CALGARY, March 21 /PRNewswire/ - Canadian Pacific (TSX :CP ) (NYSE :CP ) today announced first quarter earnings will be lower due to the impact of winter weather across the entire rail supply chain. The severity and length of winter events on our operations combined with the lag in fuel recoveries have reduced diluted earnings per share (EPS) by approximately 40 cents versus last year. CP expects diluted EPS for first quarter 2011 to be within the range of 12 to 22 cents.
"Since the new year, multiple severe weather events have caused significant disruptions to train operations across our network. Slower train speeds have reduced productivity and asset velocity thereby constraining network capacity and limiting our ability to meet market demands," said Fred Green, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The impact of avalanche disruptions are just one factor that increased fivefold this year in our busiest corridor through the mountains causing very inefficient stop-start operations."
"We have been increasing resources to meet strong demand and improve service reliability," Mr. Green added. "With moderating weather CP is seeing fluidity return to the network and our operating metrics are showing improvement. Our two- to four-year target of delivering a low 70s operating ratio remains unchanged."
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This news release contains certain forward-looking statements relating but not limited to our operations, anticipated financial performance and business prospects. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially.
By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the following factors: changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic, credit and business conditions; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; changes in laws and regulations, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; uncertainties of litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods, timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather conditions, security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes.
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