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CSX Corporation Announces First-Quarter Earnings and Dividend
- First-quarter earnings per share of $0.40
CSX continues to expect modest full-year earnings growth
- Merchandise and
intermodal show continued strength, and the utility coal environment is
- Quarterly dividend increases 7 percent beginning in second
quarter to $0.16 per share
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 15, 2014 - CSX
Corporation (NYSE: CSX) today announced first-quarter net earnings of $398
million, or $0.40 per share, down from $462 million, or $0.45 per share in
the same quarter of 2013.
For the quarter, revenue grew 2 percent to $3.0
billion on volume increases of 3 percent, with strength in intermodal and
merchandise markets more than offsetting declines in coal. However,
operating income declined 16 percent to $739 million and the operating ratio
increased 520 basis points to 75.5 percent, primarily due to the impact of
harsh weather. CSX estimates that weather-related disruptions increased
expenses by approximately six cents per share, and impacted revenue
contribution by about two to three cents.
"The company is indebted to the
dedicated men and women of CSX who worked tirelessly through one of the
worst winters on record to keep the network running as fluidly as possible,"
said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
"Thanks to the hard work of our employees, service levels are gradually
recovering, and we are capitalizing on an economy that continues to show
Looking forward, CSX expects modest full-year
earnings growth for 2014 on the strength of broad-based merchandise and
intermodal gains and an improving domestic coal environment. In addition,
the company remains confident in its ability to sustain double-digit
earnings growth and margin expansion for its shareholders in 2015 and
beyond. The company expects to sustain a mid-60s operating ratio
CSX also announced that its Board of Directors approved a 7
percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to $0.16 per share,
payable on June 13, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business
on May 28, 2014. This announcement builds on 11 increases over the past 8
years, representing a 20 percent compound annual growth rate during that
time. It is consistent with CSX's view of the strength of the business and
the company's approach to deploying cash within a balanced framework to
support long-term value creation through investment, dividends, and share
CSX executives will conduct a quarterly earnings conference
call with the investment community on April 16, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern
time. Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by
dialing 1-888-EARN-CSX (888-327-6279) and asking for the CSX earnings call.
Callers outside the U.S., dial 1-773-756-0199. Participants should dial in
10 minutes prior to the call. 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 on 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 more than 185 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 240 short-line railroads and
more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and
small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its
subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like
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Melanie Cost, Corporate