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CSX announces Q4 2018 and full year 2018 results, authorizes $5 billion share buyback

(Source: CSX press release, January 16, 2019)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Corporation today announced fourth quarter 2018 net earnings of $843 million, or $1.01 per share, versus $4,140 million, or $4.62 per share on a GAAP basis ($0.64 on an adjusted basis) in the same period last year. Fourth quarter 2017 net earnings included a tax reform benefit resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and a restructuring charge that accounted for $3.98 per share (see table at the link above for details). CSX’s operating ratio set a company fourth quarter record of 60.3 percent from 60.7 percent in the prior year or 65.1 percent on an adjusted basis.

CSX’s full year 2018 operating ratio of 60.3% is a U.S. Class I railroad record.

CSX also announced the Board has authorized $5 billion in share repurchases following the early completion of the existing $5 billion authorization.

“As I reflect back on this past year, this team of railroaders has proven they are capable of accomplishing amazing things,” said James M. Foote, president and chief executive officer. “We are entering 2019 on a new trajectory with significant opportunity to improve across all aspects of our business. I expect CSX to deliver even better service to our customers and drive significant shareholder value.”

Revenue for the fourth quarter increased 10 percent over the prior year to $3.14 billion, supported by increases in fuel recovery, broad-based volume growth, pricing gains, higher supplemental revenue and favorable mix. Expenses increased 9 percent year over year to $1.89 billion, or 2 percent when 2017 results are adjusted for the impacts of restructuring and tax reform benefits. This combination yielded adjusted operating income growth of 25 percent for the quarter to $1.25 billion compared to $998 million in the same period last year.

This earnings announcement, as well as additional detailed financial information, is contained in the CSX Quarterly Financial Report available through the company’s website at http://investors.csx.com and on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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