• 2020 November 18 16:12

    A.P. Moller - Maersk improves profitability in Q3 2020

    During the third quarter A.P. Moller - Maersk improved profitability across the business and delivered strong free cash flow, despite the negative impact on global economies from the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said in its release. The company grew earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) 39 pct. to USD 2.3bn with revenue decreasing 1.4 pct. to USD 9.9bn. The performance increase was based on a stringent costs control, agile capacity management, strong focus on customer offerings with further traction in uptake of digital services, and some benefit from a sequential demand recovery compared to the second quarter.

    “Despite COVID-19 negatively affecting activities in most of our businesses, our disciplined execution of the strategy led to solid earnings and cash flow growth in Q3. At the same time, we managed to further integrate and simplify the organisation in Ocean & Logistics, we closed the acquisition of KGH Customs Services and continued the integration of Performance Team, supporting our strong financial performance in Logistics & Services,” says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

    The main performance driver this quarter was Ocean which, despite decreasing volumes of 3.6 pct. improved profitability by USD 511m to USD 1.8bn, reaching an EBITDA margin of 25.4 pct. on the back of a continued agile capacity deployment, lower costs and a temporary spike in short-term freight rates due to a sudden demand pick-up on some routes.

    Cash return on invested capital (CROIC), last twelve months, increased from 9.9 pct. to 13.9 pct. due to stronger cash flow from operating activities and lower gross CAPEX. Return on invested capital (ROIC), last twelve months, from 3 pct. to 5.9 pct. as earnings improved and invested capital declined slightly.

    The free cash flow generation of USD 3.0bn in the first nine months of 2020, allowed the company to return cash to shareholders, finance acquisitions and reduce debt with net interest-bearing debt decreasing further to USD 10.8bn by the end of Q3 compared to USD 11.7bn by the end of 2019.

    Given the strong performance and cash generation, the Board of Directors has decided to initiate a new share buy-back programme of DKK 10bn (approximately USD 1.6bn) over a period of up to 15 months, the first tranche of which (USD 500m) is expected to start in December. The remaining part of the share buy-back is subject to shareholder approval at the next Annual General Meeting in March 2021.

    Given the current momentum across the business, A.P. Moller - Maersk expects, as announced on 17 November 2020, EBITDA before restructuring and integration costs in the range of USD 8bn to USD 8.5bn from previously between USD 7.5bn to USD 8bn as announced on 13 October 2020.

    The global demand growth for containers is expected to contract by 4-5 pct. in 2020 due to COVID-19.

    Organic volume growth in Ocean is now expected to be slightly below the average market growth from previously in line with or slightly below the market.

    For 2020, the guidance on capital expenditures (CAPEX) is expected to be USD 1.5bn, and with the expectation of a high cash conversion (cash flow from operations compared to EBITDA).

    For 2021-2022, the accumulated guidance on capital expenditures is expected to be between USD 4.5bn and USD 5.5bn with the expectation of a high cash conversion.

    About A.P. Moller - Maersk.

    A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 80,000 people.




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