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Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR)
Fourth Quarter Highlights
Reported diluted earnings per common share (EPS) of $1.03; adjusted diluted EPS of $1.07, a 35.4% increase in adjusted diluted EPS and a 19.0% increase in adjusted diluted EPS normalizing for the impact of the 2013 short line tax credit. (1)
Total operating revenues increased 72.3% to $391.7 million.
Combined Company adjusted operating revenues, excluding the net impact from foreign currency depreciation and fuel sales to third parties, increased 8.2%. (2)
To provide comparative context for 2013 consolidated revenues and traffic volumes, G&W is providing “Combined Company” comparisons as though the RailAmerica railroads were controlled by G&W during 2012. In doing so, G&W has reclassified RailAmerica's 2012 information to conform with G&W's presentation.
Adjusted income from operations increased 65.6% to $95.7 million; Reported income from operations increased 181.7% to $94.8 million. (3)
Adjusted operating ratio increased 100 basis points to 75.6% (excluding RailAmerica integration and acquisition-related costs, business development and financing costs and net gain on sale of assets); Reported operating ratio of 75.8% (77.2% North American & European Operations; 70.4% Australian Operations). (3)
Jack Hellmann, President and CEO of G&W, commented, “The overall trajectory of our business continues to be positive, with adjusted diluted EPS increasing 19% in the fourth quarter of 2013. However, G&W’s fourth quarter financial results were weaker than we expected. While carload levels were consistent with our expectations, with the exception of delayed movements in Australian grain, our operating income was lower than projected for three main reasons. First, the strengthening of the U.S. dollar reduced our income translation from Australia and Canada. Second, we experienced two costly derailments in the quarter, one in Alabama in November and another in the Northern Territory of Australia in December. Third, our diesel fuel consumption was unusually high due to extremely cold temperatures in the United States and Canada.” (1)