CSX Corporation CSX reported third-quarter 2019 earnings of $1.08 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.01. The bottom line also inched up 2.9% year over year on lower costs. Following this earnings outperformance, shares of the company rose more than 4% in after-hours trading on Oct 16.
Meanwhile, total revenues of $2,978 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,980.6 million and also decreased 4.8% year over year. The top line was affected by disappointing performance at the coal and intermodal segments.
Third-quarter operating income was flat year over year at $1,287 million. Operating ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of revenues) improved to 56.8% from 58.7% in the prior-year quarter with total expenses decreasing 8% from the year-ago period. Costs reduced primarily due to increased efficiency and low fuel prices.
CSX Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Merchandise revenues climbed 1% year over year to $1,906 million in the quarter under review. Merchandise volumes were flat year over year.
Coal revenues declined 12% year over year to $516 million in the reported quarter. Coal volumes also contracted 9% year over year due to lower domestic and export coal volumes.
Moreover, Intermodal revenues dropped 11% year over year to $447 million. Volumes also shrank 9% on a year-over-year basis with both domestic and international volumes slipping.
Other revenues too fell 28% to $109 million in the reported quarter.
Liquidity & Share Buyback
This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company exited the third quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1,521 million compared with $858 million at the end of last December. Long-term debt totaled $15,992 million compared with $14,739 million at 2018 end. As of Sep 30, 2019, net cash provided by operating activities was $3,737 million compared with $3,406 million in the year-earlier period. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
During the first nine months of 2019, the company repurchased 39 million shares at an average price of $71.11.
Investors interested in the broader Transportation sector are keenly awaiting third-quarter 2019 earnings reports from key players like Norfolk Southern Corporation NSC, United Parcel Service UPS and Southwest Airlines Co. LUV. While UPS and Norfolk Southern will report earnings numbers on Oct 22 and Oct 23, respectively, Southwest will announce financial results on Oct 24.
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