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United Parcel Service (UPS) Dividend Stock Analysis


United Parcel Service Dividend

(updated 8/18/2017)

The United Parcel Service dividend has been paid continuously since 1999 and increased for 6 consecutive years. UPS is included in the Arbor Dividend Growers / Producers List.

Price: $113.35
Current Dividend: $3.32

Dividend Yield: 2.9%
Cash Dividend Payout Ratio: 694%

Market Capitalization: 98 B
Enterprise Value: 111 B

UPS Deliveries


Sector: Industrials
Industry: Integrated Shipping & Logistics

United Parcel Service (UPS) is the largest package delivery service in the world. Its operations offer time definitive delivery of letters, packages, and freight services; serving more than 220 countries and averaging over 18 million deliveries a day. The company operates in three segments; U.S. Domestic Package, International Package, and Supply Chain & Freight.

SWOT Analysis


United Parcel Service operates in a duopoly (only two suppliers dominate the market) with FedEx. Its biggest competitive advantage is the high barriers to entry because of the cost and regulations to enter the shipping and freight industry.

The company has an extensive operating network including 110,000 delivery trucks, nearly 2000 daily flights, 2000 operating facilities, and 70 million daily tracking requests. You can see that the complexity and cost to any prospective competitor would be prohibitive.


The customer trend is changing the mix toward more business to customer revenue (versus business to business). These revenues incur greater costs and put pressure on profit margins versus business to business shipments.


UPS is focusing on growing health care markets and developing nations for growth. After many years of investing heavily in technology and operational efficiency, the company can accept new business with margins much greater than competitors.


Like many companies, Amazon is having an effect on UPS operations. UPS has felt the need to charge large customers a little more for peak day delivery (i.e. the days just before Christmas). This is one of the reasons Amazon is looking at other options to deliver some of its packages. This could have a significant impact on volumes or profit margins (depending on how the issue is resolved).

Dividend Analyzer Checklist

(updated June 2017)

Dividend Safety Score (9/33 points)

Dividend Per Share (ttm): $3.17
Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm): 77%
Dividend Per Share (10 Year Growth):  7%
Cash From Operations (CFO) Per Share (ttm): $4.57
CFO Dividend Coverage (CFO / DPS):  1.4  (0/6 points)
Free Cash Flow (FCF) Per Share (ttm): $0.64
FCF Dividend Coverage (FCF / DPS): 0.2 (0/6 points)
Net Financial Debt: $13522  M
Total Assets: $38380 M
Net Financial Debt / Total Assets: 35% (4/12 points)
Net Financial Debt to EBITDA (ttm): 204%
Total Liabilities to Assets Ratio (Qtr.): 99%
Piotroski Score (1-9) (TTM): (5/9 points)

Profitability & Growth Score (14/33 points)

Revenue (10 Year Growth) *CAGR > 4.14%: 2.5% (0/4 points)
EPS Basic Cont. Operations (10 Year Growth) CAGR > 4.14%: 0.1% (0/4 points)
Cash From Operations (10 Year Growth) CAGR > 4.14%:  1.5% (0/6 points)
Operating Earnings Yield (ttm): 5.8% (2/7 points)
Net Income (ttm): $3458 M
Gross Profit (ttm): $47413 M
Total Assets: $38380 M
Gross Profitability Ratio = GP / Total Assets: 124% (12/12 points)
Cash Return On Invested Capital (CROIC)(tttm): 3%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC): 20%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) (5 Year Median): 21%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) (10 Year Median): 19%

Valuation Score (9/34 points)

Free Cash Flow Yield (ttm): 0.6% (2/9 points)
EV to EBIT (ttm): 19.3  (3/9 points)
EV to EBITDA (ttm): 13.7 (4/9 points)
PE10: 33.0 (0/7 points)
Price to Sales Ratio (ttm): 1.6
Price to Book Value (ttm): 35.8
Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) (ttm): 19.0

TOTAL POINTS – (32/100) (50 is an average score)

*Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
**A Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.14% = a 50% gain over 10 years.

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(updated June 2017)

United Parcel Service (UPS) is ranked #210  (out of 252) overall and #49 (out of 53) in the Industrial Sector by the Dividend Analyzer.

Type of Investor / Recommendation

Large Diversified Dividend Portfolios / Below Average Choice
Looking For Exposure to Industrials Sector / Below Average Choice
Deep Value Investors / Avoid

Portfolio Position Disclosures:
DVB Dividend Kings & Aristocrats – None
DVB Dividend Growth – None
DVB High Income – None
Arbor Asset Allocation Model Portfolio (AAAMP) – None

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