Genesee & Wyoming Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2012

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Genesee & Wyoming Reports Results for the Third Quarter of 2012

GREENWICH, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) (NYS: GWR)

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.74 (adjusted primarily for RailAmerica acquisition and financing-related expenses); Reported diluted net loss of $0.47 per share (1)
  • Revenues increased 2.5% versus third quarter of 2011, as an increase in average revenues per carload more than offset weakness in U.S. coal and Australian grain traffic
  • North American and European adjusted operating ratio of 74.7% (adjusted primarily for RailAmerica acquisition and financing-related expenses); Reported North American and European operating ratio of 77.7% (2)
  • Australian adjusted operating ratio of 75.7% (adjusted primarily for net gains on the sale of assets); Reported Australian operating ratio of 73.3% (2)

Jack Hellmann, President and CEO of GWI, commented, "The third quarter of 2012 was significant for GWI as we finalized the documentation and financing that enabled us to close the RailAmerica acquisition on October 1st. The shares of RailAmerica are now being held in a voting trust while the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) considers GWI's pending control application. We are excited about the outlook for the Genesee & Wyoming and RailAmerica combination and we hope to receive the STB decision in the near term."*

"Our financial results for the third quarter of 2012 were consistent with our expectations in both North America and Australia. In North America, despite continued weakness in our coal and overhead coal traffic, as well as lower salt shipments due to last year's mild winter, we are managing our costs well and sustained an adjusted operating ratio of 74.7%. In Australia, our adjusted operating ratio of 75.7% was 1.4 percentage points higher than last year primarily due to hiring, training and start-up costs associated with a major new iron ore contract that commenced revenue shipments in late October. We expect our Australian iron ore shipments to increase in the fourth quarter of 2012 and into 2013, initially through the Port of Darwin and later through the Port of Whyalla, as soon as the necessary infrastructure construction has been completed." (2)

"Although we did not own RailAmerica in the third quarter of 2012, its operating results were consistent with our expectations. RailAmerica's revenues increased 11% to $155 million and its adjusted operating income increased 25% to $37 million (3). Starting in the fourth quarter, we will account for the earnings of RailAmerica using the equity method of accounting while the shares are held in a voting trust."

Financial Results

GWI reported a net loss in the third quarter of 2012 of $19.6 million, compared with net income of $32.9 million in the third quarter of 2011. The net loss was primarily due to a previously disclosed, one-time, non-cash charge whereby GWI marked-to-market $350 million of Series A-1 Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock issued to Carlyle (Carlyle Convertible) pursuant to an Investment Agreement to partially fund the RailAmerica acquisition. As discussed below, the non-cash charge of $50.1 million for marking-to-market the Carlyle Convertible is a result of the significant increase in GWI's share price between the execution of the RailAmerica Acquisition Agreement and the Investment Agreement on July 23, 2012 and the end of the third quarter of 2012. Excluding the impact of marking-to-market the Carlyle Convertible and certain other significant items discussed below, GWI's adjusted net income in the third quarter of 2012 was $32.0 million, compared with adjusted net income of $30.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 (1).

GWI's reported diluted loss per share in the third quarter of 2012 was $0.47 with 41.7 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.77 with 42.8 million weighted average shares outstanding in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding the largely RailAmerica acquisition-related significant items discussed below, GWI's adjusted diluted EPS in the third quarter of 2012 were $0.74 with 43.3 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared with adjusted diluted EPS of $0.72 with 42.8 million weighted average shares outstanding in the third quarter of 2011 (1).

GWI acquired RailAmerica, Inc. (RailAmerica) on October 1, 2012. GWI's financial results for the third quarter of 2012 do not incorporate RailAmerica's operations for this period, however the impact of certain RailAmerica acquisition-related expenses are included in the financial results for the quarter and described in more detail below. RailAmerica's third quarter 2012 earnings press release and supplemental information presentation are posted on RailAmerica's website www.railamerica.com, under the public information tab.

In the third quarter of 2012 and 2011, GWI's results included certain significant items that are set forth in the following table ($ in millions, except per share amounts).

             

(Loss)/Income
Before Taxes
Impact

After-Tax Net
(Loss)/Income
Impact

Diluted
(Loss)/Earnings Per
Share Impact

Q3 2012
Mark-to-market loss on Carlyle Convertible$(50.1)$(50.1)$(1.16)
RailAmerica acquisition-related costs$(5.8)$(3.5)$(0.08)

Dilutive impact from September public
 offerings of common stock and TEUs prior
 to RailAmerica acquisition on October 1

$-$-$(0.02)
Net gain on sale of assets$3.0$2.0$0.05
 
Q3 2011
Acquisition-related costs$(1.3)$(0.8)$(0.02)
Refinancing-related costs$(0.9)$(0.6)$(0.01)
Net gain on sale of assets$0.6$0.4$0.01
Short line tax credit$-$3.2$0.07
 

Explanation of Q3 2012 Significant Items

In conjunction with the execution of the Agreement and Plan of Merger for the acquisition of RailAmerica (RailAmerica Acquisition Agreement) on July 23, 2012, GWI entered into an Investment Agreement with Carlyle Partners V, L.P. (Carlyle). Pursuant to the Investment Agreement, GWI agreed to sell a minimum of $350 million in Series A-1 Mandatorily Convertible Preferred Stock, or the Carlyle Convertible, to partially fund the RailAmerica acquisition. The conversion price of the Carlyle Convertible into Class A Common Stock was set at approximately $58.49, which was a 4.5% premium to the market price of GWI's Class A common stock prior to the announcement of the RailAmerica acquisition. As previously disclosed, for the period between July 23, 2012 and closing of the acquisition, this instrument was accounted for as a contingent forward sale contract resulting in mark-to-market non-cash income or expense based on changes in GWI's share price, with the cumulative effect represented as an asset or liability included in our consolidated financial results. Over this period GWI's share price increased 19.4% to $66.86 as of September 30, 2012, and, accordingly, with the acquisition closing on October 1, 2012, the Company recorded a one-time $50.1 million non-cash mark-to-market loss and corresponding liability on the forward sale contract in the third quarter of 2012. Simultaneous with the October 1, 2012 acquisition closing, this liability was reclassified to the Carlyle Convertible to reflect its total fair value, before issuance costs, of $400.1 million (i.e., to reflect the $350 million provided by Carlyle in cash and $50.1 million in stock price appreciation) on GWI's balance sheet. In addition, GWI incurred $5.8 million of acquisition-related costs in the third quarter of 2012, primarily associated with the RailAmerica acquisition. Also in the third quarter of 2012, GWI recorded $3.0 million in net gains on the sale of assets, primarily associated with the sale of its third-party fueling operation in South Australia.

Results from Continuing Operations

In the third quarter of 2012, GWI's total operating revenues increased $5.5 million, or 2.5%, to $222.7 million, compared with $217.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. The increase included $6.4 million in revenues from new operations, partially offset by a $0.8 million, or 0.4%, decrease in same railroad operating revenues. During the third quarter of 2012, the depreciation of foreign currencies versus the U.S. dollar decreased same railroad operating revenues by $1.4 million, or 0.6%. Excluding the impact from foreign currency depreciation, GWI's same railroad operating revenues increased $0.6 million, or 0.3%.

Same railroad freight revenues in the third quarter of 2012 were $154.6 million, essentially equal to same railroad freight revenues in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding $0.7 million from the impact of foreign currency depreciation, GWI's same railroad freight revenues increased by $0.8 million, or 0.5%.

GWI's traffic in the third quarter of 2012 was 242,783 carloads, a decrease of 13,407 carloads, or 5.2%, compared with the third quarter of 2011. Traffic in the third quarter of 2012 included 7,184 carloads from new operations. Same railroad traffic decreased 20,591 carloads, or 8.0%, in the third quarter of 2012. The same railroad traffic decrease was principally due to decreases of 9,129 carloads of other commodity traffic, which was primarily related to a reduction in coal haulage traffic, 8,689 carloads of farm and food products traffic and 6,283 carloads of minerals and stone traffic. These decreases were partially offset by an increase of 1,932 carloads of lumber and forest products traffic, 1,921 carloads of intermodal traffic and 1,919 carloads of metallic ores traffic. All remaining traffic decreased by a net 2,262 carloads.

Average same railroad freight revenues per carload increased 8.8% in the third quarter of 2012. A change in the mix of commodities increased average same railroad freight revenues per carload by 3.7%, partially offset by lower fuel surcharges and the depreciation of the Australian and Canadian dollars versus the U.S. dollar, each of which decreased average same railroad freight revenues per carload by 0.5%. Other than these factors, average same railroad freight revenues per carload increased 6.1%. In addition to higher freight rates, same railroad average freight revenues per carload were positively impacted by changes in the mix of customers within certain commodity groups, primarily other commodities and by a decrease in Australian grain traffic which increased average revenues per carload due to the fixed/variable rate structure.

GWI's same railroad non-freight revenues in the third quarter of 2012 were $61.8 million, compared with same railroad non-freight revenues in the third quarter of 2011 of $62.6 million. Excluding a $0.7 million decrease from the impact of foreign currency depreciation, GWI's same railroad non-freight revenues decreased by $0.2 million, or 0.3%, primarily due to a $2.6 million decrease in third party fuel sales, partially offset by a $2.0 million increase in railcar switching.

GWI's operating income in the third quarter of 2012 was $52.9 million, a decrease of $3.1 million, compared with $56.0 million in the third quarter of 2011. GWI's operating ratio in the third quarter of 2012 was 76.3%, compared with an operating ratio of 74.2% in the third quarter of 2011. Operating income in the third quarter of 2012 included $5.8 million of acquisition-related expenses, primarily associated with the RailAmerica acquisition, partially offset by $3.0 million of net gains on the sale of assets. Operating income in the third quarter of 2011 included $1.2 million of acquisition and financing-related expenses, partially offset by $0.6 million of net gains on the sale of assets. Excluding these items, GWI's adjusted operating ratio was 75.0% in the third quarter of 2012, compared with 73.9% in the third quarter of 2011 (2).

Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations (4)

    
 
(in millions)Nine Months Ended

September 30,

 2012  2011
Net cash provided by operating activities$169.5$125.6
Net cash used in investing activities, excluding
Australian new business investments(52.1)(125.4)
Net cash paid/(received) for acquisitions/divestitures (a)0.888.6
Australian stamp duty (b) -  13.0 
Free cash flow before Australian new
business investments118.3101.8
Australian new business investments (80.3) (46.7)
Free cash flow (4)$38.0 $55.1 
 

GWI's free cash flow from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was $38.0 million and $55.1 million, respectively (4).

Conference Call and Webcast Details

As previously announced, GWI's conference call to discuss financial results for the third quarter will be held Monday, November 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. EST. The dial-in number for the teleconference in the U.S. is (800) 288-8976; outside the U.S. is (612) 332-0430, or the call may be accessed live over the Internet (listen only) under the "Investors" tab of GWI's website (http://www.gwrr.com), by selecting "Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call Webcast." Management will be referring to a slide presentation that will also be available under the "Investors" tab of GWI's website prior to the conference call. An audio replay of the conference call will be accessible via the "Investors" tab of GWI's website starting at 1 p.m. EST on November 5, 2012, until the following quarter's earnings press release. Telephone replay is available for 30 days beginning at 1 p.m. EST on November 5 by dialing (800) 475-6701 (or outside the U.S., dial 320-365-3844). The access code is 222300.

About GWI

GWI owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads and provides railcar switching services in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, GWI operates the Tarcoola to Darwin rail line, which links the Port of Darwin with the Australian interstate rail network in South Australia. Operations currently include 66 railroads organized in 10 regions, with more than 7,600 miles of owned and leased track and approximately 1,400 additional miles under track access arrangements. We provide rail service at 23 ports in North America, Australia and Europe and perform contract coal loading and railcar switching for industrial customers.

About RailAmerica

RailAmerica, Inc. owns and operates short line and regional freight railroads in North America, operating a portfolio of 45 individual railroads with approximately 7,500 miles of track in 28 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.

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," "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 applicable to all of our operations: risks related to the acquisition and integration of railroads; economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies and third-party approvals; economic, political and industry conditions (including employee strikes or work stoppages); customer demand and changes in our operations, retention and contract continuation; legislative and regulatory developments, including changes in environmental and other laws and regulations to which we 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 various legal claims and lawsuits; increase in, or volatility associated with expenses associated with estimated claims, self-insured retention amounts, and insurance coverage limits; consummation of new business opportunities; exposure to the credit risk of customers and counterparties; severe weather conditions and other natural occurrences, which could result in shutdowns, derailments or other substantial disruption of operations; susceptibility to the risks of doing business in foreign countries; uncertainties as to the timing or approval of our pending application with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to control the railroads of RailAmerica, Inc.; the conditions, if any, that might be imposed by the STB in connection with any approval of our application to control the railroads of RailAmerica; our success integrating RailAmerica railroads into our operations and our ability to realize the expected synergies associated with the acquisition of RailAmerica; and others including but not limited to, those noted in our 2011 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. GWI 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. Net (loss)/income and diluted (loss)/earnings per share that exclude items described above are non-GAAP financial measures and are not intended to replace the net (loss)/income and diluted (loss)/earnings per share calculated on a basis consistent 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 net (loss)/income and diluted (loss)/earnings per share calculated using amounts determined in accordance with GAAP, is included in the tables attached to this press release.

2. The operating income and operating ratios that exclude the items described above are non-GAAP financial measures and are not intended to replace the operating income and operating ratios calculated using total operating expenses and operating revenue, calculated on a basis consistent 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 operating income and operating ratios calculated using amounts determined in accordance with GAAP, is included in the tables attached to this press release.

3. RailAmerica's operating income and operating ratio that exclude certain items are non-GAAP financial measures and are not intended to replace the operating income and operating ratios calculated using total operating expenses and total revenue, calculated on a basis consistent 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 operating income and operating ratios calculated using amounts determined in accordance with GAAP, is included in the tables attached to this press release.

4. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not intended to replace net cash provided by operating activities, its most directly comparable GAAP measure. 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 net cash provided by operating activities, is included in the tables attached to this press release.

* Immediately following the closing of the acquisition, RailAmerica deregistered its common stock and delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. GWI's shares of RailAmerica were placed into a voting trust, which will remain in effect until the STB issues its decision on GWI's pending application to control the RailAmerica railroads. Based on our control application and the statutory STB review periods for a minor transaction, we believe the STB decision could be issued as early as the fourth quarter of 2012 or as late as the first quarter of 2013.

   
GENESEE & WYOMING INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 AND 2011
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
             
Three Months EndedNine Months Ended
September 30,September 30,
2012201120122011
 
OPERATING REVENUES$222,745$217,210$647,600$618,710
 
OPERATING EXPENSES 169,870  161,187  490,938  472,319 
INCOME FROM OPERATIONS52,87556,023156,662146,391
 
INTEREST INCOME9288532,7592,486
INTEREST EXPENSE(8,814)(10,573)(26,052)(30,765)
GAIN ON SALE OF INVESTMENTS---894
CONTINGENT FORWARD SALE CONTRACT MARK-TO-MARKET EXPENSE(50,106)-(50,106)-
OTHER INCOME/(EXPENSE), NET 853  (1,064) 1,852  (595)
 
(LOSS)/INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES(4,264)45,23985,115118,411
 
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 15,303  12,287  46,051  32,192 
 
(LOSS)/INCOME FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS(19,567)32,95239,06486,219
 
LOSS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF TAX -  (10) (27) (10)
 
NET (LOSS)/ INCOME$(19,567) 32,942 $39,037  86,209 
 
BASIC (LOSS)/EARNINGS PER SHARE:
BASIC (LOSS)/EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS$(0.47)$0.82$0.96$2.16
BASIC LOSS PER COMMON SHARE FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS -  -  -  Read Full Story

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