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Kuehne + Nagel Group | 9-Months 2018 Results [Forwarder]

Success continues
Market share gains through strong volume growth
Significant increase in turnover and gross profit
EBIT and earnings for the period well up on previous year
Schindellegi / CH, October 18, 2018 – The Kuehne + Nagel Group significantly increased EBIT and earnings for the period in the first nine months of 2018. The conversion rate (EBIT-to-gross-profit ratio) remains at a high level. The company achieved strong volume growth, with a particularly dynamic development in seafreight.

Kuehne + Nagel Group
January to September 2018 2017 Variance
CHF million
Net turnover 15,361 13,525 +13.6%
Gross profit 5,736 5,136 +11.7%
Operational result (EBITDA) 906 840 +7.9%
EBIT 745 685 +8.8%
Earnings for the period 580 540 +7.4%

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG: “Kuehne + Nagel has continued its dynamic performance from the first half of the year into the third quarter and achieved a very positive result for the first nine months of 2018. The performance in the business units seafreight, airfreight and overland is remarkable. In contract logistics, results are as expected negatively affected by investments in the operation platform, which have been realised according to plan in this year. Based on the very good results of the first nine months, we expect this year to close successfully.”

In seafreight, Kuehne + Nagel increased the volume by 8.8 percent and thus grew twice as fast as market. In the first nine months of the year the company shipped 3.519 million standard containers (TEU), 284,000 more than in the same period of the previous year. A substantial amount of new business was gained with digital end-to-end solutions, with high demand on the market for the two digital platforms KN ESP and SeaExplorer, launched in 2018. EBIT for the first nine months of the year was up 5.2 percent at CHF 324 million with stable margins. The conversion rate of 29.0 percent remains a leading mark in the industry.

Airfreight stayed en route for success in the first nine months of 2018 and continued its strong performance from the previous quarters. Tonnage increased by 16.0 percent to 1,302 million tonnes, therewith well above market growth with major contributions from industry-specific end-to-end solutions. With the recent acquisition of Panatlantic’s business, a perishables airfreight specialist in Ecuador, Kuehne + Nagel continues to strengthen its network in this segment after successfully completing the integration of CFI Commodity Forwarders, the leading perishables provider in the USA. EBIT was up 19.4 percent against the same period of the previous year at CHF 271 million. The conversion rate remained high at 30.3 percent.

Success continued in Kuehne + Nagel overland with a net turnover growth of 16.2 percent compared with the same period of the previous year whilst gross profit increased by 15.6 percent. EBIT improved 58.3 percent over the previous year to CHF 57 million. This strong performance was driven by the US intermodal business, benefiting from the increase in oil prices, and dynamic business development in Europe, particularly in Germany and the UK.

Contract logistics
Growth in contract logistics was well above the market with net turnover increasing by 10.6 percent and gross profit by 10.7 percent. Business performance developed well in North America, Asia and Germany and with e-commerce fulfilment solutions. Results are negatively affected by investments in the operation platform, which have been made according to plan in this year. At CHF 93 million EBIT was as expected below the previous year’s level. Key milestones in contract logistics were reached with the successful launch of a new digital warehouse management system and leading digital end-to-end solutions. Furthermore, Kuehne + Nagel agreed on the acquisition of a Chinese automotive logistics group and a local Indonesian logistics company.

Posted at 21:21   パーマリンク


New sustainability pact between Panalpina and CMA CGM [Forwarder]

Panalpina, the world’s fourth biggest ocean freight forwarder by transport volumes, and CMA CGM, one of the world’s leading shipping groups, have signed a sustainability agreement aimed at reducing their respective carbon emissions by 2025. As of 2020, newbuild LNG-powered mega-vessels with a capacity of 22,000 twenty-foot containers (TEUs) will help achieve the environmental goals.

Aiming at responsible development in ocean freight, Panalpina and CMA CGM have signed a sustainability agreement for maritime transport.

“Partnering with strategic partners such as CMA CGM that are technology driven and share a similar vision of sustainability, and using them to transport our customers’ cargo will help us achieve our ambitious sustainability goals,” says Lindsay Zingg, Panalpina’s global head of quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE). Panalpina is one of only 140 companies globally with approved Science Based Targets where the company – amongst other targets – commits to reduce CO2 emissions from subcontracted transportation by 22 percent by 2025 (baseline 2013).

CMA CGM, one of the world’s largest box ship carriers, aims to reduce carbon emissions per standard container (TEU) transported by 30 percent by 2025 (baseline 2015). “We are determined to reach that goal by investing in highly fuel-efficient vessels, making constant technical improvements, and retrofitting our fleet,” says Julien Topenot, head of environment and sustainability at CMA CGM.

LNG-powered mega-vessels to reduce carbon emissions

Marseilles-based CMA CGM, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, was the first shipping company to order container ships propelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Nine LNG-powered mega-vessels or ULCVs (Ultra Large Container Vessels) with a capacity of 22,000 TEUs are scheduled for delivery in 2020. “Compared to current fuel-powered vessels, our new LNG vessels will enable a reduction of up to 25 percent in CO2. They will also generate 99% less sulphur emissions, 99% less fine particles and 85% less nitrogen oxides emissions,” explains Topenot.

“We are already using CMA CGM’s most efficient and environmentally-friendly services. With this new agreement, both Panalpina and CMA CGM reinforce their commitment to sustainability,” adds Zingg.

In 2017, Panalpina transported 1.5 million TEUs, making it the fourth biggest ocean freight forwarder in the world.

In the same year, with a fleet of approximately 500 vessels including energy-efficient ships such as the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and more than 200 services that cover all of the world’s seas, CMA CGM transported 19 million TEUs.

For the environment and more

The scope of the sustainability agreement between CMA CGM and Panalpina goes beyond the reduction of the environmental impact via eco-friendly transport solutions. The companies have committed to collaborate, innovate and improve in four key areas: the environment, ethics and compliance, social responsibility, and community. Initiatives where CMA GGM and Panalpina intend to work more closely together include occupational health and safety programs, local sourcing as well as emergency relief and support.

Notes to the editor:

Since January 2015, Panalpina automatically calculates all customers’ emissions based on the reporting standard EN 16258. In December 2015, Panalpina committed to the Science Based Target Initiative, setting approved science-based targets and thus agreeing to actively manage emissions through reduced energy use and stakeholder engagement. Panalpina was one of the first companies globally to have such targets approved. They are in line with the views of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to keep global warming below a dangerous threshold. According to this panel of scientists, global greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by up to 70% by 2050 to limit global warming to 2 °C and avert irreversible climate change. In a new report published on October 8, 2018, the IPCC highlighted a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by further limiting global warming to 1.5 °C instead of only 2 °C.

Following the International Maritime Organization’s historic decision in April of 2018, aimed at reducing the total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008, CMA CGM reaffirmed its commitment towards the protection of the environment with the new 30-percent reduction goal by 2025. Prior to this, the CMA CGM Group had already developed several innovations (fleet and engine optimization, creation of Fleet Centers, etc.), which led to a reduction of its carbon emissions by 50% between 2005 and 2015 and by 10% in 2017 compared to the previous year.



CMA CGM is a leading worldwide shipping group with a young and diversified fleet of approximately 500 vessels. Its ships call 420 of the world’s 521 commercial ports. In 2017, they carried 18.95 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units). Headed by Rodolphe Saadé, the CMA CGM Group is present in more than 160 countries with 755 agencies and more than 30,000 employees worldwide. 4,500 employees work in France, of which 2,400 at the Group’s head office, the CMA CGM Tower in Marseilles, the city where the company was founded in 1978 and today is the largest private employer.

Posted at 20:08   パーマリンク


CEVA Logistics rejects take over proposal [Forwarder]

The Board of Directors of CEVA Logistics AG, a global asset-light third-party logistics company, announces that it has received an unsolicited non-binding proposal to acquire the company at the price of CHF 27.75 per share in cash. The Board of Directors of CEVA Logistics carefully reviewed the proposal with the support of its legal and financial advisors and unanimously concluded that the proposal is not in the best interest of the company and its shareholders. Specifically, the Board of Directors concluded that the proposal significantly undervalues CEVA's prospects as a standalone company particularly as CEVA Logistics together with CMA CGM S.A. ("CMA CGM") as a strategic partner has been exploring measures to enhance performance in order to unlock CEVA Logistics' full potential. The unsolicited proposal is therefore inadequate. Accordingly, the Board of Directors has decided to not engage on the basis of this unsolicited proposal.

Modification of stand-still agreement with CMA CGM

In light of the current circumstances, the Board of Directors on request of its major shareholder CMA CGM has agreed to modify the current stand-still agreement between CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM. CMA CGM's duty to not increase its holding above the current 24.99% of the share capital until 5 November, 2018 has been amended to the effect that CMA-CGM is allowed to increase its holding up to one third of the voting rights of CEVA Logistics with immediate effect. All other obligations of CMA CGM (as made public in the IPO prospectus) remain in place, in particular the obligation of CMA CGM to tender its shares into a public tender offer by a third party if recommended by the Board of Directors unless CMA CGM launches a superior offer. In addition, CMA CGM has agreed, under certain conditions, to not launch or trigger an offer without the recommendation of the Board of Directors in the next 6 months (other than an offer which is superior to another offer).

Posted at 11:42   パーマリンク

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