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UPS starts to add Blended Winglets to its Boeing 767-300F freighters

UPS Airlines (United Parcel Service) (Atlanta and Louisville) has unveiled a new look for its flagship Boeing 767 fleet by adding winglets as a part of its sustainability efforts to save fuel and reduce emissions.

These wingtip devices, which are arrow-shaped surfaces attached to the tip of each wing, enhance the overall efficiency of the aircraft, saving fuel by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions by improving take-off performance. The modifications will save UPS more than six million gallons of fuel each year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 62,000 metric tonnes. UPS estimates approximately a four percent fuel savings on each 767 flight.

“UPS continues to lead the industry in sustainable business practices,” said David Abney, UPS chief operating officer. “With the widest portfolio of services in the industry, we are constantly looking for ways to reduce emissions, and drive down operating costs so our customers have the solutions they need to compete in a global economy. These winglets are a perfect example of sustainability in action. They are good business and good stewardship.”

UPS currently operates 54 of the 767 aircraft with five on order. The company plans to have winglets on all 767 aircraft by the end of 2014. Winglets are already installed on UPS’s 747, and MD-11 fleets, and the A300-600 has a similar device called a wingtip fence.

The modifications will add approximately five and a half feet of span to each wing, and each winglet is 11 feet tall. Aircraft weight will increase by nearly 3,000 pounds due to the weight of the winglets and the extensive structural reinforcement of the wing structure. Even at this size and weight, the winglets will still reduce the amount of fuel used per flight.

Winglets improve the aerodynamics of the wing by extending the length of the wing and reducing the amount of drag, which is the force that opposes an aircraft’s motion in the air.

The winglet project is a sustainability initiative implemented by UPS Airlines. The company already operates one of the cargo sector’s youngest and most fuel-efficient air fleet, and is working to reduce its carbon intensity an additional 20 percent by 2020 from a 2005 baseline. Other highlights of the airline’s fuel conservation efforts include computer-optimized flight routes, aircraft taxi time management, and alternate-fuel ground support equipment.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The first, Boeing 767-34AF ER N304UP (msn 27242) lands at Boeing Field (King County) in Seattle with the new device.

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UPS reports record earnings per share

UPS (United Parcel Service) (UPS Airlines) (Atlanta and Louisville) announced record 2012 fourth quarter and full year adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.32 and $4.53 respectively, with the U.S. Domestic segment leading the way. The company generated annual free cash flow of approximately $5.4 billion, a testament to operations execution and the emphasis UPS places on capital efficiency. UPS estimates that Hurricane Sandy reduced earnings per share by approximately $0.05.

UPS recorded a fourth quarter mark-to-market, non-cash, after-tax charge of $3.0 billion for its company-sponsored pension and post-retirement benefit plans. Although the plans exceeded their expected rate of return, these incremental gains were more than offset by a 120 basis point decline in year-end discount rates. As a result, on a GAAP basis, diluted earnings per share for the quarter fell to a loss of $1.83. For the full year, reported diluted earnings per share were $0.83. This adjustment does not affect cash flow, required pension funding or benefits paid to plan participants.

UPS expects full year earnings per share to be within a range of $4.80 – $5.06, an increase of 6-to-12% compared to 2012 adjusted results. The company also raised guidance for 2013 share repurchases from $1.5 billion to $4.0 billion.

Adjusted
Adjusted
Consolidated Results
4Q 2012
4Q 2012
4Q 2011
4Q 2011
Revenue $14.57 B $14.17 B
Operating profit (loss)
($2.78 B
)
$2.05 B $1.20 B $2.02 B
Operating margin
(19.1 %
)
14.1 % 8.4 % 14.3 %
Average volume per day 18.8 M 18.3 M
Diluted earnings (loss) per share
($1.83
)
$1.32 $0.74 $1.28

During the year, UPS delivered more than four billion packages. For the quarter, it delivered 18.8 million pieces per day, an increase of 2.9% over the prior-year period.

Overall consumer spending for holiday shopping fell slightly below expectations, however; UPS still delivered more than 500 million packages, including almost 28 million on its peak day, both new records.

Cash Position

For the year ending Dec. 31, UPS generated $5.4 billion in free cash flow after capital expenditures of $2.2 billion. UPS repurchased 21.8 million shares for approximately $1.6 billion and paid dividends totaling $2.1 billion, up 9.6% per share.

Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. Boeing 747-45E (BCF) N579UP (msn 26062) climbs away from Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

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UPS to drop its bid to acquire TNT Express due to expected EC disapproval

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) (UPS Airlines) (Atlanta and Louisville) will drop its bid to acquire TNT Express N.V. (Hoofddorp) because it now expects the European Commission (EC) to deny the acquisition.

On March 19, 2012, UPS announced its intention to acquire TNT Express for $6.7 billion. On September 5, 2012, UPS announced it expected to close the deal in early 2013 subject to EC approval.

UPS will pay TNT a termination fee in the amount of EUR 200 million.

TNT Airways (Liege) is a subsidiary of TNT Express. TNT is now expected to remain independent.

UPS issued the following statement:

United Parcel Service, Inc. announced today (January 14) the European Commission (EC) has informed UPS and TNT Express that it is working on a decision to prohibit the proposed acquisition of TNT Express.

UPS submitted an initial remedies proposal on November 29, 2012 and subsequently revised the proposal twice. UPS began the competitive review process with the EC in March 2012.

Scott Davis, UPS Chairman and CEO said, “We are extremely disappointed with the EC’s position. We proposed significant and tangible remedies designed to address the EC’s concerns with the transaction. The combined company would have been transformative for the logistics industry, bringing meaningful benefits to consumers and customers around the world, while supporting growth in Europe in particular.”

Upon prohibition by the EC, the Offer Condition relating to EU Competition Clearance will not be fulfilled and UPS will pay TNT a termination fee in the amount of EUR 200 million and will withdraw the Offer.

Further announcements will be made once the European Commission has issued its formal decision. The decision is expected to be adopted formally in the coming weeks.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 747-44AF N572UP (msn 35669) climbs away from Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Southern Air’s Boeing 777-FHT N778SA (msn 39286) arrives at the Liege, Belgium sorting facility.

UPS and TNT Express send their merger “remedies” paperwork to the European Commission

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United Parcel Service, Inc. (Atlanta and Louisville) and TNT Express N.V. (Hoofddorp) (TNT Airways) have announced, in line with Dutch disclosure requirements, that remedies have been submitted to obtain competition clearance from the European Commission (EC) for the acquisition of TNT Express by UPS. The offer of remedies does not change the terms and conditions of the Offer by UPS for TNT Express.

The proposed remedies aim to address the EC’s concerns regarding the competitive effects of the intended merger on the international express small package market in Europe. UPS and TNT Express continue to be fully committed to the merger and are working closely with the EC in order to gain competition clearance allowing completion of the transaction in early 2013. As part of the approval process, the EC will market-test the remedies on a confidential basis.

The proposed remedies comprise the sale of business activities and assets in combination with granting access to air capabilities. Eligible buyers of these activities will have to ensure the long-term viability of the divested activities and continuity of customer service.

No further details of the confidential discussions or proposed remedies will be revealed at this stage. The discussions are ongoing, which means that the offered remedies may be subject to change.

UPS and TNT Express believe their merger will help create a more efficient logistics market, thereby improving the competitiveness of Europe and the solutions offered to businesses and consumers. Customers and consumers will benefit from a broader portfolio of services and better global access, along with lower supply-chain costs overall and improved service levels in terms of timing and reliability.

UPS and TNT Express value their employees highly. Both UPS and TNT Express will follow the required consultation and advice procedures with their works councils with regard to these remedies.

In accordance with EU Merger Regulation, the timing of the remedies submission extends the EC’s review period by 15 business days to February 5, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. UPS’ Boeing 747-44AF N571UP (msn 35668) climbs away from Anchorage International Airport.

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International growth fuels UPS to a third quarter operating profit

UPS-United Parcel Service (UPS Airlines) (Atlanta) reported yesterday (October 23) on its third quarter financial results. Here is the statement by the company:

UPS) has announced third quarter 2012 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.06. The International segment led the way with its highest third quarter in history generating $449 million in operating profit, up 7.7% over the prior-year period. UPS updated its full-year 2012 guidance for adjusted diluted earnings per share to a range of $4.55 to $4.65, reflecting greater confidence in fourth quarter execution.

On a reported basis, third quarter 2012 earnings per share were $0.48. In August, the company announced a decision to restructure pension liabilities for certain employees. As a result, UPS recorded an after-tax, non-cash charge of $559 million during the quarter.

“Our results were achieved in an environment of slowing global trade and changing market dynamics,” said Scott Davis, UPS chairman and CEO. “This not only highlights the flexibility of our business model; it illustrates the breadth of the UPS product portfolio in meeting the needs of customers.”

Adjusted
Consolidated Results
3Q 2012
3Q 2012
3Q 2011
Revenue
$13.07 B
$13.17 B
Operating profit
$0.77 B
$1.66 B
$1.67 B
Operating margin
5.9 %
12.7 %
12.7 %
Average volume per day
15.5 M
15.1 M
Diluted earnings per share
$0.48
$1.06
$1.09

During the quarter, UPS delivered 15.5 million packages per day, a 2.9% increase over the prior-year period.

Cash Position

For the nine months ending Sept. 30, UPS generated free cash flow in excess of $3.6 billion. The company repurchased 18.5 million shares for approximately $1.4 billion and paid dividends totaling $1.6 billion, a 9.6% increase per share over the prior year.

Capitalizing on credit market conditions, during the quarter UPS issued $1.75 billion of debt. Proceeds will be used to pay notes that mature in January 2013. The company ended the period with $9.0 billion in cash and marketable securities. The primary uses of these funds will be the acquisition of TNT Express and debt repayment.

Adjusted
U.S. Domestic Package
3Q 2012
3Q 2012
3Q 2011
Revenue
$7.86 B
$7.77 B
Operating profit
$129 M
$1,025 M
$1,046 M
Operating margin
1.6 %
13.0 %
13.5 %
Average volume per day
13.2 M
12.7 M

U.S. Domestic revenue increased $94 million over the prior-year period, driven by a 3.7% gain in daily package volume. Adjusted operating profit declined $21 million, impacted negatively by one less operating day and the timing of the fuel surcharge.

On a reported basis, operating profit was $129 million as a result of the pension restructuring previously mentioned.

Rapid e-commerce growth drove gains in daily volume, with Ground and Deferred up 3.0% and 9.3%, respectively. Next Day Air volume expanded 5.7% over the prior-year period, as retailers continued to utilize UPS Next Day Air Saver to differentiate their offerings.

Base rate improvements were more than offset by lower fuel surcharges, and changes in product and customer mix. Consequently, revenue per package declined 0.8% from the same quarter last year.

International Package
3Q 2012
3Q 2011
Revenue
$2.94 B
$3.06 B
Operating profit
$449 M
$417 M
Operating margin
15.3 %
13.6 %
Average volume per day
2.3 M
2.3 M

The International segment produced operating profit of $449 million, its highest third quarter ever. Operating margin was up 170 basis points over the prior-year period to 15.3%. Export package growth, network changes and currency translation contributed to this improvement.

Revenue declined 3.7%, as the impact from lower fuel surcharges and currency exceeded the benefit from the 1.2% growth in daily Export volume.

For the first time in several quarters, Asia exhibited growth in Export package volume, benefitting from product launches and easier comparisons. Although the rate of growth in Europe has slowed, it remained positive.

Supply Chain and Freight
3Q 2012
3Q 2011
Revenue
$2.27 B
$2.34 B
Operating profit
$188 M
$203 M
Operating margin
8.3 %
8.7 %

Operating margin for the Supply Chain and Freight segment remained strong at 8.3%. Operating profit was down $15 million, as declines in Forwarding were partially offset by improvement in UPS Freight.

The Freight Forwarding unit was pressured by overcapacity in the market, especially out of Asia. Revenue decreased as lower yields offset modest tonnage gains.

Although the Distribution unit experienced strong revenue growth, investments in healthcare capabilities and infrastructure weighed on margin expansion. Recently, UPS opened three new healthcare distribution facilities in Sydney, Australia and in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China.

UPS Freight revenue increased 3.6% as shipments per day were up slightly. LTL revenue per hundredweight and gross weight hauled improved over the prior year period, resulting in operating margin expansion.

Outlook

“UPS performance this quarter reflects the ability of our global network to adapt to soft macro conditions,” said Kurt Kuehn, UPS chief financial officer.

“While there is some uncertainty around the magnitude of the holiday shopping season, we are confident in UPS’s ability to deliver,” Kuehn continued. “As a result, we enhanced our guidance by narrowing the range, maintaining our previous midpoint. We anticipate 2012 adjusted diluted earnings per share to be within a range of $4.55 to $4.65, an increase of 5%-to-7% over 2011 adjusted results.”

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) N292UP (msn 48566) completes its final approach into Tokyo (Narita).

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