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Forbes  5 hrs ago  Comment 
Legendary investor Warren Buffett advises to be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful. One way we can try to measure the level of fear in a given stock is through a technical analysis indicator called the Relative...
Benzinga  Sep 22  Comment 
On CNBC's Fast Money Final Trade, Pete Najarian said he would take profits in 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE: WUBA). He recommended the stock as a buy on Tuesday and now he wants to close that position. Tim Seymour thinks it's time to buy Kansas City...
Benzinga  Sep 16  Comment 
Morgan Stanley hosted its fourth Annual Industrials Conference and provided the following takeaways: Kansas City Southern Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU)'s management team said its third-quarter-to-date revenue and carloads are lower by 4...
Benzinga  Sep 12  Comment 
Although Transportation stocks have rallied year-to-date, especially some of the Rails, fundamentals seem to have “finally stabilized,” after almost two years of erosion, Barclays’ Brandon R. Oglenski said in a report. He recommended...
Benzinga  Sep 12  Comment 
  Barclays upgraded Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) from Underweight to Equal-weight. Kansas City Southern shares closed at $93.16 on Friday. Goldman Sachs upgraded Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE: PM) from Neutral to Buy....
Forbes  Sep 6  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 9/8/16, Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT), and Ingersoll-Rand plc (NYSE: IR) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Kansas City...
Benzinga  Aug 12  Comment 
Loop Capital maintained its Buy rating and raised its price target by $1 to $115 on Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) shares, saying that strong Mexican trend is a tailwind for both earnings and sentiment. Kansas City Southern, citing third...




 

Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) is a railroad shipping company that operates in the U.S. and Mexico. The company's principal subsidiary is its wholly owned Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR). In Mexico, KSU's Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) operates a primary commercial corridor of the Mexican railroad system and serves Mexican industrial cities and three of its largest shipping ports. KSU also owns 50% of the stock of the Panama Canal Railway Company (PCRC), providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.[1] KSU's most significant commodity cargo is forest products (such as timber) and metals, minerals and agricultural goods like corn and other grains, chemicals and petroleum, and coal.[2]

KSU faces the threat of record high oil prices. The company also faces increased competition from trucks which are newly being granted access to cross the border onto U.S. highways, thus decreasing the need to use trains to send goods across the border.

Business Overview

Business & Financial Metrics[3]

In 2009, KSU generated $68.0 million in net income on $1.48 billion in revenues. This represented a 63% decrease in net income on a 20% decrease in total revenue from 2008.

IMAGE:KSU-Income2009.jpg[3]

Business Segments

In 2008, KSU consolidated its business operations into one reportable business segment. Its focus is the operation of a single rail network.[4]

Key Trends and Forces

The rise in fuel prices increases KSU's costs.

Since fuel prices directly affect expenses, KSU and other railroads have methods of compensating for rising fuel costs. The first is fuel hedging, wherein transportation firms buy futures contracts that allow them to purchase fuel in the future at a predetermined price. The other main way that firms offset rising fuel costs is by passing them on to customers through fuel surcharges. Fuel surcharges, however, make rail shipping more expensive for customers, who supply all of KSU's business.

The demand for ethanol raises demand for grains, which are one of KSU's biggest sources of revenue.

Due to high oil prices and concerns about the environment and foreign dependence for oil, demand for biofuels like ethanol has increased rapidly. Grains such as corn are commonly used as the main ingredient in ethanol production.

A ruling that lets Mexican trucks operate in the U.S. will hurt KSU's truck-to-train operations.

Truck-to-train intermodal shipping, in which Mexican trucks transfer their goods to KSU trains for transport into the United States, is an important revenue source for KSU.[5] The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) originally called for Mexican trucks to have unrestricted access to U.S. highways, but this didn't happen until 2007, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lesser court's ruling blocking access to Mexican trucks. As part of a pilot program introduced that same year, 500 trucks from 100 Mexican firms were given permission to operate freely on U.S. highways.[6]

KSU was named as a defendant in a fuel surcharge-fixing lawsuit.

In March 2008, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM) filed an antitrust lawsuit against five U.S. railroad companies, including KSU. The suit alleges that Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNI), CSX (CSX), Norfolk Southern (NSC), Union Pacific (UNP) and KSU cooperated in fixing their prices for fuel surcharges.[7]

Competition

Kansas City Southern is one of the seven Class 1 railroads in the United States.[8] However, KSU's most direct competitors in the geographical markets that it serves are Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNI) and Union Pacific (UNP) in the U.S. and Ferromex, a private rail company with the largest (by mileage) railroad in Mexico.[9]

References

  1. KSU 2007 10-K, page 1
  2. KSU 2007 Annual Report, page 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 KSU 2009 10-K pg. 30  
  4. KSU 2009 10-K pg. 56  
  5. KSU 2007 10-K, pages 29, 32
  6. Lawmakers Try Again to Block Mexican Truck Program - NJ.com, 7/10/08
  7. Railroad shipping: Archers, Daniel, Midland Files Lawsuit Against Rail Carriers Over Fuel Surcharges - Logistics Management Magazine, 3/31/2008
  8. Class 1 Railroad Statistics - Association of American Railroads 4/21/08
  9. KSU 2007 10-K, page 4
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