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Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC)

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Analysis of Property, Plant and Equipment

Advanced level

Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

Norfolk Southern Corp., balance sheet: property, plant and equipment

US$ in millions

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Land
Rail and other track material
Ties
Ballast
Construction in process
Other roadway
Roadway
Locomotives
Freight cars
Computers and software
Construction in process
Other equipment
Equipment
Other property
Properties, cost
Accumulated depreciation
Properties, net book value

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08).

Item Description The company
Properties, cost Amount before accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s properties, cost increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.
Properties, net book value Amount after accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business to produce goods and services and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s properties, net book value increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.

Asset Age Ratios (Summary)

Norfolk Southern Corp., asset age ratios

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Average age ratio
Estimated total useful life (years)
Estimated age, time elapsed since purchase (years)
Estimated remaining life (years)

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08).

Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age ratio As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company’s fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then improved from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company’s depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company’s fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.
Estimated remaining life Norfolk Southern Corp.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.

Average Age

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation
Properties, cost
Land
Asset Age Ratio
Average age1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08).

2019 Calculations

1 Average age = 100 × Accumulated depreciation ÷ (Properties, cost – Land)
= 100 × ÷ () =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company’s fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then improved from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.

Estimated Total Useful Life

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Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Properties, cost
Land
Depreciation
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated total useful life1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08).

2019 Calculations

1 Estimated total useful life = (Properties, cost – Land) ÷ Depreciation
= () ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company’s depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.

Estimated Age, Time Elapsed since Purchase

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation
Depreciation
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Time elapsed since purchase1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08).

2019 Calculations

1 Time elapsed since purchase = Accumulated depreciation ÷ Depreciation
= ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company’s fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.

Estimated Remaining Life

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Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Properties, net book value
Land
Depreciation
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated remaining life1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08).

2019 Calculations

1 Estimated remaining life = (Properties, net book value – Land) ÷ Depreciation
= () ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated remaining life Norfolk Southern Corp.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.