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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 0.18
NSC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
60% of the 1048 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. NSC: 0.18 )
NSC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.18

Equity to Asset 0.37
NSC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
65% of the 1028 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. NSC: 0.37 )
NSC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 0.44
Current: 0.37

0.3
0.44
Interest Coverage 6.20
NSC's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
74% of the 570 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.13 vs. NSC: 6.20 )
NSC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.15   Max: 10.04
Current: 6.2

1.15
10.04
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 1.97
M-Score: -2.57
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 (%) 28.96
NSC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 973 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.08 vs. NSC: 28.96 )
NSC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 10.28   Max: 28.96
Current: 28.96

10.28
28.96
Net-margin (%) 16.99
NSC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 983 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.47 vs. NSC: 16.99 )
NSC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 2.79   Max: 18.78
Current: 16.99

2.79
18.78
ROE (%) 16.92
NSC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 957 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 7.13 vs. NSC: 16.92 )
NSC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.95   Max: 19.33
Current: 16.92

2.95
19.33
ROA (%) 5.88
NSC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 988 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 2.94 vs. NSC: 5.88 )
NSC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 6.85
Current: 5.88

0.91
6.85
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 12.22
NSC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 977 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 8.31 vs. NSC: 12.22 )
NSC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.7   Max: 13.86
Current: 12.22

5.7
13.86
Revenue Growth (%) 11.70
NSC's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 941 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. NSC: 11.70 )
NSC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -1.4   Max: 16.1
Current: 11.7

-1.4
16.1
EBITDA Growth (%) 12.50
NSC's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 832 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 753 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 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

Q3 2013

NSC Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Ray Dalio 14,657 sh (New)
James Barrow 972,549 sh (+120.56%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 40,896 sh (+1.48%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,280,931 sh (+0.59%)
John Buckingham 89,545 sh (+0.26%)
Murray Stahl 125,615 sh (+0.09%)
Wintergreen Fund 159,828 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 94,400 sh (unchged)
Mark Hillman 9,000 sh (unchged)
David Winters 185,411 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 4,000,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Jean-Marie Eveillard Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Bill Frels 3,504 sh (-1.27%)
Dodge & Cox 7,297 sh (-1.35%)
Pioneer Investments 809,669 sh (-8.63%)
Ken Fisher 4,250 sh (-26.55%)
David Dreman 1,239 sh (-97.4%)
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Q4 2013

NSC Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Steven Cohen 68,265 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 30,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 5,700 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)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ray Dalio 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

Ken Fisher 4,250 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Brian Rogers 1,201,900 sh (-59.94%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with NSC

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy0.26%$87.76 - $97.38 $ 103.4612%176650
David Dreman 2014-03-31 Add 292.94%0.01%$87.76 - $97.38 $ 103.4612%1336
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$87.76 - $97.38 $ 103.4612%0
David Dreman 2013-12-31 Reduce -72.56%0.01%$76.27 - $92.87 $ 103.4621%340
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.26%$71.66 - $78.3 $ 103.4638%0
David Dreman 2013-09-30 Reduce -97.4%0.11%$71.66 - $78.3 $ 103.4638%1239
James Barrow 2013-09-30 Add 120.56%0.07%$71.66 - $78.3 $ 103.4638%972549
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 New Buy0.01%$71.66 - $78.3 $ 103.4638%14657
John Hussman 2013-09-30 Sold Out $71.66 - $78.3 $ 103.4638%0
Tweedy Browne 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.48%$70.46 - $80.36 $ 103.4636%0
James Barrow 2013-06-30 New Buy0.05%$70.46 - $80.36 $ 103.4636%440949
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-03-31 New Buy0.27%$61.84 - $77.08 $ 103.4646%1062655
Tom Gayner 2013-03-31 Add 30.51%0.06%$61.84 - $77.08 $ 103.4646%94100
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.02%$61.84 - $77.08 $ 103.4646%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$61.84 - $77.08 $ 103.4646%0
Tom Gayner 2012-12-31 Add 236.92%0.13%$56.34 - $67.71 $ 103.4667%72100
David Dreman 2012-12-31 Add 39.71%0.03%$56.34 - $67.71 $ 103.4667%52514
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Reduce -45.82%0.02%$56.34 - $67.71 $ 103.4667%4810
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 New Buy0.01%$56.34 - $67.71 $ 103.4667%12290
John Hussman 2012-12-31 New Buy$56.34 - $67.71 $ 103.4667%1000
Scott Black 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.41%$63.61 - $75.12 $ 103.4643%0
Tweedy Browne 2012-09-30 Reduce -26.31%0.22%$63.61 - $75.12 $ 103.4643%244307
Tom Gayner 2012-09-30 New Buy0.06%$63.61 - $75.12 $ 103.4643%21400
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 New Buy0.04%$63.61 - $75.12 $ 103.4643%8878
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.03%$63.61 - $75.12 $ 103.4643%0
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Reduce -90.27%0.23%$63.47 - $74 $ 103.4651%24733
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.03%$63.47 - $74 $ 103.4651%0
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 Add 548.37%0.22%$64.53 - $78.24 $ 103.4655%254292
PRIMECAP Management 2012-03-31 Reduce -22.42%0.05%$64.53 - $78.24 $ 103.4655%1528822
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 New Buy0.03%$64.53 - $78.24 $ 103.4655%4955
Tweedy Browne 2011-12-31 Reduce -29.15%0.4%$60.01 - $75.75 $ 103.4646%411250
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Reduce -78.17%0.13%$60.01 - $75.75 $ 103.4646%39220
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Reduce -49.62%0.19%$60.44 - $76.99 $ 103.4650%179620
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 16.70
NSC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 23.50 vs. NSC: 16.70 )
NSC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.44   Max: 20.4
Current: 16.7

6.44
20.4
P/B 2.70
NSC's P/B is ranked higher than
57% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.43 vs. NSC: 2.70 )
NSC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.04   Max: 2.76
Current: 2.7

1.04
2.76
P/S 2.90
NSC's P/S is ranked higher than
56% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. NSC: 2.90 )
NSC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 2.92
Current: 2.9

1.02
2.92
PFCF 28.80
NSC's PFCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 216.00 vs. NSC: 28.80 )
NSC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 10.33   Max: 68.1
Current: 28.8

10.33
68.1
EV-to-EBIT 11.74
NSC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
88% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 20.15 vs. NSC: 11.74 )
NSC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.6   Max: 15.3
Current: 11.74

5.6
15.3
PEG 1.10
NSC's PEG is ranked higher than
89% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 29.78 vs. NSC: 1.10 )
NSC' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 5.46
Current: 1.1

0.4
5.46
Shiller P/E 20.10
NSC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 56.65 vs. NSC: 20.10 )
NSC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.43   Max: 31.05
Current: 20.1

8.43
31.05
Current Ratio 1.38
NSC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
76% of the 1051 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. NSC: 1.38 )
NSC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 1.5
Current: 1.38

0.35
1.5
Quick Ratio 1.27
NSC's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
75% of the 1051 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. NSC: 1.27 )
NSC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.31   Max: 1.43
Current: 1.27

0.31
1.43

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.00
NSC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
53% of the 799 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.94 vs. NSC: 2.00 )
NSC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 4.63
Current: 2

0.94
4.63
Dividend Payout 0.34
NSC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
90% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 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
86% of the 546 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 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) 3.52
NSC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
76% of the 807 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.96 vs. NSC: 3.52 )
NSC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.66   Max: 8.16
Current: 3.52

1.66
8.16
Share Buyback Rate 5.30
NSC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
97% of the 654 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. NSC: 5.30 )
NSC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.3   Max: -2
Current: 5.3

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 2.70
NSC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
61% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.74 vs. NSC: 2.70 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 6.79
Current: 2.7

0.6
6.79
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.40
NSC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. NSC: 1.40 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 7.39
Current: 1.4

0.6
7.39
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
NSC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
62% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. NSC: 1.30 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 1.31
Current: 1.3

0.35
1.31
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.30
NSC's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. NSC: 1.30 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 4.42
Current: 1.3

0.47
4.42
Price/Graham Number 1.40
NSC's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
74% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 1.71 vs. NSC: 1.40 )
NSC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 3.68
Current: 1.4

0.37
3.68
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.50
NSC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
85% of the 964 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. NSC: 8.50 )
NSC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.5   Max: 17.8
Current: 8.5

6.5
17.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 15.53
NSC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
87% of the 847 Companies
in the Global Railroads industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. NSC: 15.53 )
NSC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -6.8   Max: 24.2
Current: 15.53

-6.8
24.2

Business Description

Industry: Transportation & Logistics » Railroads
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Traded in other countries:NFS.Germany
Norfolk Southern Corporation was incorporated on July 23, 1980, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Company controls a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Company. It is mainly 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. The Company provides comprehensive logistics services and offers the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern half of the United States. In rail road operations, the system's lines reach many individual industries, electric generating facilities, mines in western Virginia, eastern Kentucky, southern and northern West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, distribution centers, transload facilities and other business located in smaller communities in its service area. Triple Crown Services Company, the Company's subsidiary, 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. Triple Crown provides service in the eastern two-thirds of the United States as well as Ontario and Quebec through a network of terminals strategically located in 13 cities. The Company's noncarrier subsidiaries engage principally in the acquisition, leasing, and management of coal, oil, gas and minerals; the development of commercial real estate; telecommunications; and the leasing or sale of rail property and equipment. There is continuing strong competition among rail, water, and highway carriers. The Company's main rail competitor is the CSX system; both operate throughout much of the same territory. Other railroads also operate in parts of the territory. The Company also competes with motor carriers, water carriers, and with shippers who have the additional option of handling their own goods in private carriage, of sourcing products from different geographic areas, and of using substitute products. In addition to environmental, safety, securities, and other regulations generally applicable to all businesses, the Company's railroads are subject to regulation by the STB.
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