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CP reports Q2 2015 diluted earnings per share of C$2.36; adjusted EPS of $2.45

​​​​​Revises full-year 2015 earnings outlook​

​Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced the highest-ever net income for the second quarter and the lowest operating ratio for the period in the company's history. 

Net income rose to a record quarterly high of $390 million, or $2.36 per diluted share, an improvement of 12 percent. Adjusted earnings per share gained 16 percent to $2.45. Revenues were little changed at $1.65 billion.

"CP remains disciplined during this period of economic uncertainty in identifying opportunities to control costs and improve efficiency to offset near-term headwinds," said E. Hunter Harrison, CP's Chief Executive Officer. "CP's achievement on the bottom line came even as a sluggish North American recovery and stubborn global economic softness weighed on commodity prices, forcing producers to reduce output and cut shipments." ​

SECOND-QUARTER 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Operating income climbed 10 percent to $646 million
  • OR fell to a second-quarter record 60.9 percent, a 420-basis-point improvement 
  • Adjusted earnings per share advanced 16 percent to $2.45  

"Even in the face of this economic slowdown, CP's commitment to providing the best service at the lowest cost will continue to serve us well moving forward," Harrison said. "The positive CP story is based on a business model that allows for flexibility – we are nimble, efficient, and able to respond to the ever-changing economic climate."  

​​UPDATED FINANCIAL EXPECTATIONS FOR 2015

The company expects revenue growth to be 2-3 percent, operating ratio to be below 62 percent, and 2015 annual adjusted diluted EPS of $10.00 to $10.40.

Key assumptions for the updated full year 2015 financial expectations include:

  • Canadian to U.S. dollar average exchange rate of $1.25
  • An effective income tax rate (excluding discrete items) of 27.5 percent
  • Defined benefit pension expense of approximately $35 million, compared with 2014 pension income of $52 million
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $1.5 billion
  • Average On Highway Diesel ("OHD") price of U.S. $2.80-$2.90
  • Current share repurchase plan expected to be completed by calendar year-end

​Further, CP will no longer be exempt from the regular SEC reporting requirements in 2016 because a majority of its board was comprised of U.S. citizens or residents as of June 30, 2015 (the relevant date for determining foreign private issuer status for U.S. SEC reporting purposes in 2016). This follows a determination that the resignation of Stephen Tobias from the board occurred on July 3, 2015.

Accordingly, CP plans to follow the regular SEC reporting requirements effective January 1, 2016, file an annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and file regular periodic reports under both Canadian and U.S. law thereafter.

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, including our 2015 full-year guidance, 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: the key assumptions identified above; 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 (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 cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

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