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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.16
NSC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
64% of the 1145 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.32 vs. NSC: 0.16 )
NSC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.16

Equity to Asset 0.38
NSC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
65% of the 1136 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. NSC: 0.38 )
NSC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 0.44
Current: 0.38

0.3
0.44
Interest Coverage 6.20
NSC's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
73% of the 725 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.69 vs. NSC: 6.20 )
NSC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.15   Max: 10.49
Current: 6.2

1.15
10.49
F-Score: 9
Z-Score: 2.23
M-Score: -2.60
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 : 9/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 30.64
NSC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.23 vs. NSC: 30.64 )
NSC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 10.28   Max: 28.96
Current: 30.64

10.28
28.96
Net-margin (%) 17.21
NSC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.62 vs. NSC: 17.21 )
NSC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.79   Max: 17.39
Current: 17.21

2.79
17.39
ROE (%) 17.32
NSC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1138 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.38 vs. NSC: 17.32 )
NSC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.93   Max: 18.62
Current: 17.32

2.93
18.62
ROA (%) 6.15
NSC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1159 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.16 vs. NSC: 6.15 )
NSC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.9   Max: 6.9
Current: 6.15

0.9
6.9
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 13.30
NSC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1158 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.11 vs. NSC: 13.30 )
NSC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.74   Max: 23.47
Current: 13.3

5.74
23.47
Revenue Growth (%) 11.70
NSC's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1030 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. NSC: 11.70 )
NSC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -2   Max: 16.1
Current: 11.7

-2
16.1
EBITDA Growth (%) 12.50
NSC's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 939 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. NSC: 12.50 )
NSC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -10.3   Max: 26.3
Current: 12.5

-10.3
26.3
EPS Growth (%) 14.60
NSC's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 806 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. NSC: 14.60 )
NSC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -37.5   Max: 50.4
Current: 14.6

-37.5
50.4
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

NSC Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Louis Moore Bacon 30,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,700 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 68,265 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 17,015 sh (+16.09%)
James Barrow 1,110,149 sh (+14.15%)
Bill Frels 3,687 sh (+5.22%)
Ken Fisher 4,300 sh (+1.18%)
Dodge & Cox 7,297 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 94,400 sh (unchged)
Wintergreen Fund Sold Out
Mark Hillman Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 808,954 sh (-0.09%)
Murray Stahl 125,474 sh (-0.11%)
John Buckingham 88,887 sh (-0.73%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,263,628 sh (-1.35%)
Brian Rogers 3,400,000 sh (-15%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 25,870 sh (-36.74%)
David Dreman 340 sh (-72.56%)
David Winters 19,199 sh (-89.65%)
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Q1 2014

NSC Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 176,650 sh (New)
David Dreman 1,336 sh (+292.94%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,286,278 sh (+1.79%)
John Buckingham 89,716 sh (+0.93%)
Murray Stahl 125,671 sh (+0.16%)
Dodge & Cox 7,297 sh (unchged)
David Winters 19,199 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 804,216 sh (-0.59%)
Ken Fisher 4,250 sh (-1.16%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 25,266 sh (-2.33%)
Tom Gayner 92,000 sh (-2.54%)
James Barrow 1,077,587 sh (-2.93%)
Bill Frels 3,487 sh (-5.42%)
Brian Rogers 3,000,000 sh (-11.76%)
Louis Moore Bacon 4,344 sh (-85.52%)
Steven Cohen 3,273 sh (-95.21%)
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Q2 2014

NSC Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 2,900 sh (New)
David Dreman 3,671 sh (+174.78%)
James Barrow 1,128,012 sh (+4.68%)
David Winters 19,199 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 7,297 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 92,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 4,344 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 190,900 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 4,250 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Murray Stahl 125,145 sh (-0.42%)
Bill Frels 3,437 sh (-1.43%)
John Buckingham 87,969 sh (-1.95%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,255,278 sh (-2.41%)
Pioneer Investments 777,562 sh (-3.31%)
Brian Rogers 1,201,900 sh (-59.94%)
Joel Greenblatt 22,280 sh (-87.39%)
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Q3 2014

NSC Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,475,231 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 40,705 sh (+82.7%)
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)
Caxton Associates 75,000 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Murray Stahl 124,841 sh (-0.24%)
Pioneer Investments 774,456 sh (-0.4%)
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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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with NSC

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Brian Rogers 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.44%$100 - $112.15 $ 117.210%0
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-09-30 New Buy0.41%$100 - $112.15 $ 117.210%1475231
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Add 82.7%0.02%$100 - $112.15 $ 117.210%40705
David Dreman 2014-09-30 Reduce -58.95%0.02%$100 - $112.15 $ 117.210%1507
Brian Rogers 2014-06-30 Reduce -59.94%0.66%$93.15 - $104.41 $ 117.220%1201900
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Reduce -87.39%0.23%$93.15 - $104.41 $ 117.220%22280
David Dreman 2014-06-30 Add 174.78%0.02%$93.15 - $104.41 $ 117.220%3671
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy0.26%$87.76 - $97.38 $ 117.226%176650
Brian Rogers 2014-03-31 Reduce -11.76%0.13%$87.76 - $97.38 $ 117.226%3000000
David Dreman 2014-03-31 Add 292.94%0.01%$87.76 - $97.38 $ 117.226%1336
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$87.76 - $97.38 $ 117.226%0
David Winters 2013-12-31 Reduce -89.65%1.34%$76.27 - $92.87 $ 117.237%19199
Mark Hillman 2013-12-31 Sold Out 1.2%$76.27 - $92.87 $ 117.237%0
Brian Rogers 2013-12-31 Reduce -15%0.18%$76.27 - $92.87 $ 117.237%3400000
David Dreman 2013-12-31 Reduce -72.56%0.01%$76.27 - $92.87 $ 117.237%340
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 18.30
NSC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 24.00 vs. NSC: 18.30 )
NSC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.44   Max: 20.4
Current: 18.3

6.44
20.4
P/B 2.92
NSC's P/B is ranked higher than
59% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. NSC: 2.92 )
NSC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.04   Max: 2.92
Current: 2.92

1.04
2.92
P/S 3.15
NSC's P/S is ranked higher than
60% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. NSC: 3.15 )
NSC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 3.14
Current: 3.15

1.02
3.14
PFCF 32.11
NSC's PFCF is ranked higher than
83% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. NSC: 32.11 )
NSC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 10.33   Max: 43.13
Current: 32.11

10.33
43.13
EV-to-EBIT 12.27
NSC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
89% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 20.49 vs. NSC: 12.27 )
NSC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.6   Max: 15.3
Current: 12.27

5.6
15.3
PEG 1.22
NSC's PEG is ranked higher than
93% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. NSC: 1.22 )
NSC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 5.46
Current: 1.22

0.4
5.46
Shiller P/E 22.58
NSC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
83% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 38.25 vs. NSC: 22.58 )
NSC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.49   Max: 30.88
Current: 22.58

8.49
30.88
Current Ratio 1.45
NSC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. NSC: 1.45 )
NSC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 1.5
Current: 1.45

0.35
1.5
Quick Ratio 1.33
NSC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. NSC: 1.33 )
NSC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 1.43
Current: 1.33

0.31
1.43

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.89
NSC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
52% of the 881 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. NSC: 1.89 )
NSC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 4.63
Current: 1.89

0.94
4.63
Dividend Payout 0.34
NSC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
80% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.78 vs. NSC: 0.34 )
NSC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 15.39
Current: 0.34

0.11
15.39
Dividend growth (3y) 13.40
NSC's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
88% of the 654 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. NSC: 13.40 )
NSC' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -33.1   Max: 38.7
Current: 13.4

-33.1
38.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.35
NSC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
70% of the 895 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.98 vs. NSC: 3.35 )
NSC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.66   Max: 8.16
Current: 3.35

1.66
8.16
Share Buyback Rate 5.30
NSC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
97% of the 705 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. NSC: 5.30 )
NSC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.3   Max: -2
Current: 5.3

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 2.91
NSC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
65% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. NSC: 2.91 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 6.79
Current: 2.91

0.68
6.79
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.50
NSC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.05 vs. NSC: 1.50 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 3.07
Current: 1.5

0.6
3.07
Price/Median PS Value 1.43
NSC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
62% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. NSC: 1.43 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 1.42
Current: 1.43

0.36
1.42
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.40
NSC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
93% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. NSC: 1.40 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.49   Max: 4.42
Current: 1.4

0.49
4.42
Price/Graham Number 1.54
NSC's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
76% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.82 vs. NSC: 1.54 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 3.63
Current: 1.54

0.42
3.63
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.10
NSC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1134 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. NSC: 8.10 )
NSC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 17.8
Current: 8.1

6.5
17.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 15.66
NSC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
90% of the 935 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.16 vs. NSC: 15.66 )
NSC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.1   Max: 25.1
Current: 15.66

6.1
25.1

Business Description

Industry: Transportation & Logistics » Railroads
Compare:TRN, UNP, EJPRY, CSX, MTRJY » details
Traded in other countries:NFS.Germany
Norfolk Southern Corp was incorporated on July 23, 1980, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 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 primarily 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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