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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM                TO

Commission File Number 000-23189

 

 

C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   41-1883630

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

14701 Charlson Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota   55347
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(952) 937-8500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   ¨    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

As of November 4, 2011, the number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s Common Stock, par value $.10 per share, was 164,177,705.

 

 

 


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C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC.

FORM 10-Q

For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2011

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Part I. Financial Information

Item 1

  Financial Statements    3
 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010

   3
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 and 2010

   4
 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 and 2010

   5
 

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

   6

Item 2

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations    10

Item 3

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk    17

Item 4

  Controls and Procedures    17

Part II. Other Information

  

Item 1

  Legal Proceedings    18

Item 1A

  Risk Factors    18

Item 2

  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds    18

Item 3

  Defaults on Senior Securities    19

Item 5

  Other Information    19

Item 6

  Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K    19

Signatures

   20

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. Financial Statements

C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

     September 30,
2011
    December 31,
2010
 

ASSETS

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 382,737      $ 398,607   

Available-for-sale securities

     0        9,290   

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $31,908 and $30,945

     1,238,079        1,036,070   

Deferred tax asset

     5,247        5,466   

Prepaid expenses and other

     30,685        32,335   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     1,656,748        1,481,768   

Property and equipment, net

     114,806        114,333   

Goodwill

     360,208        359,116   

Intangible and other assets, net

     37,830        32,646   

Deferred tax asset

     9,846        7,836   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 2,179,438      $ 1,995,699   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable and outstanding checks

   $ 740,977      $ 627,561   

Accrued expenses:

    

Compensation and profit-sharing contribution

     105,439        96,991   

Income taxes and other

     50,293        47,055   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     896,709        771,607   

Long term liabilities:

    

Noncurrent income taxes payable

     12,261        10,667   

Other long term liabilities

     2,244        9,357   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     911,214        791,631   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stockholders’ investment:

    

Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 20,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

     0        0   

Common stock, $0.10 par value, 480,000 shares authorized; 177,042 and 177,060 shares issued; 164,297 and 166,048 shares outstanding

     16,430        16,605   

Retained earnings

     1,790,600        1,613,912   

Additional paid-in capital

     202,066        178,087   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (9,063     (6,425

Treasury stock at cost (12,745 and 11,012 shares)

     (731,809     (598,111
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ investment

     1,268,224        1,204,068   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ investment

   $ 2,179,438      $ 1,995,699   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(In thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011     2010      2011     2010  

REVENUES:

         

Transportation

   $ 2,280,208      $ 2,026,154       $ 6,540,266      $ 5,629,334   

Sourcing

     399,220        380,108         1,182,784        1,278,837   

Payment Services

     15,500        14,095         45,012        40,785   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

     2,694,928        2,420,357         7,768,062        6,948,956   

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

         

Purchased transportation and related services

     1,905,731        1,689,590         5,455,022        4,697,978   

Purchased products sourced for resale

     366,131        348,187         1,081,767        1,171,164   

Personnel expenses

     178,117        161,947         532,171        462,793   

Other selling, general, and administrative expenses

     60,984        54,300         178,327        158,226   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses

     2,510,963        2,254,024         7,247,287        6,490,161   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     183,965        166,333         520,775        458,795   

Investment and other income

     50        149         601        986   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before provision for income taxes

     184,015        166,482         521,376        459,781   

Provision for income taxes

     69,668        63,855         198,978        175,916   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     114,347        102,627         322,398        283,865   

Other comprehensive (loss) income

     (2,173     6,480         (2,638     (2,916
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

   $ 112,174      $ 109,107       $ 319,760      $ 280,949   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic net income per share

   $ 0.70      $ 0.62       $ 1.96      $ 1.72   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted net income per share

   $ 0.70      $ 0.62       $ 1.95      $ 1.71   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

     163,948        164,691         164,512        164,968   

Dilutive effect of outstanding stock awards

     523        885         582        1,017   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

     164,471        165,576         165,094        165,985   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(unaudited)

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011     2010  

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

    

Net income

   $ 322,398      $ 283,865   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Stock-based compensation

     32,074        22,568   

Depreciation and amortization

     23,714        22,113   

Provision for doubtful accounts

     6,916        11,442   

Deferred taxes and other

     94        10,782   

Changes in operating elements:

    

Receivables

     (208,994     (267,873

Prepaid expenses and other

     (2,547     (2,570

Accounts payable and outstanding checks

     110,685        64,882   

Accrued compensation and profit-sharing contribution

     8,495        (12,912

Accrued income taxes and other

     720        4,839   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     293,555        137,136   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

    

Purchases of property and equipment

     (17,402     (14,000

Purchases and development of software

     (11,679     (7,715

Purchases of available-for-sale-securities

     0        (10,752

Sales/maturities of available-for-sale-securities

     9,311        28,230   

Restricted cash

     5,000        (5,000

Other investing activities

     161        (12
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for investing activities

     (14,609     (9,249
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

    

Payment of contingent purchase price

     (4,318     0   

Proceeds from stock issued for employee benefit plans

     6,516        13,232   

Repurchase of common stock

     (161,498     (110,054

Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation

     12,967        9,497   

Cash dividends

     (146,318     (126,709
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for financing activities

     (292,651     (214,034
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rates on cash

     (2,165     (1,728

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

     (15,870     (87,875

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     398,607        337,308   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 382,737      $ 249,433   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes.

 

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C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

1. General

Basis of Presentation

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and our subsidiaries (“the company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) are a global provider of multimodal freight services and logistics solutions. We operate through a network of 235 branch offices located in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and our majority owned and controlled subsidiaries. Our noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries are not significant. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in the condensed consolidated financial statements.

The condensed consolidated financial statements, which are unaudited, have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). In our opinion, these financial statements include all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) necessary for a fair presentation of the results of operations for the interim periods presented. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of results for a full year.

Consistent with SEC rules and regulations, we have condensed or omitted certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. You should read the condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

2. Goodwill and Intangible Assets

On September 26, 2011, we acquired certain assets of Timco Worldwide, a leading melon category provider in Davis, California. The results of Timco’s operations are not expected to be material to the consolidated financial statements. We recorded $2.4 million of goodwill and other intangible assets related to this acquisition.

The change in the carrying amount of goodwill is as follows (in thousands):

 

Balance December 31, 2010

   $ 359,116   

Acquisitions

     2,009   

Foreign currency translation

     (917
  

 

 

 

Balance September 30, 2011

   $     360,208   
  

 

 

 

A summary of our other intangible assets, with finite lives, which include primarily non-competition agreements and customer relationships, is as follows (in thousands):

 

     September 30,
2011
    December 31,
2010
 

Gross

   $ 19,275      $ 25,569   

Accumulated amortization

     (10,192     (13,874
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net

   $ 9,083      $ 11,695   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other intangible assets, with indefinite lives, are as follows (in thousands):

 

     September 30,
2011
     December 31,
2010
 

Trademarks

   $ 1,850       $ 1,800   

Amortization expense for other intangible assets is as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011      2010  

Amortization expense

   $ 903       $ 1,113   

 

     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011      2010  

Amortization expense

   $ 3,024       $ 3,854   

 

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Estimated amortization expense for each of the five succeeding fiscal years based on the intangible assets at September 30, 2011 is as follows (in thousands):

 

Remainder of 2011

   $ 897   

2012

     3,204   

2013

     3,001   

2014

     1,860   

2015

     70   

Thereafter

     51   
  

 

 

 

Total

   $     9,083   
  

 

 

 

3. Litigation

On March 20, 2009, at the conclusion of a trial in Illinois State Court, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Circuit Court of Will County, a jury entered a verdict of $23.75 million against us, a federally authorized motor carrier with which we contracted, and the motor carrier’s driver. The award was entered in favor of three named plaintiffs following a consolidated trial, stemming from an accident that occurred on April 1, 2004. The motor carrier and the driver both admitted that at the time of the accident the driver was acting as an agent for the motor carrier, and that the load was being transported according to the terms of our contract with the motor carrier. Our contract clearly defined the motor carrier as an independent contractor. The verdict has the effect of holding us vicariously liable for the damages caused by the admitted negligence of the motor carrier and its driver. There were no claims that our selection or retention of the motor carrier was negligent.

Given our prior experience with claims of this nature, we believe the court erred in allowing these claims to be considered by a jury. As a result, we sought relief from the verdict in the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third Judicial District. On March 30, 2011 the Illinois Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the verdict. We filed a petition for leave to appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court on April 13, 2011. We have been advised that the Illinois Supreme Court is unwilling to review the opinion issued by the Court of Appeals. In 2011, we recorded a charge of $6.2 million which represented our $5.0 million insurance deductible plus accrued post-judgment interest on that amount. Our insurance carrier is responsible for payment of the remaining verdict amount and related post-judgment interest. On October 14, 2011, the required payments were made to the plaintiffs and the judgments have been satisfied.

We are not subject to any other pending or threatened litigation other than routine litigation arising in the ordinary course of our business operations. For such legal proceedings, we have accrued an amount that reflects the aggregate liability deemed probable and estimable, but this amount is not material to our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. Because of the preliminary nature of many of these proceedings, the difficulty in ascertaining the applicable facts relating to many of these proceedings, the inconsistent treatment of claims made in many of these proceedings and the difficulty of predicting the settlement value of many of these proceedings, we are not able to estimate an amount or range of any reasonably possible additional losses. However, based upon our historical experience, the resolution of these proceedings is not expected to have a material effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

4. Fair Value Measurement

Accounting guidance on fair value measurements for certain financial assets and liabilities requires that assets and liabilities carried at fair value be classified and disclosed in one of the following three categories:

 

   

Level 1—Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

   

Level 2—Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data.

 

   

Level 3—Unobservable inputs reflecting the reporting entity’s own assumptions or external inputs from inactive markets.

A financial asset or liability’s classification within the hierarchy is determined based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

 

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The following tables present information as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, about our financial assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis, according to the valuation techniques we used to determine their fair values.

 

     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total Fair
Value
 

September 30, 2011

           

Contingent purchase price related to acquisitions

   $     0       $ 0       $     13,604       $     13,604   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

December 31, 2010

           

Debt securities- Available-for-sale:

           

State and municipal obligations

   $ 0       $ 8,370       $ 0       $ 8,370   

Corporate bonds

     0         920         0         920   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets at fair value

   $ 0       $     9,290       $ 0       $ 9,290   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Contingent purchase price related to acquisitions

   $ 0       $ 0       $ 16,623       $ 16,623   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The estimated fair values of debt securities held as available-for-sale were based on other market data for comparable instruments and the transactions related in establishing the prices. In measuring the fair value of the contingent payment liability, we used an income approach that considers the expected future earnings of the acquired businesses and the resulting contingent payments, discounted at a risk-adjusted rate.

The table below sets forth a reconciliation of our beginning and ending Level 3 financial liability balance.

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011     2010  

Balance June 30

   $     13,493      $     15,403   

Payments of contingent purchase price

     0        0   

Total unrealized losses included in earnings

     111        514   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance September 30

   $ 13,604      $ 15,917   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011     2010  

Balance January 1

   $     16,623      $     14,658   

Payments of contingent purchase price

     (4,318     (445

Total unrealized losses included in earnings

     1,299        1,704   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance September 30

   $ 13,604      $ 15,917   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

5. Stock Award Plans

Stock-based compensation cost is measured at the grant date based on the value of the award and is recognized as expense as it vests. A summary of our total compensation expense recognized in our statements of operations for stock-based compensation is as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
     Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011      2010      2011      2010  

Stock-based compensation expense

   $ 9,465       $ 10,187       $ 32,074       $ 22,568   

Our 1997 Omnibus Stock Plan allows us to grant certain stock awards, including stock options at fair market value and restricted shares and units, to our key employees, directors, and other third parties. A maximum of 28,000,000 shares can be granted under this plan; approximately 7,095,325 shares were available for stock awards as of September 30, 2011, which cover stock options and restricted stock awards. Awards that expire or are cancelled without delivery of shares generally become available for issuance under the plans.

 

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Stock Options—The contractual lives of all options as originally granted are ten years. Options vested over a five-year period from the date of grant, with none vesting the first year and one quarter vesting each year after that. Recipients are able to exercise options using a stock swap which results in a new, fully-vested restoration option with a grant price established based on the date of the swap and a remaining contractual life equal to the remaining life of the original option. Options issued to non-employee directors vest immediately. The fair value per option is established using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, with the resulting expense being recorded over the vesting period of the award. Other than restoration options, we have not issued any new stock options since 2003. As of September 30, 2011, there was no unrecognized compensation expense related to stock options since all outstanding options were fully vested.

Restricted Stock Awards—We have awarded performance-based restricted shares and restricted units to certain key employees and non-employee directors. These restricted shares and restricted units are subject to certain vesting requirements over a five-year period, based on the company’s earnings growth. The awards also contain restrictions on the awardees’ ability to sell or transfer vested shares or units for a specified period of time. The fair value of these shares is established based on the market price on the date of grant, discounted for post-vesting holding restrictions. The discounts have varied from 12 percent to 22 percent and are calculated using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. Changes in the measured stock price volatility and interest rates are the primary reason for changes in the discount. These grants are being expensed based on the terms of the awards.

We have also awarded restricted shares and units to certain key employees that vest primarily based on their continued employment. The value of these awards is established by the market price on the date of the grant and is being expensed over the vesting period of the award.

We have also issued to certain key employees and non-employee directors restricted shares and units which are fully vested upon issuance. These shares and units contain restrictions on the awardees’ ability to sell or transfer vested shares and units for a specified period of time. The fair value of these shares is established using the same method discussed above. These grants have been expensed during the year they were earned.

As of September 30, 2011, there was unrecognized compensation expense of $137.2 million related to previously granted restricted equity. The amount of future expense will be based primarily on company performance, future awards, and certain other conditions.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan—Our 1997 Employee Stock Purchase Plan allows our employees to contribute up to $10,000 of their annual cash compensation to purchase company stock. Purchase price is determined using the closing price on the last day of the quarter, discounted by 15 percent. Shares are vested immediately. The following table summarizes employee stock purchase plan activity for the period:

 

Three Months Ended September 30, 2011  

Shares purchased

by employees

     Aggregate cost
to employees
     Expense recognized
by the company
 
  42,534       $ 2,475,479       $ 436,845   

6. Income Taxes

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and its 80 percent (or more) owned U.S. subsidiaries file a consolidated federal income tax return. We file unitary or separate state returns based on state filing requirements. With few exceptions, we are no longer subject to audits of U.S. federal, state and local, or non-U.S. income tax returns before 2005.

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011     2010  

Effective income tax rate

     37.9     38.4

The effective income tax rate for both periods is greater than the statutory federal income tax rate primarily due to state income taxes, net of federal benefit.

 

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ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

You should read the following discussion of our financial condition and results of operations in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes.

Forward-looking Information

Our quarterly report on Form 10-Q, including this discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations and our disclosures about market risk, contains certain “forward-looking statements.” These statements represent our expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies concerning future events that, by their nature, involve risks and uncertainties. Forward looking statements include, among others, statements about our future performance, the continuation of historical trends, the sufficiency of our sources of capital for future needs, the effects of acquisitions, the expected impact of recently issued accounting pronouncements, and the outcome or effects of litigation. Risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations include changes in economic conditions, such as uncertain consumer demand; changes in market demand and pressures on the pricing for our services; competition and growth rates within the third party logistics industry; freight levels and increasing costs and availability of truck capacity or alternative means of transporting freight, and changes in relationships with existing contracted truck, rail, ocean, and air carriers; changes in our customer base due to possible consolidation among our customers; our ability to integrate the operations of acquired companies with our historic operations successfully; risks associated with litigation and insurance coverage; risks associated with operations outside of the U.S.; risks associated with the potential impacts of changes in government regulations; risks associated with the produce industry, including food safety and contamination issues; increases in fuel prices; the impact of war on the economy; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in our Annual and Quarterly Reports. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from our expectations based on these and other risks and uncertainties, including those described in Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2010, filed on March 1, 2011.

Overview

Our company. We are a global provider of multimodal freight transportation services and logistics solutions, operating through a network of branch offices in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and the Middle East. We work with approximately 49,000 transportation companies worldwide, and through those relationships we select and hire the appropriate transportation providers to meet our customers’ needs. As an integral part of our transportation services, we provide a wide range of value added logistics services, such as supply chain analysis, freight consolidation, outsourced transportation, transportation management, and information reporting.

In addition to multimodal transportation services, we also offer fresh produce sourcing and fee-based payment services. Our Sourcing business is the buying, selling, and marketing of fresh produce. We purchase fresh produce through our network of produce suppliers and sell it to retail grocers and restaurant chains, produce wholesalers and foodservice providers. In some cases, we also arrange the transportation of the produce we sell through our relationships with specialized transportation companies. Those revenues are reported as Transportation revenues. Our Payment Services business is our subsidiary, T-Chek, which provides a variety of management and business intelligence services to motor carrier companies and to fuel distributors. Those services include funds transfer, fuel purchasing, and online expense management.

Our business model. We are a service company. We act primarily to add value and expertise in the procurement and execution of transportation and logistics, including sourcing of produce products for our customers. Our total revenues represent the total dollar value of services and goods we sell to our customers. Our net revenues are our total revenues less purchased transportation and related services, including contracted motor carrier, rail, ocean, air, and other costs, and the purchase price and services related to the products we source. Our net revenues are the primary indicator of our ability to source, add value, and sell services and products that are provided by third parties, and we consider them to be our primary performance measurement. Accordingly, the discussion of our results of operations below focuses on the changes in our net revenues.

We keep our business model as variable as possible to allow us to be flexible and adapt to changing economic and industry conditions. We sell transportation services and produce to our customers with varied pricing arrangements. Some prices are committed to for a period of time, subject to certain terms and conditions, and some prices are set on a spot-market basis. We buy most of our transportation capacity and produce on a spot-market basis. Because of this our net revenue per transaction tends to increase in times when there is excess supply and decrease in times when demand is strong relative to supply. We also keep our personnel and other operating expenses as variable as possible. Compensation is performance-oriented and, for most employees in the branch network, based on the profitability of their individual branch office.

In addition, we do not have pre-committed targets for headcount. Our personnel decisions are decentralized. Our branch managers determine the appropriate number of employees for their offices, within productivity guidelines, based on their branch’s volume of business. This helps keep our personnel expense as variable as possible with the business.

 

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Our branch network. Our branch network of 235 offices worldwide is a competitive advantage. Building local customer and contract carrier relationships has been an important part of our success, and our worldwide network of offices supports our core strategy of serving customers locally, nationally, and globally. Our branch offices help us penetrate local markets, provide face-to-face service when needed, and recruit contract carriers. Our branch network also gives us knowledge of local market conditions, which is important in the transportation industry because it is so dynamic and market-driven.

Our branches work together to complete transactions and collectively meet the needs of our customers. Approximately 41 percent of our truckload shipments are shared transactions between branches. For many of our significant customer relationships, we coordinate our efforts in one branch and rely on multiple branch locations to deliver specific geographic or modal needs. In addition, our methodology of providing services is very similar across all branches. Our North American branches have a common technology platform that they use to match customer needs with supplier capabilities, to collaborate with other branch locations, and to utilize centralized support resources to complete all facets of the transaction.

Our people. Because we are a service company, our continued success is dependent on our ability to continue to hire and retain talented, productive people, and to properly align our headcount and personnel expense with our business. Our headcount as of September 30, 2011 increased approximately seven percent compared to our headcount as of September 30, 2010. Branch employees act as a team in their sales efforts, customer service, and operations. A significant portion of our branch employees’ compensation is performance-oriented, based on individual performance and the profitability of their branch. We believe this makes our sales employees more service-oriented, focused, and creative. In 2003, we implemented a restricted stock program to further align the interests of our key employees with the interests of our shareholders, and to motivate and retain them for the long term. These restricted stock awards vest over a five-year period based on the company’s earnings growth, and have been awarded annually since 2003.

Our customers. In 2010, we worked with more than 36,000 customers, up from approximately 35,000 in 2009. We work with a wide variety of companies, ranging in size from Fortune 100 companies to small family businesses, in many different industries. Our customer base is very diverse. Our top 100 customers represented approximately 33 percent of our total revenues and approximately 28 percent of our net revenues. Our largest customer was approximately five percent of our total revenues and approximately three percent of our total net revenues.

Our contracted carriers. Our contracted carrier base includes motor carriers, railroads (primarily intermodal service providers), air freight, and ocean carriers. In 2010, our carrier base was approximately 49,000, up from approximately 47,000 in 2009. Motor carriers that had fewer than 100 tractors transported approximately 83 percent of our truckload shipments in 2010. In our Transportation business, no single carrier represents more than approximately one percent of our contracted carrier capacity.

Our goals. Since we became a publicly-traded company in 1997, our long-term compounded annual growth target has been 15 percent for net revenues, income from operations, and earnings per share. Although there have been periods where we have not achieved these goals, since 1997 we have exceeded this compounded growth goal in all three categories. Our expectation is that over time, we will continue to achieve our long-term target of 15 percent growth, but that we will have periods in which we exceed that goal and periods in which we fall short. We expect to reach our long-term growth primarily through internal growth but acquisitions that fit our growth criteria and culture may also augment our growth.

 

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Results of Operations

The following table summarizes our total revenues by service line:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011      2010      %
change
    2011      2010      %
change
 

Revenues (in thousands)

                

Transportation

   $ 2,280,208       $ 2,026,154         12.5   $ 6,540,266       $ 5,629,334         16.2

Sourcing

     399,220         380,108         5.0     1,182,784         1,278,837         -7.5

Payment Services

     15,500         14,095         10.0     45,012         40,785         10.4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 2,694,928       $ 2,420,357         11.3   $ 7,768,062       $ 6,948,956         11.8
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The following table illustrates our net revenue margins, or net revenues as a percentage of total revenues, between services and products:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011     2010     2011     2010  

Transportation

     16.4     16.6     16.6     16.5

Sourcing

     8.3        8.4        8.5        8.4   

Payment Services

     100.0        100.0        100.0        100.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     15.7     15.8     15.9     15.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The following table summarizes our net revenues by service line:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011      2010      % change     2011      2010      % change  

Net revenues (in thousands)

                

Transportation:

                

Truck

   $ 321,366       $ 284,200         13.1   $ 930,168       $ 785,782         18.4

Intermodal

     10,538         9,188         14.7     31,000         27,109         14.4

Ocean

     17,881         17,057         4.8     49,851         44,049         13.2

Air

     9,940         11,453         -13.2     30,560         31,559         -3.2

Other logistics services

     14,752         14,666         0.6     43,665         42,857         1.9
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total transportation

     374,477         336,564         11.3     1,085,244         931,356         16.5
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Sourcing

     33,089         31,921         3.7     101,017         107,673         -6.2

Payment Services

     15,500         14,095         10.0     45,012         40,785         10.4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total net revenues

   $ 423,066       $ 382,580         10.6   $ 1,231,273       $ 1,079,814         14.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The following table represents certain statement of operations data, shown as percentages of our net revenues:

 

     Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
     2011     2010     2011     2010  

Net revenues

     100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0

Operating expenses

        

Personnel expenses

     42.1        42.3        43.2        42.9   

Other selling, general, and administrative expenses

     14.4        14.2        14.5        14.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

     56.5        56.5        57.7        57.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     43.5        43.5        42.3        42.5   

Investment and other income

     0.0        0.0        0.0        0.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before provision for income taxes

     43.5        43.5        42.3        42.6   

Provision for income taxes

     16.5        16.7        16.2        16.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     27.0     26.8     26.2     26.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Three Months Ended September 30, 2011 Compared to Three Months Ended September 30, 2010

Total revenues and direct costs. Our consolidated total revenues increased 11.3 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010. Total Transportation revenues increased 12.5 percent to $2.3 billion in the third quarter of 2011 from $2.0 billion in the third quarter of 2010. This increase was the result of increased pricing to our customers, including the impacts of higher fuel costs, and higher volumes. Total purchased transportation services increased 12.8 percent in the third quarter of 2011 to $1.9 billion from $1.7 billion in the third quarter of 2010. This increase was due to higher transportation costs, including the impacts of higher fuel costs, and higher volumes in our truck services. Our Sourcing revenue increased 5.0 percent to $399.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. This increase is primarily due to an increase in value-added services. Purchased products sourced for resale increased 5.2 percent in the third quarter of 2011 to $366.1 million from $348.2 million in the third quarter of 2010. Our Payment Services revenue increased 10.0 percent to $15.5 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $14.1 million in the third quarter of 2010. The increase was driven by volume growth, primarily in our MasterCard® services, and increases in some fees that are impacted by fuel prices.

Net revenues. During the third quarter of 2011, our net revenues grew 10.6 percent to $423.1 million and our net revenue margin (net revenues as a percentage of total revenues) decreased to 15.7 percent from 15.8 percent in the third quarter of 2010. Total Transportation net revenues increased 11.3 percent to $374.5 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $336.6 million in the third quarter of 2010. The decrease in our Transportation net revenue margin to 16.4 percent in 2011 from 16.6 percent in 2010 was largely due to an increase in transportation costs and higher fuel costs, partially offset by higher pricing to our customers.

Our truck net revenues, which consist of truckload and less-than-truckload (“LTL”) services, comprise approximately 76 percent of our total net revenues. Our truck net revenues increased 13.1 percent to $321.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $284.2 million in the third quarter of 2010. Our truckload volumes increased approximately four percent. Our truckload net revenue margin decreased compared to the third quarter of 2010. Excluding the estimated impacts of the change in fuel, our truckload pricing to our customers increased approximately four percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010. Our truckload transportation costs increased approximately three percent, excluding the estimated impacts of the change in fuel.

During the third quarter of 2011, our LTL net revenues increased approximately 28 percent. The increase was the result of an increase in total shipments of approximately 15 percent and pricing increases.

Our intermodal net revenue increase of 14.7 percent to $10.5 million in the third quarter was due to increased volumes and increased prices. To support future growth, we have purchased 500 53-foot containers. The total purchase price is approximately $7.3 million. We expect to complete delivery of all containers in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Our ocean transportation net revenue increase of 4.8 percent to $17.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 was driven primarily by increased volumes.

Our air transportation net revenue decreased 13.2 percent to $9.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 due to decreased volumes and net revenue margin compression.

Other logistics services, which include transportation management fees, customs, warehousing, and small parcel, increased 0.6 percent to $14.8 million in the third quarter of 2011. Increases in our management fee and customs net revenues were largely offset by declines of other services in this category.

For the third quarter, Sourcing net revenue increased 3.7 percent to $33.1 million in 2011 from $31.9 million in 2010. This increase is primarily due to a change in our mix of business due to an increase in value-added services. Our net revenue margin for the third quarter decreased to 8.3 percent in 2011 from 8.4 percent in 2010. Due to decreased volumes with a large customer that has changed their sourcing strategy, we believe our Sourcing volumes and net revenues could decline over the next several quarters at this transition will initially lead to more declines than new opportunities available to us.

On September 26, 2011, we acquired Timco Worldwide, a melon category provider in Davis, California. This acquisition was not material to our results for the third quarter.

Our Payment Services net revenue increased 10.0 percent in the third quarter of 2011 to $15.5 million. The increase was driven by volume growth, primarily in our MasterCard® services, and increases in some fees that are impacted by fuel prices.

Operating expenses. For the third quarter, operating expenses increased 10.6 percent to $239.1 million in 2011 from $216.2 million in 2010. This was due to an increase of 10.0 percent in personnel expenses and an increase of 12.3 percent in other selling, general, and administrative expenses. As a percentage of net revenues, operating expenses were 56.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011 and 2010.

For the third quarter, personnel expenses increased to $178.1 million from $161.9 million in 2010. This increase was primarily the result of an increase in salaries and bonus expense. Our headcount as of September 30, 2011 increased 7.0 percent over September 30, 2010. Our personnel expenses as a percentage of net revenue decreased in the third quarter of 2011 to 42.1 percent compared to 42.3 percent in the third quarter of 2010. This decrease was primarily the result of various incentive programs including restricted stock and certain bonuses that are driven by earnings growth.

 

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For the third quarter, other selling, general, and administrative expenses increased to $61.0 million from $54.3 million in the third quarter of 2010. Our selling, general, and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenue increased in the third quarter of 2011 to 14.4 percent compared to 14.2 percent in the third quarter of 2010.

Income from operations. Income from operations increased 10.6 percent to $184.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Income from operations as a percentage of net revenues was 43.5 percent for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.

Investment and other income. Investment and other income decreased 66.4 percent to $0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Our investment income is down due to lower investment yields during the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010.

Provision for income taxes. Our effective income tax rate was 37.9 percent for the third quarter of 2011 and 38.4 percent for the third quarter of 2010. The effective income tax rate for both periods is greater than the statutory federal income tax rate primarily due to state income taxes, net of federal benefit.

Net Income. Net income increased 11.4 percent to $114.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011. Basic and diluted net income per share was $0.70 and $0.62 for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011 Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2010

Total revenues and direct costs. Our consolidated total revenues increased 11.8 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Total Transportation revenues increased 16.2 percent to $6.5 billion in first nine months of 2011 from $5.6 billion in the first nine months of 2010. Total purchased transportation services increased 16.1 percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 to $5.5 billion from $4.7 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. These increases were the result of volume increases in many of our transportation modes, higher fuel prices, and higher transportation rates. Our Sourcing revenue decreased 7.5 percent to $1.2 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 from $1.3 billion in the first nine months of 2010. Purchased products sourced for resale decreased 7.6 percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 to $1.1 billion from $1.2 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. This decrease is primarily due to declines in our business with a large customer. Our Payment Services revenue increased 10.4 percent to $45.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 from $40.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The increase was driven by volume growth, primarily in our MasterCard® services, and increases in some fees that are impacted by fuel prices.

Net revenues. Total Transportation net revenues increased 16.5 percent to $1.1 billion in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 from $931.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Our Transportation net revenue margin increased to 16.6 percent in 2011 from 16.5 percent in 2010 due to increased transportation pricing to our customers, partially offset by higher transportation costs and higher fuel costs.

Our truck net revenues, which consist of truckload and LTL services, comprise approximately 76 percent of our total net revenues. Our truck net revenues increased 18.4 percent to $930.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 from $785.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Our truckload volumes increased approximately 5 percent. Our truckload rates increased approximately 14 percent. Excluding the estimated impacts of fuel, on average our truckload rates increased approximately six percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Our truckload net revenue margin increased less than one percent due to increased pricing to our customers, largely offset by increased cost of capacity.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2011, our LTL net revenues increased approximately 29 percent. The increase was due to an increase in total shipments of approximately 15 percent and an increase in our net revenue margin. Our LTL net revenue margin increased during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared with the same period of 2010 due to increased transportation rates, largely offset by higher cost of capacity.

Our intermodal net revenue increase of 14.4 percent to $31.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was driven largely by price and volume increases. Net revenue margin also increased in the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Our ocean transportation net revenue increased 13.2 percent to $49.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 as a result of increased volumes and increased pricing to our customers. Our ocean net revenue margin increased less than one percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010.

Our air transportation net revenue decrease of 3.2 percent to $30.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 was due to decreased volumes offset partially by increased pricing to customers. Our air net revenue margin decreased less than one percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010.

 

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Other logistics services net revenues, which include transportation management fees and customs brokerage fees, warehousing, and small parcel, increased 1.9 percent to $43.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2011. This increase was the result of management fees and customs growth offset by results of other services in this category.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, Sourcing net revenue decreased 6.2 percent to $101.0 million in 2011 from $107.7 million in 2010. This decline is primarily due to decreased volumes with a large customer that, due to a change in their sourcing strategy, has eliminated some of our business with them. As a result of this change, we believe our Sourcing volumes and net revenues could decline over the next several quarters as this transition will initially lead to more declines than new opportunities available to us. Excluding the impact of this customer, Sourcing net revenues were up approximately six percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the same period of 2010. Our margin increased to 8.5 percent in 2011 from 8.4 percent in 2010.

Our Payment Services net revenue increased 10.4 percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 to $45.0 million. The increase was driven by an increase in MasterCard® services, and increases in some fees that are impacted by fuel prices.

Operating expenses. For the first nine months of 2011, operating expenses increased 14.4 percent to $710.5 million from $621.0 million in 2010. This was due to an increase of 15.0 percent in personnel expenses and an increase of 12.7 percent in other selling, general, and administrative expenses. As a percentage of net revenues, operating expenses increased slightly to 57.7 percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2011 from 57.5 percent in the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Our personnel expenses as a percentage of net revenue increased in the nine months ended September 30 to 43.2 percent in 2011 compared to 42.9 percent in 2010. This increase was primarily the result of an increase in expense related to incentive compensation, including restricted stock, profit sharing, and other bonus programs that are driven by growth in earnings. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, stock based compensation expense increased 42.1 percent to $32.1 million from $22.6 million for the same period of 2010. Excluding these incentive compensation expenses, our personnel as a percent of net revenue decreased slightly, primarily due to our headcount increasing at a lower rate than our net revenues. Our headcount as of September 30, 2011 increased 7.0 percent over September 30, 2010.

For the nine month period ended September 30, 2011 other selling, general, and administrative expenses increased 12.7 percent to $178.3 million from $158.2 million in 2010. We recorded a $6.2 million charge in 2011 due to a ruling by the Illinois Court of Appeals. Other selling, general, and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenue decreased to 14.5 percent in 2011 compared to 14.7 percent in 2010.

Income from operations. Income from operations increased 13.5 percent to $520.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Income from operations as a percentage of net revenues was 42.3 percent and 42.5 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.

Investment and other income. Investment and other income decreased 39.0 percent to $0.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Our investment income is down due to lower investment yields in 2011 compared to 2010.

Provision for income taxes. Our effective income tax rate was 38.2 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 38.3 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. The effective income tax rate for both periods is greater than the statutory federal income tax rate primarily due to state income taxes, net of federal benefit.

Net Income. Net income increased 13.6 percent to $322.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010. Basic net income per share was $1.96 and $1.72 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. Diluted net income per share was $1.95 and $1.71 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

We have historically generated substantial cash from operations, which has enabled us to fund our growth while paying cash dividends and repurchasing stock. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $382.7 million and $249.4 million as of September 30, 2011 and 2010. As of September 30, 2011, we had no investments classified as available-for-sale securities. Available-for-sale securities consisting primarily of highly liquid investments totaled $34.1 million as of September 30, 2010. Working capital at September 30, 2011 and 2010 was $760.0 million and $677.5 million.

We prioritize our investments to grow the business, as we require some working capital and a relatively small amount of capital expenditures to grow. We are continually looking for acquisitions to support our long-term growth strategy, but those acquisitions must fit our culture and enhance our growth opportunities. We continue to invest our cash with a focus on principal preservation. Our current interest-bearing cash and cash equivalents are primarily municipal money markets.

Cash flow from operating activities. We generated $293.6 million and $137.1 million of cash flow from operations during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. The increase was primarily due to improved accounts receivable days outstanding in the

 

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third quarter of 2011 compared to the second quarter and higher accounts payable in the first nine months of 2011 compared to the first nine months of 2010. The increase in payables was driven by growth in transaction volumes and the increased cost of capacity.

Cash flow from investing activities. We used $14.6 million and $9.2 million of cash flow for investing activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. We used $29.1 million and $21.7 million of cash for capital expenditures, including the purchase and development of software, during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. A significant portion of the increase in capital expenditures includes investments in our operating systems that are intended to improve efficiencies and help grow the business.

In the fourth quarter of 2011, we anticipate additional capital expenditures. As disclosed above, we are spending $7.5 million for 500 intermodal containers. We are purchasing a new phone system for our US operations for $6.0 million, of which $4.5 million will be paid in the fourth quarter. In addition, we are purchasing a new corporate aircraft for approximately $11.5 million, $1.25 million of which was paid in the third quarter. Our total capital expenditure for the aircraft, after a $4.0 million trade-in allowance, will be $7.5 million.

We had $9.3 million and $17.5 million of cash provided from net purchases, sales, and maturities of available-for-sale securities during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010.

Cash flow from financing activities. We used $292.7 million and $214.0 million of cash flow for financing activities during the nine months ended September 31, 2011 and 2010.

We used $146.3 million and $126.7 million to pay cash dividends during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, with the increase in 2011 due to a 16 percent increase in our quarterly dividend rate to $0.29 per share in 2011 from $0.25 per share in 2010.

We used $161.5 million and $110.1 million of cash for share repurchases during the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010. The increase is due to an increase of approximately 16 percent in the number of shares purchased during the first nine months of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010 and a 26 percent increase in the average price paid per share. The number of shares we repurchase, if any, during future periods will vary based on our cash position, potential uses of our cash, and market conditions.

We also used $4.3 million of cash for the payment of contingent consideration related to prior acquisitions during the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Assuming no change in our current business plan, management believes that our available cash, together with expected future cash generated from operations, will be sufficient to satisfy our anticipated needs for working capital, capital expenditures, and cash dividends in future periods. We also believe we could obtain funds under lines of credit on short notice, if needed.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

Our condensed consolidated financial statements include accounts of the company and all majority-owned subsidiaries. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions. In certain circumstances, those estimates and assumptions can affect amounts reported in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements and related footnotes. In preparing our financial statements, we have made our best estimates and judgments of certain amounts included in the financial statements, giving due consideration to materiality. We do not believe there is a great likelihood that materially different amounts would be reported related to the accounting policies described below. However, application of these accounting policies involves the exercise of judgment and use of assumptions as to future uncertainties and, as a result, actual results could differ from these estimates. Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, includes a summary of the significant accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements. The following is a brief discussion of our critical accounting policies and estimates.

Revenue recognition. Total revenues consist of the total dollar value of goods and services purchased from us by customers. Net revenues are our total revenues less purchased transportation and related services, including motor carrier, rail, ocean, air, and other costs, and the purchase price and services related to the products we source. We act principally as the service provider for these transactions and recognize revenue as these services are rendered or goods are delivered. At that time, our obligations to the transactions are completed and collection of receivables is reasonably assured. Most transactions in our Transportation and Sourcing businesses are recorded at the gross amount we charge our customers for the service we provide and goods we sell. In these transactions, we are the primary obligor, we are a principal to the transaction, we have all credit risk, we maintain substantially all risks and rewards, we have discretion to select the supplier, and we have latitude in pricing decisions.

 

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Additionally, in our Sourcing business, we take loss of inventory risk during shipment and have general inventory risk. Certain transactions in customs brokerage, transportation management, and all transactions in Payment Services are recorded at the net amount we charge our customers for the service we provide because many of the factors stated above are not present.

Valuations for accounts receivable. Our allowance for doubtful accounts is calculated based upon the aging of our receivables, our historical experience of uncollectible accounts, and any specific customer collection issues that we have identified. The allowance of $31.9 million as of September 30, 2011, increased compared to the allowance of $30.9 million as of December 31, 2010. We believe that the recorded allowance is sufficient and appropriate based on our customer aging trends, the exposures we have identified, and our historical loss experience.

Goodwill. We manage and report our operations as one operating segment. Our branches represent a series of components that are aggregated for the purpose of evaluating goodwill for impairment on an enterprise-wide basis. In the case where we have an acquisition that we feel has not yet become integrated into our branch network component, we will evaluate the impairment of any goodwill related to that specific acquisition and its results.

Stock-based compensation. The fair value of each share-based payment award is established on the date of grant. For grants of restricted shares and restricted units, the fair value is established based on the market price on the date of the grant, discounted for post-vesting holding restrictions. The discounts have varied from 12 percent to 22 percent and are calculated using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. Changes in the measured stock price volatility and interest rates are the primary reason for changes in the discount. For grants of options, we use the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value of share-based payment awards. The determination of the fair value of share-based awards is affected by our stock price and a number of assumptions, including expected volatility, expected life, risk-free interest rate, and expected dividends.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

We had $382.7 million of cash and cash equivalents on September 30, 2011. We do not use derivative financial instruments to manage interest rate risk or to speculate on future changes in interest rates. A hypothetical 100-basis-point change in the interest rate would not have a material effect on our earnings. Market risk arising from changes in foreign currency exchange rates are not material due to the size of our international operations.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

(a) Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures.

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). Based upon that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

(b) Changes in internal controls over financial reporting.

There were no changes that occurred during the most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect the company’s internal control over financial reporting.

As previously announced, we acquired Timco during the quarter. We have not fully evaluated any changes in internal control over financial reporting associated with this acquisition and therefore any material changes that may result from this acquisition have not been disclosed in this report. We intend to disclose all material changes resulting from this acquisition within or prior to the time our first annual assessment of internal control over financial reporting that is required to include this entity.

The results reported in this quarterly report include those of Timco. This acquisition added less than $0.01 to our diluted earnings per share for the quarter. This acquisition did not have a material impact on our results of operations or our financial position.

 

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PART II—OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings

On March 20, 2009, at the conclusion of a trial in Illinois State Court, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Circuit Court of Will County, a jury entered a verdict of $23.75 million against us, a federally authorized motor carrier with which we contracted, and the motor carrier’s driver. The award was entered in favor of three named plaintiffs following a consolidated trial, stemming from an accident that occurred on April 1, 2004. The motor carrier and the driver both admitted that at the time of the accident the driver was acting as an agent for the motor carrier, and that the load was being transported according to the terms of our contract with the motor carrier. Our contract clearly defined the motor carrier as an independent contractor. The verdict has the effect of holding us vicariously liable for the damages caused by the admitted negligence of the motor carrier and its driver. There were no claims that our selection or retention of the motor carrier was negligent.

Given our prior experience with claims of this nature, we believe the court erred in allowing these claims to be considered by a jury. As a result, we sought relief from the verdict in the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third Judicial District. On March 30, 2011 the Illinois Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the verdict. We filed a petition for leave to appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court on April 13, 2011. We have been advised that the Illinois Supreme Court is unwilling to review the opinion issued by the Court of Appeals. In 2011, we recorded a charge of $6.2 million which represented our $5.0 million insurance deductible plus accrued post-judgment interest on that amount. Our insurance carrier is responsible for payment of the remaining verdict amount and related post-judgment interest. On October 14, 2011, the required payments were made to the plaintiffs and the judgments have been satisfied.

We are not subject to any other pending or threatened litigation other than routine litigation arising in the ordinary course of our business operations. For such legal proceedings, we have accrued an amount that reflects the aggregate liability deemed probable and estimable, but this amount is not material to our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. Because of the preliminary nature of many of these proceedings, the difficulty in ascertaining the applicable facts relating to many of these proceedings, the inconsistent treatment of claims made in many of these proceedings and the difficulty of predicting the settlement value of many of these proceedings, we are not able to estimate an amount or range of any reasonably possible additional losses. However, based upon our historical experience, the resolution of these proceedings is not expected to have a material effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

In addition to the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the factors discussed in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, which could materially affect our business, financial condition or future results. The risks described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K are not the only risks facing our company. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and/or operating results.

 

ITEM 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

The following table provides information about purchases by the company during the quarter ended September 30, 2011 of equity securities that are registered by the company pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act:

 

Period

   (a)
Total Number of
Shares (or Units)
Purchased
     (b)
Average Price
Paid per Share
(or Unit)
     (c)
Total Number of
Shares (or Units)
Purchased as Part  of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs (1)
    (d)
Maximum Number (or
Approximate Dollar
Value) of Shares (or
Units) that May Yet
Be Purchased Under the
Plans or Programs
 

July 1, 2011 —July 30, 2011

     253,332       $ 78.94         253,332        7,479,349   

August 1, 2011 —August 31, 2011

     1,154,982       $ 66.67         1,154,982        6,324,367   

September 1, 2011 —September 30, 2011

     0       $ 0         0        6,324,367   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total:

     1,408,314       $ 68.88         1,408,314        6,324,367   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) In August 2009, the C.H. Robinson Board of Directors authorized management to repurchase an additional 10,000,000 shares. These repurchases are expected to take place over multiple years. During the third quarter of 2011, we purchased 1,408,314 shares under the 2009 authorization.

 

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ITEM 3. Defaults on Senior Securities

None

 

ITEM 5. Other Information

None

 

ITEM 6. Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

(a) Exhibits

 

31.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.1    Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32.2    Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
101    Financial statements from the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q of the Company for the period ended September 30, 2011, formatted in XBRL

(b) Reports on Form 8-K

We filed a report on Form 8-K July 26, 2011. This report contained information under Item 12 (Results of Operations and Financial Condition) and included as an exhibit under Item 7 a copy of our earnings release for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.

We filed a report on Form 8-K on August 11, 2011. This report contained information regarding our announcement that our Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend.

We filed a report on Form 8-K/A on August 17, 2011, which amended a report on Form 8-K previously filed on May 16, 2011; this report contained information regarding Board of Directors decision that the Company will hold future Say-on-Pay votes on an annual basis.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

November 9, 2011

 

C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC.
By   /S/    JOHN P. WIEHOFF
  John P. Wiehoff
  Chief Executive Officer
By   /S/    CHAD M. LINDBLOOM
  Chad M. Lindbloom
  Chief Financial Officer (principal accounting officer)

 

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