Hapag-Lloyd Reports Second Quarter Profits

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Group profit of €20.9 million in Q2 / Operating result more than doubled compared to last year / Transport volume increases by 2.3%

Hapag-Lloyd returned to profitability in the second quarter of the current financial year, reporting a Group profit of €20.9 million for the months April to June 2013 (Q2 2012: -€7.3 million). The operating result of €66.7 million was more than twice as high as last year’s figure of €30.8 million. EBITDA also improved significantly by 45% to €147.8 million. Although intense competition led to unsatisfactory rate levels, substantial cost cuts and a slight drop in the bunker consumption price were the main factors behind the positive net result. Bunker costs in the second quarter averaged $622/tonne, which was below last year’s figure ($694/tonne). However, the bunker price is currently still more than three times the level seen at the start of 2009, when it was approximately $200/tonne.

The intense competition in the second quarter meant that, unlike last year, it was almost impossible to implement announced rate increases on the market. As a result, the average freight rate of $1,499/TEU was down on last year’s figure ($1,594/TEU). The transport volume, on the other hand, rose by 2.3% to 1.39 million TEU (previous year: 1.36 million TEU). Revenue came to €1.706 billion, compared with €1.794 billion in the same quarter last year.

“Rate increases are indispensable in order for liner shipping companies to return to a sound earnings situation. While we managed to implement small rate increases at the start of July, it is still not enough. Further rate increases have been announced”, said Michael Behrendt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd.

Revenue in the first half of 2013 was largely stable at €3.358 billion (previous year: €3.395 billion). The average freight rate was disappointing with $1,522/TEU for the first six months, which was $17 below last year’s already unsatisfactory level. The transport volume rose by 1.2% to more than 2.7 million TEU in the first half of the year.

Hapag-Lloyd’s EBITDA came to €171.8 million overall in the first six months, considerably outstripping last year’s figure (€80.9 million). The positive operating result of €13.5 million was also substantially higher than last year (€-68.7 million). Due to the usual seasonal weakness of liner shipping in the first quarter, the Group net result for the first six months overall came to -€72.7 million (previous year: -€139.7 million).

Investments of €463.6 million were made in the first half, with most of the funds going towards ships and containers. Long-term financing has already been secured for the vessels on order and all the investments in containers which have been made and are planned. Equity of €3.1 billion and an equity ratio of approximately 44% (as at 30 June) clearly illustrate that Hapag-Lloyd’s financial structure remains sound.

Hapag-Lloyd said it is striving for a positive operating result for the full year 2013.


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