NSC Stock Overview
Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States.
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Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||US$261.84|
|52 Week High||US$299.20|
|52 Week Low||US$217.00|
|1 Month Change||18.23%|
|3 Month Change||5.02%|
|1 Year Change||-2.63%|
|3 Year Change||51.35%|
|5 Year Change||120.72%|
|Change since IPO||1,781.49%|
Recent News & Updates
Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) Is Looking To Continue Growing Its Returns On Capital
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Norfolk Southern Q2 2022 Earnings Preview
Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) is scheduled to announce Q2 earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th, before market open. The consensus EPS Estimate is $3.47 (+5.8% Y/Y) and the consensus Revenue Estimate is $3.14B (+12.1% Y/Y). Over the last 1 year, NSC has beaten EPS estimates 100% of the time and has beaten revenue estimates 50% of the time. Over the last 3 months, EPS estimates have seen 9 upward revisions and 10 downward. Revenue estimates have seen 10 upward revisions and 5 downward. Recent earnings Analysis from our contributors:Norfolk Southern: Upcoming Earnings And An Industry Breakdown
What Does Norfolk Southern Corporation's (NYSE:NSC) Share Price Indicate?
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|NSC||US Transportation||US Market|
Return vs Industry: NSC exceeded the US Transportation industry which returned -14.7% over the past year.
Return vs Market: NSC exceeded the US Market which returned -11.7% over the past year.
|NSC Average Weekly Movement||3.9%|
|Transportation Industry Average Movement||8.6%|
|Market Average Movement||7.7%|
|10% most volatile stocks in US Market||16.9%|
|10% least volatile stocks in US Market||3.2%|
Stable Share Price: NSC is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.
Volatility Over Time: NSC's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.
About the Company
Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. The company transports agriculture, forest, and consumer products comprising soybeans, wheat, corn, fertilizers, livestock and poultry feed, food products, food oils, flour, sweeteners, ethanol, lumber and wood products, pulp board and paper products, wood fibers, wood pulp, scrap paper, beverages, canned goods, and consumer products; chemicals consist of sulfur and related chemicals, petroleum products, chlorine and bleaching compounds, plastics, rubber, industrial chemicals, chemical wastes, and sand; metals and construction materials, such as steel, aluminum products, machinery, scrap metals, cement, aggregates, minerals, clay, transportation equipment, and military-related products; and automotive, including finished motor vehicles and automotive parts, as well as coal. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports; and provides commuter rail passenger transportation services and operates an intermodal network.
Norfolk Southern Fundamentals Summary
|NSC fundamental statistics|
Is NSC overvalued?See Fair Value and valuation analysis
Earnings & Revenue
|NSC income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||US$5.93b|
Last Reported Earnings
Jun 30, 2022
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||12.91|
|Net Profit Margin||25.55%|
How did NSC perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison
1.9%Current Dividend Yield
Is NSC undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?
Valuation Score 2/6
Price-To-Earnings vs Peers
Price-To-Earnings vs Industry
Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio
Below Fair Value
Significantly Below Fair Value
Key Valuation Metric
Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for NSC?
Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.
|What is NSC's n/a Ratio?|
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers
How does NSC's PE Ratio compare to its peers?
|NSC PE Ratio vs Peers|
|Company||PE||Estimated Growth||Market Cap|
UNP Union Pacific
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line
NSC Norfolk Southern
Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: NSC is good value based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (20.3x) compared to the peer average (21.1x).
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry
How does NSC's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the US Transportation Industry?
Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: NSC is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (20.3x) compared to the US Transportation industry average (9.9x)
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio
What is NSC's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.
|Current PE Ratio||20.3x|
|Fair PE Ratio||18.7x|
Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: NSC is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (20.3x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Earnings Ratio (18.7x).
Share Price vs Fair Value
What is the Fair Price of NSC when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.
Below Fair Value: NSC ($261.84) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($263.02)
Significantly Below Fair Value: NSC is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.
Analyst Price Targets
What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?
Analyst Forecast: Target price is less than 20% higher than the current share price.
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How is Norfolk Southern forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 22 analysts?
Future Growth Score2/6
Future Growth Score 2/6
Earnings vs Savings Rate
Earnings vs Market
High Growth Earnings
Revenue vs Market
High Growth Revenue
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: NSC's forecast earnings growth (5.7% per year) is above the savings rate (1.9%).
Earnings vs Market: NSC's earnings (5.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.4% per year).
High Growth Earnings: NSC's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: NSC's revenue (3.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.9% per year).
High Growth Revenue: NSC's revenue (3.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: NSC's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (25.3%)
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How has Norfolk Southern performed over the past 5 years?
Past Performance Score2/6
Past Performance Score 2/6
Growing Profit Margin
Earnings vs Industry
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: NSC has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: NSC's current net profit margins (25.6%) are lower than last year (25.9%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: NSC's earnings have declined by 9.5% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: NSC's earnings growth over the past year (11.1%) exceeds its 5-year average (-9.5% per year).
Earnings vs Industry: NSC earnings growth over the past year (11.1%) underperformed the Transportation industry 62.5%.
Return on Equity
High ROE: Whilst NSC's Return on Equity (23.07%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.
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How is Norfolk Southern's financial position?
Financial Health Score3/6
Financial Health Score 3/6
Short Term Liabilities
Long Term Liabilities
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: NSC's short term assets ($2.9B) exceed its short term liabilities ($2.6B).
Long Term Liabilities: NSC's short term assets ($2.9B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($23.6B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: NSC's net debt to equity ratio (108.9%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: NSC's debt to equity ratio has increased from 80.2% to 118.5% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: NSC's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (26.7%).
Interest Coverage: NSC's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (7.1x coverage).
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What is Norfolk Southern current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Score 5/6
Cash Flow Coverage
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: NSC's dividend (1.89%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.49%).
High Dividend: NSC's dividend (1.89%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: NSC's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: NSC's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Earnings Payout to Shareholders
Earnings Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (37%), NSC's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.
Cash Payout to Shareholders
Cash Flow Coverage: With its reasonably low cash payout ratio (46.8%), NSC's dividend payments are well covered by cash flows.
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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Alan Shaw (54 yo)
Mr. Alan H. Shaw has been President at Norfolk Southern Corporation since December 02, 2021 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Director since May 01, 2022. He was Chief Marketing Officer and Exe...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Alan's total compensation ($USD4.36M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD12.88M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Alan's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
Experienced Management: NSC's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.9 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.
Experienced Board: NSC's board of directors are considered experienced (7.2 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Norfolk Southern Corporation's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Norfolk Southern Corporation
- Ticker: NSC
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 1980
- Industry: Railroads
- Sector: Transportation
- Implied Market Cap: US$61.499b
- Shares outstanding: 234.87m
- Website: https://www.norfolksouthern.com
Number of Employees
- Norfolk Southern Corporation
- 650 West Peachtree Street NW
- United States
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2022/08/12 00:00|
|End of Day Share Price||2022/08/12 00:00|
Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.