Marten Transport Ltd (Nasdaq/GS:MRTN), headquartered in Mondovi WI, reported a 5.2% increase in net income to $4.1 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011, from $3.9 million for the first quarter of 2010.
The temperature-controlled truckload carrier’s operating revenue, consisting of revenue from truckload and logistics operations, increased to $137.9 million in the first quarter of 2011 from $125.8 million in the 2010 quarter. Operating revenue, net of fuel surcharges, rose 3.7% to $112.5 million in the 2011 quarter from $108.5 million in the 2010 quarter. Fuel surcharge revenue climbed to $25.4 million for the first quarter of 2011 from $17.3 million in the 2010 quarter, due to significantly higher fuel prices.
Operating expenses as a percentage of operating revenue, with both amounts net of fuel surcharge revenue, improved to 93.2% for the first quarter of 2011 from 93.5% for the first quarter of 2010.
Randolph L Marten, chairman and chief executive officer, said, “We are encouraged by our continued solid results. This quarter marks our fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year increased profitability.
“Our transformation into a multi-faceted business model focused on growing our logistics business and expanding our regional operations throughout the country, along with our fuel efficiency and cost control measures, continue to drive our profitability. Our logistics revenue, net of intermodal fuel surcharges, grew by $2.9 million in this year’s first quarter over the 2010 quarter. Our regional operations continue to thrive, contributing to an 8.6% increase in our average truckload revenue, net of fuel surcharges, per tractor per week, over last year’s first quarter. We have increased our regional operations to 57.1% of our truckload fleet as of March 31, 2011, from 30.4% as of a year earlier.
“We have achieved these increased profits while investing in our future and paying down debt. This quarter-end marks the third consecutive quarter where we have increased our total number of tractors in service. It also marks the first quarter-end without long-term debt since we became a public company in 1986.”
Marten Transport specializes in transporting and distributing food and other consumer packaged goods that require a temperature-controlled or insulated environment. It offers service in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.