Port Wings News Network:
In the first three months of 2018, international freight forwarding and logistics company Panalpina improved profitability compared to the same period of last year. Panalpina reported an EBIT of CHF 24.4 million (YTD 2017: CHF 16.4 million) and a consolidated profit of CHF 16.6 million (YTD 2017: CHF 12.4 million).
Commenting on the results, Stefan Karlen, CEO, Panalpina, said, “We’ve had an encouraging start into 2018. Profitability per transported unit increased in both Air and Ocean Freight.”
Stefan Karlen stated: “In Ocean Freight we still recorded a loss, but it has come down from the last quarter of 2017. Logistics contributed to the good overall performance with a solid EBIT result.”
Higher EBIT and consolidated profit
In the first quarter of 2018, Panalpina’s gross profit increased 11% to CHF 370.7 million (YTD 2017: CHF 332.7 million), while total operating expenses stayed flat at CHF 306.3 million (YTD 2017: CHF 305.7 million). EBIT and consolidated profit increased year-on-year by 49% and 34% respectively. EBIT reached CHF 24.4 million compared to CHF 16.4 million a year before and the EBIT-to-gross-profit margin stood at 6.6%, up from 4.9% in 2017. The consolidated profit increased from CHF 12.4 million to CHF 16.6 million.
Panalpina’s Air Freight volumes increased 3% in the first quarter of 2018. Compared to the same period of last year, gross profit per ton increased 19% to CHF 739 (YTD 2017: 620), while overall gross profit increased to CHF 177.8 million (YTD 2017: CHF 144.7 million). EBIT in Air Freight increased from CHF 17.1 million to CHF 26.9 million. The EBIT-to-gross-profit margin came in at 15.1% compared to 11.8% a year before.
Panalpina’s Ocean Freight volumes decreased 4% year-on-year, mainly as the result of a discontinued high-volume contract, while gross profit per TEU increased 7% to CHF 303 (YTD 2017: CHF 282), bringing gross profit to CHF 108.9 million (YTD 2017: CHF 105.5 million). For the first quarter of 2018, Ocean Freight recorded an EBIT loss of CHF 5.8 million, compared to a loss of CHF 3.2 million a year before.
In Logistics, gross profit increased 2% to CHF 84.0 million year-on-year (YTD 2017: CHF 82.5 million). EBIT reached CHF 3.4 million for the first three months of 2018, compared to CHF 2.4 million for the same period of last year.
“Global air freight demand continues to be healthy and the carriers have begun to increase rates substantially. We will have to be very disciplined in passing these rate increases on as we head for a summer season that could be busier than usual again,” says Karlen. “In Ocean Freight, our immediate focus is clearly on improving profitability. In Logistics, we have made important investments that put us in a good position for top-line growth during the rest of the year.”