FINANCE-Case Questions: United Parcel Service’s IPO

Case Questions: United Parcel Service’s IPO

1. What are the key success factors and risk for UPS given its business strategy?

2. How is UPS performing? What factors are driving this performance? Is the current performance likely to be sustained? Why or why not?

3. How is FedEx performing? How, if at all, does its performance and plans affect your assessment of the sustainability of UPS’s current performance?

4. Given your assessment of the company’s strategy and the sustainability of its performance, forecast the key factors for UPS’s stock value.


1. What accounting adjustments would you need to make to compare the performance of UPS and FedEx? You can use the BAV lease adjustment spreadsheet on Moodle if you like.

2. What are the financial ratios that drive valuation?