RailAmerica, Inc. Reports December 2009 Monthly Carloads

Jan 15, 2010, 16:45 ET from RailAmerica, Inc.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RailAmerica, Inc. (NYSE: RA) today reported its freight carloads for the month ended December 31, 2009.  Total carloads for December 2009, excluding Ottawa Valley Railway (OVR), were 67,707, up 6.4% from 63,642 in December 2008.  

The Company had increased shipments in December 2009 in eight out of twelve commodity groups compared to December 2008.  Much of the increase was due to shipments of Agricultural Products, Motor Vehicles and Chemicals.  Agricultural Products were favorably impacted by the delayed harvest in the Midwest.  Motor Vehicles and Chemicals were positively impacted by a general increase in demand.  Continued softness in construction contributed to fewer carloads in the Forest Products commodity group.  Reduced demand for Metallic Ores and Metals accounted for fewer carloads in this commodity group.

RailAmerica announced in December 2009 that the Company was terminating its lease of the OVR.  The OVR carloads were 738 and 4,307 for December 2009 and December 2008 respectively.  In the second quarter of 2009, the Company restructured the OVR contract, which resulted in the Company recording most of the revenue derived from that contract as non-freight revenue instead of freight revenue and carloads.  

RailAmerica, Inc. owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads in North America, operating a portfolio of 40 individual railroads with approximately 7,400 miles of track in 27 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.

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Carload Comparisons by Commodity Group

Month / Quarter to Date Ended December 31, 2009 and 2008

December

QTD December

Commodity Group

2009

2008

% Chg

2009

2008

% Chg

Coal

13,690 

13,501 

1.4%

41,687 

41,316 

0.9%

Agricultural Products

12,725 

10,351 

22.9%

38,199 

34,661 

10.2%

Chemicals

7,202 

6,201 

16.1%

20,785 

21,194 

-1.9%

Non-Metallic Minerals & Products

5,382 

5,178 

3.9%

16,882 

19,492 

-13.4%

Pulp, Paper & Allied Products

4,756 

4,589 

3.6%

14,216 

16,031 

-11.3%

Waste & Scrap Materials

4,636 

4,005 

15.8%

13,930 

14,214 

-2.0%

Food or Kindred Products

4,291 

4,368 

-1.8%

13,102 

13,912 

-5.8%

Metallic Ores & Metals

3,691 

4,417 

-16.4%

11,649 

16,064 

-27.5%

Forest Products

3,573 

4,141 

-13.7%

10,916 

14,767 

-26.1%

Petroleum

3,682 

4,119 

-10.6%

10,700 

11,568 

-7.5%

Other

1,915 

1,744 

9.8%

6,287 

7,161 

-12.2%

Motor Vehicles

2,164 

1,028 

110.5%

6,053 

3,225 

87.7%

TOTAL (excluding OVR)

67,707 

63,642 

6.4%

204,406 

213,605 

-4.3%

OVR *

738 

4,307 

2,032 

15,907 

TOTAL (including OVR)

68,445 

67,949 

0.7%

206,438 

229,512 

-10.1%

* RailAmerica announced in December 2009 that the Company was terminating its lease of the OVR.  In the second quarter of 2009, the Company restructured the OVR contract, which resulted in the Company recording most of the revenue derived from that contract as non-freight revenue instead of freight revenue and carloads.

SOURCE RailAmerica, Inc.