Norfolk Southern Reports $702 Million in Net Income for Q4 2018

A train pulled by Norfolk Southern units passes through Tucson, Ariz., on March 1, 2015. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

Norfolk Southern Corp. reported $702 million in net income for the fourth-quarter of 2018 and $2.6 billion for the full year.

“Norfolk Southern’s financial results in 2018 clearly demonstrate improved financial performance and our commitment to delivering shareholder value,” James A. Squires, chairman, president and CEO, said in a news release. “Our confidence to deliver improved value to our shareholders – as underscored by our recently announced dividend increase – is heightened by NS’ momentum heading into 2019 and by an array of initiatives to serve customers better and operate more efficiently.”

The 2017 results for the fourth quarter and full year included the effects of remeasurement of net deferred tax liabilities resulting from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which added $3,482 million to net income in both periods and increased diluted earnings per share by $12.10 for the fourth quarter and $12.00 for the full year.

Fourth-quarter 2018 net income decreased by $3,266 million and diluted earnings per share decreased by $11.22 compared to 2017. For the full year, net income in 2018 decreased by $2,738 million and diluted earnings per share decreased by $9.10compared to 2017.

Absent the 2017 tax adjustments to the 2017 results, fourth-quarter 2018 net income increased $216 million, or 44 percent, and diluted earnings per share increased by $0.88, or 52 percent, while full-year 2018 net income increased by $744 million, or 39 percent, and diluted earnings per share increased by $2.90, or 44 percent.

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