Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States.
Established dividend payer with questionable track record.
Share Price & News
How has Norfolk Southern's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: NSC has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: NSC underperformed the US Transportation industry which returned -11.3% over the past year.
Return vs Market: NSC underperformed the US Market which returned 6.7% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Norfolk Southern's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
2 months ago | Simply Wall StShould You Worry About Norfolk Southern Corporation's (NYSE:NSC) CEO Salary Level?
2 months ago | Simply Wall StNorfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) Stock Has Shown Weakness Lately But Financials Look Strong: Should Prospective Shareholders Make The Leap?
3 months ago | Simply Wall StEstimating The Fair Value Of Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC)
Is Norfolk Southern undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: NSC ($170.85) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($169.78)
Significantly Below Fair Value: NSC is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: NSC is good value based on its PE Ratio (18.4x) compared to the US Transportation industry average (22.9x).
PE vs Market: NSC is poor value based on its PE Ratio (18.4x) compared to the US market (16.2x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: NSC is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.1x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: NSC is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.9x) compared to the US Transportation industry average (2.6x).
How is Norfolk Southern forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 22 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: NSC's forecast earnings growth (16.2% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).
Earnings vs Market: NSC's earnings (16.2% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.9% per year).
High Growth Earnings: NSC's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: NSC's revenue (5.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.4% per year).
High Growth Revenue: NSC's revenue (5.5% 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 low in 3 years time (18.1%).
How has Norfolk Southern performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: NSC has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: NSC's current net profit margins (21.8%) are lower than last year (24%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: NSC's earnings have grown by 15.7% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: NSC's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: NSC had negative earnings growth (-13.1%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Transportation industry average (-11.5%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: NSC's Return on Equity (16.3%) is considered low.
How is Norfolk Southern's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: NSC's short term assets ($2.0B) do not cover its short term liabilities ($2.2B).
Long Term Liabilities: NSC's short term assets ($2.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($20.3B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: NSC's debt to equity ratio (80.2%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: NSC's debt to equity ratio has increased from 75.8% to 80.2% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: NSC's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (33.2%).
Interest Coverage: NSC's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (6.6x coverage).
What is Norfolk Southern current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: NSC's dividend (2.2%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.68%).
High Dividend: NSC's dividend (2.2%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.6%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: NSC's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: NSC's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (39.6%), NSC's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: NSC's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (34.2% payout ratio).
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Jim Squires (59yo)
Mr. James A. Squires, also known as Jim, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation since June 1, 2015, has been its President since June 1, 2013 and has been its Chairman since O ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Jim's total compensation ($USD16.64M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.50M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Jim's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
|Executive VP of Finance & CFO||0.67yr||US$1.58m||no data|
|Executive VP & COO||4.42yrs||US$6.10m||0.0050% $2.2m|
|Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer||5.17yrs||US$4.74m||0.0090% $3.9m|
|VP of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer||2.75yrs||no data||no data|
|Director of Investor Relations||no data||no data||no data|
|Vice President of Audit & Compliance||3.42yrs||no data||no data|
|Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer||1.25yrs||no data||0.00016% $70.0k|
|Vice President of Human Resources||0.17yr||no data||no data|
|Executive VP & Chief Transformation Officer||1.25yrs||no data||0.0027% $1.2m|
|Senior Vice President of Operations & Mechanical||1.67yrs||no data||no data|
|Chief Sustainability Officer||0.33yr||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: NSC's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.7 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.
|Independent Director||10.5yrs||US$286.77k||0.0012% $512.1k|
|Lead Independent Director||7.17yrs||US$328.60k||0.0012% $512.1k|
|Independent Director||3.67yrs||US$276.27k||no data|
|Independent Director||11.83yrs||US$271.77k||0.0015% $639.0k|
|Independent Director||0.83yr||US$97.97k||0.0047% $2.0m|
|Independent Director||6.5yrs||US$286.77k||0.0012% $512.1k|
|Independent Director||7.42yrs||US$271.77k||0.0012% $538.3k|
|Independent Director||3.67yrs||US$269.52k||0.000010% $4.4k|
|Independent Director||2.5yrs||US$285.52k||0.00020% $87.5k|
|Independent Director||0.42yr||no data||no data|
|Independent Director||1.5yrs||US$259.51k||no data|
Experienced Board: NSC's board of directors are considered experienced (4.2 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: NSC insiders have only sold shares 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 company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Norfolk Southern Corporation
- Ticker: NSC
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 1883
- Industry: Railroads
- Sector: Transportation
- Market Cap: US$43.768b
- Shares outstanding: 256.18m
- Website: https://www.norfolksouthern.com
Number of Employees
- Norfolk Southern Corporation
- Three Commercial Place
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|NSC||NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Jun 1982|
|NFS||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Jun 1982|
|NFS||XTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Jun 1982|
|0K8M||LSE (London Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||GB||USD||Jun 1982|
|NSC *||BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)||Yes||Common Stock||MX||MXN||Jun 1982|
|NSCO||WBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||AT||EUR||Jun 1982|
|NFS||ETLX (Eurotlx)||Yes||Common Stock||IT||EUR||Jun 1982|
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 industrial products, including chemicals, agriculture, and metals and construction materials; and coal, automobiles, and automotive parts. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports; and provides commuter passenger services. As of December 31, 2019, the company operated approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Norfolk Southern Corporation was incorporated in 1980 and is based in Norfolk, Virginia.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/07/13 07:01|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/07/10 00:00|
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