Norfolk Southern reports Q1 net income rises 4.5% year-over-year to US$703M from US$673M; railway operating revenue rises 10.5% to a Q1 record of US$2.92B from US$2.64B, driven by a 16% increase in revenue/unit, while operating expenses were US$1.83B

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ATLANTA , May 2, 2022 (press release) –

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today reported first-quarter 2022 financial results which included first-quarter records for railway operating revenues, income from railway operations, net income, and diluted earnings per share.

First-quarter railway operating revenue was $2.9 billion, income from railway operations was $1.1 billion, net income was $703 million, and diluted earnings per share was $2.93.

Norfolk Southern reported double-digit revenue and EPS growth in the quarter. “Our financial results in the first quarter were solid, despite current network challenges.” said Alan H. Shaw, Norfolk Southern President. “I am confident that our efforts to improve our service through accelerated hiring and refinements to our operating plan will provide a platform for long-term growth and efficiency for both our customers and shareholders.”

First-Quarter Summary


  • Railway operating revenues of $2.9 billion were a first-quarter record, up 10%, or $276 million, compared with first-quarter 2021, driven by a 16% increase in revenue per unit.
     
  • Railway operating expenses were $1.8 billion, an increase of 13%, or $206 million, compared with the same period last year due to higher fuel, purchased services, and equipment rents expenses.
     
  • Income from railway operations was a first-quarter record of $1.1 billion, an increase of 7%, or $70 million, year-over-year.

  • The railway operating ratio was 62.8%.
     

About Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, moving the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Norfolk Southern connects customers to markets and communities to economic opportunity, with safe, reliable, and sustainable shipping solutions. The company’s service area includes 22 states and the District of Columbia, every major container port in the eastern United States, and a majority of the U.S. population and manufacturing base.

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