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Kansas City Southern Touts Precision Scheduled Railroading Benefits

April 19, 2019

Record first quarter revenues of $675 million, an increase of 6% from prior year on a 1% volume decline

Operating income of $160 million. Record first quarter adjusted operating income of $242 million, excluding restructuring charges related to Precision Scheduled Railroading (“PSR”) initiatives, and including the Mexican fuel excise tax credit

Reported operating ratio of 76.2%. Adjusted operating ratio of 64.2%, compared to 65.8% in the prior year

Reported diluted earnings per share of $1.02. Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.54, 18% higher than a year ago

Kansas City Southern reported record first quarter revenues of $675 million, an increase of 6% from first quarter 2018. Overall, carload volumes declined by 1% compared to prior year, driven primarily by service interruption at Lázaro Cárdenas due to teacher protests.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2019 increased in four commodity groups, led by a 21% increase in Chemicals and Petroleum due to refined product shipments to Mexico. Agriculture and Minerals grew by 8%, driven by improved network cycle times. Energy and Industrial and Consumer Products also grew 5% and 2%, respectively. These increases were partially offset by revenue declines in Automotive and Intermodal of 4% and 12%, respectively, due to auto plant shutdowns and teacher protests.

In the first quarter of 2019, reported operating expenses were $515 million. Excluding restructuring charges related to PSR initiatives, and including the Mexican fuel excise tax credit, adjusted operating expenses were $433 million, 3% higher than 2018. Adjusted operating income was $242 million, 10% higher than a year ago. KCS reported an adjusted first quarter operating ratio of 64.2%, a 1.6 point improvement over first quarter 2018.

Reported net income in the first quarter of 2019 was $103 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with $145 million, or $1.40 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2018. As presented in the following reconciliations, adjusted diluted earnings per share was $1.54, 18% higher than a year ago.

“We are pleased to announce a strong start to the year with solid revenue growth and improved operational performance,” stated Kansas City Southern’s President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “Although we are still in the early stages of implementation, KCS’ transition to a precision-scheduled network is already producing improved velocity and dwell, which is driving improved customer service, labor and asset utilization as well as other efficiencies.

“Our PSR initiatives support volume and revenue growth, capital efficiency and an improved cost profile. They equally support improved customer service, capacity and network resiliency. We have confidence that this transition will continue to benefit all KCS stakeholders, including customers and shareholders.”

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