Diluted Earnings Per Share Up 7% Excluding Charges
Last year’s fourth quarter earnings were $1.99 per diluted share, excluding a $0.26 per diluted share noncash aircraft impairment charge at FedEx Express. Including last year’s charge, earnings were $1.73 per diluted share.
“FedEx Ground posted another strong year and FedEx Freight margins continued to improve,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. “These positive developments did not fully offset tepid economic growth and customer preference for less costly international shipping services. FedEx Express results improved in the fourth quarter, and while near-term challenges remain, we are confident we are positioning FedEx for profitable, long-term growth.”
Fourth Quarter Results
FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the fourth quarter:
Fiscal 2013 Fiscal 2012
As announced on June 3, during the quarter FedEx Express permanently retired 10 aircraft and related engines. As a consequence, a noncash impairment charge of $100 million ($63 million, net of tax, or $0.20 per diluted share) was recorded in the fourth quarter.
Excluding business realignment program costs and aircraft impairment charges from this year and aircraft impairment charges from last year, “adjusted” operating results improved due to continued strong FedEx Ground performance and better FedEx Express performance.
Full Year Results
FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the full year:
Fiscal 2013 Fiscal 2012
Capital spending for fiscal 2013 was $3.4 billion, down from $4.0 billion in fiscal 2012.
Business Realignment Program Update
In October, the company announced profit improvement programs, which include a voluntary employee separation program. The program was completed during the fourth quarter, and approximately 3,600 employees will be voluntarily leaving the company in phases to ensure a smooth transition. Approximately 40% of the employees vacated their positions on May 31, 2013 in the first phase. Approximately 25% of the employees will vacate their positions in the final phase at the end of fiscal 2014.
The company incurred costs of $496 million ($313 million, net of tax, or $0.98 per diluted share) during the fourth quarter and $560 million ($353 million, net of tax, or $1.11 per diluted share) during fiscal 2013, associated with the business realignment activities. The cost of the voluntary employee separation program is included in the “Business realignment, impairment and other charges” line of the company’s statements of income. Business realignment program costs at FedEx Services have been allocated to the operating segments through the “Intercompany charges” line of each segment’s statement of income.
FedEx is revising its earnings guidance practices to focus on full fiscal year projections with quarterly updates. For fiscal 2014, the company projects earnings per share growth of 7% to 13% from fiscal 2013 adjusted results. This assumes the current market outlook for fuel prices, U.S. GDP growth of 2.3% and world GDP growth of 2.7%. Capital spending for fiscal 2014 is expected to be approximately $4 billion.
“We remain focused on improving margins and returns in all of our businesses. The pace of that improvement is expected to be moderate in fiscal 2014 and then accelerate in fiscal 2015,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Our profit improvement program is progressing, but we continue to see the effects of customers selecting lower-rate international services. FedEx Express will further decrease capacity between Asia and the United States in July.”
FedEx Express Segment
For the fourth quarter, the FedEx Express segment reported:
• Revenue of $6.98 billion, up 3% from last year’s $6.80 billion
• Adjusted operating income of $460 million, up 11% from $415 million a year ago. Including charges, operating income of $0, down from $281 million last year.
• Adjusted operating margin of 6.6%, up from 6.1% the previous year. Including charges, operating margin of 0.0%, down from 4.1% last year.
Adjusted operating income and margin improved despite the demand shift toward lower yielding international services, as the net impact of the fuel surcharge timing lag, capacity reductions and other cost reduction activities benefited the quarter’s results. Direct and intercompany costs associated with the business realignment programs and the aircraft impairment charge impacted operating income and margin by $460 million and 6.6 percentage points, respectively. Last year’s results included a $134 million aircraft impairment charge.
Revenue increased due to this year’s business acquisitions and growth at FedEx Trade Networks. U.S. domestic average daily package volume increased 2% and U.S. domestic revenue per package increased 1%, as higher rate per pound and weight per package were offset by lower fuel surcharges. FedEx International Economy volume grew 11%, while FedEx International Priority volume decreased 2% during the quarter. International export revenue per package fell 2% due primarily to lower rates.
FedEx Express is pleased to have been selected as the sole awardee of the recent U.S. Postal Service air cargo solicitation, representing the majority of the USPS’s air line-haul traffic. This new seven year agreement, valued at approximately $10.5 billion, begins on October 1, 2013. The agreement provides reduced rates for the USPS versus the prior FedEx Express agreement and offers the opportunity for incremental revenue.
FedEx Ground Segment
For the fourth quarter, the FedEx Ground segment reported:
• Revenue of $2.78 billion, up 12% from last year’s $2.48 billion
• Adjusted operating income of $557 million, up 13% from $494 million a year ago. Including charges, operating income of $464 million, down 6% from last year.
• Adjusted operating margin of 20.1%, up from 20.0% the previous year. Including charges, operating margin of 16.7%.
Adjusted operating income increased due to higher volume and revenue per package. Intercompany costs associated with the business realignment programs impacted operating income and margin by $93 million and 3.4 percentage points, respectively.
FedEx Ground average daily volume grew 10% in the fourth quarter driven by market share gains and growth in e-commerce. Revenue per package increased 2%. FedEx SmartPost average daily volume increased 25% primarily due to growth in e-commerce. FedEx SmartPost net revenue per package was down 7% due to higher postage rates.
FedEx Freight Segment
For the fourth quarter, the FedEx Freight segment reported:
• Revenue of $1.39 billion, down 1% from last year’s $1.40 billion
• Adjusted operating income of $81 million, unchanged from a year ago. Including charges, operating income of $38 million, down 53% from last year.
• Adjusted operating margin of 5.8%, unchanged from the previous year. Including charges, operating margin of 2.7%.
Adjusted operating results benefited from higher weight per shipment, increased yield and favorable operational efficiencies, partially offset by lower shipment volumes. Direct and intercompany costs associated with the business realignment programs impacted operating income and margin by $43 million and 3.1 percentage points, respectively.
Average daily less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments decreased 3% due in part to challenges encountered by some customers while migrating FedEx Freight functionality to the FedEx enterprise automation platform. LTL weight per shipment increased 2% driven by FedEx Freight Priority, and LTL yield increased 1% due to improvement in FedEx Freight Economy. LTL yield was negatively impacted by lower fuel surcharges.
Effective July 1, 2013, FedEx Freight will increase U.S. and certain other shipping rates by an average of 4.5%.
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Additional information and operating data are contained in the company’s annual report, Form 10-K, Form 10-Qs and fourth quarter fiscal 2013 Statistical Book. These materials, as well as a webcast of the earnings release conference call to be held at 8:30 a.m. EDT on June 19 are available on the company’s website atinvestors.fedex.com. A replay of the conference call webcast will be posted on our Web site following the call.
Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to management’s views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic conditions in the global markets in which we operate, legal challenges or changes related to FedEx Ground’s owner-operators, new U.S. domestic or international government regulation, the impact from any terrorist activities or international conflicts, our ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage acquired businesses, changes in fuel prices and currency exchange rates, our ability to match capacity to shifting volume levels and other factors which can be found in FedEx Corp.’s and its subsidiaries’ press releases and filings with the SEC.