- Deutsche Bank is modeling earnings of $1.65 per share. The firm said that there could be upside following numbers, but third-quarter estimates might be a little high. For FedEx's Ground margins, Deutsche sees expansion in the form of SmartPost growth and a solid pricing environment.
Deutsche commented, "SmartPost now moves roughly 28% of total Ground packages, up from 0% in FY2006 and roughly 15-19% of volumes in FY2007-09. We believe SmartPost reduces package delivery costs considerably on B2C moves because the U.S. Postal Service provides final mile delivery."
Deutsche finally thinks that FedEx express will benefit from improved aircraft capacity utilization.
- JPMorgan is expecting earnings of $1.56 per share. The firm said, "following a step down in volumes in July / August, we believe that international volumes were stable in 2QF12 which should have allowed FDX to translate cost reductions into stronger Express margin performance."
For International, JPMorgan says air freight data continues to be weak in September and October, with "Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminal Limited (HACTL) showing weakness in line with the prior trend (~10- 12% y/y declines) and total IATA modestly weaker in October compared to trend."
Looking ahead, JPMorgan is modeling third-quarter EPS of $1.14, versus the $1.32 consensus. The firm said Street views might be too high, and it's taking a more conservative approach to economic growth. JPMorgan also issued an interesting factoid: "From F2002-F2011, FDX's average sequential EPS decline in F3Q was 31%, which implies 3QF12 of $1.08/share."
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