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Maersk Q2 Beats Expectations Amid Trade War

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Shailaja A. Lakshmi

The world's biggest container shipping company AP Moller-Maersk delivers a 17% increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) to USD 1.4 bn in Q2 compared to the same quarter last year.

Revenue grew slightly to USD 9.6bn, which is on par with last year, and the underlying profit increased to USD 134mln from USD 15mln in Q2 2018.

"Q2 was a quarter of solid progress. EBITDA was up 17% and cash flow improved 86% year on year, driven by continued recovery in Ocean," says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

On the back of the increases in volume and freight rates, Ocean EBITDA in Q2 increased 25% to USD 1.1bn. The Ocean business continued to recover with enhanced unit cost, utilization and reliability and revenue grew 2.9% to USD 7.2bn compared to Q2 2018.

Revenue in Terminals & Towage grew 13% to USD 957m compared to Q2 last year. In gateway terminals, volume in Q2 grew by 8.5% compared to last year, leading to higher utilization. EBITDA increased by 11%, partly offset by one-off items.

In Logistics & Services EBITDA grew to USD 61m in Q2 compared to USD 52m in the same quarter last year. Revenue was at USD 1.5bn, positively impacted by increased revenue in supply chain management, but offset by declining revenue from sea and air freight forwarding.

In Q2, A.P. Moller - Maersk distributed USD 615m in cash to shareholders through an ordinary dividend of USD 469m and USD 146m related to the first phase of the share buy-back program announced in May 2019 of DKK 10bn (around USD 1.5bn) over a period of up to 15 months.

"We reaffirm our guidance for 2019, while the macro environment continues to be subject to considerable uncertainties," says Skou.

The guidance continues to be subject to considerable uncertainties due to the weaker macroeconomic conditions and other external factors impacting container freight rates, bunker prices and foreign exchange rates.

Aug 15, 2019

 

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