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Will Express Unit Weakness Mar FedEx's (FDX) Earnings in Q2?

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FedEx Corporation’s (FDX - Free Report) Express segment, which accounts for more than 50% of the company’s total revenues and around 48% of its operating income, is expected to report dismal second-quarter fiscal 2020 results (ended Nov 30, 2019). (Read: Will the FedEx Stock Disappoint Again in Q2 Earnings?)

FedEx Express employs approximately 227,000 employees. Further, the company has approximately 100,000 drop-off locations (including FedEx Office stores and FedEx OnSite locations), 670 aircraft and approximately 90,000 vehicles globally.

Highlights of FedEx Express’ Q1 Performance

Quarterly revenues at FedEx Express (including TNT Express) declined 3% year over year to $8.95 billion thanks to slowdown in global economy and certain other factors. Operating income came in at $285 million, down 27% year over year. Moreover, operating margin slipped to 3.2% from 4.2% in the year-ago quarter.

Notably, the unit witnessed a decrease of 1.9% in revenues from international priority packages. Results were hurt by the weakness in global trade and industrial production. Freight revenues at the segment declined 6.7% to $1,741 million. The sluggish freight scenario in the United States partly contributed to the gloomy picture.

Weakness in FedEx Express Likely to Persist in Q2

Express segment’s fiscal second-quarter results are likely to reflect the impact of the trade dispute between the two of the world’s largest economies – the United States and China. Notably, Express segment is FedEx's largest revenue-generating unit.

Additionally, FedEx’s decision not to renew a shipping contract between its Express division and e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) might have dented the segment’s performance in the fiscal second quarter.

Mirroring the above headwinds, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fiscal second-quarter revenues at the FedEx Express unit stands at $9,251 million. In the year-ago quarter, the segment recorded revenues of $9,604 million.

Overall Earnings & Revenue Projections

For FedEx, which competes with United Parcel Service (UPS - Free Report) in the package delivery space, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for second-quarter earnings is pegged at $2.84, indicating a decline of 29.5% from the year-ago quarter. For quarterly sales, the consensus mark of $17.57 billion suggests a decrease of 1.43% on a year-over-year basis.

Our Take

Factors like the ongoing trade uncertainty and sluggish industrial production are likely to hamper FedEx Express results in the quarter to be reported. This, in turn, is likely to weigh on this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) company’s top and bottom lines.

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Key Pick

Investors interested in the Zacks Transportation sector may consider Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT - Free Report) , which sports a Zacks Rank #1. Shares of Allegiant have gained more than 17% over the past six months.

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