Heartland Express Inc. (HTLD: Quote) reported that its second-quarter net income increased to $19.1 million compared to $18.2 million in the 2012 period, a 5.0% increase. Earnings per share increased 9.5% to $0.23 from $0.21 in the second quarter of 2012. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $0.21 per share for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.
Operating income for the quarter improved to $29.37 million from last year's $26.75 million. Operating income for the quarter was positively impacted by $5.1 million of increases in gains on disposal of property and equipment as the Company continues its fleet upgrade program.
Operating revenues for the quarter decreased to $134.0 million from $139.7 million in the second quarter 2012. Twelve analysts had consensus revenue estimate of $141.73 million for the quarter. Operating revenues were negatively impacted by lower fuel surcharge revenues which were $27.3 million for the quarter, a 6.7% decline from $29.2 million in the same period of 2012.
by RTT Staff Writer
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