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Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)

Participants
Maeghan Albiston Assistant Vice President, Investor Relations & Pensions
Keith Creel President & Chief Executive Officer
John Brooks Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Nadeem Velani Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jon Chappell Evercore ISI
Tom Wadewitz UBS
Steve Hansen Raymond James
Ravi Shanker Morgan Stanley
Fadi Chamoun BMO
Konark Gupta Scotiabank
Chris Wetherbee Citi
Walter Spracklin RBC Capital Markets
Ken Hoexter Bank of America
Benoit Poirier Desjardins Capital Markets
Scott Group Wolfe Research
Seldon Clarke Deutsche Bank
David Vernon Bernstein
Brian Ossenbeck JPMorgan
Justin Long Stephens
Allison Landry Credit Suisse
David Zazula Barclays
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Jason, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to Canadian Pacific's Second Quarter 2020 Conference Call. The slides accompanying today's call are available at www.cpr.ca. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. there a remarks, session. speakers’ the will question-and-answer be After introduce now AVP, begin [Operator would to the Maeghan to Instructions] I Pensions like Albiston, and Investor conference. Relations

Maeghan Albiston

us and you, you Thank morning, everyone Good for Jason. joining today. thank

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Keith Creel

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John Brooks

you, Keith and morning, everyone. Thank All good right.

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lengths On their and Portland terminal cars supported execution increasing the strong the record XXX in export including side team train to QX. Canpotex with continued performance a to collaboration

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the through energy damages. you We to expect be approximately a carloads, is contracts of XXXX the and volumes year-over-year. portfolio to than September. of driven The what significant plastics lower These volumes is exactly QX down inherent The expected about them fell tonnage designed decline volume volumes. from revenue saw and to and difference XX%. protected to did revenue X%, shut end Neptune while XXXX declined we be between crude-by-rail crude through CP told do. liquidated in XX% They Crude volatility X,XXX down chemicals by

volumes the crude volatility the Construction unit minimal the underway in recovery in the expect well is by completion year. by our half diluent Alberta. assumes through Hardisty, in we guidance strengthens XXXX. CP exclusively The on only continued stability located crude of offered midyear conviction and back the market Our

the all manufacturing This expected XX% are and aggregates in partners' outpaced down was was crude to as restocking Automotive other sectors a due shut-in production. pandemic declined Steel as shutdown. the Now were vehicle decliner quarter volumes resulting and Revenues our XX%. in to construction and were all as quarter XX%, driven gradually the certainly big turning while inputs, were sand it market by of American through down industrial the result down restart, declines Since MMC. the a challenged by were revenues expectations. efforts construction and volumes recover have frac QX, reopen. which to sales XX% North

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leading On the we XX% the a our in retail our had retail performances quarter we've partners as business, strong nearly with RTMs our side trough. from of surge since through move

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approach Nadeem. forward, our to that, With playbooks, we with over look picking the our outperform pass to enabling we As disciplined will partners, our continue executing it to us industry. I'll

Nadeem Velani

good Great. Thanks, morning. and John

as Keith this once As operating railroaders has again challenge, challenging our industry-leading mentioned, results. demonstrated to John been the rose by team quarter, a this of and but

high OR, in a with new I've Overall, industry commitment people in ratio again. exceed to decreased As managed operating points the with surprised this and ratio to and peer. milestone. report an on gives a mid-XXs XX% to XX%, a expectations this is QX, and is our annual operating quarter a can When down to gap to OR with the high with team been of it my confidence eventually significant second you XX years basis I widen out exceptional continue for sub-XX which but record. me CP significantly, quarter, went a level a Canadian basis a this volumes quarter achieving XXX once the our

million wasn't seeing and weighed gains definitely lower from comp material a side, The few headcount $XX an decrease The employees significant operating annual a expense more on Stock-based be were as but furloughed the to efficiency Comp the expense. down on approximately $XX basis of an Moving of starts notable weights. was million items the we crew last benefits primary or control headwind, expense lower on increased cost XX% to you're and the basis. at versus truly year. train XX% on and results structural. speaking I'll is on FX-adjusted drivers

with which program expect fuel in we role. QX replicate big benefit played We the based in incentive deal lag as best-ever fuel QX. $X continue also a and million to A $XXX paid as on Lower in expense decrease record $XX second This do year-to-date. Fuel quarterly the our year-over-year. from result QX, the strong to well fuel quarter a million also surcharge results our as a in of headwind to accrue decreased our continue volume efficiency. marked a million, not compensation a of price XX% pension efficiency

XX% reduced gas increase fuel locomotives, million The quarter carbon. casualty a a Optimizer volume costs despite continue to model the in and a testament effectively approximately by million what the a $XXX over average. to the modernizing is PSR $XX Depreciation Foran This XXXX results. I adapted an to million controlled Class base. the environment. $XX year-over-year. and asset from the services Our does X% land management a higher true result grain This tons our was team headwind greenhouse metric lapping current avoiding X,XXX-foot CP of in on than team the higher locomotive expense XX sale and million, Mark efficiency these a fuel XXXX, relatively operating drive team million, closely achieve accident. my as asset Since and flat $XXX and its with Mike is. Redd of work to railroad finance and investment by has better John's of in Trip not happen team XX%, intensity Purchased team spend was

related recovery components expense was were a discount foreign tax due of recovery of million Alberta corporate out line, periodic in tax impacted now rate. XX%, X% primarily dollar XX%, income a an diluted by net result statement, year. or for or Rounding declined of other driven lower million to the a XXXX, below rate negatively the up primarily expense rate. debt. the approximately in benefit quarter. as $XX expect to the QX increased Interest XX.X% Income tax exchange adjusted effective We U.S. changes the Moving $XX EPS on X%, in

the on operations the free on from XX% statement, cash quarter. to cash increased Moving

in as the forward. adapt We change moves are continuing volumes economy and to real-time

stretching capital greater efficiency. through dollars our out We are

fact, for we experienced engineering as highs all-time by measured time In efficiency block availability.

XXXX. run six and were not compared access only days Year-to-date, complete they had This efficiently XX%. days the has capital our our to zero teams able shows are days block where crews able to efficiency zero XX QX engineering work schedule. as our trains were track on quarter to engineering This block which could in their improved

collaboratively the return billion company. and XX.X%. for committed capital for capital achieve teams We the significant engineering managing remain spend efficiencies. envelope our capital year enable operating we huge deployment of capital $X.X by of to So credit are invested the teams working continue to capital to it's us evidenced and a to benefit to are of the Rest long-term adjusted the as discipline assured, maintain on the our on who

final a perspective. to strength position As liquidity we in be a of continue from a note,

XXth, our $X.X billion outstanding. undrawn June of we commercial was As paper and revolver no had

in XX% managing with path a adjusted of and rate announced by XX%. on dividend to XXXX, an proactively increase are the confident dividend growth our we feel XX% to of have approximately our payout Since led the ratio yesterday in industry to growth We XX%. liquidity decision annual compound we which

returns continue XX% have is remain the restarted We'll which to balance shareholder disciplined buyback our and We and the program opportunistic will about complete. buyback. on

to be of strong turn any performance confident wrap the the that year our The better our fourth As quarter. growth confidence clarity our and back year it proof point invested to With have I'll that capital. I up. to PSR Keith spoke in and increased the our for the environment this is year. works I'm given to year-to-date half things back in model think consecutive train XXXX guidance us any can't over increase and will truly our Keith accident ratio, on of EPS the than on one it leading industry in growth to that performance EPS return

Keith Creel

time open Nadeem over And John up into questions you, turn it I discussion. save the to balance of our think and we'll color. go Thank Okay. the operator the to for the and for

Operator

Chappell comes from Evercore of the [Operator first line ISI. Instructions] Jon Your from question

open. line is Your

Jon Chappell

everyone. good and morning, you Thank

John Brooks

morning. Good

Jon Chappell

the some are wanted Clearly auto feel the much on low. event commentary about I business inventories of blank speak not lower in you plants America the seems of on XQ of those half of sailings do reversing. auto kind and about second John, of much a North if customers the are segments? intermodal potentially side. very you ask the The how And are to to entire to cranking. only? your the And the the duration how be When you year of they both made restocking

John Brooks

Yes.

uncertainty. continuing of comments Look navigate like Jon. everybody So else, a couple this maybe on that, to we're

the you of answer based manufacturers, of estimating the sort on next So months, all pandemic guessing over six it's retailers, the the that. know looks if like what auto and we're this

is and seen definitely stabilize have we of we sort QX. tailwind this forget, nice we that and right we're I probably move seeing ramp-up. to And initial the recovery see areas said, continue. us. our those we half pace then as see that auto now, QX think surge a join be being gentle we're to that to that our as don't to are Certainly, to space which going is doesn't continue that in quarter, or bump significant Glovis But through into back going an auto the going franchise probably for expectation a maintain see Now of

Jon Chappell

the Okay. That’s great. feedback. Thank you for

Operator

next comes from Wadewitz Your from question of the line Tom UBS.

Your line open. is

Tom Wadewitz

in train to expect volumes volumes carload? lengths? unit the and back achieve keep if up already changes leverage How in you've kind performance congratulations on did morning operating training perhaps would to scheduled quarter order that see offer you Wanted versus well think in expanding how the in in Any Good that about strong on expanded Do think quarter. some with so length to a increase thoughts X% could that coming we about really Yes. thoughts going that train the come and number you do about Keith you made that given the just train operating you as length? given back? of leverage you

Keith Creel

our opportunity you it. challenged a adjust you consolidate, synergies. obviously take get were you team. with And with a demanding company. They least and which person, was my it and as an level tweak to in me a I've some pretty let I'm confidence lot listen, in start Well, Mark high fact probably company, and pretty at a that built do for got the demand got of plan, known expectations realize of and these different pretty our and and

weights. help did train help So train did with with lengths. That that

through change. go and but business as we through monumental X%, these won't those see challenges. of or mean, X% So change. comes you some as processes, going adjust become might you to I We aren't go the a the things, we but these back, see smarter you'll expectations

that to in getting changes say full things a that moved last operational of is the offset And to potash for or we tonnage We a the XXXX, that to when speak differently. the we car pandemic, DP, running XXX moved This will impact step. taken that Portland. to potash. the year trains We some maybe were down. we Vancouver. with of trains to prior We've trains moved we specifically it I'll running lot even running XXX a of next lot were and car Portland. degradation Canpotex. today. we're model I XXX XXX running And Vancouver We're the of made time partnership in upside Some flipped We've car car trains to

So into better DNA. This leaders those could improve. a smarter see record, ourselves where we've of maintain what pinch is year. network. challenge in doing. just new see look and to little better get the every We woven a changes we're to not lot PSR. incremental you one eight are, become that's This sustain from our because understand years but as our fundamental I into a rest detail. we time, attack we our the you those to degradation And me tweaking, issues more and track to continual at continue made productivity points we We railroaders, get know and and isn't process We're improvement. gains It's us. gives into we've of going assured you're just confidence that much the story. might But

Operator

from Steve Raymond of line Hansen James. next comes question from Your the

open. is Your line

Steve Hansen

Yes, guys. good morning

for question the outlook. John maybe quick potash on you a Just

the double-digits described through half you back think year. I

contracts of easier. I'm curious end the start do have getting exporters through Some right when visibility comps any the if signed just really larger of the you year through have October. the

flow to Thanks. cadence how would Just any that will sort that of great. around continue context be to as

John Brooks

Yes, Steve.

to back think to September, take start saw you last year, we little in you saw decline falloff. August. pretty of a dramatic And bit if So a then place

October. we're confident to September certainly hit a I'm as we spike pretty big see going and So

Canpotex, Now on discussions remain think I very marketplace. with bullish the they

of -- new back off like as opened through extensions, cover with think, those areas work they've markets the I right, half worked there resilient strengthened are will You're other through have They've they've some very into negotiations But such up they and the been that relationships year. China. contract as India. that anything, to

And optimistic the end remain through so they Steve. remain I to year this think that is of going right thing strong quite the

Tom Wadewitz

Appreciate it guys. Great quarter. Thanks.

Operator

Our line Morgan of Shanker from the next Ravi question comes from Stanley.

Your open. line is

Ravi Shanker

offered suspect hands. Keith you everyone. this I and earnings you'd quarter, down morning quarter that ago had have Good both taken a X% Nadeem, I with Thanks. if

So we a just performing OR through XQ if limit something and kind a of guys we challenging as this an year? can say, just of this that context the is quarter, achievable the this, think you we as take or means back mean, well I XXXX step be continues can is did performance early they we downside that in which in cadence as hey, at XQ, do a XX% if recovery of the do here come, and to the look OR of what June, like mid-XXs volume that quarter of to saw the remarkably in next in second half extremely

Nadeem Velani

Well.

I phenomenal quarter. think it a was

mean, This -- This -- when time long over took Keith unique and I I been was think, CEO, I he as nothing it's team mean this is about has it. coming. a This built there this an in wasn't team have just the kind benches the We the behind you is overnight best building, all fix. of people the that industry. with us building team strong know. beyond

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I XXXX. continue of have have next Now, now industry we hit the July think we want OR don't improve the We'll But OR a this lot in our certainly do OR. to pandemic year. will the I of mid-XXs that I to right say middle confidence can in best a that year? of in a

continue have to We and to potential in XXXX improve XXXX. the

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that outlook this I bucket when look company can the I of So what think every of positive. deliver, this is at extremely performance

Operator

the line Your Fadi next from of comes Chamoun question from BMO.

Your open. line is

Fadi Chamoun

you. Thank Yes. Good morning everyone.

of a what of supply see leaning just Saint look just on you're understand kind a where you Saint is revenue kind I made kind the using or a different you you opportunity leaning is from do think kind the coming out Saint XXXX perspective traffic and East. John of you would kind kind that mean, of, be from I So, Is on your going? do question around we materializes there. that be And XXXX and where opportunity opportunity off John chain your wanted market like of, comment it? Saint perspective? that a see to competitor through John of originating like this for this the where would John port

Keith Creel

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have Customers And You track you on tell are can something to that of when had from this has that's you. team truck. and will you And reliability record competitor the get those or a step I the service lot solutions trucks our truck-like a in there standpoint had of the competitive road. established. you with time, you into

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we do do because it, going I going – happen. company. north the toward conviction I that And my that million it we John? it, by we little annual believe going this $XX not is we're we're I'm something, say we're we of $XXX U.S. to to in saying CP hope execute. when because XXXX think be can it, So to in And railroad you it since say we'll and bought end working margins. and well of at revenue dollars it, million at

John Brooks

of years terms of bucket also Keith Port we're You you haven't South whole well. Southeast a over team about Coby that, and opportunities those in and well the excited more for there opportunities built access let's category the And attacking into think a two, of what that surface us India, new talked and said CMQ past, a Maine, those consumer a like. team I in sets merchandise know, forget, I categories. singles second part of three our the will seeing prospects look opportunities. frankly I've that potentially we've lot partners. with as like of America and in know, goods doubles manufacturing John about Bullard, of Asia, we shift what vigorously. scratched places lot more Fadi, And are Saint not up of add port line that it near-shoring and even the U.S. to and Searsport – his might over gets the up And last us hit that, believe I of short and these opens the all

things we're the all understatement. opportunity bullish an Keith beyond, is to So spoke on say that that, about

Operator

from Konark comes Your Scotiabank. Gupta from the next of question line

open. is line Your

Konark Gupta

Good morning, everyone. Thanks for question. taking my

guess. your for key some revised for understand assumptions operating ratio, full to guidance year. I behind the wanted growth Just for Especially, EPS

comps You have some assumptions last and then What still kind back in obviously of volume half relatively for kind tougher the versus the expect especially crude-by-rail the frac down you do And sand there? are half volumes environment, Thanks. here. year. second of in

Nadeem Velani

outlook as crude-by-rail think I into baked there's guidance. a our John not So, lot that of we've mentioned, on

we're is you're actually QX, Certainly, our difficult So stronger XX%, about than we originally which a it's the We've far expected of guidance we're first bit down very very volumes. in thought. minimal XX%, RTMs QX performing half have down which we in kept as on comps X%. seeing, is so

– takeout I very on his operating side. exceptionally what's by cost the driving the mean, cost on the are upside that's we're And and and well strong opportunities our around Mark performance really EPS. the the it's team. performing So, led

Operator

comes the question Wetherbee from next Your line Citi. ahead. of Please go Chris from

Chris Wetherbee

maybe bit of difficult I Yeah. where what on Hey, season of go we've tell in confidence intermodal. to it's little the could as of a some inventories morning. demand a peak consumer the sort of look through level great. Obviously, rest is those you hit year. but better, guess, Thanks. little seen sort the we Good numbers John, are and

give later what they you're dig hearing terms this kind little intermodal? So any in of color – deeper from be a a can little of or kind year might the customers? you of setting for How up on bit

John Brooks

side, domestic On Chris? the

Chris Wetherbee

International.

John Brooks

International? Yeah. Okay.

next I'd little the QX, to So, and all back continue bit We're that's at a bit I on a those and but a move does the sailings a we think in of pull what there's little happen of all to September. the our America. in your you I we we for see to continue schedule blank now say seeing, weeks forward retails of our uncertainty this are this the what August see, maybe sectors of continue then point exactly now into the across say what of think But on lines overall the and back. the we seeing bit that right either, a pandemic coming I methodically I and right and And how be Look, the of pandemic. push volumes sort this on steamship little look space have water. strong was out going as dependent North and surge consumer is QX with to what's think opening here two-week with forecast normalization I still would encouraging. been looking July, laid lot depending sort into

Operator

RBC ahead. line of Markets. Walter from comes question the next Capital Our from Please go Spracklin

Walter Spracklin

Good Thanks morning very everyone. much.

Obviously, going parts year. question for guess lot have of of my here a moving I here your some John with line yields into next So, you items. on is

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enhancing So yield your if core looking all I'm you price for or next just moving to to year. see as see parts. detrimental those

John Brooks

-- our existing mean trains. sort whether been spoke to leverage picking strategy the I those core our maximizing on of lengths of partners has Well train capacity and or Keith

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ramp to and of to And where the actually pushing half year, up some discipline with to sector back from challenges other rail think on recovery I across to we're look also I volume, think I an maybe these of I As tighten for in acceleration capacity some that think opportunity the price as the lanes we're roads maybe at. areas try the I'm trucking front. continues seeing back leads and certainly as

Nadeem Velani

as you which is bullish just as year, to automotive be very if volumes next going outlook overall And we Nadeem. it's a add, think about have yield. far I'll to Walter, our beneficial

to to the beneficial of that's revenues some off As going yield. be Teck roll

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Operator

Ken Your from next Please question of ahead. go Hoexter Bank comes from America. of the line

Ken Hoexter

good and congrats Great, great morning really see on and to operating performance, the impressive. great

out about the Just of maybe talk structural your downturn. change

about Your of sidings? still is Any CapEx weights? anything train guess you closing I to lengths thoughts the the near question, room increase revenues? a Is XX% cash CapEx through that still? moving further to to given on free this peer just as this and or some upgrade you've thinking downturn, the And flow facilities talked Are in given done there see that. like yards wanted if really improvement of

Keith Creel

say improvements. have been company it non-pandemic of and driving high I'll very do or is pandemic level. a this at always -- for at Part me doing rationalizing let Ken, productivity what and we

like your we've and we respond have team most it as So, as you served quantum the you done, is any it's several responded bring through far -- consolidate Mark ago. lowest productive yards shedding we've best years today down, changing terminals do traffic structure you facilities. that when at But your changes what where and into cost gone what

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consolidate. Let's

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to more was So terminal grain evolve we'll structurally in grain haul X,XXX per trains. to an as of elevators that's I earlier, we retain. built becoming those that about got this the We've our got modernized. increase green a change that that cars of and are that fleet X,XXX-foot best-in-class That's industry -- Ontario by end again, this to being excess better coming in length I think lengths. for that asked to question that Shore. Canadian that car, can we'll program. we model. structural drive And We our of train Even in be North of operating this now productivity. that We've a space out cars driving us GX company. innovation shorter the facilitate led was of Hamilton, launch the allow year, of the that's the up XX% on We're we're X,XXX-foot

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that we'll do on well. to based our expectations, So we again, that strong pretty fundamentals darn and it do and conviction do continue sure educated we're we're at high not and pretty what efficient but perfect,

Nadeem Velani

track Yes. side, some my I'm extremely saying as And much to able been just more commentary. to efficient with on advantage CapEx be on we've in pleased time of we're what I take deliver mentioned the Ken,

capacity taking volumes this in of we're will the initiatives a resilient, build volumes opportunity safety like the we can X,XXX-foot that that very to seen support network spoke around increase that forth, that look and initiatives some this is of so build look with that so the down And unique years can network network. down model many Keith that to we our and haven't to a our

that's XX, dollars And so to it's from us call -- set and revenue months future for talked can the over to the and it's significant those that economy this capital years, the going about. up it Keith in or something next is say, I'll have going advantage expense John and well to -- rebound opportunities extremely going take of these some pull-forward of XX we

we model, of bit So a it's different to different. bit a a but be tend

Ken Hoexter

Keith. Thanks,

Keith Creel

you, Ken. Thank

Operator

Capital Markets. from Desjardins comes Your next Poirier from question Benoit line of the

line Your open. is

Benoit Poirier

in the maybe you that of Nadeem, you And quick very M&A fuel if quantify Thank you much, strong very potential and the be CMQ? congratulations Thank you Could for performance. the little a much. for a very further QX for very Yes. on about talk great? would top could bit lag question

Nadeem Velani

Quantify what?

Maeghan Albiston

Fuel lag.

Keith Creel

lag. Fuel

John Brooks

Fuel lag.

Nadeem Velani

lag benefit it about -- $XX yes, fuel you won't in a the That of see will was I quarter. think in QX. -- million believe I

Keith Creel

maintain focused far to to anything M&A a network, a thing. don't little our to strong there. sheet. of keen team optimizing railroads. that going able going operating be But going to out best-in-class to right this but open move. That's our our always strengths the there's listen a sense, other dilute keep CMQ. that eye. maintain couple immediate. MMA we But -- we're balance to we running we're our nothing and it been are not eyes while. any see complements hesitate if always If want to there's assured, is We're Certainly, or Benoit network which And as busy efforts on to immediate stick and a there, something potential the that's network But rest as Yes. fundamental our I I don't makes have might for to we'll we on now now, us realize right core

Operator

Your ahead. Wolfe the from comes Scott Please Group line next Research. go question from of

Scott Group

morning, Good guys. thanks. Hey,

So…

Keith Creel

Scott. morning, Good

Scott Group

just first of XX%. give directional us some up earnings So on think the expecting? Nadeem any is I color growth chance you you're can half magnitude

worst only the quarter of down X%. Second it

there. third would Thank thoughts So ability to thoughts be again maybe in on just great? And margins the you. then the improve quarter any some

Nadeem Velani

comps, it We into significantly the half I I it don't eases grain on grain a but crop, time. -- start coming first we very of a mentioned have want grain given to get guidance was pretty decent which necessarily. quarterly assuming QX some tougher last then didn't bit a moving there's as for And of year with do do assume. crop wet

very versus QX We we have a ago. as in where comps year were potash easy for well

QX I just so you're being economies And pandemics have what how reacting now the back. assuming been the how stronger we think know than going been coming with see and to QX

for mentioned, in kind QX operating So ratio those things OR far going exact I beyond to I'd given just point better right? that than a the of in see as as OR say, you're guidance So to QX I'd reasons. same

volume performance I than QX. QX think have better in we'll

continue as And me. so surprise team as I've can they pushed to they deliver the far and

there is to Scott. at it that deny Yes. continue I'll And I'm leave that. improve just the not potential to OR? So to going

Keith Creel

of There's you improvement So nature job versus not of could there. last Scott year Nadeem the we sight opportunity We're margin which end line see don't We conservative if get being probably is healthy. for in of our convict there. doing certainly year.

Scott Group

Yeah.

Operator

next the from from question line ahead. of Deutsche comes go And Seldon Clarke your Bank. Please

Seldon Clarke

Thanks mix you Hey, efficiency? and trended about highlighted of to morning. just some maybe becomes and to challenging more the Can weights have talk a or productivity how point relates initiatives for it along back Keith question. anything in as there fuel manifest good train mix come Is to those start cars the autos. categories in terms bit lines? maybe a that You adding volume trains of know, little certain where lengths July certain like as

Keith Creel

tell can this. a on keeps you I gift It's that Well, giving.

should look this XX%. morning. points versus Crew almost a up down quarter. you Train what point So this of starts X%. I When Train effectively starts expect. in down RTM People similar almost -- versus your way took this XX up your morning. second XX%. down at lockstep you miles is weight July X%. them XX another assets year as Train this XX%. demand down metrics run length the quick control almost business is and you last and

as and we've know got business start looks what these to already like. plan plan. on, So the back we a come on autos bring We

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the -- plan a the make execute constantly plan. you you You tweak you plan,

customers. your with communicate You

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you by. going not That's this still passed company. sit You happen at get to

Operator

the next from David question from Your comes Bernstein. of line Vernon

open. is Your line

David Vernon

could much then maybe And this actually we in a plan or for contribution XXXX? Yes. revenue coming to Hey, John here you're crude give year? for liquidated what the for XXXX, back us about back that or Nadeem, from do think recording setup the the that damage you does either fee that that is not sense coming as volume in how

John Brooks

the liquidated run prior you've say not to I continue to see rate the number you're quarters, into David, over specific a we're damages. on is not going seen moves What what if that the to and crude-by-rail, moving So think XXXX. I would I'm that going give

be damages Now XXXX, obviously this liquidated there'll year. that comparables some we're collecting natural given in

this, to and but the the competitor as start-up also to that's is, I moving Now be that freight. significant a know I'd continue that to and we us got much we mid-year, David, -- my DRU line to for this forget don't the equation, going be that rather in we've and expect future. say look we And opportunity said bottom

and So, our team looking shippers, window and that opportunity of close is when it's energy all with working crude going the to for be.

So, Mark work can with the to XXXX. handle and to we able half Redd be in resource year in up to early it back of or team the his

Nadeem Velani

improvement benefit, David, And we as this I saw just as would continue. see year-over-year a it We to wouldn't benefit. one-time don't margin we add. a If one-time expect

Operator

go from line Your next JPMorgan. Ossenbeck from ahead. question of Brian the comes Please

Brian Ossenbeck

question. for Thanks taking Hey, good morning. the

a quick crews. one Just on

rest the were callback industry care shorter that see has you and flexible, sure Given in exchange weight, and know expectation able get the to time. to train how the lightly. pretty size you you're volume what Also and give some availability given you bringing I don't were outlook and folks and see do the can callback from us the half on for the been, this some year of for of the back the you making curious back of the crews furlough? on taking

and the So, half just some the recall rate the year. the of in you. Thank back thoughts outlook crew on

Keith Creel

line lockstep. Running this to need employees retain stick some think some be we'll And get at it, me back. business of expect did, and work. and our by to you about I productivity. that CP, for on system-wide. X,XXX back were decided U.S. Let we if those we're of to headcount not the It Canada down bottom to going we that CP if peak. should I we're end important This going furloughed. and pride We call fact our back same the can Unfortunately sort that to the we outlook take the depends that increase We Obviously, folks unique the But to a our just where year. of Trades we We've in in what we employees this the thing mid-single-digits, don't standpoint We'll the Obviously, through that part up ended is is responsibility get overall, about of we're is. of at anyone them. I we to were but crew employees. railroad, -- any the I called do need, again family. so They're to think working to back -- back no drive we work. great and hired hard business those this appropriate most had

as has that those a created have help can as for laid much that to this off. We are crisis responsibility we mitigate impact do this possibly to

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Operator

Please line next the Justin from go Long comes question ahead. Our Stephens. from of

Justin Long

Thanks. on congrats and Good the morning quarter.

Keith Creel

you. Thank

Justin Long

you the ask or pro-forma scenario so. incremental So thinking period? had business some margins. should at Investor if a I of given we look about in we But to we wanted the for Day, kind margins incremental of How If to the margins which XX% go talked multiyear about now structural, looking are a cost-outs are recovery temporary. we've year of this over some about which that incremental be back seen

Nadeem Velani

a it come where volumes it's question, Sure. and depends come react. No, the when Justin. how back I'd back good we volumes how quick and say And the

in able way absorb volumes on a spot to be the good So I think, to we're up. the

of lot side. the things on we've As unique mentioned, labor a Keith done

volumes in place. of take assets a got step will side. have initiatives to bulk the on on We number We've the as that us allow function certainly they come on

and past, incremental that the in fuel with ex-depreciation, would surcharge today. I mentioned margins, and I've stick As XX% comp stock-based

change don't all why equal, else going so would And being I that see forward.

Operator

Your next Credit Allison question from the of go comes Suisse. ahead. Landry Please from line

Allison Landry

Thanks and morning. good

the saying risk with complex going there's under constraints. on and without it pipeline the like pressure So the that shutdowns whole but some interesting obviously capacity sounds Bakken goes dynamics in energy is it of

that you Bakken So moving think a again opportunity the with or out start you. Thank these dynamics conversations do producers have potential there's to any play the had intermediaries crude out? of extent and you to

John Brooks

I Allison is. certainly there think Yes.

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out don't those half either. just greater. just of some plan Bakken few say, built at all in if our there as Bakken a continue is one bit would is sand lot relates into green to through we shoot frac I dialogue sand to area ramp terms to that and region. last I the ability also into the frac of that it the up some little over of seen But ongoing a QX expect weeks moving we are in have We would I volumes second any movements, say now terms QX. right into our of is to have our And move the

areas, So could built some they're present certainly that both that's But upside. -- watch in. aren't

Operator

next comes from Please question Barclays. from Your David go the line of Zazula ahead.

David Zazula

how John you'd end-markets? taking Nadeem, how maybe bit a versus know for but touched Hi. consumer industrial my on I little intermodal just earlier, talk the you about, given it either contrast change, in a capital CapEx for a or in little Thanks play the about question. that seen might forward. the then, gross strength consumer And how change you're dollar composition thinking a into we've and/or the of moving

John Brooks

reduction I'll latter. now fairly generally with of we've refrigerated products, sailings goods, right and spoke the essential Well, our of bounce retail, as strong blank to. are Look, on market I the that comment movement back of the let the the said, our Nadeem consumer

recovery sort the this by pandemic driven a industrial But as into certainly our board move strong going I to the would certainly and we recover. and say, building pretty across a -- say it's actually the year. through QX. and gradual recovery a see little think has well recovery -- remain slower. optimistic The steel I through We'll frankly little QX been are And pretty created. we industrial products have those be that slower to on UI I that movement sides markets, would the to are of

Nadeem Velani

If what capital capital bit say would hasn't some our XXXX, we've outlook given from we've XXXX forward efficiencies, pulled anything our I talked about just before. our capital probably into changed XXXX. of of some XXXX even

anything if for million through pretty us, investment about a get talked the we $XXX car cars. that's we've investment once so, with hopper significant X,XXX And

the it And moderate so that two $X.X billion. as $X.XX years, CapEx that our see next we to closer you'll call finish billion, over

we good heightened, speak bit but a it's for as today, reason. So

Operator

We are now the out call remarks. turn of over time. for Mr. closing I'll to back Creel,

Keith Creel

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your our you look to sharing Everyone when time thank stay Take So third quarter for results, time. appropriate. forward healthy. And the is we care.

Operator

That conference call. concludes today's

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