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Driver Shortages Hitting Heartland Express Where It Hurts

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While these are boom times for truckers from an available volume and pricing strength standpoint, actually taking advantage of the boom is a different matter. Driver shortages are a challenge across the industry, and it has

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The company is buying 8% of float. Special dividend came in. This puppy is going up. Here is another perspective. www.gurufocus.com/...
I don't think Heartland is any different from any other carrier today. Listening to a number of earning calls, they are all experiencing driver shortages that are putting a restriction on their businesses. IMO I think this is a good level to enter a position in Heartland. I anticipate a special dividend will be declared sometime soon considering their strong cash flow.
I'm a goods driver & i'm getting job offers daily - In a world where a job that works all hours - sleeping in vehicle - units not letting you toilets - abuse from the public - injury - death - tickets etc is paid only a bit more than working at Walmart then it's not going to attract people to the industry - things are going to have to change - they are all going to have to put wages up - which is going to hurt margins unless the products go up at the shops
Did you factor in healthy growth in contract prices? Although the inflation outlook is increasingly subdued, contract increase will reflect current conditions.
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