FedEx Corp. First Quarter Earnings to Exceed Guidance
Second Quarter Earnings of $0.65 to $0.95 per Diluted Share Expected
FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) today announced that it expects to report earnings of $0.58 per diluted share for the first quarter ended August 31, down 53% from $1.23 per diluted share a year ago. The company’s guidance for the quarter was $0.30 to $0.45 per diluted share.
FedEx expects earnings to be $0.65 to $0.95 per diluted share in the second quarter, which reflects the current outlook for fuel prices and a continued modest recovery in the global economy. A substantial decline is expected from $1.58 per diluted share a year ago, as the company significantly benefited from rapidly declining fuel prices and the timing lag that exists between when fuel prices change and when indexed fuel surcharges automatically adjust.
“FedEx first quarter financial performance exceeded our guidance thanks to better-than-expected FedEx International Priority volume, strict cost management and solid execution of our strategy,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. chief financial officer. “Despite some encouraging signs in the global economy, it is difficult to predict the timing and pace of any economic recovery. Revenue per shipment declined year over year in each of our transportation segments, as fuel surcharges declined significantly and we continue to face a very competitive pricing environment combined with significant overcapacity in the LTL freight market.”
FedEx will release the details of its first quarter earnings on September 17, 2009.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $35 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 280,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com .
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