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KCS reports Q1 2021 results

(Source: Kansas City Southern press release, April 16, 2021)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Southern (KCS) reported revenues of $706.0 million, a decrease of 4% from first quarter 2020. Overall, carload volumes were down 1% compared to prior year.

First Quarter 2021

First quarter revenues were $706.0 million, a decrease of 4% primarily resulting from lower volumes, lower fuel surcharge, and fluctuations in foreign currency.

First quarter operating expenses were $453.0 million. Operating income was $253.0 million and the reported operating ratio was 64.2%. First quarter net income was $153.4 million, or $1.68 per diluted share.

"Although our first quarter performance was impacted by several unique and challenging events, including the Polar Vortex, and lingering network congestion, our operating team is focused on improving operating metrics and customer service through PSR phase III,” stated president and chief executive officer, Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “Based on an outlook for improvement in volume growth and operational trends, we can confidently confirm our 2021 guidance.”

“During the first quarter, we also announced an exciting and historic combination with Canadian Pacific, creating the first rail network connecting the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. This combination is expected to provide an enhanced competitive alternative to existing rail service providers, resulting in improved service to customers of all sizes. This transaction represents an exciting opportunity for KCS and CP stakeholders, and we look forward to delivering the benefits to our customers, employees, investors, and communities. For more information on the transaction and the benefits it is expected to bring to the full range of stakeholders, visit FutureForFreight.com.”

Full story: Kansas City Southern (PDF)

Friday, April 16, 2021

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