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Summary: Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC Feb 10
Standard & Poors, February 2010
The ratings on Fort Worth, Texas-based Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. (BNSF) reflect the company's strong competitive position in the low-risk U.S. freight railroad industry and solid earnings and cash flow generation, as well as a one-notch credit for potential support from parent Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (which acquired BNSF on Feb. 12, 2010). The ratings do not incorporate an explicit parental guarantee from Berkshire Hathaway. However, we give credit for potential support from the more highly rated parent. Price competition from other railroads and trucking companies and the capital intensity of the industry partially offset these strengths. BNSF operates the second-largest rail network in North America. The company enjoys strong positions in upper Midwest grain traffic, Wyoming- and Montana-based low-sulfur...
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