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CP reports record Q4 2014 operating ratio of 59.8 percent and earnings per share of C$2.63

​​​​​​​Q4 adjusted earnings per share climb to $2.68

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced the lowest quarterly operating ratio in the company's history and record net income for both the fourth quarter and the full year 2014.

Revenues in the fourth quarter climbed 10 percent to an all-time high $1.76 billion. Net income rose to a record $451 million, or $2.63 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings in the fourth-quarter jumped to $460 million, or $2.68 per share, from $338 million, or $1.91 per share, in the fourth quarter 2013.

"I am proud of the team at CP, which continues to build momentum as we exited the year with double-digit revenue growth and a sub-60 operating ratio, proving again our ability to control costs while growing the top line," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer. "In just two short years, CP has transformed from an industry laggard into a railway leader, and achieved its ambitious 2016 targets two full years ahead of schedule."

FULL-YEAR 2014 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue climbed 8 percent to an all-time high $6.62 billion
  • Operating ratio fell to a record 64.7 percent, a 520-basis-point drop on an adjusted basis
  • Reported EPS rose 71 percent to a record $8.46
  • Adjusted EPS climbed 32 percent to $8.50

"CP's remarkable transformation has allowed it to exceed its operational and financial goals for 2014, positioning the company to be nimble in the near-term and successful in the long run," Harrison said. "CP fully recognizes the impact of short-term volatility in commodity prices, but given the diversity of its business and proven ability to control costs, we're confident in our ability to execute on our plan going forward."

"We are just getting started," Harrison said. 

2015 FULL-YEAR GUIDANCE

  • Operating ratio below 62 percent
  • Revenue growth of 7-8 percent
  • Adjusted EPS increase of more than 25 percent vs. 2014 adjusted EPS of $8.50​

KEY ASSUMPTIONS

  • No assumption on share buybacks beyond current NCIB program expiring March 16, 2015
  • Canadian dollar to U.S. dollar exchange rate of C$1.20
  • Tax rate of 27.5 per cent
  • Defined benefit pension expense of approximately $45 million vs. 2014 pension income of $43 million
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $1.5 billion
  • Average On Highway Diesel price of $2.70
  • Average WTI price of $46
  • 140,000 crude carloads​

Non-GAAP Measures

For further information regarding non-GAAP measures, including reconciliations to the nearest GAAP measures, see the attached supplementary schedule Non-GAAP Measures.

Note on forward-looking information

This news release contains certain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating, but not limited, to our operations, priorities and plans, anticipated financial performance, business prospects, planned capital expenditures, programs and strategies. This forward-looking information also includes, but is not limited to, statements concerning expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about possible future events, conditions, and results of operations or performance. Forward-looking information may contain statements with words or headings such as "financial expectations", "key assumptions", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "will", "outlook", "should" or similar words suggesting future outcomes. To the extent that CP has provided guidance using non-GAAP financial measures, the Company may not be able to provide a reconciliation to a GAAP measure, due to unknown variables and uncertainty related to future results.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance. By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information, including but not limited to the following factors: changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic, credit and business conditions; risks in agricultural production such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; changes in commodity prices; uncertainty surrounding timing and volumes of commodities being shipped via CP; inflation; changes in laws and regulations, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods; timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions and discount rates on the financial position of pension plans and investments; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather, droughts, floods, avalanches and earthquakes as well as security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

These and other factors are detailed from time to time in reports filed by CP with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CP's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates and projections and it is possible that predictions, forecasts, projections, and other forms of forward-looking information will not be achieved by CP. Except as required by law, CP undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit www.cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

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