Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced fourth-quarter reported diluted earnings per share of C$2.08 and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.72, the highest ever for the period. For the full year, reported diluted earnings per share were $8.40 while adjusted diluted earnings per share climbed to a record $10.10, a 19-percent improvement over 2014's adjusted EPS of $8.50.
CP's commitment to operational efficiency produced a fourth-quarter adjusted and reported operating ratio of 59.8 percent, matching the record-setting performance of a year ago. For 2015, CP posted a best-ever full-year adjusted and reported operating ratio of 61 and 60 percent, beating the previous record, set in 2014, by 370 and 470 basis points, respectively.
"Thanks to our committed, hard-working employees across the network we have produced a record low operating ratio along with record earnings per share," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer. "Despite challenging economic conditions and lower commodity prices, we continue to focus on what we can control – lowering costs, creating efficiencies and improving service."
"While the North American economy braces itself for more headwinds, we remain optimistic about the future and CP's continued growth," said Harrison. "Despite the challenges, we expect 2016 to bring an operating ratio below 59 while generating double-digit EPS growth – a testament to the strength of our operating model and plan for the future."
For further information regarding non-GAAP measures, including reconciliations to the nearest GAAP measures, see the attached supplementary schedule Non-GAAP Measures.
CP will discuss its results with the financial community in a conference call beginning at 11 a.m. eastern time (9 a.m. mountain time) on January 21, 2016.
Conference Call Access
Toronto participants dial in number: 1-647-427-7450 Operator assisted toll free dial in number: 1-888-231-8191 Callers should dial in 10 minutes prior to the call.
We encourage you to access the webcast and presentation material in the Investors section of CP's website at http://www.cpr.ca/en/investors/earnings-releases
A replay of the fourth-quarter conference call will be available by phone through to February 18, 2016 at 416-849-0833 or toll free 1-855-859-2056, password 35670003.
Access to the webcast and audio file of the presentation will be made available at: http://www.cpr.ca/en/investors/earnings-releases
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