You're right. Creating shareholder value is just BS for the Annual Report.
It's all about enjoying the chummy little fiefdom on the peasants' dime, hoping nothing happens to draw anyone's attention.
That they weren't grateful -- even relieved --- from the outset, and gleefully played such an irresponsible, risky game of 'gimme', borne of a complete ignorance of basic realty, earned the utter contempt of anyone with a clue.
That they remain so blissfully stupid to this day is also vexxing.
Wikipedia: Pension funds investment in infrastructure
What a mind-expanding week for you...and it's only Monday!
....how did you even find this website? Random porn search?
They should have one-car trains. With an engineer and six paramedics. And the tracks should be made of liquid metal.polyalloy thayt can fix itself...like in Terminator.
Or use a pipeline.
I know. That's crazy.
Is Brigham Young University engineering this ridiculous?
More improtnatly, as they decided to put this 'innovation' up on the website , is UNP management this utterly stupid?
Because the talking heads will reference it insufferably when reporting on the Bakken crude train cars that just derailed and blew up in Hood River OR.
Except for the cargo involved, the comparison will be complete nonsense.
Because the US government (unlike the Canadian government with MM&A) did not make special allowances and entirely new rules to help UNP remain solvent, at the risk of the general public. The U.S. government was not willfully complicit or negligent here.
But they'll leave all that out. Because no one cares about the truth. And because they've got that cool video footage from July 2013 they can run again.
Today'\s American capitalist : "If the press release doesn't pop the stock, it ain't worth doing. What can't be booked in a quarter, don't bother. Now...where's my tens of millions in stock options and bonuses?"
Why America is well down the road to economic irrelevance.
Henry Ford weeps..,.and you're busy singing the praises of the Matrix.
Thank you for your startlingly candid and illuminating stupidity. You make America grape.
Go post a selfie on Facebook...carpe diem.
How corrupt and misguided is America to let this complete idiot outlaw pipelines?
Is this how the once great America ends its run? Idiocy-instigated suicide?
I see the both usual suspects have responded. They just can't control it.
No doubt I'm missing some very thought-provoking rebuttals to my factual observations...bwa ha ha ha ha
Here's the deal: COS levered itself to the nuts to boost profits. That simulataneusty helped hide how wasteful land innefficient its was being run. G&A was completely out of whack.
2 ) Leverage is an effective strategy, especially when things go well.
$100 oil was what I'd classify as "things going really, really well".
3) COS had excessive leverage (see 1).
Then things went bad. Note: Not "unforeseeably, impossibly, end-of-the-world bad" ...just unexpectedly bad. FYI...$40 oil is historically good.
4) You invested in a ponzi scheme, with the 'new money' coming largely from increased debt instead of new investors.
And you really thought you were smart while it lasted. And then you got screwed in it. Get over it.
Who owns Norfolk Southern?
Simple enough question, right?
1) Shareholders just witnessed the government remove any chance of an M&A deal. Your free-market options with this investment were just arbitrarily reduced. By your government.
M&A provides downside insurance for shareholders to exit investments in companies that significantly under-perform. For any and all investments, M&A offers superior monetization windows of opportunity.
2) The US Dept of Justice and the US Army had their say on this deal. Heck, UPS and FedEx did too. About the only group to have not said a word were NS shareholders.
3) The US Army statement specifically makes it sound as though the NS railway network is on some level and basis, beholden to it and its "needs". Where is this mentioned in the corporate bylaws?
4) Definition: A fiduciary duty is a legal duty to act solely in another party's interests.
Is there any doubt whose interests NS management ---quite brazenly and illegally --- acted in?
So.. Answer the question....
Let's pretend you're not an idiot, and are worth answering.
First, you miss the point. Entirely.
But that's no shiock. For two reasons: you areless than smart. And even if you were smart, you're petty and dishonest enough to post similar drivel you knew to be intellectually dishonest.
Because you're that petty.
But I'll bite. For a Friday giggle.
And forget that the citizens of Switzerland reap enormous tangible benefits from this tunnel...ignore that altogether.
Let's boil it all down to your narrow-minded, short-sighted, simplistic. myopically ignorant pea-sized consciousness ---- ie. "where's the almighty payday?"
The government of Switzeralnd, working efficiently for its citizens, and having successfully (as usual) borne all the financial, technical and market risk of this venture, could readily sell it.
For several multiples of what it cost.
To any one of a number of eager / desperate consortiums of pension funds, insurance companies and/or investment funds.
But it won't. Because unlike America, Switzerland is not broke, myopic, corrupt, or stupid.
You are an utter imbecile complainer who knew nothing to begin, didn't learn squat after, and deserved a lot less than you got.
The tiny country of Switzerland can conceive, design, publicly support, finance, and slowly, properly build a 35 mile tunnel a mile under the Alps. Just another one of several.
And America can't manage to allow two regional freight railways to join end-to-end.