CSX Increases 2008 and Long-Term Guidance
Released: Sep 11, 2008
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (Sept. 11, 2008) - CSX Corporation [NYSE: CSX] today announced increased 2008 and long-term financial guidance. The update reflects the company's strong performance, diverse traffic base and the positive outlook for rail and intermodal transportation.
"CSX remains a powerful earnings story. Our team continues to deliver outstanding service for our customers and superior value for our shareholders," said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
The company now expects full-year 2008 earnings per share of $3.65 to $3.75. That estimate is an increase from previous guidance that targeted the upper end of the $3.40 to $3.60 range. CSX is increasing 2008 capital spending to approximately $1.75 billion and expects free cash flow before dividends of approximately $1 billion this year.
These updated estimates include a new investment in rail cars to capture demand for domestic and export coal shipments, as well as the company's current estimates of costs associated with recent 2008 storms.
Based on the strong momentum that is expected to continue beyond 2008, the company also is raising the following long-term guidance through 2010:
- Compound annual growth in operating income of 15 to 20 percent over the 2008 base, compared to the prior guidance of 13 to 15 percent over the 2007 base;
- Compound annual growth in earnings per share of 20 to 25 percent over the 2008 base, compared to the prior guidance of 18 to 21 percent over the 2007 base; and
- Operating ratio in the high 60's for 2010, compared to the prior target of the low 70's.
- With our higher earnings momentum, CSX will continue to generate substantial free cash flow over the long-term," said Oscar Munoz, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
- The company remains committed to maximizing value for our shareholders through strategic investment, share repurchases and dividends while maintaining its investment grade profile."
CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is a leading transportation company providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports.
David Baggs, Investor Relations
Garrick Francis, Corporate Communications
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