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): January 31, 2019
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 January 31, 2019 Kirby Corporation (“Kirby”) issued a press release announcing earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 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, impairment of long-lived assets and impairment of goodwill.  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 fourth quarters and years is included in the press release.

The press release also includes non-GAAP financial measures which exclude certain one-time items, including earnings before taxes on income (excluding one-time items), net earnings attributable to Kirby (excluding one-time items), and diluted earnings per share (excluding one-time items).  A reconciliation of these measures with GAAP is included in the press release.  Management believes that the exclusion of certain one-time items from these financial measures enables it and investors to assess and understand operating performance, especially when comparing those results with previous and subsequent periods or forecasting performance for future periods, primarily because management views the excluded items to be outside of Kirby’s normal operating results.

Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits

Press release dated January 31, 2019

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: January 31, 2019


     Description of Exhibit
Press release dated January 31, 2019