Press Release: Werner Enterprises Reports Record -2-
Werner Logistics Segment
Truckload Logistics revenues (62% of total Logistics revenues) increased by 2%. Truckload Logistics volume declined 12%, and revenues per load increased 16%. Intermodal revenues (27% of Logistics revenues) increased 23%, due to volume growth of 21% and 1% higher revenues per load.
The gross margin percentage decreased 280 bps due to the large rise in spot truckload rates in the second half of 2020 which significantly increased the cost of capacity for contractual brokerage shipments in fourth quarter 2020. The logistics operating margin declined 80 bps to 2.0% as the 12% decline in gross profit exceeded the 10% decline in other operating expenses. As a result of improving customer rates for contractual brokerage shipments, the gross margin percentage and operating margin percentage both improved sequentially from third quarter 2020 to fourth quarter 2020 by 170 basis points and 270 basis points, respectively.
Cash Flow and Capital Allocation
Cash flow from operations in fourth quarter 2020 was $99.5 million compared to $94.5 million in fourth quarter 2019, an increase of 5%. Full year 2020 cash flow from operations was $445.9 million, producing $179.7 million of free cash flow for the year.
Gains on sales of equipment in fourth quarter 2020 were $4.0 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to $3.6 million, or $0.04 per share, in fourth quarter 2019. Year over year, we sold slightly fewer trucks and significantly fewer trailers which was offset by higher average gains per truck and trailer. Pricing in the market for our used trucks continued to improve in fourth quarter 2020. As a reminder, gains on sales of assets are reflected as a reduction of Other Operating Expenses in our income statement.
Net capital expenditures in 2020 were $266.2 million compared to $283.9 million in 2019, a decrease of 6%. As a result of the improved pricing for our used trucks in fourth quarter 2020, we sold significantly more trucks than originally anticipated. This resulted in a decrease in fourth quarter 2020 net capital expenditures versus our guidance. We plan to continue to invest in new trucks and trailers and our terminals to improve our driver experience, increase operational efficiency and more effectively manage our maintenance, safety and fuel costs. The average ages of our truck and trailer fleets remain low by industry standards and were 2.0 years and 4.0 years, respectively, as of December 31, 2020.
During the quarter, we repurchased 1.2 million shares of common stock for a total cost of $47.7 million, or an average price of $39.77 per share. As of December 31, 2020, we had 2.8 million shares remaining under our share repurchase authorization.
As of December 31, 2020, we had $200 million of debt outstanding, $29 million of cash and nearly $1.2 billion of stockholders' equity.
2020 and 2021 Guidance Metrics and Assumptions
The following table summarizes (1) our 2020 guidance and assumptions compared to actual results and (2) introduces our 2021 guidance and assumptions:
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