• 2019 August 14 14:02

    ICTSI throughput up 7% to 5.0 million TEUs in 1H2019

    ICTSI announces strong financial results and operational performance; Net income growth of 42% to US$128.5M in 1H2019, the company said in its release.

    Enrique K. Razon, Jr., President and Chairman of ICTSI said: “ICTSI’s performance in the first half of 2019 has been very positive. The group’s focus on generating high quality earnings from our ports, ramping up activities at our newer terminals and strong cost control has enabled us to continue to deliver on our strategic objectives. Our business remains relatively unscathed by current geopolitical headwinds, but we remain vigilant and continue to monitor the situation closely. ICTSI is a robust business, strongly placed for the second half and the Board remains confident of the future.”

    International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) today reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the first half of 2019 posting revenue from port operations of US$751.8 million, an increase of 14 percent over the US$661.8 million reported for the first six months of 2018; Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of US$424.4 million was 19 percent higher than the US$356.1 million generated in the first half of 2018. Net income attributable to equity holders of US$128.5 million grew by 42 percent compared to the US$90.2 million earned in the same period last year mainly due to improved operating income contribution from the terminals in Iraq, Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Subic in the Philippines; the continuing ramp-up at the new terminals in Papua New Guinea; and a decrease in equity in net loss at Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA), its joint venture container terminal project with PSA International Pte Ltd. (PSA) in Buenaventura, Colombia. The increase was partially tapered by a non-recurring gain from the interest rate swap related to the pre-payment of the project finance loan at its terminal operations in Manzanillo, Mexico in 2018. Excluding the non-recurring gain in 2018, consolidated net income attributable to equity holders would have increased by 47 percent in 2019. Diluted earnings per share was 65 percent higher at US$0.048 from US$0.029 in the first half of 2018.

    For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, revenue from port operations increased nine percent from US$336.4 million to US$368.0 million; EBITDA was 13 percent higher at US$201.9 million from US$178.5 million; and net income attributable to equity holders was up 14 percent from US$49.4 million in 2018 to US$56.1 million in the same period in 2019. Excluding the non-recurring pre-termination gain from the interest rate swap at CMSA in Manzanillo, Mexico in 2018, consolidated net income attributable to equity would have increased by 20 percent in 2019. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter was 22 percent higher at US$0.020 compared to US$0.016 in 2018.

    ICTSI handled consolidated volume of 5,041,916 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the first six months of 2019, seven percent more than the 4,714,255 TEUs handled in the same period in 2018. The increase in volume was mainly due to continuing ramp-up at ICTSI’s operations in Melbourne, Australia and Manzanillo, Mexico; improvement in trade activities in Subic, Philippines Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rijeka, Croatia; new shipping lines and services in Gdynia, Poland; and the new terminals in Lae and Motukea in Papua New Guinea. For the quarter ended June 30, 2019, total consolidated throughput was seven percent higher at 2,563,244 TEUs compared to 2,388,715 TEUs in 2018.
    Gross revenues from port operations for the first half of 2019 increased 14 percent to US$751.8 million compared to US$661.8 million reported in the same period in 2018. The increase in revenues was mainly due to volume growth; tariff adjustments for certain services at multiple terminals; new contracts with shipping lines and services; continuing ramp-up at ICTSI’s operations in Melbourne, Australia and Manzanillo, Mexico; and the contribution from the Company’s new terminals in Lae and Motukea in Papua New Guinea. For the second quarter of 2019, gross revenues increased nine percent from US$336.4 million to US$368.0 million.

    Consolidated cash operating expenses in the first half of 2019 was five percent higher at US$232.0 million compared to US$221.2 million in the same period in 2018. The increase in cash operating expenses was mainly due to higher volume; government-mandated and contracted salary rate adjustments at certain terminals; increase in information technology-related and business development expenses; and the cost contribution of the new terminals in Lae and Motukea in Papua New Guinea; partially tapered by continuous monitoring of cost optimization measures and favorable translation impact of Pakistani Rupee expenses at Karachi, Pakistan, Australian dollar expenses at Melbourne, Australia and Brazilian Reais expenses at Suape, Brazil.

    Consolidated EBITDA for the first half of 2019 increased 19 percent to US$424.4 million from US$356.1 million in 2018 mainly due to strong revenues partially tapered by the higher operating expenses driven by volume growth. Consequently, EBITDA margin increased to 56 percent in the first half of 2019 from 54 percent in the same period in 2018.

    Consolidated financing charges and other expenses for the first half was marginally lower at 0.6 percent from US$60.0 million in 2018 to US$59.6 million in 2019 primarily due to the lower interest expense resulting from the prepayment of the CMSA project finance loan in May 2018 and lower borrowing cost tapered by the new loan drawdowns in the first half of 2019.

    Capital expenditures excluding capitalized borrowing costs for the first six months of 2019 amounted to US$120.5 million, approximately 32 percent of the US380.0 million capital expenditures budget for the full year 2019. The estimated capital expenditure budget will be utilized mainly for the ongoing expansion projects in Manila, Mexico and Iraq; equipment acquisitions and upgrades; and for maintenance requirements.

    ICTSI is a leading global developer, manager and operator of container terminals in the 50,000 to three million TEU/year range. ICTSI operates in 19 countries across six continents and continues to pursue container terminal opportunities around the world. ICTSI has long held to the principle of sustainability and is committed to the continuing effort to more systematically and deeply integrate sustainability principles in strategic visioning, planning, and execution – creating positive impact across operations, across borders, and across generations.




2020 January 23

12:05 Port of Long Beach moves more than 7.6 million TEU in 2019
11:48 Croatian DIV Group in process to take-over Kleven Verft
11:00 Austal awarded A$15.5m contract for a 41 metre high speed catamaran ferry for SGTM Mauritius
10:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 23
10:27 ABS marks record-setting three years without a work-related lost time injury
10:25 IBIA: IMO 2020 preparations pay off
10:03 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.4% to $64.33, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.48% to $58.1
09:46 TransContainer dispatched test train with hazardous cargo in reefers from Korea to Poland
09:24 Baltic Dry Index is down to 623 points
09:08 Swissterminal and DP World enter strategic partnership
08:36 CMA CGM introduces NETWORKING INTERMEDIATION SERVICES

2020 January 22

18:37 BunkerTrace secures first commercial partnership with Marfin Management
18:07 MAN Cryo to supply icebreaking RoRos with fuel gas supply system
17:45 Throughput of Chinese sea and river ports in 2019 grew by 5.7% YoY to 13.95 billion tonnes
17:20 Ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet approached the Strait of Tunis
17:06 Boluda Towage Europe introduces 1st retrofit of conventional tug complying with IMO TIER III Standards in Zeebrugge
16:56 Russian-Japanese anti-piracy exercise successfully completed in the Arabian sea
16:05 European shipping industry urges the revival of Operation Sophia
15:38 Marubeni and Klaveness join forces to create the world’s leading dry bulk Panamax pool
15:23 IMO Secretary-General calls for renewed cooperation at Davos forum
14:57 Positive steps for Somalia’s maritime sector
13:40 Medium sized sea tanker Akademik Pashin entered service with the Baltic Fleet
12:52 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
12:29 Nonius Engineering supports 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
11:44 NIBULON’s fleet transported a record number of cargoes by Ukrainian rivers in 2019
11:19 DNV GL’s Technology Outlook 2030: Digital acceleration and climate change
11:01 IMO Secretary-General assesses progress on sulphur limit implementation
10:58 NIBULON’s non-self-propelled B1500 Project vessel made its first cargo trip
10:36 Nibulon achieved record export results in 2019
10:13 Representatives of Russian and Japanese Navies held briefing on board Baltic Fleet’s guard ship
10:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 22
09:51 Ministers of the Government of the Russian Federation appointed
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.4% to $64.33, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.48% to $58.1
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 689 points

2020 January 21

18:27 ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries complete landmark smart functions JDP
18:07 Mystic orders four more Explorer Class Polar expedition vessels
17:43 Outer Port is among main topics of Polish-Japanese economic cooperation
17:19 Wärtsilä LNG Bunkering & Fuel Supply System Simulator launched to raise training levels
17:18 BCT ends 2019 with highest every cargo handling of 500 000 TEU
16:55 Letter of Intent signed between Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. and Pelixar S.A.
16:14 New ASCO vessel to be named after Academician Khoshbakht Yusifzadeh
15:30 Port of Singapore throughput in 2019 declined by 0.6% to 626.18 million tonnes
15:01 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2019 remained flat Y-o-Y at 3.2 million tonnes
14:39 18,880 ships with total tonnage of 1.2 billion tonnes passed Suez Canal in 2019
14:06 BIMCO issues update on Persian Gulf tensions and sanctions clauses
13:42 Rosmorport reports on icebreaker support in Russian seaports as of mid-January 2020
13:17 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 11.06 million tonnes
12:53 Eesti Gaas becomes one of the largest LNG suppliers in the region
12:28 Throughput of port Vyborg in 2019 fell by 37% Y-o-Y to 1.21 million tonnes
12:05 German Naval Yards Kiel takes legal actions against MKS 180 procurement
11:54 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2019 fell by 4.6% Y-o-Y to 47.5 million tonnes
11:29 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 2019 climbed by 3% Y-o-Y to 19.40 million tonnes
11:05 Fincantieri enters the green cutting-edge project “ITER”
10:52 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2019 grew by 14% Y-o-Y to 61.02 million tonnes
10:37 Software for ship agents supported with digitalisation grant
10:21 Baltic Dry Index is down to 729 points
10:05 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.55% to $64.84, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.32% to $58.39
09:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 21
09:47 MOL Logistics (Thailand) strengthens total logistics services
09:30 Port of Ust-Luga handled 103.85 million tonnes in 2019, up 5% Y-o-Y