Kansas City Southern Reports First Quarter Results

First Quarter 2015 Results

  • Revenue of $603 million, a decrease of 1% compared to first quarter 2014.
  • Operating income of $178 million. Excluding lease termination costs, adjusted operating income of $188 million, 1% lower than a year ago.
  • Operating ratio of 70.5%, compared with 73.7% in first quarter 2014. Excluding lease termination costs, adjusted operating ratio of 68.9%, a 0.2 point increase compared to first quarter 2014.
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.91. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.03 for first quarter 2015, a 2% decrease compared to first quarter 2014.

KANSAS CITY, Mo.--()--Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) reported first quarter 2015 revenues of $603 million. Overall, carload volumes were 1% higher than in first quarter 2014.

Compared to 2014, first quarter revenue included a 9% increase in Chemicals & Petroleum and an 8% increase in Intermodal. Automotive was also strong, with revenues growing by 4% in the first quarter of 2015 despite headwinds from the weaker peso. Energy revenue declined 15% largely due to reduced utility coal shipments as a result of lower natural gas prices. Industrial & Consumer revenue declined 2% primarily due to lower metals shipments. Agriculture & Minerals revenue declined by 7% compared to the prior year, primarily due to a decline in grain shipments when compared to the strong first quarter of 2014. Also, excluding the impacts of lower U.S. fuel prices and the depreciating peso, revenue growth would have been approximately 4% compared to the first quarter of 2014.

After adjusting for lease termination costs, operating expenses in the first quarter were $415 million, 1% lower than 2014, primarily due to lower U.S. fuel prices and the depreciating peso. Adjusted operating income for the first quarter of 2015 was $188 million compared with $190 million a year ago. KCS reported a first quarter 2015 adjusted operating ratio of 68.9%, a 0.2 point increase compared to first quarter 2014.

Reported net income in the first quarter of 2015 totaled $101 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared with $94 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding lease termination costs, debt retirement costs and the impacts of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, adjusted diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2015 was $1.03 compared to $1.05 in 2014.

“Lower-than-expected carloadings in a few commodity groups, particularly utility coal, coupled with a weak peso and the impact of low U.S. fuel prices on fuel surcharge revenues, combined to exert pressure on first quarter consolidated revenues” stated Chief Executive Officer David L. Starling. “We believe our ability to scale operating expenses and capital where necessary, provide KCS with the opportunity to improve earnings as 2015 progresses. In addition, we remain fully committed to managing our railroad in a manner designed to allow our Company and its stockholders to benefit from the abundant growth opportunities that should emerge in the years ahead.”

   

GAAP Reconciliations
($ in millions, except per share amounts)

 
Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings per Share to
Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

Income Before
Income Taxes

 

Income Tax
Expense

Net Income

Diluted
Earnings per
Share

As reported $ 151.6 $ 50.4 $ 101.2 $ 0.91
Adjustments for:
Lease termination costs 9.6 2.9 6.7 0.06
Foreign exchange loss 11.6 3.5 8.1 0.07
Foreign exchange component of income taxes   1.6   (1.6 ) (0.01 )
Adjusted $ 172.8   $ 58.4   114.4
Less: Noncontrolling interest and preferred
stock dividends (0.5 )
Adjusted net income available to common
stockholders - see (a) below $ 113.9   $ 1.03  
 
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2014

Income Before
Income Taxes

Income Tax
Expense

Net Income

Diluted
Earnings per
Share

As reported $ 143.0 $ 49.0 $ 94.0 $ 0.85
Adjustments for:
Lease termination costs 29.9 10.1 19.8 0.18
Debt retirement costs 6.6 2.2 4.4 0.04
Foreign exchange gain (3.1 ) (0.9 ) (2.2 ) (0.02 )
Foreign exchange component of income taxes   (0.2 ) 0.2    
Adjusted $ 176.4   $ 60.2   116.2
Less: Noncontrolling interest and preferred
stock dividends (0.4 )
Adjusted net income available to common
stockholders - see (a) below $ 115.8   $ 1.05  
 

GAAP Reconciliations (continued)
($ in millions)

   
 
Reconciliation of Operating Expenses to Adjusted Three Months Ended
Operating Expenses March 31,
2015   2014  
Operating expenses as reported $ 424.9 $ 447.4
Adjustment for lease termination costs (9.6 ) (29.9 )
Adjusted operating expenses - see (b) below $ 415.3   $ 417.5  
 
Operating income as reported $ 178.2 $ 160.0
Adjusted operating income - see (b) below 187.8 189.9
 
Operating ratio (c) as reported 70.5 % 73.7 %
Adjusted operating ratio - see (b) and (c) below 68.9 % 68.7 %
 
 
 
Revenue Change Adjusted for Estimated Foreign Exchange
and U.S. Fuel Price Impacts

Revenue
Change %

Reported revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2015 $ 603.1
Reported revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 607.4  
Revenue change (4.3 ) (1 %)
 
Estimated adjustment for foreign exchange 13.2
Estimated adjustment for U.S. fuel price 15.4  

Revenue change excluding foreign exchange and U.S. fuel price impacts - see (d) below

$ 24.3   4 %
 
(a)   The Company believes adjusted diluted earnings per share is meaningful as it allows investors to evaluate the Company's performance for different periods on a more comparable basis by excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates and items that are not directly related to the ongoing operations of the Company.
 
(b) The Company believes adjusted operating expenses, operating income and operating ratio are meaningful as they allow investors to evaluate the Company's performance for different periods on a more comparable basis by excluding items that are not directly related to the ongoing operations of the Company.
 
(c) Operating ratio is calculated by dividing operating expenses by revenues; or in the case of adjusted operating ratio, adjusted operating expenses divided by revenues.
 
(d) The Company believes the revenue change excluding foreign exchange and U.S. fuel price impacts is a meaningful measure as it allows investors to evaluate the Company's performance for different periods on a more comparable basis by excluding the impacts of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and U.S. fuel price by holding these rates constant between the reporting periods.
 

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. Kansas City Southern's North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws concerning potential future events involving KCS and its subsidiaries, which could materially differ from the events that actually occur. Words such as “projects,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “believes,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates,” and similar expressions are intended to identify many of these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon information currently available to management and management’s perception thereof as of the date hereof. Differences that actually occur could be caused by a number of external factors over which management has little or no control, including: competition and consolidation within the transportation industry; the business environment in industries that produce and use items shipped by rail; loss of the rail concession of KCS’ subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V.; the termination of, or failure to renew, agreements with customers, other railroads and third parties; interest rates; access to capital; disruptions to KCS’ technology infrastructure, including its computer systems; natural events such as severe weather, hurricanes and floods; market and regulatory responses to climate change; credit risk of customers and counterparties and their failure to meet their financial obligations; legislative and regulatory developments and disputes; rail accidents or other incidents or accidents on KCS’ rail network or at KCS’ facilities or customer facilities involving the release of hazardous materials, including toxic inhalation hazards; fluctuation in prices or availability of key materials, in particular diesel fuel; dependency on certain key suppliers of core rail equipment; changes in securities and capital markets; availability of qualified personnel; labor difficulties, including strikes and work stoppages; insufficiency of insurance to cover lost revenue, profits or other damages; acts of terrorism or risk of terrorist activities; war or risk of war; domestic and international economic conditions; political and economic conditions in Mexico and the level of trade between the United States and Mexico; increased demand and traffic congestion; the outcome of claims and litigation involving KCS or its subsidiaries; and other factors affecting the operation of the business. More detailed information about factors that could affect future events may be found in filings by KCS with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including KCS’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (File No. 1-4717) and subsequent reports. Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved. As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. KCS is not obligated to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

   
Kansas City Southern and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In millions, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2015 2014
Revenues $ 603.1   $ 607.4  
Operating expenses:
Compensation and benefits 117.6 110.6
Purchased services 58.1 55.2
Fuel 81.0 103.9
Equipment costs 29.1 31.7
Depreciation and amortization 68.5 61.9
Materials and other 61.0 54.2
Lease termination costs 9.6   29.9  
Total operating expenses 424.9   447.4  
Operating income 178.2 160.0
Equity in net earnings of unconsolidated affiliates 4.4 5.7
Interest expense (18.6 ) (18.7 )
Debt retirement costs (6.6 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss) (11.6 ) 3.1
Other expense, net (0.8 ) (0.5 )
Income before income taxes 151.6 143.0
Income tax expense 50.4   49.0  
Net income 101.2 94.0
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 0.4   0.3  
Net income attributable to Kansas City Southern and subsidiaries 100.8 93.7
Preferred stock dividends 0.1   0.1  
Net income available to common stockholders $ 100.7   $ 93.6  
 
Earnings per share:
Basic earnings per share $ 0.91   $ 0.85  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.91   $ 0.85  
 
Average shares outstanding (in thousands):
Basic 110,309 110,086
Potentially dilutive common shares 218   317  
Diluted 110,527   110,403  
 
 
 
Kansas City Southern and Subsidiaries
Revenue & Carload/Units by Commodity - First Quarter 2015 and 2014
                 
Revenues Carloads and Units Revenue per
(in millions) (in thousands) Carload/Unit
First Quarter % First Quarter % First Quarter %
2015 2014 Change 2015 2014 Change 2015 2014 Change
 
Chemical & Petroleum
Chemicals $ 53.0 $ 49.9 6 % 29.2 26.6 10 % $ 1,815 $ 1,876 (3 %)
Petroleum 33.0 28.8 15 % 17.4 16.4 6 % 1,897 1,756 8 %
Plastics 28.8   26.5   9 % 15.6   14.8   5 % 1,846   1,791   3 %
Total 114.8   105.2   9 % 62.2   57.8   8 % 1,846   1,820   1 %
 
Industrial & Consumer Products
Forest Products 68.5 65.4 5 % 32.4 31.4 3 % 2,114 2,083 1 %
Metals & Scrap 60.5 65.9 (8 %) 31.3 34.0 (8 %) 1,933 1,938
Other 17.0   17.8   (4 %) 17.4   18.2   (4 %) 977   978    
Total 146.0   149.1   (2 %) 81.1   83.6   (3 %) 1,800   1,783   1 %
 
Agriculture & Minerals
Grain 54.7 66.1 (17 %) 30.8 35.3 (13 %) 1,776 1,873 (5 %)
Food Products 37.0 35.2 5 % 16.2 14.9 9 % 2,284 2,362 (3 %)
Ores & Minerals 7.0 5.1 37 % 6.8 5.2 31 % 1,029 981 5 %
Stone, Clay & Glass 6.9   7.0   (1 %) 3.0   3.3   (9 %) 2,300   2,121   8 %
Total 105.6   113.4   (7 %) 56.8   58.7   (3 %) 1,859   1,932   (4 %)
 
Energy
Utility Coal 36.1 48.8 (26 %) 40.9 48.0 (15 %) 883 1,017 (13 %)
Coal & Petroleum Coke 9.8 9.8 13.6 14.1 (4 %) 721 695 4 %
Frac Sand 14.5 16.4 (12 %) 7.7 8.2 (6 %) 1,883 2,000 (6 %)
Crude Oil 6.2   3.2   94 % 3.6   2.0   80 % 1,722   1,600   8 %
Total 66.6   78.2   (15 %) 65.8   72.3   (9 %) 1,012   1,082   (6 %)
 
Intermodal 95.0   88.0   8 % 243.3   234.2   4 % 390   376   4 %
 
Automotive 54.4   52.4   4 % 31.0   28.7   8 % 1,755   1,826   (4 %)
 
TOTAL FOR COMMODITY GROUPS 582.4 586.3 (1 %) 540.2   535.3   1 % $ 1,078   $ 1,095   (2 %)
 
Other Revenue 20.7   21.1   (2 %)
 
TOTAL $ 603.1   $ 607.4   (1 %)
 

Contacts

Kansas City Southern
William H. Galligan, 816-983-1551
bgalligan@kcsouthern.com

Contacts

Kansas City Southern
William H. Galligan, 816-983-1551
bgalligan@kcsouthern.com