Expeditors International of Washington’s ( EXPD Quick Quote EXPD - Free Report) first-quarter 2023 earnings of $1.45 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.36. However, the bottom line decreased 29.3% year over year. Total revenues of $2,592.6 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,149.5 million and decreased 44.4% year over year. Results were hurt by the lackluster demand scenario.
Airfreight tonnage and ocean container volumes decreased 6% and 26%, respectively. Operating income declined 40% to $276 million. Total operating expenses fell 44.9% to $2.32 billion.
Airfreight Services revenues decreased 43.4% year over year to $904.9 million in the first quarter of 2023. Ocean Freight and ocean services revenues fell 64.7% to $697.3 million. Customs Brokerage and other services revenues declined 9.9% year over year to $990.38 million.
Per Jeffrey S. Musser, EXPD’s president and chief executive officer, "Operating conditions during the first quarter of 2023 were very similar to what we experienced in the fourth quarter of 2022, when shippers swiftly adapted to increased consumer caution and slowing demand for their products, while also battling inflation and tighter financing. Our business continued to be impacted by comparatively soft demand, along with significantly reduced buy and sell rates relative to what we experienced during the pandemic.”
In first-quarter 2023, Expeditors rewarded its shareholders to the tune of $213 million through dividends and buybacks. In the reported quarter, EXPD repurchased 1,959 million shares at an average price of $108.98 per share. It exited the March-end quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $2.35 billion compared with $2.03 billion at the prior-quarter end.
Currently, Expeditors carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see
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JBHT’s total operating revenues of $3,229.58 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,434.4 million and fell 7.4% year over year. The downfall was due to declines in the volume of 25% in Integrated Capacity Solutions (ICS), 5% in Intermodal (JBI) and 17% in Final Mile Services (FMS), respectively. A decline of 17% in revenue per load in Truckload (JBT) added to the woes.
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