Atlanta’s UPS shares sour as investors fret over post-pandemic growth plan



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Atlanta’s UPS shares sour as investors fret over post-pandemic growth plan

On Wednesday, shares’ prices of United Parcel Service Inc., the Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered American multinational courier services provider known for delivering almost a whole shebang ranging from Amazon packages to pandemic vaccines, plunged as much as 6 per cent in morning US trading hours after the company had forecasted a disappointing post-pandemic profit-margin in the United States.

In point of fact, UPS shares’ prices had nearly doubled since the onset of pandemic, mostly buoyed up by a rapid upsurge in demands of shipments amid a pandemic associated restriction, nonetheless, as more US consumers began to step outside for in-store shopping following an acceleration in vaccination drive, UPS’ post-pandemic profit forecast fell well short of Wall Street estimates, eventually leading to a mass-scale sell-off.

On top of that, a raft of rancorous issues such as a sweeping moderation in demands alongside an uptick in competition from larger retailers likes of Amazon.com Inc, added to further holocaust on UPS shares’ prices, however, after paring some of its earlier losses in afternoon trading, UPS had rounded off the day 4.15 per cent lower to $201.05 apiece, the lowest level since late-April.

UPS shares plunge as operating margins fall short of analysts’ expectation

In tandem, speaking in the company’s analyst and investor day webcast, UPS executives were quoted saying that the Atlanta-based multinational parcel company’s operating profit margins would likely to remain between 10.5 per cent to 12 per cent in 2023 on an adjusted basis, while UPS was expecting its overall margins to hover between 12.7 per cent and 13.7 per cent for the same period, well below an analysts’ estimate.

Meanwhile, adding that the company was looking to introduce a same-day delivery service as its most profitable deliveries during pandemic-led restrictions likes of Pfizer vaccine that requires an ultra-low temperature alongside shipments of household consumer goods, began to wane amid a robust reopening of US economy, UPS had forecasted a revenue between $98 billion and $102 billion for 2023, below an analysts’ estimate of $100.19 billion, Refinitiv data had revealed.

Nonetheless, UPS had recorded a $84.6 billion in full-year revenues last year.