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MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 21, 2016 …FedEx Corp. today reported a loss of $0.26 per diluted share for the fourth quarter ended May 31 compared to a loss of $3.16 per diluted share a year ago. With adjustments, FedEx’s fourth quarter earnings were $3.30 per diluted share compared to adjusted earnings of $2.66 per diluted share a year ago.
This year’s and last year’s quarterly consolidated earnings have been adjusted for:
“Fiscal 2016 was a successful year for FedEx in many ways,” said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Of particular note was our corporate operating margin improvement. Our May 25 acquisition of TNT Express capped a historic year of significant accomplishments that benefited shareowners, team members and customers, and strongly positions FedEx for long-term profitable growth.”
Fourth Quarter Results
FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the fourth quarter:
Operating results benefited from improved yield management, the continued positive impacts from profit improvement program initiatives at FedEx Express and strong volume growth at FedEx Ground. One additional operating day and the positive net impact of fuel also benefited results.
During the quarter, the company acquired 3.8 million shares of FedEx common stock at an average price of $156.21.
Full Year Results
FedEx Corp. reported the following consolidated results for the full year:
Operating results benefited from profit improvement program initiatives at FedEx Express, e-commerce growth and the positive net impact of fuel. Two additional operating days also benefited the company’s transportation segments. These factors were partially offset by lower-than-anticipated revenue at FedEx Freight. Network expansion costs and self-insurance expenses at FedEx Ground and higher incentive compensation accruals also negatively impacted overall results.
Capital spending for fiscal 2016 was $4.8 billion.
For the year, the company acquired 18.2 million shares of FedEx common stock at an average price of $149.35.
FedEx is unable to forecast the fiscal 2017 year-end mark-to-market pension accounting adjustments as well as TNT Express financial results, including the combined impact of integration expenses and financing costs. As a result, the company is unable to provide unadjusted earnings guidance. Adjusted earnings for fiscal 2017 are projected to be $11.75 to $12.25 per diluted share excluding TNT Express financial results net of integration expenses and financing costs, and the mark-to-market pension accounting adjustments. The outlook assumes continued moderate economic growth.
Capital spending for fiscal 2017 is expected to be approximately $5.1 billion, which includes ongoing expansion of the FedEx Ground network and planned aircraft deliveries to support the FedEx Express fleet modernization program. Investments in TNT Express are not included in this forecast.
“Our strong operating cash flow generation allowed us to invest in FedEx’s future this past year,” said Alan B. Graf, Jr., FedEx Corp. executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We executed on numerous capital projects and completed the acquisition of TNT Express, our largest ever. We were especially pleased with FedEx Express’s continued improvement in operating margin, which was 11.3% in the fourth quarter.”
FedEx Express Segment
For the fourth quarter, the FedEx Express segment reported:
Revenue increased slightly as improved yield management and the benefit of one additional operating day more than offset lower fuel surcharges and unfavorable currency exchange rates.
Operating results improved due to yield management efforts, the ongoing benefits from profit improvement program initiatives and one additional operating day. Fuel had a positive year-over-year net impact on the quarter, while currency exchange rate changes had little net impact. Prior year results include the impact of aircraft impairment and related charges.
FedEx Ground Segment
For the fourth quarter, the FedEx Ground segment reported:
Revenue increased due to a 10% increase in FedEx Ground volume and a 7% improvement in revenue per package driven by the recording of FedEx SmartPost revenues on a gross basis versus the previous net treatment. Revenue per package was also favorably impacted by increased rates, partially offset by lower fuel surcharges.
Operating income grew due to higher volumes and increased revenue per package as well as the benefit of one additional operating day. These factors were partially offset by higher operating costs and network expansion expenses. Operating margin decreased due to the change in FedEx SmartPost revenue reporting.
FedEx Freight Segment
For the fourth quarter, the FedEx Freight segment reported:
Revenue increased as less-than-truckload (LTL) average daily shipment growth of 8% and the benefit from an additional operating day more than offset the impact from lower fuel surcharges and weight per shipment.
Operating income was unchanged, as improved operating efficiencies, higher revenue, and an additional operating day were offset by increased salaries and employee benefits expense and the impact from lower weight per shipment.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $58 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
Additional information and operating data are contained in the company’s annual report, Form 10-K, Form 10-Qs, Form 8-Ks and fourth quarter fiscal 2016 Statistical Book. These materials, as well as a webcast of the earnings release conference call to be held at 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 21, are available on the company’s website at investors.fedex.com. A replay of the conference call webcast will be posted on our website following the call.
The Investor Relations page of our website, investors.fedex.com, contains a significant amount of information about FedEx, including our SEC filings and financial and other information for investors. The information that we post on our Investor Relations website could be deemed to be material information. We encourage investors, the media and others interested in the company to visit this website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.
Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to management’s views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic conditions in the global markets in which we operate, our ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage acquired businesses, our ability to execute on our profit improvement initiatives, legal challenges or changes related to FedEx Ground’s owner-operators, new U.S. domestic or international government regulation, the impact from any terrorist activities or international conflicts, changes in fuel prices and currency exchange rates, our ability to match capacity to shifting volume levels and other factors which can be found in FedEx Corp.’s and its subsidiaries’ press releases and FedEx Corp.’s filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake or assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES TO GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Fiscal 2016 and Fiscal 2015 Results
The company reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP” or referred to herein as “reported”). We have supplemented the reporting of our financial information determined in accordance with GAAP with certain non-GAAP financial measures, including, “adjusted” consolidated operating income and margin, net income and earnings per share, as well as “adjusted” FedEx Express segment operating income and margin for fourth quarter and full-year fiscal 2015.
We believe these non-GAAP (or “adjusted”) financial measures provide additional information to assist investors in understanding and assessing the company’s and our business segments’ ongoing performance and financial results (including progress on our profit improvement initiatives), as well as assessing our prospects for future performance. We believe these adjusted financial measures facilitate more meaningful analysis and more accurate comparisons of our ongoing business operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, the company’s and our business segments’ core operating performance, and are better measures for assessing trends in our underlying businesses. These adjustments are consistent with how management views our businesses. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating and planning decisions and evaluating the company’s and each business segment’s ongoing performance. In addition, our Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of its Compensation Committee, has approved the exclusion of these items for purposes of our incentive compensation plans.
For the reasons set forth above, we have supplemented the presentation of our reported fourth quarter and full-year fiscal 2016 and 2015 consolidated operating income and margin, net income and earnings per share, and reported fourth quarter and full-year fiscal 2015 FedEx Express segment operating income and margin, with similar measures that exclude the impact of certain transactions (as applicable):
The year-end mark-to-market (“MTM”) accounting adjustments (non-cash) for our defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans;
The adjustment in “Corporate, eliminations and other” resulting from the change in recognizing expected return on plan assets for our defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans at the segment level associated with the adoption of MTM accounting in fiscal 2015;
Expenses in connection with the settlement of (and certain expected losses relating to) independent contractor litigation matters involving FedEx Ground, net of recognized insurance recovery;
Expenses in connection with the settlement of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection matter involving FedEx Trade Networks, net of recognized insurance recovery;
Expenses associated with the acquisition, financing and integration of TNT Express N.V. (“TNT Express”) and its operating results from the date of acquisition, net of any tax impact, including the income tax impact of an internal corporate restructuring to facilitate the integration of FedEx Express and TNT Express that is presented as a separate item herein; and
Aircraft impairment and related charges incurred in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.
As required by Securities and Exchange Commission rules, the tables below present a reconciliation of our presented non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The non-GAAP measures supplement and should be read together with, and are not an alternative or substitute for, our reported financial results. 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.
Fiscal 2017 Earnings Guidance
Our fiscal 2017 earnings guidance, as well as any forecast of the underlying effective tax rate, is a non-GAAP financial measure because it excludes the fiscal 2017 year-end MTM pension accounting adjustments and fiscal 2017 TNT Express financial results, including the combined impact of integration expenses and financing costs. We are unable to predict the amount of the year-end MTM pension accounting adjustments, as they are significantly impacted by changes in interest rates and the financial markets, so such adjustments are not included in our earnings guidance. It is reasonably possible, however, that our fourth quarter fiscal 2017 MTM pension accounting adjustments could have a material impact on our fiscal 2017 consolidated financial results and effective tax rate.
We acquired TNT Express on May 25, 2016, and we are in the very beginning of the process of integrating TNT Express with our FedEx Express operations, which will occur over several years. With our acquisition of TNT Express, we now have full access to TNT Express’s business operations and plans. Fiscal 2017 will be a year of transition as we obtain a full understanding of TNT Express’s businesses, develop a business plan and validate and refine our integration plan for TNT Express using our well-established methodologies and processes. Moreover, we are uncertain how integration activities will impact TNT Express’s base business, including how integration activities will impact TNT Express’s previously announced transformation and turnaround strategy, Outlook. In addition, given the timing and complexity of the TNT Express acquisition, the presentation of TNT Express in our financial statements, including the allocation of the purchase price, is preliminary and will likely change in future periods, perhaps significantly. We plan to complete our purchase price allocation no later than the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. As a result, we are unable at this time to forecast TNT Express’s fiscal 2017 financial results, including the combined impact of integration expenses and financing costs. Therefore, these results are not included in our earnings guidance. It is reasonably possible, however, that fiscal 2017 TNT Express financial results, including the combined impact of integration expenses and financing costs, could have a material impact on our fiscal 2017 consolidated financial results and effective tax rate.
For these reasons, a reconciliation of our fiscal 2017 earnings guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is impracticable.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2016
Full Year Fiscal 2016
Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2015
Full Year Fiscal 2015
1 – Does not sum to total due to rounding.
2 – Income taxes are based on the company’s approximate statutory tax rates applicable to each transaction. The taxes associated with TNT Express expenses also include the impact from non-deductible expenses incurred as part of the acquisition.
3 – Effect of “Total other (expense) income” on net income amount not shown.
4 – MTM pension accounting adjustments reflect the year-end noncash adjustment to the valuation of the company’s defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans.
5 – TNT Express’s operating results are immaterial from the time of acquisition (May 25, 2016).
6 – Net of recognized insurance recovery.
7 – Represents the adjustment in “Corporate, eliminations and other” resulting from the change in recognizing expected return on plan assets for our defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans at the segment level associated with the adoption of MTM accounting.
8 – The most directly comparable GAAP measure is segment operating income.
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