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Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

12 Feb 2019, 16:01

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UBS has slashed its price target for Royal Mail PLC (LON:RMG) as competition from e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) keeps a lid on parcel prices.

Amazon’s share of the UK delivery market has more than doubled over the past five years to 7% last year, up from 3% in 2013.


Last year it delivered 20mln more parcels than it did in 2017 and now has a similar UK coverage to other, more established delivery firms.

“We believe part of the reason why UK parcel prices are not rising…is partly down to the number of competitors in the market,” said a note from analysts on Monday.

The Swiss bank had expected parcel prices to at least stay the same over the next few years, although it now reckons they will fall 1% a year from 2020.

Separately, UBS also notes that Amazon’s delivery service is much cheaper than Royal Mail for parcels over 2kg in weight.

“We believe that in order to become competitive with [Amazon] (and its peers) at heavier parcel weights RMG will need to find ways of reducing its cost of parcel fulfilment.

“How to do this is likely to be a key part of the strategy review underway and should be addressed in the Capital Markets Day to be held after its results in May.”

Price target slashed

Despite this, the analysts highlight that Royal Mail still has the best reach of any UK delivery company: 99.9% of the population is within 30 minutes’ drive of a Royal Mail delivery facility.

“For a truly universal service RMG remains a key operator and we would see Amazon remaining a key customer for the foreseeable future,” UBS added.

Still, that wasn’t enough for the analysts to maintain their previous price target, which they have chopped from a bullish 354p right down to 282p. They did repeat their ‘neutral’ stance, however.

Royal Mail shares were up 0.4% to 272.4p on Monday morning.

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

13 Feb 2019, 16:04

At the moment they are still cherry picking as we still get amazons out of the way calls to deliver

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

13 Feb 2019, 18:59

Locally they've recently increased the amount they send via RM

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

14 Feb 2019, 09:30

People need to learn the difference between genuine market news and scaremongering share price manipulation by brokers holding short positions.

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

19 Feb 2019, 19:00

Amazon have recently implemented their own couriers in our (rural) area and I have never seen the packet volumes so quiet. If they can put their own drivers here, they can put them anywhere. It is not scaremongering, they are expanding.

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

24 Feb 2019, 16:30

LouBarlow wrote:Amazon have recently implemented their own couriers in our (rural) area and I have never seen the packet volumes so quiet. If they can put their own drivers here, they can put them anywhere. It is not scaremongering, they are expanding.

Until Christmas . Who cares about Amazon anyway

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

24 Feb 2019, 16:31

Why do compare against amazon ? We might has well compare about the local furniture shop

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

24 Feb 2019, 19:47

arnold cheshire wrote:Why do compare against amazon ? We might has well compare about the local furniture shop

Because amazon are slightly bigger :nana

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

25 Feb 2019, 00:24

aiden01 wrote:
arnold cheshire wrote:Why do compare against amazon ? We might has well compare about the local furniture shop

Because amazon are slightly bigger :nana
it's a company delivering their own goods

Amazon's recent delivery expansion is bad news for Royal Mail, says UBS

25 Feb 2019, 18:36

arnold cheshire wrote:
LouBarlow wrote:Amazon have recently implemented their own couriers in our (rural) area and I have never seen the packet volumes so quiet. If they can put their own drivers here, they can put them anywhere. It is not scaremongering, they are expanding.

Until Christmas . Who cares about Amazon anyway


You should care. If you value your job at least.

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