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Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE:NSC)

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Short-term Activity Ratios (Summary)

Norfolk Southern Corp., short-term (operating) activity ratios (quarterly data)

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Turnover Ratios
Inventory turnover
Receivables turnover
Payables turnover
Working capital turnover
Average No. Days
Average inventory processing period
Add: Average receivable collection period
Operating cycle
Less: Average payables payment period
Cash conversion cycle

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. Norfolk Southern Corp. inventory turnover ratio improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. Norfolk Southern Corp. receivables turnover ratio improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. Norfolk Southern Corp. payables turnover ratio increased from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 but then decreased significantly from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital. Norfolk Southern Corp. working capital turnover ratio deteriorated from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average inventory processing period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by inventory turnover over the period. Norfolk Southern Corp. number of days of inventory outstanding improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover. Norfolk Southern Corp. number of days of receivables outstanding improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. Norfolk Southern Corp. operating cycle improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.
Average payables payment period An estimate of the average number of days it takes a company to pay its suppliers; equal to the number of days in the period divided by payables turnover ratio for the period.
Cash conversion cycle A financial metric that measures the length of time required for a company to convert cash invested in its operations to cash received as a result of its operations; equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period minus average payables payment period. Norfolk Southern Corp. cash conversion cycle improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Inventory Turnover

Norfolk Southern Corp., inventory turnover calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Cost of railway operating revenues
Materials and supplies
Short-term Activity Ratio
Inventory turnover1
Benchmarks
Inventory Turnover, Competitors2
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Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Inventory turnover = (Cost of railway operating revenuesQ3 2021 + Cost of railway operating revenuesQ2 2021 + Cost of railway operating revenuesQ1 2021 + Cost of railway operating revenuesQ4 2020) ÷ Materials and supplies
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. Norfolk Southern Corp. inventory turnover ratio improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Receivables Turnover

Norfolk Southern Corp., receivables turnover calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Railway operating revenues
Accounts receivable, net
Short-term Activity Ratio
Receivables turnover1
Benchmarks
Receivables Turnover, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Receivables turnover = (Railway operating revenuesQ3 2021 + Railway operating revenuesQ2 2021 + Railway operating revenuesQ1 2021 + Railway operating revenuesQ4 2020) ÷ Accounts receivable, net
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. Norfolk Southern Corp. receivables turnover ratio improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Payables Turnover

Norfolk Southern Corp., payables turnover calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Cost of railway operating revenues
Accounts payable
Short-term Activity Ratio
Payables turnover1
Benchmarks
Payables Turnover, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Payables turnover = (Cost of railway operating revenuesQ3 2021 + Cost of railway operating revenuesQ2 2021 + Cost of railway operating revenuesQ1 2021 + Cost of railway operating revenuesQ4 2020) ÷ Accounts payable
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. Norfolk Southern Corp. payables turnover ratio increased from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 but then decreased significantly from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Working Capital Turnover

Norfolk Southern Corp., working capital turnover calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Current assets
Less: Current liabilities
Working capital
 
Railway operating revenues
Short-term Activity Ratio
Working capital turnover1
Benchmarks
Working Capital Turnover, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Working capital turnover = (Railway operating revenuesQ3 2021 + Railway operating revenuesQ2 2021 + Railway operating revenuesQ1 2021 + Railway operating revenuesQ4 2020) ÷ Working capital
= ( + + + ) ÷ =

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital. Norfolk Southern Corp. working capital turnover ratio deteriorated from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Average Inventory Processing Period

Norfolk Southern Corp., average inventory processing period calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data
Inventory turnover
Short-term Activity Ratio (no. days)
Average inventory processing period1
Benchmarks (no. days)
Average Inventory Processing Period, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Average inventory processing period = 365 ÷ Inventory turnover
= 365 ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average inventory processing period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by inventory turnover over the period. Norfolk Southern Corp. number of days of inventory outstanding improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Average Receivable Collection Period

Norfolk Southern Corp., average receivable collection period calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data
Receivables turnover
Short-term Activity Ratio (no. days)
Average receivable collection period1
Benchmarks (no. days)
Average Receivable Collection Period, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Average receivable collection period = 365 ÷ Receivables turnover
= 365 ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover. Norfolk Southern Corp. number of days of receivables outstanding improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Operating Cycle

Norfolk Southern Corp., operating cycle calculation (quarterly data)

No. days

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Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period
Average receivable collection period
Short-term Activity Ratio
Operating cycle1
Benchmarks
Operating Cycle, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
Union Pacific Corp.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Operating cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period
= + =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. Norfolk Southern Corp. operating cycle improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.

Average Payables Payment Period

Norfolk Southern Corp., average payables payment period calculation (quarterly data)

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Selected Financial Data
Payables turnover
Short-term Activity Ratio (no. days)
Average payables payment period1
Benchmarks (no. days)
Average Payables Payment Period, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.
United Parcel Service Inc.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Average payables payment period = 365 ÷ Payables turnover
= 365 ÷ =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average payables payment period An estimate of the average number of days it takes a company to pay its suppliers; equal to the number of days in the period divided by payables turnover ratio for the period.

Cash Conversion Cycle

Norfolk Southern Corp., cash conversion cycle calculation (quarterly data)

No. days

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Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period
Average receivable collection period
Average payables payment period
Short-term Activity Ratio
Cash conversion cycle1
Benchmarks
Cash Conversion Cycle, Competitors2
CSX Corp.
FedEx Corp.

Based on: 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2021-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2020-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2019-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2018-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2017-03-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-12-31), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-09-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-06-30), 10-Q (reporting date: 2016-03-31).

1 Q3 2021 Calculation
Cash conversion cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period – Average payables payment period
= + =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Cash conversion cycle A financial metric that measures the length of time required for a company to convert cash invested in its operations to cash received as a result of its operations; equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period minus average payables payment period. Norfolk Southern Corp. cash conversion cycle improved from Q1 2021 to Q2 2021 and from Q2 2021 to Q3 2021.