HHLA Successfully Started into 2014 Financial Year
14 May 2014 10:49
In the first quarter of 2014, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its container throughput by 2.4 percent to 1.9 million standard containers (TEU). The volume transported by HHLA’s Intermodal companies grew by 5.1 percent to 305 thousand TEU. The operating result (EBIT) improved by 4.8 percent to € 39.3 million. Group revenue increased by 6.8 percent to € 293.5 million.
“The 2014 financial year started well for Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG. The volume increases in both container throughput and transport are particularly pleasing given that we achieved them in largely stagnating markets. Strong growth in Far East traffic was the main factor in enabling us to extend our market position in container handling. This demonstrates our strength in operating in a persistently challenging industry environment. Numerous efficiency-boosting process innovations paid off here. The operating result also grew substantially. The figures for the first quarter also once again bear out our intermodal strategy. The transport volume, revenue and earnings recorded by our hinterland transportation services rose significantly, with disproportionately strong growth again being seen on the new connections in Germany, with Austria and Switzerland,” said Klaus-Dieter Peters, Chairman of HHLA’s Executive Board.
Increase in Far East Traffic Drives Growth in Container Throughput
In the first three months of 2014, HHLA’s container terminals in Hamburg and Odessa increased their throughput volume by 2.4 percent to 1,862 thousand standard containers (TEU) (previous year: 1,818 thousand TEU). Considerable growth of 8.1 percent in Far East cargo at the HHLA terminals in Hamburg played a substantial role here. Revenue in the Container segment rose by 5.8 percent to € 186.1 million (previous year: € 175.9 million), and thereby outpaced the growth in volumes. The operating result (EBIT) grew by 17.3 percent to € 37.3 million (previous year: € 31.8 million). The container terminal in Odessa recorded a decline in the first quarter which was for the time being only partly attributable to the political crisis between Ukraine and Russia.
HHLA’s Hinterland Strategy has Proved Itself
The HHLA transport companies once again succeeded in increasing their container traffic in the seaport hinterland in the first three months of 2014. With growth of 5.1 percent, the transport volume climbed to 305 thousand standard containers (TEU). This rise was due firstly to more frequent links with the Czech Republic and Slovakia and secondly to the success of the new services in Germany, with Austria and Switzerland. HHLA succeeded in further extending its market position here by virtue of considerably higher volumes. With growth of 12.9 percent to € 82.9 million (previous year: € 73.4 million), the revenue trend in the Intermodal segment outpaced the increase in volume. With growth of 8.1 percent at € 5.8 million (previous year: € 5.4 million), EBIT also outpaced volume development.
Forecast for Revenue and EBIT Unchanged
A number of fundamental uncertainties remain as regards the rest of the year. These relate first and foremost to the crisis in Ukraine, general economic risks and the current consolidation process, which is giving rise to new alliances and cooperations in container shipping. Provided that the current structure of cargo flows remains intact, HHLA still expects a slight increase in container throughput and moderate, above-market growth of its Intermodal companies for the full year 2014. On this basis, HHLA aims to achieve revenue slightly higher than in the previous year. At the same time, infrastructure deficits and competitive pressure due to growing idle terminal capacities represent increasing burdens. With this in mind, matching the previous year’s earnings figure remains an ambitious target.
Development of Key Group Figures at a Glance (January to March 2014)
- Revenue rose by 6.8 % to € 293.5 million.
- The operating result before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) was 2.8 % up on the previous year at € 69.4 million.
- The operating result (EBIT) increased by 4.8 % to € 39.3 million.
- Profit after tax and minority interests decreased by 27.2 % to € 10.5 million.
At € 286.4 million for the period from January to March 2014, the revenue generated by the listed Port Logistics subgroup – in which HHLA’s core business is pooled – grew by 6.8 % year-on-year. The subgroup’s operating result (EBIT) rose by 5.1 % to € 35.5 million. Earnings per share decreased by 34.0 % to € 0.12.
The Interim Report January to March is available at: http://hhla.de/fileadmin/download/investor_relations/HHLA_14Q1_EN.pdf.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is a leading port logistics group in Europe. With its Container, Intermodal and Logistics segments, HHLA is positioned vertically along the transport chain. Efficient container terminals, high-capacity transport systems and a full range of logistics services form a complete network between the overseas port and its European hinterland.