Stock Research and Analysis

by Keith Schoonmaker, CFA

Bulls Say

UPS is the largest player in a business where network size matters, both in reaching the most recipients on the planet and in spreading costs over a larger volume of packages.
In addition to volume growth, the firm benefits from steadily increasing prices because UPS and other integrated shippers practice rational pricing.
In addition to handling greater parcel density, UPS uses many of its assets to handle both express and ground shipments, earning greater margins compared with other parcel shippers. Read more 

Bears Say

UPS and its competitors are subject to risk of a downturn in the global economy.
New entrants are unlikely, but several existing capable--albeit less profitable--competitors vie for the parcel shipping business of UPS clients. The European parcel delivery market is particularly fragmented.
UPS' less-than-truckload shipping segment exposes the firm to a market in which slowing demand for freight shipping leads asset-intensive competitors to bid rates down to thin margins. Read more 


Overall, UPS has good corporate-governance policies, and management has done right by shareholders. Chairman and CEO Scott Davis advanced from the CFO post to take the reins in January 2008. During 2013, UPS paid Davis a base salary of $1.1 million   Read more 


As the world's largest parcel delivery company, United Parcel Service uses more than 500 planes and 100,000 vehicles to deliver on average 16.9 million packages per day   Read more 

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