Horizon Lines Reports 1st Quarter 2014 Financial Results

May 07, 2014

Horizon Lines, Inc. (OTCQB: HRZL) today reported financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended March 23, 2014.

Financial results are being presented on a continuing operations basis.

“Horizon Lines generated 7.6% higher revenue container volume over the same period a year ago, driven largely by volume increases in our Hawaii and Puerto Rico trade lanes, which were partially offset by lower volumes in our Alaska market,” said Sam Woodward, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Volume increases in our Hawaii market were predominantly due to modest growth in the Hawaii economy, including construction materials and tourism, as well as an increase in automobile shipments. Improvement in our Puerto Rico lift was primarily due to the full quarter impact of 2013’s addition of a biweekly Jacksonville sailing to our southbound service between Houston and San Juan, as well as market share gains in our service between Philadelphia and San Juan.

“The 3.0% improvement in operating revenue over the same period a year ago was due to the higher revenue container volume, which was partially offset by a 3.8% decrease in average unit revenue,” Mr. Woodward said. “The decline in our container rates was mainly due to lower bunker and intermodal fuel surcharges, the competitive environment in the Puerto Rico market, and a shift in cargo mix. The adjusted EBITDA shortfall of $6.9 million from a year ago was primarily due to a $6.9 million increase in fuel and labor costs associated with vessel dry-docking transits. Lower rates, net of fuel and contractual cost increases were offset by higher volumes and the elimination of vessel lease expense due to the purchase of the D7 vessels in January 2013.”

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