• 2020 March 25 13:32

    HHLA expects strong decrease in earnings due to 2020 coronavirus pandemic

    Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) group revenue increased by 7.1 percent to € 1.38 billion (previous year: € 1.29 billion) in financial year 2019, the company said in its release. Due to the successful integration of the Estonian terminal operator HHLA TK Estonia, which was acquired in 2018, and a slight growth at the Hamburg terminals, container throughput increased moderately.

    A significant rise in container transport was achieved. At € 221.2 million, the group’s operating result (EBIT) was up by 8.3 percent (previous year: € 204.2 million) compared to the previous year. The positive effects of the initial application of ifrs 16 on EBIT amounted to approximately € 14.4 million. Profit after tax and minority interests fell by 8.0 percent. For the current financial year, HHLA expects to record strong decreases in revenue and earnings due to the dramatic changes in the macroeconomic environment.

    Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of hhla’s executive board:

    “HHLA has mastered many crises in its 135 years. However, the economic shocks of the coronavirus pandemic present us with a challenge of a magnitude never seen before. Nevertheless, we are aware of our responsibility as a service provider for Germany as an industrialised nation. We will therefore act with prudence and caution and systematically implement the measures that are needed to guide HHLA through this challenging time. We stand by our long-term targets, irrespective of changes in the macroeconomic environment.”

    Port Logistics subgroup: Business development in 2019

    The listed Port Logistics subgroup recorded a significant rise in revenue of 7.3 percent to € 1.35 billion (previous year: € 1.26 billion). The operating result (EBIT) also grew substantially by 8.5 percent to € 204.4 million (previous year: € 188.4 million), thereby increasing the EBIT margin slightly to 15.1 percent. The initial application of IFRS 16 also had a positive effect here, contributing approximately € 13.4 million. In total, 7.6 million standard containers (TEU) were handled at HHLA’s container terminals in the 2019 financial year. This is 3.3 percent more than in the previous year (7.3 million TEU).

    Container throughput at the three container terminals in Hamburg slightly exceeded the high level achieved the previous year, while throughput at the international HHLA container terminals in Odessa (Ukraine) and Tallinn (Estonia) was up significantly on the previous year’s level. However, it should be noted that the figures for the previous year are only partly comparable as the container terminal in Tallinn was first integrated into the HHLA consolidated group at the end of the second quarter of 2018. With a transport volume of 1.57 million TEU (previous year: 1.48 million TEU), HHLA’s intermodal activities were up 5.7 percent on the previous year’s strong result. This result was driven by both rail and road transport.

    Forecast for 2020

    The worldwide coronavirus pandemic has led to extraordinary measures being implemented to prevent the spread of the virus. In the countries affected, these measures aim to minimise social contact between people. Both at a national level and in international transportation, this is leading to a contraction in economic activity whose true impact and duration cannot be reliably gauged. The contraction is affecting all areas of the economy, including international trade, which is critical to HHLA. It is not possible to make any reliable forecasts under these conditions, but we can assume that revenue and operating result (EBIT) for the Port Logistics subgroup will be strongly below previous year.

    This is primarily due to the possible at least temporarily sharp declines in container through-put and transport. The operating result (EBIT) of the Real Estate subgroup is also considered to be possibly significantly below the previous year’s figure. At a Group level, we can expect to see a strong decrease in the operating result (EBIT) due to the effects mentioned above. Owing to the uncertainty described above, HHLA is focussing on its financial management and on securing its liquidity. To do this, HHLA will continually review and adjust its investments and cost development.

    Due to the liquidity available on 31 December 2019 and the measures mentioned above, and based on feasible estimates for 2020 as a whole, HHLA assumes that its liquidity should enable the company to meet all its payment obligations despite the burden caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A further area of focus for the management is on protecting the health of employees, as well as maintaining all systems that play a role in the critical infrastructure of the Container and Intermodal segments. DIVIDEND PROPOSAL FOR 2019 At the Annual General Meeting on 10 June 2020, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board will propose a dividend of € 0.70 per dividend-entitled Class A share (previous year: € 0.80). This would decrease the dividend by 12.5 percent compared with the previous year. In the present circumstances, this measure serves – among others – to preserve liquidity. The payout ratio of 52 percent is nevertheless still within the target range of 50 to 70 percent.

    ABOUT HHLA

    Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is one of Europe’s leading logistics companies. 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.




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