Benzinga  Jun 4  Comment 
Shares of UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: UTIW) tumbled over 4 percent in after-hours trading after the company reported a wider-than-expected loss for the first quarter. The Long Beach, California-based company reported a quarterly loss of $33.3...
Benzinga  Apr 2  Comment 
UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: UTIW) may see improved results within several years, but investors should adopt a wait-and-see approach, an analyst said Wednesday. The freight forwarder's shares closed at $9.98 and are off more than 25 percent...
TheStreet.com  Apr 1  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of UTi Worldwide were falling 15.6% to $10.38 Wednesday after the air delivery company missed analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. UTi Worldwide reported a loss of...
Wall Street Journal  Mar 31  Comment 
UTi Worldwide Inc. said its fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened sharply on one-time expenses related to recent restructuring efforts, as well as a decline in revenue.
TheStreet.com  Mar 31  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- UTi Worldwide shares are falling sharply in after-hours trading on Tuesday, down 14.4% to $10.53, following the release of the company's fourth quarter financial results after the closing bell today.The Long Beach,...
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Benzinga  Mar 9  Comment 
FBR Capital upgraded UTi Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: UTIW) from Market Perform to Outperform. The price target for UTi Worldwide has been raised from $11.00 to $19.00. UTi Worldwide shares have gained 10.25% over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P...
Benzinga  Mar 9  Comment 


UTi Worldwide (NASDAQ: UTIW) is a shipping company that helps companies move goods between international manufacturers and markets. Outsourcing to a third-party logistics firm like UTi allows a company to focus on their core business rather than devoting personnel and resources to supply chain management. When companies expand into international markets and outsource production, their operations become more complicated, and UTi handles details like language translation, tariff variations, and custom clearing operations.

As the need for third-party logistics firms has grown, so has the number of competitors in UTi's space. Shipping goods internationally creates potential government and global economic risks, as the changing of tariff or trade regulations (possibly resulting from terrorist acts) could impact UTi Worldwide's business. Also, volatility in exchange rates can impact the significant revenue and assets produced from foreign operations.[1]

Business Overview

UTi Worldwide makes money when companies outsource their supply-chain management to the firm. UTi uses an expansive global network, company-designed software, relationships with transportation carriers, and general expertise to provide supply-chain management services to customers at an expense less than the firms can achieve on their own[2]. UTi Worldwide uses a sales team to target companies in the pharmaceutical, retail, apparel, chemical, automotive, and high technology electronics industries[3].

UTi Worldwide typically provides services to a customer with complex international shipping needs[4]. For instance, an American retailer obtains raw materials from Australia and outsources manufacturing services to China. UTi Worldwide can manage the supply-chain needs of this firm by facilitating movement of materials from Australia to China and finally to the United States. By doing so, the American firm can have lower cost of sales and satisfy time schedules. UTi Worldwide charges its customers based on the complexity of services and the size and distance of goods being transported.

Business & Financial Metrics[5]

In 2009, UTi earned $41.1 million in net income on $3.57 billion in revenue. This represents a turnaround from 2008, when the company incurred a net loss of $4.6 million on $4.54 billion in total revenues.

Business Segments[6]

UTi has two operating segments and one corporate expense segment.

  • Freight Forwarding (69.5% of total revenue): This segment helps companies coordinate their freight shipments. UTi does not own its own aircraft or ships so it acts as a middleman for other companies.
  • Contract Logistics and Distribution (30.5% of total revenue): This segment helps companies with their distributional and warehousing needs - it packages, stores, loads, and unloads products for distributors.

Key Trends & Forces

  • UTi faces increased competition from full-service transportation services: Transportation companies like YRC Worldwide (YRCW) and Conway Inc (CNW) have formed new logistics branches to complement their existing transportation of goods business. UTi does not own its own shipping vehicles, and so it depends on buying available cargo space from third-party carriers. These carriers are increasingly funneling business to themselves through their own logistic branches and cutting out the middle man (UTi Worldwide). UTi must find other vendors for cargo space while also vying with additional competitors for its logistics service.
  • UTi's Margins are sensitive to global economic conditions: A slowing U.S. or world economy would result in lower total shipping tonnage, impacting UTi's revenues. UTi ships products for the retail, apparel, chemical, automotive, and high technology electronics industries[7]. A decline in consumer demand of goods in the United States could adversely effect shipping volume and UTi's revenue. UTi Worldwide also moves raw materials and finished products from manufacturing sites. If the global economy were to slow, less products would be shipped internationally, and UTi's growth may stall.
  • Vulnerability to government trade policy and regulations: UTi Worldwide moves shipments internationally. Political and economic instability in a variety of countries could increase tariffs, prevent trade, or add regulations (i.e. required documents/inspections). These factors, which UTIW cannot control for but must mitigate, could decrease international shipping volumes and/or increase the cost of shipping between nations. This could potentially hurt UTi's balance sheet.[8]
  • UTi benefits from increased dependency on third-party logistics firms: More businesses today have international operations, and each day new companies decide to expand to additional markets. Globalization drives demand for international shipping and for UTi's services. The current trend in business moves beyond geographic boundaries to a truly global economy, and this is promising for UTi's long-term outlook.[9].
  • UTi benefits from increased global outsourcing of production: Many companies manufacture products in locations far from the markets where they intend to sell. As global outsourcing booms, the volume of international shipping increases. This rise in volume enhances the value of the market in which UTi Worldwide competes, and continued increases in the international movement of goods will boost UTi's balance sheet[10].
  • Foreign Currency Risks: UTi Worldwide generates over 50% of revenue outside the Americas[11]. The company also holds many assets and liabilities in foreign local currencies, but reports in terms of dollars. If a foreign currency depreciates, this could adversely affect the value of those assets held abroad. In addition, fluctuating exchange rates can shift shipping movement, which could disrupt UTi Worldwide's operations[12].


UTi Worldwide competes with a variety of asset-based and non-asset based logistic and brokerage service companies. Asset based logistic companies, which do own transportation vehicles, include YRC Worldwide (YRCW) and Conway Inc (CNW). Non-asset logistics, like UTi Worldwide, do not own ships, planes, or trucks, and include C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW), Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD) and Pacer International (PACR). These firms compete for shipping orders and logistic management from customers primarily based on price, reliability, technological solutions, and breadth of services available. Due to UTi Worldwide's size and focus on clients with multiple shipping locations, smaller, regional competitors cannot easily compete for UTi Worldwide's customers[13].

Competitive Strengths

Management sees a greater number customers shifting to logistic companies that have global and comprehensive technological solutions. UTi Worldwide's existing global network, self-produced software, relationship with transportation carriers, and logistics expertise are its competitive advantages. UTi Worldwide has made several acquisitions to increase services available, and is developing software to link all operations[14].


  1. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Risk Factors", Page 11-23
  2. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Industry", Page 1-2
  3. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Sales and Marketing", Page 5
  4. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Sales & Marketing", Page 5
  5. UTIW 2009 10-K pg. F-5  
  6. UTIW 2009 10-K pg. F-55  
  7. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Sales and Marketing", Page 5
  8. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Risk Factors", Page 11-23
  9. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Risk Factors", Page 11-23
  10. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Industry", Page 1-2
  11. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Risk Factors", Page 11-23
  12. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Risk Factors", Page 11-23
  13. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Sales & Marketing", Page 5
  14. UTi Worldwide (UTIW) Form 10-K, Fiscal Year 2007, "Industry", Page 2
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