Earnings came in at $1.23 a share, beating Wall Street expectations of $1.10 a share.
Revenue of $598 million however, fell short of the estimated $601.75 million.
Overall, both profit and revenue dropped from last year's fourth quarter earnings of $1.27 a share on revenue of $642.5 million.
Results were hurt by the depreciating Mexican peso and weak sales in some commodity categories.
Within the company's energy segment, revenue from fracking sand tumbled 62%. In the industrial and consumer products segment, the metals and scrap category too saw a 30% plunge.
"Despite these challenges, Kansas City Southern attained a fourth quarter 2015 operating ratio of 63.4%, a 3.3 point improvement from the prior year. System velocity and system dwell metrics also improved, returning KCS to the top tier of Class I railroads in these categories," CEO David L. Starling added.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings has a Hold rating on the stock with a letter grade of C.
The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, some weaknesses include a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.
Recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.
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