Carload Reporting for Metallic Ores Traffic
Effective January 1, 2012, a portion of GWI’s metallic ores commodity group includes intermodal containers as a result of a change in rail logistics and equipment for a customer in GWI’s Australia Region. The impact of this change increased traffic by 448 carloads in November 2012 and 992 carloads in the fourth quarter of 2012 through November.
RailAmerica, Inc. Acquisition and Carload Reporting
On October 1, 2012, GWI acquired RailAmerica, Inc. (RailAmerica), at which time RailAmerica simultaneously deregistered its common stock and delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Immediately following the closing of the acquisition, control of RailAmerica was placed into a voting trust with R. Lawrence McCaffrey appointed as trustee. The trust will remain in effect until the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) issues its decision on GWI’s application to control RailAmerica and its railroads, which decision will be issued no later than January 4, 2013, which by statute would be effective no later than February 3, 2013. For the pendency of the trust, GWI will account for its ownership of RailAmerica under the equity method of accounting and RailAmerica will continue to report its carloadings independent of those of GWI. RailAmerica’s November 2012 carloadings press release is posted on RailAmerica’s website
Historically, GWI has found that carload information may be indicative of freight revenues on its railroads, but may not be indicative of total revenues, operating expenses, operating income or net income. Car movements related to railcar switching, including activities at port terminals, are excluded from our carload information as the resulting revenues are classified as non-freight.
GWI owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads and provides railcar switching services in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, GWI operates the Tarcoola to Darwin rail line, which links the Port of Darwin with the Australian interstate rail network in South Australia. Operations currently include 66 railroads organized in 10 regions, with more than 7,600 miles of owned and leased track and approximately 1,400 additional miles under track access arrangements. We provide rail service at 23 ports in North America, Australia and Europe and perform contract coal loading and railcar switching for industrial customers.