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UPS’ second-quarter 2020 consolidated revenue increased to $20.5 billion, a 13.4% increase from the second quarter of 2019, according to the financial report the company published at the end of July. Its average daily volume increased by 22.8%, reaching 21.1 million packages per day in the US.

UPS’ net income was $1.8 billion for the quarter; adjusted net income was $1.9 billion, 8.8% above the same period in 2019.  Operating profit was $2.2 billion, and adjusted operating profit was $2.3 billion, up 7.4% compared to last year’s second quarter.  

Our results were better than we expected, driven in part by the changes in demand that emerged from the pandemic, including a surge in residential volume, COVID-19 related healthcare shipments and strong outbound demand from Asia,” said Carol Tomé, UPS chief executive officer.  “UPSers are keeping the world moving during this time of need and I want to thank our team for their hard work and outstanding efforts to serve our customers, our communities and each other.”

U.S. Domestic Segment

 

 

2Q 2020

Adjusted

2Q 2020

 

2Q 2019

Adjusted

2Q 2019

Revenue $13,074 M   $11,150 M  
Operating profit $1,182 M $ 1,215 M $1,208 M $1,226 M

The company’s average daily volume increased by 22.8%, reaching 21.1 million packages per day. Also, demand for residential delivery surged in the quarter, driving B2C shipment growth up 65.2%.

International Segment

 

 

2Q 2020

Adjusted

2Q 2020

 

2Q 2019

Adjusted

2Q 2019

Revenue $3,705 M   $3,505 M  
Operating profit $771 M $ 842 M $663 M $665 M

Average daily volume of UPS packages in the international segment also grew 9.8%, driven by strong outbound demand from Asia and an increase in cross-border e-commerce in Europe.

Supply Chain and Freight Segment

 

 

2Q 2020

Adjusted

2Q 2020

 

2Q 2019

Adjusted

2Q 2019

Revenue $3,680 M   $3,393 M  
Operating profit $259 M $ 267 M $272 M $273 M

UPS can be satisfied with its Supply Chain and Freight Segment results, too: revenue increased 8.5%, driven by elevated air freight forwarding demand out of Asia, offset in part by weaker demand early in the quarter in the LTL and truckload brokerage units.

No predictions about coronavirus impacts

UPS is not providing revenue and diluted earnings per share guidance due to the uncertainty around the timing and pace of the economic recovery. The company says it is unable to predict the extent of the business impact or the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, or reasonably estimate its operating performance in future quarters.

Using the scale and flexibility of our global integrated network, we successfully managed operational challenges throughout the quarter.  Moving forward we are focusing on efficiency and revenue quality to improve U.S. operating margins longer term,” said Brian Newman, UPS chief financial officer.  “Our liquidity and cash position remain strong, allowing us to invest in enabling capabilities through this time of unprecedented business disruption.”

Photo by Teflon – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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