UPS Releases 4Q Results

Jan 30, 2014, 10:18 ET from UPS Canada Ltd.

  • Global Deliveries in December Climb 20 per cent
  • Higher U.S. Costs Driven by Surge in Shipments and Inclement Weather
  • E-commerce Pushes Quarterly Volume up 6.0 per cent Worldwide
  • International Export Volume Up 9.5 per cent per Day on Strong Europe Growth
  • 2013: $6.1 Billion in Shareowner Distributions; $5.3 Billion in Free Cash Flow
  • $500 Million of Increased Investments in Capacity Expansion
  • Announces Full-Year 2014 EPS Guidance of $5.05 to $5.30

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - UPS (NYSE: UPS) today released details regarding fourth quarter 2013 results.  Diluted earnings per share totaled $1.25, a $0.07 decline from 2012 fourth quarter adjusted results. Average daily package volume increased 6.0 per cent, as total deliveries in December surged 20 per cent.  Significantly higher than predicted volume and inclement weather contributed to excess operating costs in the U.S., negatively affecting results.

During the fourth quarter 2012, UPS reported a diluted earnings per share loss of $1.83, due to an after-tax, non-cash charge of $3.0 billion to account for a mark-to-market pension adjustment.

"As the retail market shifts to a direct-to-consumer model, more and more companies are leveraging UPS solutions," said Scott Davis, UPS chairman and CEO.  "As a result, we experienced an unprecedented increase in volume, exceeding even our most optimistic plans."

"The increased volume put a strain on our network, causing delays.  In response, UPS deployed additional people and equipment, placing a greater emphasis on service than cost," Davis explained.  "UPS will make the necessary investments and operational improvements to ensure we meet the needs of the marketplace."

The company expects full-year diluted earnings per share to be within a range of $5.05 to $5.30, an increase of 11 per cent-to-16 per cent over 2013 adjusted results.

UPS delivered 20 million packages per day during the fourth quarter.  Total shipments in 2013 increased to 4.3 billion, a 3.9 per cent improvement over 2012.

During the holiday period, global daily deliveries exceeded expectations by surpassing 29 million packages on five days, with peak volume exceeding 31 million on December 23.  Also during this period, UPS experienced 10 days with delivery volume that exceeded the company's previous high.

Cash Flow

For the year ended Dec. 31, UPS generated $5.3 billion in free cash flow, producing a net income-to-cash conversion ratio of more than 120 per cent.  The company paid dividends of $2.3 billion, an increase of nearly 9 per cent per share over the prior year, and repurchased more than 43 million shares for approximately $3.8 billion.

U.S. Domestic Package                

U.S. Domestic fourth quarter revenue improved 4.2 per cent to $9.3 billion.  Daily package volume increased 5.6 per cent with Deferred and Ground leading the way, up 8.0 per cent and 5.8 per cent respectively.

Total revenue per package declined 1.3 per cent, as lower fuel surcharges, changes in product and customer mix, as well as higher service refunds, contributed to the drop. Shippers continue to utilize the UPS portfolio, choosing lower cost over faster delivery, as evidenced by more than 30 per cent growth in UPS SurePost.

Operating profit totaled $1.2 billion as additional costs associated with a greater-than expected surge in volume and weather led to a $178 million decline from the prior year adjusted results.  Increased compensation and benefit costs reflected the deployment of additional resources in an attempt to meet service commitments.

During the quarter, UPS exceeded seasonal hiring targets by more than 30,000, deploying a total of 85,000 temporary employees.  In addition, the company experienced significantly higher purchased transportation expenses.

On a reported basis, the operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $1.8 billion as a result of the mark-to-market pension charge.

International Package              

International revenue increased 5.3 per cent to $3.4 billion on 8.8 per cent growth in daily package volume.  UPS Export products rose 9.5 per cent per day, driven primarily by 13 per cent growth in Europe and significant growth in the Asia-to Europe trade lane.  Non-U.S. domestic products were up 8.2 per cent with strong growth in Poland, Italy, and Canada. During December, the segment achieved a peak volume day above four million pieces and exceeded last year's high on 11days.

Export yield declined 3.4 per cent on a currency neutral basis, as a result of lower fuel surcharges and customer preference for non-premium products.  Double-digit gains in Pan-European shipments also lowered revenue per piece.

Operating profit improved 7.6 per cent to $537 million.  Operating margin expanded 30 basis points to 15.9 per cent, compared to last year's adjusted results.

On a reported basis, the operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $442 million as a result of the mark-to-market pension charge.

Supply Chain & Freight      

Revenue in the segment fell 5.8 per cent to $2.3 billion, due to declines in the Freight Forwarding unit.  Operating profit was flat compared to 2012 adjusted results, as improvements in Distribution offset declines in Forwarding and UPS Freight.

On a reported basis, the operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $541 million as a result of the mark-to-market pension charge.

The Forwarding unit experienced a revenue decline resulting from decreased tonnage and revenue per kilo, in International Air Freight.  The Ocean Freight business reported growth in shipments and operating margin expansion.

Distribution revenue increased over the prior year period.  The retail and healthcare sectors contributed to the improved results.  Global footprint expanded during the year to 284 facilities, with more than 22 million square feet of space.

UPS Freight LTL revenue increased 2.3 per cent over the prior year driven by LTL Tonnage and pricing improvements.


The company announced plans to repurchase $2.7 billion of UPS shares during 2014.  Capital expenditures are anticipated to be approximately $2.5 billion.  This includes accelerated deployments in operational technologies and over $500 million of increased investments in capacity expansion and hub modernization.

"While the year ended on a challenging note, we are confident in our ability to adapt and we expect much better results in 2014," said Kurt Kuehn, UPS chief financial officer.  "UPS expects balanced profitability growth across all segments in a slightly better economic environment, resulting in full-year guidance of diluted earnings per share of $5.05 to $5.30, an 11 per cent-to-16 per cent increase over our 2013 adjusted results."

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.  Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.  The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at  To get UPS news direct, visit

EDITOR'S NOTE: UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis and CFO Kurt Kuehn will lead a discussion on fourth quarter results with investors and analysts during a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today.  That call is open to listeners through a live Webcast.  To access the call, go to and click on "Earnings Webcast."

UPS routinely posts investor announcements on its web site -- and encourages those interested in the company to check there frequently.

We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") with certain non-GAAP financial measures, including, as applicable, "as adjusted" operating profit, operating margin, pre-tax income, net income and earnings per share. The equivalent measures determined in accordance with GAAP are also referred to as "reported" or "unadjusted." We believe that these adjusted measures provide meaningful information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance. We believe these adjusted financial measures are important indicators of our recurring operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, our core operating results, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. Furthermore, we use these adjusted financial measures to determine awards for our management personnel under our incentive compensation plans. We supplemented the presentation of our fourth quarter and year-to-date 2013 and 2012 operating profit, operating margin, pre-tax income, net income and earnings per share with similar measures that excluded the impact of certain transactions. In the first quarter of 2013, we recorded transactions related to our attempted acquisition of TNT Express N.V. These items included the impact of (1) a pre-tax charge for the TNT termination fee and transaction-related costs of $284 million ($177 million after-tax), and (2) a pre-tax currency gain realized upon the liquidation of a foreign subsidiary of $245 million ($213 million after-tax). During 2012, these items included the impact of mark-to-market adjustments for pension expense recognized outside of a 10 per cent corridor of $4.831 billion ($3.023 billion after-tax) and the establishment of a withdrawal liability related to the New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund of $896 million ($559 million after-tax).  We believe these adjusted measures better enable shareowners to focus on period-over-period operating performance. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These adjusted financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP operating profit, operating margin, net income and earnings per share, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the preceding reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of our business. We strongly encourage investors to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. Except for historical information contained herein, the statements made in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of UPS and its management regarding the company's strategic directions, prospects and future results, involve certain risks and uncertainties. Certain factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including economic and other conditions in the markets in which we operate, governmental regulations, our competitive environment, negotiation and ratification of labour contracts, strikes, work stoppages and slowdowns, changes in aviation and motor fuel prices, cyclical and seasonal fluctuations in our operating results, and other risks discussed in the company's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which discussions are incorporated herein by reference.

SOURCE UPS Canada Ltd.