In the fourth quarter of 2012, GWI incurred $28.8 million of business development costs, primarily associated with the RailAmerica acquisition and related financing transactions. In addition, because GWI took control of RailAmerica’s railroads on December 28, 2012, GWI incurred an additional $11.4 million of integration costs, primarily associated with severance benefits paid to certain RailAmerica senior executives at the end of 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2012, GWI also recorded $1.4 million in net gains on the Edith River Bridge-related insurance recoveries and the sale of assets and incurred $1.1 million of expense associated with the termination of a contract with a track maintenance service provider in Australia. In addition, RailAmerica’s reported equity earnings included $3.5 million (after-tax) of expense associated with the integration, primarily related to severance obligations.
Results from Continuing Operations
In the fourth quarter of 2012, GWI's total operating revenues increased $16.9 million, or 8.0%, to $227.3 million, compared with $210.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase included $2.8 million in revenues from new operations and a $2.0 million increase from the net appreciation of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. Excluding the net impact from foreign currency appreciation, GWI’s same railroad operating revenues increased $12.2 million, or 5.8%.
Same railroad freight revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $163.1 million, compared with $148.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Excluding $1.6 million from the impact of foreign currency appreciation, GWI’s same railroad freight revenues increased by $12.6 million, or 8.5%.GWI's traffic in the fourth quarter of 2012 was 229,818 carloads, a decrease of 16,976 carloads, or 6.9%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. Traffic in the fourth quarter of 2012 included 4,497 carloads from new operations. Same railroad traffic decreased 21,473 carloads, or 8.7%, in the fourth quarter of 2012. The same railroad traffic decrease was principally due to decreases of 8,920 carloads of coal & coke traffic (primarily GWI’s Illinois and Ohio regions), 8,763 carloads of farm & food products traffic (primarily grain in GWI’s Australia Region), 8,741 carloads of other commodity group traffic (primarily overhead coal in GWI’s Ohio Region) and 3,225 carloads of minerals & stone traffic (primarily salt in GWI’s New York/Pennsylvania Region). These declines were partially offset by increases of 3,130 carloads of metallic ores traffic (primarily GWI’s Australia Region) and 3,125 carloads of lumber & forest products traffic (primarily GWI’s Oregon Region). All remaining traffic increased by a net 1,921 carloads.