Vitran Reports Record Diluted EPS Of $0.42 In 2005 Q3 On 20 Percent Increase In Revenue


TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 20, 2005--Vitran Corporation Inc. (TSX:VTN)(NASDAQ:VTNC) -

Vitran Corporation Inc. (TSX:VTN)(NASDAQ:VTNC), a North American transportation and logistics firm, today announced record quarterly financial results for the 2005 third quarter ended September 30, 2005 (all figures reported in $U.S.).

For the quarter, Vitran posted all-time records for net income of $5.4 million, earnings per diluted share of $0.42 and revenue of $116.2 million. In the comparable three-month period in the prior year, Vitran recorded net income of $4.5 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, on revenue of $97.0 million.

Vitran President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Gaetz, stated, "With the first full quarter following the closing of our Chris Truck Line (CTL) acquisition, we are delighted to report another period of record operating results, our 16th consecutive quarter with year-over-year earnings improvement. Importantly, CTL met our expectations and contributed to our improved LTL segment operating ratio.

"Although Vitran's 2005 Q3 results were an all-time record, our reported results for the quarter would have been even better had it not been for the negative impact of both a prolonged strike at the Port of Vancouver, that was eventually resolved in mid-August, and two third quarter accidents that took place at our Truckload Segment."

At September 30, 2005, the Company had $10.9 million in cash on hand and an additional $24.6 million of available credit as it continues to seek additional accretive acquisitions in the U.S. that will further expand Vitran's growing North American presence.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2005, Vitran achieved net income of $12.9 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, on revenue of $315.2 million. In the year earlier period, the Company reported net income of $10.6 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, on revenue of $278.1 million.

Segmented Results

Income from operations at Vitran's LTL (less-than-truckload) segment rose 31 percent during the 2005 third quarter to $7.7 million, led by a 27 percent revenue increase at the U.S. LTL business unit - buoyed by the CTL acquisition - and eight percent higher revenue from the Canadian business unit. The LTL segment's consolidated OR (operating ratio) improved 50 basis points to 92.0, compared to 92.5 in the year-ago quarter. During the period, yields continued to show improvement at both the U.S. and Canadian LTL units. Vitran's U.S. LTL business unit achieved an eight percent increase in revenue per shipment, and a 10 percent quarter over prior year quarter improvement in revenue per hundredweight. Its Canadian LTL business unit posted a 15 percent increase in revenue per shipment and revenue per hundredweight rose approximately 10 percent.

Vitran's Logistics segment recorded 49 percent higher income from operations and an OR improvement to 94.8 in the 2005 third quarter, versus 95.9 in the prior year quarter. The Truckload segment had operating income of $0.4 million on revenue of $8.9 million during the three-month period.

Guidance Update

Vitran management maintained its 2005 diluted earnings per share guidance of $1.35 to $1.47.

About Vitran Corporation Inc.

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