UPS Meets Q3 Profit Estimates, Shares Rise

by Christopher Freeburn | October 23, 2012 1:51 pm

UPS Meets Q3 Profit Estimates, Shares Rise

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS[1]) announced on Tuesday that it earned $469 million during the third quarter[2], down 56% from the same period last year. Adjusted EPS came in at $1.06, which met analysts’ forecasts, the Associated Press noted.

The shipping and logistics company recorded quarterly revenue of $13.07 billion, a fractional decline from 2011, but less than the $13.32 billion that Wall Street was expecting.

Investors liked the results. Shares of UPS rose more than 2% in Tuesday afternoon trading.

Company officials refined their profit guidance for the year, estimating 2012 earnings of between $4.55 and $4.65 a share. That’s a narrower range compared to previously issued forecasts of between $4.50 and $4.70 a share.

During the third quarter, the company’s U.S. package business saw its operating income decline as higher fuel costs eclipsed increased volume and shipping prices. International shipping delivered its largest third-quarter profit on shipments from Asia.

UPS noted that about 40% of third-quarter shipping volume was packages sent from retailers to consumers. That was projected to exceed 50% during the current quarter’s holiday shopping season.

Endnotes:
  1. UPS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=UPS
  2. during the third quarter: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ups-3rd-qtr-falls-on-charge-narrows-forecast-for-the-year/2012/10/23/77544c7c-1d0b-11e2-8817-41b9a7aaabc7_story.html

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