Despite coronavirus-related woes, FedEx Corporation FDX reported better-than-expected results for fourth-quarter fiscal 2020 (ended May 31), thanks to higher Ground revenues owing to surge in residential delivery volumes. Following this outperformance, shares of the company gained 9.1% in after-hours trading on Jun 30.
FedEx’s earnings (excluding $3.8 from non-recurring items) of $2.53 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.42. However, the bottom line plunged approximately 50% year over year. Results were affected by coronavirus-led low volumes due to large-scale business closures, higher costs at the Ground unit due to expanded service offerings, as well as loss of business with Amazon AMZN.
Although quarterly revenues of $17,358 million beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $16,116.8 million, the same dipped 2.5% year over year. Operating income (on an adjusted basis) plunged 47.3% year over year to $907 million in the reported quarter due to sluggish global economy and elevated costs. Operating margin (adjusted) also deteriorated to 5.2% from 9.6% in the year-ago period.
Quarterly revenues at FedEx Express (including TNT Express) declined 10% to $8,560 million due to 14% decline in package revenues as a result of the slowdown in global economy among other factors. Segmental operating income (adjusted) decreased to $392 million from $837 million a year ago. Also, segmental operating margin contracted to 4.6% from 8.8% in fourth-quarter fiscal 2019, on an adjusted basis.
FedEx Ground revenues surged 20% year over year to $6,394 million in the period under consideration owing to residential delivery volume growth. Operating income came in at $673 million, slumping 17% year over year due to 27% increase in segmental operating expenses. Segmental operating margin shrank to 10.5% from 15.2% in the prior-year quarter.
FedEx Freight revenues declined 17% year over year to $1,615 million due to softness in volumes. The segment’s operating income also dropped 32% to $132 million, despite 16% decline in operating expenses. Moreover, operating margin contracted to 8.2% from 9.9% in the year-ago quarter.
The company anticipates capital expenditures of approximately $4.9 billion in fiscal 2021, indicating a 17% decline from fiscal 2020. The anticipated reduction in capital expenses is due to lower spending on vehicle replacement and deferral of facility investments.
The company is expected to incur TNT Express integration expenses of approximately $1.7 billion through fiscal 2022. In fiscal 2021, $175 million of the total amount is estimated to be incurred.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
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