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Norfolk Southern Corp (NYSE:NSC)
Cash Flow from Operations
$3,125 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2016)

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company’'s normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

For the three months ended in Mar. 2016, Norfolk Southern Corp's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $387 Mil. Its DDA was $253 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $225 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $44 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. Its Stock Based Compensation was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $-30 Mil. In all, Norfolk Southern Corp's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $879 Mil.


Definition

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company’'s normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

Norfolk Southern Corp's Cash Flow from Operations for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as:

Norfolk Southern Corp's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is

Norfolk Southern Corp Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2016 was 842 (Jun. 2015 ) + 706 (Sep. 2015 ) + 698 (Dec. 2015 ) + 879 (Mar. 2016 ) = $3,125 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.


Explanation

Cash flow from operations contains six items:

1. Net Income From Continuing Operations:
Net Income From Continuing Operations indicates the net income that a firm brings in from ongoing business activities. These activities are expected to continue into the next reporting period. It excludes extraordinary items, income from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, non-recurring items, income from tax loss carry forward, and preferred dividends.

Norfolk Southern Corp's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $387 Mil.

2. Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization:
Depreciation is a present expense that accounts for the past cost of an asset that is now providing benefits.
Depletion and amortization are synonyms for depreciation.
Generally:
• The term “depreciation” is used when discussing man made tangible assets
• The term “depletion” is used when discussing natural tangible assets
• The term “amortization” is used when discussing intangible assets

Norfolk Southern Corp's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $253 Mil.

3. Change In Working Capital:
Working Capital is a measure of a company's short term liquidity or its ability to cover short term liabilities. It is defined as the difference between a company's current assets and current liabilities. Changes in Working Capital is reported in the cash flow statement since it is one of the major ways in which net income can differ from operating cash flow.

Norfolk Southern Corp's change in working capital for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $225 Mil. It means Norfolk Southern Corp's working capital increased by $225 Mil from Dec. 2015 to Mar. 2016 .

4. Deferred Tax:
It is the cash flow generated from deferred tax.

Norfolk Southern Corp's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $44 Mil.

5. Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations:
Cash received by a company that comes from the sale of part of business.

Norfolk Southern Corp's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $0 Mil.

6. Stock Based Compensation:
It is a way corporations use stock options to reward employees. It provides executives and employees the opportunity to share in the growth of the company and, if structured properly, can align their interests with the interests of the company's shareholders and investors, without burning the company's cash on hand.

Norfolk Southern Corp's stock based compensation for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $0 Mil.

7. Cash Flow from Others:
These are cash differences caused by the change of inventory, accounts payable, accounts receivable etc. For instance, if a company pays its suppliers slower, its cash position will build up faster. If a company receives payments from its customers slower, its account receivables will rise, and its cash position will grow more slowly (or even shrink).

Norfolk Southern Corp's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was $-30 Mil.


Related Terms

Net Income From Continuing Operations, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Change In Working Capital, Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations, Stock Based Compensation, Cash Flow from Others, Cash Flow from Investing


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Norfolk Southern Corp Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 1,4811,4641,7161,0341,4961,9161,7491,9102,0001,556
CF_DDA 7507868158458268699229229561,059
ChangeInWorkingCapital 3726-19-20079-173578-25183
CF_DeferredTax -8125290338312527366262294320
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Stock Based Compensation 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -54-68-87-15718823-94-147-141
Cash Flow from Operations 2,2062,3332,7151,8602,7143,2273,0653,0782,8522,877

Norfolk Southern Corp Quarterly Data

Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 513368562559511310433452361387
CF_DDA 235238240237241246248276289253
ChangeInWorkingCapital -109147152-4519614414-171225
CF_DeferredTax 47-825427312232126444
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Stock Based Compensation 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -12-11-25-43-68-33-6-57-45-30
Cash Flow from Operations 674588849909506631842706698879
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