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Winter Put CN 1st Quarter Revenue in Deep Freeze

April 25, 2018

Canadian National blamed harsh winter weather for depressing its first quarter financial numbers.

CN said first quarter revenue was flat at $3.2 billion while operating income fell 16 percent to $1 billion.

Net income declined by 16 percent to $741 million and operating expenses jumped 9 percent to $2.2 billion compared with the first quarter of 2017 results. All figures are in Canadian dollars.

The Montreal-based company said revenue ton-miles declined 4 percent to 57.2 million but carloads increased 3 percent to 1.4 million units. The operating ratio rose 6 points to 67.8.

By traffic segment, coal and intermodal revenue rose 10 percent to $142 million and $814 million, respectively, and metals and minerals revenue increased 7 percent to $388 million on a year-over-year basis.

However, grain and fertilizers revenue fell 11 percent to $539 million, forest products revenue dropped 6 percent to $422 million, automotive revenue declined 4 percent to $197 million, and petroleum and chemicals revenue decreased 3 percent to $564 million.

Aside from bad weather, CN also said its flat revenue resulted from a negative translation impact from the stronger Canadian dollar, which partly was offset by higher fuel surcharges and rates. The increase in operating costs was caused by weather, higher training costs for new employees and higher fuel prices.

CN officials said the harsh winter affected train lengths and caused operational performance to further slip after eroding since fall because of an unexpected double-digit traffic gain last year.

“We had lower resiliency in some high-volume areas going into winter, [which] made maintaining fluidity very challenging. Fluidity is the most important thing,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Cory. “This lower resiliency, coupled with the extreme harsh winter conditions in those same areas, resulted in a decline in the service levels and an increase in [operational] costs.”

CN officials said they expect to spend $400 million — compared with a previously announced $250 million — to complete 29 major infrastructure capacity projects, mainly in western Canada. This includes new double track, more and longer sidings, and yard capacity expansions.

The railroad is also acquiring additional locomotives and box cars, along with hiring more train crew members.

“Our metrics are showing sustained, sequential improvement, and that momentum will build as we continue to expand track capacity, add crews and bring on new locomotives,” said interim CN President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Jacques Ruest. “With the people, equipment and infrastructure in place, and with a solid pipeline of growth opportunities ahead of us, we are confident in our ability to bring long-term value creation to our customers and shareholders.”

CN Net Income Falls 6% in 4th Quarter 2017

January 25, 2018

Canadian National said on Wednesday that its fourth quarter adjusted net income fell 6 percent to CA$897 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share fell by 2 percent to CA$1.20.

The financial figures include the effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act approved in the United States in December.

Including the tax benefit, CN reported that quarterly net income rose 156 percent to CA$2.6 billion and diluted EPS jumped 164 percent to CA$3.48 compared with the fourth quarter of 2016.

Operating income for the quarter fell 7 percent to CA$1.3 billion, but revenue climbed 2 percent to CA$3.3 billion compared with a year ago.

Quarterly operating expenses increased 9 percent to CA$1.98 billion compared with 2016. The operating ratio was 60.4 percent, an increase of 3.8 points over 2016.

For all of 2017, CN’s adjusted net income increased 6 percent to CA$3.78 million and adjusted diluted EPS rose 9 percent to CA$4.99. Operating income increased 5 percent to CA$5.6 billion compared with the previous year.

CN’s revenue rose 8 percent year over year to CA$13 billion. Operating expenses for 2017 jumped 11 percent to CA$7.5 billion.

The operating ratio in 2017 was 57.4 percent, an increase of 1.5 points over 2016.

“Our growth continues to outpace the strengthening economy and I am pleased with the results our dedicated team generated in 2017,” said CN CEO Luc Jobin in a statement.

“Throughout the year we faced rapidly changing market demands and in the fourth quarter dealt with challenging operating conditions, including harsh early winter weather across the network, impacting our performance.”

Jobin said CN will add this year additional train crews and increase capital spending to a record CA$3.2 billion, which includes the acquisition of 60 new locomotives, expanding track capacity and improving intermodal terminals.

Capital spending will include CA$1.6 billion for track infrastructure maintenance and CA$400 million for installation of positive train control in the United States.