Union Pacific Reports Best-Ever Quarterly Results
Third Quarter Diluted Earnings per Share Up 18 Percent
Omaha, Neb., October 18, 2012 Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) today reported 2012 third quarter net income of $1 billion, or $2.19 per diluted share, compared to $904 million, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the third quarter 2011.
"Despite a 12 percent decline in coal volumes and significantly weaker steel and scrap metal markets, we generated best-ever financial results across the board," said Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific chief executive officer. "We achieved solid core pricing gains, managed our network efficiently and delivered on the benefits of our diverse franchise with growth in other markets."
Third Quarter Summary
Third quarter business volumes, as measured by total revenue carloads, were down slightly compared to 2011. Volume growth in chemicals, automotive and intermodal offset declines in shipments of coal, agricultural products and industrial products. Quarterly operating revenue increased 5 percent in the third quarter 2012 to $5.3 billion versus $5.1 billion in the third quarter 2011. In addition:
- Quarterly freight revenue increased 4 percent compared to the third quarter 2011, mainly driven by core pricing gains of 5 percent.
- Union Pacific's operating ratio of 66.6 percent was an all-time quarterly best, 2.5 points better than the third quarter 2011 and a 0.4 point improvement from the previous record set in the second quarter 2012.
- Average quarterly diesel fuel prices were flat at $3.19 per gallon in the third quarter 2012 compared to $3.18 per gallon in the third quarter 2011.
- The Customer Satisfaction Index of 94 set an all-time quarterly record and was 3 points better than the third quarter 2011.
- Quarterly train speed, as reported to the Association of American Railroads, was 26.1 mph, increasing 6 percent compared to the third quarter 2011. Severe drought conditions in the South negatively impacted train speed in the third quarter of last year.
- The Company repurchased 3.1 million shares in the third quarter 2012 at an average share price of $122.13 and an aggregate cost of $378 million.
Summary of Third Quarter Freight Revenues
- Chemicals up 17 percent
- Automotive up 15 percent
- Intermodal up 8 percent
- Industrial Products up 2 percent
- Agricultural down 4 percent
- Coal down 5 percent
"As we look out over the next several months, the political and financial challenges in the U.S. and abroad have increased economic uncertainty," Koraleski said. "In this environment, we'll continue to be agile as we were in the third quarter. We'll adapt to changing market conditions and leverage our diverse franchise to provide excellent customer service and generate strong returns for our shareholders."
About Union Pacific
It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today, Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.
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