OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Corp. reported 2009 fourth quarter net income of $551 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, compared to $661 million, or $1.31 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2008.
“Union Pacific’s fourth quarter earnings reflected the continued impact of the recession that began in 2008,” said Jim Young, Union Pacific chairman and chief executive officer. “In this difficult environment, we’ve continued to focus on running our business efficiently and improving customer service. As a result, we finished the year with new records in safety, service, customer satisfaction and efficiency.”
Slightly stronger fourth quarter demand led to an increase over soft prior year volume levels in three of Union Pacific’s six business groups: Intermodal, Agricultural and Automotive. Fourth quarter 2009 operating revenues totaled $3.8 billion versus $4.3 billion in the fourth quarter 2008.