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Quality Distribution, Inc. Announces First Quarter Results: Stronger Volumes Drive Positive Earnings

TAMPA, Fla., May 5, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Quality Distribution, Inc. (Nasdaq:QLTY) ("Quality") today reported the results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2010. Total revenue for the first quarter of 2010 was $161.3 million, an increase of 7.7% from $149.7 million for the same quarter in 2009. Revenue excluding fuel surcharge for the first quarter of 2010 was $143.8 million, an increase of 3.7% from $138.6 million for the same quarter in 2009.

Net income for the first quarter of 2010 was $0.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $0.3 million, or ($0.02) per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2009.

Adjusted net income per diluted share was $0.04 for the first quarter of 2010, compared to an adjusted net loss of $0.01 for the same quarter in 2009. Adjusted net income was derived by applying a normalized tax rate of 39% and excluding certain items that Quality does not consider part of regular operating activities such as a pre-tax restructuring charge of $0.6 million and a pre-tax gain on early debt extinguishment of $0.7 million from first quarter 2009 results and a pre-tax restructuring charge of $1.1 million from first quarter 2010 results.

Gary Enzor, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very pleased to report year-over-year revenue growth for the first quarter. Higher volumes, coupled with a leaner cost structure, yielded positive first quarter earnings for the first time in four years. We are committed to growing organically. We have built a strong network of affiliates who have the infrastructure necessary to support additional growth as demand continues to increase. On May 1, we added F. T. Silfies to our affiliate network. Silfies is a dry bulk carrier with annual revenues of approximately $20.0 million operating primarily on the East Coast. We will also continue to look for synergistic opportunities to grow our company through acquisitions."

Steve Attwood, Chief Financial Officer, commented further, "In addition to positive revenue and earnings results, availability under our ABL facility at the end of the first quarter was $54.1 million, an improvement of $11.1 million from the end of the first quarter last year. Our business model continues to evolve. Now that we have affiliated trucking operations, and significantly reduced our cost structure and capital expenditure requirements, our focus is squarely on driving top-line profitable growth."

Quality will host a conference call for investors to discuss these results on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The toll free dial-in number is 888-587-0612; the toll number is 719-325-2210; the passcode is 3649174. A replay of the call will be available through June 5, 2010, by dialing 888-203-1112; passcode: 3649174. A webcast of the conference call may be accessed in the Investor Relations section of Quality's website at www.qualitydistribution.com or http://investor.shareholder.com/qualitydistribution/events.cfm. Copies of this earnings release and other financial information about Quality may be accessed in the Investor Relations section of Quality's website at www.qualitydistribution.com. Quality regularly posts or otherwise makes available information on the Investor Relations section of its website that may be important to investors.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Quality, through its subsidiaries, Quality Carriers, Inc. and Boasso America Corporation, and through its affiliates and independent owner-operators, provides bulk transportation and related services. Quality is an American Chemistry Council Responsible Care(R) Partner and is a core carrier for many of the Fortune 500 companies that are engaged in chemical production and processing.

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This press release and the oral public statements made by a Quality representative during the webcast announced in this press release may contain certain forward-looking information that is subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or projected in the forward-looking statements. Without limitation, additional risks and uncertainties regarding forward-looking statements include the effect of local and national economic, credit and capital market conditions on the economy in general, and on the particular industries in which we operate; turmoil in credit and capital markets; access to available and reasonable financing on a timely basis; availability and price of diesel fuel; adverse weather conditions; competition and rate fluctuations; our substantial leverage and restrictions contained in our debt arrangements and interest rate fluctuations in our floating rate indebtedness; the cyclical nature of the transportation industry due to various economic factors such as excess capacity in the industry; potential disruption at U.S. ports of entry; our substantial dependence on affiliates and independent owner-operators and our ability to attract and retain drivers; the loss of one or more of our major customers or a material reduction in the services we perform for such customers; our ability to effectively manage terminal operations that are converted from company-operated to affiliate; changes in future, or our inability to comply with, governmental regulations and legislative changes affecting the transportation industry; our ability to comply with current and future environmental regulations and the increasing costs relating to environmental compliance including those related to the control of greenhouse gas emissions such as market-based (cap and trade) mechanisms; our liability as a self-insurer to the extent of our deductibles, as well as our ability or inability to reduce our claims exposure through insurance due to changing conditions and pricing in the insurance marketplace; the cost of complying with existing and future anti-terrorism security measures enacted by federal, state and municipal authorities; the potential loss of our ability to use net operating losses to offset future income; increased unionization, which could increase our operating costs or constrain operating flexibility; changes in senior management; our ability to successfully manage workforce restructurings; our ability to successfully identify acquisition opportunities, consummate such acquisitions and integrate acquired businesses; potential future impairment charges; changes in planned or actual capital expenditures due to operating needs, changes in regulation, covenants in our debt arrangements and other expenses, including interest expenses; and the interests of our largest shareholder may conflict with your interests. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures, including but not limited to risk factors contained in Quality Distribution, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Quality disclaims any obligations to update any forward-looking statement as a result of developments occurring after the date of this release.

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   QUALITY DISTRIBUTION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
       CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
         (In 000's) Except Per Share Data
                     Unaudited


                             Three months ended
                                 March 31,
                            --------------------

                               2010       2009
                            ---------  ---------

  OPERATING REVENUES:
    Transportation          $ 118,917  $ 111,027
    Other service revenue      24,906     27,608

    Fuel surcharge             17,510     11,097
                            ---------  ---------
      Total operating
       revenues               161,333    149,732
                            ---------  ---------

  OPERATING EXPENSES:
    Purchased
     transportation           110,904     81,891
    Compensation               13,892     23,211
    Fuel, supplies and
     maintenance               12,288     17,540
    Depreciation and
     amortization               4,243      5,335
    Selling and
     administrative             4,778      7,145
    Insurance costs             3,337      4,049
    Taxes and licenses            596      1,337
    Communications and
     utilities                  1,046      2,734
    Loss (gain) on
     disposal of property
     and equipment                418      (103)

    Restructuring costs         1,147        600
                            ---------  ---------
      Total operating
       expenses               152,649    143,739
                            ---------  ---------

      Operating income          8,684      5,993

  Interest expense              8,667      7,000
  Interest income               (161)      (103)
  Gain on extinguishment
   of debt                       ----      (675)

  Other expense                     6        143
                            ---------  ---------
    Income (loss) before
     taxes                        172      (372)
  Benefit from income
   taxes                        (626)       (70)
                            ---------  ---------

      Net income (loss)         $ 798    $ (302)
                            =========  =========

  PER SHARE DATA:
    Net income (loss) per
     common share

      Basic                    $ 0.04   $ (0.02)
                            =========  =========

      Diluted                  $ 0.04   $ (0.02)
                            =========  =========

    Weighted average
     number of shares
      Basic                    19,501     19,215
      Diluted                  21,470     19,215



         QUALITY DISTRIBUTION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                         (In 000's)
                          Unaudited


                                   March 31,   December 31,
                                     2010          2009
                                  ----------  -------------

  ASSETS
  Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents        $ 2,675        $ 5,633
    Accounts receivable, net          80,541         69,625
    Prepaid expenses                  10,390          8,584
    Deferred tax assets, net           4,626          5,506

    Other                              4,725          4,420
                                  ----------  -------------
     Total current assets            102,957         93,768
    Property and equipment, net     127, 052        127,329
    Goodwill                          27,023         27,023
    Intangibles, net                  18,069         18,467

    Other assets                      12,818         13,029
                                  ----------  -------------

     Total assets                  $ 287,919      $ 279,616
                                  ==========  =============


  LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE
   NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND
   SHAREHOLDERS' (DEFICIT)
   EQUITY
  Current liabilities:
    Current maturities of
     indebtedness                   $ 19,498       $ 19,866
    Current maturities of
     capital lease obligations         4,900          5,322
    Accounts payable                   9,591          6,182
    Affiliates and independent
     owner-operators payable          12,591          9,734
    Accrued expenses                  21,883         21,378
    Environmental liabilities          3,733          3,408
    Accrued loss and damage
     claims                            7,525          8,862
                                  ----------  -------------
    Total current liabilities         79,721         74,752
    Long-term indebtedness, less
     current maturities              291,240        284,253
    Capital lease obligations,
     less current maturities          10,809         11,843
    Environmental liabilities          7,740          8,241
    Accrued loss and damage
     claims                            8,679         10,534
    Other non-current
     liabilities                      27,075         28,896
                                  ----------  -------------
      Total liabilities              425,264        418,519

  Redeemable noncontrolling
   interest                            1,833          1,833

  SHAREHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY
    Common stock                     364,535        364,046
    Treasury stock                   (1,580)        (1,580)
    Accumulated deficit            (293,770)      (294,568)
    Stock recapitalization         (189,589)      (189,589)
    Accumulated other
     comprehensive loss             (25,316)       (25,587)
    Stock purchase warrants            6,696          6,696
    Stock subscriptions
     receivable                        (154)          (154)
                                  ----------  -------------
      Total shareholders'
       (deficit) equity            (139,178)      (140,736)
                                  ----------  -------------
      Total liabilities,
       redeemable noncontrolling
       interest and
       shareholders' (deficit)
       equity                      $ 287,919      $ 279,616
                                  ==========  =============


  RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) TO TAX EFFECTED AND ADJUSTED NET
  INCOME (LOSS), EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA AND RECONCILIATION OF NET
 INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE TO TAX EFFECTED AND ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS)
                                PER SHARE
           For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2010 and 2009
                               (In 000's)
                                Unaudited


Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss), Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (as defined) are presented herein because they are important metrics used by management to evaluate and understand the performance of the ongoing operations of Quality's business. For Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss), management uses a 39% tax rate for calculating the provision for income taxes to normalize the Quality's tax rate to that of comparable transportation companies, and to compare Quality's reporting periods with different effective tax rates. In addition, we adjust Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share for significant items that are not part of regular operating activities. These adjustments include restructuring charges related to a plan of restructure which began in the second quarter of 2008 and which we expect to conclude in 2010, and gain on early extinguishment of debt. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are used by management to evaluate Quality's operating performance independent of expenses that are not from operations. For EBITDA, Net Income (Loss) is adjusted for provision for (benefit from) income tax, depreciation and amortization and interest expense. To calculate Adjusted EBITDA, we calculate EBITDA from Net Income (Loss), which is then further adjusted for significant items that are not part of regular operating activities, including the restructuring charges related to a plan of restructure which began in the second quarter of 2008 and which we expect to conclude in 2010, and gain on early extinguishment of debt, to arrive at Adjusted EBITDA. Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the consolidated statements of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP as an indication of Quality's operating performance or liquidity.


                                             Three months ended
  Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation:               March 31,
                                          -----------------------

                                               2010        2009
                                          -------------  --------

  Net income (loss)                               $ 798   $ (302)

    Net income (loss) per common share:
      Basic                                      $ 0.04  $ (0.02)
      Diluted                                    $ 0.04  $ (0.02)

  Adjustments to net income (loss):
    Benefit from  income taxes                    (626)      (70)
    Gain on early debt extinguishment              ----     (675)

    Restructuring costs                           1,147       600
                                          -------------  --------
  Adjusted income (loss) before income
   taxes                                          1,319     (447)
    Provision for (benefit from) income
     taxes at 39%                                   514     (174)
                                          -------------  --------
    Tax effected and adjusted net income
     (loss)                                       $ 805   $ (273)
                                          =============  ========

    Tax effected and adjusted net income
     (loss) per common share:
      Basic                                      $ 0.04  $ (0.01)
      Diluted                                    $ 0.04  $ (0.01)
    Weighted average number of shares:
      Basic                                      19,501    19,215
      Diluted                                    21,470    19,215





                                     Three months ended
   EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:            March 31,
                                  -----------------------

                                       2010        2009
                                  -------------  --------

  Net income (loss)                       $ 798   $ (302)

  Adjustments to net income
   (loss):
    Benefit from income taxes             (626)      (70)
    Depreciation and
     amortization                         4,243     5,335

    Interest expense, net                 8,506     6,897
                                  -------------  --------
    EBITDA                               12,921    11,860

    Gain on early debt
     extinguishment                        ----     (675)

    Restructuring costs                   1,147       600
                                  -------------  --------

    Adjusted EBITDA                    $ 14,068  $ 11,785
                                  =============  ========


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SOURCE: Quality Distribution, Inc.

CONTACT:  Quality Distribution, Inc.
Stephen R. Attwood, Senior Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer
800-282-2031 ext. 7129

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