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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.06
NSC's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
87% of the 772 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. NSC: 0.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
NSC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.10 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.06
Equity to Asset 0.37
NSC's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
63% of the 730 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. NSC: 0.37 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
NSC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 0.35 Max: 0.44
Current: 0.37
0.3
0.44
Interest Coverage 6.42
NSC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
58% of the 457 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.08 vs. NSC: 6.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
NSC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.15  Med: 4.29 Max: 10.04
Current: 6.42
1.15
10.04
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 1.88
M-Score: -2.67
WACC vs ROIC
9.30%
11.08%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 30.55
NSC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.07 vs. NSC: 30.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 10.28  Med: 27.18 Max: 30.76
Current: 30.55
10.28
30.76
Net-margin (%) 16.88
NSC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 774 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.13 vs. NSC: 16.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.79  Med: 15.73 Max: 18.78
Current: 16.88
2.79
18.78
ROE (%) 15.96
NSC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 764 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 6.94 vs. NSC: 15.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.93  Med: 14.16 Max: 18.53
Current: 15.96
2.93
18.53
ROA (%) 5.89
NSC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 785 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.95 vs. NSC: 5.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.9  Med: 5.06 Max: 6.96
Current: 5.89
0.9
6.96
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 13.27
NSC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 768 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.38 vs. NSC: 13.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 7.26  Med: 12.55 Max: 27.07
Current: 13.27
7.26
27.07
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 5.40
NSC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 642 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. NSC: 5.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -1.4  Med: 8.80 Max: 16.1
Current: 5.4
-1.4
16.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 7.20
NSC's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 544 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. NSC: 7.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -10.3  Med: 7.20 Max: 26.3
Current: 7.2
-10.3
26.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 5.50
NSC's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 465 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. NSC: 5.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -37.5  Med: 14.00 Max: 50.4
Current: 5.5
-37.5
50.4
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Guru Trades

Q3 2014

NSC Guru Trades in Q3 2014

First Eagle Investment 1,475,231 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 40,705 sh (+82.70%)
Paul Tudor Jones 4,800 sh (+65.52%)
Dodge & Cox 8,344 sh (+14.35%)
James Barrow 1,204,536 sh (+6.78%)
Ken Fisher 4,350 sh (+2.35%)
David Winters 19,199 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 92,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 774,456 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 75,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Murray Stahl 124,841 sh (-0.24%)
John Buckingham 87,428 sh (-0.61%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,201,728 sh (-4.27%)
Bill Frels 2,637 sh (-23.28%)
Steven Cohen 115,600 sh (-39.44%)
David Dreman 1,507 sh (-58.95%)
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Q4 2014

NSC Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Ray Dalio 3,293 sh (New)
John Burbank 10,000 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 457,370 sh (+1023.62%)
Bill Frels 3,287 sh (+24.65%)
James Barrow 1,407,404 sh (+16.84%)
David Dreman 1,647 sh (+9.29%)
Ken Fisher 4,652 sh (+6.94%)
Tom Gayner 92,000 sh (unchged)
David Winters 19,199 sh (unchged)
First Eagle Investment Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Murray Stahl 124,457 sh (-0.31%)
John Buckingham 86,404 sh (-1.17%)
Dodge & Cox 7,297 sh (-12.55%)
Pioneer Investments 666,927 sh (-13.88%)
PRIMECAP Management 871,150 sh (-27.51%)
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Q1 2015

NSC Guru Trades in Q1 2015

John Burbank 161,000 sh (+1510.00%)
James Barrow 1,615,719 sh (+14.80%)
PRIMECAP Management 996,080 sh (+14.34%)
David Dreman 1,805 sh (+9.59%)
Pioneer Investments 667,974 sh (+0.16%)
Tom Gayner 92,000 sh (unchged)
John Burbank 30,000 sh (unchged)
David Winters 19,199 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Murray Stahl 124,295 sh (-0.13%)
Bill Frels 3,237 sh (-1.52%)
John Buckingham 84,059 sh (-2.71%)
Ken Fisher 4,415 sh (-5.09%)
Dodge & Cox 6,197 sh (-15.07%)
Joel Greenblatt 38,549 sh (-91.57%)
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Q2 2015

NSC Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 727,667 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 4,544 sh (+2.92%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 13.64
NSC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
67% of the 598 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 18.40 vs. NSC: 13.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
NSC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.44  Med: 14.76 Max: 20.29
Current: 13.64
6.44
20.29
Forward P/E 13.87
NSC's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
51% of the 317 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 13.02 vs. NSC: 13.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 13.30
NSC's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
67% of the 599 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 18.30 vs. NSC: 13.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
NSC' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 6.43  Med: 14.68 Max: 20.16
Current: 13.3
6.43
20.16
P/B 2.14
NSC's P/B is ranked lower than
69% of the 744 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. NSC: 2.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
NSC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.04  Med: 2.13 Max: 2.89
Current: 2.14
1.04
2.89
P/S 2.34
NSC's P/S is ranked lower than
71% of the 766 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. NSC: 2.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
NSC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.02  Med: 2.25 Max: 3.11
Current: 2.34
1.02
3.11
PFCF 35.80
NSC's PFCF is ranked lower than
68% of the 354 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 20.51 vs. NSC: 35.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
NSC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 10.33  Med: 21.49 Max: 47.54
Current: 35.8
10.33
47.54
POCF 9.22
NSC's POCF is ranked higher than
51% of the 581 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9.01 vs. NSC: 9.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
NSC' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.18  Med: 8.76 Max: 12.62
Current: 9.22
4.18
12.62
EV-to-EBIT 9.47
NSC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
79% of the 626 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 14.97 vs. NSC: 9.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
NSC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.6  Med: 10.80 Max: 14.3
Current: 9.47
5.6
14.3
PEG 1.03
NSC's PEG is ranked higher than
71% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.98 vs. NSC: 1.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
NSC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 1.33 Max: 5.48
Current: 1.03
0.4
5.48
Shiller P/E 16.01
NSC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
67% of the 397 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 22.00 vs. NSC: 16.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
NSC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.46  Med: 18.63 Max: 30.88
Current: 16.01
8.46
30.88
Current Ratio 1.01
NSC's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
63% of the 742 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.24 vs. NSC: 1.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
NSC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.35  Med: 1.01 Max: 1.56
Current: 1.01
0.35
1.56
Quick Ratio 0.88
NSC's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
65% of the 742 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. NSC: 0.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
NSC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.31  Med: 0.93 Max: 1.43
Current: 0.88
0.31
1.43
Days Inventory 32.50
NSC's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
75% of the 608 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 12.86 vs. NSC: 32.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
NSC' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 14.2  Med: 16.73 Max: 96.11
Current: 32.5
14.2
96.11
Days Sales Outstanding 32.75
NSC's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
62% of the 608 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 41.88 vs. NSC: 32.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
NSC' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 24.36  Med: 37.48 Max: 64
Current: 32.75
24.36
64

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.74
NSC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
58% of the 912 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. NSC: 2.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
NSC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.94  Med: 2.16 Max: 4.63
Current: 2.74
0.94
4.63
Dividend Payout 0.40
NSC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
50% of the 554 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. NSC: 0.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
NSC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.11  Med: 0.31 Max: 15.39
Current: 0.4
0.11
15.39
Dividend growth (3y) 10.20
NSC's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
69% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. NSC: 10.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
NSC' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -33.1  Med: 12.60 Max: 38.7
Current: 10.2
-33.1
38.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.68
NSC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
73% of the 914 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. NSC: 4.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
NSC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.61  Med: 3.69 Max: 7.91
Current: 4.68
1.61
7.91
Share Buyback Rate 3.80
NSC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 442 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. NSC: 3.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
NSC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.3  Med: 0.30 Max: -2
Current: 3.8

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 2.11
NSC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
64% of the 696 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. NSC: 2.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.88  Med: 2.00 Max: 2.78
Current: 2.11
0.88
2.78
Price/Projected FCF 1.16
NSC's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
65% of the 368 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. NSC: 1.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.6  Med: 1.37 Max: 7.39
Current: 1.16
0.6
7.39
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 0.95
NSC's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked higher than
67% of the 60 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. NSC: 0.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 1.01
NSC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
62% of the 708 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.12 vs. NSC: 1.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.37  Med: 0.88 Max: 1.33
Current: 1.01
0.37
1.33
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.28
NSC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
55% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 vs. NSC: 1.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.49  Med: 1.29 Max: 4.42
Current: 1.28
0.49
4.42
Price/Graham Number 1.12
NSC's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
51% of the 514 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. NSC: 1.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.66  Med: 1.16 Max: 1.7
Current: 1.12
0.66
1.7
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 10.58
NSC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 771 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. NSC: 10.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 7  Med: 9.30 Max: 17.8
Current: 10.58
7
17.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 13.91
NSC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 429 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.51 vs. NSC: 13.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
NSC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 4.1  Med: 13.40 Max: 25
Current: 13.91
4.1
25

Business Description

Industry: Transportation & Logistics » Railroads
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Traded in other countries:NFS.Germany,
Norfolk Southern Corp was incorporated in Virginia on July 23, 1980. The Company is engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods primarily in the Southeast, East, and Midwest and, via interchange with rail carriers, to and from the rest of the United States. It also transports overseas freight through several Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. The Company provides logistics services and offer intermodal network in the eastern half of the United States. As at December 31, 2013, its railroads operated approximately 20,000 miles of road in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Its system reaches many individual industries, electric generating facilities, mines (in western Virginia, eastern Kentucky, southern and northern West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and southern Illinois and Indiana), distribution centers, transload facilities, and other businesses located in its service area. One of its subsidiaries, Triple Crown, provides bimodal truckload transportation service utilizing roadrailer trailers, a hybrid technology that facilitates both over-the-road and on-the-rail transportation utilizing enclosed trailers that are pulled over the highways in tractor-trailer configuration and over the rails by locomotives. In addition, Triple Crown utilizes conventional trailers that are also moved on rail flatcars. Triple Crown provides service in the eastern United States, as well as Ontario and Quebec, through a network of terminals located in 13 cities. In addition to environmental, safety, securities, and other regulations generally applicable to all business, the Company's railroads are subject to regulation by the Surface Transportation Board (STB). There is continuing strong competition among rail, water, and highway carriers. Its primary rail competitor is CSX Corporation; both railroads operate throughout much of the same territory.
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