ACL Announces First Quarter Results

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

American Commercial Lines Inc. (ACL) announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008. Revenues for the quarter were $270.5 million, an 18.5% increase compared with $228.2 million for the first quarter of 2007. Net income for the quarter was $2.3 million or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million or $0.02 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2007. Results for the first quarter of 2008 included an after tax benefit of $1.3 million or $0.03 per diluted share related to the decision not to withdraw from a multi-employer pension plan for certain represented employees of the Company's terminal operations. Results for the first quarter of 2007 included after tax debt retirement expenses of $13.6 million on the retirement of the Company's 9.5% senior notes which reduced earnings per share by $0.22.

Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) for the first quarter of 2008 were $23.0 million with an EBITDA margin of 8.5% compared to $35.3 million for the first quarter of 2007 with an EBITDA margin of 15.5%. The attachment to this press release reconciles net income to EBITDA.

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