UPS Earnings Q3 2021

UPS Releases Q3 2021 Earnings Report


UPS today announced third-quarter 2021 consolidated revenue of $23.2 billion, a 9.2% increase over the third quarter of 2020. Consolidated operating profit was $2.9 billion, up 22.6% compared to the third quarter of 2020, and up 23.4% on an adjusted basis. Diluted earnings per share were $2.65 for the quarter, 18.3% above the same period in 2020, and up 18.9% on an adjusted basis.

For the third quarter of 2021, GAAP results include after-tax transformation and other charges of $54 million, equivalent to $0.06 per share. Year-to-date cash from operations was $11.8 billion, up 26.7% compared to the same period in 2020, with free cash flow of $9.3 billion, a 52.3% increase above the first nine months of 2020.

“I want to thank all UPSers for delivering what matters with great service to our customers,”

“The actions we are taking under our better not bigger strategic framework to improve revenue quality, enhance productivity and remain disciplined on capital allocation are driving our positive financial performance.”    

Carol Tomé, Chief Executive Officer, UPS.

UPS Q3 Results – U.S. Domestic Segment

  3Q 2021Adjusted3Q 2021 3Q 2020Adjusted3Q 2020
Revenue$14,208 M $13,225 M 
Operating profit$1,407 M$1,414 M$1,098 M$1,133 M
  • Revenue was up 7.4%, driven by a 12.0% increase in revenue per piece.
  • Operating margin was 9.9%; adjusted operating margin was 10.0%.

UPS Q3 Results – International Segment

  3Q 2021Adjusted3Q 2021 3Q 2020Adjusted3Q 2020
Revenue$4,720 M $4,087 M 
Operating profit$1,051 M$1,108 M$966 M$972 M
  • Revenue increased 15.5%, with strong growth from all regions.
  • Operating margin was 22.3%; adjusted operating margin was 23.5%.

UPS Q3 Results – Supply Chain Solutions Segment

  3Q 2021Adjusted3Q 2021 3Q 2020Adjusted3Q 2020
Revenue$4,256 M $3,926 M 
Operating profit$438 M$448 M$299 M$302 M
  • Revenue increased 8.4%, led by Forwarding and Logistics, which combined grew 35.4%.
  • Operating margin was 10.3%; adjusted operating margin was 10.5%.


For the full year in 2021, the company is raising its consolidated adjusted operating margin target to approximately 13.0% and expects the adjusted return on invested capital to be around 29%. Capital expenditures are now planned to be approximately $4.2 billion and the company’s effective tax rate is expected to be about 22.5%.

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