"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding the Company’s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to forecast. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or forecast in these forward-looking statements. Examples of factors that could cause actual results to vary from those expressed in forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical in nature, including statements regarding: (1) the industry and markets, including their outlook, in which we operate and our competitive position; (2) the impact of political, social or economic conditions (including commodity demand associated with the industrialization of developing economies) on our results and our susceptibility to downturns in the general economy; (3) our operations, competitive position, growth strategy and prospects; (4) our ability to complete, integrate and benefit from acquisitions, including our pending acquisition of RailAmerica, Inc., investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and the challenges associated with managing rapid growth and operating a global business with decentralized management and operations; (5) our indebtedness and our ability to fulfill our obligations under such indebtedness; (6) the imposition of operational restrictions as a result of covenants in our debt agreements; (7) our susceptibility to severe weather conditions, climate change and other natural occurrences, which could result in shutdowns, derailments, other substantial disruptions of operations or impacts on our customers; (8) governmental policies, legislative and regulatory developments affecting our railroad operations or the operations of our customers, including the passage of new legislation, rulings by the Surface Transportation Board and the Federal Railroad Administration, as well as the actions of the Railroad Retirement Board in the United States and the actions of the governmental entities in the foreign jurisdictions where we operate; (9) our relationships with Class I railroads and other connecting carriers for our operations; (10) our ability to obtain railcars and locomotives from other providers on which we are currently dependent; (11) competition from numerous sources, including those relating to geography, substitute products, other modes of transportation and other rail operators; (12) changes in foreign exchange policy or rates; (13) strikes, work stoppages or unionization efforts by our employees or in the rail network; (14) our ability to attract, retain and develop a sufficient number of skilled employees, including senior leadership in the various geographies in which we operate; (15) our obligation as a common carrier to transport hazardous materials by rail; (16) the occurrence of losses or other liabilities which are not covered by insurance or which exceed our insurance limits, or which cause our self-insured retentions or insurance premiums to rise; (17) rising fuel costs or constraints in fuel supply; (18) customer retention and contract continuation; (19) our exposure to the credit risk of customers and counterparties; (20) our ability to manage our growth effectively; (21) our funding needs and financing sources, including our ability to obtain government funding for capital projects; (22) acts of terrorism and anti-terrorism measures; (23) the effects of market and regulatory responses to environmental, health and safety law changes, as well as the effects of violations of, or liabilities under, new or existing environmental, health and safety laws, regulations and requirements; (24) our susceptibility to various legal claims and lawsuits; and (25) our susceptibility to risks associated with doing business in foreign countries.
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