Monday, November 17, 2014

UPS Earnings Call Review

It's been a difficult year for United Parcel Service  (NYSE: UPS  ) investors, as they have watched their stock underperform key rival FedEx (NYSE: FDX  ) and the S&P 500. However, the third-quarter results saw a return to form, and investors have cause to believe that the stock can go do well going forward. Here is a look at what management wants you to know about the business, and why UPS could be a stock to buy.

What you need to know about UPS in 2014

Essentially, UPS has had a difficult year for two main reasons. First, a combination of bad weather and unexpected spikes in demand during last year's holiday season hurt its profitability in its first quarter. Moreover, UPS had to reduce its 2014 earnings forecast in July due to increasing its investment plans in order to ensure it will meet peak demand spikes in future.



Second, the relatively stronger growth in its e-commerce business-to-consumer, or B2C, packages is pressuring margins downward. B2C packages tend to be lighter and lower-yielding deliveries. In addition, UPS and FedEx are having to deal with burgeoning e-commerce delivery growth by expanding capacity -- something else to pressure margins.



The following five points from UPS' earnings call address these two issues.


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