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KCS achieves record first quarter revenues and carloads in 1Q 2014

(Source: Kansas City Southern press release (PDF), April 16, 2014)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Southern (KCS) reported first quarter 2014 revenues of $607 million. Overall, carload volumes were 4% higher than in first quarter 2013.

First quarter 2014 highlights:
• Record revenues of $607 million, an increase of 10% over first quarter 2013 on a 4% increase in carloads.
• Operating income of $160 million. Excluding lease termination costs, adjusted operating income of $190 million, 17% higher than a year ago.
• Operating ratio of 73.7%. Excluding lease termination costs, adjusted operating ratio of 68.7%, a 1.8 point
improvement over first quarter 2013.
• Diluted earnings per share of $0.85. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.05 for first quarter 2014, an 18% increase over first quarter 2013.

First quarter revenue growth compared to 2013 was led by a 40% increase in Agriculture and Minerals, primarily due to an increase in grain volumes, after 2013 grain volumes were adversely affected by the severe drought conditions experienced in the Midwest region of the United States during 2012. Revenue from Intermodal and Automotive also grew by 10% and 7%, respectively. Chemical & Petroleum and Industrial & Consumer revenue each grew by 3%, and Energy revenue grew by 2%, compared to first quarter 2013.

After adjusting for lease termination costs, operating expenses in the first quarter were $418 million, 7% higher than 2013 operating expenses. Adjusted operating income for the first quarter of 2014 was $190 million compared with $163 million a year ago, a 17% increase. KCS reported a first quarter 2014 adjusted operating ratio of 68.7%, a 1.8 point improvement from first quarter 2013.

Reported net income in the first quarter of 2014 totaled $94 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, compared with $104 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2013. Excluding the impacts of lease termination costs, foreign exchange rate fluctuations and debt retirement costs, adjusted diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2014 was $1.05, compared with $0.89 in the first quarter of 2013, an 18% increase.

“We are pleased with how our company performed during the first quarter,” stated Kansas City Southern’s President and Chief Executive Officer David L. Starling. “All six commodity groups reported year-over-year revenue gains led by Agriculture & Minerals, which increased 40% over the prior year. Later in the first quarter, KCS also recorded higher than expected utility coal volumes and revenues as a result of higher natural gas prices, which made coal a more competitive option benefitting certain plants we serve.

“While it is still early in the second quarter, KCS business levels have improved in April. The indication that our core business appears to be gaining strength provides us with positive momentum towards achieving the 2014 goals we outlined to investors in January.”

Charts reflecting GAAP reconciliations and other financial information can be found on the KCS website at the link provided above.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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