Union Pacific Reports Second Quarter Results

Second Quarter Diluted Earnings per Share down 3 Percent

Jul 23, 2015, 08:00 ET from Union Pacific Corporation

OMAHA, Neb., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 

Second Quarter Results

  • Diluted earnings per share of $1.38 declined 3 percent.
  • Operating income totaled $1.9 billion, down 11 percent.
  • Operating ratio of 64.1 percent, up 0.6 points.

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) today reported 2015 second quarter net income of $1.2 billion, or $1.38 per diluted share, compared to $1.3 billion, or $1.43 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2014.

"Solid core pricing gains were not enough to overcome a significant decrease in demand," said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific president and chief executive officer.  "Total volumes in the second quarter were down 6 percent, led by a sharp decline in coal. Industrial products and agricultural products also posted significant volume decreases.  However, we made meaningful progress right sizing our resources to current volumes, and I am encouraged to report that we made these improvements while posting strong safety performance."

Second Quarter Summary

Operating revenue of $5.4 billion was down 10 percent in the second quarter 2015 versus the second quarter 2014.  Second quarter business volumes, as measured by total revenue carloads, declined 6 percent compared to 2014.  Volume declines in coal, industrial products, and agricultural products more than offset the growth in automotive and intermodal.  Chemicals volume was flat compared to 2014 as growth in base chemicals carloads offset a decline in crude oil shipments.  In addition:

  • Quarterly freight revenue decreased 10 percent compared to the second quarter 2014, as the volume decline, lower fuel surcharge revenue, and negative business mix more than offset core pricing gains.
  • Union Pacific's 64.1 percent operating ratio was 0.6 points worse than the second quarter 2014.  The operating ratio benefited just under a point from the net impact of lower fuel prices in the quarter.
  • Other income of $142 million increased $120 million compared to the second quarter 2014. Included in this amount is the previously announced Fremont, California, land sale, which contributed $113 million to pre-tax income, or 8 cents per diluted share to total earnings.
  • The $1.99 per gallon average quarterly diesel fuel price in the second quarter 2015 was 36 percent lower than the second quarter 2014.
  • Quarterly train speed, as reported to the Association of American Railroads, was 24.6 mph, about 3 percent faster compared with the second quarter 2014.
  • The Company repurchased almost 8.0 million shares in the second quarter 2015 at an aggregate cost of $834 million.

Summary of Second Quarter Freight Revenues

  • Automotive up 3 percent
  • Chemicals down 1 percent
  • Intermodal down 5 percent
  • Agricultural Products down 7 percent
  • Industrial Products down 14 percent
  • Coal down 31 percent

2015 Outlook

"While the volume outlook remains uncertain, we remain laser focused on operating safely and efficiently no matter what the market environment.  We will continue to reduce costs and improve productivity as we further align resources with demand," Fritz said.  "Longer term, we continue to be optimistic about the strengths of our diverse rail franchise."

ABOUT UNION PACIFIC

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. From 2005-2014, Union Pacific invested more than $31 billion in its network and operations to support America's transportation infrastructure.  The railroad's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. Union Pacific  serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. Union Pacific provides value to its roughly 10,000 customers by delivering products in a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible manner.

Supplemental financial information is attached. 

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UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

Millions, Except Per Share Amounts and Percentages,

2nd Quarter

Year-to-Date

For the Periods Ended June 30,

2015

2014

%

2015

2014

%

Operating Revenues

Freight revenues

$

5,068

$

5,661

(10)

%

$

10,319

$

10,947

(6)

%

Other revenues

361

354

2

724

706

3

Total operating revenues

5,429

6,015

(10)

11,043

11,653

(5)

Operating Expenses

Compensation and benefits

1,305

1,246

5

2,674

2,500

7

Purchased services and materials

600

636

(6)

1,243

1,243

-

Fuel

541

923

(41)

1,105

1,844

(40)

Depreciation

497

470

6

988

934

6

Equipment and other rents

312

316

(1)

623

628

(1)

Other

225

228

(1)

484

454

7

Total operating expenses

3,480

3,819

(9)

7,117

7,603

(6)

Operating Income

1,949

2,196

(11)

3,926

4,050

(3)

Other income

142

22

F

168

60

F

Interest expense

(153)

(138)

11

(301)

(271)

11

Income before income taxes

1,938

2,080

(7)

3,793

3,839

(1)

Income taxes

(734)

(789)

(7)

(1,438)

(1,460)

(2)

Net Income

$

1,204

$

1,291

(7)

%

$

2,355

$

2,379

(1)

%

Share and Per Share

Earnings per share - basic

$

1.38

$

1.43

(3)

%

$

2.69

$

2.63

2

%

Earnings per share - diluted

$

1.38

$

1.43

(3)

$

2.68

$

2.62

2

Weighted average number of shares - basic

872.2

901.5

(3)

875.8

904.8

(3)

Weighted average number of shares - diluted

875.2

905.0

(3)

879.0

908.7

(3)

Dividends declared per share

$

0.55

$

0.455

21

$

1.10

$

0.91

21

Operating Ratio

64.1%

63.5%

0.6

pts

64.4%

65.2%

(0.8)

pts

Effective Tax Rate

37.9%

37.9%

-

pts

37.9%

38.0%

(0.1)

pts

 

UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

Freight Revenues Statistics (unaudited)

2nd Quarter

Year-to-Date

 For the Periods Ended June 30,

2015

2014

%

2015

2014

%

 Freight Revenues (Millions)

 Agricultural Products

$

867

$

934

(7)

%

$

1,806

$

1,844

(2)

%

 Automotive

560

545

3

1,076

1,033

4

 Chemicals

905

913

(1)

1,802

1,806

-

 Coal

679

989

(31)

1,594

1,950

(18)

 Industrial Products

970

1,130

(14)

1,987

2,141

(7)

 Intermodal

1,087

1,150

(5)

2,054

2,173

(5)

 Total

$

5,068

$

5,661

(10)

%

$

10,319

$

10,947

(6)

%

 Revenue Carloads (Thousands)

 Agricultural Products

225

243

(7)

%

470

482

(2)

%

 Automotive

222

208

7

424

396

7

 Chemicals

283

283

-

550

553

(1)

 Coal

309

417

(26)

708

847

(16)

 Industrial Products

308

356

(13)

614

670

(8)

 Intermodal*

942

924

2

1,754

1,757

-

 Total

2,289

2,431

(6)

%

4,520

4,705

(4)

%

 Average Revenue per Car

 Agricultural Products

$

3,844

$

3,833

-

%

$

3,840

$

3,824

-

%

 Automotive

2,528

2,619

(3)

2,540

2,606

(3)

 Chemicals

3,197

3,230

(1)

3,277

3,267

-

 Coal

2,197

2,369

(7)

2,251

2,301

(2)

 Industrial Products

3,144

3,175

(1)

3,234

3,195

1

 Intermodal*

1,154

1,246

(7)

1,171

1,237

(5)

 Average 

$

2,213

$

2,329

(5)

%

$

2,283

$

2,327

(2)

%

*

Each intermodal container or trailer equals one carload.

 

UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position (unaudited)

Jun. 30,

Dec. 31,

 Millions, Except Percentages

2015

2014

 Assets

      Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,041

$

1,586

      Other current assets

2,942

3,093

      Investments

1,375

1,390

      Net properties

47,512

46,272

      Other assets

307

375

 Total assets

$

54,177

$

52,716

 Liabilities and Common Shareholders' Equity

      Debt due within one year

$

431

$

462

      Other current liabilities

2,982

3,303

      Debt due after one year

12,908

11,018

      Deferred income taxes

14,907

14,680

      Other long-term liabilities

1,959

2,064

 Total liabilities

33,187

31,527

 Total common shareholders' equity

20,990

21,189

 Total liabilities and common shareholders' equity

$

54,177

$

52,716

 Debt to Capital

38.9%

35.1%

 Adjusted Debt to Capital*

44.2%

41.3%

*

Adjusted Debt to Capital is a non-GAAP measure; however, management believes that it is an important measure in evaluating our financial performance. See page 8 for a reconciliation to GAAP.

 

UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

 Millions,

Year-to-Date

 For the Periods Ended June 30,

2015

2014

 Operating Activities

      Net income

$

2,355

$

2,379

      Depreciation

988

934

      Deferred income taxes

237

155

      Other - net

193

(247)

 Cash provided by operating activities

3,773

3,221

 Investing Activities

      Capital investments

(2,207)

(2,068)

      Other - net

71

(110)

 Cash used in investing activities

(2,136)

(2,178)

 Financing Activities

      Debt issued

2,243

1,895

      Common shares repurchased

(1,605)

(1,450)

      Dividends paid*

(1,401)

(776)

      Debt repaid

(396)

(640)

      Other - net

(23)

33

 Cash used in financing activities

(1,182)

(938)

 Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

455

105

 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

1,586

1,432

 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

2,041

$

1,537

 Free Cash Flow**

      Cash provided by operating activities

$

3,773

$

3,221

      Cash used in investing activities

(2,136)

(2,178)

      Dividends paid*

(1,401)

(776)

 Free cash flow

$

236

$

267

*

The 2015 dividends paid amount includes the fourth quarter 2014 dividend of $438 million, which was paid on January 2, 2015, the first quarter 2015 dividend of $484 million, which was paid on March 30, 2015, as well as the second quarter 2015 dividend of $479 million, which was paid on June 30, 2015. Beginning in 2015, the timing of the dividend declaration and payable dates was aligned to occur within the same quarter.

**

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure; however, management believes that it is an important measure in evaluating our financial performance and measures our ability to generate cash without additional external financing.

 

UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

Operating and Performance Statistics (unaudited)

2nd Quarter

Year-to-Date

 For the Periods Ended June 30,

2015

2014

%

2015

2014

%

 Operating/Performance Statistics 

      Gross ton-miles (GTMs) (millions)

227,608

252,500

(10)

%

464,821

492,669

(6)

%

      Employees (average)

48,992

47,052

4

48,911

46,608

5

      GTMs (millions) per employee

4.65

5.37

(13)

9.50

10.57

(10)

 Locomotive Fuel Statistics

      Average fuel price per gallon consumed

$       1.99

$       3.10

(36)

%

$       1.97

$       3.11

(37)

%

      Fuel consumed in gallons (millions)

264

290

(9)

546

577

(5)

      Fuel consumption rate*

1.163

1.145

2

1.175

1.170

-

 AAR Reported Performance Measures

      Average train speed (miles per hour)

24.6

23.9

3

%

24.6

24.2

2

%

      Average terminal dwell time (hours)

28.4

29.8

(5)

29.5

30.3

(3)

 Revenue Ton-Miles (Millions)

      Agricultural Products

21,281

23,088

(8)

%

44,263

46,811

(5)

%

      Automotive

4,749

4,340

9

9,042

8,298

9

      Chemicals

18,676

18,850

(1)

36,885

37,664

(2)

      Coal

31,233

45,573

(31)

72,943

90,256

(19)

      Industrial Products

19,334

22,592

(14)

39,502

43,017

(8)

      Intermodal

20,986

21,320

(2)

40,034

41,260

(3)

 Total

116,259

135,763

(14)

%

242,669

267,306

(9)

%

*

Fuel consumption is computed as follows: gallons of fuel consumed divided by gross ton-miles in thousands.

 

UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (unaudited)

2015

 Millions, Except Per Share Amounts and Percentages,

1st Qtr

2nd Qtr

Year-to-Date

 Operating Revenues

      Freight revenues

$

5,251

$

5,068

$

10,319

      Other revenues

363

361

724

 Total operating revenues

5,614

5,429

11,043

 Operating Expenses

      Compensation and benefits

1,369

1,305

2,674

      Purchased services and materials

643

600

1,243

      Fuel

564

541

1,105

      Depreciation

491

497

988

      Equipment and other rents

311

312

623

      Other

259

225

484

 Total operating expenses

3,637

3,480

7,117

 Operating Income

1,977

1,949

3,926

      Other income

26

142

168

      Interest expense

(148)

(153)

(301)

 Income before income taxes

1,855

1,938

3,793

 Income taxes

(704)

(734)

(1,438)

 Net Income

$

1,151

$

1,204

$

2,355

 Share and Per Share

      Earnings per share - basic

$

1.31

$

1.38

$

2.69

      Earnings per share - diluted

$

1.30

$

1.38

$

2.68

      Weighted average number of shares - basic

879.3

872.2

875.8

      Weighted average number of shares - diluted

882.8

875.2

879.0

      Dividends declared per share

$

0.55

$

0.55

$

1.10

 Operating Ratio

64.8%

64.1%

64.4%

 Effective Tax Rate

38.0%

37.9%

37.9%

 

UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

Freight Revenues Statistics (unaudited)

2015

1st Qtr

2nd Qtr

Year-to-Date

 Freight Revenues (Millions)

 Agricultural Products

$

939

$

867

$

1,806

 Automotive

516

560

1,076

 Chemicals

897

905

1,802

 Coal

915

679

1,594

 Industrial Products

1,017

970

1,987

 Intermodal

967

1,087

2,054

 Total

$

5,251

$

5,068

$

10,319

 Revenue Carloads (Thousands)

 Agricultural Products

245

225

470

 Automotive

202

222

424

 Chemicals

267

283

550

 Coal

399

309

708

 Industrial Products

306

308

614

 Intermodal*

812

942

1,754

 Total

2,231

2,289

4,520

 Average Revenue per Car

 Agricultural Products

$

3,838

$

3,844

$

3,840

 Automotive

2,553

2,528

2,540

 Chemicals

3,362

3,197

3,277

 Coal

2,293

2,197

2,251

 Industrial Products

3,325

3,144

3,234

 Intermodal*

1,191

1,154

1,171

 Average 

$

2,354

$

2,213

$

2,283

*

Each intermodal container or trailer equals one carload.

 

UNION PACIFIC CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES

Non-GAAP Measures Reconciliation to GAAP

 Debt to Capital*

Jun. 30,

Dec. 31,

 Millions, Except Percentages

2015

2014

 Debt (a)

$

13,339

$

11,480

 Equity

20,990

21,189

 Capital (b)

$

34,329

$

32,669

 Debt to capital (a/b)

38.9%

35.1%

*

Total debt divided by total debt plus equity. Management believes this is an important measure in evaluating our balance sheet strength and is important in managing our credit ratios and financing relationships.

 

 Adjusted Debt to Capital, Reconciliation to GAAP*

Jun. 30,

Dec. 31,

 Millions, Except Percentages

2015

2014

 Debt

$

13,339

$

11,480

 Net present value of operating leases

2,782

2,902

 Unfunded pension and OPEB

515

523

 Adjusted debt (a)

16,636

14,905

 Equity

20,990

21,189

 Adjusted capital (b)

$

37,626

$

36,094

 Adjusted debt to capital (a/b)

44.2%

41.3%

*

Total debt plus net present value of operating leases plus after-tax unfunded pension and OPEB obligation divided by total debt plus net present value of operating leases plus after-tax unfunded pension and OPEB obligation plus equity. Operating leases were discounted using 4.9% at June 30, 2015, and 5.3% at December 31, 2014. The discount rate reflects our effective interest rate. Management believes this is an important measure in evaluating the total amount of leverage in our capital structure including off-balance sheet lease obligations.

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