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Class I carriers report 2nd quarter earnings

2nd Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 34% to $1.52 billion from $1.13 billion
Earnings Per Share: n/a – not publicly traded
Revenue: Increased 26% to $5.81 billion from $4.60 billion
Operating Income: Increased 28% to $2.22 billion from $1.73 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 25% to $3.6 billion from $2.9 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 0.7% to 60.4% from 61.1% 

Click here to read BNSF’s full earnings report.

 

2nd Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 90% to C$1.034 million from C$545 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 90% to C1.46 from C$0.77
Revenue: Increased 12% to C$3.598 million from C$3.209 million
Operating Income: Increased 76% to C$1.382 million from C$785 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 9% to C$2.216 million from C$2.424 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 13.9 points to 61.6% from 75.5% 

Click here to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

2nd Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 96% to C$1.25 billion from C$635 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 100% to a record $1.86 per share from $0.93 per share
Revenue: Increased 15% to a record C$2.05 billion from C$1.79 billion
Operating Income: Increased 6% to C$820 million from C$770 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 21% to C$1.23 billion from C$1.02 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 170 basis points to a record 55.3% from 57% 

Click here to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

2nd Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 135% to $1.17 billion from $499 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased 136% to $0.52 per share from $0.22 per share
Revenue: Increased 33% to $2.99 billion from $2.26 billion
Operating Income: Increased 104% to $1.70 billion from $828 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 9% to $1.30 billion from $1.43 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to 43.4% from 63.3% 

Click here to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

2nd Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Reported a loss of ($378.0 million) from $110.3 million* 
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 79% to $2.06 per share from $1.16 per share
Revenue: Increased 37% to $749.5 million from $547.9 million
Operating Income: Reported a loss of ($431.7 million) from $180.4 million* 
Operating Expenses: Increased to $460.4 million from $357.0 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 3.8 basis points to 61.4% from 65.2% 

Click here to read KCS’s full earnings report.

*losses due to CP-KCS & CN-KCS merger deals 

 

2nd Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 109% to a second-quarter record of $819 million from $392 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 114% to a second-quarter record of $3.28 per share from $1.53 per share
Revenue: Increased 34% to $2.8 billion from $2.1 billion
Operating Income: Increased 91% to an all-time quarterly record of $1.2 billion from $610 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 11% to $1.6 billion from $1.5 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 18% to an all-time quarterly record of 58.3% from 70.7% 

Click here to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

2nd Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 59% to $1.8 billion from $1.1 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased to $2.72 per share from $1.67 per share
Revenue: Increased 30% to $5.5 billion from $4.2 billion
Operating Income: Increased 50% to $2.5 billion from $1.7 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 17% to $3.0 billion from $$2.6 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 590 basis points to 55.1% from 61.0% 

Click here to read UP’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2020’s second-quarter results for each railroad.
  • All figures for CN & CP are in Canadian currency, except for earnings per share for CP

T&I Chair DeFazio challenges proposed CN and KCS merger trust

Rep. DeFazio

WASHINGTON – Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) opposing the approval of a trust for the proposed merger of the Canadian National (CN) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroads. In his letter, DeFazio stated that approving the trust is not in the public interest and would reduce competition.

“A single holding company responsible for this traffic would likely change rail traffic patterns in the significant areas of parallel service overlap and that would reduce the rail service options these 300 customers currently enjoy,” Chair DeFazio wrote in his letter. “I am also troubled that this combination of Class I railroads serving all three nations in North America will exacerbate U.S. job losses from cross-border trade agreements that prioritize profits over people and inflict harm on worker’s rights, consumer safety, and the environment.”

In April 2021, Chair DeFazio issued a statement after Canadian Pacific (CP) and CN each made separate multi-billion dollar offers to buy KCS, warning that the bidding war that ensued for the railroad threatened to usher in a new round of consolidations in the rail sector, ultimately threatening jobs and affecting shipping in the U.S.

DeFazio’s full letter to STB can be found below and here.

 


 

July 26, 2021

Ms. Cynthia Brown
Chief, Section of Administration
Office of Proceedings
Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20423

Re: Finance Docket No. 36514, Canadian National Railway Company, et al. – Control – Kansas City  Southern Railway Company, et al.

Dear Ms. Brown:

I am writing to express opposition to the voting trust proposed by Canadian National Railway Company (CN) in its proposed merger with Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS). I am concerned that this proposed trust is not in the public interest. The trust would reduce competition and prejudice the outcome of the Surface Transportation Board’s merger proceeding.

In its May 14, 2021, submission to this docket, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice explained how voting trusts reduce competition both in general for railroad mergers and in particular to the consideration of a voting trust for CN and KCS. In general, putting two formerly competitive businesses under a single holding company immediately reduces the parties’ incentives to engage in competition. While the Surface Transportation Board regularly allowed railroad trusts throughout the many railroad consolidations of the 1980s and 1990s, the board has made the requirements to approve a voting trust more stringent since 2001 as part of an overall reform of merger rules. Now, according to 49 CFR 1180.4(b)(4)(iv), applicants must demonstrate that trusts would be in the public interest. Approving a CN-KCS trust would signal to the rest of the rail industry that the STB is engaging in business as usual, despite the requirement to consider the public interest, and could launch a new round of mergers.

Specifically with regard to the potential for a CN-KCS trust, I am concerned that approximately 300 current customers overlap on the CN and KCS networks. A single holding company responsible for this traffic would likely change rail traffic patterns in the significant areas of parallel service overlap and that would reduce the rail service options these 300 customers currently enjoy. I am also troubled that this combination of Class I railroads serving all three nations in North America will exacerbate U.S. job losses from cross-border trade agreements that prioritize profits over people and inflict harm on worker’s rights, consumer safety, and the environment.

I trust that the Surface Transportation Board will look at the specific facts of this action and conclude that approving a trust is too much, too soon. Too much authority in one company to somehow keep two companies competing against each other that have significant service overlap and too soon because allowing the trust creates a new floor purchase price for any other potential competitive bidders for KCS railroad. 

Sincerely,
Peter A. DeFazio

Class I carriers report first quarter 2021 earnings

1st Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 5% to $1.3 billion from $1.2 billion
Earnings Per Share: n/a – not publicly traded
Revenue: Stayed flat at $5.4 billion
Operating Income: Increased 4% to $1.9 billion from $1.8 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 2% to $3.5 billion from $3.6 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 1.5% to 63.7% from 65.2%

Click here to read BNSF’s full earnings report.

 

1st Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Decreased 4% to C$974 million from C$1.011 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Decreased 4% to C1.37 from C$1.42
Revenue: Stayed relatively flat, with a slight decrease to C$3.535 million from C$3.545 million
Operating Income: Increased 9% to C$1.327 million from C$1.215 million
Operating Expenses: Stayed relatively flat, with a slight decrease to C$2.208 million from C$2.330 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 3.2 points to 62.5% from 65.7%

Click here to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

1st Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 47% to C$602 million from C$409 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 51% to $4.50 from $2.98
Revenue: Decreased 4% to C$1.96 billion from C$2.04 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 6% to C$780 million from C$834 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 2% to C$1.179 million from C$1.209 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened 100 points to 60.2% from 59.2%

Click here to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

1st Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Decreased 8% to $706 million from $770 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 7% to $0.93 per share from $1.00 per share
Revenue: Decreased 1% to $2.81 billion from $2.86 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 7% to $1.10 billion from $1.18 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 2% to $1.71 billion from $1.68 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened by 220 basis points to 60.9% from 58.7%

Click here to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

1st Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 1% to $153 million from $152 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 6% to $1.68 from $1.58
Revenue: Decreased 4% to $706 million from $732 million
Operating Income: Decreased 13% to $253 million from $289 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 2% to $453 million from $443 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened 3.7 points to 64.2% from 60.5%

Click here to read KCS’s full earnings report.

 

1st Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Increased 77% to $673 million from $381 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 81% to a first-quarter record of $2.66 from $1.47
Revenue: Increased 1% to $2.64 billion from $2.63 billion
Operating Income: Increased 79% to a first-quarter record of $1.0 billion from $568 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 21% to $1.6 billion from $2.1 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to an all-time quarterly record of 61.5% from 78.4%

Click here to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

1st Quarter 2021

Net Earnings: Decreased 9% to $1.3 billion from $1.5 billion
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 7% to $2.01 per share from $2.15 per share
Revenue: Decreased 4% to $5.0 billion from $5.2 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 7% to $2.0 billion from $2.1 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 3% to $3.0 billion from $3.1 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened 1.1 points to 60.1% from 59.0%

Click here to read UP’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2020’s first-quarter results for each railroad.
  • All figures for CN & CP are in Canadian currency, except for earnings per share for CP

Class I’s report 4th quarter and full-year 2020 earnings

 

 

4th Quarter 2020
Net EarningsIncreased 5% to $1.5 billion from $1.4 billion
Earnings Per Share: n/a – BNSF is not publicly traded
Revenue: Decreased 3% to $5.7 billion from $5.8 billion
Operating Income: Increased 3% to $2.2 billion from $2.1 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 6% to $3.5 billion from $3.7 billion
Operating Ratio:  Improved to 60.3% from 62.8%

2020 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Decreased 6% to $5.2 billion from $5.5 billion
Earnings Per Share: n/a – BNSF is not publicly traded
Revenue: Decreased 11% to $20.9 billion from $23.5 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 4% to $7.7 billion from $8.1 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 15% to $13.1 billion from $15.4 billion
Operating Ratio:  Improved to 61.6% from 64.5%

Click here for full financial results from BNSF.

 

 

 

 

4th Quarter 2020 
Net EarningsIncreased 17% to C$1,021 million from C$873 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased 17% to C$1.44 per share from C$1.22 per share
Revenue: Increased 2% to C$3,656 million from C$3,584 million
Operating Income: Increased 16% to C$1,411 from C$1,218 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 5% to C$2,245 million from C$2,366 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 4.6 points to 61.4% from 66.0% 

2020 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Decreased 16% to C$3,562 million from C$4,216 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 14% to C$5.01 per share from C$5.85 per share
Revenue: Decreased 7% to C$13,819 million from C$14,917 million
Operating Income: Decreased 15% to C$4,777 million from C$5,593 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased to C$9,042 million from C$9,324 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened by 2.9 points to 65.4% from 62.5%  

Click here for full financial results from CN.  

 

 

 

 

 

4th Quarter 2020 
Net EarningsIncreased 21% to C$802 million from C$664 million
Earnings Per Share: Improved 23% to C$5.97 per share from C$4.84 per share
Revenue: Decreased 3% to C$2.01 billion from C$2.07 billion
Operating Income: Increased by 4% to C$928 million from C$890 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 8% to C$1,084 billion from C$1.18 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved by 310 basis points to a record-low 53.9% from 57.0% 

2020 Annual Earnings 
Net Earnings: Increased to C$2,444 billion from C$2,440 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased 3% to a record C$18.05  per share from C$17.58 per share
Revenue: Decreased 1% to C$7.71 billion from C$7.79 billion
Operating Income: Increased 6% to C$3,311 billion from C$3,124 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 6% to C$4,399 billion from C$4,67 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 280 basis points to a record-low 57.1% from 59.9% 

Click here for full financial results from CP.

 

 

 

 


4th Quarter 2020

Net EarningsDecreased 1% to $760 million from $771 million
Earnings Per Share: Stayed flat at $0.99 per share
Revenue: Decreased 2% to $2,825 million from $2,885
Operating Income: Increased 5% to $1,215 million from $1,154 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 7% to $1,610 million from $1,731 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 300 basis points to a record 57.0% from 60.0% 

2020 Annual Earnings 
Net Earnings: Decreased 17% to $2,765 million from $3,331 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 14% to $3.60 per share from $4.17 per share
Revenue: Decreased 11% to $10,583 million from $11,937 million
Operating Income: Decreased 12% to $4,362 million from $4,965 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 12% to $4,326 million from $4,965 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened to 58.8% from 58.4% 

Click here for full financial results from CSX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4
th Quarter 2020

Net EarningsIncreased to $165.7 million from $127.2 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased 38% to $1.81 per share from $1.31 per share
Revenue: Decreased 5% to $693.4 million from $729.5
Operating Income: Increased to $262.3 million from $236.0 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased to $431.1 million from $493.5 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 5.4 points to 62.2% from 67.6% 

2020 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Increased to $617.0 million from $538.9 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased to $6.57 per share from $5.42 per share
Revenue: Decreased 8% to $2,632.6 million from $2,866.0 million
Operating Income: Increased to $1,003.0 million from $886.3 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased to $1,629.6 million from $1,979.7 million
Operating Ratio: Improved to 61.9% from 69.1% 

Click here for full financial results from KCS.

 

 

 

 

4th Quarter 2020
Net EarningsIncreased 1% to $671 million from $666 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased 4% to $2.64 per share from $2.55 per share
Revenue: Decreased 4% to $2.6 billion from $2.7 billion
Operating Income: Increased 2% to $1.0 billion from $962 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased 8% to $1.59 billion from $1.73 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 4% to an all-time quarterly record of 61.8% from 64.2% 

2020 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Decreased 13% to $2.0 billion from $2.7 billion
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 10% to $7.84 per share from $10.25 per share
Revenue: Decreased 13% to $9.8 billion from $11.3 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 13% to $3.0 billion from $4.0 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 7% to $6.8 billion from $7.3 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened to 69.3% from 64.7% 

Click here for full financial results from NS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


4
th Quarter 2020

Net EarningsDecreased 2% to $1.38 billion from $1.40 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased 1% to $2.05 per share from $2.03 per share
Revenue: Decreased 1% to $5.billion from $5.billion
Operating Income: Decreased4% to $2.0 billion from $2.1 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 1% to $3.1 3 billion from $3.11 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened 1.3 points to 61.0% from 59.7% 

2020 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Decreased 10% to $5.3 billion from $5.9 billion
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 6% to $7.90 per share from $8.41 per share
Revenue: Decreased 10% to $19.5 billion from $21.7 billion 
Operating Income: Decreased 8% to $7.8 billion from $8.6 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 11% to $11.7 billion from $13.2 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 0.7 points to 59.9% from 60.6% 

Click here for full financial results from UP.

 


Notes:  

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad. 
  • All comparisons are made to 2019’s fourth quarter and annual financial results respectively for each railroad. 
  • CN and CP financial results are in Canadian currency

Class I carriers report 2020 first quarter earnings

Net Earnings: Decreased 5% to $1.19 billion.
Revenue: Decreased 6% to $5.4 billion.
Operating Income: Increased 2% to $1.8 billion.
Operating Expenses:Decreased 6.7% to $3.6 billion.
Operating Ratio: Improved by 4 points to 65.2%.

Link to read BNSF’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to C$1.01 billion from C$786 million.
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 31% to C$1.42 from C$1.08 and adjusted diluted EPS increased by 4% to C$1.22.
Revenue: Remained flat at C$3.5 billion.
Operating Income: Increased to C$1.215 million from C$1.08 billion.
Operating Expenses: Decreased 5% to C$2.33 billion from C$2.46 billion.
Operating Ratio: Improved by 3.8 points to 65.7%; Adjusted operating ratio improved 1.5 points to 65.7% from 67.2%.

Link to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased to C$409 million from C$434 million.
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share decreased 4% to $2.98; adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 58% to $4.42.
Revenue: Increased 16% to C$2.04 billion from C$1.77 billion.
Operating Income: Increased 54% to C$834 million from C$534 million.
Operating Expenses: Decreased to C$1.209 billion from C$1.224 billion.
Operating Ratio: Improved 1,010 basis points to 59.2%.

Link to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased 8% to $770 million from $834 million.
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 2% to $1.00.
Revenue: Decreased 5% to $2.85 billion from $3.01 billion.
Operating Income: Decreased 3% to $1.17 billion from $1.22 billion.
Operating Expenses: Decreased 7% to $1.68 billion.
Operating Ratio: Improved to a first quarter record of 58.7% from 59.5%

Link to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to $151.7 million from $102.7 million.
Earnings Per Share: Increased to $1.58 per diluted share from $1.02.
Revenue: Increased 8% to a record $731.7 million from $674.8 million
Operating Income: Increased to $288.8 million from $160.3 million.
Operating Expenses: Decreased to $442.9 million from $514.5 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 15.7 points to 60.5% from 76.2%; adjusted operating ratio improved 6.5 points to 59.7% from 66.2%

Link to read KCS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased 44% to $381 million from $677 million.
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share decreased to $1.47 from $2.51.
Revenue: Decreased to $2.63 billion from $2.8 billion.
Operating Income: Decreased to $568 million from $966 million.
Operating Expenses: Increased to $2.06 billion from $1.87 billion.
Operating Ratio: Declined to 78.4% from 66.0%.

Link to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to $1.5 billion from $1.4 billion.
Earnings Per Share: Increased to $2.15 per diluted share from $1.93 per diluted share
Revenue: Decreased 3% to $5.2 billion from $5.4 billion
Operating Income: Increased 9% to $2.14 billion from $1.96 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 10% to $3.09 billion from $3.4 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 4.6 points to 59.0% from 63.6%

Link to read UP’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2019’s first-quarter results for each railroad.
  • All figures for CN & CP are in Canadian currency, except for earnings per share for CP

Class I carriers release 4th quarter & full year 2019 earnings reports

 

 

4th Quarter 2019
Net Earnings: Increased 4% to $1.42 billion from $1.37 billion
Earnings Per Share: n/a – BNSF is not publicly traded
Revenue: Decreased 6% to $5.84 billion from $6.21 billion
Operating Income: Increased 2% to $2.11 billion from $2.06 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 10% to $3.73 billion from $4.14 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to 62.8% from 65.6%

2019 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Increased 5% to $5.5 billion from $5.2 billion
Earnings Per Share: n/a – BNSF is not publicly traded
Revenue: Decreased 1% to $23.5 billion from $23.9 billion
Operating Income: Increased 3% to $8.1 billion from $7.8 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 4% to $15.4 billion from $16.1 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to 64.5% from 66.2%

Click here to read BNSF’s full earnings report.

 

4th Quarter 2019
Net Earnings: Decreased 24% to C$873 million from C$1.14 billion
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share decreased 22% to $1.22 from $1.56
Revenue: Decreased 6% to C$3.6 billion from C$3.8 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 16% to C$1.22 billion from C$1.45 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased to C$2.36 billion from C$2.35 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened by 4.1 points to 66% from 61.9%

2019 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Decreased 3% to C$4.2 billion from C$4.3 billion
Earnings Per Share: Diluted Earnings Per Share decreased 1% to $5.83 from $5.87
Revenue: Increased 4% to C$14.9 billion from C$14.3 billion
Operating Income: Increased 2% to C$4.6 billion from C$5.5 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased from C$8.8 billion to C$9.3 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened 0.9 points to 62.5% from 61.6%

Click here to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

4th Quarter 2019
Net Earnings: Increased 22% to C$664 million from C$545 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share improved 26% to $4.82 from $3.83
Revenue: Increased 3% to C$2.07 billion from C$2.01 billion
Operating Income: Increased 2% to C$890 million from C$874 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 4% to C$1.18 billion from C$1.13 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened 50 basis points to 57.0% from 56.5%

2019 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Increased 25% to C$2.44 billion from C$1.95 billion
Earnings Per Share: Diluted EPS increased 29% to a record $17.52 from $13.61
Revenue: Increased 7% to a record C$7.79 billion from C$7.32 billion
Operating Income: Increased 10% to C$3.12 billion from C$2.83 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 4% to C$4.65 billion from C$4.49 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 140 basis points to 59.9% from 61.3%

Click here to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

4th Quarter 2019
Net Earnings: Decreased 9% from $848 million to $771 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased from $1.01 to $0.99 per share
Revenue: Decreased 8% to $2.89 billion from $3.14 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 8% to $1.15 billion from $1.25 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 9% to $1.73 billion from $1.9 billion
Operating Ratio: A fourth-quarter record of 60.0%, down from 60.3%

2019 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Increased 1% to $3.33 billion from $3.31 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased 9% to $4.17 per share from $3.84 per share
Revenue: Decreased 3% to $11.94 billion from $12.25 billion
Operating Income: Increased 2% to $4.97 billion from $4.87 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 6% to $6.97 billion from $7.38 billion
Operating Ratio: A U.S. Class I railroad record of 58.4%, down from 60.3%

Click here to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

4th Quarter 2019
Net Earnings: Decreased to $127.9 million from $161.8 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 18% to $1.30 per diluted share from $1.59 per diluted share
Revenue: Increased 5% to $729.5 million from $694.0 million
Operating Income: Decreased to $236.0 million from $256.4 million
Operating Expenses: Increased to $493.5 million from $437.6 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened 450 basis points to 67.6% from 63.1%

2019 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Decreased to $540.8 million from $629.4 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 12% to $5.40 per diluted share from $6.13 per diluted share
Revenue: Increased 6% to $2.9 billion from $2.7 billion
Operating Income: Decreased to $886.3 million from $986.3 million
Operating Expenses: Increased to $1.98 billion from $1.73 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened 540 basis points to 69.1% from 63.7%

Click here to read KCS’s full earnings report.

 

4th Quarter 2019
Net Earnings: Decreased 5% to $666 million from $702 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 1% to $2.55 per diluted share from $2.57 per diluted share
Revenue: Decreased 7% to 2.7 billion from $2.9 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 11% to $1.0 billion from $1.1 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 5% to $1.7 billion from $1.8 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened to 64.2% from 62.8%

2019 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Increased 2% to $2.72 billion from $2.67 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased 8% to $10.25 per diluted share from $9.51 per diluted share
Revenue: Decreased 1% to $11.3 billion from $11.5 billion
Operating Income: Increased 1% to $3.989 billion from $3.959 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 3% to $7.3 billion from $7.5 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to a record 64.7% from 65.4%

Click here to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

4th Quarter 2019
Net Earnings: Decreased 10% to $1.4 billion from $1.6 billion
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 5% to $2.02 per diluted share from $2.12 per diluted share
Revenue: Decreased 9% to $5.2 billion from $5.8 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 5% to $2.1 billion from $2.2 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 12% to $3.1 billion from $3.5 billion
Operating Ratio: Increased 1.9 points to a record 59.7% from 61.6%

2019 Annual Earnings
Net Earnings: Decreased 1% to $5.91 billion from $5.97 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased 6% to $8.38 per diluted share from $7.91 per diluted share
Revenue: Decreased 5% to $21.7 billion from $22.8 billion
Operating Income: Stayed flat at $8.6 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 8% to $13.2 billion from $14.3 billion
Operating Ratio: Decreased 2.1 points to 60.6% from 62.7%

Click here to read UP’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2018’s fourth quarter and annual financial results respectively for each railroad.
  • All figures for CN & CP are in Canadian currency, except for earnings per share

Class I’s release 2019 3rd quarter earnings reports

Net Earnings: $1.466 billion, a slight increase from the $1.4 billion in 2018’s third quarter
Revenue: $6.021 billion, a decrease of 2% from the same period in 2018
Operating Income: $1.9 billion, an increase of 3.3% from the same period in 2018
Operating Expenses: $3.809 billion, a decrease of 4.9% from the same period in 2018
Operating Ratio: Improved to 63.3%

Berkshire Hathaway’s third quarter earnings reports is available in this PDF — the in-depth BNSF analysis begins on Page 35.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to C$1,195 million from C$1,134 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 8% to $1.66 from $1.44
Revenue: Increased 4% to C$3.830 million from C$3,688 million
Operating Income: Increased 8% to C$1,613 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 1% to C$2,217 million from C$2,196 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 1.6 points to 57.9% from 59.5%

Click here to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased 1% to C$618 million from C$622 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 3% to $4.46 from $4.35
Revenue: Increased 4% to a record C$1.98 billion from C$1.90 billion
Operating Income: Increased 10% to C$869 million from C$790 million
Operating Expenses: Increased to C$1.11 billion from C$1.10 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 220 basis points to a record-low 56.1% from 58.3%

Click here to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased 4% to $856 million from $894 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased 3% to $1.08 per share from $1.05 per share
Revenue: Decreased 5% to $2.98 billion from $3.13 billion
Operating Income: Stayed flat at $1.29 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 8% to $1.69 billion from $1.84 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 1.9 points to a record 56.8% from 58.7%

Click here to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to $180.6 million from $174 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 6% to $1.81 from $1.70. Adjusted Diluted EPS increased 24% to a record $1.94 from $1.57
Revenue: Increased 7% to a record $747.7 million from $699.0 million
Operating Income: Increased to $282 million from $265.4 million. Adjusted Operating Income increased 15% to a record $294 million
Operating Expenses: Increased to $465.7 million from $433.6 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened 0.3 points to 62.3% from 62.0%

Click here to read KCS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased 6% to $657 million from $702 million
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Decreased 1% to $2.49 from $2.52
Revenue: Decreased 4% to $2.8 billion from $2.9 billion
Operating Income: Decreased $24 million to $1.0 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 4% or $82 million to $1.8 billion from $1.9 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to a third quarter record 64.9% from 65.4%

Click here to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased 2% to $1.55 billion from $1.59 billion
Diluted Earnings Per Share: Increased 3% to $2.22 from $2.15
Revenue: Decreased 7% to $5.5 billion from $5.9 billion
Operating Income: Decreased 2% to $2.2 billion from $2.3 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 10% to $3.3 billion from $3.7 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 2.2 points to a quarterly record 59.5% from 61.7%

Click here to read UP’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2018’s third quarter results for each railroad.
  • All figures for CN & CP are in Canadian currency, except for earnings per share

 

Carriers release 2019 first-quarter earnings reports

Net Earnings: Increased 9.4% to $1.25 billion
Revenue: Increased 2.5% to $5.57 billion
Operating Income: Increased 2.3% to $1.78 billion
Operating Expenses:Increased 2.5% to $3.79 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved by 2 points to 66.5%

Click here to read BNSF’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 6% to C$786 million from C$741 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 8% to C$1.08 from C$1.00 and adjusted diluted EPS increased by 17% to C$1.17
Revenue: Increased by 11% to C$3.5 billion from C$3.2 billion
Operating Income: Increased 5% to C$1.08 billion from C$1.03 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 14% to C$2.5 billion from C$2.2 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened by 1.7 points to 69.5%; Adjusted operating ratio improved 0.6 points to 67.2%

Click here to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 25% to C$434 million from C$348 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 28% to $3.09 from $2.41; adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 3% to $2.79 from $2.70
Revenue: Increased 6% to C$1.77 billion from C$1.66 billion
Operating Income: Increased 1% to C$543 million from C$540 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 9% to C$1.2 billion from C$1.1 billion
Operating Ratio: Worsened 180 basis points to 69.3% from 67.5%

Click here to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 20% to $834 million from $695 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased 31% to $1.02 from $0.78 per share
Revenue: Increased 5% to $3.01 billion from $2.9 billion
Operating Income: Increased 17% to $1.22 billion from $1.04 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 2% to $1.79 billion from $1.83 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to a first quarter record of 59.5% from 63.7%

Click here to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased to $103.2 million from $145 million
Earnings Per Share: Decreased 27% to $1.02 from $1.40; adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 18% to $1.54 from $1.30
Revenue: Increased 6% to a record $675 million from $639 million
Operating Income: Decreased to $160.3 million from $219 million; adjusted operating income increased 10% to a record $242 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased to $514.5 million from $515 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened 10.4 points to 76.2% from 65.8%; adjusted operating ratio improved 1.6 points to 64.2% from 65.8%

Click here to read KCS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 23% to $677 million from $552 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 30% to $2.51 from $1.93
Revenue: Increased 5% to a first-quarter record of $2.8 billion from $2.7 billion
Operating Income: Increased 16% to a first-quarter record of $966 million from $835 million
Operating Expenses: Decreased by $8 million to $1.874 billion from $1.882 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved to a first-quarter record 66.0% from 69.3%

Click here to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 6% to $1.4 billion from $1.3 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased 15% to $1.93 per diluted share from $1.68 per diluted share
Revenue: Decreased 2% to $5.4 billion from $5.5 billion
Operating Income: Increased 1% to $2.0 billion from $1.93 billion
Operating Expenses: Decreased 3% to $3.4 billion from $3.5 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 1.0 point to 63.6% from 64.6%

Click here to read UP’s full earnings report.

 


Net Earnings: Decreased to $38.8 million from $76.0 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share decreased 42.9% to $0.68 from $1.19
Revenue: Increased 2.1% to $332.4 million from $325.6 million
Operating Income: Decreased 5.3% to $69.3 million from $73.2 million; adjusted operating income decreased 4.2% to $70.3 million from $73.4 million
Operating Expenses: Increased to $263.1 million from $252.5 million
Operating Ratio: Worsened to 79.1% from 77.5%; adjusted operating ratio worsened to 78.9% from 77.5%

Click here to read G&W’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2018’s first-quarter results for each railroad.
  • Figures for G&W are for North American operations only, with the exception of Net Earnings & Earnings Per Share, which includes all G&W operations, as solely North American figures were unavailable in these categories.
  • All figures for CN & CP are in Canadian currency, except for earnings per share for CP

FRA denies KCSR’s request to outsource brake tests to Mexico

Willis

In a victory for safety, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) denied a request by Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) to outsource brake inspections to Mexico, the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) reports.

“In its decision, the FRA correctly told KCSR that their request – which TTD and our rail unions strongly opposed – was ‘not in the public interest or consistent with railroad safety.’ We could not agree more,” said TTD President Larry I. Willis.

In 2008, the FRA granted KCSR conditional regulatory relief of 49 C.F.R. § 232.205 (a)(1) and 49 C.F.R. Part 215. In lieu of conducting the required inspections at the International Bridge interchange, the FRA allowed KCSR to move freight cars received in interchange from KCSR’s Mexican operations across the U.S./Mexico border to KCSR’s yard in Laredo without performing a full Class I brake test at the border. One of the conditions set by the FRA was that KCSR must perform Class III brake tests (set and release) at the International Bridge interchange. In their petition to the FRA, dated May 31, 2018, KCSR requested that the Class III brake tests be performed at their Mexican Nuevo Laredo and Sanchez Yards instead of at the interchange.

In their request, KCSR maintained that it would be safer to perform the tests at the Mexican yards due to vandalism while the trains are stopped and blocked Mexican crossings, however, KCSR offered no specific evidence demonstrating any safety or security risks of performing the Class III tests at the interchange.

“FRA cannot approve KCSR’s request to move the test to its affiliate KCSM’s (Kansas City Southern de México Railway) yards 9 miles across the border within Mexico. …The Board is denying KCSR’s May 31, 2018, request to modify the existing relief in this docket because KCSR has not demonstrated that a modification is in the public interest or consistent with railroad safety,” the FRA’s Robert C. Lauby, associate administrator for railroad safety, said in his response letter to KCSR, dated March 8, 2019.

“The FRA’s decision is a step in the right direction, but it is not enough,” Willis said. “Last year, the FRA granted KCSR permission to operate trains with crews from Mexico to Laredo, nine miles across the border. This decision was made without input from the public or any guarantee U.S. safety standards are being met.”

SMART TD and BLET sent a joint letter to U.S. DOT opposing the decision to allow KCSR to operate Mexican train crews within the United States.

Click here for related documents, including KCSR’s 2007 and 2018 requests and FRA’s responses.

Click here for the full press release from the TTD.

Click here to read about SMART TD’s opposition to Mexican crews operating inside the U.S.

Third quarter 2018 financial results have been released by Class I railroads

Net Earnings: Increased 34 percent to $1.4 billion
Revenue: Increased 16 percent to $6.1 billion
Operating Income: Increased 9 percent to $2.1 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 20 percent to $4.0 billion
Operating Ratio: Increased 2.1 points to 64.5 percent

Click here to read BNSF’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 18 percent to C$1,134 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 21 percent to C$1.54
Revenue: Increased 14 percent to a record C$3,688 million
Operating Income: Increased 8 percent to C$1,492 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 19 percent to C$2,196
Operating Ratio: Increased 2.3 points to 59.5 percent

Click here to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 22 percent to C$622 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 24 percent to a record C$4.35
Revenue: Increased 19 percent to a record C$1.9 billion
Operating Income: Increased 27 percent to C$790 million
Operating Expenses: Increased 14 percent to C$1,108 million
Operating Ratio: Decreased 270 points to a record low of 58.3 percent

Click here to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 106 percent to $894 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased to $1.05 per share from $0.51 per share
Revenue: Increased 14 percent to $3.13 billion
Operating Income: Increased 49 percent to $1.29 billion
Operating Expenses: Declined 2 percent to $1,84 billion
Operating Ratio: Improved 970 basis points to a record 58.7 percent

Click here to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to $174 million from $129 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 38 percent to $1.70
Revenue: Increased 6 percent to a record $699 million
Operating Income: Increased 14 percent to $265 million
Operating Expenses: Increased to $433.6 million from $422.8 million
Operating Ratio: Improved 2.4 basis points to 62 percent

Click here to read KCS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 39 percent to $702 million
Earnings Per Share: Diluted earnings per share increased 44 percent to a third quarter record of $2.52
Revenue: Increased 10 percent to $2.9 billion
Operating Income: Increased 14 percent to a third quarter record of $1.0 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 9 percent to $1.9 billion
Operating Ratio: Declined 1.1 basis points to a record 65.4 percent

Click here to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased from $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion
Earnings Per Share: Increased 43 percent from $1.50 to a record $2.15 per diluted share
Revenue: Increased 10 percent to $5.9 billion
Operating Income: Increased 9 percent to $2.3 billion
Operating Expenses: Increased 10 percent from $3.3 billion to $3.7 billion
Operating Ratio: Stayed flat at 61.7 percent

Click here to read UP’s full earnings report.

 

Financial results of the largest shortline:
 

Net Earnings: Increased to $69.6 million from $50.2 million
Earnings Per Share: Increased 45 percent to $1.16
Revenue: Increased 11.5 percent to $355.7 million from $318.9 million
Operating Income: Increased 24.7 percent to $102.5 million, up from $82.2 million
Operating Expenses: Increased to $253,225 from $236,724
Operating Ratio: Improved 3 points to 71.2 percent from 74.2 percent

Click here to read G&W’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2017’s third quarter financial results for each railroad.
  • Figures for G&W are for North American operations only with the exception of Net Earnings & Earnings Per Share, which includes all G&W operations, as solely North American figures were unavailable in these categories.

Unions file petition against FRA over cross-border crews

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Sept. 5, 2018) – The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Transportation Division (SMART TD) have filed a joint petition challenging actions of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that allow crews comprised of Mexican nationals employed by a Mexican rail company to operate trains across the United States border and into the U.S. instead of American crews employed by American railroads.

Since July 9, the FRA has allowed foreign crews from Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM), a railroad based in Mexico and subsidiary of Kansas City Southern (KCS), to cross into the U.S. and run trains on the Texas Mexican Railway Company (“Tex-Mex”) line in Laredo, Texas. BLET and SMART TD maintain that this violates long-established federal laws and regulations regarding safety, training, crew qualifications and conduct of locomotive engineers and conductors operating freight trains in the U.S. The FRA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which also is named as a respondent in the petition.

“The Petitioners challenge this conduct as arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, in excess of the Respondents’ statutory authority and otherwise contrary to law,” the petition states.

There has been no order, waiver, public notice or documentation published by the FRA regarding the actions being challenged. The unions seek to set aside the agencies’ actions and to require that they divulge all internal records detailing the authorization of the practice, including the vetting of the non-U.S. crewmembers by FRA, and the decision to allow KCSM, a foreign company not incorporated in the United States, to operate across the border into this country.

“FRA’s conduct has generated significant safety concerns,” BLET National President Dennis R. Pierce said. “U.S. crews are held to the highest safety standards while crews coming in from Mexico are held to much lower standards in terms of certification, testing and operating experience. This degradation in safety is unacceptable. Beyond that, while American companies outsourcing jobs to foreign countries is nothing new, all Americans should be angered by this job giveaway on our own soil.”

“We deem it to be unsafe, we deem it to be a threat to American jobs. FRA has not been able to answer simple questions regarding certification and qualification of the foreign crews. Nor have they explained in any way how they plan to enforce American safety rules to hold the foreign crews to the same high safety standards that govern all American railroad workers,” SMART Transportation Division President John Previsich said. “We are not going to let FRA stand aside and ignore their responsibilities while a Class I carrier allows foreign crews to cross the border and jeopardize the safety of our members and the American public.”

The petition was filed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Follow this link to view this release in PDF form.

Railroads release 2nd quarter earnings reports

Net Earnings: Increased 27 percent to C$1,310 million; diluted earnings per share increased 30 percent to C$1.77

Revenue: Increased 9 percent to C$3,631 million

Operating Income: Increased 7 percent to C$1,519 million

Operating Ratio: Increased 0.7 points to 58.2 percent (worsened as compared to the same period in 2017, but an improvement from the first quarter 2018)

Click here to read CN’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Decreased 9 percent to C$436 million from C$480 million; Diluted earnings per share declined 7 percent to C$3.04, down from C$3.27

Revenue: Increased 7 percent to C$1.75 billion from C$1.64 billion

Operating Income: Increased 3 percent to C$627 million

Operating Ratio: Increased 140 basis points to 64.2 as compared to last year’s 62.8 percent

Click here to read CP’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: $877 million or $1.01 per share, up from $510 million or $0.55 per share

Revenue: Increased 6 percent to $3.10 billion

Operating Income: Increased 34 percent to $1.28 billion from $957 million

Operating Ratio: An all time company quarterly record of 58.6 percent as compared to last year’s 67.4 percent

Click here to read CSX’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to $149 million or $1.45 per diluted share, as compared to last year’s $135 million or $1.27 per diluted share. Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 16 percent to a record $1.54

Revenue: Increased 4 percent to a record $682 million

Operating Income: Increased 3 percent to a record $246 million

Operating Ratio: Increased 0.5 points to 64 percent as compared to 63.5 percent a year ago

Click here to read KCS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased 43 percent to $710 million; Diluted earnings per share increased 46 percent to $2.50 per share

Revenue: Increased 10 percent to $2.9 billion

Operating Income: Increased 18 percent to a record $1.0 billion

Operating Ratio: A record 64.6 percent

Click here to read NS’s full earnings report.

 

Net Earnings: Increased to $1.5 billion from $1.2 billion, or a record $1.98 diluted earnings per share an increase of 37% from $1.45 per share

Revenue: Increased 5 percent to $2.1 billion

Operating Income: Increased 8 percent to $5.7 billion

Operating Ratio: Increased 1.1 points to 63.0 percent

Click here to read UP’s full earnings report.

 

Financial results of the largest U.S. shortline:

Net Earnings: Decreased to $44.2 million or $0.73 diluted earnings per share from $46 million or $0.74 per share

Revenue: Increased 7.6 percent to $339.6 million from $315.7 million

Operating Income: Increased 0.7 percent to $80.3 million from $79.7 million

Operating Ratio: Increased 1.6 points to 76.4 percent

Click here to read G&W’s full earnings report.

 


Notes: 

  • Operating ratio is a railroad’s operating expenses expressed as a percentage of operating revenue, and is considered by economists to be the basic measure of carrier profitability. The lower the operating ratio, the more efficient the railroad.
  • All comparisons are made to 2017’s second quarter financial results for each railroad.