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Norfolk Southern (NSC) Beats on Q3 Earnings

Norfolk Southern Corp. NSC controls a major freight railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Company. The company provides comprehensive logistics services and offers the most extensive intermodal network on the eastern side of the United States.

Norfolk Southern has an impressive record with respect to earnings. The railroad operator has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters. The average earnings beat is 5.9%.

ZacksRank: Currently, Norfolk Southern has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could definitely change following Norfolk Southern ‘s earnings report which was just released. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.  

We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings: Norfolk Southern ‘s third quarter 2017 earnings per share of $1.75 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.64. Earnings also exceeded the year-ago figure of $1.55.

Revenue: Railway operating revenues in the third quarter of 2017 came in at $2,670 million, short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,630.3 million. Revenues also exceeded the year-ago figure of $2,524 million.


Key Stats: Norfolk Southern revealed that operating ratio (operating expenses as a percentage of revenues) in the reported quarter improved to 65.9% from 67.5% in the third quarter of 2016. Overall volumes grew 4% on the back of impressive performances at key segments like coal and intermodal. Operating ratio came in at 67.4% on a year-to-date basis.

Check back later for our full write up on this Norfolk Southern earnings report later!

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