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Kansas City Southern Reports Record Quarterly Revenues & Operating Ratio of 68.7%

<p> <span class='bwuline'><b>Third Quarter 2012 Results</b></span> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Record quarterly revenues of $577 million, a 6% increase over 2011. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Operating income of $181 million. Adjusting for the third quarter 2011 gain on hurricane-related insurance recoveries, operating income increased by 16% compared to 2011. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Operating ratio of 68.7%, a 2.6 point improvement compared to the 2011 adjusted operating ratio. </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Diluted earnings per share of $0.82 compared to 2011 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.78. </li> </ul>

Friday, October 19, 2012

Kansas City Southern Reports Record Quarterly Revenues & Operating Ratio of 68.7%08:01 EDT Friday, October 19, 2012 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Business Wire) -- Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE:KSU) reported record third quarter 2012 revenues of $577 million, an increase of 6% over third quarter 2011 on a 7% increase in carloads. Third quarter revenue growth compared to 2011 was led by a 31% increase in Automotive and a 25% increase in Intermodal revenues. Revenue from Energy was also strong, growing 8% over 2011. Revenues from Chemical & Petroleum and Industrial & Consumer grew by 4% and 1%, respectively, in the third quarter. Agriculture & Minerals revenue declined by 10% compared to 2011. Operating income for the third quarter of 2012 was $181 million compared with $182 million a year ago. Adjusting for the third quarter 2011 gain on insurance recoveries related to Hurricane Alex, operating income increased by 16% over the prior year. KCS reported a third quarter 2012 operating ratio of 68.7%, a 2.6 point improvement over the 2011 adjusted operating ratio and an all-time record. Operating expenses in the third quarter were $397 million compared with $363 million in the corresponding 2011 period. Adjusting for the third quarter 2011 gain on insurance recoveries, operating expense increased by 2% over the prior year. Reported net income in the third quarter of 2012 totaled $91 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, compared with $100 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011. Adjusting for the third quarter 2011 gain on insurance recoveries and debt retirement costs, earnings per diluted share increased by 5% over third quarter 2011. “The combination of solid top line growth and disciplined operating performance resulted in KCS delivering a third quarter operating ratio of 68.7%, the best in the Company's history,” stated David L. Starling, KCS president and chief executive officer. “Revenues were primarily driven by KCS' five fastest growing categories – automotive, cross-border intermodal, container traffic through Lázaro Cárdenas, crude oil and frac sand. Collectively, these five categories, which represent approximately 18% of total KCS freight revenues for the third quarter, grew by 46% when compared to the third quarter 2011, and we believe that there is significant long term growth potential in each of these areas. “On the expense side, what stands out is that while KCS experienced 7% volume growth, year-over-year operating expenses increased only 2% after adjusting for the hurricane-related insurance recoveries in 2011. KCS has firm control over all aspects of its operations and in the third quarter this resulted in industry-leading employee productivity, a 2.6 point improvement in its adjusted operating ratio and excellent incremental margins. “Given a persistently sluggish U.S. economy and the impact of this summer's drought on the nation's grain harvest, KCS' solid third quarter operating results speak to the strength of our franchise. More importantly, over the long term we believe that KCS can produce strong and sustained financial and operating results. When we look out to a host of new and expanded business opportunities coming on-line during the second half of 2013 and beyond, there is good reason for investors to be enthusiastic about KCS' continued long-term growth trajectory.” GAAP RECONCILIATIONS     ($ in millions, except per share amounts)   Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings per Share to Adjusted Diluted Earnings per ShareThree Months EndedSeptember 30,20122011 Diluted earnings per share $ 0.82 $ 0.91 Adjustment for debt retirement costs - 0.02 Adjustment for gain on insurance recoveries   -     (0.15 ) Adjusted diluted earnings per share - see (a) below $ 0.82   $ 0.78     Reconciliation of Operating Expenses to Adjusted Operating ExpensesThree Months EndedSeptember 30,20122011 Operating expenses as reported $ 396.7 $ 362.7 Adjustment for gain on insurance recoveries   -     25.6   Adjusted operating expenses - see (a) below $ 396.7   $ 388.3     Operating income as reported $ 180.7 $ 181.8 Adjusted operating income - see (a) below 180.7 156.2   Operating ratio (b) as reported 68.7 % 66.6 % Adjusted operating ratio - see (a) below 68.7 % 71.3 % (a)   The Company believes adjusted diluted earnings per share, operating expenses, operating income and operating ratio are meaningful as they allow 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. (b) Operating ratio is calculated by dividing operating expenses by revenues.   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 reports.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   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30,September 30,2012   20112012   2011 Revenues $ 577.4   $ 544.5   $ 1,670.2   $ 1,568.0   Operating expenses: Compensation and benefits 108.4 109.3 323.5 314.1 Purchased services 54.6 50.6 169.3 153.5 Fuel 89.5 86.5 264.7 258.0 Equipment costs 41.9 41.4 119.7 125.5 Depreciation and amortization 49.8 47.9 146.9 139.1 Materials and other 52.5 52.6 146.8 142.2 Elimination of deferred statutory profit sharing liability, net — — (43.0 ) — Gain on insurance recoveries related to hurricane damage —   (25.6 ) —   (25.6 ) Total operating expenses 396.7   362.7   1,127.9   1,106.8   Operating income 180.7 181.8 542.3 461.2 Equity in net earnings of unconsolidated affiliates 4.4 4.7 15.1 13.6 Interest expense (24.1 ) (32.2 ) (76.6 ) (97.7 ) Debt retirement costs — (3.9 ) (18.0 ) (14.2 ) Foreign exchange gain (loss) 3.7 (7.2 ) 4.1 (6.9 ) Other income (expense), net (0.1 ) 0.6   (0.8 ) 2.3   Income before income taxes 164.6 143.8 466.1 358.3 Income tax expense 73.9   43.7   179.2   122.4   Net income 90.7 100.1 286.9 235.9 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 0.6   0.3   1.4   1.3   Net income attributable to Kansas City Southern and subsidiaries 90.1 99.8 285.5 234.6 Preferred stock dividends 0.1   —   0.2   1.5   Net income available to common stockholders $ 90.0   $ 99.8   $ 285.3   $ 233.1     Earnings per share: Basic earnings per share $ 0.82   $ 0.91   $ 2.60   $ 2.16   Diluted earnings per share $ 0.82   $ 0.91   $ 2.59   $ 2.13     Average shares outstanding (in thousands): Basic 109,739 109,515 109,684 107,752 Potentially dilutive common shares 388   347   377   2,052   Diluted 110,127   109,862   110,061   109,804     Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.195   $ —   $ 0.585   $ —       Kansas City SouthernRevenue & Carloads/Units by Commodity - Third Quarter 2012 and 2011                   RevenuesCarloads and UnitsRevenue per (in millions) (in thousands) Carload/Unit Third Quarter % Third Quarter % Third Quarter % 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change   Chemical & Petroleum Chemicals $ 51.4 $ 50.1 3 % 28.1 29.6 (5 %) $ 1,829 $ 1,693 8 % Petroleum 27.9 26.5 5 % 18.7 18.3 2 % 1,492 1,448 3 % Plastics 27.1   26.0   4 % 16.0   16.6   (4 %) 1,694   1,566   8 % Total 106.4   102.6   4 % 62.8   64.5   (3 %) 1,694   1,591   6 %   Industrial & Consumer Products Forest Products 63.5 62.5 2 % 32.0 33.3 (4 %) 1,984 1,877 6 % Metals & Scrap 54.8 54.2 1 % 31.8 32.5 (2 %) 1,723 1,668 3 % Other 19.7   20.1   (2 %) 21.7   21.0   3 % 908   957   (5 %) Total 138.0   136.8   1 % 85.5   86.8   (1 %) 1,614   1,576   2 %   Agriculture & Minerals Grain 44.6 48.2 (7 %) 26.4 29.4 (10 %) 1,689 1,639 3 % Food Products 34.4 38.5 (11 %) 15.4 17.3 (11 %) 2,234 2,225 — Ores & Minerals 5.4 7.5 (28 %) 5.3 6.9 (23 %) 1,019 1,087 (6 %) Stone, Clay & Glass 6.3   6.6   (5 %) 3.1   3.6   (14 %) 2,032   1,833   11 % Total 90.7   100.8   (10 %) 50.2   57.2   (12 %) 1,807   1,762   3 %   Energy (i) Utility Coal 62.5 64.6 (3 %) 61.0 63.1 (3 %) 1,025 1,024 — Coal & Petroleum Coke 8.4 9.8 (14 %) 11.9 11.2 6 % 706 875 (19 %) Frac Sand 13.4 7.3 84 % 6.9 5.0 38 % 1,942 1,460 33 % Crude Oil 5.0   1.1   355 % 2.7   0.8   238 % 1,852   1,375   35 % Total 89.3   82.8   8 % 82.5   80.1   3 % 1,082   1,034   5 %   Intermodal 82.0   65.7   25 % 243.3   208.0   17 % 337   316   7 %   Automotive 48.2   36.7   31 % 28.1   21.4   31 % 1,715   1,715   —     TOTAL FOR COMMODITY GROUPS 554.6 525.4 6 % 552.4   518.0   7 % $ 1,004   $ 1,014   (1 %)   Other Revenue 22.8   19.1   19 %   TOTAL $ 577.4   $ 544.5   6 %   (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 SouthernRevenue & Carload/Units by Commodity - Year to Date September 30, 2012 and 2011                   RevenuesCarloads and UnitsRevenue per (in millions) (in thousands) Carload/Unit Year to Date % Year to Date % Year to Date % 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change   Chemical & Petroleum Chemicals $ 149.5 $ 147.9 1 % 84.2 89.2 (6 %) $ 1,776 $ 1,658 7 % Petroleum 79.2 83.2 (5 %) 52.8 55.5 (5 %) 1,500 1,499 — Plastics 77.6   73.6   5 % 48.2   48.7   (1 %) 1,610   1,511   7 % Total 306.3   304.7   1 % 185.2   193.4   (4 %) 1,654   1,575   5 %   Industrial & Consumer Products Forest Products 189.9 174.0 9 % 97.4 96.8 1 % 1,950 1,798 8 % Metals & Scrap 168.6 149.1 13 % 95.5 90.4 6 % 1,765 1,649 7 % Other 55.3   57.2   (3 %) 61.3   62.3   (2 %) 902   918   (2 %) Total 413.8   380.3   9 % 254.2   249.5   2 % 1,628   1,524   7 %   Agriculture & Minerals Grain 167.2 158.1 6 % 95.5 95.0 1 % 1,751 1,664 5 % Food Products 105.0 113.6 (8 %) 46.5 53.0 (12 %) 2,258 2,143 5 % Ores & Minerals 16.6 21.8 (24 %) 16.2 21.4 (24 %) 1,025 1,019 1 % Stone, Clay & Glass 19.8   19.1   4 % 9.9   10.3   (4 %) 2,000   1,854   8 % Total 308.6   312.6   (1 %) 168.1   179.7   (6 %) 1,836   1,740   6 %   Energy (i) Utility Coal 156.9 178.6 (12 %) 160.1 179.1 (11 %) 980 997 (2 %) Coal & Petroleum Coke 24.5 28.4 (14 %) 33.3 32.2 3 % 736 882 (17 %) Frac Sand 37.7 22.1 71 % 19.7 15.6 26 % 1,914 1,417 35 % Crude Oil 9.1   2.8   225 % 5.2   1.9   174 % 1,750   1,474   19 % Total 228.2   231.9   (2 %) 218.3   228.8   (5 %) 1,045   1,014   3 %   Intermodal 226.5   181.9   25 % 679.4   578.5   17 % 333   314   6 %   Automotive 125.3   102.2   23 % 75.2   62.0   21 % 1,666   1,648   1 %   TOTAL FOR COMMODITY GROUPS 1,608.7 1,513.6 6 % 1,580.4   1,491.9   6 % $ 1,018   $ 1,015   —     Other Revenue 61.5   54.4   13 %   TOTAL $ 1,670.2   $ 1,568.0   7 %   (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