Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 25, 2018

Kirby Corporation
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

(State or other Jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

55 Waugh Drive, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (713) 435-1000

Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 2.02.
Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On October 25, 2018, Kirby Corporation (“Kirby”) issued a press release announcing earnings for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2018.  A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.

EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is used in the press release.  Kirby defines EBITDA as net earnings attributable to Kirby before interest expense, taxes on income, depreciation and amortization, and impairment of long-lived assets.  Kirby has historically evaluated its operating performance using numerous measures, one of which is EBITDA.  EBITDA is presented because of its wide acceptance as a financial indicator.  EBITDA is one of the performance measures used in Kirby’s incentive bonus plan.  EBITDA is also used by rating agencies in determining Kirby’s credit rating and by analysts publishing research reports on Kirby, as well as by investors and investment bankers generally in valuing companies.  A quantitative reconciliation of EBITDA to net earnings attributable to Kirby for the 2018 and 2017 third quarters and first nine months is included in the press release.

Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits


Press release dated October 25, 2018


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

/s/ William G. Harvey
William G. Harvey
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Date: October 26, 2018


Description of Exhibit
Press release dated October 25, 2018.