FedEx Corp dropped down the most it’s has in a decade as a darkening view of demand for many a shipping service and international courier outside the US led the company to cut its profit forecast and pare international air-freight capacity.
The international courier company cut down its outlook just three months after raising it, reflecting an abrupt change in the company’s outlook of the global economy. Adjusted earnings for the fiscal year of 2019 will top out at $16.60 per share, according to a FedEx statement released December 18.
FedEx veteran employee, Raj Subramaniam, who will take over the Express cargo airline, stated during a conference call with investors and analysts that FedEx has now gone past the peak of global economic growth.
The company’s negative view only aggravated concerns that the world’s economy is weakening thanks to rising trade tensions, particularly between the US and China, which the company pointed to as a problem for them. As demand fail to meet expectations, FedEx stated that it would be offering an employee buyout program, lower discretionary spending as well as reducing the overseas network capacity at Express.
CEO Fred Smith says that the changes came so fast, which made it hard for the company to react to them. Their international business, particularly in Europe, weakened significantly.
FedEx shares dropped by 12% to $162.51 at the close in New York, which is the biggest drop it’s seen since December 2008. That pushed 2018’s drop to 35%, compared to the drop experienced by rival company United Parcel Service Inc..
Smith points to tariff and trade concerns, on top of deterioration in Germany and Italy, on top of uncertainty over Brexit as the issues hobbling the company. He says that the company is dealing with issues brought about by bad political choices.
The weaker European economy will delay the benefits of FedEx’s acquisition of Dutch courier company TNT Express, and, as a result, FedEx stated that it’ll be unable to meet its goal of raising operating profit at the new Express unit by $1.2 billion and $1.5 billion in the fiscal year of 2020.