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UPS 2Q18 Revenue Up 9.6% On Strong Growth and Pricing

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  • Reports 2Q18 EPS of $1.71, up 8.2%; Adjusted 2Q18 EPS of $1.94, up 23%
  • International Operating Profit up 8.4%; Adj. Operating Profit Climbed 15%
  • Average Daily Exports Increased 9.5%, Led by Europe
  • Supply Chain & Freight Operating Profit up 1.9%; Adjusted Operating Profit Rose 17% 
  • U.S. Domestic Revenue Increased 6.3% on Higher Base Pricing
  • YTD Cash from Operations was $7.2B and Free Cash Flow Surged to $4.4B 
  • Reaffirms 2018 Adjusted EPS and Raises Free Cash Flow Guidance to $5B
Dubai, UAE, July 30, 2018:   UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced second-quarter diluted earnings per share growth of 8.2%, to $1.71, and adjusted diluted earnings per share growth of 23%, to $1.94. 
 
Second-quarter 2018 adjusted results exclude a pre-tax charge of $263 million, or $0.23 per share after-tax, due to transformation costs primarily related to the Voluntary Retirement Plan (VRP).    
 
Consolidated Results 2Q 2018  Adjusted
2Q 2018
2Q 2017
Revenue  $17,456 M    $15,927 M
Net Income  $1,485 M  $1,685 M  $1,384 M
Diluted earnings per share  $1.71  $1.94  $1.58
EPS Growth  8.2%  23%  
“UPS is making great progress on our transformation initiatives to enhance profitable growth and improve operating leverage,” said David Abney, UPS Chairman and CEO.  “We are confident that our strategies will position the company to provide improved value for customers and shareowners.”  
 
For the total company in 2Q 2018:
  • Consolidated revenue increased 9.6% to $17.5 billion, on growth across all segments.
  • Average yield increased 4.6%, led by International and U.S. Deferred Air products. 
  • Net income increased 7.3% and adjusted net income was 22% higher than 2Q17.
  • Year-to-date cash from operations was $7.2 billion.  
  • Free Cash Flow surged to $4.4 billion in the first half of the year, driven primarily by transformation initiatives that improved working capital.  
  • Year-to-date dividends per share increased by 10% to $1.6 billion and share repurchases were $511 million.  
  • The company has made capital expenditures of $2.8 billion in the first half of 2018.
* Information on non-GAAP financial measures is attached to this press release.
 
U.S. Domestic Segment
The U.S. Domestic segment experienced strong revenue growth of 6.3%, driven by ecommerce demand and increased revenue per piece over the prior year.  Operating profit was primarily reduced by planned increases in pension expense and cost for ongoing network projects.
 
  2Q 2018  Adjusted 2Q 2018 2Q 2017
Revenue  $10,354 M    $9,741 M
Operating profit  $939 M $1,135 M  $1,255 M
For the U.S. Domestic segment in 2Q 2018:
  • Revenue improved across all products, demonstrating robust market demand for UPS solutions.    
  • Revenue per piece increased 3.6% as higher base-rates and fuel surcharges offset headwinds from customer and product mix.
  • Adjusted operating profit excludes transformation charges of $196 million, which lowered reported operating margin by 190 basis points.
International Segment
 
The International segment delivered its 14th consecutive quarter of currency neutral double-digit operating profit growth.   The segment enjoyed its highest 2nd quarter operating profit ever, led by the Europe region.
 
  2Q 2018
 Adjusted 2Q 2018
2Q 2017
Revenue $3,602 M     $3,171 M
Operating profit  $618 M  $654 M  $570 M
For the International segment in 2Q 2018:
  • International revenue increased 14%, driven by double-digit growth in Export and Domestic. 
  • Daily Export shipments increased 9.5%, led by strong growth in Europe and the U.S. 
  • Operating profit was $618 million and adjusted operating profit rose 15% to $654 million.
  • Adjusted operating profit excludes transformation charges of $36 million.
Supply Chain and Freight Segment
 
“The Supply Chain and Freight segment delivered another quarter of double-digit growth in revenue and adjusted operating profit,” continued Abney.  “Our targeted growth strategies and improved efficiencies produced the segment’s best profit growth in its history.” 
 
  2Q 2018
 Adjusted
2Q 2018
2Q 2017
Revenue  $3,500 M    $3,015 M
Operating profit  $216 M  $247 M  $212 M
For the Supply Chain and Freight segment in 2Q 2018:
  • Revenue increased 16% to $3.5 billion, the business units are focused on leveraging UPS solutions to better serve middle-market customers.  
  • The Forwarding business led all units with 23% revenue growth, as revenue management initiatives drove top-line improvement.
  • UPS Freight revenue increased 13% on higher pricing and tonnage gains.
  • Operating profit was $216 million and adjusted operating profit was up 17% to $247 million. 
  • Adjusted operating profit excludes transformation charges of $31 million.
Outlook
 
The company provides guidance on an adjusted (non-GAAP) basis because it is not possible to predict or provide a reconciliation reflecting the impact of future pension mark-to-market adjustments or other unanticipated events, which would be included in reported (GAAP) results and could be material.
 
“UPS is focused on executing our strategic imperatives for improved efficiency and high-quality growth,” said Richard Peretz, UPS’s chief financial officer.  “We remain confident in our ability to achieve our full-year adjusted earnings per share target.”  
  • UPS expects 2018 adjusted diluted earnings per share in a range of $7.03 to $7.37. 
  • The company raises 2018 free cash flow target to $5.0 billion. 
  • The effective tax rate should be in a range of 23% to 24% for the remainder of the year.
  • Capital expenditures in 2018 are planned between $6.5 billion and $7.0 billion. 

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