Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today reported record third-quarter financial results.
Net income was $702 million, up 39 percent year-over-year, a result of a 14 percent increase in income from railway operations and a lower effective income tax rate. Diluted earnings per share were $2.52, up 44 percent year-over-year and a third-quarter record.
“Norfolk Southern continues to deliver record financial results that reflect our careful and determined pursuit of a balanced and flexible strategy,” said James A. Squires, Norfolk Southern chairman, president and CEO. “Our demonstrated progress toward the goals of our strategic plan is significant, and our ongoing pursuit of new initiatives to benefit customers and shareholders will further strengthen our organization.”
- Railway operating revenues of $2.9 billion increased 10 percent compared with third-quarter 2017, due to higher volumes and an increase in revenue per unit, including higher fuel surcharge revenue as well as increased rates. Overall volumes were up 5 percent reflecting growth in the major commodity categories of intermodal and merchandise, which offset a decline in coal.
- Railway operating expenses increased $152 million, or 9 percent, to $1.9 billion compared with the same period last year, driven by higher fuel prices, increases in volume-related expenses, and increased costs associated with overall lower network velocity.
- Income from railway operations was $1.0 billion, a 14 percent increase year-over-year, and a third-quarter record. The railway operating ratio, or operating expenses as a percentage of revenues, was 65.4 percent, also a third-quarter record.
About Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
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