FedEx closes stores, offices, delays appointments
FedEx says a downturn in its global parcel delivery business has triggered a belt-tightening move.
The company said Thursday that it will close storefronts and corporate offices while postponing new hires.
The news sent FedEx shares down 16% in extended trading.
The company also said it will likely miss Wall Street’s profit target for the first quarter of the fiscal year, and expects business conditions to weaken further in the current quarter.
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“Global volumes declined as macroeconomic trends deteriorated significantly later in the quarter, both internationally and in the United States,” FedEx CEO Raj Subramaniam said in a statement. “We are quickly dealing with these headwinds, but given how quickly conditions have changed, first-quarter results are below our expectations.”
Challenges in Europe and Asia have resulted in a revenue shortfall of nearly $500 million.
Meanwhile, FedEx Ground revenue came in about $300 million less than the company’s expectations.
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The company will cut costs by closing more than 90 FedEx office locations and five corporate offices, postponing new hires and operating fewer flights.
The company has canceled its current fiscal year earnings forecast that it had released less than three months ago.
FedEx now expects adjusted earnings per share of $3.44 and $23.2 billion in revenue. That’s less than analysts’ expectations of $5.14 for adjusted earnings per share and revenue of $23.6 billion, according to FactSet.
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Subramaniam indicated that he remains confident that FedEx will achieve its financial goals for fiscal year 2025.
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For the current quarter, which ends in November, FedEx expects revenue to be between $23.5 billion and $24 billion, and adjusted earnings per share of at least $2.75.
Wall Street analysts expected adjusted earnings per share of $5.48 and $24.86 billion in revenue, according to FactSet.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.