ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Jabil Inc. (NYSE: JBL) announced the COVID-19 outbreak will negatively impact the second quarter of fiscal year 2020, relative to the guidance provided on December 17, 2019.
“Our first priority is the overall safety of our people. To this end, we’ve instituted broad testing and quarantine protocols to support those who are on-site at our factories. In addition, we remain in close contact with our employees who’ve been unable to return to work due to on-going travel restrictions,” said CEO Mark Mondello.
“After a stronger than anticipated start to the fiscal quarter, we’re now in a position to ‘read and react’ to this very dynamic labor and supply chain situation. The actions taken by our teams have been admirable, to say the least. As we sit today, our factories, which have been adversely impacted by the virus, are now running at roughly 65-70 percent capacity, while overall product demand remains largely as we anticipated at the beginning of the quarter. We’ll provide updated information during our Q2 earnings call, currently planned for mid-March. In the meantime, we are intensely focused on the well- being of our employees, as we work diligently to clear down product backlog, while serving our many customers,” continued Mondello.
Forward Looking Statements: This release contains forward-looking statements, including those regarding our guidance for future financial performance in our second quarter and full fiscal year 2020. The statements in this release are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions involving risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from our current expectations. Such factors include, but are not limited to: the scope and duration of the COVID- 19 outbreak and its impact on our sites, customers, and supply chain; managing growth effectively; our dependence on a limited number of customers; competitive challenges affecting our customers; managing rapid declines in customer demand and other related customer challenges that may occur; changes in technology; the occurrence of, success and expected financial results from, product ramps; competition; our ability to maintain and improve costs, quality and delivery for our customers; retaining key personnel; our ability to purchase components efficiently and reliance on a limited number of suppliers for critical components; risks associated with international sales and operations; our ability to achieve expected profitability from acquisitions; risk arising from our restructuring activities; performance in the markets in which we operate; and adverse changes in political conditions, in the U.S. and internationally, including, among others, adverse changes in tax laws and rates and our ability to estimate and manage their impact. Additional factors that could cause such differences can be found in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2019 and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.