P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. Announces Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2009

TONTITOWN, Ark., July 30, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTSI) today reported net loss of $2,356,317 or diluted and basic loss per share of $0.25 for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, and net loss of $5,702,244 or diluted and basic loss per share of $0.61 for the six month period then ended. These results compare to a net loss of $1,331,719 or diluted and basic loss per share of $0.14, and net loss of $4,160,044 or diluted and basic loss per share of $0.43, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2008.

Operating revenues were $68,476,476 for the second quarter of 2009 compared to $110,929,472 for the second quarter of 2008. Operating revenues were $134,294,511 for the six months ended June 30, 2009 compared to $216,750,167 for the six months ended June 30, 2008.

Daniel H. Cushman, President of the Company, commented, "The P.T.S.I. team wants to thank Bob Weaver for his excellent contribution for many years of committed and valued service. While P.T.S.I. is clearly disappointed in our results for 2009, I begin my tenure as President and I feel confident, from a cost stand point, we are in good shape. There are always areas of improvement and new challenges that arise, but P.T.S.I. has done a commendable job managing the cost side of the business. As P.T.S.I. has expressed in recent Quarterly earnings statements, we have had the need to diversify as well as expand our position in the marketplace.

"P.T.S.I. is well positioned for diversified growth with primary focus in retail, manufacturing, and consumer products industries. We have had great success in the past with our automotive partners. We plan to continue to nurture those relationships. P.T.S.I. has had very good success with our Mexico service offering and that will be a focus of strategic growth. Over the years P.T.S.I. has made acquisitions which have led to strong regional operations. East Coast Logistics offers nationwide transportation solutions for refrigerated and dry freight distribution needs. With the acquisition of Choctaw in the southwest, Decker in the midwest and northeast and Allen Freight in the southeast we have a strong asset presence in those markets. P.A.M. Transport has a strong asset presence in those markets as well, providing both support for the subsidiaries as well as serving numerous Fortune 500 companies. Another strategic growth market for P.T.S.I. is in the area of expedited services. As a result of P.T.S.I.'s long standing relationship in the automotive sector, we feel we are experienced, knowledgeable and well positioned to expand our services to other shippers in need of time sensitive transit. Lastly, P.A.M. Dedicated Services is well positioned to analyze customer's book of business and offer optimized dedicated solutions though the use of our transportation management tools.

"As has been noted by seemingly everyone in the industry, general economic conditions are weak, capacity is readily available, and shippers have commitments to existing carriers that they wisely choose to respect. That said, P.T.S.I. offers the portfolio of service that we believe shippers are looking for. We are asset based with strong regional and long haul operations. Our expedited services complimented by our intermodal and partner carrier relationships allow us to offer a quality service at a competitive cost.

"I am tremendously excited about this opportunity and ask for your continued support."

P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. is a leading truckload dry van carrier transporting general commodities throughout the continental United States, as well as in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The Company also provides transportation services in Mexico through its gateways in Laredo and El Paso, Texas under agreements with Mexican carriers.

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Certain information included in this document contains or may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements may relate to expected future financial and operating results or events, and are thus prospective. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, excess capacity in the trucking industry; surplus inventories; recessionary economic cycles and downturns in customers' business cycles; increases or rapid fluctuations in fuel prices, interest rates, fuel taxes, tolls, license and registration fees; the resale value of the Company's used equipment and the price of new equipment; increases in compensation for and difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified drivers and owner-operators; increases in insurance premiums and deductible amounts relating to accident, cargo, workers' compensation, health, and other claims; unanticipated increases in the number or amount of claims for which the Company is self insured; inability of the Company to continue to secure acceptable financing arrangements; seasonal factors such as harsh weather conditions that increase operating costs; competition from trucking, rail, and intermodal competitors including reductions in rates resulting from competitive bidding; the ability to identify acceptable acquisition candidates, consummate acquisitions, and integrate acquired operations; a significant reduction in or termination of the Company's trucking service by a key customer; and other factors, including risk factors, included from time to time in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or clarify forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 Key Financial and Operating Statistics
                     Quarter ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
                     2009           2008         2009         2008
                  ------------  ------------ ------------ ------------

 Revenue, before
  fuel surcharge   $62,367,050   $84,679,919 $122,636,632 $171,125,119
 Fuel surcharge      6,109,426    26,249,553   11,657,879   45,625,048
                  ------------  ------------ ------------ ------------
                    68,476,476   110,929,472  134,294,511  216,750,167

  expenses and
  Salaries, wages
   and benefits     24,011,960    31,615,556   48,085,009   66,113,210
  Fuel expense      14,631,554    43,124,281   27,636,277   80,547,225
   supplies and
   expenses          6,823,616     7,451,638   13,225,772   15,470,989
  Rent and
   transportation    9,544,575    10,841,916   18,620,406   20,361,938
  Depreciation       8,569,755     9,298,110   17,380,058   18,285,168
  Operating taxes
   and licenses      3,330,905     4,164,097    6,542,875    8,523,124
  Insurance and
   claims            3,130,613     4,103,374    6,172,820    8,655,250
   and utilities       637,662       756,411    1,335,800    1,568,107
  Other              1,291,954     1,118,372    2,449,538    2,501,963
  Loss (gain) on
   disposition of
   equipment            67,501       (14,059)      24,252      219,740
                  ------------  ------------ ------------ ------------

 Total operating
  expenses and
  costs             72,040,095   112,459,696  141,472,807  222,246,714

 Operating loss     (3,563,619)   (1,530,224)  (7,178,296)  (5,496,547)

 Interest expense     (629,268)     (532,157)  (1,292,923)  (1,100,769)
  income (expense)     199,880       (13,273)    (666,993)    (219,077)
                  ------------  ------------ ------------ ------------

 Loss before
  income taxes      (3,993,007)   (2,075,654)  (9,138,212)  (6,816,393)
 Income tax
  benefit           (1,636,690)     (743,935)  (3,435,968)  (2,656,349)
                  ------------  ------------ ------------ ------------

 Net loss          $(2,356,317)  $(1,331,719) $(5,702,244) $(4,160,044)
                  ------------  ------------ ------------ ------------
 Diluted loss
  per share             $(0.25)       $(0.14)      $(0.61)      $(0.43)
                  ============  ============ ============ ============
 Average shares
  outstanding -
  Diluted            9,412,292     9,708,233    9,412,356    9,751,739
                  ============  ============ ============ ============

 Truckload          Quarter ended June 30,    Six Months Ended June 30,
  Operations          2009           2008         2009         2008
 -----------      ------------  ------------ ------------ ------------

 Total miles        42,912,482    57,598,248   83,490,826  119,673,202
 Operating ratio*      107.12%       102.58%      107.35%      104.01%
 Empty miles
  factor                 8.51%         7.20%        8.32%        7.23%
 Revenue per total
  mile, before
  fuel surcharge         $1.24         $1.30        $1.26        $1.28
 Total loads            68,621        89,375      133,567      186,318
 Revenue per truck
  per work day            $486          $578         $474         $587
 Revenue per truck
  per week              $2,430        $2,890       $2,370       $2,935
 Average company
  trucks                 1,679         1,985        1,711        1,992
 Average owner
 operator trucks            33            46           33           50

 Total revenue      $9,112,546    $9,550,569  $17,732,534  $17,639,665
 Operating ratio        97.48%        95.70%       96.91%       96.14%

  * Operating ratio has been calculated based upon total operating 
    expenses, net of fuel surcharge, as a percentage of revenue, before
    fuel surcharge. We used revenue, before fuel surcharge, and
    operating expenses, net of fuel surcharge, because we believe that
    eliminating this sometimes volatile source of revenue affords a
    more consistent basis for comparing our results of operations from
    period to period
CONTACT:  P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc.
          Larry J. Goddard
          (479) 361-9111

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