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Kansas City Southern reports Q2 2021 results

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

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Southern (KCS) reported revenues of $749.5 million, an increase of 37% from second quarter 2020. Overall, carload volumes were up 31% compared to prior year.

Second Quarter 2021

Second quarter revenues were $749.5 million, an increase of 37% primarily resulting from higher volumes, higher fuel surcharge, and the strengthening of the Mexican peso against the U.S. dollar.

Second quarter operating expenses were $1,181.2 million, including a $700 million termination fee paid to Canadian Pacific. The $700 million reimbursement from Canadian National will be recognized upon KCS shareholder vote on the merger with Canadian National. Operating loss was $431.7 million and the reported operating ratio was 157.6%. Second quarter net loss was $378.0 million, or $4.17 per diluted share.

"KCS delivered strong second quarter volume growth, as our franchise benefited from unique growth drivers and the economy recovered from the COVID-19 downturn,” stated president and chief executive officer, Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “Although we are pleased with the strong volume growth, we fell short of our own expectations for customer service.

“Our operating team is focused on implementing structural and sustainable changes that will improve operational performance and the resiliency of our network. To that end, we have deployed additional assets and crews in support of our service recovery, setting the Company up to continue delivering robust volume growth while improving customer service in the second half of 2021.

“During the second quarter, KCS also announced a pro-competitive merger with Canadian National, which will deliver more choices to customers through the creation of new, single line service options between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This combination represents an exciting opportunity for KCS and CN stakeholders, and we look forward to delivering a safer, faster, cleaner and stronger railroad. For more information on the transaction and its benefits, visit ConnectedContinent.”

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

KCS will also hold its second quarter 2021 earnings conference call on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. eastern time. Shareholders and other interested parties are invited to participate via live webcast or telephone. To participate in the live webcast and to view accompanying presentation materials, please log into investors.kcsouthern.com immediately prior to the presentation. To join the teleconference, please call (844) 308-6428 from the U.S., or (412) 317-5409 from all other countries.

A replay of the presentation will be available by calling (877) 344-7529 from the U.S., (855) 669-9658 from Canada or (412) 317-0088 from all other countries and entering conference ID 10152592. The webcast replay and presentation materials will be archived on the company’s website.

About Kansas City Southern

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances with other North American rail partners are primary components of a unique railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More information about KCS can be found at www.kcsouthern.com

Full story (PDF): www.kcsouthern.com

Friday, July 16, 2021

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