• 2019 August 14 16:04

    HHLA H1 2019 performance report: growth with sustainable success

    Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) continued its successful business development and closed the first half of 2019 with rising revenue and results. It was again possible to improve profitability in a challenging market environment. Container throughput increased moderately, due in particular to the successful integration of the Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia, which was acquired last year. A significant rise in container transport was achieved. In conjunction with a strong increase in revenue in the Logistics segment and a once again moderate increase in revenue from property management, this led to total revenue of € 693.7 million (+ 9.6 %). The operating result (EBIT) improved strongly by € 14.4 million, or 14.4 %, to € 114.3 million. Effects from the initial application of the IFRS 16 standard accounted for € 7.1 million of the EBIT increase.

    Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board: “The results achieved in the first half of the year confirm our expectations of reaching the targets forecast for 2019. However, these results only represent one step in our strategic plan to secure the success of HHLA in the mid- and long-term future. It goes without saying that, in addition to the continued development of our core business and tapping into further business fields, sustainability and climate protection are integral elements of our business model. We are aware of our responsibility – not only for HHLA’s economic development but also towards society – and have already done a lot of work in this area.”

    Port Logistics subgroup: performance January to June 2019
    The listed Port Logistics subgroup saw a 9.8 % increase in revenue in the first six months to € 677.5 million, while the operating result (EBIT) rose strongly by 15.6 % to € 105.6 million. The EBIT margin improved by 0.8 percentage points to 15.6 %.

    In the Container segment, container throughput increased moderately by 3.8 % in the first half of 2019 to 3,770 thousand standard containers (TEU). This was particularly influenced by the successful integration of the terminal in Tallinn, which was acquired last year. Due to the increase in volume of 3.8 % combined with an improvement in average revenue compared to 2018, revenue increased by 5.6 % to € 401.7 million. This was largely caused by an increase in the rail share. The operating result (EBIT) increased by € 3.6 million or 5.3 % year-on-year to € 71.8 million. Of this increase, € 5.2 million is attributable to the application of IFRS 16. The EBIT margin remained unchanged at 17.9 %.

    In the first half of 2019, HHLA’s transport companies achieved significant growth in the Intermodal segment. With an increase of 9.6 %, container transport rose to 782 thousand standard containers (TEU). This trend was driven by growth in both rail and road transport. Compared with the previous year, rail transport increased by 9.3 % to 610 thousand TEU. In a market environment that remains difficult, road transport grew by 10.8 % to 172 thousand TEU due to the strong increase in delivery volumes. At € 244.1 million, revenue was up 17.4 % on the prior-year figure and thus performed much better than transport volume. With a roughly sustained rail share compared to the previous year, longer transport distances, in addition to price adjustments, made a particular contribution to this strong increase in revenue.  

    As a result of the positive trends in volume and revenue, the operating result (EBIT) increased by 31.6 % to € 50.8 million. Lower route prices in Germany led to the further increase in capacity utilisation of train systems. The application of IFRS 16 did not have a major influence on the positive EBIT trend.

    Port Logistics subgroup: outlook
    Due to the takeover of North America services and the first full-year consolidation of throughput volumes of the HHLA TK Estonia container terminal, HHLA expects a slight overall increase in container throughput in 2019. Slight year-on-year growth is also expected for container transport. At a Group level, this should lead to a slight increase in revenue.

    The operating result (EBIT) of the Port Logistics subgroup is expected to rise significantly year-on-year in 2019, largely due to the changes in lease accounting policy (IFRS 16) as of 2019. Earnings for the subgroup will be shaped largely by the Container and Intermodal segments. Stable EBIT development on a par with the previous year is expected for the Container segment, while significant growth is expected for the Intermodal segment.

    Real Estate subgroup: performance January to June 2019 and outlook
    HHLA’s properties in the Speicherstadt historical warehouse district and the fish market area reported a positive trend in the first six months of 2019. Revenue again increased moderately by 3.5 % year-on-year to € 19.9 million as a result of virtually full occupancy in both districts this year as well as last year. In spite of the increased and planned maintenance work, there was slight year-on-year growth in the cumulative operating result (EBIT) of 1.3 % to € 8.5 million. The significantly stronger EBITDA increase was primarily due to the changes in accounting arising from IFRS 16.

    The operating result (EBIT) for the Real Estate subgroup is expected to be around € 15 million due to large-scale maintenance work scheduled for 2019 that does not qualify for capitalisation.

    About HHLA
    Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is a leading European logistics company. With a tight network of container terminals in Hamburg, Odessa and Tallinn, excellent hinterland connections and well-connected intermodal hubs in Central and Eastern Europe, HHLA represents a logistics and digital hub along the transport flows of the future. Its business model is based on innovative technologies and is committed to sustainability.




2019 August 20

18:40 ATON repair and maintenance shop to be built at navigation post in Taganrog Bay
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
17:29 Wallem-managed bulk carrier rescues Indonesian fishermen lost at sea for 10 days
17:06 MAN Energy Solutions and Samsung Heavy Industries sign a strategic cooperation agreement for the digitization of marine engines
16:35 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East and South Africa
16:34 IAA PortNews offers its video on Russian bunkering market being prepared for 2020 sulphur cap
16:11 ABB’s digital solution for shipping fleets helps to further reduce fuel costs and environmental footprint
15:49 Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg to assist Lead Partner under Kotka Pax project
15:32 Associated British Ports launches first Port Operative Apprentice Scheme
14:56 Port of Gdansk makes another step towards the Central Port project
14:28 Marine Cargo Bureau sponsors roundtable meeting “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality”
14:03 Diamond S Shipping commences fleet renewal efforts with sale of two vessels
13:54 NIBULON continues building floating crane of Project P-140
13:35 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:30 Serco announces captains for Australia’s new Antarctic research vessel
13:13 RF Ministry of Labour approves ‘Stevedore’ standard
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping signed new agreement with Maritime Administration of the Republic of Cyprus
12:12 Strong second quarter helps Tallink deliver steady result for first six months of 2019
11:49 KN Klaipėda oil terminal berths to undergo reconstruction
11:28 Port of Tallinn named as one of Europe’s best in first ever ‘Ones to Watch’ list
11:01 World's largest container ship completes first voyage from Asia to Europe
10:43 Port of Tallinn reports its financial results for 2019 Q2 and 6 months
10:24 Rosgeo completed digital processing of seismic data on the Laptev Sea
10:02 Fitch Ratings affirms Panama Canal's 'A' rating with a stable outlook
09:50 KfW IPEX-Bank structures financing package for two cruise ships of the Genting Hong Kong Group
09:40 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,067 points
09:17 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.15% to $59.82, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.14% to $55.22
09:09 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 20

2019 August 19

18:41 Andrey Zubarev takes the helm at Sea Port St. Petersburg
18:36 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to South America Eastcoast
18:26 Rosterminalugol YTD coal exports volume hits the 15-millionth-tonne mark
18:04 CMA CGM Group to take part in the Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 in Hong Kong
17:36 MPA launches Singapore’s first Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide
17:04 ACO Marine commissions a series of Clarimar wastewater treatment plants for Jadrolonija
16:35 Suez Canal Container Terminal announces plans to open reefer repair hub to all brands
16:19 Jumbo and GoodFuels partner to take sustainable bio-fuel oil to the offshore support market
16:11 Main phase of Beloomut hydro engineering system rehabilitation project to be completed by the end of 2019, Moscow Canal authority says
15:58 LR awards world’s first digital type approval to HHI
15:32 d’Amico International announces the sale of one of the vessels
15:09 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
14:17 JFD signs strategic partnership with Aquacentrum Den Helder to provide submarine escape training
13:09 Samsung Heavy Industries to win orders for 10 LNG-fueled vessels
12:53 Kraken’s ThunderFish® delivered to DRDC, Canada
12:09 Sinanju signs 2-year time charter agreement with ExxonMobil for LNG-powered “Marine Vicky”
11:18 MODEC announces issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
11:16 Registration underway for “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality” Roundtable
11:09 Busan Port-Qingdao Port concludes MOU to promote cruise business
10:08 RAN signs two year lease extension with the National Australia Bank for its two Cape Class Patrol Boats
09:43 Brent Crude futures edge up to $ 59,28, WTI – to $ 55,34
09:08 The BPA and the Port of Rotterdam Authority concludes a development agreement to construct and operate the Rotterdam Distribution Center
09:01 Baltic Dry Index rises 2% to 2088 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 19
08:49 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to Latin America

2019 August 18

16:51 USCG responds to ferry aground in Boston Harbor
15:09 NOAA awards $2.7 million in grants for marine debris removal and research
13:02 BAE Systems cuts steel for UK Royal Navy's HMS Cardiff
12:46 Kongsberg Digital simulation and software selected to fast-track R&D at new autonomous ship centre in Korea
11:05 NYK sponsors endangered Sea Turtle Research
10:56 Coast Guard cites passenger vessel for operating illegally, terminates voyage

2019 August 17

14:24 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel Facilities