Kansas City Southern Dividend Stock Analysis

Kansas City Southern (KSU) is the smallest of the North American Class 1 railroad companies. The company commands 6,500 miles of rail network serving southern US with seamless cross-border service to Mexico. The company serves 12 Gulf ports and 1 Pacific Ocean port. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of Kansas City Southern.

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Kansas City Southern own 100% of subsidiary Kansas City Southern de México, S.A. de C.V. (“KCSM”), which has a 50-year concession from the Mexican government and could expire in 2047 unless extended – to operate the KCSM arm. The company directly competes with Ferrocarril Mexicano, aka FerroMex (which is partly owned by Union Pacific) inside Mexico.

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Norfolk Southern Dividend Stock Anlaysis

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Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC) is the fifth largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 20,000 miles of rail network serving 22 states and 40+ ports. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of Norfolk Southern. Norfolk Southern operates and services the east coast of the US and directly competes with CSX Corp (CSX).

Railroads are the pulse of the economy. While crude shipments are on their way to a recovery thanks to the rise in oil prices, coal remains in a secular downtrend. NSC sees continued pressure as coal made 17% of total revenue opportunity in 2015. NSC expects further weakness as coal volumes continue to drop. This article provides a detailed stock analysis for Norfolk Southern Corp.

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CSX Corp Dividend Stock Analysis

CSX Corp. (CSX) is the third largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 21,000 miles of rail network. The following system map image demonstrates the scale and reach of CSX Corp. CSX Corp operates and services the east coast of the US and directly competes with Norfolk Southern (NSC). CSX Corp., however, has an advantage where it provides service to Florida, which NSC doesn’t.

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The Railroad Industry

Railroads are considered a wide moat industry, as it entails immense capital requirements and new entrants in the industry are almost unheard of. Railroads are the pulse of the economy. Whether transporting crude, lumber, merchandise, agricultural or industrial products, railroads are what keeps the economy moving. Railroads are often closely observed by economists and analysts to get a sense of how the overall economy is doing. It is also considered a leading indicator for any recessions or slowdowns.

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Union Pacific: Is It Bottoming Soon?

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Union Pacific Corp (UNP) is the largest publicly traded railroad company in North America. The company commands an impressive 32,000 miles of rail network in western US.

Railroads are considered a wide moat industry, as it entails immense capital requirements and new entrants in the industry are almost unheard of. Railroads are the pulse of the economy. Whether transporting crude, lumber, merchandise, agricultural or industrial products, railroads are what keeps the economy moving. Railroads are often closely observed by economists and analysts to get a sense of how the overall economy is doing. It is also considered a leading indicator for any recessions or slowdowns.

While crude shipments are on their way to a recovery thanks to the rise in oil prices, coal remains in a secular downtrend – both of which play a crucial part in UNP’s revenue.

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Sector Challenges – Railroads

Over the course of past few months, I have been featuring the Sector Overview series, where I take a sector (or an industry) and provide some basic/background information about the sector. In addition, I present the major companies in the field and profile at a high level comparing the peers. These articles are supposed to be what the title claims – an overview. It is up to each investor to compare and contrast individual companies and decide which one to pick if needed. These articles have garnered a lot of attention from readers (Thank you once again 🙂 ) and the feedback really helps me in making this a better blog for more quality articles. Lately, I have been thinking on the other side of these investment opportunities and decided to highlight the sectors to present the threats and challenges in current environment. I begin this series with a Sector Overview Challenges – Railroads.

The article Sector Overview – Railroads is available here. In that article, I explored the idea of investing in the railroad sector and presented the major railroad operators in N.America – which includes Union Pacific Corp (UNP), Canadian National Railway Co (CNI/CNR.TO), CSX Corp (CSX), Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP), Norfolk Southern Corp (NSC), and Kansas City Southern Inc (KSU). In addition, there is Burlington Santa Fe (BNSF), but the company was bought by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway and taken private.

Caveat: Before I get into the details of the challenges faced by the sector, I would like to highlight that this is by no means a recommendation to short the stocks. Remember each investment carries risk, and all I am trying to do with this article is to try and highlight the existing risks in current market conditions and during this part of the economic cycle. These conditions may disappear in due time as the economy goes through its ups and downs.

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