Wilh.Willhelmsen Holdings Report 2013 Profit Slide

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Image courtesy of WWH

The Directors' report 2013 (extracted here) states that shipowners & technical services firm Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding group (WWH) delivered lower results for 2013 when compared with a very strong 2012. The fallback in results was due to a 7% reduction in shipping volumes and substantial sales gains impacting previous year accounts. The accounts show that operating profit slipped from $562-million in 2012 to $325-million in 2013.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA (WWASA)
Experienced lower demand for transportation of high and heavy cargoes, while auto volumes for the year were stable. Development in cargo volumes and flows resulted in an unfavourable cargo and trade mix, negatively impacting operating result within shipping. WWASA’s logistics income and operat- ing result excluding sales gain were up, lifted by higher activity in all entities and contribution from Hyundai Glovis in particular. In the first quarter of 2013, the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) issued a cease and desist order and a surcharge order, indicating that one of WWASA’s operating joint ventures has participated in non-competitive behaviour in automotive transportation.

Wilhelmsen Maritime Services (WMS)
Experienced an increase in income and operating profit compared with the previous year, supported by continuous growth within the technical solutions business area. While the general shipping market remained weak during the first half of 2013, a clear improvement within key shipping segments lifted the general sentiment towards the end of the year.

Holdings & investments

All main activities within the Holding and Invest- ments segment had a positive development in 2013. NorSea Group (NSG), where WWH bought a 35 per cent share mid 2012, made a healthy contribution in its first full year. Results and shareholder value in Qube Holdings Limited (Qube) continued its upward trend from previous years, and the financial investment portfolio performed strongly supported by a general upswing in equity markets.

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility

The board acknowledges that sustainability and corporate social responsibility are important pre- requisites for creating long-term profitability and value for the company’s shareholders. Further initiatives have been made in 2013 related to reduc- ing emissions, including installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubber) on one vessel and ordering of four vessels with similar systems.

Focus on anti-corruption, competition law and prevention of fraud has continued, including introduction of a global whistle blowing system. With an aim to increase transparency, WWH has in 2013 also developed its first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report.
 

 

 

 

Maritime Reporter January 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Chevron Scraps 2015 Share Repurchase Program

Chevron Corp halted its 2015 share repurchase program on Friday, a move to conserve cash amid tumbling oil prices.   The company's shares extended loses on the news,

Raytheon Anschütz Opens Service Center in Panama

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has established its new subsidiary Raytheon Anschuetz Panama, S. de R.L., in Panama City.   The new company,

ISS Palumbo UK Acquires Union Transport

ISS Palumbo UK, part of maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), has acquired U.K. freight forwarding specialist Union Transport (Newcastle) Ltd.

Finance

Shippers Must Monitor Greek Government Changes

Moore Stephens says shipping must monitor developments in wake of Greek government change   International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says

Chevron Scraps 2015 Share Repurchase Program

Chevron Corp halted its 2015 share repurchase program on Friday, a move to conserve cash amid tumbling oil prices.   The company's shares extended loses on the news,

Marquette Transportation Reportedly for Sale

Marquette Transportation Company LLC, a U.S. towboat operator, is exploring a sale that could value it at more than $1 billion and has attracted the interest of

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2160 sec (5 req/sec)