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Analysis of Revenues
Revenue Recognition Accounting Policy
FedEx recognizes revenue upon delivery of shipments for the transportation businesses and upon completion of services for the business services, logistics and trade services businesses. Transportation services are provided with the use of employees and agents such as independent contractors. FedEx is the principal to the transaction for most of these services and revenue from these transactions is recognized on a gross basis. Costs associated with agents are recognized as incurred and included in the caption "Purchased transportation" in the accompanying consolidated statements of income. For shipments in transit, revenue is recorded based on the percentage of service completed at the balance sheet date. Estimates for future billing adjustments to revenue and accounts receivable are recognized at the time of shipment for money-back service guarantees and billing corrections. Delivery costs are accrued as incurred.
FedEx's contract logistics, global trade services and certain transportation businesses engage in some transactions wherein they act as agents. Revenue from these transactions is recorded on a net basis. Net revenue includes billings to customers less third-party charges, including transportation or handling costs, fees, commissions and taxes and duties.
Certain of FedEx's revenue-producing transactions are subject to taxes, such as sales tax, assessed by governmental authorities. FedEx presents these revenues net of tax.
Source: FedEx Corp., Annual Report
Revenues as Reported
FedEx Corp., Income Statement, Revenues
USD $ in millions
|12 months ended||May 31, 2018||May 31, 2017||May 31, 2016||May 31, 2015||May 31, 2014||May 31, 2013|
|FedEx Express Segment|
|FedEx Ground Segment|
|FedEx Freight Segment|
|FedEx Services Segment|
|Corporate, other and eliminations|
Source: FedEx Corp. Annual Reports
|Consolidated revenues||Aggregate revenue recognized during the period (derived from goods sold, services rendered, insurance premiums, or other activities that constitute an entity's earning process). For financial services companies, also includes investment and interest income, and sales and trading gains.||FedEx Corp.'s consolidated revenues increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.|