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Kansas City Southern Reports Best Ever Quarterly Revenues and Record First Quarter Carloads, Operating Income and Operating Ratio

<p> <span class='bwuline'><b>First Quarter 2012 Results</b></span> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> All-time record quarterly revenues of $548 million, an increase of 12% over first quarter 2011 on a 7% increase in carloads. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Operating income of $158 million, 23% higher than a year ago. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Operating ratio of 71.2%, a 2.6 point improvement over first quarter 2011 and a 0.4 point sequential improvement over fourth quarter 2011. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Diluted earnings per share of $0.68 compared with diluted earnings per share of $0.58 in first quarter 2011. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.75 for first quarter 2012. </li> </ul>

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kansas City Southern Reports Best Ever Quarterly Revenues and Record First Quarter Carloads, Operating Income and Operating Ratio08:02 EDT Tuesday, April 24, 2012 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Business Wire) -- Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) reported record first quarter 2012 revenues of $548 million. Overall, carload volumes were 7% higher than in first quarter 2011. First quarter revenue growth compared to 2011 was led by a 26% increase in Intermodal and a 21% increase in Automotive revenues. Revenues from Industrial and Consumer Products and Agriculture and Minerals were also strong with growth of 17% and 14%, respectively, over 2011. Chemical & Petroleum revenue grew 6% in the first quarter. Starting in the first quarter 2012, KCS has expanded the Coal business unit to better reflect the Company's diversified opportunities in the energy sector. The expanded business unit has been renamed Energy and along with coal and petroleum coke, it includes crude oil, frac sand and other new energy markets. Energy revenue declined by 1% compared to 2011, primarily caused by a 10% decrease in utility coal. Coal and petroleum coke declined by 7% in the first quarter. Partially offsetting these declines were increases in revenue from crude oil and frac sand compared to first quarter 2011. Operating income for the first quarter of 2012 was $158 million compared with $128 million a year ago, a 23% increase. KCS reported a first quarter 2012 operating ratio of 71.2%, a 2.6 point improvement from first quarter 2011. Operating expenses in the first quarter were $390 million compared with $361 million in the corresponding 2011 period. Reported net income in the first quarter of 2012 totaled $75 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared with $64 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011. Excluding debt retirement costs, adjusted diluted earnings per share for first quarter 2012 was $0.75. “We are encouraged by the overall strength of our first quarter 2012 results,” stated KCS's president and chief executive officer David L. Starling. “The Company attained record first quarter volumes, revenues and operating ratio. The first quarter is typically the most challenging in terms of operations and volumes. For us to have an operating ratio of 71.2% in the quarter is a good start to the year. “Already in 2012, we can point to a number of developments illustrative of our strengthening financial status. Reacting opportunistically to an attractive interest rate environment, we entered into a $275 million bank term loan arrangement, which carries a LIBOR plus 125 basis point interest rate. The Company is using the proceeds of this term loan arrangement to redeem its 8% Senior Notes, tendering $175 million of the Senior Notes during the first quarter, with the remaining $100 million expected to be called in the second quarter of 2012. “Also during the first quarter, Standard & Poor's upgraded its rating of KCS to BB+. This rating is only one notch below investment grade. The Company remains steadfast in its commitment to achieve investment grade status. “Perhaps most reflective of our improved revenues, operating results and financial position is the announcement that we will pay a quarterly cash dividend on common stock beginning in the second quarter of 2012. While KCS remains, first and foremost, a company with significant long-term growth opportunities, our improved balance sheet and consistently strengthening operations and financials allow us to begin paying a dividend to our stockholders.”             GAAP RECONCILIATION   Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings per Share to  Adjusted Diluted Earnings per ShareThree Months EndedMarch 31,20122011 Diluted earnings per share $ 0.68 $ 0.58 Adjustment for debt retirement costs 0.07 - Adjusted diluted earnings per share (a) $ 0.75 $ 0.58   (a) The Company believes adjusted diluted earnings per share is meaningful as it allows investors to evaluate the Company's performance for different periods on a more comparable basis by excluding items that do not relate to the ongoing operations of the Company. Headquartered in Kansas City, MO, Kansas City Southern is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. Kansas City Southern's North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada. This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the securities laws concerning potential future events involving KCS and its subsidiaries, which could materially differ from the events that actually occur.The words “projects,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “believes,” “intends,” “expects,” “anticipates,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.Such forward-looking statements are based upon information currently available to management and management's perception thereof as of the date of this news release.Differences that actually occur could be caused by a number of external factors over which management has little or no control, including: competition and consolidation within the transportation industry; the business environment in industries that produce and consume rail freight; revocation of the rail concession of KCS's subsidiary, Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V.; the termination, or failure to renew, agreements with customers, other railroads and third parties; interest rates; access to capital; disruptions to KCS's technology infrastructure, including its computer systems; natural events such as severe weather, hurricanes and floods; market and regulatory responses to climate change; credit risk of customers and counterparties and their failure to meet their financial obligations; legislative and regulatory developments and disputes; rail accidents or other incidents or accidents along KCS's rail network, facilities or customer facilities involving the release of hazardous materials, including toxic inhalation hazards; fluctuation in prices or availability of key materials, in particular diesel fuel; dependency on certain key suppliers of core rail equipment; changes in securities and capital markets; loss of key personnel; labor difficulties, including strikes and work stoppages; insufficiency of insurance to cover lost revenue, profits or other damages; acts of terrorism or risk of terrorist activities; war or risk of war; domestic and international economic conditions; political and economic conditions in Mexico and the level of trade between the United States and Mexico; the outcome of claims and litigation involving KCS or its subsidiaries; and other factors affecting the operation of the business.More detailed information about these factors may be found in filings by KCS with the Securities and Exchange Commission, includingKCS's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 (File No. 1-4717) and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved.As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements.KCS is not obligated to update any forward-looking statements in this news release to reflect future events or developments.   Kansas City SouthernConsolidated Statements of Income(In millions, except share and per share amounts)(Unaudited)     Three Months Ended March 31,     2012         2011 Revenues $ 547.5   $ 488.6   Operating expenses: Compensation and benefits 109.3 100.4 Purchased services 54.4 48.1 Fuel 88.3 79.5 Equipment costs 38.3 41.4 Depreciation and amortization 48.4 45.7 Materials and other 51.0   45.7   Total operating expenses 389.7   360.8   Operating income 157.8 127.8 Equity in net earnings of unconsolidated affiliates 5.8 3.6 Interest expense (27.2 ) (33.1 ) Debt retirement costs (12.9 ) — Foreign exchange gain (loss) 3.9 (0.1 ) Other income, net 0.1   1.7   Income before income taxes 127.5 99.9 Income tax expense 52.2   35.8   Net income 75.3 64.1 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 0.3   0.1   Net income attributable to Kansas City Southern and subsidiaries 75.0 64.0 Preferred stock dividends 0.1   1.4   Net income available to common stockholders $ 74.9   $ 62.6     Earnings per share: Basic earnings per share $ 0.68   $ 0.60   Diluted earnings per share $ 0.68   $ 0.58     Average shares outstanding (in thousands): Basic 109,622 104,269 Potentially dilutive common shares 374   5,482   Diluted 109,996   109,751     Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.195   $ —       Kansas City SouthernRevenue & Carloads/Units by Commodity - First Quarter 2012 and 2011                     RevenuesCarloads and UnitsRevenue per(in millions)(in thousands)Carload/Unit First Quarter % First Quarter % First Quarter % 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change   Chemical & Petroleum Chemicals $ 50.0 $ 46.3 8 % 28.3 28.7 (1 %) $ 1,767 $ 1,613 10 % Petroleum 26.2 27.4 (4 %) 16.9 18.3 (8 %) 1,550 1,497 4 % Plastics 25.7   22.6   14 % 16.3   15.6   4 % 1,577   1,449   9 % Total 101.9   96.3   6 % 61.5   62.6   (2 %) 1,657   1,538   8 %   Industrial & Consumer Products Forest Products 64.9 55.1 18 % 34.0 32.7 4 % 1,909 1,685 13 % Metals & Scrap 57.7 45.2 28 % 33.1 29.0 14 % 1,743 1,559 12 % Other 16.0   18.2   (12 %) 18.0   20.4   (12 %) 889   892   —   Total 138.6   118.5   17 % 85.1   82.1   4 % 1,629   1,443   13 %   Agriculture & Minerals Grain 63.3 50.3 26 % 35.7 30.9 16 % 1,773 1,628 9 % Food Products 35.4 34.6 2 % 15.7 17.2 (9 %) 2,255 2,012 12 % Ores & Minerals 6.4 7.7 (17 %) 5.9 7.9 (25 %) 1,085 975 11 % Stone, Clay & Glass 6.8   5.8   17 % 3.4   3.2   6 % 2,000   1,813   10 % Total 111.9   98.4   14 % 60.7   59.2   3 % 1,843   1,662   11 %   Energy (i) Utility Coal 50.2 55.9 (10 %) 52.0 58.6 (11 %) 965 954 1 % Coal & Petroleum Coke 8.1 8.7 (7 %) 10.5 10.1 4 % 771 861 (10 %) Frac Sand 11.4 6.7 70 % 6.4 5.1 25 % 1,781 1,314 36 % Crude Oil 1.3   0.6   117 % 0.8   0.4   100 % 1,625   1,500   8 % Total 71.0   71.9   (1 %) 69.7   74.2   (6 %) 1,019   969   5 %   Intermodal 68.1   54.2   26 % 208.1   175.9   18 % 327   308   6 %   Automotive 37.5   31.1   21 % 23.0   20.1   14 % 1,630   1,547   5 %   TOTAL FOR COMMODITY GROUPS 529.0 470.4 12 % 508.1   474.1   7 % $ 1,041   $ 992   5 %   Other Revenue 18.5   18.2   2 %   TOTAL $ 547.5   $ 488.6   12 %   (i) Effective January 1, 2012, the Company established the Energy commodity group, which includes the previous Coal commodity group and certain amounts previously included within the Agriculture & Minerals and Chemicals & Petroleum commodity groups. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. Kansas City SouthernWilliam H. Galligan, 816-983-1551bgalligan@kcsouthern.com