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CSX Cuts Outlook Despite CEO Saying "Expects No Impact From Low Oil Prices"

When CSX CEO Michael Ward arrogantly strode onto CNBC six weeks ago and proclaimed, he has "not seen any changes," suggesting everything's fine down to $30-35 oil and "expected no impact on crude shipments," we carefully suggested he was being a little careful with the truth. So, when today, the company issued the following statement:

  • *CSX DOESN'T EXPECT TO REACH HIGH END OF CRUDE-BY-RAIL FORECAST

We could not help but wonder just how rapidly the deterioration had occurred or if, once again, a CEO had come on business media and lied through his teeth.

 

CSX CEO Michael Ward giving the all-clear 6 weeks ago...rail freight transportation company CSX's CEO Michael Ward stated 'unequivocally' that as far as the movement of crude by rail he has "not seen any changes," suggesting everything's fine down to $30-35 oil and "expected no impact on crude shipments."

And last week's tumble in rail loadings...

And now CSX cuts the 2015 outlook...

  • *CSX DOESN'T EXPECT TO REACH HIGH END OF CRUDE-BY-RAIL FORECAST
  • CSX had forecast avg daily crude trains of 4-4.5 in 2015 vs 3.5 in 2014 “given pricing pressure in the global crude oil market,” spokeswoman Melanie Cost says in e-mailed statement.

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And this follows KSU's slashing its outlook.