FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) saw its stock drop over 5% on Friday despite the company reporting strong earnings results a day ago. The stock has gained 82% since the beginning of this year. The company has benefited from the strong rise in ecommerce seen since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out this year.
Total revenues climbed 19% to $20.6 billion while profits doubled compared to the prior-year period. Adjusted EPS jumped 92% to $4.83. The company recorded revenue growth across all its segments with double-digit growth in Ground and Express.
Growth in ecommerce
The pandemic has brought about a significant growth in ecommerce which has benefited the delivery services industry meaningfully. FedEx has benefited from this trend. During its quarterly conference call, the company said that during the first nine months of 2020, US ecommerce sales rose 33% year-over-year while traditional retail sales grew a little more than 1%.
The company added that ecommerce package volumes are expected to more than triple to 111 million packages per day by 2026 from 35 million in 2019. To meet the increase in demand, FedEx made several investments in its facilities and retail convenience network and also expanded its FedEx Ground US residential delivery to seven days a week.
In September, the company expanded its Sunday residential delivery to around 95% of the US population and since then has made more than 50 million deliveries. Within its retail network, FedEx saw a 60% increase in average daily volume from October 15 to November 30.
FedEx is one of the two primary carriers of the COVID-19 vaccine in the US and the company will play an important role in the global distribution of the vaccine in the coming months.
As of October, the global air cargo market capacity was down 23% year-over-year due to a reduction in passenger flights. Air cargo demand is expected to return to pre-pandemic levels faster than passenger capacity and this is expected to create an opportunity for the company.
Looking ahead, based on current trends, FedEx expects increased demand to drive revenue and operating income growth at FedEx Ground and FedEx Express for the remainder of FY2021. FedEx Freight is expected to benefit from higher productivity and yield management. Capital expenditures are expected to total around $5.1 billion in FY2021. The company expects to invest further in its FedEx Ground network to meet the rise in ecommerce demand and therefore expects Capex to increase further in FY2022.
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