Exhibit 99.1
         
AMERICAN COMMERCIAL LINES INC.
  Contact:   Christopher A. Black
Sr. Vice President; Chief Financial Officer
(812) 288-1836
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Commercial Lines Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
Jeffersonville, Indiana (February 8, 2006) –
American Commercial Lines Inc. (“ACL” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:ACLI) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2005. Net sales for the quarter were $236.2 million, a 31% 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.
Commenting on the results, Mark R. Holden, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are very pleased with our accomplishments during 2005. ACL is strong financially, operationally, and perhaps most importantly, talent-wise. Industry fundamentals continue to strengthen with 2005 representing the seventh consecutive year of a net decline in barge capacity in the U.S. Freight demand is stable and improving and we believe is likely to accelerate as we broaden our markets. While we are encouraged by our performance during 2005, we are committed to aggressively improving our performance during 2006 and beyond, ensuring that we achieve our potential.”
ACL also reported net income for the full year of 2005 of $11.8 million, or $0.48 per diluted share which included charges for the early retirement of debt of $7.3 million (net of tax), or $0.30 per diluted share compared to net income of $4.4 million for 2004, which included an extraordinary gain on the discharge of debt of $155.4 million and bankruptcy related charges of $140.0 million. Net loss for the year 2004 excluding these two items (a non-GAAP financial measure), would have been $11.0 million. Revenues for the year 2005 were $741.4 million, a 17% increase compared with revenues of $632.3 million for the year 2004.
Increased revenues for the fourth quarter were driven within the transportation segment by average fuel neutral rate increases of 25% on the dry freight business and 16% on the liquid freight business compared to the fourth quarter of 2004. Fuel neutral freight rates were up, on average, 24% and 10% respectively on the dry and liquid business for the full year in 2005 compared to 2004.
Increased revenues for the fourth quarter were also driven by a 101% increase in Jeffboat revenues, which were $52.6 million, excluding revenue from vessels manufactured for our transportation segment, in the fourth quarter of 2005 compared to $26.2 million for

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The following information was filed by American Commercial Lines Inc. on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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