Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) reported record second quarter 2013 revenues of $579 million. Overall, carload volumes were 3% higher than in second quarter 2012.
Second quarter revenue growth compared to 2012 was led by a 26% increase in Energy, a 20% increase in Automotive and a 13% increase in Intermodal revenues. Revenues from Chemicals & Petroleum and Industrial & Consumer were also strong, growing by 11% and 4%, respectively, over 2012. Agriculture and Minerals revenues declined by 18%, primarily due to a decrease in grain volumes resulting from severe drought conditions experienced in the Midwestern region of the United States during 2012.
Operating expenses for the second quarter were $400 million, 4% higher than the corresponding 2012 period after adjusting for a one-time benefit from the elimination of a net deferred statutory profit sharing liability in the second quarter 2012. Operating income for the second quarter of 2013 was $179 million, 12% higher than 2012 adjusted operating income. KCS reported a second quarter 2013 operating ratio of 69.0%, a 1.5 point improvement over the 2012 adjusted operating ratio.
Reported net income in the second quarter of 2013 totaled $15 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with $120 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2012. Excluding the impacts of debt retirement costs, foreign exchange rate fluctuations and the one-time benefit from the elimination of a net deferred statutory profit sharing liability in second quarter 2012, adjusted diluted earnings per share for second quarter 2013 was $0.96 compared with $0.88 a year ago.
“Considering the weakness in grain volumes due to the drought in 2012, KCS reported impressive second quarter 2013 results as reflected by year-over-year increases in carloads (+ 3%), revenues (+ 6%) and adjusted earnings per share (+ 9%),” stated President and Chief Executive Officer David L. Starling. “The combination of solid revenue growth, a steady mid-single digit improvement to pricing and continued control over operating expenses resulted in a second quarter operating ratio of 69.0%, a 1.5 point improvement over last year’s adjusted operating ratio. This performance speaks to the strength of KCS’ operations and the diversity of the franchise.