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Union Pacific Corporation
Loutskina, Elena; Yuhas, Kacy Case F-1987 / Published March 30, 2022 / 17 pages.
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The Union Pacific Corporation (UPC) was the largest public railroad transportation company in the United States. Established in 1862 with the help of Abraham Lincoln, it expanded to connect the North American continent from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Seattle, Washington, and from Long Beach, California, to Duluth, Minnesota. UPC's growth opportunities had become limited over the previous 50 years, and management had focused on efficiency, cost cutting, and generating cash flows that the company channeled back to shareholders though dividends and share repurchases. But the freight recession of 2019 followed by the decline in shipping volumes caused by 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic had not been gentle to the freight industry overall, and UPC was no exception. The company was able to maintain its dividend policy, but suspended its share-repurchase program during the second half of 2020. Looking at 2021, UPC's management was feeling a bit more optimism that the economy would make a recovery. Was it time to revisit the repurchase program?




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    The Union Pacific Corporation (UPC) was the largest public railroad transportation company in the United States. Established in 1862 with the help of Abraham Lincoln, it expanded to connect the North American continent from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Seattle, Washington, and from Long Beach, California, to Duluth, Minnesota. UPC's growth opportunities had become limited over the previous 50 years, and management had focused on efficiency, cost cutting, and generating cash flows that the company channeled back to shareholders though dividends and share repurchases. But the freight recession of 2019 followed by the decline in shipping volumes caused by 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic had not been gentle to the freight industry overall, and UPC was no exception. The company was able to maintain its dividend policy, but suspended its share-repurchase program during the second half of 2020. Looking at 2021, UPC's management was feeling a bit more optimism that the economy would make a recovery. Was it time to revisit the repurchase program?

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