American Commercial Lines
Inc. announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2005. Net sales for the quarter were $236.2 million, a 31 percent increase compared with $180.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2004. Net income for the quarter was $8.6 million or $0.28 per diluted share which included charges for the early retirement of debt of $7.3 million (net of tax) as a result of the Company’s initial public offering
during the quarter, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to net income of $78.3 million for the fourth quarter last year, which included an extraordinary gain on the discharge of debt of $155.4 million and bankruptcy related charges of $88.7 million. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2004 excluding these two items (a non-GAAP financial measure), would have been $11.6 million. ACL’s predecessor company was not a taxable entity in 2004.