CN reports Q3-2010 net income of C$556 million, or C$1.19 per diluted share

Oct 26, 2010, 16:01 ET from CN

Supply chain collaboration focus helps drive increased grain, coal and intermodal traffic

MONTREAL, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) today reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter and nine-month period ended Sept. 30, 2010.

Third-quarter 2010 highlights

    - Net income increased by 21 per cent to C$556 million.
    - Diluted earnings per share (EPS) of C$1.19 increased by 23 per cent
      over reported diluted third-quarter 2009 EPS, and by 27 per cent over
      adjusted diluted EPS for the same period of last year. (1)
    - Revenues grew by 15 per cent to C$2,122 million, while carloadings
      increased 18 per cent, and revenue ton-miles rose nine per cent.
    - Operating income increased by 21 per cent to C$834 million.
    - Operating ratio improved by two points to 60.7 per cent.
    - Nine-month free cash flow totalled C$938 million, up from C$657 million
      generated during the comparable period of 2009. (1)

Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer, said: "CN had very strong results, posting increased third-quarter net income driven by solid revenue growth, effective cost control and improved productivity. Greater freight volumes in almost all markets reflected the continued recovery in North American and global economies.

"CN's impressive performance is more than an economic recovery story. We are starting to see dividends from our new supply chain initiatives, which are designed to help our customers grow their business and position CN to handle a greater amount of that traffic. Since the beginning of the year, we've innovated on a number of fronts, ranging from scheduled grain service in Western Canada, to collaboration agreements with Canada's major ports and level of service pacts with terminal operators, to a new end-to-end supply chain focus on Western Canada export coal traffic.

"There are some encouraging signs. During the first nine months of 2010, Canadian grain volumes approached a level not seen since the 1996/1997 Canadian bumper crop-year. Overseas intermodal traffic reached a record high for the nine-month 2010 period - up 25 per cent from 2009. And Canadian coal traffic increased by a full 75 per cent from the comparable nine-month period of 2009.

"Looking forward, CN is convinced that deeper customer engagement and supply chain innovation will deliver value to customers and help CN create value for its shareholders."

Net income for the first nine months of 2010 was C$1,601 million, or C$3.39 per diluted share, up from C$1,272 million, or C$2.69 per diluted share, for the comparable period of 2009.

Adjusted net income for the first nine months of 2010 was C$1,470 million, or C$3.11 per diluted share, compared with adjusted net income of C$1,109 million, or C$2.34 per diluted share, for the comparable period of 2009. (1)

Foreign currency impact on results

Although CN reports its earnings in Canadian dollars, a large portion of its revenues and expenses is denominated in U.S. dollars. As such, the Company's results are affected by exchange-rate fluctuations. On a constant currency basis that excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, CN's 2010 third-quarter and first-nine-month net income would have been higher by C$15 million, or C$0.03 per diluted share, and C$91 million, or C$0.19 per diluted share, respectively. (1)

Third-quarter 2010 revenues, traffic volumes and expenses

The 15 per cent rise in third-quarter revenues mainly resulted from significantly higher freight volumes in almost all markets as a result of improving economic conditions in North America and globally; the impact of a higher fuel surcharge as a result of year-over-year increases in applicable fuel prices and higher volumes; and freight rate increases. These factors were partly offset by the negative translation impact of the stronger Canadian dollar on U.S.-dollar-denominated revenues.

Revenues increased for coal (28 per cent), metals and minerals (24 per cent), automotive (22 per cent), intermodal (19 per cent), petroleum and chemicals (10 per cent), grain and fertilizers (seven per cent), and forest products (four per cent).

Revenue ton-miles, measuring the relative weight and distance of rail freight transported by CN, increased nine per cent from the year-earlier period.

Rail freight revenue per revenue ton-mile, a measurement of yield defined as revenue earned on the movement of a ton of freight over one mile, increased by five per cent, largely owing to the impact of a higher fuel surcharge, freight rate increases and a decrease in the average length of haul that were partly offset by the negative translation impact of the stronger Canadian dollar.

Operating expenses for the third quarter of 2010 increased by 11 per cent, largely because of higher fuel costs, higher casualty and other expenses, and increased labor and fringe benefits expenses. These factors were partially offset by the positive translation impact of the stronger Canadian dollar on U.S.-dollar-denominated expenses.

2010 outlook (2)

CN remains comfortable with the financial guidance it issued on July 22, 2010. The Company believes it has the scope to achieve an increase of approximately 25 per cent in 2010 adjusted diluted EPS over 2009 adjusted diluted EPS of C$3.24. CN also expects to achieve free cash flow for 2010 in the range of C$1.1 billion. The free cash flow outlook is based on the Company's year-to-date performance, including proceeds from a Toronto rail-line sale in the first quarter, lower cash taxes, and additional voluntary pension plan contributions of C$300 million to improve the CN Pension Plan's funded status.

(1) See discussion and reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted performance-measures in the attached supplementary schedule, Non-GAAP Measures.

(2) See Forward-Looking Statements below for a summary of the key assumptions and risks regarding CN's 2010 outlook.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information included in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws. CN cautions that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results or performance of the Company or the rail industry to be materially different from the outlook or any future results or performance implied by such statements. To the extent that CN has provided guidance that are non-GAAP financial measures, the Company may not be able to provide a reconciliation to the GAAP measures, due to unknown variables and uncertainty related to future results. Key assumptions used in determining forward-looking information are set forth below.

Key assumptions

CN remains comfortable with the 2010 outlook it announced on July 22, 2010, in the Company's second-quarter financial results news release.

CN believes it has the scope to achieve an increase of approximately 25 per cent in 2010 adjusted diluted EPS over 2009 adjusted diluted EPS of C$3.24. In addition, CN expects to achieve free cash flow for 2010 in the range of C$1.1 billion. This current outlook is based on the following assumptions: 2010 North American industrial production increasing in the range of five per cent; U.S. housing starts to be about 675,000 units; CN carload growth, in percentage terms, in the mid-teens, along with Company pricing improvement of about 3.5 per cent; a Canadian-U.S. exchange rate for 2010 in the range of C$0.95 to par; the price of crude oil (West Texas Intermediate) to be in the range of US$75 to US$80 per barrel; and investment of approximately C$1.6 billion in Company capital programs. In addition, CN expects that U.S. motor vehicle sales will be approximately 11.5 million units for 2010. Although the Company anticipates the 2010/2011 Canadian grain crop will be below the five-year average, its impact on 2010 results is expected to be modest. CN is also assuming a strong U.S. crop, and has benefited from a good carry-over stock from the 2009/2010 Canadian grain crop.

Important risk factors that could affect the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risk factors.

CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the Company's website at www.cn.ca.

    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (U.S. GAAP)
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    (In millions, except per share data)

                                     Three months ended   Nine months ended
                                          September 30        September 30
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                                         2010      2009      2010      2009
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                                                    (Unaudited)

    Revenues                         $  2,122  $  1,845  $  6,180  $  5,485
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    Operating expenses
      Labor and fringe benefits           437       416     1,321     1,283
      Purchased services and material     246       227       754       771
      Fuel                                249       205       757       586
      Depreciation and amortization       204       191       614       593
      Equipment rents                      61        66       181       218
      Casualty and other                   91        51       303       281
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    Total operating expenses            1,288     1,156     3,930     3,732
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    Operating income                      834       689     2,250     1,753

    Interest expense                      (90)      (97)     (273)     (317)

    Other income (Note 2)                  24        21       200       191
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    Income before income taxes            768       613     2,177     1,627

    Income tax expense (Note 6)          (212)     (152)     (576)     (355)
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    Net income                       $    556  $    461  $  1,601  $  1,272
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    Earnings per share (Note 9)
      Basic                          $   1.20  $   0.98  $   3.42  $   2.71
      Diluted                        $   1.19  $   0.97  $   3.39  $   2.69

    Weighted-average number of shares
      Basic                             464.6     469.4     468.1     468.8
      Diluted                           468.4     473.8     471.9     473.1
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    See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.



    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (U.S. GAAP)
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    (In millions)

                                   September 30   December 31  September 30
                                           2010          2009          2009
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                                     (Unaudited)                 (Unaudited)
    Assets

    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents        $    548      $    352      $    233
      Accounts receivable (Note 3)          810           797           849
      Material and supplies                 271           170           237
      Deferred income taxes                  55           105            70
      Other                                 127            66            60
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                                          1,811         1,490         1,449

    Properties                           22,646        22,630        22,454
    Intangible and other assets           1,571         1,056         1,849
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    Total assets                       $ 26,028      $ 25,176      $ 25,752
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    Liabilities and shareholders' equity

    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable and other       $  1,193      $  1,167      $  1,159
      Current portion of long-term
       debt                                 109            70            89
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                                          1,302         1,237         1,248

    Deferred income taxes                 5,442         5,119         5,363
    Other liabilities and deferred
     credits                              1,310         1,196         1,227
    Long-term debt                        6,117         6,391         6,511

    Shareholders' equity:
      Common shares                       4,270         4,266         4,239
      Accumulated other comprehensive
       loss                                (973)         (948)         (288)
      Retained earnings                   8,560         7,915         7,452
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                                         11,857        11,233        11,403
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    Total liabilities and
     shareholders' equity              $ 26,028      $ 25,176      $ 25,752
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    See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.



    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY (U.S. GAAP)
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    (In millions)

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                                                    (Unaudited)
    Common shares(1)
    Balance, beginning of period     $  4,275  $  4,203  $  4,266  $  4,179
      Stock options exercised and
       other                               30        36       109        60
      Share repurchase program
       (Note 3)                           (35)        -      (105)        -
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    Balance, end of period           $  4,270  $  4,239  $  4,270  $  4,239
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    Accumulated other comprehensive
     loss
    Balance, beginning of period     $   (929) $   (207) $   (948) $   (155)
    Other comprehensive income
     (loss):
    Unrealized foreign exchange gain
     (loss) on:
      Translation of the net
       investment in foreign
       operations                        (208)     (552)     (129)     (884)
      Translation of US dollar-
       denominated long-term debt
       designated as a hedge of
       the net investment in U.S.
       subsidiaries                       202       541       122       863
    Pension and other postretirement
     benefit plans (Note 5):
      Amortization of prior service
       cost included in net periodic
       benefit cost                         1         1         2         2
      Amortization of net actuarial
       loss included in net periodic
       benefit cost (income)                1         -         2         1
    Derivative instruments                  -         -        (1)        -
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    Other comprehensive loss before
     income taxes                          (4)      (10)       (4)      (18)
    Income tax expense                    (40)      (71)      (21)     (115)
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    Other comprehensive loss              (44)      (81)      (25)     (133)
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    Balance, end of period           $   (973) $   (288) $   (973) $   (288)
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    Retained earnings
    Balance, beginning of period     $  8,331  $  7,110  $  7,915  $  6,535
      Net income                          556       461     1,601     1,272
      Share repurchase program
       (Note 3)                          (202)        -      (578)        -
      Dividends                          (125)     (119)     (378)     (355)
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    Balance, end of period           $  8,560  $  7,452  $  8,560  $  7,452
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    See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

    (1) During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, the
        Company issued 0.8 million and 2.9 million common shares,
        respectively, as a result of stock options exercised and repurchased
        3.8 million and 11.5 million common shares, respectively, under its
        current share repurchase program. At September 30, 2010, the Company
        had 462.4 million common shares outstanding.



    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS  (U.S. GAAP)
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    (In millions)

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                                          September 30        September 30
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                                         2010      2009      2010      2009
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                                                    (Unaudited)
    Operating activities
    Net income                       $    556  $    461  $  1,601  $  1,272
    Adjustments to reconcile net
     income to net cash provided
     from operating activities:
      Depreciation and amortization       204       191       614       593
      Deferred income taxes               233        96       344       146
      Gain on disposal of property
       (Note 2)                             -         -      (152)     (157)
    Other changes in:
      Accounts receivable                 (35)      (31)      (22)       (2)
      Material and supplies               (18)       16      (102)      (33)
      Accounts payable and other         (187)      (51)       12      (192)
      Other current assets                 13        45        25        86
    Other                                (278)      (77)     (376)     (113)
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    Cash provided from operating
     activities                           488       650     1,944     1,600
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    Investing activities
    Property additions                   (389)     (342)     (824)     (838)
    Acquisitions, net of cash acquired
     (Note 2)                               -         -         -      (373)
    Disposal of property (Note 2)           -         7       167       157
    Other, net                              3        13        21        50
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    Cash used by investing activities    (386)     (322)     (636)   (1,004)
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    Financing activities
    Issuance of long-term debt              -       185         -     1,625
    Reduction of long-term debt          (118)     (611)     (158)   (2,070)
    Issuance of common shares due to
     exercise of stock options and
     related excess tax benefits
     realized                              27        34       101        49
    Repurchase of common shares          (237)        -      (683)        -
    Dividends paid                       (125)     (119)     (378)     (355)
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    Cash used by financing activities    (453)     (511)   (1,118)     (751)
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    Effect of foreign exchange
     fluctuations on US dollar-
     denominated cash and cash
     equivalents                            3       (15)        6       (25)
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    Net increase (decrease) in cash
     and cash equivalents                (348)     (198)      196      (180)
    Cash and cash equivalents,
     beginning of period                  896       431       352       413
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    Cash and cash equivalents, end
     of period                       $    548  $    233  $    548  $    233
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    Supplemental cash flow information
      Net cash receipts from
       customers and other           $  2,053  $  1,802  $  6,203  $  5,540
      Net cash payments for:
        Employee services, suppliers
         and other expenses            (1,041)     (930)   (3,349)   (3,270)
        Interest                          (92)     (107)     (264)     (306)
        Personal injury and other
         claims                           (16)      (21)      (47)      (86)
        Pensions                         (307)      (57)     (413)      (85)
        Income taxes                     (109)      (37)     (186)     (193)
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    Cash provided from operating
     activities                      $    488  $    650  $  1,944  $  1,600
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    See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.



    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS  (U.S. GAAP)
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Note 1 - Basis of presentation

In management's opinion, the accompanying unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto, expressed in Canadian dollars, and prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) for interim financial statements, contain all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) necessary to present fairly Canadian National Railway Company's (the Company) financial position as at September 30, 2010, December 31, 2009, and September 30, 2009, and its results of operations, changes in shareholders' equity and cash flows for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009.

These unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto have been prepared using accounting policies consistent with those used in preparing the Company's 2009 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements. While management believes that the disclosures presented are adequate to make the information not misleading, these unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the Company's Interim Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) and the 2009 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto.

Note 2 - Acquisition and disposal of property

2010 - Disposal of Oakville subdivision

In March 2010, the Company entered into an agreement with Metrolinx to sell a portion of the property known as the Oakville subdivision in Toronto, Ontario, together with the rail fixtures and certain passenger agreements (collectively the "Rail Property"), for proceeds of $168 million before transaction costs, of which $24 million was placed in escrow to be released in accordance with the terms of the agreement. As at September 30, 2010, a minimal amount remained in escrow. Under the agreement, the Company obtained the perpetual right to operate freight trains over the Rail Property at its current level of operating activity, with the possibility of increasing its operating activity for additional consideration. The transaction resulted in a gain on disposal of $152 million ($131 million after-tax) that was recorded in Other income under the full accrual method of accounting for real estate transactions.

2009 - Acquisition of Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company

On January 31, 2009, the Company acquired the principal rail lines of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company (EJ&E), a short-line railway that operates over 198 miles of track in and around Chicago, for a total cash consideration of US$300 million (Cdn$373 million), paid with cash on hand. The Company accounted for the acquisition using the acquisition method of accounting pursuant to Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 805, "Business Combinations," which the Company adopted on January 1, 2009. As such, the consolidated financial statements of the Company include the assets, liabilities and results of operations of EJ&E as of January 31, 2009, the date of acquisition. The costs incurred to acquire the EJ&E of $49 million ($30 million after-tax) were expensed and reported in Casualty and other in the Consolidated Statement of Income in the first half of 2009.

2009 - Disposal of Weston subdivision

In March 2009, the Company entered into an agreement with GO Transit to sell the property known as the Weston subdivision in Toronto, Ontario, together with the rail fixtures and certain passenger agreements (collectively the "Rail Property"), for cash proceeds of $160 million before transaction costs, of which $50 million placed in escrow at the time of disposal was entirely released by December 31, 2009 in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Under the agreement, the Company obtained the perpetual right to operate freight trains over the Rail Property at its then current level of operating activity, with the possibility of increasing its operating activity for additional consideration. The transaction resulted in a gain on disposal of $157 million ($135 million after-tax) that was recorded in Other income under the full accrual method of accounting for real estate transactions.

Note 3 - Financing activities

Revolving credit facility

As at September 30, 2010, the Company had letters of credit drawn on its US$1 billion revolving credit facility, expiring in October 2011, of $438 million ($421 million as at December 31, 2009). As at September 30, 2010, the Company had no outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility or commercial paper program (nil as at December 31, 2009).

Accounts receivable securitization program

The Company has a five-year agreement, expiring in May 2011, to sell an undivided co-ownership interest in a revolving pool of freight receivables to an unrelated trust for maximum cash proceeds of $600 million. Since the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company has gradually reduced the program limit, which now stands at $100 million until January 31, 2011, to reflect the anticipated reduction in the use of the program. Thereafter, the program limit will return to $600 million until the expiry of the program.

As at September 30, 2010, the Company had no receivables sold under this program. As at December 31, 2009, the Company had sold receivables that resulted in proceeds of $2 million and recorded retained interest of approximately 10% in Other current assets.

Share repurchase program

In January 2010, the Board of Directors of the Company approved a share repurchase program which allows for the repurchase of up to 15.0 million common shares to the end of December 2010 pursuant to a normal course issuer bid, at prevailing market prices plus brokerage fees, or such other price as may be permitted by the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The following table provides the 2010 activity under the current share repurchase program:

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    Number of common shares repurchased (millions)(1)     3.8          11.5

    Weighted-average price per share                 $  62.26      $  59.35

    Amount of repurchase (millions)                  $    237      $    683
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    (1) Includes common shares purchased pursuant to private agreements
        between the Company and arm's-length third-party sellers.

Note 4 - Stock plans

The Company has various stock-based incentive plans for eligible employees. A description of the plans is provided in Note 11 - Stock plans, to the Company's 2009 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements. The following table provides the total compensation expense for awards under all plans that was recorded, as well as the related total tax benefits recognized in income, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009.

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    Cash settled awards
    Restricted share unit plan       $     22  $     14  $     61  $     31
    Voluntary Incentive Deferral
     Plan (VIDP)                            9        10        15        24
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                                           31        24        76        55
    Stock option awards                     3         2         8        11
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    Total compensation expense       $     34  $     26  $     84  $     66
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    Total tax benefit recognized
     in income                       $      8  $      8  $     21  $     19
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Cash settled awards

Following approval by the Board of Directors in January 2010, the Company granted 0.5 million restricted share units (RSUs) to designated management employees entitling them to receive payout in cash based on the Company's share price. The RSUs granted by the Company are generally scheduled for payout in cash after three years ("plan period") and vest conditionally upon the attainment of a target relating to return on invested capital over the plan period. Payout is conditional upon the attainment of a minimum share price calculated using the average of the last three months of the plan period. As at September 30, 2010, 0.2 million RSUs remained authorized for future grant under this plan.

The following table provides the 2010 activity for all cash settled awards:

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    In millions                        vested    Vested    vested    Vested
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    Outstanding at December 31, 2009      1.5       0.7         -       1.6
    Granted                               0.5         -         -         -
    Vested during year                      -         -         -       0.1
    Payout                                  -      (0.7)        -      (0.2)
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    Outstanding at September 30, 2010     2.0         -         -       1.5
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The following table provides valuation and expense information for all cash settled awards:

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    In
     millions,
     unless
     otherwise
     indicated                  RSUs(1)                     VIDP(2)   Total
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    Year of                                                   2003
     grant       2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  onwards
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    Stock-
     based
     compensa-
     tion
     expense
     (recovery)
     recognized
     over
     requisite
     service
     period
    Nine
     months
     ended
     September
     30,
     2010     $     9  $    29  $    23  $     -      N/A  $    15  $    76
    Nine
     months
     ended
     September
     30,
     2009         N/A  $    18  $     4  $    11  $    (2) $    24  $    55
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    Liability
     outstan-
     ding
    September
     30,
     2010     $     9  $    42  $    34  $     -      N/A  $   100  $   185
    December
     31,
     2009         N/A  $    13  $    11  $    38      N/A  $   102  $   164
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    Fair value
     per unit
    September
     30,
     2010($)  $ 44.17  $ 62.94  $ 65.45      N/A      N/A  $ 65.80      N/A
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    Fair value
     of awards
     vested
     during
     the
     period
    Nine
     months
     ended
     September
     30,
     2010     $     -  $     -  $     -      N/A      N/A  $     1  $     1
    Nine
     months
     ended
     September
     30,
     2009         N/A  $     -  $     -  $     -      N/A  $     1  $     1
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    Nonvested
     awards at
     September
     30, 2010
    Unrecogni-
     zed com-
     pensation
     cost     $    13  $    12  $     1      N/A      N/A  $     1  $    27
    Remaining
     recogni-
     tion
     period
     (years)      2.3      1.3      0.3      N/A      N/A      N/A(3)   N/A
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    Assump-
     tions(4)
    Stock
     price
     ($)      $ 65.80  $ 65.80  $ 65.80      N/A      N/A  $ 65.80      N/A
    Expected
     stock
     price
     volati-
     lity(5)       28%      29%      20%     N/A      N/A      N/A      N/A
    Expected
     term
     (years)
     (6)          2.3      1.3      0.3      N/A      N/A      N/A      N/A
    Risk-free
     interest
     rate(7)     1.41%    1.26%    0.87%     N/A      N/A      N/A      N/A
    Dividend
     rate
     ($)(8)   $  1.08  $  1.08  $  1.08      N/A      N/A      N/A      N/A
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    (1) Compensation cost is based on the fair value of the awards at period-
        end using the lattice-based valuation model that uses the assumptions
        as presented herein.
    (2) Compensation cost is based on intrinsic value.
    (3) The remaining recognition period has not been quantified as it
        relates solely to the 25% Company grant and the dividends earned
        thereon, representing a minimal number of units.
    (4) Assumptions used to determine fair value are at September 30, 2010.
    (5) Based on the historical volatility of the Company's stock over a
        period commensurate with the expected term of the award.
    (6) Represents the remaining period of time that awards are expected to
        be outstanding.
    (7) Based on the implied yield available on zero-coupon government issues
        with an equivalent term commensurate with the expected term of the
        awards.
    (8) Based on the annualized dividend rate.

Stock option awards

Following approval by the Board of Directors in January 2010, the Company has granted 0.7 million conventional stock options to designated senior management employees. The stock option plan allows eligible employees to acquire common shares of the Company upon vesting at a price equal to the market value of the common shares at the date of grant. The options are exercisable during a period not exceeding 10 years. The right to exercise options generally accrues over a period of four years of continuous employment. Options are not generally exercisable during the first 12 months after the date of grant. At September 30, 2010, 11.6 million common shares remained authorized for future issuances under this plan. The total number of options outstanding at September 30, 2010, including conventional and performance-accelerated options, was 7.2 million and 2.2 million, respectively.

The following table provides the activity of stock option awards in 2010. The table also provides the aggregate intrinsic value for in-the-money stock options, which represents the value that would have been received by option holders had they exercised their options on September 30, 2010 at the Company's closing stock price of $65.80.

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                                              Options outstanding
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                                                        Weighted-
                                              Weighted-   average
                                       Number   average     years Aggregate
                                           of  exercise  to expi- intrinsic
                                      options     price    ration     value
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                                           In                            In
                                     millions                      millions
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    Outstanding at December 31, 2009(1)  11.6  $  30.98
    Granted                               0.7  $  54.75
    Exercised                            (2.9) $  25.49
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    Outstanding at September 30, 2010(1)  9.4  $  34.15       4.5  $    295
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    Exercisable at September 30, 2010(1)  7.1  $  30.31       3.3  $    251
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    (1) Stock options with a US dollar exercise price have been translated to
        Canadian dollars using the foreign exchange rate in effect at the
        balance sheet date.

The following table provides valuation and expense information for all stock option awards:

    In millions, unless otherwise indicated
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    Year of grant   2010     2009     2008     2007     2006     2005 Total
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    Stock-based
     compensation
     expense
     recognized
     over
     requisite
     service
     period(1)
    Nine months
     ended
     September 30,
     2010        $     4  $     2  $     1  $     1  $     -      N/A  $  8
    Nine months
     ended
     September 30,
     2009            N/A  $     8  $     1  $     1  $     1  $     -  $ 11
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    Fair value
     per unit
    At grant
     date ($)    $ 13.09  $ 12.60  $ 12.44  $ 13.36  $ 13.80  $  9.19   N/A
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    Fair value
     of awards
     vested during
     the period
    Nine months
     ended
     September 30,
     2010        $     -  $     4  $     3  $     3  $     3  $     -  $ 13
    Nine months
     ended
     September 30,
     2009            N/A  $     -  $     3  $     3  $     3  $     3  $ 12
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    Nonvested
     awards at
     September 30,
     2010
    Unrecognized
     compensation
     cost        $     5  $     4  $     2  $     -  $     -  $     -  $ 11
    Remaining
     recognition
     period
     (years)         3.3      2.3      1.3      0.3        -        -   N/A
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    Assumptions
    Grant
     price ($)   $ 54.75  $ 42.14  $ 48.51  $ 52.79  $ 51.51  $ 36.33   N/A
    Expected
     stock price
     volatility(2)    28%      39%      27%      24%      25%      25%  N/A
    Expected term
     (years)(3)      5.4      5.3      5.3      5.2      5.2      5.2   N/A
    Risk-free
     interest
     rate(4)        2.45%    1.97%    3.58%    4.12%    4.04%    3.50%  N/A
    Dividend
     rate ($)(5) $  1.08  $  1.01  $  0.92  $  0.84  $  0.65  $  0.50   N/A
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    (1) Compensation cost is based on the grant date fair value using the
        Black-Scholes option-pricing model that uses the assumptions at the
        grant date.
    (2) Based on the average of the historical volatility of the Company's
        stock over a period commensurate with the expected term of the award
        and the implied volatility from traded options on the Company's
        stock.
    (3) Represents the period of time that awards are expected to be
        outstanding. The Company uses historical data to estimate option
        exercise and employee termination, and groups of employees that have
        similar historical exercise behavior are considered separately.
    (4) Based on the implied yield available on zero-coupon government issues
        with an equivalent term commensurate with the expected term of the
        awards.
    (5) Based on the annualized dividend rate.

Note 5 - Pensions and other postretirement benefits

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, the components of net periodic benefit cost (income) for pensions and other postretirement benefits were as follows:

    (a) Components of net periodic benefit income for pensions

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                                     Three months ended   Nine months ended
                                          September 30        September 30
                                     ------------------- --------------------
    In millions                          2010      2009      2010      2009
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    Service cost                     $     27  $     21  $     80  $     65
    Interest cost                         209       222       627       665
    Expected return on plan assets       (253)     (252)     (757)     (756)
    Recognized net actuarial loss           1         1         3         4
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    Net periodic benefit (income)    $    (16) $     (8) $    (47) $    (22)
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    (b) Components of net periodic benefit cost for other postretirement
        benefits

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                                     Three months ended   Nine months ended
                                          September 30        September 30
                                     ------------------- --------------------
    In millions                          2010      2009      2010      2009
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    Service cost                     $      1  $      -  $      3  $      2
    Interest cost                           3         4        11        12
    Curtailment gain                        -         -         -        (3)
    Amortization of prior service
     cost                                   1         1         2         2
    Recognized net actuarial gain           -        (1)       (1)       (3)
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    Net periodic benefit cost        $      5  $      4  $     15  $     10
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In 2010, the Company expects to make contributions of approximately $430 million for all its pension plans, including its defined contribution plans. Of the $430 million, $300 million represents additional voluntary contributions made to strengthen the financial position of the Company's main pension plan, the CN Pension Plan, and the remainder mainly represents current service costs. As of September 30, 2010, the Company has contributed $413 million to its pension plans.

Additional information relating to the plans is provided in Note 12 - Pensions and other postretirement benefits to the Company's 2009 Annual Consolidated Financial Statements.

Note 6 - Income taxes

The Company recorded income tax expense of $212 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010 and $576 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared to $152 million and $355 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2009. Included in the 2009 figures was a deferred income tax recovery of $58 million, of which $15 million, recorded in the third quarter, resulted from the resolution of various income tax matters and adjustments related to tax filings of prior years; $12 million and $15 million, recorded in the second and first quarters, respectively, resulted from the enactment of lower provincial corporate income tax rates; and $16 million, recorded in the second quarter, resulted from the recapitalization of a foreign investment.

Note 7 - Major commitments and contingencies

A. Commitments

As at September 30, 2010, the Company had commitments to acquire railroad ties, rail, freight cars, locomotives, and other equipment and services, as well as outstanding information technology service contracts and licenses, at an aggregate cost of $888 million ($854 million as at December 31, 2009). In addition, the Company has commitments in relation to the EJ&E acquisition to spend, over the next two years, approximately US$100 million for railroad infrastructure improvements and over US$60 million, over the next four years, under a series of agreements with individual communities, a comprehensive voluntary mitigation program that addresses municipalities' concerns, and additional conditions imposed by the Surface Transportation Board (STB). The Company also has agreements with fuel suppliers to purchase approximately 87% of the estimated remaining 2010 volume, 48% of its anticipated 2011 volume, 32% of its anticipated 2012 volume, 26% of its anticipated 2013 volume and 9% of its anticipated 2014 volume, at market prices prevailing on the date of the purchase.

B. Contingencies

The Company becomes involved, from time to time, in various legal actions seeking compensatory and occasionally punitive damages, including actions brought on behalf of various purported classes of claimants and claims relating to personal injuries, occupational disease, and property damage, arising out of harm to individuals or property allegedly caused by, but not limited to, derailments or other accidents.

Canada

Employee injuries are governed by the workers' compensation legislation in each province whereby employees may be awarded either a lump sum or future stream of payments depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Accordingly, the Company accounts for costs related to employee work-related injuries based on actuarially developed estimates of the ultimate cost associated with such injuries, including compensation, health care and third-party administration costs. For all other legal actions, the Company maintains, and regularly updates on a case-by-case basis, provisions for such items when the expected loss is both probable and can be reasonably estimated based on currently available information.

United States

Employee work-related injuries, including occupational disease claims, are compensated according to the provisions of the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA), which requires either the finding of fault through the U.S. jury system or individual settlements, and represent a major liability for the railroad industry. With limited exceptions where claims are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the Company follows an actuarial-based approach and accrues the expected cost for personal injury and property damage claims and asserted and unasserted occupational disease claims, based on actuarial estimates of their ultimate cost. A comprehensive actuarial study is conducted on an annual basis by an independent actuarial firm for occupational and non-occupational disease claims. On an ongoing basis, management reviews and compares the assumptions inherent in the latest actuarial study with the current claim experience and, if required, adjustments to the liability are recorded.

As at September 30, 2010, the Company had aggregate reserves for personal injury and other claims of $367 million, of which $85 million was recorded as a current liability ($344 million as at December 31, 2009, of which $106 million was recorded as a current liability).

Although the Company considers such provisions to be adequate for all its outstanding and pending claims, the final outcome with respect to actions outstanding or pending at September 30, 2010, or with respect to future claims, cannot be predicted with certainty, and therefore there can be no assurance that their resolution will not have a material adverse effect on the Company's results of operations, financial position or liquidity in a particular quarter or fiscal year.

C. Environmental matters

The Company's operations are subject to numerous federal, provincial, state, municipal and local environmental laws and regulations in Canada and the United States concerning, among other things, emissions into the air; discharges into waters; the generation, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste, hazardous substances, and other materials; decommissioning of underground and aboveground storage tanks; and soil and groundwater contamination. A risk of environmental liability is inherent in railroad and related transportation operations; real estate ownership, operation or control; and other commercial activities of the Company with respect to both current and past operations.

Known existing environmental concerns

The Company has identified approximately 300 sites at which it is or may be liable for remediation costs, in some cases along with other potentially responsible parties, associated with alleged contamination and is subject to environmental clean-up and enforcement actions, including those imposed by the United States Federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), also known as the Superfund law, or analogous state laws. CERCLA and similar state laws, in addition to other similar Canadian and U.S. laws, generally impose joint and several liability for clean-up and enforcement costs on current and former owners and operators of a site, as well as those whose waste is disposed of at the site, without regard to fault or the legality of the original conduct. The Company has been notified that it is a potentially responsible party for study and clean-up costs at approximately 10 sites governed by the Superfund law (and analogous state laws) for which investigation and remediation payments are or will be made or are yet to be determined and, in many instances, is one of several potentially responsible parties.

The ultimate cost of addressing these known contaminated sites cannot be definitely established given that the estimated environmental liability for any given site may vary depending on the nature and extent of the contamination, the available clean-up techniques, the Company's share of the costs and evolving regulatory standards governing environmental liability. As a result, a liability is initially recorded when environmental assessments occur and/or remedial efforts are probable, and when the costs, based on a specific plan of action in terms of the technology to be used and the extent of the corrective action required, can be reasonably estimated. Adjustments to initial estimates are recorded as additional information becomes available.

The Company's provision for specific environmental sites is undiscounted and includes costs for remediation and restoration of sites, as well as significant monitoring costs. Environmental accruals, which are classified as Casualty and other in the Consolidated Statement of Income, include amounts for newly identified sites or contaminants as well as adjustments to initial estimates.

As at September 30, 2010, the Company had aggregate accruals for environmental costs of $161 million, of which $33 million was recorded as a current liability ($103 million as at December 31, 2009, of which $38 million was recorded as a current liability). The Company anticipates that the majority of the liability at September 30, 2010 will be paid out over the next five years. However, some costs may be paid out over a longer period. In the third quarter of 2010, the Company accrued remediation costs associated with alleged contamination that are expected to be mostly recoverable from third parties. A receivable has been recorded in Intangible and other assets for such recoverable amount. Based on the information currently available, the Company considers its provisions to be adequate.

Unknown existing environmental concerns

While the Company believes that it has identified the costs likely to be incurred for environmental matters in the next several years based on known information, newly discovered facts, changes in laws, the possibility of releases of hazardous materials into the environment and the Company's ongoing efforts to identify potential environmental liabilities that may be associated with its properties may result in the identification of additional environmental liabilities and related costs. The magnitude of such additional liabilities and the costs of complying with future environmental laws and containing or remediating contamination cannot be reasonably estimated due to many factors, including:

    (i)   the lack of specific technical information available with respect
          to many sites;
    (ii)  the absence of any government authority, third-party orders, or
          claims with respect to particular sites;
    (iii) the potential for new or changed laws and regulations and for
          development of new remediation technologies and uncertainty
          regarding the timing of the work with respect to particular sites;
    (iv)  the ability to recover costs from any third parties with respect
          to particular sites; and

therefore, the likelihood of any such costs being incurred or whether such costs would be material to the Company cannot be determined at this time. There can thus be no assurance that liabilities or costs related to environmental matters will not be incurred in the future, or will not have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial position or results of operations in a particular quarter or fiscal year, or that the Company's liquidity will not be adversely impacted by such liabilities or costs, although management believes, based on current information, that the costs to address environmental matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial position or liquidity. Costs related to any unknown existing or future contamination will be accrued in the period in which they become probable and reasonably estimable.

D. Guarantees and indemnifications

In the normal course of business, the Company, including certain of its subsidiaries, enters into agreements that may involve providing certain guarantees or indemnifications to third parties and others, which may extend beyond the term of the agreement. These include, but are not limited to, residual value guarantees on operating leases, standby letters of credit and surety and other bonds, and indemnifications that are customary for the type of transaction or for the railway business.

The Company is required to recognize a liability for the fair value of the obligation undertaken in issuing certain guarantees on the date the guarantee is issued or modified. In addition, where the Company expects to make a payment in respect of a guarantee, a liability will be recognized to the extent that one has not yet been recognized.

(i) Guarantee of residual values of operating leases

The Company has guaranteed a portion of the residual values of certain of its assets under operating leases with expiry dates between 2010 and 2020, for the benefit of the lessor. If the fair value of the assets, at the end of their respective lease term, is less than the fair value, as estimated at the inception of the lease, then the Company must, under certain conditions, compensate the lessor for the shortfall. At September 30, 2010, the maximum exposure in respect of these guarantees was $214 million. There are no recourse provisions to recover any amounts from third parties.

(ii) Other guarantees

The Company, including certain of its subsidiaries, has granted irrevocable standby letters of credit and surety and other bonds, issued by highly rated financial institutions, to third parties to indemnify them in the event the Company does not perform its contractual obligations. As at September 30, 2010, the maximum potential liability under these guarantees was $489 million, of which $426 million was for workers' compensation and other employee benefits and $63 million was for equipment under leases and other. Of the $489 million of letters of credit and surety and other bonds, $438 million was drawn on the Company's US$1 billion revolving credit facility. During 2010, the Company has granted guarantees for which no liability has been recorded, as they relate to the Company's future performance.

As at September 30, 2010, the Company had not recorded any additional liability with respect to these guarantees, as the Company does not expect to make any additional payments associated with these guarantees. The majority of the guarantee instruments mature at various dates between 2010 and 2013.

(iii) General indemnifications

In the normal course of business, the Company has provided indemnifications, customary for the type of transaction or for the railway business, in various agreements with third parties, including indemnification provisions where the Company would be required to indemnify third parties and others. Indemnifications are found in various types of contracts with third parties which include, but are not limited to:

    (a) contracts granting the Company the right to use or enter upon
        property owned by third parties such as leases, easements, trackage
        rights and sidetrack agreements;
    (b) contracts granting rights to others to use the Company's property,
        such as leases, licenses and easements;
    (c) contracts for the sale of assets and securitization of accounts
        receivable;
    (d) contracts for the acquisition of services;
    (e) financing agreements;
    (f) trust indentures, fiscal agency agreements, underwriting agreements
        or similar agreements relating to debt or equity securities of the
        Company and engagement agreements with financial advisors;
    (g) transfer agent and registrar agreements in respect of the Company's
        securities;
    (h) trust and other agreements relating to pension plans and other plans,
        including those establishing trust funds to secure payment to certain
        officers and senior employees of special retirement compensation
        arrangements;
    (i) pension transfer agreements;
    (j) master agreements with financial institutions governing derivative
        transactions; and
    (k) settlement agreements with insurance companies or other third parties
        whereby such insurer or third party has been indemnified for any
        present or future claims relating to insurance policies, incidents or
        events covered by the settlement agreements.

To the extent of any actual claims under these agreements, the Company maintains provisions for such items, which it considers to be adequate. Due to the nature of the indemnification clauses, the maximum exposure for future payments may be material. However, such exposure cannot be determined with certainty.

During the period, the Company entered into various indemnification contracts with third parties for which the maximum exposure for future payments cannot be determined with certainty. As a result, the Company was unable to determine the fair value of these guarantees and accordingly, no liability was recorded. There are no recourse provisions to recover any amounts from third parties.

Note 8 - Financial instruments

Generally accepted accounting principles define the fair value of a financial instrument as the amount at which the instrument could be exchanged in a current transaction between willing parties. The Company uses the following methods and assumptions to estimate the fair value of each class of financial instruments for which the carrying amounts are included in the Consolidated Balance Sheet under the following captions:

(i) Cash and cash equivalents, Accounts receivable, Other current assets, Accounts payable and other:

The carrying amounts approximate fair value because of the short maturity of these instruments.

(ii) Other assets:

Investments: The Company has various equity investments for which the carrying value approximates the fair value, with the exception of certain cost investments for which the fair value was estimated based on the Company's proportionate share of the underlying net assets.

(iii) Long-term debt:

The fair value of the Company's long-term debt is estimated based on the quoted market prices for the same or similar debt instruments, as well as discounted cash flows using current interest rates for debt with similar terms, company rating, and remaining maturity.

The following table presents the carrying amounts and estimated fair values of the Company's financial instruments as at September 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009 for which the carrying values on the Consolidated Balance Sheet are different from their fair values:

    In millions                      September 30, 2010   December 31, 2009
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                                     Carrying      Fair  Carrying      Fair
                                       amount     value    amount     value
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    Financial assets
      Investments                    $     25  $    116  $     22  $    111
    Financial liabilities
      Long-term debt (including
       current portion)              $  6,226  $  7,464  $  6,461  $  7,152
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Note 9 - Earnings per share

The following table provides a reconciliation between basic and diluted earnings per share:

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                                     Three months ended    Nine months ended
                                          September 30        September 30
    In millions, except per          ------------------- --------------------
     share data                          2010      2009      2010      2009
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    Net income                       $    556  $    461  $  1,601  $  1,272

    Weighted-average shares
     outstanding                        464.6     469.4     468.1     468.8
    Effect of stock options               3.8       4.4       3.8       4.3
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    Weighted-average diluted shares
     outstanding                        468.4     473.8     471.9     473.1

    Basic earnings per share         $   1.20  $   0.98  $   3.42  $   2.71
    Diluted earnings per share       $   1.19  $   0.97  $   3.39  $   2.69
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Diluted earnings per share have been calculated using the treasury stock method, which assumes that any proceeds received from the exercise of in-the-money options would be used to purchase common shares at the average market price for the period. The weighted-average number of stock options that were not included in the calculation of diluted earnings per share, as their inclusion would have had an anti-dilutive impact was nil for both the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, and 0.1 million and 0.5 million, respectively, for the corresponding periods in 2009.

Note 10 - Comparative figures

Certain figures previously reported in 2009 have been reclassified to conform with the basis of presentation adopted in 2010.

    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    SELECTED RAILROAD STATISTICS(1) (U.S. GAAP)
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                                     Three months ended   Nine months ended
                                          September 30        September 30
                                     ------------------- --------------------
                                         2010      2009      2010      2009
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                                                    (Unaudited)
    Statistical operating data

    Rail freight revenues
     ($ millions)                       1,887     1,656     5,521     4,953
    Gross ton miles (GTM)
     (millions)                        84,287    77,817   253,406   225,930
    Revenue ton miles (RTM)
     (millions)                        43,990    40,487   132,646   118,043
    Carloads (thousands)                1,216     1,032     3,506     2,914
    Route miles (includes Canada
     and the U.S.)                     20,813    21,104    20,813    21,104
    Employees (end of period)          22,163    21,579    22,163    21,579
    Employees (average for the
     period)                           22,141    21,610    21,880    21,899
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    Productivity

    Operating ratio (%)                  60.7      62.7      63.6      68.0
    Rail freight revenue per
     RTM (cents)                         4.29      4.09      4.16      4.20
    Rail freight revenue per
     carload ($)                        1,552     1,605     1,575     1,700
    Operating expenses per GTM
     (cents)                             1.53      1.49      1.55      1.65
    Labor and fringe benefits
     expense per GTM (cents)             0.52      0.53      0.52      0.57
    GTMs per average number of
     employees (thousands)              3,807     3,601    11,582    10,317
    Diesel fuel consumed (US gallons
     in millions)                        85.9      79.2     264.5     243.8
    Average fuel price ($/US gallon)     2.56      2.36      2.57      2.21
    GTMs per US gallon of fuel
     consumed                             981       983       958       927
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    Safety indicators

    Injury frequency rate per
     200,000 person hours(2)             1.82      2.10      1.70      1.68
    Accident rate per million
     train miles(2)                      2.16      1.98      1.94      1.94
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    Financial ratio

    Debt-to-total capitalization
     ratio (% at end of period)          34.4      36.7      34.4      36.7
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    (1) Includes data relating to companies acquired as of the date of
        acquisition.
    (2) Based on Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reporting criteria.

Certain of the 2009 comparative figures have been restated in order to be consistent with the 2010 presentation. Such statistical data and related productivity measures are based on estimated data available at such time and are subject to change as more complete information becomes available.

    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION (U.S. GAAP)
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          Three months ended September 30    Nine months ended September 30
         --------------------------------    --------------------------------
                                 % Change                          % Change
                                       at                                at
                                     cons-                             cons-
                                     tant                              tant
                                   curren-                           curren-
                                       cy                                cy
                          % Change    Fav                   % Change    Fav
                               Fav (Unfav)                       Fav (Unfav)
              2010    2009  (Unfav)    (1)      2010     2009 (Unfav)    (1)
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                                      (Unaudited)
    Revenues
     (millions
     of
     dollars)
    Petroleum
     and
     chemi-
     cals      341     309     10%     14%       991      958     3%     12%
    Metals
     and
     mine-
     rals      227     183     24%     29%       647      539    20%     31%
    Forest
     products  303     291      4%      8%       890      876     2%     11%
    Coal       164     128     28%     31%       451      342    32%     39%
    Grain
     and
     ferti-
     lizers    318     298      7%     10%     1,017      985     3%     10%
    Inter-
     modal     427     359     19%     20%     1,176      996    18%     21%
    Auto-
     motive    107      88     22%     26%       349      257    36%     48%
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    Total
     rail
     freight
     reve-
     nues    1,887   1,656     14%     17%     5,521    4,953    11%     19%
    Other
     revenues  235     189     24%     28%       659      532    24%     31%
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    Total
     reve-
     nues    2,122   1,845     15%     18%     6,180    5,485    13%     20%
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    Revenue
     ton miles
     (millions)
    Petroleum
     and
     chemi-
     cals    7,696   7,470      3%      3%    23,240   22,111     5%      5%
    Metals
     and
     mine-
     rals    4,301   3,422     26%     26%    12,289    9,487    30%     30%
    Forest
     pro-
     ducts   7,245   7,288     (1%)    (1%)   21,881   20,684     6%      6%
    Coal     5,381   4,343     24%     24%    14,648   10,629    38%     38%
    Grain
     and
     ferti-
     lizers  9,288   8,971      4%      4%    31,849   29,578     8%      8%
    Inter-
     modal   9,497   8,480     12%     12%    26,792   24,064    11%     11%
    Auto-
     motive    582     513     13%     13%     1,947    1,490    31%     31%
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            43,990  40,487      9%      9%   132,646  118,043    12%     12%

    Rail
     freight
     revenue /
     RTM
     (cents)
    Total rail
     freight
     revenue
     per RTM  4.29    4.09      5%      8%      4.16     4.20    (1%)     6%
    Commodity
     groups:
    Petroleum
     and
     chemi-
     cals     4.43    4.14      7%      11%     4.26     4.33    (2%)     7%
    Metals
     and
     mine-
     rals     5.28    5.35     (1%)     3%      5.26     5.68    (7%)     1%
    Forest
     pro-
     ducts    4.18    3.99      5%      9%      4.07     4.24    (4%)     4%
    Coal      3.05    2.95      3%      6%      3.08     3.22    (4%)     1%
    Grain
     and
     ferti-
     lizers   3.42    3.32      3%      6%      3.19     3.33    (4%)     2%
    Inter-
     modal    4.50    4.23      6%      8%      4.39     4.14     6%      9%
    Auto-
     motive  18.38   17.15      7%     11%     17.93    17.25     4%     13%
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    Carloads
     (thousands)
    Petroleum
     and
     chemi-
     cals      141     132      7%      7%       413      385     7%      7%
    Metals
     and
     mine-
     rals      257     189     36%     36%       746      497    50%     50%
    Forest
     pro-
     ducts     107     103      4%      4%       317      303     5%       5%
    Coal       134     116     16%     16%       376      313    20%      20%
    Grain
     and
     ferti-
     lizers    133     121     10%     10%       415      383     8%      8%
    Inter-
     modal     396     333     19%     19%     1,086      925    17%     17%
    Auto-
     motive     48      38     26%     26%       153      108    42%     42%
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             1,216   1,032     18%     18%     3,506    2,914    20%     20%
    Rail
     freight
     revenue /
     carload
     (dollars)
    Total
     rail
     freight
     revenue
     per
     car-
     load    1,552   1,605     (3%)     -      1,575    1,700    (7%)    (1%)
    Commodity
     groups:
    Petroleum
     and
     chemi-
     cals    2,418   2,341      3%      7%     2,400    2,488    (4%)     5%
    Metals
     and
     mine-
     rals      883     968     (9%)    (5%)      867    1,085   (20%)   (13%)
    Forest
     pro-
     ducts   2,832   2,825      -       4%     2,808    2,891    (3%)     6%
    Coal     1,224   1,103     11%     14%     1,199    1,093    10%     16%
    Grain
     and
     ferti-
     lizers  2,391   2,463     (3%)     -      2,451    2,572    (5%)     2%
    Inter-
     modal   1,078   1,078      -       1%     1,083    1,077     1%      3%
    Auto-
     motive  2,229   2,316     (4%)     -      2,281    2,380    (4%)     5%
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    (1) See supplementary schedule entitled Non-GAAP Measures for an
        explanation of this non-GAAP measure.

Such statistical data and related productivity measures are based on estimated data available at such time and are subject to change as more complete information becomes available.

    CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    NON-GAAP MEASURES - unaudited
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Adjusted performance measures

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, the Company reported adjusted net income of $556 million, or $1.19 per diluted share and $1,470 million, or $3.11 per diluted share, respectively. The adjusted figures for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 exclude the gain on sale of the Company's Oakville subdivision of $152 million, or $131 million after-tax ($0.28 per diluted share).

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company reported adjusted net income of $446 million, or $0.94 per diluted share and $1,109 million, or $2.34 per diluted share, respectively. The adjusted figures for the three months ended September 30, 2009 exclude a deferred income tax recovery of $15 million ($0.03 per diluted share), which resulted from the resolution of various income tax matters and adjustments related to tax filings of prior years. The adjusted figures for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 exclude the gain on sale of the Company's Weston subdivision of $157 million or $135 million after-tax ($0.29 per diluted share); EJ&E acquisition-related costs of $49 million or $30 million after-tax ($0.06 per diluted share); and a deferred income tax recovery of $58 million ($0.12 per diluted share), of which $15 million ($0.03 per diluted share) resulted from the resolution of various income tax matters and adjustments related to tax filings of prior years, $27 million ($0.06 per diluted share) resulted from the enactment of lower provincial corporate income tax rates and $16 million ($0.03 per diluted share) resulted from the recapitalization of a foreign investment.

Management believes that adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are useful measures of performance that can facilitate period-to-period comparisons, as they exclude items that do not necessarily arise as part of the normal day-to-day operations of the Company and could distort the analysis of trends in business performance. The exclusion of such items in adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share does not, however, imply that such items are necessarily non-recurring. These adjusted measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may, therefore, not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The reader is advised to read all information provided in the Company's 2010 unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes thereto. The following tables provide a reconciliation of net income and earnings per share, as reported for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, to the adjusted performance measures presented herein.

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                       Three months ended            Nine months ended
                       September 30, 2010            September 30, 2010
    In millions, ----------------------------- ------------------------------
     except per              Adjust-                       Adjust-
     share data  Reported     ments  Adjusted  Reported     ments  Adjusted
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    Revenues      $ 2,122   $     -   $ 2,122   $ 6,180   $     -   $ 6,180
    Operating
     expenses       1,288         -     1,288     3,930         -     3,930
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    Operating
     income           834         -       834     2,250         -     2,250
    Interest
     expense          (90)        -       (90)     (273)        -      (273)
    Other
     income            24         -        24       200      (152)       48
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    Income before
     income taxes     768         -       768     2,177      (152)    2,025
    Income tax
     expense         (212)        -      (212)     (576)       21      (555)
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    Net income    $   556   $     -   $   556   $ 1,601   $  (131)  $ 1,470
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    Operating
     ratio           60.7%               60.7%     63.6%               63.6%
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    Basic
     earnings
     per share    $  1.20   $     -   $  1.20   $  3.42   $ (0.28)  $  3.14
    Diluted
     earnings
     per share    $  1.19   $     -   $  1.19   $  3.39   $ (0.28)  $  3.11
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                       Three months ended            Nine months ended
                       September 30, 2009            September 30, 2009
    In millions, ----------------------------- ------------------------------
     except per              Adjust-                       Adjust-
     share data  Reported     ments  Adjusted  Reported     ments  Adjusted
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    Revenues      $ 1,845   $     -   $ 1,845   $ 5,485   $     -   $ 5,485
    Operating
     expenses       1,156         -     1,156     3,732       (49)    3,683
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    Operating
     income           689         -       689     1,753        49     1,802
    Interest
     expense          (97)        -       (97)     (317)        -      (317)
    Other
     income            21         -        21       191      (157)       34
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    Income before
     income taxes     613         -       613     1,627      (108)    1,519
    Income tax
     expense         (152)      (15)     (167)     (355)      (55)     (410)
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    Net income    $   461   $   (15)  $   446   $ 1,272   $  (163)  $ 1,109
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    Operating
     ratio           62.7%               62.7%     68.0%               67.1%
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    Basic
     earnings
     per share    $  0.98   $ (0.03)  $  0.95   $  2.71   $ (0.35)  $  2.36
    Diluted
     earnings
     per share    $  0.97   $ (0.03)  $  0.94   $  2.69   $ (0.35)  $  2.34
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Constant currency

Although CN conducts its business and reports its earnings in Canadian dollars, a large portion of revenues and expenses is denominated in US dollars. As such, the Company's results are affected by exchange-rate fluctuations.

Financial results at "constant currency" allow results to be viewed without the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, thereby facilitating period-to-period comparisons in the analysis of trends in business performance. Measures at constant currency are considered non-GAAP measures and do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may, therefore, not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Financial results at constant currency are obtained by translating the current period results denominated in US dollars at the foreign exchange rate of the comparable period of the prior year. The average foreign exchange rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010 was 1.04 for both periods and 1.10 and 1.17, respectively, for 2009.

On a constant currency basis, the Company's 2010 third quarter and first nine-month net income would have been higher by $15 million, or $0.03 per diluted share and $91 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, respectively. The following table presents a reconciliation of 2010 net income as reported to net income on a constant currency basis:

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                                                 Three months   Nine months
                                                        ended         ended
    In millions                                  September 30  September 30
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    Net income, as reported                          $    556      $  1,601
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    Add back:
      Negative impact due to the strengthening
       Canadian dollar included in net income              12            61
    Add:
      Increase due to the strengthening Canadian
       dollar on additional year-over-year US$
       net income                                           3            30
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    Impact of foreign exchange using constant
     currency rates                                        15            91
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    Net income, on a constant currency basis         $    571      $  1,692
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Free cash flow

The Company utilized $20 million and generated $938 million of free cash flow for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, respectively, compared to generated free cash flow of $194 million and $657 million, respectively, for the same periods in 2009. Free cash flow does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may, therefore, not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company believes that free cash flow is a useful measure of performance as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate cash after the payment of capital expenditures and dividends. The Company defines free cash flow as cash provided from operating activities, adjusted for changes in the accounts receivable securitization program and in cash and cash equivalents resulting from foreign exchange fluctuations, less cash used by investing activities, adjusted for the impact of major acquisitions, and the payment of dividends, calculated as follows:

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                                     Three months ended   Nine months ended
                                          September 30        September 30
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    In millions                          2010      2009      2010      2009
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    Cash provided from operating
     activities                      $    488  $    650  $  1,944  $  1,600
    Cash used by investing activities    (386)     (322)     (636)   (1,004)
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    Cash provided before financing
     activities                           102       328     1,308       596
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    Adjustments:
      Change in accounts receivable
       securitization                       -         -         2        68
      Dividends paid                     (125)     (119)     (378)     (355)
      Acquisition of EJ&E                   -         -         -       373
      Effect of foreign exchange
       fluctuations on US dollar-
       denominated cash and cash
       equivalents                          3       (15)        6       (25)
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    Free cash flow                   $    (20) $    194  $    938  $    657
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SOURCE CN