Here comes trucking giant JB Hunt ...
- JB Hunt is set to report its first-quarter earnings after Monday's closing bell.
- Shares were down 1.5% ahead of the results.
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JB Hunt, one of the biggest trucking companies in the US, will report its first-quarter results after Monday's closing bell.
Here are the key numbers analysts are expecting, according to Bloomberg:
- Adjusted Earnings per share: $1.25
- Net Income: $194 million
- Revenue: $2.12 billion
- Operating profit: $196 million
- EBITDA: $371 million
The growth of e-commerce has been a boon to the trucking industry, opening opportunities for "last-mile" delivery. In 2018, e-commerce grew by 16%, according to Peggy Dorf, a market analyst at DAT.
"This is a strategic investment that will further advance our final mile delivery capabilities of 'big and bulky' products to consumers and expand our expertise in furniture delivery," commented John Roberts, CEO of JB Hunt.
Recently, there has been some debate as to whether the US has been suffering from a "truck-driver shortage." The industry research group The American Transportation Research Institute has been sounding the alarm on a driver shortage, which it ranked as the top industry concern for the second year in a row.
However, a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found evidence opposing that view.
"Perhaps most surprising, a basic model of moving between occupations shows that truck drivers have lower occupational migration than other workers with similar education levels," the report said. "This suggests that, in the aggregate, the labor market for truck drivers works about as well as the labor markets for other blue-collar occupations."JB Hunt was up 13% this year, including Monday's drop.