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NOL Records Q3 Loss, Freight Market Remains Weak

Ng Yat Chung (Photo: NOL)

Shipping company Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) said on Friday its third-quarter net loss widened from a year earlier to $96 million, due to weak freight rates. NOL, controlled by Singapore's state investor Temasek Holdings, reported a revenue of $1.2 billion for the third quarter, which fell 28 percent on the year. "The absence of the traditional third-quarter peak season in Europe and North America led to severe freight rates erosion in major trade lanes," said NOL Group President and CEO Ng Yat Chung in a statement. Reporting by Rujun Shen

NOL Appoints New CEO, CFO

Nicolas Sartini (Photo: NOL)

Amid a takeover by France’s CMA CGM, Singapore container shipper Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has named a new chief executive officer and chief financial officer. Nicolas Sartini will take over as chief executive officer, succeeding Ng Yat Chung, who has served as NOL president and CEO since 2011. New chief financial officer Serge Corbel will join Sartini as executive directors of the newly constituted 10-member NOL board. Ng will continue as executive director on the NOL board and will be a special adviser to the new chairman, Rodolphe Saadé, who is also the vice chairman of CMA CGM.

NOL Group Announces Succession Plan for Group CEO

NOL Group announced its executive succession plan to appoint Mr. Ng Yat Chung the next Group President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ng will take over from Mr. Ron Widdows, who will retire from his present post at the end of this year and remain as a Senior Adviser to the Company. Mr. Ng spent 28 years in key leadership roles in Singapore’s Armed Forces (SAF). Prior to assuming his present role as a senior executive with Temasek Holdings, he was Chief of Defence Force from 2003 to 2007…

NOL Cuts Losses Despite Difficult Trading Conditions

NOL Group today posted a 2Q 2014 net loss of US$54 million. Nevertheless, the Group has continued to make gains at the operating level, bringing its 2Q 2014 Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) loss down to US$15 million, a year-on-year improvement of 52%. The Group also improved its Core EBITDA this quarter, doubling it to US$78 million compared to US$39 million in the same period last year. NOL attributed the better results to its continuing focus on cost management and operational efficiency, which returned US$115 million worth of cost savings in the second quarter of 2014. Along with US$80 million recorded in the first quarter…

Neptune Orient Lines Logs Q2 Profit

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL) swung to a tiny net profit in its second quarter after six straight quarters of losses but said it had seen severe freight rate erosion. "The group's container shipping business continued to face a challenging environment characterised by over-capacity and weak market demand," NOL Group CEO Ng Yat Chung said in a statement on Thursday. The container shipping line, controlled by Singapore's state investor Temasek Holdings, reported a net profit of $3 million in the quarter ending June 30 versus a net loss of $54 million a year earlier. People familiar with the matter told Reuters this month that Temasek had hired a bank to seek buyers for NOL.

New NOL Group CEO Takes Over Tomorrow

NOL Group has completed the transition to a new CEO and that Ng Yat Chung will take the helm of the global transport and logistics company October 1, 2011. Mr. Ng, an NOL Executive Director since May, will succeed Ron Widdows who retires from the company Dec. 31. “We have completed the implementation of our executive succession plan and are moving ahead under Yat Chung,” said NOL Chairman Cheng Wai Keung. Mr. Ng, a former Temasek Holdings executive and one-time Chief of Defence Force in the Singapore Army, takes control of a leading name in trade, transportation and logistics. NOL is the parent of APL, the world’s seventh-largest container shipping line. Its other major brand is APL Logistics, the global supply chain management business. NOL designated Mr.

NOL, KWE Ink APL Logistics Deal

SINGAPORE, TOKYO, 17 February 2015 – Neptune Orient Lines Limited (“NOL”) and Kintetsu World Express, Inc. (“KWE”), jointly announced today that they have entered into a sale and purchase agreement for NOL’s logistics business, APL Logistics, for US$1.2 billion. “This is a strategic move that will allow us to focus on improving our liner shipping business, while at the same time enabling APL Logistics to grow. The transaction will also strengthen our balance sheet and unlock value for our shareholders,” said Ng Yat Chung, Group President and CEO of NOL. NOL said that the divestment of APL Logistics follows a robust and highly competitive process, and that the net proceeds of the sale will be applied to strengthen its financial position, including to repay its borrowings.

CMA CGM Acquisition NOL: Aprroval Expected by Mid-2016

Image: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

CMA CGM acquisition target Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) has made all necessary anti-trust filings and expect that the approvals will come sometime in the middle of 2016. NOL group president and chief executive Ng Yat Chung said NOL, which is being bought out by French shipping giant CMA CGM for $2.4bn, has made all necessary anti-trust filings. On 7 December 2015, CMA CGM S.A. announced a pre-conditional voluntary cash offer to acquire NOL at SGD1.30 per NOL share. The offer was subject to anti-trust clearances from the European Union, China and the US.

UK P&I Club Elects New Board

New Directors, UK P&I Board

Seven directors were elected to the Board of the UK P&I Club at its AGM in Athens on the 27th October. After obtaining a postgraduate degree in industrial engineering, Ibrahim Güngen founded Güngen Foreign Trade Co Ltd with his brother Mehmet in 1976 and the business quickly became the biggest importer of molasses in Turkey. Mr Güngen has been chief executive officer of Güngen Maritime and Trading since 1990. Dr Grahaeme Henderson, aged 56, joined Shell following a PhD in Engineering from Southampton University in 1980.

Royal Swedish Navy Chief Conferred Award

RADM Jörgen Ericsson, Navy Inspector of the Royal Swedish Navy, was conferred Singapore’s prestigious military award, the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Tentera) or Meritorious Service Medal (Military), by Minister for Defence, RADM(NS) Teo Chee Hean. The Meritorious Service Medal (Military) was awarded to RADM Ericsson in recognition of the significant role he played in fostering the strong ties and good relations between the Republic of Singapore Navy and the Royal Swedish Navy. With his support, the Republic of Singapore Navy has successfully conducted its submarine crew training in Sweden. The comprehensive and rigorous training that the Republic of Singapore Navy submariners received has greatly enhanced their professional abilities in submarine operations.

NOL Posts Loss for Third Consecutive Year

Ng Yat Chung, CEO of NOL Group

Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) reported a 2014 net loss of $260 million today, marking the third consecutive year in the red for the Singapore-based global shipping company. NOL, parent company of APL, did reduce its 2014 fourth quarter Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) loss 79% against 2013 fourth quarter numbers. The group also improved its Core EBITDA in the quarter, bringing it to US$92 million compared to US$7 million in the same period last year. The group reported that it recorded US$430 million worth of cost savings in 2014.

NOL Reports Shipping Business EBIT Turnaround in Q2 2012

Singapore's Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) Group reports US$57 million Year-on-Year improvement in Core EBIT. NOL Group report second quarter 2012 Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) of US$16 million, a US$57 million turnaround in the key profitability measure from a year ago. NOL’s container shipping line, APL, reported second quarter Core EBIT of US$7 million. It was the first time since the fourth quarter of 2010 that the shipping business has been profitable. NOL attributed the result to improved freight rates and its efforts to control expenses and improve efficiency. APL Logistics, NOL’s supply chain management business, reported second quarter Core EBIT of US$9 million.

APL Name Fifth of 12 New Container Ships

APL Savannah naming: Photo credit APL

APL has named their new 9,200-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container ship 'APL Savannah' at the Port of Los Angeles. The APL Savannah is the fifth in a series of twelve 9,200-TEU vessels to be delivered to APL, the container shipping arm of Singapore-based shipping and logistics company Neptune Orient Lines (NOL). She is also the first containership to be named and christened at the Port of Los Angeles. “Today, we celebrate our long history of more than 160 years in the US, and our commitment to and investment in the Trans-Pacific trade,” said Ng Yat Chung, Group President and CEO of NOL.

New President of APL Logistics Appointed

Beat Simon: Photo credit NOL Group

NOL Group has announced the appointment of Beat Simon as President of its wholly-owned subsidiary APL Logistics, a global third party logistics provider. He will assume the role on 1 March 2014, undertaking responsibility for the management and growth of APL Logistics. MOL Group explain that Mr. Simon is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of diverse international experience. He joins APL Logistics from Agility, a global logistics provider, where he held senior management positions since 2006.

NOL Posts Loss

Photo: Neptune Orient Lines Limited

Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the parent of containerline, APL, narrowed its fourth-quarter loss to US$75.45 million as the shipping company cut costs amid ongoing weakness in the industry. For the full year, NOL swung to a net profit of US$707.2 million, or 27.27 US cents per share, from a year-ago loss of US$259.8 million. Revenue fell 28 per cent during the quarter to US$1.3 billion amid planned capacity cuts, void sailings, weak container trade demand and a challenging freight rate environment.

NOL Posts Q1 Net Loss of $105 Mln

Photo: NOL Group

NOL Group reported a first quarter 2016 net loss after tax of $105 million. Core EBIT (Earnings before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) for the period was a loss of $84 million, while core EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) remained positive at $18 million. “Worsening overcapacity of shipping tonnage in 2015 hit the industry well into first quarter 2016. Freight rates which declined across major trade lanes to historic low are expected to remain weak in the face of slower demand growth,” said NOL Group President and CEO Ng Yat Chung.

CMA CGM Takes Control at NOL, Reshuffles the Board

Pic: CMA CGM

France’s CMA CGM now holds over 78 percent of the shares in Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), bringing it closer to taking the Singapore company private. CMA CGM currently owns approximately 78.07% of all NOL shares, and does not intend to preserve the listing status of NOL. Further to the Offer Implementation Agreement, this change in control results in a change in the composition of NOL's Board of Directors. Consequently, a reconstituted Board of Directors, comprising ten members, has been appointed with effect from 9 June. The members of the reconstituted Board of Directors are Mr.

NOL Nets 4Q US$77 mln loss

Image: Courtesy NOL

NOL Group today reported a 4Q 2015 net loss of US$77 million, an improvement of US$8 million over 4Q 2014. The Group posted a Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) loss of US$65 million in the quarter. Its Core EBITDA remained positive at US$39 million. On a full year basis, NOL posted a net profit of US$707 million. Excluding a one-time US$888 million gain on the sale of its logistics unit, NOL incurred a full year net loss of US$181 million, an improvement of 30% over last year. NOL’s full year core EBIT loss reduced 5% year-on-year to US$72 million.

Sappino Leaves APL After 29 Yrs

APL said today that 29-year veteran Bob Sappio, head of the shipping line’s PanAmerican Trades, will leave the company August 1 to remain in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sappio has been the head of APL’s Trans-Pacific Trade since 2003. He played a key role in establishing APL as the leader in the Trans-Pacific and in building its brand reputation for high-quality service in the industry, said Ron Widdows, CEO of parent company NOL Group. “I’ve devoted my entire career to APL – a company I have tremendous affection and respect for,” said Sappio, who joined the container carrier in 1982. Sappio guided APL to a top market share position in the route between Asia and the U.S. West Coast.

APL President Eng Aik Meng Resigns

Eng Aik Meng, APL president

NOL Group announced the resignation of Eng Aik Meng as President of its APL shipping business. The container transportation and logistics group has named Kenneth Glenn, currently President of its North Asia Region, as his replacement. NOL said Mr. Eng will leave the company September 1, 2011, to take a new position outside the transportation industry. "We understand Aik Meng's desire to begin a new phase in his career, and we thank him for his contributions to NOL," said Group CEO Ronald D. Widdows. Mr.

NOL Group Reports $478m Loss

NOL Group today reported a $478 mnet loss in 2011 following net earnings of $461m in 2010. The container shipping and logistics company said unsettled economic conditions, high fuel costs and lower freight rates impacted results. "Recent freight rates show signs of improvement. However the global economy remains uncertain. The container shipping industry continues to face high fuel costs and overcapacity. “The performance of container shipping is disappointing.” said Group CEO Ng Yat Chung. “Over-capacity and higher fuel costs have negatively affected the whole container shipping industry. NOL said 2011 revenue decreased 2% to US$9.2 billion. The Group reported a Core EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes) loss of US$377 million for the year.

NOL Group: $254m 1Q Loss

Ng Yat Chung

NOL Group, the Singapore-based container shipping and logistics company, reported a first quarter 2012 net loss of 254 million compared to a net loss of $10 million in the same period last year. NOL said high fuel costs and low freight rates in container shipping affected first quarter 2012 performance. NOL said that in the first quarter of 2012 it achieved about $100 million of cost savings under its ongoing programme and it is on track to achieve $500 million worth of savings for 2012. The savings were primarily through reduced fuel consumption and improved operational costs.

NOL Reports $20m 3Q Profit

Ng Yat Chung, CEO of NOL Group

NOL Group reported net profits of $20 million for the third quarter of 2013, and year-to-date net profits of $61 million. The Group posted year-to-date Core EBIT improvement of 33% or $42 million, from a $127 million deficit in the same period last year. Singapore-based NOL attributed the better showing so far this year to its continuing focus on operational efficiency and cost management. Its two operating companies – APL and APL Logistics – both delivered better 2013 year-to-date performances at the Core EBIT level compared to the same period in 2012.

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