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February 13, 2024 RXO Announces Results for Fourth-Quarter 2023

RXO released Q4 results, including double-digit brokerage volume growth for third-consecutive quarter.

Drew Wilkerson, chief executive officer of RXO, said, “RXO continued to execute well in the fourth quarter despite the prolonged soft freight environment. For the third consecutive quarter, our brokerage business delivered double-digit volume growth with strong gross margin. Our managed transportation business secured several new managed expedite customers, solidifying our position as a leading provider of this service. Our focus on profitable growth and cost discipline enabled us to expand companywide gross margin sequentially.

“I’m proud of all that we achieved in 2023, our first full year as a standalone company. We responded quickly to our customers’ needs and changing market conditions; as a result, our customers awarded us more freight,” Wilkerson said. “In 2024, we will remain focused on our playbook – taking profitable market share while making strategic investments in our business. Given the current market conditions, we continue to reduce costs, which, combined with our strong brokerage sales pipeline, will position RXO to deliver rapid earnings growth when the market inflects.”

Companywide Results

The company’s revenue was $1.0 billion for the fourth quarter, compared to $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2022. Gross margin was 18.0 percent, compared to 19.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The company reported fourth-quarter 2023 GAAP net income of $2 million, compared to a net loss of $4 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Fourth-quarter 2023 GAAP net income included $4 million in transaction, integration, restructuring and other costs. Adjusted net income in the quarter was $7 million, compared to $33 million in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Adjusted EBITDA was $31 million, compared to $64 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 3.2 percent, compared to 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Transaction, integration, restructuring and other costs, and amortization of intangibles, impacted GAAP earnings per share by $0.04, net of tax. For the fourth quarter, RXO reported a GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.02. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.06.

Brokerage

RXO’s brokerage business grew volume 15 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, including full truckload volume growth of 11 percent and less-than-truckload volume growth of 45 percent. Brokerage gross margin was 14.8% in the fourth quarter.

Brokerage contract volume increased by 23 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, the result of a strong brokerage sales pipeline, which has increased in size by 24 percent since the fourth quarter of 2022.

The company expects brokerage volumes to continue to grow on a year-over-year basis in the first quarter of 2024.

Complementary Services

RXO’s complementary services gross margin was 20.9% for the quarter, up 40 basis points year-over-year. Loads provided by RXO’s managed transportation business to its brokerage business increased both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter.

RXO’s last mile business grew EBITDA year-over-year in the fourth quarter and for the full year.

Technology Update

In the fourth quarter of 2023, 97 percent of RXO’s brokerage loads were created or covered digitally using RXO’s cutting-edge technology platform, up from 87 percent in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The seven-day carrier retention rate was 76 percent, up 200 basis points year-over-year.

Conference Call

The company will hold a conference call and webcast on Thursday, February 8 at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Participants can call in toll-free (from U.S./Canada) at 1-888-259-6580; international callers dial +1-206-962-3782. The conference ID is 34416829.

A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations area of the company’s website, http://investors.rxo.com. A replay of the conference call will be available through February 29, 2024, by calling toll-free (from U.S./Canada) 1-877-674-7070; international callers dial +1-416-764-8692. Use the passcode 416829#. Additionally, the call will be archived on http://investors.rxo.com.

About RXO
RXO (NYSE: RXO) is a leading provider of asset-light transportation solutions. RXO offers tech-enabled truck brokerage services together with complementary solutions including managed transportation, freight forwarding and last mile delivery. The company combines massive capacity and cutting-edge technology to move freight efficiently through supply chains across North America. The company is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. Visit RXO.com for more information and connect with RXO on FacebookXLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We provide reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this release to the most directly comparable measure under GAAP, which are set forth in the financial tables attached to this release.

The non-GAAP financial measures in this release include: adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“adjusted EBITDA”); adjusted EBITDA margin; and adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share (“adjusted diluted EPS”).

We believe that these adjusted financial measures facilitate analysis of our ongoing business operations because they exclude items that may not reflect, or are unrelated to, RXO’s core operating performance, and may assist investors with comparisons to prior periods and assessing trends in our underlying businesses. Other companies may calculate these non-GAAP financial measures differently, and therefore our measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures should only be used as supplemental measures of our operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS include adjustments for transaction and integration costs, as well as restructuring costs and other adjustments as set forth in the attached tables. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and evaluating RXO’s ongoing performance.

We believe that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin improve comparability from period to period by removing the impact of our capital structure (interest and financing expenses), asset base (depreciation and amortization), tax impacts and other adjustments that management has determined do not reflect our core operating activities and thereby assist investors with assessing trends in our underlying business. We believe that adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS improve the comparability of our operating results from period to period by removing the impact of certain costs that management has determined do not reflect our core operating activities, including amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, transaction and integration costs, restructuring costs and other adjustments as set out in the attached tables, and thereby may assist investors with comparisons to prior periods and assessing trends in our underlying business.

Forward-looking Statements
This release includes forward-looking statements, including statements relating to our outlook and continued year-over-year brokerage volume growth in the first quarter of 2024. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “should,” “will,” “expect,” “project,” “forecast,” “goal,” “outlook,” “target,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terms. However, the absence of these words does not mean that the statements are not forward-looking. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by us in light of our experience and our perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors we believe are appropriate in the circumstances.

These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to a material difference include the risks discussed in our filings with the SEC and the following: competition and pricing pressures; economic conditions generally; the severity, magnitude, duration and aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic and government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; fluctuations in fuel prices; increased carrier prices; severe weather, natural disasters, terrorist attacks or similar incidents that cause material disruptions to our operations or the operations of the third-party carriers and independent contractors with which we contract; our dependence on third-party carriers and independent contractors; labor disputes or organizing efforts affecting our workforce and those of our third-party carriers; legal and regulatory challenges to the status of the third-party carriers with which we contract, and their delivery workers, as independent contractors, rather than employees; litigation that may adversely affect our business or reputation; increasingly stringent laws protecting the environment, including transitional risks relating to climate change, that impact our third-party carriers; governmental regulation and political conditions; our ability to develop and implement suitable information technology systems and prevent failures in or breaches of such systems; the impact of potential cyber-attacks and information technology or data security breaches; issues related to our intellectual property rights; our ability to access the capital markets and generate sufficient cash flow to satisfy our debt obligations; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; our ability to successfully implement our cost and revenue initiatives and other strategies; our ability to successfully manage our growth; our reliance on certain large customers for a significant portion of our revenue; damage to our reputation through unfavorable publicity; our failure to meet performance levels required by our contracts with our customers; the inability to achieve the level of revenue growth, cash generation, cost savings, improvement in profitability and margins, fiscal discipline, or strengthening of competitiveness and operations anticipated or targeted; a determination by the IRS that the distribution or certain related separation transactions should be treated as taxable transactions; and the impact of the separation on our businesses, operations and results. All forward-looking statements set forth in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by us will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to or effects on us or our business or operations. Forward-looking statements set forth in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, changes in expectations or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except to the extent required by law.

 

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