February 1, 2018 / 10:05 PM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-Trucking firm Schneider tops profit estimates on strong demand

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Feb 1 (Reuters) - Trucking firm Schneider National Inc’s quarterly profit and revenue topped analysts’ forecasts, boosted by higher prices and robust freight demand in a strengthening U.S. economy.

The company, which operates one of the largest for-hire trucking fleets in North America, also forecast yearly adjusted earnings of $1.32 to $1.44 per share. Analysts on average were expecting $1.34 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based company’s profit rose year-over-year to $283.9 million from $47.8 million, gaining from a tax-related benefit of $193.7 million.

Adjusted for one-time items, earnings were 33 cents per share, edging past analysts’ expectations of 32 cents.

Schneider said revenue rose 11.3 percent to $1.19 billion. Analysts had expected $1.15 billion. (Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas and Eric Johnson; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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