FedEx Stock (NYSE:FDX) is increasing in value on Thursday afternoon following the company’s announcement of fiscal first-quarter earnings that were better than expected. This comes after the company reported preliminary numbers last week that was less than satisfactory.
According to Benzinga Pro, FedEx reported first-quarter revenue of $23.2 billion, which was below the average projection of $24.01 billion made by analysts. The company reported quarterly adjusted profits of $3.44 per share, which is higher than the consensus estimate of $3.35 per share from industry analysts.
FedEx reported that its quarterly earnings were negatively affected by a slowdown in volume all over the world, which got even worse in the latter weeks of the quarter as a result of the worsening economic situation.
FedEx President and CEO Raj Subramaniam stated that the company is working quickly and agilely to manage a challenging operating environment by pulling cost, commercial, and capacity levers to react to the effects of lower demand. “We’re working quickly and agilely to manage a challenging operating environment,” he said.
Market Analysis of FedEx Stock
FedEx projects that its sales for the fiscal second quarter would fall somewhere between $23.5 billion and $24 billion, which is higher than the expectation of $24.05 billion. The company anticipates adjusted profits per share of $2.75 or higher for the second quarter of the fiscal year.
As a result of a weaker-than-anticipated economic climate, FedEx is concentrating its efforts on reducing costs as quickly as possible in order to bring fiscal 2023 spending in line with demand. The company anticipates a reduction in overall expenses of between $2.2 billion and $2.7 billion for the upcoming fiscal year 2023.
FedEx estimates that it was able to save approximately $300 million during the first quarter. The company’s objective for the second quarter is to realize cost reductions of around $700 million.
FedEx has also stated that it aims to repurchase common FedEx stock (NYSE:FDX) in the amount of $1.5 billion during the fiscal year 2023. The company is planning to repurchase one billion dollars worth of ordinary FedEx stock (NYSE:FDX) during the second quarter.
The price of FedEx stock (NYSE:FDX) has reached a high of $266.79 over the past 52 weeks and a low of $153.25.
On Thursday afternoon, FedEx shares (NYSE:FDX) were trading at $156.63, which represented a gain of 2.17%.
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