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1 Is the Capacity Tipping Point Finally Here? “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill Agenda: Why Did It Not Feel Better in ? What Happened Since November? Freight Data-Just the Facts, Ma’am Economy: Points to Ponder Capacity: Hither and Thither? Photos from BB&TCM
2 The Numbers Say it was Better, but in Trucking it Didn’t Feel that Way Source: BB&TCM analysis; cartoon from ATA Auto prod. at 13.4M units Housing starts at 609K Unemployment of ~8.5% Truck tonnage rose 5.8%; total TL shipments rose 3.5%; van loads fell 3.0% 2013 Auto 16.6+M units (+4% yoy) Housing starts at ~923.4K units Unemployment 6.7%; 70+% of new jobs are part-time Truck tonnage is up ~8.6% since ’11; total TL shipments up 2.4%; van loads flat What’s Going On?
3 Why? IP Slumped, Lots of Other Issues… Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis for GDP; Federal Reserve Board for IP. When IP grows below 3%, freight gets sloppy E-Commerce Supply chain & packaging changes Product size changes Optimization of everything from the network to the trailer reduced shipment counts Intermodal… Much rooted in the “great recession” and high fuel prices of 2008 and resulted in…
4 Example: Van Shrank (Decay); Reefer (Growth)… Sources: BB&TCM analysis of ATA data. Commentary is BB&TCM. Dry van loads are in decay despite successes in dedicated, cross-border, DSD, etc. The 4 best years ever for van TL pricing and profits, , saw loads shrink each year Van load changes: 2003 (-1.2%), 2004 (- 3.3%), 2005 (-1.3%) and 2006 (-0.3%) were special only because supply was tight and HOS complicated things In the last 10 years reefer loads have declined one year -4.4%), while van loads have grown three times 1.0%, 2010 at 1.4% 1.1%) Reefer’s annual acceleration reflects an active FDA, aging population demographics, focus on fresh foods, etc. CAGR: : 6.5% : -3.1% CAGR: : 1.29% : 2.1%
5 Don’t Underestimate Intermodal’s Momentum vis-à-vis Trucking Source: BB&TCM; ATA and IANA data in chart Domestic intermodal has posted load growth 12 straight years, including 2009 Van TL loads have contracted 8 of the past 12 years, including 3 of last 5 years Van loads are ~18% below 2007 levels Domestic container growth has averaged 9.2% annual growth since 2007 (versus GDP growth of ~1.8%)
6 Other Influences—Friendly to Supply Chains, but Not to Truckers Source: BB&TCM; backhaul figures from ACT Research ; JBI LOH data from J.B. Hunt TMS Systems Packaging Revolution The growth of intermodal highway conversion in the East (see JBI chart on right) On-line shopping growth, creating more parcel, LTL and less TL (proportionate to LTL & parcel) Aggressive effort to lower deadhead by private in-house fleets (down 8 points in 6 years); this has created 2 points of truck capacity Broader supply chain changes JBI LOH Has Shrunk ~ 15%
7 Costs and Mileage Trends–Not Like the 1990s Source: BB&TCM estimates; ATA Atri division Carrier costs per mile (excluding fuel expenses) have risen 12.9% since 2008 Numerous fleets have bought used tractors and trailers to offset the higher costs of new equipment Annual cost inflation has averaged 3.1% However, driver wages fell in 2009 and were flat in 2010 Driver pay and benefits could be entering a highly inflationary period
8 What Happened the Last Few Months? Source: BB&TCM Weather 1)Networks out of kilter 2)Killed older capacity HOS: 3% Hit IP Accelerated Easy Comps May/June: port strike fears Rail Service meltdown: ~150,000 loads left rails first 11 weeks of 2014 Will July-September be their usual “mediocre”?
9 Easy Comps or a Better Economy? Van (top) & Reefer Clues Sources: BB&TCM commentary; ATA for load data Dry van load growth picked up last 5months of 2013 Van loads grew 3.9% last 5 months of 2013 versus (3.7%) shrinkage in 2012 Was it a real pick-up? Or easy comps given the fiscal cliff worries of 2012 and European debt worries of 2011? IP did grow 4.8% in Q4’13, but it too had an easy comp Jan ’14 (-0.37%), Feb ’14 (+1.38%) and Mar (+2.24%) were nothing special Reefer: easy comps 3 of last 4 months in 2013
10 LTL Shipments Saw the Same Year-End Bump Sources: BB&TCM commentary and ATA for data LTL shipments (not tonnage) also benefitted from easy comps Last 5 months of 2011 saw double-digit growth Only “strength on “strength” comp was Oct at +6% vs. +8.5% in Oct ’12 Jan ’14 (+2.1%) and Feb’14 (+5.0%)
11 On-Line Sales: The “Wild and Crazy Guy” for all Q4s? Sources: US Census Bureau for e-Commerce figures. Note: Talbots is a private company. Has grown 15.6% annually since 2009 “great recession” E-Commerce accelerated in 2013 as mobile apps improved On a steady path to at least 10% to 12% of mix eventually Amazon is to logistics what Walmart was in the 1980s- 2000s Omni-channel approach so important Modest shipping charges won’t change habits (Talbots example)
12 Q4’13: Retail’s Impact on Freight-This May be the ‘New Normal’ Sources: US Commerce Department, US Census Bureau; BB&TCM channel checks; photos from BB&TCM Store foot traffic is off 54% the last 3 years!!!! The last 5 weeks of 2013 saw foot traffic fall 12.8%, but brick & mortar retail sales rose 2.7% Online sales were 6.2% of retail in 1 st 9 months of 2013; then 14% last 5 weeks of 2013 Q4’13 zaniness not just a function of a late Thanksgiving and a Wednesday Christmas
13 Is Recent Tight Capacity Merely a Re-dux of 1H’2010? Source: BB&TCM analysis; cartoon from ATA. 1H’10 Awful weather in Feb/March Load acceptance fell Truck availability difficult Spot market spiked Feb-June “Next capacity crunch” declared by carriers But CSA, HOS, CARB, etc., were non- existent or different By mid-July it was ‘over’ for 3+ years Late ‘13-early ‘14 Weather stunk; spot soared HOS started slow, but took a bite by fall 2013 Actual & pending regs will continue to grow, i.e., “creeping capacity crunch” Unlikely to go back to looseness of but not yet a huge crunch
14 Freight Data-Just the Facts, Ma’am
15 Shipments: LTL & Tank Remain the Stars Source: ATA TRAC report
16 Now Reefer is Really Smoking (pun intended)! Sources: BB&TCM commentary; ATA for load data; ACT Research for reefer trailers Since the end of 2006 reefer loads have grown 20.3% but trailers are up just 3.4% Reefer loads have grown 9 of the last 10 years Reefer loads have averaged 3.3% annual growth since the end of 2003 Reefer Loads Up 20% Since ‘06
17 Flatbed Capacity: Thankfully Energy & Auto (Steel) Have Been Good Sources: BB&TCM commentary; ATA for load data; ACT Research for reefer trailers Flatbed trailers are off 8.3% from their ’07 peak Flatbed loads have grown 9.7% since the ’09 trough However, flatbed loads remain 25% below the last peak as the negatives of sluggish construction outweigh the positives of energy
18 Since 2011 Construction has Hired 543,000 Workers—Up to 130,000 were ex-Truck Drivers Source: BLS, June 2014 report for left table; ATA TRAC report for driver turnover; BLS for unemployment; US Census Bureau for housing starts Year Total Construction Jobs (000s) Residential Construction Jobs (000s) Non-Resid. Jobs (000s) , YTD Construction hiring picked a bit in 2013, with further acceleration in 2014 Lots of cash payments in 2012 and absorption of late ‘11-early ‘12 hiring Drivers are targeted for hiring
19 Domestic Intermodal: Gonna Take Another 15% Bite out of LH TL Source: BB&TCM; JB Hunt for intermodal chart Long-haul trucking remains very vulnerable to rail intermodal Truckload market greater than 700 miles is a $40B market Intermodal is a $14B market Intermodal should be at $20B by 2019–2020 At least 15% of the long-haul (over 700 miles) TL market will vanish ACT Research estimates that every 1M intermodal loads reduces the Class 8 tractor population need by 10,000
20 The Economy: Points to Ponder
21 Private Economy GDP Growth is “Ok” Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis for GDP; Private economy GDP is exclusive of all government spending (federal, state and local); commentary is BB&TCM IP has accelerated recently, a good thing But until job creation consistently tracks/exceeds 250,000 a month, the economy will remain “solidly mediocre” Rising interest rates will foster more loan growth, not stifle growth Bank spreads remain very narrow
22 …2 Key Freight Drivers Have “Leveled Off” Sources: BB&TCM commentary, US Census Bureau (housing) and Bloomberg (auto production). Housing in 000s; autos in millions. Housing starts are up 52% since 2011, but permits have stalled since April ’13 Permits are not impacted by weather like housing starts Auto production is up 89% since 2009 low and 24% since 2011 but is beginning to level off; 2% to 4% unit growth More robust job and income growth will be required for materially greater improvements Rising interest rates probably slowed housing some 70+% of all new jobs last 2 years are part-time versus a longer-term average of 53% How quickly will housing get back to 1.5M units?
23 Chemicals: Quietly Signaling Strength Sources: Association of American Railroads (AAR), Bloomberg and BB&TCM commentary. Chemical carloads on the railroads are encouraging 22 weeks so far While 13 are down (vs. 16 down weeks in all of 2013), much of that was weather Chemical shipments have been up 7 of the last 10 weeks Chemical carloadings are a proxy for industrial activity In the next 3 years over 120 new chemical, fertilizer and petro-chem plants and expansions will come on line in the Gulf Coast, totaling more than $120 billion
24 Long-Term Positive: Household Formations are Running Way Above Housing Starts Source: US Census Bureau and BB&TCM analysis
25 Lending: Bottoming and Growing Selectively Source: Federal Reserve Board. C&I is commercial and industrial and RE is real estate
26 Factoid: Today’s Youth are Different than Us Sources: US Dept. of Transportation and BB&TCM analysis; photo from BB&TCM Only 40% of Millenials (born ) believe it is important to own a vehicle compared to 60% for baby boomers ( ) 87% of 19-year olds held a license in 1983; only 69% did in 2011 Why? More comfortable with shared cars, bikes and public transit Affordability also an issue Will impact future freight
27 Capacity: Prolonged Crunch or Rolling Headaches in ? Source: BB&TCM/Thom Albrecht for cartoon on left; ATA for cartoon on right.
28 Capacity Crunch or Not? Source: Commentary is BB&TCM analysis and opinions; photo is courtesy of BB&TCM Bull Case Van loads grew 6.2% in Dec ‘13 Increase in carrier failures in Q3, Q4 and Q1 despite lower fuel prices and higher freight volumes Regulatory issues finally tightening the noose more than earlier supply chain changes Future regulation (ELDs, drug clearinghouse, etc.) to further constrict capacity Bear Case Dec’12 loads fell 8.4% (easy comp) 70+% of jobs last 2 years are part- time; labor participation rate very low Housing starts: faltered in Q4 and Q1, hurting GDP over 0.3% Auto at 16.6M, up from 8.8M and unlikely to exceed 17.5M Changing retail season likely to create chaos last 5-6 weeks each year, esp. e- Commerce WEATHER! Our conclusion? 2014 is like 2003, not 2004…a transitional year…setting the stage for , which could be highly inflationary for shippers
29 Tractor Shrinkage Was Close to Shipment Shrinkage by Late 2013 Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis for GDP; Federal Reserve Board for IP. There are 1.3M CL8 trucks 8 years old or newer 2.23M CL8 trucks 15 years old or newer We estimate that 70% to 75% of inter-city freight is hauled by trucks 8 years old or newer Little is hauled by 14 & 15 year old trucks But some is hauled by 9-12 year old trucks Weighting it 70/30 implies the OTR fleet was down ~16.5%, implying slight excess capacity (1% to 2%) last fall and then… all heck broke loose…
30 Why Drivers Leave Their Jobs (Pay & Respect)—It’s a Shipper Problem not Just a Carrier Problem Source: BB&TCM (analysis and survey); comments on right from BB&TCM; cartoon from ATA. Does the shipper value a driver’s time? Bathrooms, phones Wifi availability Helpful staff Parking availability Clear signs Paper work handled courteously & simply 3 rd Gate- Do they share your view? 3% rate hike-~1% goes to driver
31 Pay Rising but Woefully Inadequate Source: BB&TCM estimates; ATA Atri division Driver turnover in the 90s for 8 straight quarters Turnover managed fairly well, but the pipeline of new drivers is weak Pay needs to rise to attract new candidates to the industry 2013 median driver pay was $47,544, up 1.92% vs but up just 3.3% since 2008 At $0.372 it has barely budged since $0.360 in 2008; inflation alone would be at $0.403 In real terms drivers have lost 2.25 cents
32 Regulations, More than Demand, Will Drive the Next Crunch-But It’s Coming Source: FTR Associates and BB&TCM analysis. Tons of New Regulations
33 And A Host of Miscellaneous Factors Sources: ATA for loads; ACT Research for truck counts and BB&TCM analysis; photo from BB&TCM HOS cut “functional capacity” by ~3% And empty trucks due to no drivers is ~4% (maybe more) Carrier failures have risen significantly the last 9 months despite relatively muted fuel prices and a modest uptick in volumes Fleets are failing as the cumulative impact of costs and the driver toll run their course Older drivers leaving due to technology; younger drivers still not entering the driver force ELDs will grow like a musical crescendo…
34 Driver Miles Equals Driver Smiles Sources: BB&TCM proprietary work with a large private fleet, sub-90 OR Prep time=pre-trip inspection, fueling, drug tests, DOT inspections PT=breaks, meals, communications, route planning, logging Time at S/R=inefficient appointments, paperwork, check-in, check-out DTE=holidays, surges, traffic, day of week booking, network changes UT=appointment times, parking issues, fatigue, 70 hour rule, planning uncertainty, day of week bookings DT=Most fleets believe they can add 30 to 75 minutes with shipper/receiver help Note: 600 available drive time minutes per day
35 Shippers, Let’s Talk Strategy and “Big Picture” Source: BB&TCM photo and commentary You are not buying transportation, you are buying capacity…make sure your bosses know the difference Don’t let trucking’s economies of scope mask its diseconomies of scale Many of you work for companies with a kaizen, continuous improvement or lean culture. The average trucker has 4 to 5 drivers for every non-driver. Given the government’s lack of productivity help, be careful about a “CI” mindset
36 When President Obama took office in 2009, there was one person at DOT making over $170,000 annually Today, there are 1,800+ people at DOT making over $170,0000 No wonder you have a headache! Stat of the Day Source: US Congress for DOT information; picture from BB&TCM.
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