CN reports Q4-2015 net income of C$941 million, with diluted earnings per share (EPS) up 15% to C$1.18

Record full-year earnings -- 2015 adjusted diluted EPS rose 18% to C$4.44 (1)

MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today reported its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2015.

Fourth-quarter 2015 financial highlights

  • Net income increased 11 per cent to C$941 million, while diluted EPS increased 15 per cent to C$1.18
  • Operating income increased seven per cent to C$1,354 million.
  • Revenues decreased by one per cent to C$3,166 million. Carloadings declined eight per cent, and revenue ton-miles declined five per cent.
  • The operating ratio improved by 3.5 points to 57.2 per cent.

Full-year 2015 financial highlights

  • Net income increased 12 per cent to C$3,538 million, with diluted EPS rising 14 per cent to C$4.39.
  • Adjusted net income increased 16 per cent to C$3,580 million, while adjusted diluted EPS increased 18 per cent to C$4.44. (1)
  • Operating income rose 14 per cent to C$5,266 million.
  • Revenues increased four per cent to C$12,611 million. Carloadings declined two per cent, and revenue ton-miles decreased three per cent.
  • The operating ratio for 2015 improved by 3.7 points to 58.2 per cent.
  • Free cash flow was a record C$2,373 million, compared with C$2,220 million for 2014. (1)

Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer, said: "CN generated strong fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 results despite the weak volume environment. Our solid performance is testament to the strength of CN's franchise and diversified portfolio of businesses. I am particularly proud that CN's team of railroaders quickly recalibrated resources to respond to weaker volumes, while protecting customer service."

2016 outlook, increased dividend (2)
Mongeau said: "Although the economic environment remains challenging, CN will continue to leverage its franchise strength and industry-leading efficiency. For 2016, the Company expects to deliver mid-single digit EPS growth over adjusted diluted 2015 EPS of C$4.44. (1) CN will continue to invest in the safety and efficiency of its network, with a 2016 capital investment program of approximately C$2.9 billion, including the negative impact of foreign exchange and increased spending for Positive Train Control technology. 

"Given CN's strong balance sheet and solid financial prospects, I am pleased to announce that the Company's Board of Directors today approved a 20 per cent increase in CN's 2016 quarterly common-share dividend. CN has increased its dividend per share by 17 per cent per year on average since its privatization in 1995 and continues to move towards a target payout ratio of 35 per cent."

Fourth-quarter 2015 revenues, traffic volumes and expenses
Revenues for the quarter decreased by one per cent to C$3,166 million. Revenues increased for automotive (13 per cent), forest products (12 per cent), intermodal (five per cent), and grain and fertilizers (one per cent). Revenues declined for metals and minerals (21 per cent), coal (16 per cent), and petroleum and chemicals (four per cent).

The decrease in total revenues was mainly attributable to reduced shipments of energy-related commodities due to a reduction in oil and gas activities, lower volumes of semi-finished steel products and short-haul iron ore, decreased shipments of coal due to weaker North American and global demand, and lower U.S. grain exports via the Gulf of Mexico; as well as a lower applicable fuel surcharge rate. These factors were partly offset by the positive translation impact of the weaker Canadian dollar on U.S.-dollar-denominated revenues, freight rate increases, and solid overseas intermodal demand.

Carloadings for the quarter declined eight per cent to 1,325 thousand.

Revenue ton-miles (RTMs), measuring the relative weight and distance of rail freight transported by CN, declined by five per cent, while rail freight revenue per RTM, a measurement of yield defined as revenue earned on the movement of a ton of freight over one mile, increased by five per cent.

Operating expenses for the quarter decreased by seven per cent to C$1,812 million. The decrease was primarily due to lower fuel expense, lower accident-related costs and cost-management efforts, partly offset by the negative translation impact of the weaker Canadian dollar on U.S.-dollar-denominated expenses.

Full-year 2015 revenues, traffic volumes and expenses
Revenues for 2015 increased four per cent to C$12,611 million. Revenues increased for automotive (16 per cent), forest products (13 per cent), intermodal (five per cent), grain and fertilizers (four per cent), and petroleum and chemicals (four per cent). Revenues declined for coal (17 per cent) and metals and minerals (three per cent).

The rise in total revenues was mainly attributable to the positive translation impact of the weaker Canadian dollar on U.S.-dollar-denominated revenues; freight rate increases; and solid overseas intermodal demand, higher volumes of finished vehicle traffic, and increased shipments of lumber and panels to U.S. markets. These factors were partly offset by a lower applicable fuel surcharge rate; and decreased shipments of energy-related commodities including crude oil, frac sand and drilling pipe, lower volumes of semi-finished steel products and short-haul iron ore, reduced shipments of coal due to weaker North American and global demand, as well as lower U.S. grain exports via the Gulf of Mexico.

Carloadings declined two per cent to 5,485 thousand.

RTMs decreased by three per cent. Rail freight revenue per RTM increased eight per cent over 2014, driven by the positive translation impact of the weaker Canadian dollar and freight rate increases, partly offset by a significant increase in the average length of haul, particularly in the second half of the year, and a lower applicable fuel surcharge rate.

Operating expenses for 2015 decreased by two per cent to C$7,345 million. The decrease was mainly due to lower fuel expense and cost-management efforts, partly offset by the negative translation impact of a weaker Canadian dollar on U.S.-dollar-denominated expenses.

The operating ratio was 58.2 per cent in 2015, an improvement of 3.7 points over the 2014 operating ratio of 61.9 per cent.

Foreign currency impact on results
Although CN reports its earnings in Canadian dollars, a large portion of its revenues and expenses is denominated in U.S. dollars. As such, the Company's results are affected by exchange-rate fluctuations. On a constant currency basis that excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, CN's net income for the three months and year ended Dec. 31, 2015, would have been lower by C$87 million (C$0.11 per diluted share) and C$314 million (C$0.39 per diluted share), respectively. (1)

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information included in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws. CN cautions that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results or performance of the Company or the rail industry to be materially different from the outlook or any future results or performance implied by such statements. To the extent that CN has provided non-GAAP financial measures in its outlook, the Company may not be able to provide a reconciliation to the GAAP measures, due to unknown variables and uncertainty related to future results. Key assumptions used in determining forward-looking information are set forth below.

2016 key assumptions
CN has made a number of economic and market assumptions in preparing its 2016 outlook. The Company is assuming that North American industrial production for the year will increase by approximately one per cent and assumes U.S. housing starts in the range of 1.2 million units and U.S. motor vehicle sales of approximately 17.5 million units. For the 2015/2016 crop year, the Canadian grain crop was in line with the five-year average and the U.S. grain crop was above the five-year average. The Company assumes that both Canadian and U.S. 2016/2017 grain crops will be in line with their respective five-year averages. With these assumptions, CN assumes total carloads for all freight categories in 2016 will be slightly negative versus 2015. CN expects continued pricing improvement above inflation. CN assumes that in 2016 the value of the Canadian dollar in U.S. currency will be in the range of $0.70 to $0.75, and that the average price of crude oil (West Texas Intermediate) will be in the range of US$30 to US$40 per barrel. In 2016, CN plans to invest approximately C$2.9 billion in its capital program, of which C$1.5 billion is targeted toward track infrastructure.

Important risk factors that could affect the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risk factors.

CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.

1) See discussion and reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted performance measures in the attached supplementary schedule, Non-GAAP Measures.

2) See Forward-Looking statements for a summary of the key assumptions and risks regarding CN's 2016 outlook.

CN is a true backbone of the economy whose team of approximately 25,000 railroaders transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the Company's website at www.cn.ca.

 

Selected Railroad Statistics - unaudited




Three months ended December 31



Year ended December 31




2015

2014



2015


2014











Financial measures




















Key financial performance indicators (1)










Total revenues ($ millions)



3,166

3,207



12,611


12,134

Rail freight revenues ($ millions)



2,987

3,015



11,905


11,455

Operating income ($ millions)



1,354

1,260



5,266


4,624

Net income ($ millions)



941

844



3,538


3,167

Diluted earnings per share ($)



1.18

1.03



4.39


3.85

Adjusted diluted earnings per share ($) (2)



1.18

1.03



4.44


3.76

Free cash flow ($ millions) (2)



632

175



2,373


2,220

Gross property additions ($ millions)



642

947



2,706


2,297

Share repurchases ($ millions)



500

410



1,750


1,505

Dividends per share ($)



0.3125

0.2500



1.2500


1.0000











Financial position (1)










Total assets ($ millions) (3)



36,402

31,687



36,402


31,687

Total liabilities ($ millions) (3)



21,452

18,217



21,452


18,217

Shareholders' equity ($ millions)



14,950

13,470



14,950


13,470











Financial ratio










Operating ratio (%)



57.2

60.7



58.2


61.9











Operational measures (4)




















Statistical operating data










Gross ton miles (GTMs) (millions)



110,245

115,698



442,084


448,765

Revenue ton miles (RTMs) (millions)



56,534

59,777



224,710


232,138

Carloads (thousands)



1,325

1,448



5,485


5,625

Route miles (includes Canada and the U.S.)



19,600

19,600



19,600


19,600

Employees (end of period)



23,172

25,530



23,172


25,530

Employees (average for the period)



23,583

25,304



24,575


24,635











Key operating measures










Rail freight revenue per RTM (cents)



5.28

5.04



5.30


4.93

Rail freight revenue per carload ($)



2,254

2,082



2,170


2,036

GTMs per average number of employees (thousands)



4,675

4,572



17,989


18,217

Operating expenses per GTM (cents)



1.64

1.68



1.66


1.67

Labor and fringe benefits expense per GTM (cents)



0.55

0.51



0.54


0.52

Diesel fuel consumed (US gallons in millions)



105.9

113.2



425.0


440.5

Average fuel price ($ per US gallon)



2.54

3.48



2.68


3.72

GTMs per US gallon of fuel consumed



1,041

1,022



1,040


1,019

Terminal dwell (hours)



14.3

16.9



15.0


16.9

Train velocity (miles per hour)



27.4

26.1



26.3


25.7











Safety indicators (5)










Injury frequency rate (per 200,000 person hours)



1.55

1.55



1.63


1.81

Accident rate (per million train miles)



1.48

2.83



2.06


2.73

(1)

Amounts expressed in Canadian dollars and prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles, unless otherwise noted.

(2)

See supplementary schedule entitled Non-GAAP Measures for an explanation of this non-GAAP measure.

(3)

As a result of the retrospective adoption of new accounting standards in the fourth quarter of 2015, certain 2014 balances have been restated. See Note 2 – Accounting changes to CN's 2015 unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

(4)

Statistical operating data, key operating measures and safety indicators are based on estimated data available at such time and are subject to change as more complete information becomes available, as such, certain of the comparative data have been restated. Definitions of these indicators are provided on our website, www.cn.ca/glossary.  

(5)

Based on Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reporting criteria.

 

Supplementary Information - unaudited



Three months ended December 31


Year ended December 31



2015

2014

% Change
Fav (Unfav)

% Change at
constant
currency
Fav (Unfav) (2)


2015

2014

% Change
Fav (Unfav)

% Change at
constant
currency
Fav (Unfav) (2)

Revenues ($ millions) (1)











Petroleum and chemicals


604

628

(4%)

(13%)


2,442

2,354

4%

(6%)

Metals and minerals


332

418

(21%)

(29%)


1,437

1,484

(3%)

(13%)

Forest products


445

398

12%

(1%)


1,728

1,523

13%

2%

Coal


144

172

(16%)

(24%)


612

740

(17%)

(25%)

Grain and fertilizers


568

560

1%

(6%)


2,071

1,986

4%

(3%)

Intermodal


715

680

5%

(1%)


2,896

2,748

5%

-

Automotive


179

159

13%

(1%)


719

620

16%

4%

Total rail freight revenues


2,987

3,015

(1%)

(10%)


11,905

11,455

4%

(4%)

Other revenues


179

192

(7%)

(17%)


706

679

4%

(6%)

Total revenues


3,166

3,207

(1%)

(10%)


12,611

12,134

4%

(5%)

Revenue ton miles (RTMs) (millions)











Petroleum and chemicals


12,616

13,935

(9%)

(9%)


51,103

53,169

(4%)

(4%)

Metals and minerals


5,061

6,995

(28%)

(28%)


21,828

24,686

(12%)

(12%)

Forest products


7,603

7,352

3%

3%


30,097

29,070

4%

4%

Coal


3,708

4,831

(23%)

(23%)


15,956

21,147

(25%)

(25%)

Grain and fertilizers


13,875

13,824

-

-


50,001

51,326

(3%)

(3%)

Intermodal


12,837

12,004

7%

7%


52,144

49,581

5%

5%

Automotive


834

836

-

-


3,581

3,159

13%

13%

Total revenue ton miles


56,534

59,777

(5%)

(5%)


224,710

232,138

(3%)

(3%)

Rail freight revenue / RTM (cents)











Petroleum and chemicals


4.79

4.51

6%

(4%)


4.78

4.43

8%

(2%)

Metals and minerals


6.56

5.98

10%

(3%)


6.58

6.01

9%

(2%)

Forest products


5.85

5.41

8%

(4%)


5.74

5.24

10%

(2%)

Coal


3.88

3.56

9%

(1%)


3.84

3.50

10%

(1%)

Grain and fertilizers


4.09

4.05

1%

(6%)


4.14

3.87

7%

-

Intermodal


5.57

5.66

(2%)

(7%)


5.55

5.54

-

(5%)

Automotive


21.46

19.02

13%

(1%)


20.08

19.63

2%

(9%)

Total rail freight revenue per RTM


5.28

5.04

5%

(5%)


5.30

4.93

8%

(1%)

Carloads (thousands)











Petroleum and chemicals


157

166

(5%)

(5%)


640

655

(2%)

(2%)

Metals and minerals


185

294

(37%)

(37%)


886

1,063

(17%)

(17%)

Forest products


109

109

-

-


441

433

2%

2%

Coal


105

127

(17%)

(17%)


438

519

(16%)

(16%)

Grain and fertilizers


163

175

(7%)

(7%)


607

640

(5%)

(5%)

Intermodal


545

519

5%

5%


2,232

2,086

7%

7%

Automotive


61

58

5%

5%


241

229

5%

5%

Total carloads


1,325

1,448

(8%)

(8%)


5,485

5,625

(2%)

(2%)

Rail freight revenue / carload ($)











Petroleum and chemicals


3,847

3,783

2%

(8%)


3,816

3,594

6%

(3%)

Metals and minerals


1,795

1,422

26%

12%


1,622

1,396

16%

4%

Forest products


4,083

3,651

12%

(1%)


3,918

3,517

11%

-

Coal


1,371

1,354

1%

(9%)


1,397

1,426

(2%)

(11%)

Grain and fertilizers


3,485

3,200

9%

1%


3,412

3,103

10%

3%

Intermodal


1,312

1,310

-

(6%)


1,297

1,317

(2%)

(7%)

Automotive


2,934

2,741

7%

(6%)


2,983

2,707

10%

(1%)

Total rail freight revenue per carload


2,254

2,082

8%

(1%)


2,170

2,036

7%

(2%)

Statistical operating data and related key operating measures are based on estimated data available at such time and are subject to change as more complete information becomes available.

(1)

Amounts expressed in Canadian dollars.

(2)

See supplementary schedule entitled Non-GAAP Measures for an explanation of this non-GAAP measure.

 

Non-GAAP Measures - unaudited

 

All financial information included in this supplementary schedule is expressed in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise noted.

 

Adjusted performance measures

Management believes that adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share are useful measures of performance that can facilitate period-to-period comparisons, as they exclude items that do not necessarily arise as part of the normal day-to-day operations of Canadian National Railway Company, together with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, collectively the "Company", and could distort the analysis of trends in business performance. The exclusion of such items in adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share does not, however, imply that such items are necessarily non-recurring. These adjusted measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

For the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, the Company reported adjusted net income of $941 million, or $1.18 per diluted share and $3,580 million, or $4.44 per diluted share, respectively. The adjusted figures for the year ended December 31, 2015 exclude a deferred income tax expense of $42 million ($0.05 per diluted share) resulting from the enactment of a higher provincial corporate income tax rate.

For the three months and year ended December 31, 2014, the Company reported adjusted net income of $844 million, or $1.03 per diluted share and $3,095 million, or $3.76 per diluted share, respectively. The adjusted figures for the year ended December 31, 2014 exclude a gain on disposal of the Deux-Montagnes subdivision, including the Mont-Royal tunnel, together with the rail fixtures, of $80 million, or $72 million after-tax ($0.09 per diluted share).

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and earnings per share, as reported for the three months and years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, to the adjusted performance measures presented herein.




Three months ended December 31


Year ended December 31

In millions, except per share data






2015


2014



2015


2014

Net income as reported





$

941

$

844


$

3,538

$

3,167

Adjustments:















Other income






-


-



-


(80)


Income tax expense






-


-



42


8

Adjusted net income





$

941

$

844


$

3,580

$

3,095

Basic earnings per share as reported





$

1.19

$

1.04


$

4.42

$

3.86

Impact of adjustments, per share






-


-



0.05


(0.09)

Adjusted basic earnings per share





$

1.19

$

1.04


$

4.47

$

3.77

Diluted earnings per share as reported





$

1.18

$

1.03


$

4.39

$

3.85

Impact of adjustments, per share






-


-



0.05


(0.09)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share





$

1.18

$

1.03


$

4.44

$

3.76

 

Constant currency

Financial results at constant currency allow results to be viewed without the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, thereby facilitating period-to-period comparisons in the analysis of trends in business performance. Measures at constant currency are considered non-GAAP measures and do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Financial results at constant currency are obtained by translating the current period results denominated in US dollars at the foreign exchange rates of the comparable period of the prior year. The average foreign exchange rates were $1.33 and $1.28 per US$1.00, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, and $1.14 and $1.10 per US$1.00, respectively, for the three months and year ended December 31, 2014.

On a constant currency basis, the Company's net income for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015 would have been lower by $87 million ($0.11 per diluted share) and $314 million ($0.39 per diluted share), respectively.

 

Free cash flow

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure that is reported as a supplementary indicator of the Company's performance. Management believes that free cash flow is a useful measure of performance as it demonstrates the Company's ability to generate cash for debt obligations and for discretionary uses such as payment of dividends and strategic opportunities. The Company defines its free cash flow measure as the difference between net cash provided by operating activities and net cash used in investing activities; adjusted for changes in restricted cash and cash equivalents and the impact of major acquisitions, if any. Free cash flow does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.



Three months ended December 31


Year ended December 31

In millions





2015


2014



2015


2014

Net cash provided by operating activities




$

1,293

$

1,135


$

5,140

$

4,381

Net cash used in investing activities





(661)


(956)



(2,827)


(2,176)

Net cash provided before financing activities





632


179



2,313


2,205














Adjustment: Change in restricted cash and cash equivalents





-


(4)



60


15

Free cash flow




$

632

$

175


$

2,373

$

2,220

 

Credit measures

Management believes that the adjusted debt-to-total capitalization ratio is a useful credit measure that aims to show the true leverage of the Company. Similarly, the adjusted debt-to-adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) multiple is another useful credit measure because it reflects the Company's ability to service its debt. The Company excludes Other income in the calculation of EBITDA. These measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore, may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Adjusted debt-to-total capitalization ratio













December 31,


2015


2014

Debt-to-total capitalization ratio (1) (2)



41.1%


38.3%

Add: Impact of present value of operating lease commitments (3)



1.4%


1.7%

Adjusted debt-to-total capitalization ratio



42.5%


40.0%







Adjusted debt-to-adjusted EBITDA multiple












In millions, unless otherwise indicated

Twelve months ended December 31,


2015


2014

Debt (2)


$

10,427

$

8,372

Add: Present value of operating lease commitments (3)



607


607

Adjusted debt


$

11,034

$

8,979







Operating income


$

5,266

$

4,624

Add: Depreciation and amortization



1,158


1,050

EBITDA (excluding Other income)



6,424


5,674

Add: Deemed interest on operating leases



29


28

Adjusted EBITDA


$

6,453

$

5,702

Adjusted debt-to-adjusted EBITDA multiple (times)



1.71


1.57

(1)

Debt-to-total capitalization is calculated as total Long-term debt plus Current portion of long-term debt, divided by the sum of total
debt plus Total shareholders' equity.

(2)

As a result of the retrospective adoption of a new accounting standard in the fourth quarter of 2015, the 2014 debt balance has been
adjusted and the related financial ratios have been restated. See Note 2 – Accounting changes to the Company's 2015 unaudited
Interim Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.

(3)

The operating lease commitments have been discounted using the Company's implicit interest rate for each of the periods presented.

 

The increase in the Company's adjusted debt-to-total capitalization ratio at December 31, 2015, as compared to 2014, was mainly due to an increased debt level, reflecting a weaker Canadian-to-US dollar foreign exchange rate in effect at the balance sheet date and the net issuance of commercial paper. The Company's adjusted debt-to-adjusted EBITDA multiple also increased, which was driven by the increased debt level as at December 31, 2015, partly offset by a higher operating income earned during 2015, as compared to 2014.

 

Consolidated Statements of Income - unaudited


Three months ended


Year ended


December 31


December 31

In millions, except per share data


2015



2014



2015



2014

Revenues

$

3,166


$

3,207


$

12,611


$

12,134













Operating expenses












Labor and fringe benefits


608



592



2,406



2,319

Purchased services and material


437



442



1,729



1,598

Fuel


304



448



1,285



1,846

Depreciation and amortization 


290



279



1,158



1,050

Equipment rents


103



85



373



329

Casualty and other


70



101



394



368

Total operating expenses


1,812



1,947



7,345



7,510

Operating income


1,354



1,260



5,266



4,624

Interest expense


(119)



(94)



(439)



(371)

Other income


16



13



47



107

Income before income taxes


1,251



1,179



4,874



4,360

Income tax expense


(310)



(335)



(1,336)



(1,193)

Net income

$

941


$

844


$

3,538


$

3,167













Earnings per share












Basic

$

1.19


$

1.04


$

4.42


$

3.86

Diluted

$

1.18


$

1.03


$

4.39


$

3.85













Weighted-average number of shares












Basic


792.4



813.0



800.7



819.9

Diluted


796.3



816.9



805.1



823.5

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income - unaudited






Three months ended



Year ended






December 31



December 31

In millions


2015



2014



2015



2014

Net income

$

941


$

844


$

3,538


$

3,167

Other comprehensive income (loss)












Net gain on foreign currency translation


73



36



249



75

Net change in pension and other postretirement benefit plans


134



(1,090)



306



(995)

Amortization of gain on treasury lock


-



-



-



(1)

Other comprehensive income (loss) before income taxes


207



(1,054)



555



(921)

Income tax recovery


9



326



105



344

Other comprehensive income (loss)


216



(728)



660



(577)

Comprehensive income

$

1,157


$

116


$

4,198


$

2,590

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.












 

Consolidated Balance Sheets - unaudited


December 31


December 31

In millions


2015



2014







Assets












Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents

$

153


$

52

Restricted cash and cash equivalents


523



463

Accounts receivable


878



928

Material and supplies


355



335

Other


244



215

Total current assets


2,153



1,993







Properties 


32,624



28,514

Pension asset


1,305



882

Intangible and other assets


320



298

Total assets

$

36,402


$

31,687







Liabilities and shareholders' equity












Current liabilities






Accounts payable and other

$

1,556


$

1,657

Current portion of long-term debt


1,442



544

Total current liabilities


2,998



2,201







Deferred income taxes 


8,105



6,834

Other liabilities and deferred credits


644



704

Pension and other postretirement benefits


720



650

Long-term debt


8,985



7,828







Shareholders' equity






Common shares


3,705



3,718

Common shares in Share Trusts


(100)



-

Additional paid-in capital


475



439

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(1,767)



(2,427)

Retained earnings


12,637



11,740

Total shareholders' equity


14,950



13,470

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

36,402


$

31,687

See accompanying notes to unaudited financial statements.






 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Shareholders' Equity - unaudited


Number of






Common


Accumulated







common shares




shares


Additional

other




Total

In millions

 

Outstanding

Share

Trusts


Common

shares (1)


in Share

Trusts


paid-in

capital (1)


comprehensive

loss


Retained

earnings


shareholders'

equity

Balance at December 31, 2013

830.6

-


$

3,795


$

-


$

220


$

(1,850)


$

10,788


$

12,953






















Net income

















3,167



3,167

Stock-based compensation

1.2




31






10









41

Modification of stock-based






















compensation awards











209









209

Share repurchase programs

(22.4)




(108)












(1,397)



(1,505)

Other comprehensive loss














(577)






(577)

Dividends ($1.00 per share)

















(818)



(818)

Balance at December 31, 2014

809.4

-



3,718



-



439



(2,427)



11,740



13,470






















Net income

















3,538



3,538

Stock-based compensation

2.5




95






36






(3)



128

Share repurchase programs

(23.3)




(108)












(1,642)



(1,750)

Share purchases by Share Trusts

(1.4)

1.4






(100)












(100)

Other comprehensive income














660






660

Dividends ($1.25 per share)

















(996)



(996)

Balance at December 31, 2015

787.2

1.4


$

3,705


$

(100)


$

475


$

(1,767)


$

12,637


$

14,950

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

(1)   The Company reclassified certain 2013 and 2014 balances from Common shares to Additional paid-in capital to conform with the 2015 presentation.

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - unaudited



Three months ended


Year ended



December 31


December 31

In millions



2015



2014



2015



2014

Operating activities













Net income


$

941


$

844


$

3,538


$

3,167

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash














provided by operating activities:















Depreciation and amortization



290



279



1,158



1,050



Deferred income taxes



237



201



600



416



Gain on disposal of property



-



-



-



(80)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:















Accounts receivable



93



14



188



(59)



Material and supplies



77



41



4



(51)



Accounts payable and other



(348)



(196)



(282)



-



Other current assets



45



(19)



46



5

Pensions and other, net



(42)



(29)



(112)



(67)

Net cash provided by operating activities



1,293



1,135



5,140



4,381

Investing activities













Property additions



(642)



(947)



(2,706)



(2,297)

Disposal of property



-



-



-



173

Change in restricted cash and cash equivalents



-



4



(60)



(15)

Other, net



(19)



(13)



(61)



(37)

Net cash used in investing activities



(661)



(956)



(2,827)



(2,176)

Financing activities













Issuance of debt



-



675



841



1,022

Repayment of debt



(636)



(27)



(752)



(822)

Net issuance (repayment) of commercial paper



306



(350)



451



(277)

Common shares issued for stock options exercised,














excess tax benefits, and other



56



6



75



30

Repurchase of common shares



(498)



(410)



(1,742)



(1,505)

Purchase of common shares by Share Trusts



-



-



(100)



-

Dividends paid



(246)



(202)



(996)



(818)

Net cash used in financing activities



(1,018)



(308)



(2,223)



(2,370)

Effect of foreign exchange fluctuations on US














dollar-denominated cash and cash equivalents



2



5



11



3

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



(384)



(124)



101



(162)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



537



176



52



214

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

153


$

52


$

153


$

52

Supplemental cash flow information













Net cash receipts from customers and other


$

3,192


$

3,084


$

12,714


$

12,029

Net cash payments for:














Employee services, suppliers and other expenses



(1,582)



(1,576)



(6,232)



(6,333)


Interest



(133)



(112)



(432)



(409)


Personal injury and other claims



(15)



(19)



(59)



(57)


Pensions



(25)



(21)



(126)



(127)


Income taxes



(144)



(221)



(725)



(722)

Net cash provided by operating activities


$

1,293


$

1,135


$

5,140


$

4,381

See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

 

1 - Basis of presentation

The accompanying unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements, expressed in Canadian dollars, have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) for interim financial statements. Accordingly, they do not include all of the disclosures required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In management's opinion, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for fair presentation have been included. 

These unaudited Interim Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared using accounting policies consistent with those used in preparing Canadian National Railway Company's (the "Company") 2014  Annual Consolidated Financial Statements, except as disclosed in Note 2 - Accounting changes, and should be read in conjunction with such statements and Notes thereto.

 

2 - Accounting changes

The following recent Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) were adopted by the Company during the current period.

Standard

Description

Impact

ASU 2015-17 Income Taxes, Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Taxes

Simplifies the presentation of deferred income taxes by requiring that deferred tax liabilities and assets be classified as noncurrent in a statement of financial position, thus eliminating the requirement to separate deferred income tax liabilities and assets into current and noncurrent amounts.

The Company adopted this standard during the fourth quarter of 2015 on a retrospective basis. The current deferred income tax asset was reclassified as noncurrent and netted against the related noncurrent deferred income tax liability in the amount $58 million and $68 million as at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

ASU 2015-03 Interest – Imputation of Interest

Simplifies the presentation of debt issuance costs by requiring that such costs be presented in the balance sheet as a deduction from the carrying amount of debt.

The Company adopted this standard during the fourth quarter of 2015 on a retrospective basis. Debt issuance costs have been reclassified from assets to Long-term debt in the amount of $42 million and $37 million as at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

 

SOURCE CN

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