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Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC)

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Analysis of Profitability Ratios
Quarterly Data

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Profitability Ratios (Summary)

Norfolk Southern Corp., profitability ratios (quarterly data)

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Return on Sales
Gross profit margin
Operating profit margin
Net profit margin
Return on Investment
Return on equity (ROE)
Return on assets (ROA)

Based on: 10-Q (filing date: 2020-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-07-29), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-04-29), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-10-23), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-07-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-04-24), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-10-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-07-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-04-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-10-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-07-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-04-26), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-10-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-04-22), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-04-29).

Profitability ratio Description The company
Gross profit margin Gross profit margin indicates the percentage of revenue available to cover operating and other expenditures. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s gross profit margin ratio improved from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 but then deteriorated significantly from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.
Operating profit margin A profitability ratio calculated as operating income divided by revenue. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s operating profit margin ratio deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.
Net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as net income divided by revenue. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s net profit margin ratio deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.

Profitability ratio Description The company
ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by shareholders’ equity. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s ROE deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.
ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by total assets. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s ROA deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.

Gross Profit Margin

Norfolk Southern Corp., gross profit margin calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Gross profit
Railway operating revenues
Profitability Ratio
Gross profit margin1
Benchmarks
Gross Profit Margin, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (filing date: 2020-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-07-29), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-04-29), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-10-23), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-07-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-04-24), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-10-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-07-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-04-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-10-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-07-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-04-26), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-10-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-04-22), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-04-29).

1 Q3 2020 Calculation
Gross profit margin = 100 × (Gross profitQ3 2020 + Gross profitQ2 2020 + Gross profitQ1 2020 + Gross profitQ4 2019) ÷ (Railway operating revenuesQ3 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ2 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ1 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ4 2019)
= 100 × ( + + + ) ÷ ( + + + ) =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
Gross profit margin Gross profit margin indicates the percentage of revenue available to cover operating and other expenditures. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s gross profit margin ratio improved from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 but then deteriorated significantly from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.

Operating Profit Margin

Norfolk Southern Corp., operating profit margin calculation (quarterly data)

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Sep 30, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Sep 30, 2018 Jun 30, 2018 Mar 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Sep 30, 2017 Jun 30, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Mar 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 Mar 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Income from railway operations
Railway operating revenues
Profitability Ratio
Operating profit margin1
Benchmarks
Operating Profit Margin, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (filing date: 2020-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-07-29), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-04-29), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-10-23), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-07-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-04-24), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-10-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-07-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-04-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-10-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-07-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-04-26), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-10-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-04-22), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-04-29).

1 Q3 2020 Calculation
Operating profit margin = 100 × (Income from railway operationsQ3 2020 + Income from railway operationsQ2 2020 + Income from railway operationsQ1 2020 + Income from railway operationsQ4 2019) ÷ (Railway operating revenuesQ3 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ2 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ1 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ4 2019)
= 100 × ( + + + ) ÷ ( + + + ) =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
Operating profit margin A profitability ratio calculated as operating income divided by revenue. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s operating profit margin ratio deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.

Net Profit Margin

Norfolk Southern Corp., net profit margin calculation (quarterly data)

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Sep 30, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Sep 30, 2018 Jun 30, 2018 Mar 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Sep 30, 2017 Jun 30, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Mar 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 Mar 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income
Railway operating revenues
Profitability Ratio
Net profit margin1
Benchmarks
Net Profit Margin, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (filing date: 2020-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-07-29), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-04-29), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-10-23), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-07-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-04-24), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-10-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-07-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-04-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-10-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-07-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-04-26), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-10-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-04-22), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-04-29).

1 Q3 2020 Calculation
Net profit margin = 100 × (Net incomeQ3 2020 + Net incomeQ2 2020 + Net incomeQ1 2020 + Net incomeQ4 2019) ÷ (Railway operating revenuesQ3 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ2 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ1 2020 + Railway operating revenuesQ4 2019)
= 100 × ( + + + ) ÷ ( + + + ) =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
Net profit margin An indicator of profitability, calculated as net income divided by revenue. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s net profit margin ratio deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.

Return on Equity (ROE)

Norfolk Southern Corp., ROE calculation (quarterly data)

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Sep 30, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Sep 30, 2018 Jun 30, 2018 Mar 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Sep 30, 2017 Jun 30, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Mar 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 Mar 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income
Stockholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
ROE1
Benchmarks
ROE, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (filing date: 2020-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-07-29), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-04-29), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-10-23), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-07-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-04-24), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-10-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-07-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-04-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-10-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-07-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-04-26), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-10-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-04-22), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-04-29).

1 Q3 2020 Calculation
ROE = 100 × (Net incomeQ3 2020 + Net incomeQ2 2020 + Net incomeQ1 2020 + Net incomeQ4 2019) ÷ Stockholders’ equity
= 100 × ( + + + ) ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by shareholders’ equity. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s ROE deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.

Return on Assets (ROA)

Norfolk Southern Corp., ROA calculation (quarterly data)

Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc
Sep 30, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 Mar 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Sep 30, 2019 Jun 30, 2019 Mar 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Sep 30, 2018 Jun 30, 2018 Mar 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Sep 30, 2017 Jun 30, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Sep 30, 2016 Jun 30, 2016 Mar 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 Mar 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income
Total assets
Profitability Ratio
ROA1
Benchmarks
ROA, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (filing date: 2020-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-07-29), 10-Q (filing date: 2020-04-29), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-10-23), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-07-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2019-04-24), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-10-24), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-07-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2018-04-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-05), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-10-25), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-07-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2017-04-26), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-06), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-10-26), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2016-04-22), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-08), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-10-28), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-07-27), 10-Q (filing date: 2015-04-29).

1 Q3 2020 Calculation
ROA = 100 × (Net incomeQ3 2020 + Net incomeQ2 2020 + Net incomeQ1 2020 + Net incomeQ4 2019) ÷ Total assets
= 100 × ( + + + ) ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Profitability ratio Description The company
ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by total assets. Norfolk Southern Corp.’s ROA deteriorated from Q1 2020 to Q2 2020 and from Q2 2020 to Q3 2020.