Business Analysis of Norfolk Southern

 Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities, And Business Improvement Opportunities of Norfolk Southern

NORFOLK SOUTHERN

Business Overview

Norfolk Southern Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products, and finished goods in the United States. It also transports overseas freight through various Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports. In addition, the company is involved in the operation of scheduled passenger trains; leasing or sale of rail property and equipment; development of commercial real estate; telecommunications; and the acquisition, leasing, and management of coal, oil, gas, and minerals, as well as the transport of automotive and industrial products. As of February 14, 2017, it operated approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The company was founded in 1883 and is based in Norfolk, Virginia.

Norfolk Southern

Norfolk Southern


R&P Rank: 294
Sector: Transportation & Logistics
Industry:Railroad Transportation & Logistics
H.Q Location:Virginia
Website: www.nscorp.com
Company Address:
THREE COMMERCIAL PL, NORFOLK VA 23510-2191
Ph:757-629-2680

Business Analysis of Norfolk Southern

The Transportation & Logistics Sector is witnessing a major shakeup, new age business models in the industry are transforming both customers and businesses. Faced with this uncertainity, companies are investing resources to transform their business. An in-depth business analysis is a valuable resource to identify and articulate the need for a business model change. At R&P Research we believe, the starting point for a business analysis is Benchmarking. Business benchmarking can be done at various levels: 1) Industry Benchmarking 2) Peer Benchmarking 3) Disruptors Benchmarking. In this report, we share the snapshot of how Norfolk Southern compares against the industry on the major performance indicators. This analysis, along with peer group/disruptors benchmarking and revenue model understanding can help identify growth and cost optimization opportunities to maximize the value delivered by Norfolk Southern to its stakeholders. R&P Research Industry Intelligence Platform provides historical data for last 15 years with an easy to use benchmarking interface for an in-depth comparative business analysis.

Here is the performance snapshot of Norfolk Southern with an interactive chart.

  1. Revenue Growth: Norfolk Southern reported a revenue growth of -5.9% year-on-year during 2016. Railroad Transportation & Logistics Industry grew at -7.2% in the same period
  2. COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Norfolk Southern spent 30.8% of its total revenues on COGS. Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 28.4%
  3. R&D share of Revenues: Norfolk Southern R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
  4. SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Norfolk Southern spent 27.7% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 30.8%
  5. Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Norfolk Southern spent 2.6% of its total revenues on Inventories. Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 4.9%
  6. Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Norfolk Southern invested 12.3% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 13.7%
  7. Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Norfolk Southern invested 9.6% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 9.6%
  8. PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Norfolk Southern invested 300.9% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry average PPE investment in the same period was 248.9%
  9. Intangibles share of Revenues: Norfolk Southern Intangibles share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
  10. Net Margins: Norfolk Southern Net Margins in the year 2016 were 16.9%. Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry average Net Margins in the same period were 17.9%

Sector and Industry Association of Norfolk Southern

For the purpose of performance benchmarking of a company with a sector or industry average, R&P Research associates every company with one sector and one industry. An industry consists of companies with related/similar business models. A sector comprises of a group of related/similar industries. For high-level analysis purposes, related/similar sectors are grouped into sector groups.

Norfolk Southern is associated with Industrials Sector Group, Transportation & Logistics Sector, and Railroad Transportation & Logistics Industry.

Transportation & Logistics sector is comprised of the following industries: Air Delivery & Freight Services; Railroad Transportation & Logistics; Shipping Transportation & Logistics; Trucking Transportation & Logistics. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:

  • Air Delivery & Freight Services industry includes companies providing Air transportation and logistics products and services to the Industrial sector. It also includes companies that manage airports. Courier and logistic services primarily involving air transportation are also part of this industry.
  • Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry includes companies providing transportation and logistics products and services to the Industrial sector using railroads. It also includes companies that manage train depots.
  • Shipping Transportation & Logistics industry includes companies providing shipping transportation and logistics products and services to the Industrial sector. It also includes companies that manage bridges & tunnels.
  • Trucking Transportation & Logistics industry includes companies providing trucking transportation and logistics products and services to the Industrial sector. It also includes companies that manage roads, bridges, tunnels.

Industry Ranking of Norfolk Southern

With $9.9 billion revenues, Norfolk Southern ranked number 3 of all the companies in the US Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry. There were a total of 12 public companies in the US Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.

The top-10 companies in the US Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry by revenues during 2016 were:

  1. Union Pacific ($19.9 billion)
  2. CSX ($11.1 billion)
  3. Norfolk Southern ($9.9 billion)
  4. Canadian Pacific Railway ($6.2 billion)
  5. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies ($2.9 billion)
  6. Greenbrier Companies ($2.7 billion)
  7. Kansas City Southern ($2.3 billion)
  8. Genesee & Wyoming ($2 billion)
  9. GATX ($1.4 billion)
  10. American Railcar Industries ($639.1 million)

Business Model Analysis (BMA) Framework

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Industry Peers and Competitors of norfolk-southern

Union Pacific (UNP) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities,...

Union Pacific Corp with $20 billion revenues in the year 2016 was the number 1 Railroad Transportation & Logistics company. Read this report to know the top competitors of Union Pacific and identify growth and cost optimization opportunities of Union Pacific

CSX (CSX) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities, And...

CSX Corp with $11 billion revenues in the year 2016 was the number 2 Railroad Transportation & Logistics company. Read this report to know the top competitors of CSX and identify growth and cost optimization opportunities of CSX

Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic...

Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd with $6 billion revenues in the year 2016 was the number 4 Railroad Transportation & Logistics company. Read this report to know the top competitors of Canadian Pacific Railway and identify growth and cost optimization opportunities of Canadian Pacific Railway

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (WAB) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance,...

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp with $3 billion revenues in the year 2016 was the number 5 Railroad Transportation & Logistics company. Read this report to know the top competitors of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies and identify growth and cost optimization opportunities of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies

Greenbrier Companies (GBX) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities,...

Greenbrier Companies Inc with $3 billion revenues in the year 2016 was the number 6 Railroad Transportation & Logistics company. Read this report to know the top competitors of Greenbrier Companies and identify growth and cost optimization opportunities of Greenbrier Companies

Kansas City Southern (KSU) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic...

Kansas City Southern with $2 billion revenues in the year 2016 was the number 7 Railroad Transportation & Logistics company. Read this report to know the top competitors of Kansas City Southern and identify growth and cost optimization opportunities of Kansas City Southern

Revenues Analysis

Norfolk Southern (NSC) Revenues And Revenue Growth From 2012 To 2016

This report provides the last five years revenues and revenue growth of Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC) from 2012 to 2016. Norfolk Southern generated a total of $9.9 billion revenues during 2016. Norfolk Southern reported a revenue growth of -5.9% year-over-year during 2016. The revenues and the revenue growth correspond to the fiscal year ending in December.

Norfolk Southern (NSC) Revenues And Revenue Growth From 2002 To 2016

This report provides the last fifteen years revenues and revenue growth of Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC) from 2002 to 2016. Norfolk Southern generated a total of $9.9 billion revenues during 2016. Norfolk Southern reported a revenue growth of -5.9% year-over-year during 2016. The revenues and the revenue growth correspond to the fiscal year ending in December.

Norfolk Southern (NSC) Revenue Growth Comparison With Industry Growth From 2012...

This report provides a comparison of Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC) revenue growth with Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry growth during the last five years from 2012 to 2016. Norfolk Southern reported a revenue growth of -5.9% year-over-year during 2016. The Railroad Transportation & Logistics industry growth was -7.2% year-over-year during 2016. Norfolk Southern growth was faster than the industry during 2016.

Profit Analysis