CSX posts strong third quarter earnings results

Class I railroad carrier CSX yesterday reported third quarter net earnings of $463 million and $0.46 per share, which was up 1.7 percent annually and beat Wall Street estimates of $0.43 per share.

By ·

Class I railroad carrier CSX yesterday reported third quarter net earnings of $463 million and $0.46 per share, which was up 1.7 percent annually and beat Wall Street estimates of $0.43 per share.

Quarterly operating income at $854 was flat annually and revenue at $3 billion was up roughly 3 percent. CSX said that the strong quarterly revenue was due largely to higher volume and pricing gains in merchandise and intermodal that offset ongoing coal revenue declines. And it added that its net earnings was supported by strong operating results and higher revenues that included benefits from customer contract settlements

Total second quarter volume for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad carrier was roughly 1.643 million total units, representing a 3 percent annual gain. Intermodal was up 6 percent at 657,000 units, and chemical and automotive loadings at 132,000 and 101,000 were up 12 and 1 percent, respectively. Coal was down 7 percent at 310,000. Total merchandise was up 5 percent at 687,000 units.

“As the energy markets continue to evolve, our business mix is increasingly favoring merchandise and intermodal movements,” said CSX President, Chairman, and CEO Michael Ward on an earnings call today. “The team is effectively managing this change by capitalizing on the modest growth in the economy and by focusing relentlessly on safety, service improvement, and asset efficiency. These are important drivers of our foundation for long term profitable growth.”

Quarterly revenue per shipment for CSX was up 1 percent to $1,825, with the impact of core pricing gains and liquidated damages partially offset by the unfavorable mix impact related to growth in intermodal versus the decline in coal, according to Clarence Gooden, CSX EVP, sales and marketing.

Gooden added that core pricing on a same-store sales basis remained solid across nearly all markets, noting that same-store sales are defined as shipments with the same customer, commodity, and car type, and the same margin and destination. These shipments represented 78 percent of CSX’s traffic base for the quarter, he said.

“All-in core pricing was 1 percent in the quarter, down from 1.5 percent in the same quarter last year, reflecting continued rate pressure in the export coal market and more modest increases in domestic coal pricing,” said Gooden.


About the Author

Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

CSX · Intermodal · Railroad Shipping · All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Face security threats head-on. Protect data beyond perimeter.
Traditional Data Loss Protection (DLP) solutions present a number of serious shortcomings and challenges for companies deploying them, creating a clear gap in the market.
Download Today!
From the January 2018 Logistics Management Magazine Issue
Industry experts agree that costs across all sectors worldwide will continue to rise in 2018, and the most successful shippers will be those that are able to mitigate their impact on profitability. And, the right technology will play an increasingly vital role in driving efficiencies across the global logistics network.
The Future of Retail Distribution
Navigating the Reverse Supply Chain for Connected Devices
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
Securing IoT data across the connected supply chain
Learn why a holistic approach to IAM is the most effective way to govern access to your systems and information requested by your partners, vendors, customers, and connected devices.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
State of Global Logistics: Delivering above and beyond
Industry experts agree that costs across all sectors worldwide will continue to rise in 2018, and...
2018 Rate Outlook: Economic Expansion, Pushing Rates Skyward
Trade and transport analysts see rates rising across all modes in accordance with continued...

Building the NextGen Supply Chain: Keeping pace with the digital economy
Peerless Media’s 2017 Virtual Summit shows how creating a data-rich ecosystem can eliminate...
2017 NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year: Mallinckrodt; Mastering and managing complexity
An inside look at how a large pharmaceutical firm transformed its vendor and supplier relationships...