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U.S. XPRESS ENTERPRISES, INC. REPORTS RECORD FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (January 26, 2006) - U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ/NM: XPRSA) announced operating revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2005.

Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2005 increased 1.8% to $318.0 million compared with $312.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2004. The Company reported net income for the fourth quarter of $7.1 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

For the year ended December 31, 2005, revenue increased 5.3% to $1.2 billion from $1.1 billion in 2004. For 2005, net income was $9.4 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, which included a one-time, pre-tax charge of $2.8 million related to the sale and exit of the Company's airport-to-airport business, compared with net income of $16.4 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the prior year. Excluding this charge, net income for 2005 would have been $10.9 million, or $0.68 per diluted share.

During the quarter, truckload revenue, excluding the effect of fuel surcharges, increased 2.3% to $254.5 million from $248.8 million a year ago. The increase in truckload revenue was driven by a 6.9% increase in rate per loaded mile partially offset by a 4.0% reduction in revenue miles per tractor. Truckload operating income for the quarter decreased by 5.9% to $17.0 million in the 2005 quarter from $18.1 million in the 2004 quarter as the impact of rate increases and lower net fuel costs were more than offset by increases in driver wages and insurance premiums and claims. Although the decrease in fuel prices, net of fuel surcharges, during the quarter positively impacted truckload operating income by approximately $1.3 million, or $0.05 per share, for the year, the record high fuel prices negatively impacted truckload operating income by approximately $6.5 million, or $0.21 per share.

Revenue of XpressGlobal Systems declined to $22.5 million in the quarter compared with $42.6 million in the comparable 2004 quarter due primarily to the sale and exit from the airport-to-airport business in the second quarter of 2005. Revenues in floorcovering operations declined approximately $3.1 million, or 14.2%, versus the 2004 quarter. Xpress Global Systems’ operating loss for the quarter was $2.2 million compared with a $4.5 million operating loss in the prior-year quarter. The current quarter operating results were impacted by lower than expected floorcovering revenues and delays in achieving necessary customer rate increases.

During the fourth quarter, the equity in earnings of the Company's 49% interest in Arnold Transportation and Total Transportation was approximately $980,000. For the fourth quarter these entities, on a combined basis, reported revenues of $99.4 million and achieved an operating ratio of approximately 94.0%. For 2005, the entities contributed $2.8 million of equity in earnings for the Company, reported a combined revenue of $317 million and achieved an operating ratio of approximately 94.7%. Together, these two affiliated companies currently operate approximately 2,000 tractors providing regional and medium length of haul and dedicated dry van truckload services.
 

 
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4080 Jenkins Road, Chattanooga, TN  37421
423.510.3000

 

XPRSA Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Page 2
January 26, 2006

Co-Chairman, Patrick Quinn, stated, "We are very pleased to establish a new quarterly record for earnings per share. The record earnings were driven by strong truckload freight demand comparable to what we experienced in the fourth quarter of 2004, improved truckload pricing, decreasing fuel prices, and the reduction in operating losses at our Xpress Global Systems operation.

"Looking ahead to our outlook for 2006, we believe that Xpress Global Systems will achieve profitable results following the seasonally difficult first quarter. In our truckload operations we believe we have an opportunity to improve margins in 2006 given a favorable operating environment, including relatively strong freight demand and constrained tractor capacity, no further deterioration in fuel costs and a moderate increase in our seated truck capacity."

The Company also announced that it repurchased 41,800 shares of Common Stock during the fourth quarter for a total investment of $524,800, bringing the total shares of Common Stock repurchased in 2005 to 948,686 shares for a total investment of $12.4 million. The Company has approximately $4.3 million remaining under its repurchase authorization approved by the Board of Directors in August 2005.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results on January 27, 2006, at 1:30 p.m. EST. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (913) 981-5532. A replay of the conference call will be available through February 3, 2006, by dialing (719) 457-0820 and entering the confirmation number, 5097406.

The live broadcast of U.S. Xpress Enterprises' quarterly conference call will be available online at the Company's website, www.usxpress.com, as well as http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?p=irol-eventDetails&c=80059&eventID=1202753 on January 27, 2006, beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue through February 10, 2006.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. is the fifth largest publicly owned truckload carrier in the United States, measured by revenue. The Company provides dedicated, regional, and expedited team truckload services throughout North America, with regional capabilities in the West, Midwest, and Southeastern United States. The Company is one of the largest providers of expedited and time-definite services in the truckload industry and is a leader in providing expedited intermodal rail services. Xpress Global Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary, is a provider of transportation, warehousing, and distribution services to the floor covering industry. The Company participates in logistics services through its joint ownership of Transplace, an Internet-based global transportation logistics company. Additionally, U.S. Xpress has a 49% equity ownership interest in Arnold Transportation Services, Inc., which provides regional, dedicated, and medium length of haul services with a fleet of approximately 1,500 trucks, and Total Transportation of Mississippi and affiliated companies, a truckload carrier that provides medium length of haul and dedicated dry van service with a fleet of approximately 500 trucks primarily in the eastern United States. Please visit the Company's website at www.usxpress.com.
 
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XPRSA Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Page 3
January 26, 2006

This press release contains certain statements that may be considered "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. These statements generally may be identified by their use of terms or phrases such as "expects," "estimates," "anticipates," "projects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "may," "will," "should," "could," "potential," "continue," "future," and terms or phrases of similar substance. In this press release, these statements include, without limitation, statements relating to anticipated freight demand and tractor capacity; improving the performance of Xpress Global Systems; increases in seated truck capacity; and improvements in operating margins and results of operations. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements: the risk that we will be unable to obtain the level of rate increases and improvement in freight mix that we expect regardless of increased freight volumes; the risk that our perception of industry fundamentals is incorrect and an improvement in freight volumes and pricing does not occur; the risk that the actions we have taken to increase margins and reduce costs in our Xpress Global segment will not be effective; further increases in the compensation of or difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified drivers and independent contractors; further fluctuations in the price or availability of diesel fuel or in surcharge collection; recessionary economic cycles and downturns in customers' business cycles; excess tractor or trailer capacity in the trucking industry; decreased demand for our services or loss of one or more of our major customers; surplus inventories; strikes, work slow downs, or work stoppages at our facilities or at customers, ports, or other shipping related facilities; increases in interest rates, fuel taxes, tolls, and license and registration fees; increases in the prices paid for new revenue equipment and changes in the resale value of our used equipment; elevated experience in the frequency and severity of claims relating to accident, cargo, workers' compensation, health, and other claims; increased insurance premiums; fluctuations in claims expenses that result from high self-insured retention amounts and differences between estimates used in establishing and adjusting claims reserves and actual results over time; adverse changes in claims experience and loss development factors; seasonal factors such as harsh weather conditions that increase operating costs; competition from trucking, rail, and intermodal competitors; regulatory requirements that increase costs or decrease efficiency, including revised hours-of-service requirements for drivers and new emissions control regulations; our ability to execute our business strategy; our ability to grow our revenue at historical rates; the loss of one of our senior officers; our ability to finance revenue equipment purchases and other capital requirements, and to do so on acceptable terms; the risk that our substantial indebtedness and operating lease obligations could adversely impact our ability to respond to changes in our industry or business, or that we could be unable to comply with the restrictive and financial covenants contained therein; the risk that railroad service instability could increase our costs and reduce our ability to offer expedited intermodal rail service; the risk of adverse results at Arnold Transportation or Total Transportation of Mississippi that are included in our results; our ability to identify acceptable acquisition candidates, consummate acquisitions, and integrate acquired operations; the number of shares repurchased, if any; and the effects of repurchasing the shares on debt, equity, and liquidity; Readers should review and consider these factors along with our various disclosures in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in the factors affecting the forward-looking information.
 
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XPRSA Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Page 4
January 26, 2006

 
U.S. XPRESS ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
 
(Unaudited)
 
                   
 
Three Months Ended
December 31, 
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
     
2005
 
 
2004
 
 
2005
 
 
2004
 
                           
Operating Revenue:
                         
Revenue, before fuel surcharge
 
$
275,149
 
$
288,880
 
$
1,038,754
 
$
1,044,699
 
Fuel surcharge
   
42,815
   
23,436
   
125,478
   
60,957
 
        Total operating revenue
   
317,964
   
312,316
   
1,164,232
   
1,105,656
 
                           
Operating Expenses:
                         
Salaries, wages and benefits
   
103,965
   
97,911
   
399,894
   
367,317
 
Fuel and fuel taxes
   
63,423
   
47,767
   
225,213
   
168,570
 
Vehicle rents
   
18,098
   
18,037
   
69,707
   
71,068
 
Depreciation and amortization, net of gain on sale
   
11,555
   
10,829
   
46,661
   
45,097
 
Purchased transportation
   
50,517
   
65,011
   
197,648
   
212,153
 
Operating expense and supplies
   
18,052
   
19,570
   
75,100
   
72,689
 
Insurance premiums and claims
   
20,868
   
20,221
   
55,197
   
59,651
 
Operating taxes and licenses
   
3,796
   
3,469
   
14,144
   
13,924
 
Communications and utilities
   
2,515
   
2,744
   
10,718
   
11,435
 
General and other operating
   
10,358
   
13,163
   
43,847
   
43,744
 
Early Extinguishment of Debt
   
93
   
454
   
294
   
454
 
Loss on sale of airport business
   
-
   
-
   
2,787
   
-
 
        Total operating expenses
   
303,240
   
299,176
   
1,141,210
   
1,066,102
 
                           
Income from Operations
   
14,724
   
13,140
   
23,022
   
39,554
 
                   
Interest Expense, net
   
2,371
   
2,201
   
7,666
   
9,223
 
Equity in income of affiliated companies
   
(984
)
  -     
(2,792
)
  -  
     
1,387
   
2,201
   
4,874
   
9,223
 
 
                 
Income Before Income Taxes
   
13,337
   
10,939
   
18,148
   
30,331
 
 
                 
Income Tax Provision
   
6,259
   
4,988
   
8,716
   
13,905
 
 
                 
Net Income
 
$
7,078
 
$
5,951
 
$
9,432
 
$
16,426
 
 
                 
Earnings Per Share - basic
 
$
0.46
 
$
0.41
 
$
0.59
 
$
1.16
 
Weighted average shares - basic
   
15,375
   
14,449
   
15,929
   
14,159
 
Earnings Per Share - diluted
 
$
0.46
 
$
0.40
 
$
0.59
 
$
1.14
 
Weighted average shares - diluted
   
15,503
   
14,823
   
16,083
   
14,399
 
 
 
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XPRSA Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Page 5
January 26, 2006





U.S. XPRESS ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data - Net of Fuel Surcharge Revenue)
(Unaudited)
                         
 
 
Three Months Ended
December 31,
 
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
     
   
2005
 
2004
 
2005
 
2004
Operating Revenue
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
Operating Expenses:
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
Salaries, wages and benefits
 
37.8
   
33.9
   
38.5
   
35.2
 
Fuel and fuel taxes
 
7.5
   
8.4
   
9.6
   
10.3
 
Vehicle rents
 
6.5
   
6.2
   
6.7
   
6.8
 
Depreciation and amortization, net of gain on sale
 
4.2
   
3.7
   
4.5
   
4.3
 
Purchased transportation
 
18.4
   
22.5
   
19.0
   
20.3
 
Operating expense and supplies
 
6.5
   
6.8
   
7.2
   
7.0
 
Insurance premiums and claims
 
7.6
   
7.0
   
5.3
   
5.7
 
Operating taxes and licenses
 
1.4
   
1.2
   
1.4
   
1.3
 
Communications and utilities
 
0.9
   
0.9
   
1.0
   
1.1
 
General and other operating
 
3.8
   
4.7
   
4.3
   
4.2
 
Early Extinguishment of Debt
 
0.0
   
0.2
   
0.0
   
0.0
 
Loss on sale of airport business
 
0.0
   
0.0
   
0.3
   
0.0
 
Total operating expenses
 
94.6
   
95.5
   
97.8
   
96.2
 
                         
Income from Operations
 
5.4
   
4.5
   
2.2
   
3.8
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
Interest Expense, net
 
0.9
   
0.8
   
0.7
   
0.9
 
Equity in income of affiliated companies
 
(0.4
)
 
0.0
   
(0.2
)
 
0.0
 
   
0.5
   
0.8
   
0.5
   
0.9
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
Income Before Income Taxes
 
4.9
 
 
3.7
 
 
1.7
 
 
2.9
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
Income Tax Provision
 
2.3
   
1.7
   
0.8
   
1.3
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
Net Income
 
2.6
%
 
2.0
%
 
0.9
%
 
1.6
%
 
 
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XPRSA Reports Fourth Quarter Results
Page 6
January 26, 2006
 

U.S. XPRESS ENTERPRISES, INC.
KEY OPERATING FACTORS
 
                   
   
Three Months Ended
December 31,
     
Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
     
   
2005
 
2004
 
%
Change
 
2005
 
2004
 
%
Change
 
OPERATING RATIO (1)
   
94.6
%
 
95.5
%
 
-0.9
%
 
97.8
%
 
96.2
%
 
1.7
%
                                       
OPERATING REVENUE:
                                     
US Xpress, net of fuel surcharge
 
$
254,458
 
$
248,814
   
2.3
%
$
933,153
 
$
905,485
   
3.1
%
Fuel Surcharge
   
42,815
   
23,436
   
82.7
%
 
125,478
   
60,957
   
105.8
%
Xpress Global Systems
   
22,462
   
42,604
   
-47.3
%
 
125,389
   
158,566
   
-20.9
%
Inter-company
   
(1,771
)
 
(2,538
)
 
-30.2
%
 
(19,788
)
 
(19,352
)
 
2.3
%
Total Operating Revenue
 
$
317,964
 
$
312,316
   
1.8
%
$
1,164,232
 
$
1,105,656
   
5.3
%
                                       
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS):
                                     
US Xpress
 
$
17,016
 
$
18,079
   
-5.9
%
$
36,814
 
$
45,056
   
-18.3
%
Xpress Global Systems
   
(2,199
)
 
(4,485
)
 
n/a
   
(13,498
)
 
(5,048
)
 
n/a
 
Early extinguishment of debt
   
(93
)
 
(454
)
 
-
   
(294
)
 
(454
)
 
-
 
Total Operating Income
 
$
14,724
 
$
13,140
   
12.1
%
$
23,022
 
$
39,554
   
-41.8
%
                                       
TRUCKLOAD STATISTICS:
                                     
Revenue Per Mile (2)
 
$
1.739
 
$
1.627
   
6.9
%
$
1.595
 
$
1.485
   
7.4
%
                                       
Revenue Per Total Mile (2)
 
$
1.544
 
$
1.441
   
7.2
%
$
1.418
 
$
1.321
   
7.3
%
                                       
Tractors (at end of period)-
                                     
Company Owned
   
4,598
   
4,460
   
3.1
%
 
4,598
   
4,460
   
3.1
%
Owner Operators
   
454
   
574
   
-20.9
%
 
454
   
574
   
-20.9
%
Total Tractors (at end of period)
   
5,052
   
5,034
   
0.4
%
 
5,052
   
5,034
   
0.4
%
                                       
Average Number of Tractors
   in Fleet During Period
   
5,178
   
5,179
   
0.0
%
 
5,070
   
5,369
   
-5.6
%
                                       
Average Revenue Miles Per
   Tractor Per Period (2)(3)
   
23,596
   
24,579
   
-4.0
%
 
98,008
   
100,862
   
-2.8
%
                                       
Average Revenue Per Tractor
   Per Period (2)(3)
 
$
42,857
 
$
41,766
   
2.6
%
$
161,816
 
$
154,818
   
4.5
%
                                       
Average Length of Haul
   
695
   
709
   
-2.0
%
 
679
   
721
   
-5.8
%
                                       
Empty Mile Percentage
   
11.17
%
 
11.39
%
 
-1.9
%
 
11.10
%
 
11.02
%
 
0.7
%

   
December 31, 2005
 
December 31, 2004
 
BALANCE SHEET DATA:
             
     Total Assets
 
$
611,648
 
$
560,167
 
     Total Equity
   
232,410
   
233,384
 
     Long-term Debt, including
             
        Current Maturities and Securitization
   
177,156
   
149,566
 
 
(1) Operating ratio as reported in this press release is based upon total operating expenses, net of fuel surcharges, as a percentage of revenue, before fuel surcharge.
(2) Net of fuel surcharge revenues.
(3) Excludes revenue and miles from expedited intermodal rail services.
 
 
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