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Kansas City Southern Reports Record Third Quarter 2017 Operating Income and Operating Ratio

Third Quarter 2017 Results

  • Third quarter revenues of $657 million, an increase of 9% from third quarter 2016 on a 3% increase in carloads
  • Record third quarter operating income of $234 million, representing a 17% increase from third quarter 2016
  • Operating ratio of 64.4%, a third quarter record and an improvement of 2.5 points from third quarter 2016
  • Third quarter diluted earnings per share of $1.23, an increase of 10% compared to third quarter 2016. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.35, a third quarter record and an increase of 21% compared to third quarter 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) reported third quarter 2017 revenues of $657 million, representing an overall increase of 9% with year over year growth from all six business units. Carload volumes increased 3% compared to third quarter 2016.

Operating expenses in the third quarter were $423 million, 4% higher than 2016. Operating income was a third quarter record at $234 million, an increase of 17% from the third quarter 2016.

KCS reported a record third quarter operating ratio of 64.4%, a 2.5 point improvement over third quarter 2016. Reported net income in the third quarter of 2017 totaled $130 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, compared with $121 million, or $1.12 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2016. Excluding the impacts of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, adjusted diluted earnings per share for third quarter 2017 was $1.35 compared to $1.12 in third quarter 2016, representing a third quarter record.

“KCS’ third quarter financial results were strong, even with the impact of Hurricane Harvey on KCS’ U.S. Gulf Coast and cross-border traffic in August and September,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “Despite the severity of the storm and widespread flooding, we recovered quickly from the extended service outage, delivering record third quarter operating income, operating ratio and adjusted earnings per share.

“Our recovery was a testament to KCS’ operations personnel, who worked tirelessly during and after the storm to restore our network. We also want to thank our rail partners for their cooperation, as we worked together during this period to minimize the impact of the outage on our customers.”

GAAP Reconciliations

($ in millions, except per share amounts)

Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings per Share to
Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share Three Months Ended September 30, 2017

Income Before
Income Taxes

Income Tax
Expense

Net Income

Diluted
Earnings
per Share

As reported $ 211.9 $ 82.0 $ 129.9 $ 1.23
Adjustments for:
Foreign exchange gain (0.8 ) (0.2 ) (0.6 )
Foreign exchange component of income taxes (12.9 ) 12.9 0.12
Adjusted $ 211.1 $ 68.9 142.2

Less: Noncontrolling interest and preferred stock dividends

(0.7 )

Adjusted net income available to common stockholders - see (a) below

$ 141.5 $ 1.35
Three Months Ended September 30, 2016

Income Before
Income Taxes

Income Tax
Expense

Net Income

Diluted
Earnings
per Share

As reported $ 158.3 $ 37.3 $ 121.0 $ 1.12
Adjustments for:
Foreign exchange loss 19.8 5.9 13.9 0.13
Foreign exchange component of income taxes 14.1 (14.1 ) (0.13 )
Adjusted $ 178.1 $ 57.3 120.8

Less: Noncontrolling interest and preferred stock dividends

(0.5 )

Adjusted net income available to common stockholders - see (a) below

$ 120.3 $ 1.12
(a) The Company believes adjusted diluted earnings per share is meaningful as it allows investors to evaluate the Company’s performance for different periods on a more comparable basis by excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The income tax expense impacts related to these adjustments are calculated at the applicable statutory tax rate.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) 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 are primary components of a railway network, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. More information about KCS can be found at www.kcsouthern.com.

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws concerning potential future events involving KCS and its subsidiaries, which could materially differ from the events that actually occur. Words such as “projects,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “believes,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates,” and similar expressions are intended to identify many of these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon information currently available to management and management’s perception thereof as of the date hereof. Differences that actually occur could be caused by a number of external factors over which management has little or no control, including: competition and consolidation within the transportation industry; the business environment in industries that produce and use items shipped by rail; loss of the rail concession of KCS’ subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V.; the termination of, or failure to renew, agreements with customers, other railroads and third parties; access to capital; disruptions to KCS’ technology infrastructure, including its computer systems; natural events such as severe weather, hurricanes and floods; market and regulatory responses to climate change; legislative and regulatory developments and disputes; rail accidents or other incidents or accidents on KCS’ rail network or at KCS’ facilities or customer facilities involving the release of hazardous materials, including toxic inhalation hazards; fluctuation in prices or availability of key materials, in particular diesel fuel; dependency on certain key suppliers of core rail equipment; changes in securities and capital markets; availability of qualified personnel; labor difficulties, including strikes and work stoppages; acts of terrorism or risk of terrorist activities; war or risk of war; domestic and international economic, political and social conditions; the level of trade between the United States and Asia or Mexico; fluctuations in the peso-dollar exchange rate; increased demand and traffic congestion; the outcome of claims and litigation involving KCS or its subsidiaries; and other factors affecting the operation of the business. More detailed information about factors that could affect future events may be found in filings by KCS with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including KCS’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 (File No. 1-4717) and subsequent reports. Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved. As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. KCS is not obligated to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

Kansas City Southern and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues $ 656.6 $ 604.5 $ 1,922.5 $ 1,735.7
Operating expenses:
Compensation and benefits 129.0 127.9 371.6 347.0
Purchased services 46.3 54.5 146.5 159.1
Fuel 80.1 67.6 234.4 186.0
Mexican fuel excise tax credit (11.1 ) (15.6 ) (35.6 ) (49.6 )
Equipment costs 30.9 32.0 93.3 85.9
Depreciation and amortization 81.9 76.9 241.6 226.9
Materials and other 65.7 61.4 186.9 172.8
Total operating expenses 422.8 404.7 1,238.7 1,128.1
Operating income 233.8 199.8 683.8 607.6
Equity in net earnings of affiliates 2.8 3.5 9.7 10.4
Interest expense (25.2 ) (25.2 ) (74.9 ) (73.2 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) 0.8 (19.8 ) 61.8 (47.3 )
Other income (expense), net (0.3 ) 0.7 (0.5 )
Income before income taxes 211.9 158.3 681.1 497.0
Income tax expense 82.0 37.3 269.6 147.4
Net income 129.9 121.0 411.5 349.6
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 0.6 0.4 1.2 1.1
Net income attributable to Kansas City Southern and subsidiaries 129.3 120.6 410.3 348.5
Preferred stock dividends 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2
Net income available to common stockholders $ 129.2 $ 120.5 $ 410.1 $ 348.3
Earnings per share:
Basic earnings per share $ 1.24 $ 1.12 $ 3.89 $ 3.23
Diluted earnings per share $ 1.23 $ 1.12 $ 3.88 $ 3.23
Average shares outstanding (in thousands):
Basic 104,324 107,621 105,297 107,800
Potentially dilutive common shares 354 191 285 199
Diluted 104,678 107,812 105,582 107,999
Kansas City Southern and Subsidiaries
Revenue & Carload/Units by Commodity - Third Quarter 2017 and 2016
Revenues Carloads and Units Revenue per
(in millions) (in thousands) Carload/Unit
Third Quarter % Third Quarter % Third Quarter %
2017 2016 Change 2017 2016 Change 2017 2016 Change
Chemical & Petroleum
Chemicals $ 57.0 $ 53.7 6 % 26.4 27.8 (5 %) $ 2,159 $ 1,932 12 %
Petroleum 47.6 35.8 33 % 23.4 19.3 21 % 2,034 1,855 10 %
Plastics 32.3 34.8 (7 %) 17.8 18.7 (5 %) 1,815 1,861 (2 %)
Total 136.9 124.3 10 % 67.6 65.8 3 % 2,025 1,889 7 %
Industrial & Consumer Products
Forest Products 64.3 64.4 29.5 29.7 (1 %) 2,180 2,168 1 %
Metals & Scrap 58.9 53.5 10 % 30.1 30.8 (2 %) 1,957 1,737 13 %
Other 29.3 22.6 30 % 22.7 18.7 21 % 1,291 1,209 7 %
Total 152.5 140.5 9 % 82.3 79.2 4 % 1,853 1,774 4 %
Agriculture & Minerals
Grain 68.6 64.8 6 % 36.4 36.1 1 % 1,885 1,795 5 %
Food Products 34.7 36.4 (5 %) 14.9 16.5 (10 %) 2,329 2,206 6 %
Ores & Minerals 5.8 4.9 18 % 6.7 5.9 14 % 866 831 4 %
Stone, Clay & Glass 6.9 7.3 (5 %) 3.2 3.2 2,156 2,281 (5 %)
Total 116.0 113.4 2 % 61.2 61.7 (1 %) 1,895 1,838 3 %
Energy
Utility Coal 46.0 43.6 6 % 49.6 52.9 (6 %) 927 824 13 %
Coal & Petroleum Coke 9.4 10.7 (12 %) 13.9 17.3 (20 %) 676 618 9 %
Frac Sand 13.8 6.0 130 % 8.6 4.6 87 % 1,605 1,304 23 %
Crude Oil 5.3 2.5 112 % 4.6 3.1 48 % 1,152 806 43 %
Total 74.5 62.8 19 % 76.7 77.9 (2 %) 971 806 20 %
Intermodal 92.3 88.6 4 % 249.5 240.6 4 % 370 368 1 %
Automotive 61.4 51.4 19 % 39.1 36.5 7 % 1,570 1,408 12 %
TOTAL FOR COMMODITY GROUPS 633.6 581.0 9 % 576.4 561.7 3 % $ 1,099 $ 1,034 6 %
Other Revenue 23.0 23.5 (2 %)
TOTAL $ 656.6 $ 604.5 9 %
Kansas City Southern and Subsidiaries
Revenue & Carload/Units by Commodity - Year to Date September 30, 2017 and 2016
Revenues Carloads and Units Revenue per
(in millions) (in thousands) Carload/Unit
Year to Date % Year to Date % Year to Date %
2017 2016 Change 2017 2016 Change 2017 2016 Change
Chemical & Petroleum
Chemicals $ 167.6 $ 154.6 8 % 81.7 81.4 $ 2,051 $ 1,899 8 %
Petroleum 137.2 111.1 23 % 69.9 62.1 13 % 1,963 1,789 10 %
Plastics 97.4 98.3 (1 %) 54.2 54.3 1,797 1,810 (1 %)
Total 402.2 364.0 10 % 205.8 197.8 4 % 1,954 1,840 6 %
Industrial & Consumer Products
Forest Products 190.0 189.6 88.4 88.9 (1 %) 2,149 2,133 1 %
Metals & Scrap 170.5 160.0 7 % 91.0 94.3 (3 %) 1,874 1,697 10 %
Other 80.7 68.4 18 % 66.4 57.2 16 % 1,215 1,196 2 %
Total 441.2 418.0 6 % 245.8 240.4 2 % 1,795 1,739 3 %
Agriculture & Minerals
Grain 207.9 193.2 8 % 109.7 108.8 1 % 1,895 1,776 7 %
Food Products 111.1 109.6 1 % 46.9 50.0 (6 %) 2,369 2,192 8 %
Ores & Minerals 14.9 14.2 5 % 17.1 16.2 6 % 871 877 (1 %)
Stone, Clay & Glass 21.8 21.5 1 % 9.9 9.6 3 % 2,202 2,240 (2 %)
Total 355.7 338.5 5 % 183.6 184.6 (1 %) 1,937 1,834 6 %
Energy
Utility Coal 127.8 85.7 49 % 132.5 110.9 19 % 965 773 25 %
Coal & Petroleum Coke 30.7 27.9 10 % 46.3 46.6 (1 %) 663 599 11 %
Frac Sand 38.5 16.9 128 % 24.5 13.6 80 % 1,571 1,243 26 %
Crude Oil 17.0 11.5 48 % 14.7 11.4 29 % 1,156 1,009 15 %
Total 214.0 142.0 51 % 218.0 182.5 19 % 982 778 26 %
Intermodal 266.4 265.1 716.6 712.0 1 % 372 372
Automotive 170.2 137.0 24 % 114.6 94.4 21 % 1,485 1,451 2 %

TOTAL FOR COMMODITY GROUPS

1,849.7 1,664.6 11 % 1,684.4 1,611.7 5 % $ 1,098 $ 1,033 6 %
Other Revenue 72.8 71.1 2 %
TOTAL $ 1,922.5 $ 1,735.7 11 %

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Kansas City Southern
Ashley Thorne, 816-983-1530
athorne@kcsouthern.com

Source: Kansas City Southern