JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Third quarter record earnings per share of $0.52 and operating ratio of 68.3 percent
- Strong service performance
- Remain an industry leader in safety
CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) today announced net earnings of $507 million for the third quarter of 2015, versus $509 million for the same period in 2014, which translates to a third quarter record $0.52 per share, compared to $0.51 in the prior year.
Revenue declined nine percent in the quarter, as gains in price were more than offset by the combination of lower fuel recovery, a three percent volume decline and continued transition in CSX's business mix. At the same time, expenses declined 11 percent on the collective effect of continued low fuel prices, cost reductions reflecting lower volume and savings from efficiency initiatives. The resulting $933 million in operating income drove a third quarter record operating ratio of 68.3 percent.
"CSX's third quarter results demonstrate the company's ability to leverage improving service while controlling costs in a dynamic environment where commodity prices and the strength of the U.S. dollar are challenging many of our markets," said Michael J. Ward, chairman and chief executive officer. "Our performance supports strong pricing and continued efficiency gains as we continue to drive value for customers and shareholders."
CSX is still targeting its full-year expectations for earnings per share growth in the mid-single digits and meaningful margin expansion as it progresses toward its longer-term goal of a full-year operating ratio in the mid-60s. These targets remain intact despite expectations for 2015 coal revenue to decline approximately $450 million primarily due to continued low natural gas prices and high inventory levels. In that regard, the company now expects domestic coal volume to decline by more than 10 percent in 2015, while the full-year outlook for export coal volume remains approximately 30 million tons. These significant coal headwinds are now also expected to continue in 2016.
CSX executives will conduct a quarterly earnings conference call with the investment community on October 14, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 1-888-EARN-CSX (888-327-6279) and asking for the CSX earnings call. Callers outside the U.S., dial 1-773-756-0199. Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the call. In conjunction with the call, a live webcast will be accessible and presentation materials will be posted on the company's website at http://investors.csx.com. Following the earnings call, an internet replay of the presentation will be archived on the company website.
This earnings announcement, as well as additional detailed financial information, is contained in the CSX Quarterly Financial Report available through the company's website at http://investors.csx.com and on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About CSX and its Disclosures
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.
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