FORM 10-Q

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

/x/ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED JUNE 30, 2001

OR

/ / TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM ___________     TO ____________

Commission File Number
000-23189

C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         Delaware
41-1883630
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
   
   
   8100 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
55344-2248
      (Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

(952) 937-8500
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes /x/   No

As of July 31, 2001, the number of outstanding shares of the registrant’s common stock was 84,550,512.

PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. Financial Statements

C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share amounts)

ASSETS June 30,
2001
 
December 31,
2000
 
 
 
 
 
(unaudited)
       
CURRENT ASSETS:            
   Cash and cash equivalents $ 71,585   $ 79,912  
   Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts            
      of $23,847 and $22,712   378,948     354,953  
   Deferred tax asset   16,174     21,219  
   Prepaid expenses and other   6,203     4,155  
 

 

 
         Total current assets   472,910     460,239  
             
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net   27,795     29,402  
INTANGIBLE AND OTHER ASSETS, net   152,594     154,566  
 

 

 
  $ 653,299   $ 644,207  
 

 

 
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT            
             
CURRENT LIABILITIES:            
             
   Accounts payable $ 274,628   $ 285,932  
   Accrued expenses –            
      Compensation and profit-sharing contribution   21,816     33,456  
      Income taxes and other   30,020     26,863  
 

 

 
         Total current liabilities   326,464     346,251  
             
             
LONG TERM OBLIGATIONS AND OTHER   866     940  
             
STOCKHOLDERS’ INVESTMENT:            
   Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 20,000 shares authorized;            
      No shares issued or outstanding   --     --  
   Common stock, $0.10 par value; 130,000 shares authorized;            
      85,009 and 85,008 shares issued, 84,324 and 84,621 shares outstanding   8,432     8,462  
   Additional paid-in capital   100,345     101,571  
   Retained earnings   236,781     204,463  
   Deferred compensation   (6,614 )   (6,980 )
   Cumulative other comprehensive loss   (1,224 )   (1,049 )
   Treasury stock at cost (448 and 387 shares)   (11,751 )   (9,451 )
 

 

 
         Total stockholders’ investment   325,969     297,016  
 

 

 
  $ 653,299   $ 644,207  
 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated balance sheets.

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     C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

    Three Months     Six Months  
    Ended June 30,     Ended June 30,  
   
   
 
   
2001
2000
   
2001
2000
 
 

 

 

 

 
GROSS REVENUES $ 796,694   $ 750,994   $ 1,529,178   $ 1,401,085  
 

 

 

 

 
COST OF TRANSPORTATION AND                        
PRODUCTS   678,691     644,596     1,297,866     1,196,312  
 

 

 

 

 
NET REVENUES   118,003     106,398     231,312     204,773  
SELLING, GENERAL AND                        
ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES   81,446     74,962     165,381     148,248  
 

 

 

 

 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS   36,557     31,436     65,931     56,525  
INVESTMENT AND OTHER INCOME                        
(EXPENSE)   739     (123 )   1,245     (73 )
 

 

 

 

 
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME                        
TAXES   37,296     31,313     67,176     56,452  
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   14,654     12,369     26,400     22,299  
 

 

 

 

 
NET INCOME   22,642     18,944     40,776     34,153  
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS):                        
   Foreign currency translation adjustment   (137 )   30     (175 )   (72 )
 

 

 

 

 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME $ 22,505   $ 18,974   $ 40,601   $ 34,081  
 

 

 

 

 
                         
                         
BASIC NET INCOME PER SHARE $ 0.27   $ 0.22   $ 0.48   $ 0.40  
DILUTED NET INCOME PER SHARE $ 0.26   $ 0.22   $ 0.48   $ 0.40  
BASIC WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                        
OUTSTANDING   84,353     84,582     84,362     84,571  
DILUTIVE EFFECT OF OUTSTANDING                        
STOCK OPTIONS   1,529     1,044     1,456     979  
 

 

 

 

 
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES                        
OUTSTANDING   85,882     85,626     85,818     85,550  
 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated statements.

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C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(unaudited)

 
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
 
 
 
2001
2000
 
 
 
 
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:            
   Net income $ 40,776   $ 34,153  
   Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided            
      by operating activities –            
      Depreciation and amortization   9,600     8,346  
      Deferred compensation expense   366     --  
      Deferred income taxes   3,205     (1,108 )
      Loss on sale or disposal of assets   270     272  
   Changes in operating elements –            
      Receivables   (23,995 )   (97,361 )
      Prepaid expenses and other   (1,951 )   (2,355 )
      Accounts payable   (11,312 )   62,798  
      Accrued compensation and profit sharing contribution   (11,640 )   (5,732 )
      Accrued income taxes and other   3,157     8,807  
 

 

 
         Net cash provided by operating activities   8,476     7,820  
             
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:            
   Purchases of property and equipment   (4,431 )   (10,039 )
   Sales of property and equipment   --     118  
   Other, net   (366 )   (445 )
 

 

 
         Net cash used for investing activities   (4,797 )   (10,366 )
             
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:            
   Sale of common stock   2,944     1,725  
   Repurchase of common stock   (6,500 )   (2,573 )
   Cash dividends   (8,450 )   (6,675 )
 

 

 
         Net cash used for financing activities   (12,006 )   (7,523 )
 

 

 
         Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (8,327 )   (10,069 )
             
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period   79,912     49,637  
 

 

 
             
             
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period $ 71,585   $ 39,568  
 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated statements.

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C.H. ROBINSON WORLDWIDE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)

1. General:

Basis of Presentation

     C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and its Subsidiaries (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is a global provider of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions through a network of 138 branch offices in North America, South America and Europe. The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. and its majority owned and controlled subsidiaries. Minority interests in subsidiaries are not significant. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in the condensed consolidated financial statements.

     The condensed consolidated financial statements, which are unaudited, have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). In management’s opinion, these financial statements include all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring adjustments) necessary for a fair presentation of the results of operations for the interim periods presented. The results of operations for the six months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000 are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for the entire year. Pursuant to SEC rules and regulations, certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted from these statements. The condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

ITEM 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     The following discussion of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto.

General

     Gross revenues represent the total dollar value of services and goods we sell to our customers. Our costs of transportation and products include the contracted direct costs of transportation, including motor carrier, intermodal, ocean, air, and other costs, and the purchase price of the products we source. We act principally as a service provider to add value and expertise in the execution and procurement of these services for our customers. Our net revenues (gross revenues less cost of transportation and products) are the primary indicator of our ability to source, add value and resell services and products that are provided by third parties, and are considered by management to be our primary measurement of growth. Accordingly, the discussion of results of operations below focuses on the changes in our net revenues.

     In the transportation industry, results of operations generally show a seasonal pattern as customers reduce shipments during and after the winter holiday season. In recent years, our operating income has been lower in the first quarter than in the other three quarters. Seasonality in the transportation industry has not had a significant impact on our results of operations or our cash flows in recent years. Also, inflation has not materially affected our operations due to the short-term, transactional basis of our business. However, we cannot fully predict the impact seasonality and inflation may have in the future.

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Results of Operations

The following table summarizes our net revenues by service line:

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
June 30,
 
June 30,
 
 
 
 
 
2001
 
2000
  % change  
2001
 
2000
  % change  
 

 

 
 

 

 
 
Net revenues (in thousands)                                  
   Transportation:                                  
      Truck $   89,958   $ 77,407   16.2 % $ 177,166   $ 150,705   17.6 %
      Intermodal     3,849     3,667   5.0 %   7,594     6,837   11.1 %
      Ocean     4,034     4,823   (16.4 )%   7,509     8,227   (8.7 )%
      Air     792     1,024   (22.7 )%   1,455     1,623   (10.4 )%
      Miscellaneous     1,741     1,819   (4.3 )%   3,378     3,857   (12.4 ) %
   

   
 
   
   
 
 
            Total transportation:   100,374     88,740   13.1 %   197,102     171,249   15.1 %
   Sourcing     12,436     12,615   (1.4 )%   23,966     23,505   2.0 %
   Information services     5,193     5,043   3.0 %   10,244     10,019   2.2 %
 


   
 
   
   
 
 
         Total $ 118,003   $ 106,398   10.9 % $ 231,312   $ 204,773   13.0 %
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

The following table represents certain income statement data shown as percentages of our net revenues:

 
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
 
 
June 30,
June 30,
 
  2001   2000   2001   2000  
 
 
 
 
 
                   
Net revenues 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 69.0 % 70.5 % 71.5 % 72.4 %
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations 31.0 % 29.5 % 28.5 % 27.6 %
Investment and other income (expense) 0.6 % (0.1 )% 0.5 % 0.0 %
 
 
 
 
 
Income before provision for income taxes 31.6 % 29.4 % 29.0 % 27.6 %
Provision for income taxes 12.4 % 11.6 % 11.4 % 10.9 %
 
 
 
 
 
Net income 19.2 % 17.8 % 17.6 % 16.7 %
 
 
 
 
 

Three Months Ended June 30, 2001 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2000

     Revenues. Gross revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2001 were $796.7 million, an increase of 6.1% over gross revenues of $751.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2000. Net revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2001 were $118.0 million, an increase of 10.9% over net revenues of $106.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2000, resulting from an increase in transportation net revenues of 13.1% to $100.4 million, a decrease in sourcing net revenues of 1.4% to $12.4 million, and an increase in information services net revenues of 3.0% to $5.2 million. Our net revenues increased at a faster rate than our gross revenues due to the different growth rates of our service lines. The net revenue margin, or net revenues as a percentage of gross revenues, varies by business line. Information services has the highest net revenue margin, followed by transportation and finally sourcing.

     Transportation net revenues were 85.1% of our total net revenues for the quarter. Our transportation net revenues grew at 13.1%, with growth in our truck business of 16.2%, and in our intermodal business of 5.0%. Our truck business growth, including less-than-truckload business, was primarily volume driven, as net revenue per transaction stayed relatively consistent. Our intermodal net revenue growth rate slowed compared to recent quarters,

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primarily as a result of somewhat depressed truckload rates, which lessened the financial incentives to move goods via intermodal, and also slower growth of the economy. Our net revenues in air, ocean and miscellaneous (primarily customs brokerage revenue) decreased a total of 14.3% for the quarter. A significant portion of our net revenues in these three areas is earned from several key customers. Our business with these key customers is down due to their decreased volumes.

     Sourcing net revenues decreased 1.4% in the second quarter. The company continues to see the trend of less volume with its traditional business with produce wholesalers, which is offset by increases in volumes and net revenues with large retailers. The consolidation and growth of large grocery retailers has contributed to less reliance on produce wholesalers.

     T-Chek Systems-related revenues made up 98% of the information services net revenues during the second quarter of 2001 compared to 90% in the second quarter of 2000. In 2000, the remaining 10% consisted of some software maintenance revenues that ended in December 2000 and freight payment services. We completed a one year phase-out of our freight payment services in June 2001. T-Chek-related revenues were up 13.3% this quarter. T-Chek’s growth has been negatively impacted by the slowdown in the U.S. truckload market because it generates fees when its customers buy fuel, and many carriers are having difficult times financially.

     Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2001 were $81.4 million, an increase of 8.6% over $75.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2000. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 69.0% for the three months ended June 30, 2001 compared to 70.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2000. During 2000, we incurred expenses integrating American Backhaulers, our acquisition in December 1999. Those integration expenses have been much lower in 2001. Also, our branch network was able to reduce their discretionary spending during the quarter to add to the decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue.

     Income from Operations. Income from operations was $36.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2001, an increase of 16.3% over $31.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2000. Income from operations as a percentage of net revenues was 31.0% and 29.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000.

     Investment and Other Income (Expense). Investment and other income was $739,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2001 compared to an expense of $123,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2000. Our cash and investments as of June 30, 2001 increased $32.0 million over the balance as of June 30, 2000. In December 1999, we paid $100 million to purchase American Backhaulers (ABH) which lowered our cash available for investments in 2000. This caused us to borrow on our line of credit during 2000, which created interest expense.

     Provision for Income Taxes. The effective income tax rates were 39.3% and 39.5% for the three months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000. The effective tax rate for both periods is greater than the statutory federal income tax rate primarily due to state income taxes, net of federal benefit.

     Net Income. Net income was $22.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2001, an increase of 19.5% over $18.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2000. Net income per share increased by 22.7% to $0.27 (basic) and 18.2% to $0.26 (diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2001 compared to $0.22 (basic and diluted) for the three months ended June 30, 2000.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2001 Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2000

     Revenues. Gross revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2001 were $1.53 billion, and increase of 9.1% over gross revenues of $1.40 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2000. Net revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2001 were $231.3 million, an increase of 13.0% over net revenues of $204.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2000, resulting from an increase in transportation net revenues of 15.1% to $197.1 million, an increase in sourcing net revenues of 2.0% to $24.0 million, and an increase in information services net revenues of 2.2% to $10.2 million. Our net revenues increased at a faster rate than our gross revenues due to the different growth rates of our service lines. The net revenue margin, or net revenues as a percentage of gross revenues, varies

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by business line. Information services has the highest net revenue margin, followed by transportation and finally sourcing.

     Transportation net revenues were 85.2% of our total net revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2001. Our transportation net revenues grew at 15.1%, with growth in our truck business of 17.6%, and in our intermodal business of 11.1%. Our truck business growth was primarily volume driven, with slight expansion in our net revenue margin. We have historically been able to grow in slowing economies by adding new customers and providing additional services to existing customers. The net revenue margin expansion is primarily related to the mix of services provided. Our intermodal net revenue growth rate slowed compared to recent periods. This was primarily a result of somewhat depressed truckload rates, which lessened the financial incentives to move goods via intermodal and also slower growth of the economy. Our net revenues in air, ocean and miscellaneous (primarily customs brokerage revenue) decreased a total of 10.0%. A significant portion of our net revenues in these three areas is earned from several key customers. Our business with these key customers is down due to their decreased volumes.

     Sourcing net revenues increased 2.0% in the first six months of the year. The company continues to see the trend of less volume with its traditional business with produce wholesalers, which is offset by increases in volumes and net revenues with large retailers. The consolidation and growth of large grocery retailers has contributed to less reliance on produce wholesalers.

     T-Chek Systems-related revenues made up 97% of the information services net revenues during the first six months of 2001 compared to 89% in the first six months of 2000. In 2000, the remaining 11% consisted of some software maintenance revenues that ended in December 2000 and freight payment services. We completed a one year phase-out of our freight payment services in June 2001. T-Chek-related revenues were up 10.8% in the first six months of 2001. T-Chek’s growth has been negatively impacted by the slowdown in the U.S. truckload market because it generates fees when its customers buy fuel, and many carriers are having difficult times financially.

     Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2001 were $165.4 million, an increase of 11.6% over $148.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2000. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of net revenues decreased to 71.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2001 compared to 72.4% for the six months ended June 30, 2000. During 2000, we incurred expenses integrating American Backhaulers, our acquisition in December 1999. Those integration expenses have been much lower in 2001. Also, our branch network was able to reduce their discretionary spending during the period to add to the decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue.

     Income from Operations. Income from operations was $65.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2001, an increase of 16.6% over $56.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2000. Income from operations as a percentage of net revenues was 28.5% and 27.6% for the six months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000.

     Investment and Other Income (Expense). Investment and other income was $1,245,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2001 compared to an expense of $73,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2000. Our cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2001 increased $32.0 million over the balance as of June 30, 2000. In December 1999, we paid $100 million to purchase American Backhaulers (ABH) which lowered our cash available for investment in 2000. This caused us to borrow on our line of credit during 2000, which created interest expense.

     Provision for Income Taxes. The effective income tax rates were 39.3% and 39.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000. The effective income tax rate for both periods is greater than the statutory rate primarily due to state income taxes, net of federal benefit.

     Net Income. Net income was $40.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2001, an increase of 19.4% over $34.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2000. Net income per share increased by 20.0% to $0.48 (basic and diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2001 compared to $0.40 (basic and diluted) for the six months ended June 30, 2000.

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

     We have historically generated substantial cash from operations which has enabled us to fund our growth while paying cash dividends and repurchasing stock. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $71.6 million and $79.9 million as of June 30, 2001 and December 31, 2000. Our cash and cash equivalents decreased in the first six months primarily due to the shutdown of our freight payment company. This company had a $22 million positive cash balance as of December 31, 2000 and was closed in early June, 2001.

     We generated $8.5 million and $7.8 million of cash flow from operations for the six months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000. Our operating cash flows were reduced during the first six months of 2001 as a result of closing our freight payment service and were reduced during the first six months of 2000 as a result of funding the working capital of American Backhaulers (ABH).

     We used $4.8 million and $10.4 million of cash and cash equivalents for investing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000. The decrease in cash used for investing activities is primarily due to our decrease in capital expenditures to $4.4 million in the first six months of 2001 from $10.0 million in the first six months of 2000. In 2000 we purchased computers and related equipment to upgrade our company-wide network and to accommodate our headcount growth. During 2001, we have maintained a consistent headcount, which decreases our need for new capital expenditures.

     We also used $12.0 million and $7.5 million of cash and cash equivalents for financing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2001 and 2000, primarily to pay quarterly cash dividends and to repurchase common stock. We declared a $0.05 per share dividend payable to stockholders of record of June 12, 2001, paid on July 2, 2001.

     We have $40.0 million available under an existing line of credit at an interest rate of LIBOR plus 60 basis points (4.46% as of June 30, 2001). During the first six months of 2001, we had borrowings of $9.0 million, all of which was repaid by June 30, 2001. Our credit agreement contains certain financial covenants, but does not restrict the payment of dividends. We were in compliance with all covenants of the agreement as of June 30, 2001. The line of credit expires on December 16, 2002 and we expect to be able to renew the line of credit in the future.

     We also have 20 million French francs available under a line of credit at an interest rate of Euribor plus 90 basis points (5.43% at June 30, 2001). This discretionary line of credit has no expiration date. As of June 30, 2001, the outstanding balance was 14.9 million French francs or $1.9 million, which is included in income taxes and other current liabilities. Our credit agreement contains certain financial covenants, but does not restrict the payment of dividends. We were in compliance with all covenants of this agreement as of June 30, 2001.

     Assuming no change in our current business plan, management believes that our available cash, together with expected future cash generated from operations and the amounts available under our lines of credit, are expected to be sufficient to satisfy our anticipated needs for working capital, capital expenditures and cash dividends for all future periods.

New Accounting Pronouncements

On June 29, 2001, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) approved for issuance Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) 141, Business Combinations, and SFAS 142, Goodwill and Intangible Assets. Major provisions of these Statements are as follows: all business combinations initiated after June 30, 2001 must use the purchase accounting method of accounting; the pooling of interest method of accounting is prohibited except for transactions initiated before July 1, 2001; intangible assets acquired in a business combination must be recorded separately from goodwill if they arise from contractual or other legal rights or are separable from the acquired entity and can be sold, transferred, licensed, rented or exchanged, either individually or as part of a related contract, asset or liability; goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized but tested for impairment annually, except in certain circumstances, and whenever there is an impairment indicator; all acquired goodwill must be assigned to reporting units for purposes of impairment testing and segment reporting; effective January 1, 2002, goodwill will no longer be subject to amortization. Management is currently reviewing the provision of these Statements and their impact on the Company’s results of operations.

ITEM 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     We had approximately $71.6 million of cash and investments on June 30, 2001, all of which were cash and cash equivalents. Substantially all of the cash equivalents are money market securities from domestic issuers.

Because of the credit risk criteria of our investment policies, the primary market risk associated with these investments is interest rate risk. We do not use derivative financial instruments to manage interest rate risk or to speculate on future changes in interest rates. A rise in interest rates could negatively affect the fair value of our investments. We believe a reasonable near-term change in interest rates would not have a material impact on our future earnings due to the short-term nature of our investing practices.

 

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Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information

     Our discussions and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations, including our market risk discussions, contain certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or beliefs, including, but not limited to, our current assumptions about future financial performance, anticipated problems and our plans for future operations, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. When used in this Form 10-Q and in future filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in our press releases, presentations to securities analysts or investors, in oral statements made by or with the approval of an executive officer of the Company, the words or phrases “believes”, “may”, “will”, “expects”, “should”, “continue”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “will likely result”, “estimates”, “projects” or similar expressions and variations thereof are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. However, any statements contained in this Form 10-Q that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. We caution that these statements by their nature involve risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond our control, and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of important factors, including those described in Exhibit 99 to our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to the fiscal year ended December 31, 2000.

PART II — OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings

None.

ITEM 2. Changes in Securities and Use of Proceeds

None.

ITEM 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

ITEM 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

     The Annual Meeting of the Company’s stockholders was held on May 1, 2001. At the meeting, stockholders voted on the reelection of two directors for terms expiring at the Annual Meeting of the Company in 2004. Each of the directors was reelected by a vote as follows: D.R. Verdoorn received 67,717,695 votes “For” and 10,568,522 votes were “Withheld;” and Barry W. Butzow received 67,731,457 votes “For” and 10,554,760 votes were "Withheld".

     The Company's 1997 Omnibus Stock Plan (the “Plan”) was amended to increase the number of shares authorized for issuance under the Plan by 5,000,000 with 34,519,661 votes in favor, 27,295,951 against, 283,236 abstentions and 16,187,369 broker non-votes.

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ITEM 5. Other Information

None.

ITEM 6. Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

(a)     Exhibits

10.1 1997 Omnibus Stock Plan (as amended May 1, 2001).

(b)     Reports on Form 8-K

No reports on Form 8-K were filed during the quarter ended June 30, 2001.

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SIGNATURES

     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

Date: August 8, 2001

  C.H.ROBINSON WORLDWIDE, INC.  
     
     
     
  By /s/ D.R. Verdoorn          
       D.R. Verdoorn  
       Chief Executive Officer  
     
     
     
  By /s/ Thomas K. Mahlke     
       Thomas K. Mahlke  
       Controller  
       (principal accounting officer)  

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EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.     Description

           10.1      1997 Omnibus Stock Plan (as amended May 1, 2001).

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