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Union Pacific Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2017 Results

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OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) today reported 2017 fourth quarter net income of $7.3 billion, or $9.25 per diluted share compared to $1.39 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2016.  Fourth quarter 2017 results include previously-disclosed adjustments reflecting the impact of corporate tax reform.  Excluding those items, 2017 fourth quarter adjusted net income was $1.2 billion, or $1.53 per diluted share, 5 and 10 percent increases, respectively, when compared to 2016.

“I am pleased with the results the men and women of Union Pacific achieved by focusing on our six-track value strategy.  While we have room for improvement in many areas, that doesn’t include the dedication and hard work of our employees as they Build America,” said Lance Fritz, Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Fourth Quarter Summary

Operating revenue of $5.5 billion was up 5 percent in the fourth quarter 2017 compared to the fourth quarter 2016.  Fourth quarter business volumes, as measured by total revenue carloads, increased 1 percent compared to 2016.  Volume increases in industrial products and chemicals more than offset declines in agricultural products, automotive and coal.  Intermodal volume was flat compared to 2016.  In addition:

Summary of Fourth Quarter Freight Revenues

2017 Full Year Summary

For the full year 2017, Union Pacific reported net income of $10.7 billion or $13.36 per diluted share, compared to $4.2 billion, or $5.07 per diluted share in 2016.  Excluding the previously-disclosed adjustments reflecting the impact of corporate tax reform, adjusted net income was $4.6 billion, or $5.79 per diluted share, 10 and 14 percent increases, respectively, when compared to 2016.

Operating revenue totaled $21.2 billion as compared to $19.9 billion in 2016.  Adjusted operating income totaled $7.8 billion, an 8 percent increase compared to 2016.  In addition:

2018 Outlook

“We are optimistic the economy will favor a number of our market segments leading to another year of positive volume growth. Increased unit volume, combined with inflation plus core pricing and G55-0 productivity initiatives, should result in another year of revenue growth and improved margins,” said Fritz.  “We will continue to execute our value-track strategy to benefit our employees, partner with the communities we serve, provide our customers an excellent experience, and generate strong returns for our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call

Union Pacific will host its fourth quarter 2017 earnings release presentation live over the Internet and via teleconference on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time. 

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