DARIEN, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR) today reported traffic volumes
for January 2019.
G&W’s total traffic in January 2019 was 267,794 carloads, a decrease of
9,337 carloads, or 3.4%, compared with January 2018. G&W’s same railroad
traffic in January 2019 increased 3,179 carloads, or 1.2%, compared with
G&W’s traffic in January 2018, excluding carloads from G&W’s former
Continental European intermodal business (ERS), which was sold in June
2018, and short line lease expirations in Canada (GEXR and SOR) in the
fourth quarter of 2018.
The table below sets forth summary total carloads by segment.
|North American Operations||138,532||136,199||2,333||1.7%||3.6%|
|Total G&W Operations||267,794||277,131||(9,337)||(3.4%)||1.2%|
| (1) Excludes 2,442 carloads in January 2018 from two Canadian short|
line lease expirations in the fourth quarter of 2018,
Goderich-Exeter Railway (GEXR) and Southern Ontario Railway (SOR)
and 10,074 carloads in January 2018 from ERS, which was sold in June
|(2) 51.1% owned by G&W.|
Highlights by Segment
- North American Operations: Traffic in January 2019 was 138,532
carloads, an increase of 1.7% compared with January 2018. Excluding
traffic from short line lease expirations in Canada, traffic in
January 2019 increased 3.6% compared with same railroad traffic in
January 2018, primarily due to increased petroleum products and metals
- Australian Operations: Traffic in January 2019 was 49,147 carloads, a
decrease of 0.3% compared with January 2018, primarily due to
decreased agricultural products traffic, partially offset by increased
coal & coke traffic. Carload information for G&W’s 51.1% owned
Australian Operations is presented on a 100% basis.
- U.K./European Operations: Traffic in January 2019 was 80,115 carloads,
a decrease of 12.6% compared with January 2018. Excluding traffic from
ERS, traffic in January 2019 decreased 1.8% compared with same
railroad traffic in January 2018, primarily due to decreased minerals
and stone traffic in Poland, partially offset by increased coal & coke
traffic in Poland and petroleum products traffic in the U.K.
The table below sets forth North American Operations carload information
by commodity group.
|Autos & Auto Parts||2,667||3,091||(424)||(13.7%)||(11.5%)|
|Chemicals & Plastics||13,914||14,582||(668)||(4.6%)||(1.6%)|
|Coal & Coke||21,194||21,560||(366)||(1.7%)||(1.7%)|
|Food & Kindred Products||5,309||5,307||2||0.0%||3.3%|
|Lumber & Forest Products||11,613||12,098||(485)||(4.0%)||(3.4%)|
|Minerals & Stone||15,340||14,957||383||2.6%||4.6%|
|Pulp & Paper||14,716||14,052||664||4.7%||5.0%|
| (1) Excludes 2,442 carloads in January 2018 from short line leases|
in Canada (GEXR and SOR), which expired in the fourth quarter of
The following highlights relate to North American same railroad traffic:
- Petroleum products traffic increased 1,652 carloads, or 18.7%,
primarily due to increased shipments of liquid petroleum gases and
natural gas liquids in G&W’s Western and Southern regions and fuel
oils in G&W’s Canada Region.
- Metals traffic increased 1,391 carloads, or 12.2%, primarily due to
increased scrap and finished steel shipments in most G&W regions.
- All remaining traffic increased by a net 1,732 carloads.
The table below sets forth carload information for G&W’s 51.1% owned
Australian Operations by commodity group.
|Coal & Coke||36,196||33,811||2,385||7.1%|
|Minerals & Stone||5,691||5,543||148||2.7%|
|(1) 51.1% owned by G&W.|
- Agricultural products traffic decreased 2,426 carloads, or 62.4%,
primarily due to a weaker 2018-2019 South Australia grain harvest.
- Coal & coke traffic increased 2,385 carloads, or 7.1%, primarily due
to increased shipments in the Hunter Valley.
- All remaining traffic decreased by a net 88 carloads.
The table below sets forth U.K./European Operations carload information
by commodity group.
|Coal & Coke||3,385||2,186||1,199||54.8%||54.8%|
|Minerals & Stone||10,228||13,748||(3,520)||(25.6%)||(25.6%)|
| (1) Excludes 10,074 carloads from ERS in January 2018, which was|
sold in June 2018.
The following highlights relate to U.K./European same railroad traffic:
- Minerals & stone traffic decreased 3,520 carloads, or 25.6%, primarily
due to decreased aggregates shipments in Poland.
- Coal & coke traffic increased 1,199 carloads, or 54.8%, primarily due
to increased shipments in Poland.
- Petroleum products traffic increased 1,017, primarily due to new
business in the U.K.
- All remaining traffic decreased by a net 163 carloads.
The term carload represents physical railcars and estimated railcar
equivalents of commodities for which G&W is paid on a metric ton or
other measure to move freight, as well as intermodal units.
Historically, G&W has found that traffic information may be indicative
of freight revenues on its railroads. Freight revenues are revenues for
which G&W is paid on a per car, per container or per metric ton basis to
move freight. Activities such as railcar switching, port terminal
shunting, traction services and other similar freight-related services
are excluded from our traffic information as the resulting revenues are
not classified as freight revenue. Traffic information may not be
indicative of total operating revenues, operating expenses, operating
income or net income. Please refer to the documents G&W files from time
to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as its Form
10-Q and 10-K, which contain additional information on G&W’s freight
traffic and segment reporting.
G&W owns or leases 120 freight railroads organized in nine locally
managed operating regions with 8,000 employees serving 3,000 customers.
- G&W’s seven North American regions serve 41 U.S. states and four
Canadian provinces and include 114 short line and regional freight
railroads with more than 13,000 track-miles.
- G&W’s Australia Region serves New South Wales, the Northern Territory
and South Australia and operates the 1,400-mile Tarcoola-to-Darwin
rail line. The Australia Region is 51.1% owned by G&W and 48.9% owned
by a consortium of funds and clients managed by Macquarie
Infrastructure and Real Assets.
- G&W’s UK/Europe Region includes the U.K.’s largest rail maritime
intermodal operator and second-largest freight rail provider, as well
as regional rail services in Continental Europe.
G&W subsidiaries and joint ventures also provide rail service at more
than 40 major ports, rail-ferry service between the U.S. Southeast
and Mexico, transload services, contract coal loading, and industrial
railcar switching and repair.
For more information, visit gwrr.com.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Thomas D. Savage, 1-203-202-8900
Vice President – Corporate Development & Treasurer
Web Site: http://www.gwrr.com