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March 19, 2014
11:27 EDTFDX, UPSFedEx shares bounce back despite lowering outlook due to weather
Shares of delivery giant FedEx (FDX) were down in pre-market trading after the company reported lower than expected third quarter revenue and earnings per share and lowered its FY14 outlook. Shares have bounced back and are down just slightly in morning trading as investors appear to be attributing the earnings miss as due to the severe winter weather, as the company explained. WHAT'S NEW: FedEx said that the unusually severe winter storms throughout the third quarter disrupted operations, decreased shipping volume and increased costs and impacted year-over-year operating income by an estimated $125M. For this reason, the company reported lower than anticipated third quarter earnings per share of $1.23, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.46. Third quarter revenue of $11.3B missed analysts' expectation of $11.43B. FedEx lowered its fourth quarter and FY14 guidance also due to the weather. FedEx now sees FY14 EPS of $6.55 to $6.80, which compares to the consensus forecast of $6.90 prior to its report. Still, FedEx asserted that the $1.6B profit improvement plan at FedEx Express remains on track despite the near-term impact of weather and that its accelerated stock repurchase program reflects its confidence in achieving its goals. ANALYST OPINION: On March 7, Citigroup lowered its third quarter earnings estimate for FedEx to $1.45 from $1.55, which was below the consensus at that time, to reflect the impact from severe winter weather. Citi believed FedEx's underlying fundamentals held up well in the quarter, however, and it reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. On March 17, Stephens lowered its forecast for FedEx's third quarter earnings per share from $1.72 to $1.34, which was well below the Street consensus, and also cited the extreme winter weather as the culprit. However, Stephens said it would use any weakness in the shares following an earnings miss to add to or start positions and the firm maintained its Overweight rating and $169 price target on the stock. This morning following the report from FedEx, Wells Fargo calculated that management's estimate of the $125M impact of adverse weather equated to about 26c per FedEx share, making the company's adjusted EPS closer to $1.49 than the $1.23 GAAP figure it reported. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of FedEx were down slightly by 8c, or 0.06%, to $138.49. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of FedEx peer United Parcel Service (UPS) were virtually unchanged in morning trading.
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September 19, 2014
16:24 EDTFDXStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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06:29 EDTFDXFedEx says potential adverse court ruling could impact results
FedEx said in a filing that on August 27, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court decisions and held that the plaintiffs in California and Oregon were employees as a matter of law. "While we do not agree with the court’s decision and will ask the court to reconsider and petition for en banc review by the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, during the first quarter of 2015 we established an accrual for the estimated probable loss in this case that was required to be recognized pursuant to applicable accounting standards. This amount was immaterial. Material exposure above the accrued amount, however, is reasonably possible, and accordingly we have undertaken a process to attempt to estimate a range of reasonably possible loss based on currently available information relating to the case. This process has included attempting to evaluate what facts may arise in the course of discovery and what legal rulings the courts may render and how these facts and rulings might impact FedEx Ground’s loss. For a number of reasons, we are not currently able to estimate a range of reasonably possible loss in excess of the amount accrued. With respect to the matters that are pending outside of the Ninth Circuit, it is reasonably possible that potential loss in some of these lawsuits or changes to the independent contractor status of FedEx Ground’s owner-operators could be material. We have undertaken a process to attempt to estimate a range of reasonably possible loss based on currently available information relating to these cases. We are not currently able to estimate a range of reasonably possible loss. We do not believe that a material loss is probable in these matters. In addition, we are defending contractor-model cases that are not or are no longer part of the multidistrict litigation. These cases are in varying stages of litigation, and we do not expect to incur a material loss in any of these matters."
September 18, 2014
13:55 EDTFDXFedEx upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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08:37 EDTFDXFedEx price target raised to $183 from $170 at RW Baird
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06:13 EDTFDXFedEx price target raised to $180 from $170 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for FedEx shares to $180 saying the company's "solid" Q1 results points to potential upside to FY15 estimates. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
September 17, 2014
17:35 EDTFDXFedEx could reach new highs, Barron's says
FedEx shares could reach new highs, driven by quarterly results, Barron's contends in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
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10:18 EDTFDXFedEx expects to add 50,000 seasonal hires across various segments
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09:04 EDTFDXFedEx expects to reach goals for profit improvement plan, confident on cost side
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08:54 EDTFDXFedEx expects to spend $1.2B on CapEx in FY15, with 90% for capacity
08:42 EDTFDXFedEx expects EPS, revenue growth assuming stable fuel prices, economic growth
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07:33 EDTFDXFedEx Express reports Q1 revenue of $6.86B, up 4% from a year ago
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07:32 EDTFDXFedEx reaffirms FY15 EPS view $8.50-$9.00, consensus $8.84
The outlook assumes no net year-over-year fuel impact and continued moderate economic growth. The capital spending forecast for fiscal 2015 remains $4.2B. “FedEx reported strong first quarter results, as all three of our transportation segments drove higher revenues and improved profitability year over year,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and CFO. “Our profit improvement programs are progressing as planned and we continue to expect strong earnings growth this year.”
07:31 EDTFDXFedEx says share buybacks benefitted Q1 earnings by 15c per share
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07:31 EDTFDXFedEx reports Q1 EPS $2.10, consensus $1.96
Reports Q1 revenue $11.7B, consensus $11.48B. “FedEx Corp. is off to an outstanding start in fiscal 2015, thanks to very strong performance at FedEx Ground, solid volume and revenue increases at FedEx Freight and healthy growth in U.S. domestic volume at FedEx Express,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and CEO. “More customers are relying on FedEx because they appreciate the competitive advantages provided by our broad portfolio of solutions.”
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