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Norfolk Southern

THIS IS ONE railroad company that’s really chugging along. Powered by a global economy shipping goods to all corners of the country and zooming oil prices that made railshipped coal a hot commodity, the Norfolk (Va.) company turned in steaming financials in 2005. Profits shot up 39%, to $1.3 billion, on a 16% increase in sales of $8.5 billion. But the company, which runs 21,300 miles of track, mostly in the eastern U.S., isn’t just riding high on a shipping boom. Best-of-breed technology keeps trains running on time, and helped Norfolk achieve an industry-leading profit margin of 15.1% last year.

Company Info

2005 Rank

107

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COMPANY INFO

NSC

Market Value
$ Million

20,978.0

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 44.5
(3-yr.) 179.7
2005 Sales
$ Billion

8.5

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 16
(3-yr.) 10.8
Long-Term Growth Est. %

15.0

Net income
$ Million

1,281.0

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 39
(3-yr.) 47.4
Net Margin %*

15.1

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

8.1

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

51/30

P/E Ratio

16

Industry Transportation
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*Trailing 12 months
Company data as of 2/28/06 provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat

Charles W. Moorman

Charles W. Moorman, 54

CEO since 2005




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