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E-Commerce Drives UPS 2Q Shipments Up 7.2 Percent, UPS 2Q EPS Increases 7.1 Percent
Press Release

 
Atlanta, July 29, 2014

  • U.S. Domestic Daily Packages Increased 7.4%I
  • International Export Shipments Climb 9.1% per Day
  • Supply Chain and Freight Segment Operating Profit Grows 11%
  • Full-Year Adjusted EPS Guidance Lowered to a Range of $4.90 to $5.00
  • Increases 2014 Expenditures for Capacity and Peak Projects to $175M
  • Recognizes Charge to Move Teamsters to Defined Contribution Healthcare Plans

UPS (NYSE: UPS) today announced adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.21 for the second quarter of 2014, a 7.1% improvement over the prior year period. E-commerce shipping in the U.S. and strong International Export growth contributed to a 7.2% increase in global package shipments.

As previously announced, the company completed the transfer of post-retirement liabilities for certain Teamster employees to defined contribution healthcare plans and recorded an after-tax charge of $665 million. On a reported basis, including this charge, second quarter diluted earnings per share decreased 57% to $0.49.

"The strong revenue growth this quarter is evidence that our portfolio resonates with customers, with more choosing UPS as their logistics provider," said Scott Davis, UPS chairman and CEO. "As we've said, 2014 is the year of investing for the customer. We are providing new capabilities and expanding capacity to ensure UPS meets the rapidly growing needs of the marketplace."

Cash Flow
For the six months ended June 30, UPS generated $1.0 billion in free cash flow. The company paid dividends of $1.2 billion, up 8.1% per share over the prior year, and repurchased 13.7 million shares for approximately $1.4 billion. Cash flow was reduced by the $2.3 billion payment made to transfer post-retirement healthcare liabilities for certain employees.

U.S. Domestic Package
U.S. Domestic revenue increased 5.2% to $8.7 billion. Daily package volume improved 7.4%, led by gains in UPS Ground and Deferred up 8.1% and 5.4%, respectively.  Adjusted operating profit was $1.2 billion, up 3.0% over the prior year second quarter. Second quarter results reflect additional operating costs associated with rail service performance and investments made to enhance operational capabilities and expand network capacity.

On a reported basis, operating profit declined 82% to $209 million as a result of the post-retirement liability transfer previously mentioned.

Ground product growth was driven primarily by lightweight e-commerce shipments. UPS SurePost shipments increased more than 60% over the prior year period and accounted for about half of the total growth.

Total revenue per package declined 2.0% as base rates improvements were offset by customer and product mix. The rapid growth in UPS SurePost was the primary cause of the reduction, while growth from large enterprise accounts also weighed on yields.

International Package
International small package revenue climbed 6.2% or $190 million to $3.3 billion. Strong growth in Export shipments drove revenue expansion in the segment. Adjusted operating profit improved 4.4% to $471 million.

On a reported basis, operating profit declined $7 million to $444 million as a result of the post-retirement liability transfer previously mentioned.

Export shipments increased 9.1% over the prior year, with growth from all regions of the world. Europe led the way with daily shipment gains of more than 13% while Asia was up more than 6%. Non-U.S. Domestic products were 4.8% higher, driven by growth throughout Europe.

Revenue per package on a currency-neutral basis was down 1.7% from the prior year, driven by a 4% decline in Export yield. Non-premium products continued to outpace premium as customers seek low-cost alternatives. Double-digit gains in Pan-European shipments also lowered revenue per package.

Rapid shipment growth in Europe caused UPS to purchase additional short-term capacity at a premium from local service partners. As a result, the company experienced increased delivery and network expenses during the quarter.

Supply Chain & Freight
Supply Chain and Freight revenue increased 6.5% to $2.3 billion, resulting primarily from growth in the Forwarding and Distribution business units. Adjusted operating profit was 11% higher at $176 million, and operating margin expanded 30 basis points to 7.5%.

On a reported basis, operating profit dropped $65 million, down 41% as a result of the post-retirement liability transfer previously mentioned.

UPS Forwarding produced double-digit operating profit growth. Strong improvements at North American Air Freight, Brokerage and Ocean Freight were offset somewhat by a drop in International Air Freight. Market pricing on the key Asia to U.S. lane continues to put pressure on rates.

The Distribution business unit experienced high single-digit revenue growth as a result of gains from Retail and Healthcare customers. UPS continues to invest in expanding its global distribution footprint.

UPS Freight revenue was 5.5% higher, driven by a 4.1% increase in LTL revenue per hundredweight and tonnage gains of 1.6%. Operating profit and margin improved from the prior year, as the business unit continued to focus on profitable revenue opportunities.

Outlook
The company announced plans to increase 2014 operating expense for capacity and peak related projects to a total of $175 million. Some of these expenditures include: expanded operations on the day after Thanksgiving, accelerated deployment of route optimization software (ORION), IT development, additional hub sorts and temporary capacity. While all the projects will improve peak season performance, many will provide benefits throughout the year.

"We are encouraged by the strong demand for UPS solutions around the world," said Kurt Kuehn, UPS chief financial officer. "As a result of this accelerated growth and our preparation for peak season, we are making investments in new capabilities and network capacity to ensure we meet customer expectations.

"These initiatives will increase operating expense this year, but will provide financial benefits for years to come," Kuehn continued. "As a result, we have lowered our expectations for adjusted diluted earnings per share to be in a range of $4.90 to $5.00, a 7-to-9% increase over 2013 adjusted results."

Editor's Note:
UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis and CFO Kurt Kuehn will lead a discussion on second 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 www.investors.ups.com and click on "Earnings Webcast."

UPS routinely posts investor announcements on its web site - www.investors.ups.com - 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 second quarter and year-to-date 2014 and 2013 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 second quarter of 2014, we recorded a $1.066 billion pre-tax charge ($665 million after-tax) related to the transfer of postretirement benefit obligations to multiemployer healthcare plans for certain employees employed under the Teamsters National Master Agreement. The charge is allocated between the U.S. Domestic Package segment ($957 million), the International Package segment ($27 million) and the Supply Chain & Freight segment ($82 million). 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). We believe these adjusted measures provide additional information that better enables 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, which are 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 labor 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.

About UPS UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying 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 ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

 
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