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FedEx

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The world’s second-biggest package-shipper continues to keep pace with its larger rival, United Parcel Service. Both businesses climbed three rungs on this year’s Fortune 500 ladder, their revenues each growing by around 9% for their 2018 fiscal years. In FedEx’s case, annual sales swelled to $65.5 billion for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2018—a little more than $6 billion short of its arch-competitor. FedEx’s bottom line benefited from a number of factors, most notably a major corporate tax cut in the U.S. The boon helped boost profits by 52.6%, to $4.6 billion. An obstacle worth keeping an eye on: The company’s 2016 acquisition of Dutch delivery firm TNT Express, intended to expand its international footprint, has proven challenging. FedEx has struggled to assimilate TNT; to make matters worse, the acquired firm was hobbled by the NotPetya cyberattack in 2017, which cost an estimated $400 million in lost business and cleanup.

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CEO

Frederick W. Smith

CEO Title

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Sector

Transportation

Industry

Mail, Package, and Freight Delivery

HQ Location

Memphis, Tenn.

Years on Fortune 500 List

25

Employees

359,000

Figures are for fiscal year ended May 31, 2018.
Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$65,4508.5%
Profits ($M)$4,572.052.6%
Assets ($M)$52,330
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$19,416
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues7.0%
Profits as % of Assets8.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity23.5%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)16.79
EPS % Change (from 2017)51.7%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)27.9%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)16.6%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2018)-34.7%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)3.1%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)10.4%
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