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Union Pacific reports all-time quarterly records in 2Q 2014

(Source: Union Pacific press release, July 24, 2014)

OMAHA, Neb. Union Pacific Corporation today reported 2014 second quarter net income of $1.3 billion, or $1.43 per diluted share, compared to $1.1 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2013.

Highlights and All-Time Quarterly Records:

Diluted earnings per share of $1.43 improved 21 percent.
Operating revenues totaled $6.0 billion, up 10 percent.
Operating income totaled $2.2 billion, up 17 percent.
Operating ratio of 63.5 percent improved 2.2 points.

"Union Pacific achieved record quarterly financial results, leveraging the strengths of our diverse franchise to handle strong demand in the face of challenging operating conditions," said Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific chief executive officer. "We were pleased to see strong volume growth which, combined with solid core pricing, drove more than a two-point improvement in our Operating Ratio to a record 63.5 percent for the quarter."

Second Quarter Summary

Operating revenue increased 10 percent in the second quarter 2014 to $6.0 billion, versus $5.5 billion in the second quarter 2013. Second quarter business volumes, as measured by total revenue carloads, increased 8 percent compared to 2013. Volume increased in agricultural products, intermodal, industrial products, automotive and coal. Chemicals volumes declined slightly versus 2013 as a reduction in crude oil shipments more than offset growth in base chemicals. In addition:

Quarterly freight revenue increased 10 percent compared to the second quarter 2013, driven by volume growth and core pricing gains.
Union Pacific's operating ratio of 63.5 percent was an all-time quarterly record, 2.2 points better than the second quarter 2013 and 1.3 points better than the previous all-time quarterly record set in the third quarter 2013.
The average quarterly diesel fuel price of $3.10 per gallon in the second quarter 2014 was flat compared to the second quarter 2013.
Quarterly train speed, as reported to the Association of American Railroads, was 23.9 mph, down 7 percent versus the second quarter 2013.
The Company repurchased 8.3 million shares in the second quarter 2014 at an average share price of $96.84 and an aggregate cost of $806 million.

Summary of Second Quarter Freight Revenues

Agricultural Products up 19 percent
Intermodal up 16 percent
Industrial Products up 16 percent
Chemicals up 3 percent
Automotive up 2 percent
Coal up 1 percent

2014 Outlook

"We are optimistic about the second half of the year," Koraleski said. "As always, we are closely monitoring the economic landscape, along with the major drivers across all of our business segments, including the potential impact of weather on grain and coal. As the economy gradually continues to improve, the power of our diverse franchise provides business growth opportunities in all of our commodity groups. The men and women of Union Pacific are committed to safely improving our network performance, allowing us to provide customers with the excellent service they deserve, while rewarding our shareholders with increasing returns."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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