Genesee & Wyoming Reports Results for the First Quarter of 2019

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 6:00 am EDT

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DARIEN, Conn.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
GWR
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DARIEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR)

First Quarter 2019 Consolidated Highlights Compared with First Quarter 2018

  • Operating revenues decreased 2.9% to $558.1 million from $574.7 million.
  • Reported operating income decreased 8.3% to $79.7 million; Adjusted operating income increased 0.5% to $87.8 million despite negative effects from severe winter weather and flooding in North America.(1)
  • Reported diluted earnings per common share (EPS) decreased 42.9% to $0.68 with 57.1 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with reported diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2018 of $1.19 with 62.9 million weighted average shares outstanding; Adjusted diluted EPS increased 11.4% to $0.78.(1)
  • Reported net income and diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2019 included $5.4 million, or $0.10 per share, of restructuring and related costs. Reported net income and diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2018 included a $31.6 million, or $0.50 per share, income tax benefit associated with the U.S. Short Line Tax Credit for fiscal year 2017 that was enacted retroactively in February 2018.

Company Comments

Jack Hellmann, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of G&W, commented, “In the first quarter of 2019, our adjusted diluted EPS increased over 11%, despite severe winter weather and flooding in North America that impeded shipments from connecting Class I railroads to our Midwest and Canada regions. These weather impacts resulted in a $0.09, or 10%, reduction in diluted EPS compared with our first quarter guidance. We expect to recover a portion of the winter-affected traffic in the coming months, our outlook for North American rail shipments remains positive and our 2019 annual guidance remains unchanged.”

“In the first quarter of 2019, we implemented cost reduction initiatives in each of our three geographic segments. In North America, we consolidated our Central Region into our Midwest and Southern regions. In the U.K./Europe, we continued to make reductions in our overhead cost structure and to invest in technology, and in Australia, we streamlined rail operations concurrent with the termination of grain operations on the Eyre Peninsula narrow gauge network.”

“Finally, in the first quarter of 2019, we evaluated several potential acquisitions and investments. And in March, we signed two long-term leases of short line railroads in Indiana that create a contiguous 400-mile, four-railroad footprint (CERA-TPW-TZPR-IMRR) within our Midwest Region, spanning from Eastern Indiana to Western Illinois with connections to six Class I railroads.”

First Quarter Segment Highlights

  • North America: Operating revenues from G&W's North American Operations increased 2.1% to $332.4 million from $325.6 million. Revenue for the first quarter of 2018 included $5.5 million of revenues from leased railroads in Canada, for which the leases expired at the end of 2018. Reported operating income from G&W's North American Operations, which was negatively impacted by severe winter weather in the United States and Canada and flooding in the Midwestern United States, decreased 5.3% to $69.3 million; Adjusted operating income from G&W's North American Operations decreased 4.2% to $70.3 million.(1)
  • Australia: Operating revenues from G&W's 51.1% owned Australian Operations decreased 13.0% to $65.1 million from $74.8 million. Reported operating income from G&W's Australian Operations decreased 21.7% to $12.5 million; Adjusted operating income from G&W's Australian Operations decreased 11.9% to $14.1 million. Operating income from G&W's Australian Operations were negatively impacted by $1.5 million from foreign currency depreciation and $1.5 million from drought conditions in South Australia and New South Wales, which were partially offset by a decrease in expenses.(1)
  • U.K./Europe: Operating revenues from G&W's U.K./European Operations decreased 7.8% to $160.5 million from $174.2 million. Revenues for the first quarter of 2018 included $14.7 million of revenues from G&W's former Continental Europe intermodal business, ERS Railways B.V. (ERS), which was sold in June 2018. Reported operating loss from G&W's U.K./European Operations remained relatively flat at $2.1 million. Adjusted operating income from G&W's U.K./European Operations increased to $3.4 million from an adjusted operating loss of $2.0 million in 2018.(1)

Financial Results

G&W's operating revenues decreased $16.6 million, or 2.9%, to $558.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $574.7 million in the first quarter of 2018. G&W's operating income in the first quarter of 2019 was $79.7 million, compared with $86.9 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding certain items affecting comparability between periods discussed below, G&W's adjusted operating income in the first quarter of 2019 was $87.8 million, compared with $87.4 million in the first quarter of 2018.(1)

G&W's provision for income taxes in the first quarter of 2019 was $14.3 million, while the benefit from income taxes for the first quarter of 2018 was $15.9 million. G&W's effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2019 was 26.9%, compared with 26.2% in the first quarter of 2018, excluding the $31.6 million income tax benefit from the retroactive extension of the of the U.S. Short Line Tax Credit for fiscal year 2017 that was enacted in February 2018.

Reported net income attributable to G&W in the first quarter of 2019 was $38.7 million, compared with reported net income attributable to G&W of $75.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding the net impact of certain items affecting comparability between periods discussed below, G&W's adjusted net income attributable to G&W in the first quarter of 2019 was $44.4 million, compared with $43.8 million in the first quarter of 2018.(1)

G&W's reported diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2019 were $0.68 with 57.1 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with reported diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2018 of $1.19 with 62.9 million weighted average shares outstanding. G&W's adjusted diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2019 were $0.78 with 57.1 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with adjusted diluted EPS in the first quarter of 2018 of $0.70 with 62.9 million weighted average shares outstanding.(1)

Items Affecting Comparability

In the first quarter of 2019 and 2018, G&W's results included certain items affecting comparability between the periods that are set forth in the following table (in millions, except per share amounts):

               

Income/(Loss)
Before Income
Taxes Impact

After-Tax Net
Income/(Loss)
Attributable to
G&W Impact

Diluted EPS
Impact

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

Corporate development and related costs $ (0.4 ) $ (0.3 ) $ (0.01 )
Restructuring and related costs $ (7.6 ) $ (5.4 ) $ (0.10 )
 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Corporate development and related costs $ (0.2 ) $ (0.1 ) $
Restructuring and related costs $ (0.3 ) $ (0.2 ) $
2017 Short Line Tax Credit $ $ 31.6 $ 0.50
 

In the first quarter of 2019, G&W's results included restructuring and related costs of $7.6 million, primarily driven by our optimization activities in the U.K., and corporate development and related costs of $0.4 million.

In the first quarter of 2018, G&W's results included a $31.6 million income tax benefit associated with the U.S. Short Line Tax Credit for fiscal year 2017 that was enacted in February 2018.

First Quarter Results by Segment

Operating revenues from G&W's North American Operations increased $6.8 million, or 2.1%, to $332.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $325.6 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding $5.5 million of revenues from lease expirations in Canada for the first quarter of 2018 and a $1.1 million decrease due to the impact of foreign currency depreciation, North American Operations same railroad revenues increased $13.3 million, or 4.2%, primarily due to increases in freight and freight-related revenues.

G&W's North American Operations were negatively impacted by extreme winter weather in the United States and Canada and flooding in the Midwestern United States. Operating income from G&W's North American Operations was $69.3 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $73.2 million in the first quarter of 2018. The operating ratio for North American Operations was 79.1% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 77.5% in the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted operating income from G&W's North American Operations in the first quarter of 2019 was $70.3 million, compared with $73.4 million in the first quarter of 2018. The adjusted operating ratio for North American Operations was 78.9% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with an adjusted operating ratio of 77.5% in the first quarter of 2018.(1)

Operating revenues from G&W's Australian Operations decreased $9.7 million, or 13.0%, to $65.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $74.8 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding a $7.0 million decrease due to the impact of foreign currency depreciation, Australian Operations revenues decreased $2.7 million, or 4.0%, primarily due to decreases in drought impacted agricultural products freight revenues and freight-related revenues.(2)

G&W's Australian Operations had operating income of $12.5 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $16.0 million in the first quarter of 2018. The operating ratio for Australian Operations was 80.8% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 78.7% in the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted operating income from G&W's Australian Operations was $14.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $16.0 million in the first quarter of 2018. The adjusted operating ratio for Australian Operations was 78.4% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 78.6% in the first quarter of 2018. Operating income from G&W's Australian Operations was negatively impacted by $1.5 million from foreign currency depreciation and $1.5 million from drought conditions in South Australia and New South Wales, which were partially offset by a decrease in expenses.(1)

Operating revenues from G&W's U.K./European Operations decreased $13.7 million, or 7.8%, to $160.5 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with $174.2 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding $14.7 million of revenues from G&W's divested ERS operations for the first quarter of 2018 and an $11.0 million decrease due to the impact of foreign currency depreciation, U.K./European Operations same railroad revenues increased $12.1 million, or 8.1%, primarily due to increases in U.K. intermodal freight-related and freight revenues.(2)

G&W's U.K./European Operations had an operating loss of $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with and operating loss of $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, which included operating income of $0.5 million from ERS. The operating ratio for G&W's U.K./European Operations of 101.3% in the first quarter of 2019 remained unchanged compared with the first quarter of 2018. Adjusted operating income from G&W's U.K./European Operations was $3.4 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with an adjusted operating loss of $2.0 million in the first quarter of 2018, which included operating income of $0.5 million from ERS. The adjusted operating ratio for U.K./European Operations was 97.9% in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 101.2% in the first quarter of 2018.(1)

Adjusted Free Cash Flow Measures (1)

Adjusted free cash flow measures for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 were as follows (in millions):

     
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019     2018
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 103.4 $ 101.4
Allocation of adjusted cash flow to noncontrolling interest(a) (7.1 ) (9.0 )
Adjusted net cash provided by operating activities attributable to G&W $ 96.3 $ 92.4
Core capital expenditures(b) (59.5 ) (41.4 )
Adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W before new business investments and grant funded projects $ 36.8 $ 51.0
New business investments (1.6 ) (7.5 )
Grant funded projects, net of proceeds received from outside parties(c) 2.4   (0.4 )
Adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W $ 37.6   $ 43.1  
 

(a)   Allocation of adjusted cash flow to noncontrolling interest (Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets' (MIRA's) 48.9% equity ownership of G&W Australia Holdings LP (GWA) since December 1, 2016) is calculated as 48.9% of the total of (i) cash flow provided by operating activities of G&W’s Australian Operations, less (ii) net purchases of property and equipment of G&W’s Australian Operations. The timing and amount of actual distributions, if any, from GWA to G&W and MIRA made in any given period will vary and could differ materially from the amounts presented. No such distributions were made for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018. G&W expressly disclaims any direct correlation between the allocation of adjusted cash flow to noncontrolling interest and actual distributions made in any given period.
(b) Core capital expenditures represent purchases of property and equipment as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows less grant proceeds from outside parties, insurance proceeds for the replacement of assets and proceeds from disposition of property and equipment, each of which as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows, less new business investments and grant funded projects.
(c) Grant funded projects represent purchases of property and equipment for projects partially or entirely funded by outside parties, net of grant proceeds from outside parties as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows.
 

Share Repurchase Program

During the first quarter of 2019, G&W repurchased 64,860 shares of Class A Common Stock for $4.8 million, which resulted in a reduction of 59,095 shares in our weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the first quarter of 2019. During the first quarter of 2018, G&W repurchased 792,921 shares of Class A Common Stock for $57.4 million, which resulted in a reduction of 51,106 shares in our weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the first quarter of 2018.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

As previously announced, G&W's conference call to discuss financial results for the first quarter of 2019 will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. EDT. The dial-in number for the teleconference in the U.S. is (800) 230-1085; outside the U.S., the dial-in number is (612) 288-0329, or the call may be accessed live over the Internet (listen only) at www.gwrr.com/investors. Management will be referring to a slide presentation that will also be available at gwrr.com/investors. The webcast will be archived at www.gwrr.com/investors until the following quarter's earnings press release. Telephone replay is available for 30 days beginning at 1 p.m. EDT on April 30, 2019, by dialing (800) 475-6701 (or outside the U.S., dialing 320-365-3844). The access code is 458667.

About G&W

G&W owns or leases 120 freight railroads organized in eight locally managed operating regions with 8,000 employees serving 3,000 customers.

  • G&W's six North American regions serve 41 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces and include 114 short line and regional freight railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.
  • G&W's Australia Region serves New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia and operates the 1,400-mile Tarcoola-to-Darwin rail line. The Australia Region is 51.1% owned by G&W and 48.9% owned by a consortium of funds and clients managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
  • G&W's U.K./Europe Region includes the U.K.'s largest rail maritime intermodal operator and second-largest freight rail provider, as well as regional services in Continental Europe.

G&W subsidiaries and joint ventures also provide rail service at more than 40 major ports, rail-ferry service between the U.S. Southeast and Mexico, transload services, contract coal loading, and industrial railcar switching and repair.

From time to time, we may use our website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other material information regarding G&W is routinely posted on and accessible at www.gwrr.com/investors. In addition, you may automatically receive email alerts and other information about us by enrolling your email address in the "Email Alerts" section of www.gwrr.com/investors. The information contained on or connected to our Internet website is not deemed to be incorporated by reference in this press release or filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future performance of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry, management’s beliefs and assumptions made by management. Words such as “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “could,” “should,” “seeks,” “expects,” “will,” “estimates,” “trends,” “outlook,” variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to forecast, including the following: risks related to the operation of our railroads; severe weather conditions and other natural occurrences, which could result in shutdowns, derailments, railroad network and port congestion or other substantial disruption of operations; customer demand and changes in our operations or loss of important customers; exposure to the credit risk of customers and counterparties; changes in commodity prices; consummation and integration of acquisitions; economic, political and industry conditions, including employee strikes or work stoppages; retention and contract continuation; legislative and regulatory developments, including changes in environmental and other laws and regulations to which we or our customers are subject; increased competition in relevant markets; funding needs and financing sources, including our ability to obtain government funding for capital projects; international complexities of operations, currency fluctuations, finance, tax and decentralized management; challenges of managing rapid growth, including retention and development of senior leadership; unpredictability of fuel costs; susceptibility to and outcome of various legal claims, lawsuits and arbitrations; increase in, or volatility associated with, expenses related to estimated claims, self-insured retention amounts and insurance coverage limits; consummation of new business opportunities; decrease in revenues and/or increase in costs and expenses; susceptibility to the risks of doing business in foreign countries; uncertainties arising from a referendum in which voters in the United Kingdom (U.K.) approved an exit from the European Union (E.U.), commonly referred to as Brexit; our ability to integrate acquired businesses successfully or to realize the expected synergies associated with acquisitions; risks associated with our substantial indebtedness; failure to maintain satisfactory working relationships with partners in Australia; failure to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting as well as disclosure controls and procedures and other risks including, but not limited to, those noted in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q under “Risk Factors.” Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release or as of the date they were made. G&W does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law.

1.   Adjusted operating income, adjusted operating ratio, adjusted net income attributable to G&W, adjusted diluted earnings per common share (EPS), and the adjusted free cash flow measures of adjusted net cash provided by operating activities attributable to G&W, adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W and adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W before new business investments and grant funded projects are non-GAAP financial measures and are not intended to replace financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The information required by Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including a reconciliation to their most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, is included in the tables attached to this press release.
 
2. Foreign exchange impact is calculated by comparing the prior period results translated from local currency to U.S. dollars using current period exchange rates to the prior period results in U.S. dollars as reported.
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2019 AND 2018
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019 2018
OPERATING REVENUES $ 558,089 $ 574,661
OPERATING EXPENSES 478,379   487,748  
OPERATING INCOME 79,710 86,913
INTEREST INCOME 547 498
INTEREST EXPENSE (27,610 ) (25,236 )
OTHER INCOME/(LOSS), NET 419   (2,040 )
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 53,066 60,135
(PROVISION FOR)/BENEFIT FROM INCOME TAXES (14,260 ) 15,890  
NET INCOME $ 38,806 $ 76,025
LESS: NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTEREST 100   927  
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO GENESEE & WYOMING INC. $ 38,706   $ 75,098  
BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO GENESEE & WYOMING INC. COMMON STOCKHOLDERS: $ 0.69   $ 1.21  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES - BASIC 56,368   61,918  
DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO GENESEE & WYOMING INC. COMMON STOCKHOLDERS: $ 0.68   $ 1.19  
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES - DILUTED 57,132   62,887  
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF MARCH 31, 2019 AND DECEMBER 31, 2018
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
         
March 31, December 31,
2019 2018
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 70,108 $ 90,387
Accounts receivable, net 439,527 426,305
Materials and supplies 59,368 56,716
Prepaid expenses and other 66,125   54,185
Total current assets 635,128   627,593
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net 4,643,936 4,613,014
GOODWILL 1,120,212 1,115,849
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net 1,429,602 1,430,197
DEFERRED INCOME TAX ASSETS, net 5,261 4,616
OTHER ASSETS, net(a) 547,669   77,192
Total assets $ 8,381,808   $ 7,868,461
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 26,522 $ 28,303
Accounts payable 282,917 288,070
Accrued expenses(a) 232,731   165,280
Total current liabilities 542,170   481,653
LONG-TERM DEBT, less current portion 2,391,695 2,425,235
DEFERRED INCOME TAX LIABILITIES, net 886,183 877,721
DEFERRED ITEMS - grants from outside parties 328,347 326,520
OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES(a) 576,133 127,280
TOTAL EQUITY 3,657,280   3,630,052
Total liabilities and equity $ 8,381,808   $ 7,868,461
(a)   On January 1, 2019, G&W adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases. The new standard requires lessees to recognize operating leases on their balance sheet as a right-of-use asset with a corresponding lease liability. This resulted in approximately $495 million of assets and a corresponding amount of liabilities being recognized on G&W's balance sheet as of March 31, 2019. Capital leases will continue to be recognized on the balance sheet but are now referred to as "finance" leases, as required by the new standard.
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2019 AND 2018
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
      Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019     2018
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 38,806 $ 76,025

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization 62,626 65,990
Stock-based compensation 3,880 4,052
Deferred income taxes 9,312 (24,148 )
Net gain on sale and impairment of assets (1,490 ) (1,036 )
Changes in assets and liabilities which provided/(used) cash:
Accounts receivable, net 4,393 (6,299 )
Materials and supplies (1,972 ) 2,593
Prepaid expenses and other 819 (7,025 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses (21,062 ) (12,381 )
Other assets and liabilities, net 8,077   3,588  
Net cash provided by operating activities 103,389   101,359  
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment (67,788 ) (58,222 )
Grant proceeds from outside parties 6,495 5,934
Insurance proceeds for the replacement of assets 1,600
Proceeds from disposition of property and equipment 2,594   1,423  
Net cash used in investing activities (58,699 ) (49,265 )
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Principal payments on revolving line-of-credit, long-term debt and finance leases (155,045 ) (121,850 )
Proceeds from revolving line-of-credit and long-term borrowings 95,951 176,840
Common share repurchases (4,796 ) (57,376 )
Installment payments on Freightliner deferred consideration (6,255 )
Other financing related activities, net (1,989 ) (1,973 )
Net cash used in financing activities (65,879 ) (10,614 )
EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 910   (562 )
(DECREASE)/INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (20,279 ) 40,918
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period 90,387   80,472  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period $ 70,108   $ 121,390  
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
                 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019 2018
Amount

% of
Revenue

Amount

% of
Revenue

Operating revenues:

Freight revenues $ 388,789 69.7 % $ 399,639 69.5 %
Freight-related revenues 136,262 24.4 % 141,197 24.6 %
All other revenues 33,038   5.9 % 33,825   5.9 %
Total operating revenues $ 558,089   100.0 % $ 574,661   100.0 %
 

Operating expenses:

Labor and benefits(a) $ 184,308 33.0 % $ 183,716 32.0 %
Equipment rents 32,233 5.8 % 34,087 5.9 %
Purchased services 51,248 9.2 % 64,102 11.2 %
Depreciation and amortization 62,626 11.2 % 65,990 11.5 %
Diesel fuel used in train operations 44,637 8.0 % 46,151 8.0 %
Electricity used in train operations 2,324 0.4 % 2,234 0.4 %
Casualties and insurance 11,372 2.0 % 9,966 1.7 %
Materials 31,220 5.6 % 32,469 5.7 %
Trackage rights 21,640 3.9 % 20,978 3.7 %
Net gain on sale and impairment of assets (1,490 ) (0.3 )% (1,036 ) (0.2 )%
Restructuring and related costs 7,634 1.4 % 283 %
Other expenses(b) 30,627   5.5 % 28,808   5.0 %
Total operating expenses $ 478,379   85.7 % $ 487,748   84.9 %
(a)   Includes $0.1 million of corporate development and related costs for both the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.
(b) Includes $0.4 million and $0.1 million of corporate development and related costs for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NORTH AMERICAN OPERATIONS SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
                 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019 2018
Amount

% of
Revenue

Amount

% of
Revenue

Operating revenues:

Freight revenues $ 251,763 75.7 % $ 245,417 75.4 %
Freight-related revenues 64,476 19.4 % 63,832 19.6 %
All other revenues 16,207   4.9 % 16,381   5.0 %
Total operating revenues $ 332,446   100.0 % $ 325,630   100.0 %
 

Operating expenses:

Labor and benefits(a) $ 117,352 35.3 % $ 111,917 34.4 %
Equipment rents 12,277 3.7 % 12,500 3.8 %
Purchased services 16,295 4.9 % 13,930 4.3 %
Depreciation and amortization 38,431 11.6 % 40,631 12.5 %
Diesel fuel used in train operations 25,468 7.6 % 25,480 7.8 %
Casualties and insurance 8,851 2.6 % 6,457 2.0 %
Materials 13,165 3.9 % 13,190 4.0 %
Trackage rights 11,189 3.4 % 9,112 2.8 %
Net gain on sale and impairment of assets (679 ) (0.2 )% (912 ) (0.3 )%
Restructuring and related costs 589 0.2 % 34 %
Other expenses(b) 20,193   6.1 % 20,131   6.2 %
Total operating expenses $ 263,131   79.1 % $ 252,470   77.5 %
Operating income $ 69,315   $ 73,160  
Expenditures for additions to property & equipment, net of grants from outside parties $ 48,071 $ 38,563
(a)   Includes $0.1 million of corporate development and related costs for both the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018.
(b) Includes $0.4 million and $0.1 million of corporate and development and related costs for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONS SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
           
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019 2018
Amount

% of
Revenue

Amount

% of
Revenue

Operating revenues:

Freight revenues $ 55,819 85.7 % $ 63,011 84.2 %
Freight-related revenues 7,855 12.1 % 10,563 14.1 %
All other revenues 1,433   2.2 % 1,260   1.7 %
Total operating revenues $ 65,107   100.0 % $ 74,834   100.0 %
 

Operating expenses:

Labor and benefits $ 16,278 25.0 % $ 19,032 25.4 %
Equipment rents 1,057 1.6 % 1,315 1.8 %
Purchased services 5,572 8.6 % 6,389 8.5 %
Depreciation and amortization 14,411 22.1 % 16,007 21.4 %
Diesel fuel used in train operations 6,203 9.5 % 7,310 9.8 %
Casualties and insurance 1,382 2.1 % 1,781 2.4 %
Materials 2,798 4.3 % 2,961 4.0 %
Trackage rights 1,366 2.1 % 2,214 3.0 %
Net gain on sale and impairment of assets (17 ) % (46 ) (0.1 )%
Restructuring and related costs 1,549 2.4 % %
Other expenses, net 2,005   3.1 % 1,895   2.5 %
Total operating expenses $ 52,604   80.8 % $ 58,858   78.7 %
Operating income $ 12,503   $ 15,976  
Expenditures for additions to property & equipment, net of grants from outside parties $ 2,849 $ 5,262
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
U.K./EUROPEAN OPERATIONS SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(dollars in thousands)
(unaudited)
                 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2019 2018
Amount

% of
Revenue

Amount

% of
Revenue

Operating revenues:

Freight revenues $ 81,207 50.6 % $ 91,211 52.4 %
Freight-related revenues 63,931 39.8 % 66,802 38.3 %
All other revenues 15,398   9.6 % 16,184   9.3 %
Total operating revenues $ 160,536   100.0 % $ 174,197   100.0 %
 

Operating expenses:

Labor and benefits(a) $ 50,678 31.6 % $ 52,767 30.3 %
Equipment rents 18,899 11.8 % 20,272 11.6 %
Purchased services 29,381 18.3 % 43,783 25.1 %
Depreciation and amortization 9,784 6.1 % 9,352 5.4 %
Diesel fuel used in train operations 12,966 8.1 % 13,361 7.7 %
Electricity used in train operations 2,324

1.4

% 2,234 1.3 %
Casualties and insurance 1,139 0.7 % 1,728 1.0 %
Materials 15,257 9.5 % 16,318 9.4 %
Trackage rights 9,085 5.7 % 9,652 5.5 %
Net (gain)/loss on sale and impairment of assets (794 ) (0.5 )% (78 ) %
Restructuring and related costs 5,496 3.4 % 249 0.1 %
Other expenses 8,429  

5.2

% 6,782   3.9 %
Total operating expenses $ 162,644   101.3 % $ 176,420   101.3 %
Operating loss $ (2,108 ) $ (2,223 )
Expenditures for additions to property & equipment, net of grants from outside parties $ 10,373 $ 8,463
(a)   Includes a $0.1 million reduction to corporate development and related costs for the three months ended March 31, 2018.
 

 
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FREIGHT REVENUES, CARLOADS AND AVERAGE REVENUES PER CARLOAD
COMPARISON BY COMMODITY GROUP
(dollars in thousands, except average revenues per carload)
(unaudited)
                                                 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2019 North American Operations Australian Operations U.K./European Operations Total Operations
Commodity Group

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Agricultural Products $ 31,963 54,255 $ 589 $ 3,054 4,260 $ 717 $ 736 533 $ 1,381 $ 35,753 59,048 $ 605
Autos & Auto Parts 5,482 8,419 651

5,482 8,419 651
Chemicals & Plastics 37,173 40,928 908

37,173 40,928 908
Coal & Coke 19,190 54,070 355 29,171 99,502 293 4,693 8,284 567 53,054 161,856 328
Food & Kindred Products 8,403 14,365 585

8,403 14,365 585
Intermodal 455 3,809 119 13,800 11,701

1,179

59,205 181,002 327 73,460 196,512 374
Lumber & Forest Products 21,857 32,945 663

21,857 32,945 663
Metallic Ores 2,793 3,602 775 7,618 5,357 1,422 10,411 8,959 1,162
Metals 29,862 37,250 802

29,862 37,250 802
Minerals & Stone 31,810 47,505 670 2,038 16,499 124 15,882 37,473 424 49,730 101,477 490
Petroleum Products 20,699 27,068 765 138 59 2,339 691 2,986 231 21,528 30,113 715
Pulp & Paper 30,279 41,313 733

30,279 41,313 733
Waste 6,862 12,974 529

6,862 12,974 529
Other 4,935 15,354 321

4,935 15,354 321
Totals $ 251,763 393,857 $ 639 $ 55,819 137,378 $ 406 $ 81,207 230,278 $ 353 $ 388,789 761,513 $ 511
 
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 North American Operations Australian Operations U.K./European Operations Total Operations
Commodity Group

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Freight
Revenues

Carloads*

Average
Revenues
Per
Carload

Agricultural Products $ 31,372 53,764 $ 584 $ 5,483 13,112 $ 418 $ 1,235 966 $ 1,278 $ 38,090 67,842 $ 561
Autos & Auto Parts 5,367 8,716 616 5,367 8,716 616
Chemicals & Plastics 36,217 43,342 836 36,217 43,342 836
Coal & Coke 19,945 61,966 322 31,579 96,856 326 3,476 5,895 590 55,000 164,717 334
Food & Kindred Products 8,350 15,183 550 8,350 15,183 550
Intermodal 309 3,084 100 15,973 12,754 1,252 67,321 210,780 319 83,603 226,618 369
Lumber & Forest Products 22,439 36,250 619 22,439 36,250 619
Metallic Ores 3,573 4,396 813 7,731 4,871 1,587 11,304 9,267 1,220
Metals 28,394 35,238 806 28,394 35,238 806
Minerals & Stone 30,518 47,696 640 2,094 15,863 132 19,179 44,144 434 51,791 107,703 481
Petroleum Products 18,483 25,660 720 151 59 2,559 18,634 25,719 725
Pulp & Paper 28,871 41,357 698 28,871 41,357 698
Waste 5,888 11,981 491 5,888 11,981 491
Other 5,691 17,380 327 5,691 17,380 327
Totals $ 245,417 406,013 $ 604 $ 63,011 143,515 $ 439 $ 91,211 261,785 $ 348 $ 399,639 811,313 $ 493
*   Represents physical railcars and the estimated railcar equivalents of commodities transported by metric ton or other measure, as well as intermodal units.
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release contains references to adjusted operating income, adjusted operating ratio, adjusted operating expenses, adjusted net income attributable to G&W, adjusted diluted earnings per common share (EPS) and the adjusted free cash flow measures of adjusted net cash provided by operating activities attributable to G&W, adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W and adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W before new business investments and grant funded projects, which are “non-GAAP financial measures” as this term is defined in Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In accordance with these rules, G&W has reconciled these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures.

Management views these non-GAAP financial measures as important measures of G&W’s operating performance or, in the case of the adjusted free cash flow measures, a useful indicator of cash flow that may be available for discretionary use by G&W. Management also views these non-GAAP financial measures as a way to assess comparability between periods. Key limitations of the adjusted free cash flow measures include the assumptions that G&W will be able to refinance its existing debt when it matures and meet other cash flow obligations from financing activities, such as principal payments on debt.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to represent, and should not be considered more meaningful than, or as an alternative to, their most directly comparable GAAP measures. These non-GAAP financial measures may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

The following tables set forth reconciliations of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measure ($ in millions, except per share amounts).

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted Operating Ratio

     
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2019

North
American
Operations

   

Australian
Operations

   

U.K./European
Operations

   

Total
Operations

Operating revenues $ 332.4 $ 65.1 $ 160.5 $ 558.1
Operating expenses 263.1   52.6   162.6   478.4  
Operating income/(loss)(a) $ 69.3   $ 12.5   $ (2.1 ) $ 79.7  
Operating ratio (b) 79.1 % 80.8 % 101.3 % 85.7 %
 
Operating expenses $ 263.1 $ 52.6 $ 162.6 $ 478.4
Corporate development and related costs (0.4 ) (0.4 )
Restructuring and related costs (0.6 ) (1.5 ) (5.5 ) (7.6 )
Adjusted operating expenses $ 262.2   $ 51.0   $ 157.1   $ 470.3  
Adjusted operating income $ 70.3   $ 14.1   $ 3.4   $ 87.8  
Adjusted operating ratio 78.9 % 78.4 % 97.9 % 84.3 %
(a)   Operating income is calculated as operating revenues less operating expenses.
(b) Operating ratio is calculated as operating expenses divided by operating revenues.
 

     
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2018

North
American
Operations

   

Australian
Operations

   

U.K./European
Operations

   

Total
Operations

Operating revenues $ 325.6 $ 74.8 $ 174.2 $ 574.7
Operating expenses 252.5   58.9   176.4   487.7  
Operating income/(loss) (a) $ 73.2   $ 16.0   $ (2.2 ) $ 86.9  
Operating ratio (b) 77.5 % 78.7 % 101.3 % 84.9 %
 
Operating expenses $ 252.5 $ 58.9 $ 176.4 $ 487.7
Corporate development and related costs (0.2 ) 0.1 (0.2 )
Restructuring and related costs     (0.2 ) (0.3 )
Adjusted operating expenses $ 252.2   $ 58.8   $ 176.2   $ 487.3  
Adjusted operating income/(loss) $ 73.4   $ 16.0   $ (2.0 ) $ 87.4  
Adjusted operating ratio 77.5 % 78.6 % 101.2 % 84.8 %
(a)   Operating income is calculated as operating revenues less operating expenses.
(b) Operating ratio is calculated as operating expenses divided by operating revenues.
 

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS

                 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

Income Before
Income Taxes

(Provision for)/
Benefit from
Income Taxes

Net Income
Attributable
to G&W

Diluted EPS
As reported $ 53.1 $ (14.3 ) $ 38.7 $ 0.68
Add back certain items:
Corporate development and related costs 0.4 (0.1 ) 0.3 0.01
Restructuring and related costs 7.6 (1.7 ) 5.4   0.10  
As adjusted $ 61.1 $ (16.0 ) $ 44.4   $ 0.78  
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Income Before
Income Taxes

(Provision for)/
Benefit from
Income Taxes

Net Income
Attributable
to G&W

Diluted EPS
As reported $ 60.1 $ 15.9 $ 75.1 $ 1.19
Add back certain items:
Corporate development and related costs 0.2 0.1
Restructuring and related costs 0.3 0.2
2017 Short Line Tax Credit (31.6 ) (31.6 ) (0.50 )
As adjusted $ 60.6 $ (15.8 ) $ 43.8   $ 0.70  
 

Adjusted Free Cash Flow Measures

     
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019     2018
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 103.4 $ 101.4
Allocation of adjusted cash flow to noncontrolling interest(a) (7.1 ) (9.0 )
Adjusted net cash provided by operating activities attributable to G&W $ 96.3 $ 92.4
Core capital expenditures(b) (59.5 ) (41.4 )
Adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W before new business investments and grant funded projects $ 36.8 $ 51.0
New business investments(b) (1.6 ) (7.5 )
Grant funded projects, net of proceeds received from outside parties(b) 2.4   (0.4 )
Adjusted free cash flow attributable to G&W $ 37.6   $ 43.1  
(a)   Allocation of adjusted cash flow to noncontrolling interest (Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets' (MIRA's) 48.9% equity ownership of G&W Australia Holdings LP (GWA) since December 1, 2016) is calculated as 48.9% of the total of (i) cash flow provided by operating activities of G&W’s Australian Operations, less (ii) net purchases of property and equipment of G&W’s Australian Operations. The timing and amount of actual distributions, if any, from GWA to G&W and MIRA made in any given period will vary and could differ materially from the amounts presented. No such distributions were made for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018. G&W expressly disclaims any direct correlation between the allocation of adjusted cash flow to noncontrolling interest and actual distributions made in any given period.
(b) See breakout below.
 
     
Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

Core
Capital (1)

   

New Business
Investments

   

Grant
Funded
Projects (2)

    Total
Purchase of property and equipment $ (62.1 ) $ (1.6 ) $ (4.1 ) $ (67.8 )
Grant proceeds from outside parties 6.5 6.5
Proceeds from disposition of property and equipment 2.6       2.6  
Purchase of property and equipment, net $ (59.5 ) $ (1.6 ) $ 2.4   $ (58.7 )
 
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

Core
Capital (1)

New Business
Investments

Grant
Funded
Projects (2)

Total
Purchase of property and equipment $ (44.4 ) $ (7.5 ) $ (6.3 ) $ (58.2 )
Grant proceeds from outside parties 5.9 5.9
Insurance proceeds for the replacement of assets 1.6 1.6
Proceeds from disposition of property and equipment 1.4       1.4  
Purchase of property and equipment, net $ (41.4 ) $ (7.5 ) $ (0.4 ) $ (49.3 )
                (1)   Core capital expenditures represent purchases of property and equipment as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows less grant proceeds from outside parties, insurance proceeds for the replacement of assets and proceeds from disposition of property and equipment, each of which as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows, less new business investments and grant funded projects.
(2) Grant funded projects represent purchases of property and equipment for projects partially or entirely funded by outside parties, net of grant proceeds from outside parties as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows.

Contact:

Michael Williams of G&W Corporate Communications
1-203-202-8900
mwilliams@gwrr.com

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