May 04, 2021

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPD) today announced first quarter 2021 financial results including the following highlights compared to the same quarter of 2020:

– Diluted Net Earnings Attributable to Shareholders per share (EPS1) increased 135% to $1.67

– Net Earnings Attributable to Shareholders increased 135% to $287 million

– Operating Income increased 142% to $386 million

– Revenues increased 77% to $3.4 billion

–  Airfreight tonnage volume and ocean container volume both increased 29%

“Never before in our experience has capacity been so scarce in both air and ocean at the same time,” said Jeffrey S. Musser, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a result, shippers face unprecedented challenges with their supply chains and we are doing everything we can to leverage the strength of our carrier relationships in order to secure space for our customers. During these times, the strength of our flexible, non-asset-based operating model is on display. All products performed very well and we set all-time highs in revenues, operating income and net earnings. We experienced strong growth in airfreight tonnage and ocean containers shipped during the quarter, serviced established customers and on-boarded new business when possible.

“The severity of the ongoing supply/demand imbalance has kept buy and sell rates elevated and volatile, in both the air and ocean markets. Ongoing shortages in international air capacity led to elevated pricing, port congestion, and lack of equipment, which, coupled with a rapid spike in demand, created ocean trade disruptions and significant backlogs. These conditions leave shippers with limited options for getting their products to market. This is one example of the power of our long history of support for our carrier partners during both good times and bad. Amidst persistent disruptions and supply chain realignments, we have remained highly focused and aware of marketplace shifts, while working our strong relationships and executing as efficiently as we ever have to secure precious capacity on behalf of our customers.

“We expect the operating environment to remain unsettled as long as constrained capacity and other disruptions, such as port congestion, the uneven lifting of pandemic-restrictions, and rising fuel costs continue to impact the movement of freight. History tells us that the supply/demand imbalance and rate volatility will stabilize over time. However, if the global response to COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that conditions can change rapidly in today’s interconnected marketplace. A year ago, it was nearly impossible to imagine the impact of what then lay before us, as economies around the world were shutting down and people were going into isolation to protect themselves from a deadly new virus. As we implemented our business continuity plans around the globe, we also made the decision to invest in our people and not lay off any of our employees. A year later, we are proud of and grateful to our entire workforce for their extraordinary dedication and determined effort to stay safe while delivering the highest level of customer service.”

Bradley S. Powell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, “Despite comparisons to a relatively soft first quarter a year ago, when the initial disruptions from COVID-19 led to lower volumes in all products, performance during this latest quarter was strong all across the Company, including Air, Ocean, Customs Brokerage, Order Management, Transcon and Distribution. The majority of our workforce continues to work from remote locations, even as we slowly and cautiously explore re-opening our offices for return-to-work in certain countries and locations. While staying safe remains our top priority, we have continued to enhance our productivity and generated the best operating efficiency in the Company’s history. I would continue to caution that we are unable to predict how ongoing disruptions will affect our future operations or financial results going forward, and that we do not expect the current unprecedented operating conditions to persist long-term. We will continue to make important investments in people, processes, and technology, as well as to invest in our strategic efforts to explore new areas for profitable growth.”

Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The Company employs trained professionals in 176 district offices and numerous branch locations located on six continents linked into a seamless worldwide network through an integrated information management system. Services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, time-definite transportation, order management, warehousing and distribution and customized logistics solutions.

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