Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. reported late Wednesday that its fiscal second-quarter profit jumped 35 percent on higher freight revenue and lower operating expenses.
Celadon shares rose 7 percent in morning trading Thursday, to $21.66 each, a 52-week high.
For the quarter ended Dec. 31, the trucking company said profit increased to $7.4 million, or 32 cents per share, compared with $5.5 million, or 24 cents per share, in the same period in 2011.
Celadon attributed the improvement to higher revenue per loaded mile and a decrease in operations and fuel expenses.
The stronger earnings were partially offset by a 3-percent decline in miles driven per truck from the prior year.
Revenue increased 2.7 percent, to $148.1 million. Excluding fuel surcharges, freight revenue rose 1.5 percent, to $116.8 million.
On Tuesday, Celadon directors approved a cash dividend to shareholders for the quarter ended March 31 of 2 cents per share, payable April 16.