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KCS reports 1Q 2017 income; Sets record for 1Q revenues, carloads, operating income, operating ratio, earnings per share

(Source: Kansas City Southern press release, April 21, 2017)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Southern (KCS) reported first quarter 2017 revenues of $610 million, an increase of 8% over first quarter 2016. Overall carload volumes were 541 thousand, 6% higher compared to first quarter 2016. Excluding the estimated impact of Mexican peso depreciation, revenue increased by 11% compared to the first quarter of 2016.

First Quarter Highlights:
• Record first quarter revenues of $610 million, an increase of 8% over first quarter 2016 on a 6% increase in carloads;
• Operating income of $211 million, a first quarter record and 12% higher than prior year;
• Record first quarter operating ratio of 65.4%, a 1.2 point improvement over first quarter 2016; and
• Diluted earnings per share of $1.38, an increase of 39% over first quarter 2016. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.17, an increase of 14% over first quarter 2016. Both diluted and adjusted diluted earnings per share were first quarter records.

First quarter 2017 revenues increased in four commodity groups, led by a 64% increase in Energy and a 25% increase in Automotive. Revenues from Chemical & Petroleum and Agriculture & Minerals were also positive with increases of 8% and 6%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2016. These increases were partially offset by declines in Intermodal and Industrial & Consumer of 2% and 1%, respectively, compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Operating expenses in the first quarter were $399 million, 6% higher than 2016. Excluding the estimated impact of Mexican peso depreciation, operating expenses increased 9% compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2017 was $211 million, an increase of 12% from the first quarter 2016. KCS reported a first quarter operating ratio of 65.4%, a 1.2 point improvement over first quarter 2016. Reported net income in the first quarter of 2017 totaled $147 million, or $1.38 per diluted share, compared with $108 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding the impacts of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, adjusted diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2017 was $1.17, compared to $1.03 in first quarter 2016.

“Kansas City Southern is pleased with the return of year-over-year revenue and volume growth in first quarter 2017,” stated Kansas City Southern’s President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “We all remain focused on operational improvements and longer-term growth drivers and are excited to see some of these opportunities, such as refined products movements, materialize in 2017.”

Friday, April 21, 2017

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