.3   $    1.0     258.7%

 Diluted shares (000)                    12.9       13.0
 Diluted EPS applicable to common
  shareholders                       $   0.02    $  0.08

 Operating Metrics
    Gross margin                         21.1%      22.0%       91 bps
    Operating margin (% of net
     revenue)                             8.0%      15.1%      703 bps

    Shipment volume                   120,509    175,340      45.5%
    Number of enterprise clients           87        114      31.0%
    Total employees                       631        760      20.4%
    Salaried employees                    222        296      33.3%
    Commissioned sales employees          303        303        --
    Sales agents                          106        161      51.9%
    Less Than Truckload
     (LTL) Revenue %                     48.2%      43.9%     (432)bps
    Truckload (TL) Revenue %             28.6%      36.4%      776 bps

Commenting on the Company's third-quarter performance, Chief Executive Officer Doug Waggoner said, "We are pleased to report strong third quarter results as we continue to win new clients and expand our presence in the face of a challenging environment. We generated significantly higher revenues and profits year-over-year along with improvement in all of our key operating metrics, including a 45.5% increase in shipment volume and the addition of 27 new enterprise clients. We have achieved this growth through the execution of our long term plan, which calls for increasing transactional revenue by expanding and improving the productivity of our transactional sales force, and securing more large enterprise clients.

Furthermore, our results were particularly impressive in light of the fact that the recession has caused double digit revenue declines throughout our industry. Revenue for our top twenty clients from the third quarter of 2008 declined 22.7% as a result of the economic environment. While we expect these revenues to improve as the economy recovers, we have been able to more than offset this decline through new client wins and from the adoption of our model in the marketplace. We believe that as more clients learn the benefits of our proprietary technology and service offering we will continue to gain market share."

Third Quarter Results

Total revenue of $70.2 million in the third quarter of 2009 increased 20.3% compared to revenue of $58.3 million in the third quarter of 2008. This increase was driven by higher volumes, which were partially offset by a decrease in transportation rates. The increase in volume was primarily attributable to a corresponding increase in the number of clients served. The decrease in transportation rates was attributable to a decline in lower average weight per less-than-truckload (LTL) shipment, lower fuel prices and excess capacity in the transportation market resulting from the economic recession.

Transactional revenue of $41.9 million increased 22.0% compared to revenue of $34.3 million in the third quarter of 2008. The majority of this growth was driven by the acquisition of RayTrans Distribution Services, which was completed in June 2009 and generated $6.4 million of revenue in the third quarter of 2009. Additionally, transactional volume increases in the third quarter were offset by a decrease in transportation rates.

Enterprise revenue of $28.3 million increased 17.8% compared to revenue of $24.0 million in the third quarter of 2008. This increase was driven by the net addition of 27 new enterprise clients from the prior year quarter. The Company's top five enterprise clients represented 18.4% of total revenue in the third quarter of 2009 compared to 26.7% of total revenue in the third quarter of 2008. Echo entered into seven new enterprise agreements during the third quarter of 2009.

The Company's shipment volume increased 45.5% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008. This increase was driven by a greater number of both enterprise and transactional clients.

Net revenue, which represents gross revenue less transportation costs, increased 25.5% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008. This increase primarily reflects higher revenues. In addition, the Company's transportation costs increased at a lower rate, causing net revenues to increase more than total revenues.

Commission expense increased by 5.3% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the third quarter of 2008. This increase corresponds with the increase in net revenue, as the Company's commission plans are tied to net revenue.

The Company's general and administrative expense of $7.5 million increased 18.4% in the third quarter of 2009 compared to $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2008. This resulted from an increase in personnel, as the total number of employees increased from 631 as of September 30, 2008 to 760 as of September 30, 2009.

The effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2009 was 26.8%, compared to 40.7% for the same period last year. The decrease is an adjustment to reflect the Company's expectation of an effective tax rate of 34.0% for full year 2009, and is the result of the estimated impact of elections regarding research and development tax credits as well as reductions due to benefits from state apportionment attributable to the Company's ongoing expansion.

Net income for the third quarter of 2009 was $1.3 million compared to net income of $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2008. Net income applicable to common stockholders was reduced by accrued dividends of $0.3 million in both respective periods. Diluted earnings per share was $0.08 in the third quarter of 2009 and $0.02 in the third quarter of 2008, a 200% increase.

IPO Proceeds

On October 2, 2009, the Company's stock began trading publicly on The NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol "ECHO." On October 7, 2009, the Company closed the initial public offering and received approximately $72.0 million dollars in proceeds, representing gross IPO proceeds of $79.8 million less underwriting fees and other unpaid IPO related expenses. Approximately $25.0 million was used to pay down the outstanding principal and accrued interest under the Company's line of credit agreement, and subordinated term loan, and to make accrued dividend payments to the holders of the Company's preferred shares. In connection with the Company's initial public offering, all of the Company's preferred shares were exchanged for shares of common stock.

Business Outlook

"We continue to attract new clients that recognize the benefits we can bring to their business by adding value to their supply chain and decreasing their transportation costs. Looking ahead, we expect to drive further client and volume growth despite the continued challenging marketplace and we expect to continue to grow faster than our competition and expand our market share," Waggoner concluded.

Conference Call

A conference call will be broadcast live on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). The live webcast discussion, which will include a Q&A session, will be hosted by Douglas R. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer; and David B. Menzel, Chief Financial Officer. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call by dialing 866-719-0110 or international participants can dial 719-325-2246. A replay of the webcast will be available later that day by visiting the Investors "Events & Presentations" section of Echo's website at

About Echo Global Logistics

Chicago-based Echo Global Logistics is a leading provider of technology enabled transportation and supply chain management services, delivered on a proprietary technology platform, serving the transportation and logistics needs of its clients. Echo's web-based technology platform compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 22,000 transportation providers to serve its clients' shipping and freight management needs. Echo procures transportation and provides logistics services for more than 11,600 clients across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, consumer products and retail. For more information on Echo, visit:

The Echo Global Logistics, Inc. logo is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements relating to projections or future results. These statements are forward-looking statements under the federal securities laws. We can give no assurance that any projections or future results discussed in these statements will be achieved. Any forward-looking statements represent our views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date. These statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements contained in this release. For a discussion of important factors that could affect our actual results, please refer to our SEC filings, including the "Risk Factors" section of the prospectus we recently filed with the SEC.

                         Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
                   Consolidated Statements of Operations

                  Three Months Ended            Nine Months Ended
                    September 30,                 September 30,
                 2008          2009           2008            2009
              -------------------------   ---------------------------

 REVENUES     $58,338,643   $70,167,741   $148,204,104   $179,521,672

    costs      46,036,466    54,724,939    116,967,982    139,825,336
    expenses   10,465,701    11,856,905     25,344,826     32,521,222
    zation        849,045     1,252,599      2,325,568      3,391,380
              -------------------------   ---------------------------
  OPERATIONS      987,431     2,333,299      3,565,728      3,783,735
  EXPENSE         (55,323)     (558,379)       (69,355)      (822,903)
              -------------------------   ---------------------------
  TAXES           932,108     1,774,920      3,496,373      2,960,832
  TAXES          (378,927)     (476,285)    (1,419,946)      (942,951)
              -------------------------   ---------------------------
 NET INCOME       553,180     1,298,635      2,076,426      2,017,881
  SHARES         (265,035)     (265,013)      (789,345)      (792,200)
              -------------------------   ---------------------------
  HOLDERS     $   288,145   $ 1,033,622   $  1,287,081   $  1,225,681
              =========================   ===========================

 Basic net
  income per
  share       $      0.02   $      0.08   $       0.11   $       0.10
  net income
  per share   $      0.02   $      0.08   $       0.10   $       0.10

                        Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
                       Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                         December 31,    September 30,
                                             2008            2009

 Cash and cash equivalents               $  1,872,922    $  1,318,488
 Accounts receivable, net of allowance
  for doubtful accounts                    23,589,973      39,466,267
 Prepaid expenses                           3,619,788       6,487,263
 Other current assets                         780,474       1,136,499
     Total long term assets                16,045,866      31,940,498
     Total assets                        $ 45,909,023    $ 80,349,015

 Accounts payable - trade                  16,549,594      24,456,692
 Other current liabilities                 10,104,215      23,594,576
     Capital lease obligations,
      net of current maturities               428,463         498,512
     Other long-term liabilities                   --      10,125,603
     Series D, convertible
      preferred shares                     19,741,826      20,528,398
     Total stockholders' equity
      (deficit)                              (915,075)      1,145,234
     Total liabilities and
      stockholders' equity               $ 45,909,023    $ 80,349,015

                     Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
                Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

                                               Nine Months Ended
                                                 September 30,
                                              2008            2009

 Net cash provided by (used in)
  operating activities                   $  3,986,806    $ (5,437,530)

 Net cash used in investing activities     (4,198,895)    (10,087,473)

 Net cash provided by financing
  activities                                2,422,088      14,970,569

 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash
  equivalents                               2,209,999        (554,434)
 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning
  of period                                 1,568,559       1,872,922
 Cash and cash equivalents,
  end of period                          $  3,778,558    $  1,318,488

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