Rail giant Norfolk Southern just warned that Q3 earnings would come in well below analysts’ expectations.Management now expects to earn $1.18 to $1.25 per share.
Analysts were looking for $1.64.
Management blames “volume declines in certain markets and lower revenues from fuel surcharges.”
Because railroaders transport a broad array of goods, they are considered extremely important indicaters of the economy.
Here’s the press release:
NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) announced that third quarter 2012 earnings are expected to be in the range of $1.18 to $1.25 per diluted share, primarily due to volume declines in certain markets and lower revenues from fuel surcharges.
Decreased coal and merchandise shipments, offset in part by growth in intermodal volumes, are together expected to reduce revenues by approximately $120 million compared with third quarter 2011.
Fuel surcharge revenues are anticipated to be approximately $80 million below the same period last year. Third quarter 2011 fuel surcharge revenues included a favourable lag-effect of $52 million, whereas results for the current quarter are expected to be impacted by an unfavorable lag-effect in the range of $25 to $30 million.
Norfolk Southern will discuss its expected third quarter performance during the Citi Global Industrials Conference in Boston on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 11 a.m. Interested investors can listen via simultaneous webcast at http://www.veracast.com/webcasts/citigroup/industrials2012/81205327.cfm, and the presentation will be posted at www.nscorp.com. Norfolk Southern will report earnings and other results after market close on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
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