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Credit FAQ: What's Ahead For The Railroad Sector In 2012? Dec 11
Standard & Poors, December 2011
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services expects the credit quality of North American railroads it rates to remain mostly stable through 2012. In our view, Class I railroads--Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., CSX Corp., Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern Corp., and Union Pacific Corp., (classification is based on operating revenue)--should fare well, despite our economist's forecast of a weak economy. Standard & Poor's currently estimates real U.S. GDP growth of 1.8% in 2011 and 1.7% in 2012 with 35% likelihood of another recession. Still, we anticipate stable to modestly improving railroad volumes, increasing prices, ongoing expense control, and improvements in operating efficiency. These should result in relatively stable earnings and cash flow for...
Companies mentioned in this report are: CSX Corp.,Canadian National Railway Co.,Kansas City Southern,Union Pacific Corp.,Norfolk Southern Corp.,Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC,Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.
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CSX Corp.,Canadian National Railway Co.,Kansas City Southern,Union Pacific Corp.,Norfolk Southern Corp.,Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC,Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.