Kansas City Southern

The STB determined that UP was among the Class I’s achieving a rate of return on investment (ROI) equal to or greater than the Board’s calculation of the average cost of capital for the freight rail industry, a sign of revenue adequacy. UP was also found to be revenue adequate for 2018.

STB: Five Class I’s Revenue Adequate for 2019

The Surface Transportation Board has determined that five of the “Big 7” U.S. Class I railroads achieved revenue adequacy in 2019: BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Soo Line (the U.S. affiliate of Canadian Pacific) and Union Pacific. STB determined that those Class I’s achieved a rate of return on investment (ROI) equal to or greater than the Board’s calculation of the average cost of capital for the freight rail industry, which for 2019 is 9.34%.

Jason Seidl, Cowen and Co. Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor

Cowen: Is the COVID-19 Recovery Sustainable?

Intermodal’s growth path may help railroads sustain COVID-19 recovery. “Participants from Class I railroads were positive on current trends and cautiously optimistic that these trends can continue for the remainder of 2020 and beyond,” Cowen and Co. analysts Jason Seidl (Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor), Matt Elkott and Adam Kramer reported, following their attendance and participation at the North East Association of Rail Shippers (NEARS) Fall 2020 Virtual Conference. “Continued tightness in trucking is benefiting intermodal.”

UPDATED: KCS Rejects Blackstone, GIP Takeover Bid — Report

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sept. 9 that Kansas City Southern has rejected a $20 billion bid (approximately $208 per share) from buyout investors led by private-equity firms Blackstone Group Inc. (BX) and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) , according to unidentified “people familiar with the matter.”

KCS Joins Operation Clean Sweep

Kansas City Southern (KCS) has formally joined the global network of Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS)—the Plastic Industry Association and American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division’s campaign to reduce pellet, flake and powder loss for greater product stewardship and environmental protection. OCS aims to reach all aspects of the plastics industry and is being adopted globally through the Global Declaration of Solutions to Marine Litter.

Cowen: “Concerns Around KSU’s Concession in Mexico Are Overblown”

“We view concerns around Kansas City Southern’s concession in Mexico as overblown. The exclusivity provision cannot be revisited until 2027 and the concession remains in effect for 20 years after that. Further, KSU is improving its operations via PSR, which should aid Mexico as reliable rail service is likely to be a necessity for the country as it grows its manufacturing base. Reiterate Outperform.”

USMCA, In Force, Offers Challenges, Opportunities

As the U.S.-Mexico-Canadian trade agreement (USMCA) officially becomes the governing statute for commerce across North America, Marc Brazeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), Iker de Luisa Plazas, Director General of Asociacion Mexicana de Ferrocarriles (AMF) and Ian Jefferies, President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) issued the following statement: