FedEx Corporation fourth quarter earnings miss Wall Street estimates

FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis) today (June 17) reported reported a fiscal fourth quarter net profit of $753 million or $2.66 per share, unchanged from $753 million or $2.54 per share for the same quarter a year ago.

Analysts on Wall Street had expected the company to report quarterly adjusted earnings per share of $2.68 per share with revenue of $12.31 billion, according to consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters and CNBC.

Without adjustments, FedEx reported a loss of $3.16 per diluted share ($895 million) for the fourth quarter compared to a profit of $2.62 per diluted share a year ago, and earnings of $3.65 per diluted share for the full fiscal year, compared to $7.48 per diluted share last year.

For the year, the company reported a net profit of $1.05 billion, or $3.65 per share. Revenue was reported as $47.45 billion.

Here is the report by the company:

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FedEx Corporation reported adjusted earnings of $2.66 per diluted share for the fourth quarter ended May 31, compared to adjusted earnings of $2.54 per diluted share a year ago. For fiscal 2015, adjusted earnings were $8.95 per diluted share, compared to $7.05 per diluted share a year ago. Without adjustments, FedEx reported a loss of $3.16 per diluted share for the fourth quarter compared to a profit of $2.62 per diluted share a year ago, and earnings of $3.65 per diluted share for the full fiscal year, compared to $7.48 per diluted share last year.

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Quarterly consolidated earnings have been adjusted for previously announced changes in pension accounting ($4.88 per diluted share), aircraft impairments ($0.62 per diluted share), a legal reserve increase ($0.47 per diluted share) and changes in segment reporting (favorable $0.15 per diluted share).

“Fiscal 2015 was a transformative year for FedEx with outstanding financial results driving expanded long-term value for shareowners,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Significant acquisitions announced in the year promise to strengthen our portfolio of services and change what’s possible for customers. I am very proud of the FedEx team for its accomplishments and look forward to a successful fiscal 2016.”

Adjusted operating income improved 5% during the quarter, due to base yield growth in all three transportation segments, higher ground and U.S. domestic express volume, and benefits from profit improvement program initiatives. These improvements offset increased employee variable incentive compensation and unfavorable net impacts from fuel and weather.

Outlook

For fiscal 2016, FedEx projects adjusted earnings to be $10.60 to $11.10 per diluted share before year-end mark-to-market pension accounting adjustments, driven by continued improvement in base pricing and benefits from our profit improvement program. The outlook assumes continued moderate economic growth and does not include any operating results or costs related to TNT Express.

Capital spending for fiscal 2016 is expected to be approximately $4.6 billion, which includes expansion of the FedEx Ground network and planned aircraft deliveries to support the FedEx Express fleet modernization program.

“Our operating performance significantly improved in fiscal 2015 as we focused on revenue quality and executed on our profit improvement program initiatives,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We expect strong earnings growth in fiscal 2016 as we continue to focus on improving performance and successfully executing our profit improvement initiatives.”

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During the fourth quarter, FedEx Express permanently retired 15 aircraft and 21 related engines, and adjusted the retirement schedule of an additional 23 aircraft and 57 engines. These actions resulted in $276 million of impairment and related charges, of which $246 million was noncash. These charges are excluded from this year’s adjusted operating income and margin.

Revenue decreased 4% as lower fuel surcharges and unfavorable currency exchange rates more than offset base yield and volume growth. U.S. domestic package volume grew 2%, driven by a 3% increase in overnight box. U.S. domestic revenue per package declined 4%, with lower fuel surcharges offsetting improved base rates. International export volume was down 1%, as FedEx International Economy grew 3% while FedEx International Priority® declined 2%. International export revenue per package decreased 8%, as lower fuel surcharges and unfavorable currency exchange rates more than offset higher base rates.

Adjusted segment operating results improved due to higher base yield and U.S. domestic volume growth, the benefit from profit improvement program initiatives and lower international expenses due to currency exchange rates. These benefits were partially offset by an unfavorable net fuel impact, higher incentive compensation and a negative impact from weather.

Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. As previously reported, FedEx is permanently retiring early 15 aircraft, including three Airbus A300s, four Airbus A310-300s, one McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10 and seven McDonnell Douglas MD-11Fs. Updated McDonnell Douglas MD-10-10F (DC-10-10F) N385FE (msn 46619) is pictured in action at JFK International Airport in New York.

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