EXHIBIT 99.1


USA Truck Announces Record Fourth-Quarter 2014 EPS of $0.40

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Base revenue up 10.7% over 4Q13 to $125.8 million
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Operating income of $8.6 million compared to 4Q13 operating loss of $4.7 million
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Adjusted EBITDA up 47.9% to $19.0 million compared to $12.8 million in 4Q13
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Full-year Adjusted EPS of $0.74 and GAAP EPS of $0.58, highest in eight years

Van Buren, AR – February 11, 2015 –
USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAK), a leading North American transportation and logistics provider, today announced its financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2014.

“Our robust fourth quarter capped a transformative year for USA Truck,” said President and CEO John Simone.  “As a result of our company-wide focus on operational execution, profitable growth and cost effectiveness, we delivered our ninth consecutive quarter of improved results, our third consecutive quarter of positive operating income, and the Company’s highest quarterly earnings per share in more than nine years. For the full year, we achieved the goals we had set, delivering profitable consolidated operating income and positive earnings per share.  In fact, on an adjusted basis, 2014 diluted earnings per share totaled $0.74 compared to a loss of $0.44 per share in 2013.  This is our first full year of positive EPS since 2008.

“Both our Trucking and asset-light Strategic Capacity Solutions businesses performed well in the fourth quarter. While their strong performance was aided by the robust demand environment and favorable fuel prices, significant improvement in revenue per tractor in our Trucking business, including operational improvements such as improved fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs, made important contributions. Our consolidated operating ratio improved by 1,090 basis points to 93.2%.”

Mr. Simone continued, “In our Trucking business, we generated year over year base revenue growth of 4.2% but, more importantly, our base trucking revenue per seated tractor per week of $3,233 exceeded $3,000 for the fourth consecutive quarter and grew 9.1% over last year, driven by a 13.5% increase in our base revenue per loaded mile. We improved our Trucking operating ratio to 95.1%, a 1,400 basis-point improvement over the fourth quarter of 2013.  Our fleet fuel efficiency initiatives, which included investments in new equipment and enhancements to our existing fleet, produced a 10.4% improvement in miles-per-gallon, or $2.9 million.

“We continue to seek opportunities to increase volume through improved productivity of our existing assets by streamlining our internal processes to more effectively utilize our drivers’ available hours and to actively manage our network. In the near term, our plan is to continue our strong focus on cost efficiencies, particularly with respect to maintenance, and insurance and claims costs, and to increase the asset productivity of our owned tractors through continued improvements in our network, which may include a reduction in our average number of owned tractors in favor of growing our owner-operator and dedicated fleet.  We believe these efforts as well as the ongoing execution of other strategic and operational initiatives will drive further improvement in our Trucking business.

 
 

The following information was filed by Usa Truck Inc (USAK) on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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