Washington, D.C.  20549-1004





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  May 17, 2012 (May 17, 2012)



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)


File Number)


(IRS Employer
Identification No.)


3801 Old Greenwood Road

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903

(479) 785-6000

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of
the registrant’s principal executive offices)


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Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS) (the “Company”) is making a presentation at an investor conference on May 17, 2012. The Company is providing the following update on the most recent information related to the Company’s second quarter 2012 financial results and business trends. ABF Freight System, Inc. (“ABF”) is the largest subsidiary of the Company.


ABF’s financial metrics and business trends for the second quarter 2012 to-date through May 14, 2012, versus the same period last year:


·                  Billed revenue decreased approximately 2%

·                  Total billed revenue per hundredweight, including fuel surcharge, increased approximately 7%

·                  Total billed revenue per hundredweight, excluding fuel surcharge, also increased approximately 7%

·                  Tonnage per day decreased approximately 8%

·                  During April 2012, ABF experienced a slight operating loss

·                  ABF’s recent, historical operating ratio trend between first quarter and second quarter is an improvement of between 5 and 7 points


The following is a “safe harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements contained in this report that are not based on historical facts are “forward-looking statements.” Terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict,” “prospects,” “scheduled,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions and the negatives of such terms are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are by their nature subject to uncertainties and risk including, but not limited to, general economic conditions and related shifts in market demand that impact the performance and needs of industries served by Arkansas Best Corporation’s subsidiaries and limit our customers’ access to adequate financial resources; relationships with employees, including unions; union and nonunion employee wages and benefits, including changes in required contributions to multiemployer pension plans; competitive initiatives, pricing pressures, the effect of volatility in fuel prices and the associated changes in fuel surcharges on securing increases in base freight rates and the inability to collect fuel surcharges; availability of fuel; availability and cost of reliable third-party services; the timing and amount of capital expenditures; future costs of operating expenses such as fuel and related taxes; self-insurance claims and insurance premium costs; governmental regulations and policies; future climate change legislation; availability and cost of capital and financing arrangements; the cost and timing of growth initiatives; the impact of our brand and corporate reputation; the cost, integration, and performance of any future acquisitions; costs of continuing investments in technology and the impact of cyber incidents; weather conditions; and other financial, operational, and legal risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Arkansas Best Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) public filings.






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 hereunto duly authorized.








            May 17, 2012


/s/ Michael R. Johns



Michael R. Johns



Vice President — General Counsel



and Corporate Secretary