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Union Pacific Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

Omaha, Neb., April 25, 2024

  • First quarter earnings per diluted share of $2.69, up 1%
  • First quarter operating income up 3%
  • First quarter net income up 1%

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) today reported 2024 first quarter net income of $1.6 billion, or $2.69 per diluted share. This compares to 2023 first quarter net income of $1.6 billion, or $2.67 per diluted share.

“Our team delivered strong financial results in the first quarter as we navigated a challenging freight market and normal winter conditions,” said Jim Vena, Union Pacific Chief Executive Officer. “These results build on the momentum we established as we exited 2023 and provide further proof of what’s possible as we strive to be the best in safety, service, and operational excellence. This is a great start to the year, but we understand there’s work to be done to achieve our goals and meet our stakeholders’ expectations.”

First Quarter Summary: 2024 vs. 2023
Financial Results: Improved Operational Efficiency and Core Pricing Gains Drive Increase in Operating Income; First Quarter Records for Operating Income and Net Income
  • Operating revenue of $6.0 billion was flat driven by core pricing gains and business mix offset by reduced fuel surcharge revenue and lower volume.
  • Freight revenue excluding fuel surcharge revenue grew 4% as revenue carloads declined 1%.
  • Operating ratio was 60.7%, an improvement of 140 basis points. Lower fuel prices during the quarter negatively impacted the operating ratio 60 basis points.
  • Operating income of $2.4 billion was up 3%.
Operating Performance: Improvement Across Safety, Service, and Operational Excellence; First Quarter Record for Fuel Consumption Rate
  • Union Pacific’s reportable personal injury and reportable derailment rates both improved.
  • Quarterly freight car velocity was 203 daily miles per car, a 4% improvement.
  • Quarterly locomotive productivity was 135 gross ton-miles (GTMs) per horsepower day, a 10% improvement.
  • Average maximum train length was 9,287 feet, a 1% increase.
  • Quarterly workforce productivity improved 1% to 1,000 car miles per employee.
  • Fuel consumption rate of 1.115, measured in gallons of fuel per thousand GTMs, improved 1%.
2024 Outlook
  • Profitability outlook gaining momentum with strong service product, improving network efficiency, and solid pricing
  • Restarting share repurchases in second quarter
  • Volume outlook muted by international intermodal business loss, lower coal demand, and soft economic conditions
  • Pricing dollars in excess of inflation dollars
  • No change to long-term capital allocation strategy
    • Capital plan of $3.4 billion
First Quarter 2024 Earnings Conference Call

Union Pacific will webcast its first quarter 2024 earnings release presentation live at and via teleconference on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 8:45 a.m. Eastern Time. Participants may join the conference call by dialing 877-407-8293 (or for international participants, 201-689-8349).

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) delivers the goods families and businesses use every day with safe, reliable, and efficient service. Operating in 23 western states, the company connects its customers and communities to the global economy. Trains are the most environmentally responsible way to move freight, helping Union Pacific protect future generations. More information about Union Pacific is available at

Union Pacific Investor contact: Brad Stock at 402-544-4227 or


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