Is FedEx (FDX) an excellent investment choice?
East 72, an investment management firm, has released its Q3 2021 letter to investors – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A gross return on the quarterly portfolio of 2.1% was recorded by the fund for the third quarter of 2021 and a gross return of + 36.7% for the year. You can check out the top 5 holdings in the fund to get a feel for their top picks for 2021.
East 72, in its Q3 2021 letter to investors, mentioned FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) and discussed its position on the company. FedEx Corporation is a Memphis, Tennessee-based transportation company with a market capitalization of $ 59.4 billion. FDX has returned -13.82% year-to-date, while its 12-month returns are down -20.69%. The stock closed at $ 223.73 per share on October 13, 2021.
Here’s what East 72 has to say about FedEx Corporation in its Q3 2021 letter to investors:
âThe variables that help estimate earnings growth have been so volatile for some time; not just the strictly financial aspects, but the impact on the timing of pandemic delays, the resulting labor shortages, port and shipping delays (and costs) and inefficiencies in the supply chain. The Christmas stock that arrives in January isn’t very useful – and for some unlucky ones, it will.
As an example, FedEx Q1FY22 results showed a $ 450 million increase in “costs due to a tight labor market that impacted labor availability.” , resulting in inefficiencies in the network, higher wage rates and increased purchased transport expenses. This was partially offset by higher parcel and freight yields, an increase in international express export shipments and a favorable net impact on fuel â3. If all costs were labor related, this would represent an increase of about 6% in âinefficiencyâ. No inflation, remember … “
Based on our calculations, FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) was unable to land a spot on our list of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds. FDX was in 61 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first half of 2021, compared to 63 funds in the previous quarter. FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) has generated a return of -24.44% in the past 3 months.
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