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Quality Distribution, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results: Positive Earnings Trend Continues

TAMPA, Fla., Jul 28, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Quality Distribution, Inc. (Nasdaq:QLTY) ("Quality") today reported the results for its second quarter and the six months ended June 30, 2010. Total revenue for the second quarter of 2010 was $177.6 million, an increase of 18.5% from $149.8 million for the same quarter in 2009. Revenue excluding fuel surcharge for the second quarter of 2010 was $155.9 million, an increase of 13.1% from $137.9 million for the same quarter in 2009.

Net income for the second quarter of 2010 was $2.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $186.2 million, or ($9.58) per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2009.

Adjusted net income per diluted share was $0.10 for the second quarter of 2010, compared to adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.02 for the same quarter in 2009. Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2010 was derived by excluding a $1.1 million pre-tax restructuring charge and applying a normalized tax rate of 39%. Adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2009 was derived by excluding a $1.2 million pre-tax restructuring charge, a $148.6 million charge for the impairment of goodwill and intangibles, and a $42.5 million deferred tax asset valuation, which was primarily related to the goodwill impairment charge, and applying a normalized tax rate of 39%.

Gary Enzor, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Quality's performance this quarter reflects the strength of our business model and demonstrates the earnings power of Quality's platform in light of a still-recovering economy. Transportation revenue, which excludes the impact of the sale of our QSI tank wash business, was up 15.5% year over year, and our leaner cost structure yielded even more dramatic earnings improvement."

Steve Attwood, Chief Financial Officer, commented further, "In the past two years, in the midst of a major general economic downturn, we have transformed our company by embracing a more cost- effective and asset light business model. Now that demand for our services is improving, we are beginning to realize the benefits of our model. In addition to the aforementioned revenue and earnings growth, our cash position remains strong as well. Availability under our ABL facility at the end of the second quarter was $47.8 million, and we have no major debt maturities prior to mid-2013."

Quality will host a conference call for investors to discuss these results on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The toll free dial-in number is 888-395-3159; the toll number is 719-325-2470; the passcode is 2837460. A replay of the call will be available through August 28, 2010, by dialing 888-203-1112; passcode: 2837460. 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 independent 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 independent 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 independent affiliates; 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     Six months ended
                                       June 30,              June 30,
                                 --------------------  --------------------

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

  OPERATING REVENUES:
   Transportation                $129,473    $112,083  $248,390    $223,110
   Other service revenue           26,473      25,840    51,379      53,448

   Fuel surcharge                  21,606      11,863    39,116      22,960
                                 --------  ----------  --------  ----------

    Total operating revenues      177,552     149,786   338,885     299,518
                                 --------  ----------  --------  ----------
  OPERATING EXPENSES:
   Purchased transportation       123,071      88,985   233,975     170,876
   Compensation                    14,980      19,540    28,872      42,751
   Fuel, supplies and
    maintenance                    12,054      15,922    24,342      33,462
   Depreciation and
    amortization                    4,067       5,304     8,310      10,639
   Selling and administrative       4,449       6,877     9,227      14,022
   Insurance costs                  4,540       3,946     7,877       7,995
   Taxes and licenses                 674         736     1,270       2,073
   Communications and utilities     1,192       2,074     2,238       4,808
   Loss (gain) on disposal of
    property and equipment            234       (162)       652       (265)
   Impairment of goodwill and
    intangibles                      ----     148,630      ----     148,630

   Restructuring costs              1,068       1,165     2,215       1,765
                                 --------  ----------  --------  ----------

    Total operating expenses      166,329     293,017   318,978     436,756
                                 --------  ----------  --------  ----------

    Operating income (loss)        11,223   (143,231)    19,907   (137,238)

   Interest expense                 8,640       6,518    17,307      13,518
   Interest income                  (156)        (83)     (317)       (186)
   Gain on extinguishment of
    debt                             ----        ----      ----       (675)

   Other expense (income)             220       (419)       226       (276)
                                 --------  ----------  --------  ----------
    Income (loss) before income
     taxes                          2,519   (149,247)     2,691   (149,619)
   Provision for (benefit from)
    income taxes                      463      36,980     (163)      36,910
                                 --------  ----------  --------  ----------

    Net income (loss)              $2,056  ($186,227)    $2,854  ($186,529)
                                 ========  ==========  ========  ==========

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

    Basic                           $0.10     ($9.58)     $0.14     ($9.65)
                                 ========  ==========  ========  ==========

    Diluted                         $0.09     ($9.58)     $0.13     ($9.65)
                                 ========  ==========  ========  ==========

   Weighted average number of
    shares
    Basic                          20,256      19,441    19,880      19,331
    Diluted                        21,748      19,441    21,585      19,331


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


                                              December
                                   June 30,     31,
                                     2010       2009
                                  ---------  ---------

  ASSETS
  Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents         $2,892     $5,633
   Accounts receivable, net          88,381     69,625
   Prepaid expenses                   7,325      8,584
   Deferred tax asset, net            5,212      5,506

   Other                              6,192      4,420
                                  ---------  ---------
    Total current assets            110,002     93,768
   Property and equipment, net      122,230    127,329
   Goodwill                          27,023     27,023
   Intangibles, net                  17,671     18,467

   Other assets                      14,774     13,029
                                  ---------  ---------

    Total assets                   $291,700   $279,616
                                  =========  =========

  LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST AND
   SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT
  Current liabilities:
   Current maturities of
    indebtedness                    $18,978    $19,866
   Current maturities of capital
    lease obligations                 4,358      5,322
   Accounts payable                   9,097      6,182
   Independent affiliates and
    independent owner-operators
    payable                          12,815      9,734
   Accrued expenses                  17,253     21,378
   Environmental liabilities          4,904      3,408
   Accrued loss and damage
    claims                            7,334      8,862
                                  ---------  ---------
    Total current liabilities        74,739     74,752
   Long-term indebtedness, less
    current maturities              298,050    284,253
   Capital lease obligations,
    less current maturities           9,799     11,843
   Environmental liabilities          6,439      8,241
   Accrued loss and damage
    claims                            9,519     10,534

   Other non-current liabilities     27,459     28,896
                                  ---------  ---------
    Total liabilities               426,005    418,519

  Redeemable noncontrolling
   interest                           1,833      1,833

  SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT
   Common stock                     370,126    364,046
   Treasury stock                   (1,580)    (1,580)
   Accumulated deficit            (291,714)  (294,568)
   Stock recapitalization         (189,589)  (189,589)
   Accumulated other
    comprehensive loss             (24,944)   (25,587)
   Stock purchase warrants            1,696      6,696
   Stock subscriptions
    receivable                        (133)      (154)
                                  ---------  ---------

    Total shareholders' deficit   (136,138)  (140,736)
                                  ---------  ---------
    Total liabilities,
     redeemable noncontrolling
     interest and shareholders'
     deficit                       $291,700   $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 and the Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 and 2009
                               (In 000's)
                                Unaudited


Tax Effected Net Income (Loss) 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), Tax Effected and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA 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 Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss), management uses a 39% tax rate for calculating the provision for income taxes to normalize Quality's tax rate to that of competitors, 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, an impairment charge and gain on early extinguishment of debt. EBITDA is a component of the measure used by our management to facilitate internal comparisons to competitors' results and the bulk transportation industry in general. We believe that financial information based on GAAP for highly leveraged businesses, such as ours, should be supplemented by EBITDA so investors better understand our financial information in connection with their evaluation of our business. This measure is especially important given the recent trends of increased merger and acquisition activity and financial restructurings within the industry, which has led to significant variations among companies with respect to capital structures and cost of capital (which affect interest expense) and differences in taxation and book depreciation of facilities and equipment (which affect relative depreciation expense), including significant differences in the depreciable lives of similar assets among various companies. Accordingly, EBITDA allows analysts, investors and other interested parties in the bulk transportation industry to facilitate company to company comparisons by eliminating some of the foregoing variations. EBITDA as used herein may not, however, be directly comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to differences in accounting policies and items excluded or included in the adjustments, which limits its usefulness as a comparative measure. To calculate 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, an impairment charge 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 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   Six months ended
  Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation:             June 30,             June 30,
                                           -------------------  -------------------

                                            2010       2009      2010       2009
                                           -------  ----------  -------  ----------
  Net income (loss)                         $2,056  ($186,227)   $2,854  ($186,529)

   Net income (loss) per common share:

    Basic                                    $0.10     ($9.58)    $0.14     ($9.65)
                                           =======  ==========  =======  ==========

    Diluted                                  $0.09     ($9.58)    $0.13     ($9.65)
                                           =======  ==========  =======  ==========

  Adjustments to net income (loss):
   Provision for (benefit from) income
    taxes                                      463      36,980    (163)      36,910
   Gain on early debt extinguishment          ----        ----     ----       (675)
   Restructuring costs                       1,068       1,165    2,215       1,765

   Impairment of goodwill and intangibles     ----     148,630     ----     148,630
                                           -------  ----------  -------  ----------
  Adjusted income before income taxes        3,587         548    4,906         101

   Provision for income taxes at 39%         1,399         214    1,913          39
                                           -------  ----------  -------  ----------

  Tax effected and adjusted net income      $2,188        $334   $2,993         $62
                                           =======  ==========  =======  ==========

  Tax effected and adjusted net income
   per common share:

    Basic                                    $0.11       $0.02    $0.15       $0.00
                                           =======  ==========  =======  ==========

    Diluted                                  $0.10       $0.02    $0.14       $0.00
                                           =======  ==========  =======  ==========
  Weighted average number of shares:
    Basic                                   20,256      19,441   19,880      19,331
    Diluted                                 21,748      19,441   21,585      19,331




                                        Three months ended     Six months ended
  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:                June 30,              June 30,
                                       --------------------  --------------------

                                         2010       2009       2010       2009
                                       --------  ----------  --------  ----------
  Net income (loss)                      $2,056  ($186,227)    $2,854  ($186,529)

  Adjustments to net income (loss):
   Provision for (benefit from)
    income taxes                            463      36,980     (163)      36,910
   Depreciation and amortization          4,067       5,304     8,310      10,639

   Interest expense, net                  8,484       6,435    16,990      13,332
                                       --------  ----------  --------  ----------
   EBITDA                                15,070   (137,508)    27,991   (125,648)

   Gain on early debt extinguishment       ----        ----      ----       (675)
   Restructuring costs                    1,068       1,165     2,215       1,765
   Impairment of goodwill and
    intangibles                            ----     148,630      ----     148,630
                                       --------  ----------  --------  ----------

   Adjusted EBITDA                      $16,138     $12,287   $30,206     $24,072
                                       ========  ==========  ========  ==========

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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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