JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – January 16, 2019 – CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) today announced fourth quarter 2018 net earnings of $843 million, or $1.01 per share, versus $4,140 million, or $4.62 per share on a GAAP basis ($0.64 on an adjusted basis) in the same period last year. Fourth quarter 2017 net earnings included a tax reform benefit resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and a restructuring charge that accounted for $3.98 per share (see table below for details). CSX’s operating ratio set a company fourth quarter record of 60.3 percent from 60.7 percent in the prior year or 65.1 percent on an adjusted basis.
CSX’s full year 2018 operating ratio of 60.3% is a U.S. Class I railroad record.
CSX also announced the Board has authorized $5 billion in share repurchases following the early completion of the existing $5 billion authorization.
“As I reflect back on this past year, this team of railroaders has proven they are capable of accomplishing amazing things,” said James M. Foote, president and chief executive officer. “We are entering 2019 on a new trajectory with significant opportunity to improve across all aspects of our business. I expect CSX to deliver even better service to our customers and drive significant shareholder value.”
Revenue for the fourth quarter increased 10 percent over the prior year to $3.14 billion, supported by increases in fuel recovery, broad-based volume growth, pricing gains, higher supplemental revenue and favorable mix. Expenses increased 9 percent year over year to $1.89 billion, or 2 percent when 2017 results are adjusted for the impacts of restructuring and tax reform benefits. This combination yielded adjusted operating income growth of 25 percent for the quarter to $1.25 billion compared to $998 million in the same period last year.
CSX executives will conduct a conference call with the investment community this afternoon, January 16, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 1-888-327-6279 (1-888-EARN-CSX). For callers outside the U.S., dial 1-773-756-0199. Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the call and enter in 3276279 as the passcode.
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.
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 200 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 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.
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CSX reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP). CSX also uses certain non-GAAP measures that fall within the meaning of Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G and Regulation S-K Item 10(e), which may provide users of the financial information with additional meaningful comparison to prior reported results. Non-GAAP measures do not have standardized definitions and are not defined by U.S. GAAP. Therefore, CSX’s non-GAAP measures are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The presentation of these non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, as a substitute for, or as superior to the financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to corresponding GAAP measures are above.
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Kevin Boone, Investor Relations
Bryan Tucker, Corporate Communications