CSX announces third quarter 2012 results
(Source: CSX press release, October 16, 2012)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – October 16, 2012 – CSX Corporation today announced third quarter net earnings of $455 million, down 2 percent when compared to the $464 million reported in the same period last year. Despite this decline, the company’s earnings per share in the quarter were up 2 percent year-over-year to $0.44 compared to $0.43 in the third quarter last year. The contrast between the changes in net earnings and EPS is reflective of shares repurchased since last year’s third quarter.
• Operating ratio was 70.5 percent
• Earnings per share increases to $0.44 per share
• Employee safety and customer service near all-time record levels
“CSX continues to respond well to moderating economic conditions and challenges in our domestic coal business,” said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The company is driving strong safety, customer service and productivity results while building its capabilities for the long term.”
While the company saw strong increases in export coal, intermodal and automotive shipments, total revenue in the quarter declined 2 percent when compared to the same period last year. This decline was driven by overall lower volume levels, a change in the mix of the company’s business and lower fuel recovery.
However, strong productivity gains, coupled with adjusting resources throughout the business, allowed the company to offset external headwinds and deliver operating income of $854 million, down 3 percent compared to last year. In addition, the operating ratio performed well, remaining stable at 70.5 percent for the quarter, versus 70.4 percent last year.
Looking forward, CSX still expects earnings growth and margin expansion for the full-year 2012. In addition, the company is still targeting a 65 percent operating ratio by 2015, although this has become more challenging in the current environment.
This earnings announcement, as well as a package of detailed financial information, is contained in the CSX Quarterly Financial Report available on the company’s website at http://investors.csx.com and on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CSX executives will conduct a quarterly earnings conference call with the investment community on October 17, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 1-888-327-6279 (888-EARN-CSX) and asking for the CSX earnings call. (Callers outside the U.S., dial 1-773-756-0199). Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the call. In conjunction with the call, a live webcast will be accessible and presentation materials will be posted on the company's website at http://investors.csx.com. Following the earnings call, an internet replay of the presentation will be archived on the company website.
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces. CSX’s network connects more than 240 short line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.
Friday, October 26, 2012
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