Genesee & Wyoming's May traffic rose 2.3% year-over-year to 171,391 carloads, led by 6.7% increase in coal & coke

DARIEN, Connecticut , June 12, 2014 (press release) –

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (GWR) today reported traffic volumes for May 2014.

G&W’s traffic in May 2014 was 171,391 carloads, an increase of 3,864 carloads, or 2.3%, compared with May 2013. G&W’s traffic in the second quarter of 2014 through May was 341,904 carloads, an increase of 16,682 carloads, or 5.1%, compared with the second quarter of 2013 through May.

The table below sets forth consolidated summary carload information for May 2014 and May 2013 by commodity group.

                                         
Consolidated G&W        

May
2014

       

May
2013

        Change        

%
Change

Coal & Coke         29,965         28,079         1,886         6.7%
Agricultural Products         22,080         21,865         215         1.0%
Minerals & Stone         20,698         21,127         (429)         (2.0%)
Metals         17,150         15,605         1,545         9.9%
Pulp & Paper         14,705         13,595         1,110         8.2%
Chemicals & Plastics         14,117         14,700         (583)         (4.0%)
Lumber & Forest Products         12,090         11,682         408         3.5%
Petroleum Products         8,503         9,746         (1,243)         (12.8%)
Metallic Ores         6,643         6,306         337         5.3%
Intermodal         5,898         6,157         (259)         (4.2%)
Food or Kindred Products         5,336         4,545         791         17.4%
Waste         3,262         3,961         (699)         (17.6%)
Autos & Auto Parts         2,507         3,620         (1,113)         (30.7%)
Other         8,437         6,539         1,898         29.0%
Total carloads         171,391         167,527         3,864         2.3%
                                         
Highlights:

  • North American traffic increased 6,133 carloads, or 4.2%, primarily due to increased overhead Class 1 shipments, coal, agricultural products and metals traffic.
  • Australian traffic decreased 2,269 carloads, or 10.2%, primarily due to an expected decrease in agricultural products traffic. In addition, minerals & stone traffic declined due to a reduction in gypsum shipments and the previously announced closure of a customer facility.
  • G&W’s Other commodity group traffic increased 1,898 carloads, or 29.0%, primarily due to overhead Class 1 shipments.
  • Coal & coke traffic increased 1,886 carloads, or 6.7%, primarily due to increased steam coal shipments in G&W’s Midwest and Ohio Valley regions.
  • Metals traffic increased 1,545 carloads, or 9.9%, primarily due to increased shipments in G&W’s Northeast, Canada and Southern regions.
  • Petroleum products traffic decreased 1,243 carloads, or 12.8%, primarily due to decreased shipments of crude oil in G&W’s Southern, Pacific and Canada regions, as well as decreased shipments of liquid petroleum gases in G&W’s Mountain West region.
  • All remaining traffic decreased by a net 222 carloads.

The table below sets forth consolidated summary carload information for the second quarter of 2014 through May and the second quarter of 2013 through May by commodity group.

                                         
Consolidated G&W        

QTD May
2014

       

QTD May
2013

        Change        

%
Change

Coal & Coke         58,998         52,105         6,893         13.2%
Agricultural Products         46,602         41,821         4,781         11.4%
Minerals & Stone         40,167         41,307         (1,140)         (2.8%)
Metals         33,126         30,444         2,682         8.8%
Pulp & Paper         28,796         27,463         1,333         4.9%
Chemicals & Plastics         28,708         29,308         (600)         (2.0%)
Lumber & Forest Products         23,957         23,725         232         1.0%
Petroleum Products         17,030         19,492         (2,462)         (12.6%)
Metallic Ores         12,749         11,848         901         7.6%
Intermodal         11,138         11,575         (437)         (3.8%)
Food or Kindred Products         10,470         9,220         1,250         13.6%
Waste         6,568         7,460         (892)         (12.0%)
Autos & Auto Parts         4,851         6,677         (1,826)         (27.3%)
Other         18,744         12,777         5,967         46.7%
Total carloads         341,904         325,222         16,682         5.1%
                                         

Highlights:

  • North American traffic increased 20,916 carloads, or 7.4%, primarily due to increased coal, agricultural products and overhead Class 1 shipments.
  • Australian traffic decreased 4,234 carloads, or 9.9%, primarily due to reduced minerals & stone shipments resulting from lower shipments of gypsum and the previously announced closure of a customer facility, as well as an expected decrease in agricultural products traffic.
  • Coal & coke traffic increased 6,893 carloads, or 13.2%, primarily due to increased steam coal shipments in G&W’s Midwest and Ohio Valley regions, partially offset by decreased shipments in G&W’s Central and Mountain West regions.
  • G&W’s Other commodity group traffic increased 5,967 carloads, or 46.7%, primarily due to overhead Class 1 shipments.
  • Agricultural products traffic increased 4,781 carloads, or 11.4%, primarily due to increased shipments in G&W’s Pacific, Central, Canada and Ohio Valley regions, partially offset by decreased shipments in G&W’s Australia Region.
  • Petroleum products traffic decreased 2,462 carloads, or 12.6%, primarily due to decreased shipments of crude oil in G&W’s Southern, Canada and Pacific regions, as well as decreased shipments of liquid petroleum gases in G&W’s Mountain West and Pacific regions.
  • All remaining traffic increased by a net 1,503 carloads.

Other

Historically, G&W has found that carload information may be indicative of freight revenues on its railroads, but may not be indicative of total revenues, operating expenses, operating income or net income. Car movements related to railcar switching, including activities at port terminals, are excluded from our carload information as the resulting revenues are classified as non-freight.

About G&W

G&W owns short line and regional freight railroads in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, G&W Australia operates the 1,400-mile Tarcoola to Darwin rail line, which links the Port of Darwin with the interstate rail network in South Australia. Operations currently include 112 railroads organized in 11 regions, with more than 15,000 miles of owned and leased track, 4,800 employees and over 2,000 customers. G&W subsidiaries provide rail service at 37 ports in North America, Australia and Europe and perform contract coal loading and railcar switching for industrial customers.

For more information, visit gwrr.com.

Exhibit

The table below sets forth North American carloading information for May 2014 and May 2013 by commodity group.

                                         
North American Operations:         May 2014         May 2013         Change        

%
Change

Coal & Coke         29,965         28,079         1,886         6.7%
Metals         17,150         15,605         1,545         9.9%
Agricultural Products         17,044         15,371         1,673         10.9%
Minerals & Stone         16,573         15,630         943         6.0%
Pulp & Paper         14,705         13,595         1,110         8.2%
Chemicals & Plastics         14,117         14,700         (583)         (4.0%)
Lumber & Forest Products         12,090         11,682         408         3.5%
Petroleum Products         8,473         9,720         (1,247)         (12.8%)
Food or Kindred Products         5,336         4,545         791         17.4%
Waste         3,262         3,961         (699)         (17.6%)
Autos & Auto Parts         2,507         3,620         (1,113)         (30.7%)
Metallic Ores         1,632         1,733         (101)         (5.8%)
Intermodal         177         555         (378)         (68.1%)
Other         8,437         6,539         1,898         29.0%
Total carloads         151,468         145,335         6,133         4.2%
                                         

The table below sets forth North American carloading information for the second quarter of 2014 through May and the second quarter of 2013 through May by commodity group.

                                         
North American Operations:        

QTD May
2014

       

QTD May
2013

        Change        

%
Change

Coal & Coke         58,998         52,105         6,893         13.2%
Agricultural Products         35,512         29,045         6,467         22.3%
Metals         33,126         30,444         2,682         8.8%
Minerals & Stone         32,516         30,405         2,111         6.9%
Pulp & Paper         28,796         27,463         1,333         4.9%
Chemicals & Plastics         28,708         29,308         (600)         (2.0%)
Lumber & Forest Products         23,957         23,725         232         1.0%
Petroleum Products         16,975         19,444         (2,469)         (12.7%)
Food or Kindred Products         10,470         9,220         1,250         13.6%
Waste         6,568         7,460         (892)         (12.0%)
Autos & Auto Parts         4,851         6,677         (1,826)         (27.3%)
Metallic Ores         3,545         3,448         97         2.8%
Intermodal         571         900         (329)         (36.6%)
Other         18,744         12,777         5,967         46.7%
Total carloads         303,337         282,421         20,916         7.4%
                                         

The table below sets forth Australian carloading information for May 2014 and May 2013 by commodity group.

                                         
Australian Operations:         May 2014         May 2013         Change        

%
Change

Intermodal         5,721         5,602         119         2.1%
Agricultural Products         5,036         6,494         (1,458)         (22.5%)
Metallic Ores         5,011         4,573         438         9.6%
Minerals & Stone         4,125         5,497         (1,372)         (25.0%)
Petroleum Products         30         26         4         15.4%
Total carloads         19,923         22,192         (2,269)         (10.2%)
                                         

The table below sets forth Australian carloading information for the second quarter of 2014 through May and the second quarter of 2013 through May by commodity group.

                                         
Australian Operations:        

QTD May
2014

       

QTD May
2013

        Change        

%
Change

Agricultural Products         11,090         12,776         (1,686)         (13.2%)
Intermodal         10,567         10,675         (108)         (1.0%)
Metallic Ores         9,204         8,400         804         9.6%
Minerals & Stone         7,651         10,902         (3,251)         (29.8%)
Petroleum Products         55         48         7         14.6%
Total carloads         38,567         42,801         (4,234)         (9.9%)
                                         

 

Contact:
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Thomas D. Savage, 1-203-202-8900
Vice President – Corporate Development & Treasurer
http://www.gwrr.com

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