April 23, 2009: Calgary, Alberta - Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX/NYSE: CP) announced first-quarter earnings results today of $0.39 per share. This is a decrease of 34 per cent from first-quarter 2008 earnings per share of $0.59. Excluding foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items, earnings per share were $0.34 for first-quarter 2009 compared with $0.75 in 2008, a decrease of 55 per cent. Declining freight traffic volume, resulting from the global economic downturn, was the primary cause of the decrease in earnings.
"As we experienced rapidly declining volumes in the quarter, we successfully reduced variable expenses while delivering consistent service to our customers," said Fred Green, President and CEO. "The unprecedented temporary decline in traffic in some of our key markets (as measured by carloads), particularly potash (-70%), Canadian coal (-30%), and automotive (-43%) has resulted in more than 2,400 employee layoffs to date."
"In addition, the work announced in November to improve efficiency and sustainably transform our fixed cost structure is progressing well. We continue to build the strength of the CP franchise through our recent equity issue and asset sales, reinforcing our balance sheet and improving our strategic and financial flexibility," added Mr. Green.
SUMMARY OF FIRST-QUARTER 2009 COMPARED WITH FIRST-QUARTER 2008 (PRO FORMA)
For the first-quarter of 2009, the results of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad (DM&E) are fully consolidated with CP's results. For comparison, first-quarter 2008 results are presented on a pro forma basis. In the first quarter of 2008 DM&E earnings were reported as equity income, and pro-forma comparisons are provided in order to aid in the evaluation of the underlying earnings trends. Financial data presented on a pro forma basis, a non-GAAP measure, redistributes DM&E's operating results from an equity income basis of accounting to a line-by-line consolidation of DM&E revenues and expenses.
EXCLUDING FOREIGN EXCHANGE GAINS AND LOSSES ON LONG-TERM DEBT AND OTHER SPECIFIED ITEMS:
* Income decreased 54 per cent to $54 million from $116 million
* Total revenues decreased 13 per cent to $1.07 billion from $1.23 billion, on a pro forma basis
* Operating expenses were $931 million a decrease of eight per cent from $1.01 billion, on a pro forma basis
Freight revenues were down 13 per cent in the first-quarter on sharply declining volumes and lower fuel recoveries due to lower fuel prices, with five of seven business lines experiencing double digit decreases in revenues on a pro forma basis. The decreases were partially offset by the favourable impact of the weaker Canadian dollar on U.S. dollar denominated revenues, as well as solid pricing.
Operating expenses decreased eight per cent, on a pro forma basis, in the first quarter resulting from lower volumes, lower fuel prices and CP's continuing focus on managing costs. These reductions were partially offset by the unfavourable impact of the weaker Canadian dollar on U.S. dollar denominated operating expenses.
2009 CAPITAL PROGRAM
CP plans to reduce its capital program in 2009 to $720 million to $740 million, a decrease from the original outlook of $800 million to $820 million. This is compared with the capital program for the full year 2008 of $1.0 billion, on a pro forma basis. This 2009 outlook assumes an average currency exchange rate of $1.25 per U.S. dollar (US$0.80).
FOREIGN EXCHANGE GAINS AND LOSSES ON LONG-TERM DEBT AND OTHER SPECIFIED ITEMS
CP had a net foreign exchange loss on long-term debt of $0.2 million (a gain of $8.4 million after tax) in the first quarter of 2009, compared with a net foreign exchange loss on long-term debt of $16.3 million ($10.6 million after tax) in the first quarter of 2008.
As part of a consolidated financing strategy, CP structures its U.S. dollar long-term debt in different taxing jurisdictions. As well, a portion of this debt is designated as a net investment hedge against net investment in U.S. subsidiaries. As a result, the tax on foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt in different taxing jurisdictions can vary significantly.
In the first quarter of 2008, CP adjusted the estimated fair value of investments in Canadian Non-Bank Asset Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) and took a charge of $21 million ($15 million after tax). There were no adjustments to the fair value of ABCP in the first quarter of 2009 or other specified items in the first-quarter of 2009.
Presentation of non-GAAP earnings
CP presents non-GAAP earnings measures in this news release to provide an additional basis for evaluating underlying earnings and liquidity trends in its business that can be compared with prior periods' results of operations. When foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items are excluded from diluted earnings per share, income and income tax expense, these are non-GAAP measures. Additional non-GAAP measures include Operating income, Capital program and Financial data on a pro forma basis.
These non-GAAP earnings measures exclude foreign currency translation effects on long-term debt, which can be volatile and short term. The impact of volatile short-term rate fluctuations on foreign-denominated debt is only realized when long-term debt matures or is settled. A reconciliation of income, excluding foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items, to net income as presented in the financial statements is detailed in the attached Summary of Rail Data. In addition, these non-GAAP measures exclude other specified items (described below) that are not a part of CP's normal ongoing revenues and operating expenses.
Diluted earnings per share, excluding foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items, is referred to in this news release as "adjusted diluted earnings per share". Revenues less operating expenses are referred to as "Operating Income" and Additions to property is referred to as "Capital Program".
Other specified items are material transactions that may include, but are not limited to, restructuring and asset impairment charges, gains and losses on non-routine sales of assets, unusual income tax adjustments, and other items that do not typify normal business activities.
Financial data on a pro forma basis redistributes the DM&E operating results originally reported on an equity income basis of accounting to a line-by-line consolidation of DM&E revenues and expenses. Doing so provides a comparable measure for periods in 2008 that preceded the Surface Transportation Board's approval of the change of control of the DM&E on October 30, 2008 following that approval, the results were fully consolidated with CP's operations.
The non-GAAP earnings measures described in this news release have no standardized meanings and are not defined by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles and, therefore, are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.
Note on forward-looking information
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements relating but not limited to our operations, anticipated financial performance and business prospects. Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially.
By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the following factors: changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic and business conditions, including the potential adverse impact of the current global credit crisis; risks in agricultural production such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; changes in laws and regulations, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; uncertainties of litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods, timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions and discount rates on the financial position of pension plans and investments, including ABCP; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather conditions, security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes.
There are factors that could cause actual results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. These more specific factors are identified and discussed in the Outlook section and elsewhere in this news release with the particular forward-looking statement in question.
Except as required by law, CP undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe operation of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we operate. Come and visit us at www.cpr.ca to see how we can put our ingenuity to work for you. Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Canadian Pacific announces first-quarter results