• 2019 March 16 11:32

    DP World reports 20% revenue growth in 2018

    Global trade enabler DP World today announces strong financial results for the year ended 31 December 2018. On a reported basis, revenue grew 19.8% and adjusted EBITDA increased 13.7% with adjusted EBITDA margin of 49.7%, delivering profit attributable to owners of the Company, before separately disclosed items[1], of $1,270 million, up 5.1%, and EPS of 153.0 US cents. On a like-for-like basis, revenue grew 4.2%, adjusted EBITDA increased by 6.6% with adjusted EBITDA margin of 54.1%, and earnings attributable to owners of the Company increased 7.6%.

    Results Highlights

    Revenue of $5,646 million
    Revenue growth of 19.8% driven by acquisition of Drydocks World, Dubai Maritime City (DMC), Cosmos Agencia Maritima, Continental Warehousing Corporation (CWC)and Santos consolidation
    Like-for-like revenue increased by 4.2% driven by a 6.3% increase in total containerized revenue.
     
    Adjusted EBITDA of $2,808 million and adjusted EBITDA margin of 49.7%
    Adjusted EBITDA grew 13.7% and achieved an EBITDA margin for the full year of 49.7%. Like-for-like adjusted EBITDA margin was at 54.1%.
     
    Profit for the period attributable to owners of the Company of $1,270 million
    Strong adjusted EBITDA growth resulted in a 5.1% increase in profit attributable to owners of the Company before separately disclosed items on a reported basis and 7.6% growth on a like-for-like basis at constant currency.

    Strong cash generation and robust balance sheet
    Cash from operating activities was $2,161 million.
    Free cash flow (post cash tax maintenance capital expenditure and pre-dividends) amounted to $1,811 million.
    Leverage (Net Debt to adjusted EBITDA) at 2.8 times.

    Total dividend per share increased by 4.9% to 43 US cents
    Ordinary dividend increased by 4.9% to 43 US cents to reflect earnings growth in 2018.

    Disciplined investment in high quality long-term assets to drive long-term profitable growth, and create long-term value for shareholders
    Capital expenditure of $908 million invested across the portfolio during the year, below the Group’s guidance of approximately $1,400 million in 2018.
    In 2018, gross global capacity was at 90.8 million TEU. Consolidated capacity was at 49.7 million TEU

    The acquisitions of Drydocks, DMC, CWC, Cosmos Agencia and Unifeeder are performing in line with expectations and we have seen increased contribution to our revenue line.
    We expect capital expenditure in 2019 to be up to $1.4 billion with investment planned mainly into UAE, Posorja (Ecuador), Berbera (Somaliland), Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt).

    Continued investment in Ports and Logistics
    DP World continued to invest in solution providers and acquired the integrated multimodal logistics player Continental Warehousing Corporation (CWC) in India, Cosmos Agencia Marítima in Peru, and the Unifeeder Group in Denmark, which operates the largest container common user feeder and growing shortsea network in Europe. We have also announced the acquisition of the pan-European logistics business, P&O Ferries.[8]
    Aside from our investments in solution providers, we won a 30-year concession for the management and development of a greenfield port project at Banana in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We announced the acquisition of two ports in Chile8, which will allow us to serve cargo owners at five major gateway terminals in the west coast of South America. We have also consolidated our position once again in Australia8, where there is an opportunity to expand beyond the ports into logistics.

    Global trade to grow but outlook remains uncertain
    Global trade continued to grow despite trade dispute and geopolitical challenges.
    We continue to focus on maintaining our disciplined approach to investment to ensure we remain the trade partner of choice as well as strengthening our product offering to play a wider role in the global supply chain as a trade enabler.
    Looking ahead into 2019, we expect to continue to deliver growth and see increased contributions from our new investments.

    DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, commented:

    “DP World is pleased to report like-for-like earnings growth of 7.6% in 2018 and attributable earnings of $1,270 million. Adjusted EBITDA grew 13.7% to $2,808 million with margins at 49.7% on a reported basis and 54.1% on a like-for-like basis. This robust performance has been delivered in an uncertain trade environment, once again highlighting the resilience of our portfolio.

    We have made good progress in delivering on our strategy of strengthening our portfolio to become a global solution provider and trade enabler with approximately $2.5[9]billion worth of acquisitions announced in the year. These acquisitions offer strong growth opportunities and enhance DP World’s presence in the global supply chain as we continue to diversify our revenue base and look at opportunities to connect directly with the owners of cargo and aggregators of demand.

    Going forward, we aim to integrate our new acquisitions and drive synergies across the portfolio with the objective of removing inefficiencies in global trade, improving the quality of our earnings and driving returns.

    The Board of DP World recommends increasing the dividend by 5% to $ 365.9 million at 43 US cents per share, which is in line with past policy of maintaining a payout ratio of approximately 30%. The Board is confident of the Company’s ability to continue to generate cash and support our future growth whilst maintaining a consistent dividend payout.

    Current year has started with trading in line with expectations and whilst the near-term outlook remains uncertain with the trade war and geopolitical headwinds, we expect our portfolio to remain resilient and see increased contributions from our recent acquisitions and investments.”




2019 May 23

09:39 NOVATEK signed MoU with Ninh Thuan Province in Vietnam
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,059 points
09:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:08 Royal IHC signs contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala
08:25 Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company sign heads of agreement for Port Arthur LNG

2019 May 22

18:05 CMA CGM to resume the Bijagos Shuttle service
17:50 RF Government approves rules for collecting port investment dues from ship owners in Russian seaports
17:38 The University of Calabria and Finсantieri ink training agreement
17:05 CMA CGM PAD-Service delivers first Zespri kiwifruits to the port of Zeebrugge
16:44 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
16:05 Jinling Shipyard in China orders 4 × MAN 51/60DF engines for Baltic RoPax newbuilding
15:31 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-Apr’19 fell by 3.5% to 3.89 million tonnes (table)
15:09 Rob Grool appointed new CEO at ZEABORN Ship Management
14:45 CMA CGM to upgrade its EUROSAL XL service between North Europe, the Caribbean and South America West Coast
14:29 InterMoor wins 2 mooring installation contracts from COOEC
14:04 Comprehensive drill held at CPC Marine Terminal
13:28 Astrakhan branch of Ship Repair Center ‘Zvezdochka’ launches rescue towboat SB-427 for RF Defence Ministry
13:09 DOF, KONGSBERG, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE join forces to deliver ‘Intelligent Efficiency’ for offshore operations
12:52 Gazprom Neft develops partnerships with leading cruise operators
12:27 New standard Cyber Security Clause agreed by BIMCO’s Documentary Committee
12:09 PETRONAS floating LNG Satu achieves its first LNG drop post relocation
11:44 ESPS Navarra provides maritime security training in Seychelles
11:09 Hamburg Süd christens “Polar Ecuador” in Antwerp
10:51 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 34% Y-o-Y to 275,500 tonnes
10:30 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 16% Y-o-Y to 3.94 million tonnes
10:08 Austal partners with Fred. Olsen on next generation MARINELINK Smart technology rollout
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,049 points
09:37 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
09:37 WesCom Signal and Rescue showcases its commitment to safety training at Nor-Shipping 2019
09:20 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.62% to $71.73, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.82% to $62.61
09:08 West Africa Container Terminal makes further investment in equipment
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 22
08:08 Ocean Yield takes delivery of two modern Ultramax dry bulk vessels with 11-year charters

2019 May 21

18:33 Maersk to charter 13 new feeder ships powered by conventional fuel from 2021
18:25 Long-term Wärtsilä service agreements support optimal performance for LNG Carriers
18:04 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Nisshin Shipping
17:48 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Apr'2019 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 6.65 million tonnes
17:25 Bunker prices still show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:19 ABB to enable world’s first hydrogen-powered river vessel
17:04 Port of Zeebrugge sets new record with maiden call of OOCL United Kingdom
16:42 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down Pioner-M, research ship of Project 25700
16:19 USCG host workshop to discuss safe operation of commercial passenger vessels
16:04 IMO issues additional guidance for sulphur 2020 implementation
15:33 UN agency pushes forward on shipping emissions reduction
15:19 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Nevsky Shipyard second vessel in a series of five dry cargo vessel of project RSD59
15:03 Panama Canal announces enhancements to its Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program
14:27 DSD sells its ferry and expressboat company Norled
14:06 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Apr’2019 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 18.95 million tonnes
14:03 MOL and Weathernews release of FOCUS Project part I 'Fleet Viewer' application
13:44 Port of Hamburg posts Q1 2019 results
13:41 Czech and Polish officials visit the Port of Gdansk to promote trade between the countries
13:14 Multipurpose Reloading Complex boosts investments in environment protection 15 times to RUB 8 million
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 35.55 million tonnes in 4M’19, up 8% Y-o-Y
12:25 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Apr'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 19.67 million tonnes
12:02 IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee published a report “Autonomous Vehicles’ Impact on Port Infrastructure Requirements ”
11:28 Port of Kiel welcomes “Aidaprima” for its maiden call
11:00 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 2.9 million for implementation of its social programme in 1Q’2019
10:11 Swan Hunter completes modular offshore grid cable storage load-in
09:56 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.31% to $72.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $63.48
09:27 Debmarine Namibia to invest in world’s first custom-built diamond recovery vessel