Results from Continuing Operations
In the third quarter of 2012, GWI's total operating revenues increased $5.5 million, or 2.5%, to $222.7 million, compared with $217.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. The increase included $6.4 million in revenues from new operations, partially offset by a $0.8 million, or 0.4%, decrease in same railroad operating revenues. During the third quarter of 2012, the depreciation of foreign currencies versus the U.S. dollar decreased same railroad operating revenues by $1.4 million, or 0.6%. Excluding the impact from foreign currency depreciation, GWI’s same railroad operating revenues increased $0.6 million, or 0.3%.
Same railroad freight revenues in the third quarter of 2012 were $154.6 million, essentially equal to same railroad freight revenues in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding $0.7 million from the impact of foreign currency depreciation, GWI’s same railroad freight revenues increased by $0.8 million, or 0.5%.
GWI's traffic in the third quarter of 2012 was 242,783 carloads, a decrease of 13,407 carloads, or 5.2%, compared with the third quarter of 2011. Traffic in the third quarter of 2012 included 7,184 carloads from new operations. Same railroad traffic decreased 20,591 carloads, or 8.0%, in the third quarter of 2012. The same railroad traffic decrease was principally due to decreases of 9,129 carloads of other commodity traffic, which was primarily related to a reduction in coal haulage traffic, 8,689 carloads of farm and food products traffic and 6,283 carloads of minerals and stone traffic. These decreases were partially offset by an increase of 1,932 carloads of lumber and forest products traffic, 1,921 carloads of intermodal traffic and 1,919 carloads of metallic ores traffic. All remaining traffic decreased by a net 2,262 carloads.
Average same railroad freight revenues per carload increased 8.8% in the third quarter of 2012. A change in the mix of commodities increased average same railroad freight revenues per carload by 3.7%, partially offset by lower fuel surcharges and the depreciation of the Australian and Canadian dollars versus the U.S. dollar, each of which decreased average same railroad freight revenues per carload by 0.5%. Other than these factors, average same railroad freight revenues per carload increased 6.1%. In addition to higher freight rates, same railroad average freight revenues per carload were positively impacted by changes in the mix of customers within certain commodity groups, primarily other commodities and by a decrease in Australian grain traffic which increased average revenues per carload due to the fixed/variable rate structure.