Norfolk Southern Corp

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NSC : NYSE : Services
$119.29 | %
Today's Range: 116.8401 - 120.0
Avg. Daily Volume: 1770500.0
06/23/17 - 4:06 PM ET

Financial Analysis

NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.80 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 2.48% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)2575.02420.0
EBITDA ($mil)1032.0975.0
EBIT ($mil)773.0723.0
Net Income ($mil)433.0387.0

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)955.0589.0
Total Assets ($mil)35145.033785.0
Total Debt ($mil)10119.09498.0
Equity ($mil)12527.012223.0

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin40.0840.29
EBITDA Margin40.0740.28
Operating Margin30.0229.88
Sales Turnover0.290.31
Return on Assets4.874.83
Return on Equity13.6813.36
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.951.07
Interest Expense142.0139.0
Interest Coverage5.445.2

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)289.78295.74
Div / share0.610.59
Book value / share43.2341.33
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1901515.02057717.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 21.62 for the Road & Rail industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.73. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.74 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.08 and a discount versus the industry average of 4.08. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, NORFOLK SOUTHERN CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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NSC 20.36 Peers 21.62   NSC 11.38 Peers 12.38

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

NSC is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Average. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

NSC is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.

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  Price to
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NSC 16.90 Peers 22.08   NSC 1.62 Peers 1.99

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

NSC is trading at a discount to its peers.


Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

NSC trades at a discount to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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NSC 2.74 Peers 4.08   NSC 7.79 Peers -2.45

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

NSC is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

NSC is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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NSC 3.41 Peers 3.87   NSC -3.10 Peers -1.98

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

NSC is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

NSC significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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