FedEx: Its Finances and its Future Research Proposal by Nicky

A proposal for a financial statement analysis to determine the future direction of FedEx.
# 149929 | 2,104 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2012 in Business (Companies) , Business (Finance, Investment and Banking)

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The paper offers some background on FedEx and proposes an evaluation that intends to gain a sense of the track the company has been on for the past few years. The proposed study aims to make an assessment with respect to the future prospects of FedEx, and specifically, to determine the extent to which the company's recent financial performance is a function of the global economic downturn and the extent to which it is the product of managerial decision-making.

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From the Paper:

"FedEx Corporation is at an important juncture in its existence. For the first time, there is cause for concern with regards to the viability of the firm's business model over the long run. The cost of jet fuel, the firm's largest and most volatile cost input, is putting pressure on the company's ability to compete profitably. It is now in the hands of FedEx leadership to demonstrate that they are capable of adapting their business model for the coming years and decades.
"The firm faces a wide range of competitors, both direct and indirect. Even within the context of direct competitors, there are a number of different operating structures. The number one competitor, UPS, is more reliant on ground transportation than is FedEx. Other major competitors such as DHL, USPS and Purolator (in Canada) are operated by government-run postal services and thus have certain advantages, in particular with respect to pricing. These challenges mean that FedEx management will need to show even stronger leadership in the future than they have in the past.
"This in-depth form of financial statement analysis reveals much about a company's leadership. By determining whether or not the company's financial statements reflect its business reality, it is possible to understand fully the capabilities of the current management team. It is also possible then to assess that team's ability to move the company forward in this trying environment."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • FedEx 2008 Annual Report. Retrieved July 8, 2009 from
  • Palepu, Krishna G. (no date) Business Analysis & Valuation: Using Financial Statements. Cengage Learning. Chapter 3.

Cite this Research Proposal:

APA Format

FedEx: Its Finances and its Future (2012, January 12) Retrieved April 21, 2024, from

MLA Format

"FedEx: Its Finances and its Future" 12 January 2012. Web. 21 April. 2024. <>