CSX Corp. delivered a fourth-quarter profit of $843 million, which was lower than last year when tax reforms were approved but in line with Wall Street expectations.
The Jacksonville, Florida-based railroad said Wednesday it earned $1.01 per share net income in the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That’s down from last year’s $4.14 billion, or $4.62 per share, which was affected by tax reforms and restructuring charges. Without last year’s one-time gains, CSX said earned 64 cents per share in fourth quarter 2017.
CSX’s profits were in line with the $1.01 earnings per share that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research predicted.
CSX is nearly two years into an operational overhaul that began under previous CEO Hunter Harrison, who died in December 2017. His successor, Jim Foote, says there are still many opportunities to reduce expenses and improve operations at CSX. He says those will allow it to haul more volume with fewer locomotives and employees by operating on a tighter plan.
“The CSX transformation story is still early,” Foote said.
The freight railroad posted revenue of $3.14 billion in the period, surpassing Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.13 billion.
CSX said it hauled 3 percent more carloads of freight in the fourth quarter.
Edward Jones analyst Dan Sherman said CSX delivered solid profits 2018, and he anticipates it to continue improving its operations, which will assist it increase the shipping rates it charges.
The railroad declared a new $5 billion stock repurchase program Wednesday after its previous buyback program was accomplished earlier than expected.
CSX operates more than 21,000 miles of track in 23 Eastern states and two Canadian provinces.
CSX Corporation, (NASDAQ: CSX) was trading -14.64% away from its yearly high level, during the last trading session. The last session’s volume was 5,275,453 compared to its average daily volume of 5.87M shares. The company has its outstanding shares of 850.00M. The Servicesstock showed a change of -1.51% from opening and finally closed at $65.08 by scoring -1.14%.