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Stable profits in a challenging market environment

Press Release   •   Oct 25, 2016 05:00 GMT

In the first nine months of 2016, international freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina recorded a slight increase of EBIT and consolidated profit, when adjusted for the second-quarter restructuring provision of CHF 26 million. EBIT reached CHF 93.6 million and the consolidated profit CHF 72.6 million. Against the backdrop of receding markets in air and ocean freight, Panalpina’s volumes increased by 9% in Air Freight while they decreased by 9% in Ocean Freight. Logistics continued its positive development on the EBIT level.

“Despite shrinking air and ocean freight markets and high margin pressure in the first nine months of the year we delivered an improved EBIT and consolidated profit (both adjusted for one-offs). Continued high cost discipline, particularly in the third quarter, made this achievement possible”, says Panalpina CEO Stefan Karlen. “Our Air Freight and Ocean Freight products developed contrarily. In Air Freight our volumes increased by 9% while they decreased by the same amount in Ocean Freight. This resulted in a practically unchanged overall gross profit when compared to last year.”

Panalpina Group: Results for the first nine months of 2016

(CHF million)YTD 2016YTD 2015
Net forwarding revenue3,863.54,409.3
Gross profit1,091.71,107.3
EBITDA reported104.6131.5
EBIT reported67.592.4
Consolidated profit reported46.569.3
Non-recurring items(26.1)-
EBITDA adjusted130.7131.5
EBIT adjusted93.692.4
Consolidated profit adjusted72.669.3

Higher EBIT and consolidated profit

Group gross profit decreased 1% to CHF 1,091.7 million in the first nine months of 2016 (YTD 2015: CHF 1,107.3 million). Total operating expenses amounted to CHF 961 million, 2% less than in the same period of the previous year (YTD 2015: CHF 975.8 million). Adjusted for the oil and gas related restructuring provision of CHF 26.1 million in the second quarter, EBIT reached CHF 93.6 million (reported YTD 2016: CHF 67.5 million; YTD 2015: CHF 92.4 million). The adjusted EBIT-to-gross-profit margin came in at 8.6% (reported YTD 2016: 6.2%; YTD 2015: 8.3%) and the adjusted consolidated profit amounted to CHF 72.6 million (reported YTD 2016: CHF 46.5 million; YTD 2015: CHF 69.3 million).

Air Freight

Panalpina’s Air Freight volumes increased 9% in the first nine months of 2016, while the market decreased by an estimated 1%. The recently acquired perishables business accounted for about 6% volume growth and new business accounted for the remaining 3% growth. Gross profit per ton decreased 5% to CHF 678 (YTD 2015: CHF 715), resulting in a total gross profit of CHF 453.4 million (YTD 2015: CHF 439.7 million). Air Freight achieved an adjusted EBIT of CHF 72.6 million (reported YTD 2016: CHF 60.0 million; YTD 2015: CHF 67.6 million), while the EBIT-to-gross-profit margin for the first nine months of 2016 increased to 16.0% (reported YTD 2016: CHF 13.2%; YTD 2015: 15.4%).

Ocean Freight

Panalpina’s Ocean Freight volumes from January to September 2016 decreased 9% year on year while the market shrank by an estimated 1%. The decrease was mainly due to significantly lower volumes in oil and gas since the beginning of the year as well as a discontinued high-volume contract. However, gross profit per TEU increased 5% to CHF 314 (YTD 2015: CHF 300), resulting in a gross profit overall of CHF 345.0 million (YTD 2015: CHF 362.2 million). Adjusted EBIT in Ocean Freight amounted to CHF 16.0 million (reported YTD 2016: CHF 6.3 million; YTD 2015: CHF 22.8 million). The EBIT-to-gross-profit margin came in with 4.6% for the first nine months of 2016 slightly below last year (reported YTD 2016: 1.8%; YTD 2015: 6.3%).

Logistics

In Logistics, gross profit decreased 4% to CHF 293.3 million (YTD 2015: CHF 305.5 million) and adjusted EBIT increased to CHF 5.0 million for the first nine months of 2016, compared to CHF 2.0 million in the same period of last year (reported YTD 2016: CHF 1.2 million).

Outlook

“As outlined at our Capital Markets Day at the end of September, we are absolutely committed to maintaining our cost discipline while at the same time intensifying our focus on top-line growth,” says Karlen. “It is our firm intention to grow organically, but also by way of bolt-on acquisitions. In this process, we don’t expect any tailwind from the markets in the foreseeable future.”

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Energy and Project Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector.

The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in over 90 countries. Panalpina employs approximately 15,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.

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