Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States.

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer with acceptable track record.

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Share Price & News

How has Union Pacific's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: UNP's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Transportation


US Market

1 Year Return




US Transportation


US Market

Return vs Industry: UNP exceeded the US Transportation industry which returned -18.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: UNP exceeded the US Market which returned -13.3% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day4.8%-2.4%-2.6%
30 Day-5.3%-13.6%-15.2%
90 Day-17.9%-22.2%-22.2%
1 Year-9.0%-11.0%-17.0%-18.4%-11.5%-13.3%
3 Year46.6%37.3%31.7%25.2%13.2%5.7%
5 Year53.3%36.6%37.0%36.0%31.8%17.2%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Union Pacific's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Union Pacific undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: UNP ($147.74) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($174.84)

Significantly Below Fair Value: UNP is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: UNP is poor value based on its PE Ratio (17.6x) compared to the Transportation industry average (17x).

PE vs Market: UNP is poor value based on its PE Ratio (17.6x) compared to the US market (12.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: UNP is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.1x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: UNP is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (5.6x) compared to the US Transportation industry average (1.8x).

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Future Growth

How is Union Pacific forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 23 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: UNP's forecast earnings growth (5.6% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: UNP's earnings (5.6% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (13.4% per year).

High Growth Earnings: UNP's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: UNP's revenue (1.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7% per year).

High Growth Revenue: UNP's revenue (1.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: UNP's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (47.2%).

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Past Performance

How has Union Pacific performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: UNP has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: UNP's current net profit margins (27.3%) are higher than last year (26.1%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: UNP's earnings have grown by 11.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: UNP's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: UNP had negative earnings growth (-0.8%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Transportation industry average (-12.4%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst UNP's Return on Equity (32.65%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

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Financial Health

How is Union Pacific's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: UNP's short term assets ($3.5B) do not cover its short term liabilities ($4.4B).

Long Term Liabilities: UNP's short term assets ($3.5B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($39.2B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: UNP's debt to equity ratio (135.7%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: UNP's debt to equity ratio has increased from 53.9% to 135.7% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: UNP's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (35%).

Interest Coverage: UNP's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (8.7x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Union Pacific's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: UNP's dividend (2.63%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (2.01%).

High Dividend: UNP's dividend (2.63%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (5.66%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: UNP's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: UNP's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (44%), UNP's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: UNP's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (41.8% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Lance Fritz (56yo)





Mr. Lance M. Fritz has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Union Pacific Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad Company Inc. since February 6, 2015 and February 6, 2014 respectively. Mr. Frit ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Lance's total compensation ($USD13.89M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.96M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Lance's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Lance Fritz
Chairman5.17yrsUS$13.89m0.056% $56.1m
Rhonda Ferguson
Executive VP3.75yrsUS$2.62m0.0014% $1.4m
Elizabeth Whited
Executive VP & Chief Human Resource Officer1.67yrsUS$3.22m0.0063% $6.3m
Jennifer Hamann
Executive VP & CFO0.25yrno data0.011% $10.8m
Vincenzo Vena
Chief Operating Officer1.25yrsno data0.0011% $1.1m
Jon Panzer
Senior Vice President of Technology & Strategic Planning1yrno datano data
Scott Moore
Senior VP of Corporate Relations & Chief Administrative Officer2.33yrsno datano data
Thomas Lange
Assistant Vice Presidentno datano datano data
Clark Ponthier
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Continuous Improvement1.92yrsno datano data
Rick Holmes
Chief Information Security Officer & Assistant VP of Information Assurance1.67yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: UNP's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.7 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Lance Fritz
Chairman5.17yrsUS$13.89m0.056% $56.1m
Thomas McLarty
Independent Director13.42yrsUS$317.24k0.00058% $581.9k
Michael McCarthy
Lead Independent Director4.25yrsUS$307.93k0.0080% $8.0m
Deborah Hopkins
Independent Director3.25yrsUS$263.87k0.00062% $622.0k
David Dillon
Independent Director6.08yrsUS$299.52k0.00058% $581.9k
Erroll Davis
Independent Director15.83yrsUS$315.43k0.00078% $782.5k
Jose Villarreal
Independent Director11.25yrsUS$281.51k0.00073% $732.4k
Andrew Card
Independent Director13.75yrsUS$306.72k0.0027% $2.7m
Bhavesh Patel
Independent Director2.75yrsUS$291.24k0.00060% $601.9k
Jane Lute
Independent Director4yrsUS$307.18k0.00059% $591.9k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: UNP's board of directors are considered experienced (5.3 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: UNP insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Union Pacific Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Union Pacific Corporation
  • Ticker: UNP
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1862
  • Industry: Railroads
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Market Cap: US$100.324b
  • Shares outstanding: 678.55m
  • Website: https://www.up.com

Number of Employees


  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • 1400 Douglas Street
  • Omaha
  • Nebraska
  • 68179
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
UNPNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesUSUSDJan 1969
UNPDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEURJan 1969
UNPXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesCommon SharesDEEURJan 1969
UNP *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon SharesMXMXNJan 1969
UNPSNSE (Santiago Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesCLUSDJan 1969
UNPSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesCommon SharesCHCHFJan 1969
0R2ELSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesGBUSDJan 1969
UNPETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon SharesITEURJan 1969
UNPCWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesATEURJan 1969
UPAC34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR REPR 1/4 COM USD2.50BRBRLJul 2015


Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, engages in the railroad business in the United States. It offers transportation services for agricultural products, including grains, commodities produced from grains, fertilizers, and food and beverage products to grain processors, animal feeders, ethanol producers, and other agricultural users; coal and sand, as well as petroleum, liquid petroleum gases, and renewables; and construction products, industrial chemicals, plastics, forest products, specialized products, metals and ores, and soda ash, as well as intermodal and finished vehicles. As of December 31, 2019, its rail network included 32,340 route miles linking Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast ports with the Midwest and Eastern United States gateways. Union Pacific Corporation was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/04/07 06:02
End of Day Share Price2020/04/06 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

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.