CSX 4Q Profit Slips 5 Percent, But Volume Improves

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -

CSX railroad’s fourth-quarter profit declined 5 percent, as coal demand remained weak, but the volumes it hauled grew as the economy improved.

CEO Michael Ward said the railroad expects the economy to continue growing and is ready to take advantage of that growth.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based railroad said Wednesday that it earned $426 million, or 42 cents per share, in the last three months of 2013. That’s down from $449 million, or 44 cents per share. The 2012 quarter included a one-time real estate gain of $57 million, or 6 cents per share.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected CSX to report earnings of 43 cents per share.

CSX revenue grew 5 percent to $3 billion, roughly what Wall Street predicted.

Shares dropped 87 cents, to $28.36, in after-hours trading.