Expeditors International of Washington Inc. (EXPD - Free Report) reported mixed results in the second quarter of 2017 with earnings per share meeting the Zacks Consensus Estimate while revenues surpassed the same.
This transportation company posted earnings (on an adjusted basis) of 60 cents per share, which were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, the bottom line declined 4.76% on a year-over-year basis due to higher costs.
This lackluster bottom-line performance of the Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) stock disappointed investors. Consequently, it lost value in early trading. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Revenues of $1,672 million topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,633 million. In fact, the top line improved 13% from the year-ago figure and increased at all three primary divisions of the company. Volumes with respect to airfreight tonnage and ocean container increased 9% and 4%, respectively, in the reported quarter.
Gross profit (net revenue) increased 2% year over year in the reported quarter to $563.6 million. But gross margin (yield) declined to 33.7%. Based in Seattle, WA, this company exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.11 billion compared with $974.4 million at the end of 2016. Additionally, it repurchased 1.9 million shares at an average price of $49.47 per share.
Airfreight Services revenues improved 15.4% year over year to $671.9 million in the second quarter. Ocean Freight and Ocean Services revenues increased 13.7% year over year to $528.6 million. Customs Brokerage and Other Services revenues increased 10.1 % year over year to approximately $471.8 million.
Investors interested in the broader Transportation space keenly await the second-quarter earnings reports of GOL Linhas (GOL - Free Report) , Copa Holdings (CPA - Free Report) and LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (LTM - Free Report) . While Copa and GOL are scheduled to release their second-quarter results on Aug 9, LATAM Airlines will unveil its results on Aug 17.
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