Norfolk Southern Expects Third Quarter Results to be Below Third Quarter 2011

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. said 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, the company said. Third quarter 2011 fuel surcharge revenues included a favorable 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.