Canadian Pacific announces first quarter results

Canadian Pacific announces first quarter results

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX/NYSE: CP) announced its first-quarter results today. Net income in the first-quarter was $100 million, an increase of 74 per cent from $57 million in first-quarter 2009 and diluted earnings per share were $0.59, up from $0.36 in first-quarter 2009.

“We put in a solid performance this quarter and our results reflect both improvements in the economy and CP’s proven ability to rapidly adjust to changes in our customers’ demands,” said Fred Green, President and CEO. “Our ongoing commitment to service reliability, safety and managing our productivity objectives will continue to drive shareholder value.”

FIRST-QUARTER 2010 COMPARED WITH FIRST-QUARTER 2009:
 
  -  Total revenues were $1.2 billion, up five per cent from $1.1 billion
  -  Operating expenses were $962 million, down two per cent from
      $977 million
  -  Operating income increased to $205 million from $132 million, or
      55 per cent
  -  Operating ratio improved 570 basis points to 82.4 per cent
  -  Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.59 from $0.36, or
      64 per cent
  -  Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased to $0.60 from $0.32, or
      88 per cent

Presentation of non-GAAP earnings

Diluted earnings per share, excluding foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt and other specified items, is also referred to in this news release as “adjusted diluted earnings per share”.

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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 become non-GAAP measures. Capital program is a non-GAAP measure.

These non-GAAP earnings measures exclude foreign currency translation effects on long-term debt and the tax thereon, which can be volatile and short term. The impact of volatile short-term exchange rate fluctuations on foreign-denominated debt is only realized when long-term debt matures or is settled. 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. 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.

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.

The non-GAAP earnings measures described in this news release have no standardized meanings and are not defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and, therefore, are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE GAIN AND LOSS ON LONG-TERM DEBT AND OTHER SPECIFIED ITEMS

CP had a net foreign exchange loss after tax of $3 million on long-term debt in the first quarter of 2010, compared with a gain of $7 million after tax in first-quarter 2009.

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 the net investment in foreign subsidiaries. Although the taxes on foreign exchange gains and losses on long-term debt generally offset one another, because they may be in different tax jurisdictions, the resulting net tax can vary significantly.

Other specified items in the first quarter of 2010 include an increase to the estimated fair value of the investment in Long-Term Floating Rate Notes of $1.0 million ($0.9 million after tax). There were no similar other specified items in the first quarter of 2009.

CP began reporting its financial results in accordance with U.S. GAAP as at January 1, 2010. All prior period comparative numbers contained in this release are to U.S. GAAP. Additional historical U.S. GAAP financial reports can be found at www.cpr.ca.