NSC - Norfolk Southern Corporation

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Previous Close170.91
Open170.81
Bid171.24 x 900
Ask178.13 x 1000
Day's Range169.15 - 171.69
52 Week Range112.62 - 219.88
Volume1,283,328
Avg. Volume1,486,536
Market Cap43.768B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.37
PE Ratio (TTM)18.52
EPS (TTM)9.22
Earnings DateJul 29, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield3.76 (2.20%)
Ex-Dividend DateMay 07, 2020
1y Target Est192.50
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Norfolk Southern (NS) is also examining which terminals and rail yards to close, including outlying smaller yards that "we can continue to live without," according to NS Chief Operating Officer Mike Wheeler.These operational changes, while hastened by the COVID-19 pandemic, are also part of NS' broader efforts to implement TOP21, NS' version of precision scheduled railroading (PSR), an operating model that seeks to streamline operations and cut costs. "We're pressing the TOP21 accelerator right now," the railroad's CEO Jim Squires said. Another operational change has been to "blend" trains so that a train carries various commodities instead of a single commodity. NS has "blended" its general merchandise and bulk trains into its intermodal trains, and it is starting to blend its premium trains. "We're to the point now where a train is a train...and a [commodity] can ride on the train that gives it the right service requirements it needs," Wheeler said. 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The capex budget reduction occurred "across the board," with cuts in budgets for maintenance, information technology and terminals, among other avenues."We really got together as a team and reiterated what we could do to reduce capital spend and get to a low level," George said, adding that NS sensed that there would "be volume pressure" in 2020. "From here, I would hope we would be able to maintain capex at a moderate pace." Despite taking back its financial guidance for the year, including expectations for its annual operating ratio (OR), NS is still maintaining its OR guidance of 60% for 2021. OR, which is a company's operating expenses as a percentage of its revenue, has been used as an indicator to gauge the financial health of a company. A lower OR percentage can imply improved financial health. NS' OR for 2019 was 64.7%NS acknowledged that one of its biggest competitors right now is the spot trucking market, but the railroad said that it is "maintaining a long-term view" and pricing to the value of the product and the franchise. Market conditions are similar to what NS experienced in 2009 and 2010 during the Great Recession, according to Alan Shaw, NS chief marketing officer.NS will continue to collaborate with supply chain and channel partners and look for new lanes to sell capacity, all while doing so at a lower cost structure, Shaw said. First-quarter financial resultsThe costs associated with NS' actions to divest a portion of its locomotive fleet resulted in lower net profits for the company in the first quarter.First-quarter net income was $381 million, or $1.47/diluted share, compared with $677 million, or $2.51/diluted share, in the first quarter of 2019. The 2020 first-quarter results take into account a $385 million non-cash locomotive rationalization charge related to the ongoing disposition and marketing of excess locomotives, NS said. 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  • Locomotive Costs Dent Norfolk Southern's First-Quarter Profits
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    Locomotive Costs Dent Norfolk Southern's First-Quarter Profits

    The costs associated with Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) actions to divest a portion of its locomotive fleet resulted in lower net profits for the company in the first quarter.First-quarter net income was $381 million, or $1.47/diluted share, compared with $677 million, or $2.51/diluted share, in the first quarter of 2019. The 2020 first-quarter results take into account a $385 million non-cash locomotive rationalization charge related to the ongoing disposition and marketing of excess locomotives, Norfolk Southern (NS) said. NS attributed its decision to divest a portion of its locomotive fleet to its deployment of precision scheduled railroading (PSR), an operating model that seeks to streamline operations. Without the $385 million charge, NS' first-quarter net income on a non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) basis was $669 million, or $2.58/diluted share.In the first quarter, operating revenues fell on lower carload volumes. NS' operating revenues dropped 8% to $2.6 billion on an 11% dip in rail volumes. Operating expenses also rose in part because of the $385 million non-cash charge related to the locomotives. Operating expenses were $2.1 billion, compared with $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2019. On a non-GAAP basis, operating expenses were $1.7 billion.  Source: NSView more earnings on NSCThe operating ratio (OR) for the first quarter was 78.4%, compared with 66% a year ago. On a non-GAAP basis, OR was 63.7%. A lower OR can imply a company's improved financial performance.Meanwhile, service metrics improved in the first quarter, with terminal dwell, or the amount of time a train spends at a terminal, down 16% to 18.6 hours, and train speed up 10% to 23.8 miles per hour.  Source: NS"During the first quarter, Norfolk Southern's determination to transform our operations once again produced all-time best service delivery levels accompanied by productivity improvements, despite volumes being impacted by weak energy prices and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Jim Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and CEO. "While it is unclear how long economic activity will remain suppressed, we are dedicated to serving our customers and keeping our employees healthy and safe while navigating the downturn so that we can emerge strong and resilient for our shareholders. I am extremely proud of the commitment and strength the Norfolk Southern team has displayed by keeping our nation's freight moving during this challenging start to 2020 while also enhancing our financial position."Second-quarter volumes have fallen 30% quarter-to-date across all commodity segments, which sets up "a very soft revenue outlook" for the quarter. As a result of this and the continued economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, NS is withdrawing its financial guidance for the year."While the COVID-19 pandemic will affect business volumes for the year, the PSR implementation that our team is executing upon will generate significant operating expense savings in 2020," said NS Chief Financial Officer Mark R. George. "In this challenging environment our team is doubling down on examination of our structural cost opportunities to ensure that we remain positioned to drive enhanced profitability for the long term."See more from Benzinga * Coronavirus Takes Aim At North American Rail Traffic * Norfolk Southern Cautions Feds About Coronavirus Risks * Freight Rail And Partners Outline Coronavirus Responses(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.