The FINANCIAL — UPS on July 27 announced earnings per share of $1.58 for the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 11% versus the same period in 2016.
The improved earnings per share was due to 7.7% higher revenue. All three business segments generated more profitable product mix, improved yields and better management of operating costs, according to UPS.
“UPS generated great year-over-year revenue gains in the second quarter and we produced solid earnings per share growth, consistent with our plans,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and CEO. “We continue to invest in our network to expand our capabilities, our market presence and our global reach.”
For the total company in 2Q 2017:
Revenue increased 7.7%, currency-neutral revenue jumped 8.9%.
Revenue increased in all segments and major product categories, as expanded customer demand spread across the company’s broad product portfolio.
Operating profit was up 8.7% to $2.2 billion driven by strong performance in the U.S. Domestic and Supply Chain and Freight segments.
The favorable year-over-year 2Q EPS comparison includes benefits of about $0.10, primarily from fuel and workers’ compensation.
Year-to-date capital expenditures to support investment strategies were $2.0 billion.
This year, UPS has paid dividends of nearly $1.4 billion, an increase of 6.4% per share over the prior year, rewarding shareowners with continued strong dividend yield.
As of June 30, 2017, the company has repurchased 8.4 million shares for more than $900 million, reaffirming its commitment to return cash to shareowners.
U.S. Domestic Segment
The Domestic segment benefitted from growing demand for ecommerce deliveries, which fueled an 8.1% increase in revenue over 2Q 2016. The U.S. consumer increasingly prefers to shop online and UPS is taking advantage of this trend through its unique portfolio of delivery solutions and industry-leading customer-facing technology.
For the U.S. Domestic segment in 2Q 2017:
Revenue improved $730 million over 2Q 2016 as ecommerce drove higher demand for UPS Air and Ground products.
Next Day Air and Deferred Air shipments climbed 6.4% and 11% respectively, as customers continued to select UPS’s quick and convenient solutions.
Revenue per piece increased solidly across all products and was up 3.0% in total, as the company benefited from base-rate pricing actions and higher fuel surcharges versus 2Q 2016.
Operating profit increased more than 13% and operating margin expanded 60 basis points to 14.3%.
Operating costs for ongoing initiatives including facility construction and Saturday operations increased costs by about $35 million.
The International segment generated solid top-line improvement with increased demand for cross-border shipments. Export shipments grew across all UPS regions, as customers took advantage of UPS’s expanded portfolio, improved time-in-transit and industry-leading customs brokerage solutions. The International segment also made several announcements to expand its capacity and local-market presence.
Operating margin was industry leading at 18.4%, and operating profit was $583 million, including anticipated currency headwinds of $114 million.
Robust export growth continued at 12% led by Europe and Asia. All regions of the world contributed to the expansion.
The segment reported a revenue increase of 2.8% over 2Q 2016, up 8.3% on a currency-neutral* basis.
During the quarter, UPS announced an exclusive partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai, created an innovative alliance with S.F. Express – a market-leading Chinese logistics company, and acquired Nightline Logistics, which solidified local market leadership in Ireland.
Supply Chain and Freight Segment
“The Supply Chain and Freight segment again showed good momentum this quarter as the teams in each business unit are executing on revenue quality improvements combined with structural cost reduction programs,” Abney said. “This performance shows balanced improvement across all business units as revenue and operating cost initiatives strengthen core performance.”
Revenue increased 12% over 2Q 2016 as the company deeply aligned with preferred customers, strengthened revenue management initiatives and market conditions improved across all business units.
Tonnage gains in Freight Forwarding and UPS Freight contributed to improved top-line results as economic conditions across non-retail markets continue to strengthen.
Retail inventory replenishment and improved aerospace sector performance enhanced the Distribution unit results.
Coyote Logistics delivered double-digit revenue growth as the unit continued to gain market share.
All business units contributed to segment operating profit expansion of 24%, which included a one-time benefit.
The company provides guidance on an adjusted (non-GAAP) basis because it is not possible to predict or provide a reconciliation reflecting the impact of future pension mark-to-market adjustments, which would be included in reported (GAAP) results and could be material.
“Second quarter results were in line with our expectations and we are pleased with the progress on our strategic initiatives,” said Richard Peretz, UPS chief financial officer. “Looking at the second half of the year, our core business performance will continue to produce solid results.”
The company’s full-year 2017 adjusted earnings per share guidance includes the following:
Second half currency headwinds and continued costs for strategic initiatives will weigh on results.
One less operating day in 3Q 2017 compared to 3Q 2016 will contribute to relatively flat diluted earnings per share (EPS) growth.
The tax rate is expected to be 35% for the second half of 2017 and excludes 4Q 2016 tax savings of approximately $0.05 per share.
UPS reaffirms 2017 adjusted diluted EPS guidance to be between $5.80 and $6.10, which includes about $400 million, or $0.30 per share of pre-tax currency headwinds.