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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)
X
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
 
 
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
     
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2009
 
     
 
OR
 
     
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
 
 
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
 
Commission file number 0-11757
 
J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Arkansas
71-0335111
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation or
Identification No.)
organization)
 
 
615 J.B. Hunt Corporate Drive, Lowell, Arkansas  72745
(Address of principal executive offices)

479-820-0000
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

www.jbhunt.com
(Registrant's web site)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant  (1)  has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to the filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes    X        No  __

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes   __        No  __

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer   X       Accelerated filer ___    Non-accelerated filer ___     Smaller reporting company ___

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes   __       No  X

The number of shares of the registrant’s $0.01 par value common stock outstanding on September 30, 2009 was 127,137,339.
 
 

 

Form 10-Q
For The Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2009
Table of Contents
 
   
Page
Part I.    Financial Information
     
     
 
     
   
 
3
     
 
4
     
   
 
5
     
 
6
     
11
     
19
     
19
     
     
     
Part II.    Other Information
     
     
20
     
20
     
20
     
20
     
20
     
20
     
20
     
21
     
Exhibits
22

Part I.    Financial Information
 
ITEM 1.   FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC.
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
   
Three Months Ended
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 30
   
September 30
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
2009
   
2008
 
                         
Operating revenues, excluding fuel surcharge revenues
  $ 740,697     $ 770,656     $ 2,107,337     $ 2,258,130  
Fuel surcharge revenues
    93,052       225,778       219,032       594,026  
Total operating revenues
    833,749       996,434       2,326,369       2,852,156  
                                 
Operating expenses:
                               
Rents and purchased transportation
    365,057       400,641       1,001,048       1,108,749  
Salaries, wages and employee benefits
    203,446       217,194       588,725       651,790  
Fuel and fuel taxes
    72,510       143,028       194,452       434,667  
Depreciation and amortization
    47,098       50,666       141,555       151,934  
Operating supplies and expenses
    40,398       41,924       114,690       119,686  
Insurance and claims
    12,316       13,860       38,024       45,924  
General and administrative expenses, net of asset dispositions
    10,232       10,214       38,082       28,328  
Operating taxes and licenses
    6,984       7,985       20,901       24,158  
Communication and utilities
    4,754       4,656       13,857       14,553  
Total operating expenses
    762,795       890,168       2,151,334       2,579,789  
Operating income
    70,954       106,266       175,035       272,367  
Interest income
    119       214       405       713  
Interest expense
    6,427       9,694       20,974       31,766  
Equity in (income)/loss of affiliated company
    (229 )     247       619       2,125  
Earnings before income taxes
    64,875       96,539       153,847       239,189  
Income taxes
    24,912       36,239       59,077       91,872  
Net earnings
  $ 39,963     $ 60,300     $ 94,770     $ 147,317  
                                 
Weighted average basic shares outstanding
    127,073       125,907       126,503       125,206  
                                 
Basic earnings per share
  $ 0.31     $ 0.48     $ 0.75     $ 1.18  
                                 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding
    129,819       129,042       129,251       128,480  
                                 
Diluted earnings per share
  $ 0.31     $ 0.47     $ 0.73     $ 1.15  
                                 
Dividends declared per common share
  $ 0.11     $ 0.10     $ 0.33     $ 0.30  
                                 
                                 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
                         
 
             
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
             
             
   
September 30, 2009
   
December 31, 2008
 
             
ASSETS
           
Current assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 4,711     $ 2,373  
Trade accounts receivable, net
    340,330       280,614  
Assets held for sale
    11,402       17,843  
Prepaid expenses and other
    45,459       95,457  
Total current assets
    401,902       396,287  
Property and equipment, at cost
    2,181,247       2,169,893  
Less accumulated depreciation
    745,335       783,363  
Net property and equipment
    1,435,912       1,386,530  
Other assets
    20,281       10,636  
    $ 1,858,095     $ 1,793,453  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
               
Current liabilities:
               
Current debt
  $ 0     $ 118,500  
Trade accounts payable
    180,712       196,059  
Claims accruals
    16,787       18,095  
Accrued payroll
    46,777       33,156  
Other accrued expenses
    10,398       31,995  
Deferred income taxes
    13,859       10,083  
Total current liabilities
    268,533       407,888  
                 
Long-term debt
    625,800       515,000  
Other long-term liabilities
    30,201       30,490  
Deferred income taxes
    325,907       311,064  
Stockholders' equity
    607,654       529,011  
    $ 1,858,095     $ 1,793,453  
                 
                 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
               
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
   
Nine Months Ended
 
   
September 30
 
   
2009
   
2008
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
           
 Net earnings
  $ 94,770     $ 147,317  
 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:
         
Depreciation and amortization
    141,555       151,934  
Share-based compensation
    12,418       8,644  
(Gain)/loss on sale of revenue equipment and other
    7,061       (377 )
Impairment on assets held for sale
    10,284       0  
Benefit from deferred income taxes
    18,619       29,486  
Equity in loss of affiliated company
    619       2,125  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
               
   Trade accounts receivable
    (59,833 )     (47,038 )
   Income tax payable
    (14,750 )     (9,960 )
   Other assets
    48,080       57,069  
   Trade accounts payable
    (15,831 )     292  
   Claims accruals
    (1,309 )     282  
   Accrued payroll and other accrued expenses
    6,477       9,904  
       Net cash provided by operating activities
    248,160       349,678  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
Additions to property and equipment
    (281,740 )     (201,045 )
Net proceeds from sale of equipment
    80,433       78,663  
Net distributions of available for sale investments
    2,005       5,456  
Changes in other assets
    (9,573 )     (378 )
       Net cash used in investing activities
    (208,875 )     (117,304 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Payments on long-term debt
    (68,500 )     (10,500 )
Net borrowings/(repayments) on revolving lines of credit and other
    61,285       (217,870 )
Stock option exercises and other
    4,644       6,543  
Tax benefit on stock options exercised
    7,326       14,485  
Dividends paid
    (41,702 )     (37,539 )
       Net cash used in financing activities
    (36,947 )     (244,881 )
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    2,338       (12,507 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
    2,373       14,957  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
  $ 4,711     $ 2,450  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
               
Cash paid during the period for:
               
Interest
  $ 26,918     $ 37,783  
Income taxes
  $ 48,647     $ 58,124  
                 
See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
               
 

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)


1.
General

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for interim financial information.  We believe such statements include all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) necessary for the fair presentation of our financial position, results of operations and cash flows at the dates and for the periods indicated.  Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) applicable to quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, the accompanying financial statements do not include all disclosures required by GAAP for annual financial statements.  While we believe the disclosures presented are adequate to make the information not misleading, these unaudited interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.  Operating results for the periods presented in this report are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the calendar year ending December 31, 2009, or any other interim period.  Our business is somewhat seasonal with slightly higher freight volumes typically experienced during August through early November.

Impairment of Long-lived Assets and Assets Held for Sale

In June 2009, we entered into a plan to sell approximately 700 tractors, the majority of which were operating in our JBI and DCS segments.  We reclassified the net book value of this equipment from net property and equipment to assets held for sale and discontinued recording depreciation expense for these assets held for sale.  We recorded a pretax charge of $10.3 million to reduce the carrying value of these assets to estimated fair value, less cost to sell.  These impairment charges are included in “general and administrative expenses, net of asset dispositions” in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings and are reflected in our applicable business segments’ final results.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a Codification of FASB Accounting Standards and the Hierarchy of GAAP, which establishes the Codification as the single source of authoritative U.S. GAAP recognized by the FASB.  SEC rules and interpretive releases are also sources of authoritative GAAP for SEC registrants.  The Codification became effective for us beginning July 1, 2009. The Codification is not intended to change or alter existing GAAP and accordingly, it did not impact our results of operations, cash flows or financial position.  We have adjusted historical GAAP references in this quarterly report and will adjust future filings to reflect authoritative guidance included in the Codification.

In May 2009, the FASB issued authoritative guidance related to subsequent events, which became effective for us during second quarter 2009.  This guidance sets forth the circumstances and the period after the balance sheet date for which an entity should evaluate events for recognition or disclosure in its financial statements.  In addition, the guidance identifies the disclosures that an entity should make about such events.  We have evaluated subsequent events from September 30, 2009 through October 28, 2009, when the financial statements were issued, in accordance with this guidance.  Adoption did not have an effect on our financial results.

We adopted the authoritative guidance related to fair value measurements for nonfinancial assets and liabilities effective January 1, 2009.  Adoption of this guidance increased our disclosures regarding fair value instruments, but did not have an effect on our operating income or net earnings.  See Note 7, Fair Value Measurements, for more description.
 
2.
Earnings Per Share

We compute basic earnings per share by dividing net earnings available to common stockholders by the actual weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the reporting period.  Diluted earnings per share reflects the potential dilution that could occur if holders of options or unvested restricted share units exercised or converted their holdings into common stock.  The dilutive effect of stock options and restricted share units was 2.7 million shares during the third quarter 2009 and 3.1 million shares during the third quarter 2008.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2009 and September 30, 2008, the dilutive effect of stock options and restricted share units was 2.7 million shares and 3.3 million shares, respectively.

3. 
Share-based Compensation

The following table summarizes the components of our share-based compensation program expense (in thousands):

   
Three Months Ended
September 30
   
Nine Months Ended
September 30
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
2009
   
2008
 
Restricted share units:
                       
     Pretax compensation expense
  $ 2,107     $ 1,629     $ 10,458     $ 6,020  
     Tax benefit
    809       626       4,016       2,312  
     Restricted share unit expense, net of tax
  $ 1,298     $ 1,003     $ 6,442     $ 3,708  
Stock options:
                               
     Pretax compensation expense
  $ 812     $ 989     $ 1,960     $ 2,624  
     Tax benefit
    312       380       753       1,008  
     Stock option expense, net of tax
  $ 500     $ 609     $ 1,207     $ 1,616  

As of September 30, 2009, we had $34.2 million and $7.4 million of total unrecognized compensation expense related to restricted share units and nonstatutory stock options, respectively, which is expected to be recognized over the remaining weighted-average period of 2.1 years for restricted share units and 1.6 years for stock options.  During the nine months ended September 30, 2009, we issued 221,977 shares for vested restricted share units and 888,093 shares as a result of stock option exercises.

4.    Financing Arrangements

Outstanding borrowings under our current financing arrangements consist of the following (in millions):
 
   
September 30, 2009
   
December 31, 2008
 
Revolving line of credit
  $ 225.8     $ 165.0  
Senior notes
    400.0       400.0  
Term loan
    0.0       68.5  
Less current portion
    (0.0 )     (118.5 )
       Total long-term debt
  $ 625.8     $ 515.0  
 
Revolving Lines of Credit

At September 30, 2009, we were authorized to borrow up to $350 million under a revolving line of credit, which expires in March 2012 and is supported by a credit agreement with a group of banks.  The applicable interest rate under this agreement is based on either the prime rate or LIBOR, depending upon the specific type of borrowing, plus a margin based on the level of borrowings and our credit rating.  At September 30, 2009, we had $225.8 million outstanding at an average interest rate of 0.99% under this agreement.

Effective June 29, 2009, we terminated a $75 million accounts receivable securitization facility.  Concurrent with this termination, we dissolved a wholly-owned subsidiary called JBH Receivables LLC, which was formed in July 2006 as a bankruptcy remote entity associated with the accounts receivable securitization facility.

Senior Notes

Our senior notes consist of two separate issuances.  The first is $200 million of 5.31% senior notes, which mature in March 2011.  Interest payments are due semiannually in March and September of each year.  The second is $200 million of 6.08% senior notes, which mature in July 2014.  For this second issuance, principal payments in the amount of $50.0 million are due in July 2012 and 2013, with the remainder due upon maturity.  Interest payments are due semiannually in January and July of each year.

Term Loan

Our $100 million term loan facility, which was arranged in connection with our purchase of used, dry-van trailers, matured on September 29, 2009.    The balance at maturity of $61.5 million was paid during September 2009 reducing the balance to zero at September 30, 2009.  Concurrent with the loan and credit agreement, we entered into an interest rate swap agreement that expired when the related term loan matured.

Our revolving line of credit requires us to maintain certain covenants and financial ratios.  We were in compliance with all covenants and financial ratios at September 30, 2009.

5. 
Capital Stock

On July 16, 2009, our Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.11 per common share, which was paid on August 14, 2009, to stockholders of record on July 31, 2009.

6. 
Comprehensive Income

Comprehensive income includes changes in the fair value of our interest rate swap, which qualifies for hedge accounting.  Our interest rate swap expired effective September 29, 2009.  A reconciliation of net earnings and comprehensive income follows (in thousands):

   
 Three Months
Ended September 30
   
 Nine Months
Ended September 30
 
    2009     2008     2009     2008  
Net earnings
  $ 39,963     $ 60,300     $ 94,770     $ 147,317  
Unrealized gain (loss) on derivative instruments,
     net of income taxes
    440       295       1,187       261  
Comprehensive income
  $ 40,403     $ 60,595     $ 95,957     $ 147,578  

7. 
Fair Value Measurements

Our assets and liabilities measured at fair value are based on the market approach valuation technique which considers prices and other relevant information generated by market transactions involving identical or comparable assets and liabilities.

Current accounting standards for fair value measurements state that fair value is an exit price, representing the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants.  As such, fair value is a market-based measurement that should be determined based on assumptions market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability.  As a basis for evaluating such assumptions, accounting standards establish a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs in measuring fair value as follows:

 
Level 1
Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities

 
Level 2
Inputs, other than the quoted prices in active markets, that are observable either directly or indirectly

 
Level 3
Unobservable inputs in which there is little or no market data, which require the reporting entity to develop its own assumptions about what market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability

The following are assets and liabilities measured at fair value, based on quoted market prices (Level 1) and completed sales or market asking prices for similar assets (Level 2), at September 30, 2009 (in millions):

   
Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Assets/(Liabilities)
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs Assets/(Liabilities)
(Level 2)
Trading investments
  $ 8.1     $ --  
Assets held for sale
  $ --     $ 11.4  

The carrying amounts and estimated fair values, based on their net present value using market rates obtained from third parties, of our long-term debt at September 30, 2009, were as follows (in millions):

   
Carrying Value
   
Estimated Fair Value
 
Revolving line of credit
  $ 225.8     $ 225.8  
Senior notes
  $ 400.0     $ 361.3  

The carrying amounts of all other instruments at September 30, 2009, approximate their fair value due to the short maturity of these instruments.

8. 
Income Taxes

Our effective income tax rate was 38.4% for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2009, compared with 37.5% for the three month period ended September 30, 2008 and 38.4% for the nine month period ended September 30, 2008.  In determining our quarterly provision for income taxes, we use an estimated annual effective tax rate, which is based on our expected annual income, statutory tax rates, best estimate of nontaxable and nondeductible items of income and expense and the ultimate outcome of tax audits.  The 2009 effective income tax rate reflects changes in estimates of state income taxes and nontaxable and nondeductible items as they relate to expected annual income.
 
At September 30, 2009, we had a total of $15.0 million in gross unrecognized tax benefits, which is a component of other long-term liabilities on our balance sheet. Of this amount, $9.7 million represents the amount of unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would impact our effective tax rate.  The total amount of accrued interest and penalties for such unrecognized tax benefits was $2.9 million at September 30, 2009.

9. 
Legal Proceedings

We are involved in certain claims and pending litigation arising from the normal conduct of business.  Based on the present knowledge of the facts and, in certain cases, opinions of outside counsel, we believe the resolution of these claims and pending litigation will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

10. 
Business Segments

We reported four distinct business segments during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009.  These segments included: Intermodal (JBI), Dedicated Contract Services (DCS), Truck (JBT), and Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS).  The operation of each of these businesses is described in Note 13, Segment Information, of our Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2008.  A summary of certain segment information is presented below (in millions):





   
Assets
 (Excludes intercompany accounts)
As of September 30
 
    2009     2008  
JBI
  $ 906     $ 803  
DCS
    449       397  
JBT
    328       440  
ICS
    31       26  
Other (includes corporate)
    144       138  
Total
  $ 1,858     $ 1,804  

   
Operating Revenues
 
   
Three Months Ended
 September 30
   
Nine Months Ended
 September 30
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
2009
   
2008
 
JBI
  $ 456     $ 532     $ 1,272     $ 1,464  
DCS
    197       244       550       716  
JBT
    119       171       329       547  
ICS
    68       59       192       149  
        Subtotal
    840       1,006       2,343       2,876  
Inter-segment eliminations
    (6 )     (10 )     (17 )     (24 )
        Total
  $ 834     $ 996     $ 2,326     $ 2,852  

   
Operating Income/(Loss)
 
   
Three Months Ended
 September 30
   
Nine Months Ended
 September 30
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
2009
   
2008
 
JBI
  $ 49.6     $ 74.0     $ 129.7     $ 192.0  
DCS
    18.9       26.8       44.3       67.3  
JBT
    (0.4 )     2.5       (10.3 )     5.8  
ICS
    3.0       3.1       11.4       7.3  
Other (includes corporate)
    (0.1     (0.1 )      (0.1 )     (0.0 )
        Total
  $ 71.0     $ 106.3     $ 175.0     $ 272.4  

   
Depreciation and Amortization Expense
 
   
Three Months Ended
 September 30
   
Nine Months Ended
 September 30
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
2009
   
2008
 
JBI
  $ 16.2     $ 14.7     $ 46.7     $ 42.1  
DCS
    15.7       17.1       47.2       51.5  
JBT
    12.4       16.2       39.7       50.1  
ICS
    0.1       0.0       0.1       0.0  
Other (includes corporate)
    2.7       2.7       7.9       8.2  
        Total
  $ 47.1     $ 50.7     $ 141.6     $ 151.9  
 

ITEM 2.  MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

You should refer to the attached interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes and also to our Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2008 as you read the following discussion.  We may make statements in this report that reflect our current expectation regarding future results of operations, performance and achievements.  These are “forward-looking” statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are based on our belief or interpretation of information currently available.  You should realize there are many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described.  Some of the factors and events that are not within our control and could have a significant impact on future operating results are general economic conditions, cost and availability of fuel, accidents, adverse weather conditions, competitive rate fluctuations, availability of drivers, adverse legal decisions and audits or tax assessments of various federal, state or local taxing authorities.  Additionally, our business is somewhat seasonal with slightly higher freight volumes typically experienced during August through early November.  You should also refer to Item 1A of our Annual Report (Form 10-K) for the year ended December 31, 2008, for additional information on risk factors and other events that are not within our control.  Our future financial and operating results may fluctuate as a result of these and other risk factors as described from time to time in our filings with the SEC.

GENERAL

We are one of the largest surface transportation companies in North America.  We operate four distinct, but complementary, business segments and provide a wide range of transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico.  We generate revenues primarily from the movement of freight from shippers to consignees and from serving as a logistics provider by offering or arranging for others to provide the transportation service.  In addition, we offer services that generally are not provided by common truckload or intermodal carriers, including specialized equipment, on-site management and final-mile-delivery services.  We account for our business on a calendar year basis with our full year ending on December 31 and our quarterly reporting periods ending on March 31, June 30 and September 30.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of our financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions that impact the amounts reported in our Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes.  Therefore, the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and associated disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities are affected by these estimates.  We evaluate these estimates on an ongoing basis, utilizing historical experience, consultation with experts and other methods considered reasonable in the particular circumstances.  Nevertheless, actual results may differ significantly from our estimates.  Any effects on our business, financial position or results of operations resulting from revisions to these estimates are recognized in the accounting period in which the facts that give rise to the revision become known.

Information regarding our Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates can be found in our most current Form 10-K (Annual Report).  The four critical accounting policies that we believe require us to make more significant judgments and estimates when we prepare our financial statements include those relating to self-insurance accruals, revenue equipment, revenue recognition and income taxes.  We have discussed the development and selection of these critical accounting policies and estimates with the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.  In addition, Note 2, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, to the financial statements in our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2008, contains a summary of our critical accounting policies.  There have been no material changes to the methodology we apply for critical accounting estimates as previously disclosed in our Annual Report.

Segments

We operated four segments during the third quarter 2009.  The operation of each of these businesses is described in Note 13, Segment Information, of our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2008.


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Comparison of Three Months Ended September 30, 2009 to Three Months Ended September 30, 2008
 
   
Summary of Operating Segment Results
For the Three Months Ended September 30
(in millions)
 
   
Operating Revenues
   
Operating Income/(Loss)
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
% Change
   
2009
   
2008
 
JBI
  $ 456     $ 532       (14 )%    $ 49.6     74.0  
DCS
    197       244       (19 )     18.9     26.8  
JBT
    119       171       (30 )     (0.4 )     2.5  
ICS
    68       59       16       3.0       3.1  
Other (includes corporate)
    0       0       0       (0.1 )     (0.1 )
     Subtotal
    840       1,006       (16 )%     71.0       106.3  
Inter-segment eliminations
    (6 )     (10 )     28       --       --  
     Total
  $ 834     $ 996       (16 )%   $ 71.0      $ 106.3  

Our total consolidated operating revenues decreased to $834 million for the third quarter 2009, a 16% decrease from the $996 million for the third quarter 2008.  Lower fuel prices resulted in fuel surcharge revenues of $93.1 million during the current quarter, compared with $225.8 million in 2008.  If fuel surcharge revenues were excluded from both periods, the decrease of 2009 revenue from 2008 was 4%.  The total consolidated tractor fleet declined from 10,029 units in the third quarter 2008 to 9,905 units in the third quarter 2009.  Total consolidated container and trailer count grew from 61,406 to 62,471, while the JBT segment fleet decreased from 16,382 trailers at September 30, 2008 to 12,485 at September 30, 2009.  The overall growth in the consolidated trailing equipment fleet was primarily to support additional intermodal business.

JBI segment revenue decreased 14%, to $456 million during the third quarter 2009, compared with $532 million in 2008.  This decrease in segment revenue was primarily the result of decreases in fuel prices, resulting in lower fuel surcharge revenue.  JBI revenue decreased slightly over the comparable prior year quarter when the impact of fuel surcharges is excluded.  While overall load volume grew 9% during the current quarter, over the comparable period of 2008, an extremely competitive bid season resulting in lower rates, along with a 1% decrease in length of haul from the third quarter 2008 contributed to the decline in revenues.  Operating income of the JBI segment declined to $49.6 million in the third quarter 2009, from $74.0 million in 2008, primarily due to lower revenue levels.

DCS segment revenue decreased 19%, to $197 million in 2009, from $244 million in 2008.  Excluding fuel surcharges, revenue declined 8%, compared to the third quarter 2008, primarily due to fleet reductions in response to changes in our customers’ business demands.  Average truck count at our base business accounts (locations that commenced operations prior to the current calendar year) declined by approximately 19% to 3,732 units in the current quarter compared to the third quarter 2008.  Operating income of our DCS segment decreased to $18.9 million in 2009, from $26.8 million in 2008.  The decrease in operating income was primarily due to reduced volume as well as approximately $2.7 million of implementation expenses related to new business development.

JBT segment revenue totaled $119 million for the third quarter 2009, a decrease of 30% from the $171 million in the third quarter 2008.  Excluding fuel surcharges, revenue declined 21%, compared to third quarter 2008.  This decrease in revenue was primarily a result of a 10% reduction in loads hauled, compared to the same quarter a year ago, lower rates and reduced fleet size in the third quarter 2009.  Rate per loaded mile, excluding fuel surcharges, decreased sharply compared to the prior year period.  Average length-of-haul increased 4.9%, but spot rate per mile, excluding fuel surcharges, declined 18.7%.  JBT operated at a loss of $0.4 million in the third quarter 2009, compared to operating income of $2.5 million in the third quarter 2008.  Operating income declined primarily due to the decreased revenue.

ICS segment revenue grew 16%, to $68 million in the third quarter 2009, from $59 million in the third quarter 2008, which was attributable to a 76% increase in loads from new and existing customers.  Our third-party carrier base grew 38% during the current quarter to over 21,000 carriers by quarter-end.  Operating income of our ICS segment decreased slightly to $3.0 million, from $3.1 million in 2008.  This decrease in operating income was partly due to increases in salaries and wages as a result of employee growth.  Our ICS staff count grew 50% during the third quarter 2009, compared with 2008.

Consolidated Operating Expenses

The following table sets forth items in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings as a percentage of operating revenues and the percentage increase or decrease of those items as compared with the prior period.

   
Three Months Ended September 30
 
   
Dollar Amounts as a
Percentage of Total
Operating Revenues
   
Percentage Change
of Dollar Amounts Between Quarters
 
   
2009
   
2008
    2009 vs. 2008  
Total operating revenues
    100.0 %       100.0
%
      (16.3 )%  
Operating expenses:
                             
   Rents and purchased transportation
    43.8         40.2         (8.9 )  
   Salaries, wages and employee benefits
    24.4         21.8         (6.3 )  
   Fuel and fuel taxes
    8.7         14.4         (49.3 )  
   Depreciation and amortization
    5.6         5.1         (7.0 )  
   Operating supplies and expenses
    4.8         4.2         (3.6 )  
   Insurance and claims
    1.5         1.4         (11.1 )  
   General and administrative expenses, net of asset dispositions
    1.3         1.0         0.2    
   Operating taxes and licenses
    0.8         0.8         (12.5 )  
   Communication and utilities
    0.6         0.4         2.1    
      Total operating expenses
    91.5         89.3         (14.3 )  
      Operating income
    8.5         10.7         (33.2 )  
   Interest income
    0.0         0.0         (44.4 )  
   Interest expense
    0.7         1.0         (33.7 )  
   Equity in loss of affiliated company
    0.0         0.0         192.7    
      Earnings before income taxes
    7.8         9.7         (32.8 )  
Income taxes
    3.0         3.6         (31.3 )  
      Net earnings
    4.8 %       6.1
%
      (33.7 )%  

Total operating expenses decreased 14.3% and operating revenues declined 16.3%, during the third quarter 2009, from the comparable period 2008.  Changes in fuel costs and fuel surcharge revenues can have an impact on the comparison of revenues and costs between reporting periods.  Operating income decreased to $71.0 million during the third quarter 2009, from $106.3 million in the third quarter 2008.

Rents and purchased transportation costs decreased 8.9% in 2009.  This decrease was primarily the result of the lower cost of fuel, since fuel costs of third-party rail and truck carriers are included in purchased transportation expense.  This decrease was partially offset by an increase in load volume in our JBI and ICS segments.

Salaries, wages and employee benefit costs decreased 6.3% in 2009 compared with 2008.  This decrease was primarily related to reductions in the number of company drivers in our DCS and JBT segments, caused by the reduction in business demand and freight movement.
 
Fuel costs decreased 49.3% in 2009, compared with 2008.  Our fuel cost per gallon during the current quarter decreased 41% due to the steep decline in fuel prices, compared with the third quarter 2008.  We have fuel surcharge programs in place with the majority of our customers.  These programs typically involve a specified computation based on the change in national, regional or local fuel prices.  While these programs may incorporate fuel cost changes as frequently as weekly, most also reflect a specified miles per gallon factor and require a certain minimum change in fuel costs (e.g., $0.05 per gallon) to trigger a change in fuel surcharge revenue.  As a result, some of these programs have a timing lag between when fuel costs change and when this change is reflected in revenues.  For such programs, this lag negatively impacts operating income in times of rapidly increasing fuel costs and positively impacts operating income when fuel costs decrease rapidly.

It is not meaningful to compare the amount of fuel surcharge revenue or the change in fuel surcharge revenue between reporting periods to fuel and fuel taxes expense, or the change of fuel expense between periods, as a significant portion of fuel cost is included in our payments to railroads, dray carriers and other third parties.  These payments are classified as purchased transportation expense.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased 7.0%, which was primarily the result of the reduction of our tractor fleet.  Operating supplies and expenses decreased 3.6%, primarily due to lower maintenance costs and a decrease in toll costs, compared with the third quarter 2008.  Insurance and claims expense decreased 11.1% for 2009 compared with 2008, primarily due to a lower number of accidents and lower claims costs.

General and administrative expenses increased slightly for the current quarter from the comparable period in 2008, primarily as a result of an increase in facilities expense and an increase in the loss on the sale of assets.  This increase was partially offset by decreases in bad debt expense and other driver expenses.  Net losses from the sale of revenue equipment were $1.0 million in 2009, compared with $0.1 million in 2008.  Operating taxes and licenses decreased by 12.5% primarily due to the decrease in truck miles and registered equipment.
 
Net interest expense decreased 33.5% in 2009, due to a reduction in debt levels and lower interest rates.  We continue to use operating cash flows to pay down debt and have reduced total debt to $626 million at September 30, 2009 from $692 million at September 30, 2008.

The “equity in (income)/loss of affiliated company” item on our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Earnings reflects our share of the operating results of Transplace, Inc. (TPI).

Our effective income tax rate was 38.4% for the third quarter 2009 and for the nine months ended September 2009, as compared to 37.5% for the third quarter 2008 and 38.4% for the nine months ended September 30, 2008.  In determining our quarterly provision for income taxes, we use an estimated annual effective tax rate, which is based on our expected annual income, statutory tax rates, best estimate of nontaxable and nondeductible items of income and expense and the ultimate outcome of tax audits.

Comparison of Nine Months Ended September 30, 2009 to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2008

   
Summary of Operating Segment Results
For the Nine Months Ended September 30
 (in millions)
 
   
Operating Revenues
   
Operating Income/(Loss)
 
   
2009
   
2008
   
% Change
   
2009
    2008
 
JBI
  $ 1,272     $ 1,464       (13 )%   $ 129.7     $ 192.0  
DCS
    550       716       (23 )     44.3     67.3  
JBT
    329       547       (40 )     (10.3 )     5.8  
ICS
    192       149       29       11.4       7.3  
Other (includes corporate)
    0       0       0       (0.1 )     0.0  
     Subtotal
    2,343       2,876       (19 )%     175.0       272.4  
Inter-segment eliminations
    (17 )     (24 )     28       --       --  
     Total
  $ 2,326     $ 2,852       (18 )%   $ 175.0     $ 272.4  

Our total consolidated operating revenues decreased to $2,326 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009, an 18% decrease from the $2,852 million for the comparable period 2008.  Significantly lower fuel prices resulted in fuel surcharge revenues of $219.0 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2009, compared with $594.0 million in 2008.  If fuel surcharge revenues were excluded from both periods, the decrease of 2009 revenue from 2008 was 6.7%.  The decreased level of revenue, excluding fuel surcharge, was primarily attributable to lower load volume in our DCS and JBT segments, partially offset by higher volumes in our JBI and ICS segments.  The significant decline in JBT revenues was primarily a result of our ongoing long-term strategy to reduce the size of the segment’s tractor fleet and weaker demand brought about by the current economic recession.  As previously mentioned, our total consolidated company-owned tractor fleet declined from 10,029 units in 2008 to 9,905 units in 2009.  Containers and trailers grew from 61,406 to 62,471 during the comparable periods.

JBI segment revenue decreased 13% to $1,272 million in 2009, compared with $1,464 million in 2008.  This decrease in revenue was primarily a result of the reduction in fuel costs and fuel surcharge revenue partly offset by a 7% growth in overall load volume.  Operating income of the JBI segment declined to $129.7 million in 2009, from $192.0 million in 2008, primarily due to decreased revenue and declining length of haul, as well as a pretax charge to write down the fair value of certain assets held for sale recorded in the second quarter 2009.

DCS segment revenue decreased 23%, to $550 million in 2009, from $716 million in 2008.  This decline in DCS segment revenue was partly due to decreased fuel surcharges related to lower costs of fuel and fewer loads.  Excluding fuel surcharges, revenue declined 13%, compared to the first nine months 2008, primarily due to the decline in the average truck count. The lower truck count reflects fleet reductions in response to changes in our customers’ business demands and our action to reduce units that operate in more generic dedicated business.  Operating income of our DCS segment decreased to $44.3 million in 2009, from $67.3 million in 2008.  The decline in operating income was due to decreased demand, as well as increased implementation expenses related to new business and a pretax charge to write down the fair value of certain assets held for sale recorded in the second quarter 2009.

JBT segment revenue totaled $329 million in 2009, a decrease of 40% from the $547 million in 2008.  This decrease in revenue was primarily a result of a 25% decrease in loads hauled, compared to the same period a year ago, as demand was less in 2009.  Rate per loaded mile, excluding fuel surcharges, decreased by 9%, compared to the prior year period.  Our JBT segment operated at a loss of $10.3 million in 2009, compared to operating income of $5.8 million in 2008.  The decrease in operating income was the result of decreased revenue and decreased demand.

ICS segment revenue grew 29%, to $192 million in 2009, from $149 million in 2008, which was primarily attributable to increases in load volume from both new and existing customers.  Operating income of our ICS segment increased to $11.4 million in 2009, from $7.3 million in 2008, due to volume growth, as our third-party carrier base grew 38% to over 21,000 carriers by quarter end.  Our ICS employee count increased 32% in 2009, compared with 2008, which was primarily in the sales and operations functions.

Consolidated Operating Expenses

The following table sets forth items in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings as a percentage of operating revenues and the percentage increase or decrease of those items as compared with the prior period.


 
   
Nine Months Ended September 30 
 
   
Dollar Amounts as a
Percentage of Total
Operating Revenues
   
Percentage Change
of Dollar Amounts Between Periods
 
    2009    
2008
    2009 vs. 2008  
Total operating revenues
    100.0 %       100.0 %       (18.4 )%  
Operating expenses:
                             
   Rents and purchased transportation
    43.0         39.0         (9.7 )  
   Salaries, wages and employee benefits
    25.3         22.9         (9.7 )  
   Fuel and fuel taxes
    8.4         15.2         (55.3 )  
   Depreciation and amortization
    6.1         5.3         (6.8 )  
   Operating supplies and expenses
    4.9         4.2         (4.2 )  
   Insurance and claims
    1.6         1.6         (17.2 )  
   General and administrative expenses, net of asset dispositions
    1.7         1.0         34.4    
   Operating taxes and licenses
    0.9         0.8         (13.5 )  
   Communication and utilities
    0.6         0.5         (4.8 )  
      Total operating expenses
    92.5         90.5         (16.6 )  
      Operating income
    7.5         9.5         (35.7 )  
   Interest income
    0.0         0.0         (43.2 )  
   Interest expense
    0.9         1.1         (34.0 )  
   Equity in loss of affiliated company
    0.0         0.0         70.9    
      Earnings before income taxes
    6.6         8.4         (35.7 )  
Income taxes
    2.5         3.2         (35.7 )  
      Net earnings
    4.1 %       5.2 %       (35.7 )%  

Total operating expenses decreased 16.6% and operating revenues decreased 18.4%, during the nine months ended September 30, 2009, from the comparable period of 2008.  Changes in fuel costs and fuel surcharge revenues can have an impact on the comparison of revenues and costs between reporting periods.  Operating income declined to $175.0 million during the first nine months 2009, from $272.4 million in 2008.

Rents and purchased transportation costs decreased 9.7% in 2009.  This decrease was a direct result of decreases in the cost of fuel, since fuel costs of third-party rail and truck carriers are included in purchased transportation expense.  This decrease was partially offset by an increase of outsourced freight through our ICS segment.

Salaries, wages and employee benefit costs decreased 9.7% in 2009 from 2008.  This decrease was primarily related to reductions in the number of drivers in our DCS and JBT segments, due to the reduction in business demand and freight movement.

Fuel costs decreased 55.3% in 2009, compared with 2008.  Our fuel cost per gallon during the first nine months 2009 decreased nearly 45% due to the decline in fuel prices.  As previously discussed, changes in fuel prices impact our fuel costs and results of operations.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased 6.8% in 2009, which was primarily the result of the reduction in our tractor fleet.  Operating supplies and expenses decreased 4.2%, primarily due to lower maintenance costs and lower travel expenses, compared with 2008.  Insurance and claims expense decreased 17.2% for 2009 compared with 2008, primarily due to a lower number of accidents and lower claims costs.  Operating taxes and licenses decreased by 13.5% due to the decrease in miles and freight demand, as well as a reduction in tractor units.

General and administrative expenses increased 34.4% in 2009 from the comparable period in 2008, primarily as a result of an impairment charge to write down the fair value of certain assets held for sale, implementation charges for new business, and increases in professional fees and facility expenses.  Net losses from sale of revenue equipment were $0.9 million in 2009, compared with net gains of $0.6 million in 2008.

Net interest expense decreased 33.8% in 2009, primarily due to reduced debt levels and lower interest rates.  Total debt decreased to $626 million at September 30, 2009, from $692 million at September 30, 2008.

The “equity in (income)/loss of affiliated company” item on our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Earnings reflects our share of the operating results of TPI.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $248 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2009, compared with $350 million for the same period 2008.  Operating cash flows decreased primarily due to lower earnings and changes in the volume and timing of payments to vendors.  In addition, the volume and timing of collections of accounts receivable resulted in lower operating cash flows compared to the 2008 period, primarily due to an increase in the respective period operating revenues.  Net cash used in investing activities totaled $209 million in 2009, compared with $117 million in 2008.  The higher level of cash used in investing activities in 2009 primarily related to implementation costs and investing in new start-up DCS business, as well as expanding our container fleet.  This increase was partially offset by proceeds on asset sales through further execution of our strategy of reduced investment in the asset-based operations of our JBT segment.  Net cash used in financing activities totaled $37 million, compared with $245 million in 2008, primarily as a result of our decreased net payments on outstanding debt during the comparable period.  The decrease in financing activity outflows was partially offset by an increase in our quarterly dividend payments.

Debt and Liquidity Data

 
September 30, 2009
 
December 31, 2008
 
September 30, 2008
Working capital ratio
1.5
0
 
0.9
7
 
1.0
1
Current portion of  debt (millions)
$0.
0
 
$118.
5
 
$147.
0
Total debt (millions)
$625.
8
 
$633.
5
 
$692.
2
Total debt to equity ratio
1.0
3
 
1.2
0
 
1.4
3
Total debt to capital ratio
0.5
1
 
0.5
4
 
0.5
9

Liquidity

Our need for capital has typically resulted from the acquisition of intermodal containers and chassis, trucks, tractors and trailers required to support our growth and the replacement of older equipment with new, late model equipment.  We have, during the past few years, obtained capital through cash generated from operations, revolving lines of credit and long-term debt issuances.  We have also periodically utilized operating leases to acquire revenue equipment.  At September 30, 2009, the operating leases outstanding are primarily for facilities, none of which contain any guaranteed residual value clauses.

At September 30, 2009, we were authorized to borrow up to $350 million under a revolving line of credit, which expires in March 2012 and is supported by a credit agreement with a group of banks.  The applicable interest rate under this agreement is based on either the prime rate or LIBOR, depending upon the specific type of borrowing, plus a margin based on the level of borrowings and our credit rating.  At September 30, 2009, we had $225.8 million outstanding at an average interest rate of 0.99% under this agreement.

Effective June 29, 2009, we terminated a $75 million accounts receivable securitization facility.  Concurrent with this termination, we dissolved a wholly-owned subsidiary called JBH Receivables LLC, which was formed in July 2006 as a bankruptcy remote entity associated with the accounts receivable securitization facility.

Our revolving line of credit requires us to maintain certain covenants and financial ratios.  We were in compliance with all covenants and financial ratios at September 30, 2009.

We believe our liquid assets, cash generated from operations and revolving line of credit will provide sufficient funds for our operating and capital requirements for the foreseeable future.

   
Contractual Cash Obligations
As of  September 30, 2009
Amounts Due by Period (in millions)
 
    Total     One Year
Or Less
    Two to
Three Years
    Four to
Five Years
   
After Five
Years
 
Operating leases
  $ 12     $ 5     $ 5     $ 1     $ 1  
Debt payments
    626       0       476       150       0  
Interest payments on debt (1)
    71       25       32       14       0  
Commitments to acquire revenue equipment and facilities
    174       174       0       0       0  
               Total
  $ 883     $ 204     $ 513     $ 165     $ 1  

(1)    Interest payments on debt are based on the debt balance and applicable rate, at September 30, 2009.
 
Our net capital expenditures were approximately $209 million during the first nine months of 2009, compared with $122 million for the same period 2008.  The $209 million of net capital expenditures includes net additions to revenue equipment and non-revenue producing assets, including those recorded in “Other Assets” in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets that are necessary to contribute to and support the future growth of our various business segments.  Capital expenditures in 2009 were primarily for tractor trades, additional intermodal containers, chassis, and other trailing equipment.  We are currently committed to spend approximately $85 million during the remainder of 2009, net of $37 million of expected sales proceeds from equipment dispositions.  We expect to spend approximately $294 million for net capital expenditures during calendar year 2009.  The table above excludes $17.9 million of potential liabilities, including interest and penalties, for uncertain tax positions as we are unable to reasonably estimate the ultimate timing of settlement.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Our only off-balance sheet arrangements are related to operating leases primarily for facilities.

Risk Factors

You should refer to Item 1A of our Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2008, under the caption “Risk Factors” for specific details on the following factors and events that are not within our control and could affect our financial results.

 
·
Our business is subject to general economic and business factors, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.  Recent economic trends and the current tightening of credit in financial markets could adversely affect our ability, and the ability of our suppliers and customers, to obtain financing for operations and capital expenditures.

 
·
We depend on third parties in the operation of our business.

 
·
We derive a significant portion of our revenue from a few major customers, the loss of one or more of which could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 
·
Ongoing insurance and claims expenses could significantly reduce our earnings.

 
·
We operate in a regulated industry, and increased direct and indirect costs of compliance with, or liability for violation of, existing or future regulations could have a material adverse effect on our business.

 
·
Our operations are subject to various environmental laws and regulations, the violation of which could result in substantial fines or penalties.

 
·
Rapid changes in fuel costs could impact our periodic financial results.

 
·
Difficulty in attracting and retaining drivers, delivery personnel and third-party carriers could affect our profitability and ability to grow.

 
·
We operate in a competitive and somewhat fragmented industry.  Numerous factors could impair our ability to maintain our current profitability and to compete with other carriers and private fleets.

 
·
Extreme or unusual weather conditions can disrupt our operations, impact freight volumes and increase our costs, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business results.

ITEM 3.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

We had $626 million of debt outstanding at September 30, 2009, including our revolving line of credit and senior notes issuances.  Currently, our senior notes have fixed interest rates of 5.31% and 6.08%.  These fixed-rate facilities reduce the impact of changes to market interest rates on future interest expense.  For our revolving line of credit, rates are based on either the prime rate or LIBOR plus an applicable margin.  Our earnings are affected by changes in these short-term interest rates.  Risk can be quantified by measuring the financial impact of a near-term adverse increase in short-term interest rates.  At our current level of borrowing, a one percent increase in our applicable rate would reduce annual pretax earnings by $2.3 million.

Although we conduct business in foreign countries, international operations are not material to our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.  Additionally, foreign currency transaction gains and losses were not material to our results of operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2009.  Accordingly, we are not currently subject to material foreign currency exchange rate risks from the effects that exchange rate movements of foreign currencies would have on our future costs or on future cash flows we would receive from our foreign investment.  As of September 30, 2009, we had no foreign currency forward exchange contracts or other derivative financial instruments to hedge the effects of adverse fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.

The price and availability of diesel fuel are subject to fluctuations due to changes in the level of global oil production, seasonality, weather and other market factors.  Historically, we have been able to recover a majority of fuel price increases from our customers in the form of fuel surcharges.  We cannot predict the extent to which fuel price levels will fluctuate in the future or the extent to which fuel surcharges could be collected to offset such changes.  As of September 30, 2009, we had no derivative financial instruments to reduce our exposure to fuel price fluctuations.

ITEM 4.  CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

As of the end of the period covered by this report, we carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our internal controls and disclosure controls.  Based upon that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of September 30, 2009, in alerting them on a timely basis to material information required to be disclosed by us in our periodic reports to the SEC.

In addition, there were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during our first nine months of 2009 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 
Part II.    Other Information

ITEM 1.   LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

We are involved in certain claims and pending litigation arising from the normal conduct of business.  Based on the present knowledge of the facts and, in certain cases, opinions of outside counsel, we believe the resolution of these claims and pending litigation will not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, our results of operations or liquidity.

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

Information regarding risk factors appears in Part I, Item 2, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of this report on Form 10-Q and in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008.

ITEM 2.   UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

Not applicable.

ITEM 3.   DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

Not applicable.

ITEM 4.   SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS

Not applicable.

ITEM 5.   OTHER INFORMATION

Not applicable.

ITEM 6.   EXHIBITS

Index to Exhibits

Exhibit
Number
Exhibits 

3.1
Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. dated May 19, 1988 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2005, filed on April 29, 2005)

3.2
Restated Bylaws of J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. dated February 27, 2008 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3(ii) of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2008, filed on April 30, 2008)

31.1
Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification

31.2
Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification

32.1
Section 1350 Certification

32.2
Section 1350 Certification


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized, in the city of Lowell, Arkansas, on the 28th day of October, 2009.

 
J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC.
(Registrant)
 
       
       
 
BY:
/s/ Kirk Thompson  
   
Kirk Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
       
       
 
BY:
/s/ David G. Mee  
   
David G. Mee
Executive Vice President, Finance and
Administration, Chief Financial Officer
 
       
       
 
BY:
/s/ Donald G. Cope  
   
Donald G. Cope
Senior Vice President, Controller,
Chief Accounting Officer
 
       

 
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