FedEx Corp. Reports Second Quarter Earnings & Increased Full-Year Earnings Outlook
Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx Corp. reported earnings of $0.89 per diluted share for the second quarter ended November 30. Excluding certain charges described below, second quarter earnings were $1.16 per diluted share, compared to $1.10 per diluted share a year ago.
"Solid demand for our transportation solutions, outstanding customer service from FedEx team members and a healthier global economy helped drive second-quarter revenue higher," said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our yield improvement strategy is working, holiday peak season volumes are exceeding our expectations and our economic forecast for calendar 2011 has improved. Accordingly, we have increased our earnings outlook for our current fiscal year."
Reported results for the current quarter include costs related to the previously announced combination of the company's FedEx Freight and FedEx National LTL operations and a reserve associated with a legal matter at FedEx Express, which together negatively impacted earnings by a net $0.27 per diluted share. Last year's second quarter results included a benefit from plan design changes to a self-insurance program at FedEx Express, which increased earnings by a net $0.05 per diluted share.
Second Quarter Results
FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the second quarter:
- Revenue of $9.63 billion, up 12 percent from $8.60 billion the previous year
- Operating income of $469 million, down 18 percent from $571 million last year
- Operating margin of 4.9 percent, down from 6.6 percent the previous year
- Net income of $283 million, down 18% from $345 million a year ago
While shipments and yields grew in all transportation segments, earnings were reduced by costs related to the January 30, 2011 combination of FedEx Freight and FedEx National LTL operations, including severance costs associated with personnel reductions and non-cash asset impairment charges. Earnings were also reduced by a reserve for a legal matter at FedEx Express. The reinstatement of certain employee compensation programs, and higher pension and aircraft maintenance expenses, also impacted earnings.