CSX Corporation yesterday announced third quarter 2019 net earnings of $856 million, or $1.08 per share, versus $894 million, or $1.05 per share in the same period last year (an earnings per share increase of 3 percent). CSX’s operating ratio set a new company record of 56.8 percent, improved from 58.7 percent in the prior year.
“I am extremely proud of our dedicated team of CSX railroaders for once again setting new records for operating efficiency, customer service, and safety this quarter,” said James M. Foote, president and chief executive officer. “These results reflect our continued commitment toward being the best run railroad in North America and providing our customers with best-in-class service.”
Revenue for the third quarter decreased by 5 percent over the prior year to $2.98 billion, as Merchandise revenue growth was more than offset by Coal and Intermodal declines. Expenses decreased 8 percent year over year to $1.69 billion, driven by continued efficiency gains and volume-related savings. Operating income was roughly flat at $1.29 billion compared to the same period last year.
CSX executives will conduct a conference call with the investment community this afternoon, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Investors, media and the public may listen to the conference call by dialing 1-888-327-6279 (1-888-EARN-CSX). For callers outside the U.S., dial 1-773-756-0199. Participants should dial in 10 minutes prior to the call and enter in 3276279 as the passcode.
In conjunction with the call, a live webcast will be accessible and presentation materials will be posted on the company’s website at http://investors.csx.com. Following the earnings call, an internet replay of the presentation will be archived on the company website.
This earnings announcement, as well as additional detailed financial information, is contained in the CSX Quarterly Financial Report available through the company’s website at http://investors.csx.com and on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
A CSX news release. csx.com.
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