UPS posts strong Q2 2020 results

UPS has announced second-quarter 2020 consolidated revenue increased to $20.5 billion, a 13.4% increase from the second quarter of 2019. 

Net income was $1.8 billion for the quarter; adjusted net income was $1.9 billion, 8.8% above the same period in 2019.  Operating profit was $2.2 billion, and adjusted operating profit was $2.3 billion, up 7.4% compared to last year’s second quarter.  


Diluted earnings per share was $2.03 and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $2.13, up 8.7% from the same period last year.  GAAP results included a pre-tax transformation charge of $112 million, equivalent to $0.10 per share.  In the prior year period, GAAP results included a pre-tax charge for transformation costs of $21 million, equivalent to $0.02 per share. 


“Our results were better than we expected, driven in part by the changes in demand that emerged from the pandemic, including a surge in residential volume, COVID-19 related healthcare shipments and strong outbound demand from Asia,” said Carol Tomé, UPS chief executive officer.  “UPSers are keeping the world moving during this time of need and I want to thank our team for their hard work and outstanding efforts to serve our customers, our communities and each other.”


U.S. Domestic Segment

  • Average daily volume increased 22.8%, reaching 21.1 million packages per day.
  • Demand for residential delivery surged in the quarter, driving B2C shipment growth up 65.2%.
  • Operating margin was 9.0%; adjusted operating margin was 9.3%.


International Segment

  • Average daily volume grew 9.8%, driven by strong outbound demand from Asia and an increase in cross-border e-commerce in Europe.
  • Operating margin was 20.8%; adjusted operating margin was 22.7%.


Supply Chain and Freight Segment

  • Revenue increased 8.5%, driven by elevated air freight forwarding demand out of Asia, offset in part by weaker demand early in the quarter in the LTL and truckload brokerage units.
  • Operating margin was 7.0%; adjusted operating margin was 7.3%.


Outlook


“Using the scale and flexibility of our global integrated network, we successfully managed operational challenges throughout the quarter.  Moving forward we are focusing on efficiency and revenue quality to improve U.S. operating margins longer term,” said Brian Newman, UPS chief financial officer.  “Our liquidity and cash position remain strong, allowing us to invest in enabling capabilities through this time of unprecedented business disruption.”

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