UPS completed all deliveries that were promised before Christmas, the Atlanta-based package delivery company told Bloomberg.
Competitor FedEx (FDX) reported delivery delays on Christmas due to weather and high levels of last-minute e-commerce orders.
"My take on it is UPS was much better prepared to handle it than FedEx was," David Huckeba, a partner at IntelligentAudit told Bloomberg. "I just don't think they were ready or able to handle the volumes they got."
Additionally, UPS expects to ship 5 million return packages during the first week of January, which is 500,000 more than last year, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:
We rate UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Air Freight & Logistics industry average. The net income increased by 3.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,214.00 million to $1,257.00 million.
- The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Air Freight & Logistics industry and the overall market, UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC has improved earnings per share by 5.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC reported lower earnings of $3.28 versus $4.62 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.29 versus $3.28).
- UPS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
- The gross profit margin for UNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC is rather low; currently it is at 17.76%. Regardless of UPS's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, UPS's net profit margin of 8.82% compares favorably to the industry average.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: UPS