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HAPAG - LLOYD AG: Hapag-Lloyd looks ahead: New strength from the planned combination with CSAV - Positive operating result in the third quarter

DGAP-News: HAPAG - LLOYD AG / Key word(s): 9-month figures

13.11.2014 / 08:00


Transport volume increased by around 6% / Average freight rate down 4.9% /
Habben Jansen: "We are not satisfied, but are on a good path" /
Comprehensive package of measures is being implemented

Hapag-Lloyd ended the third quarter of 2014 with a positive operating
result of EUR 33.1 million. "Although it is a first step in the right
direction, we are not satisfied with the result. We are, however, on a good
path," said Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.

Alongside the expected synergies of USD 300 million from the combination
with CSAV's container business, Hapag-Lloyd is also using a comprehensive
optimization package to face the continuing challenges of the market and
the competition. At the centre of this are targeted measures to further cut
costs, but also optimization of sales. In addition to this package, the
Company is preparing for the planned integration of Chilean shipping
company CSAV's container business. As soon as all relevant antitrust
authorities have approved the transaction, CSAV's container business will
be integrated into the Hapag-Lloyd Group. Closing is expected to occur in
the coming weeks.

In the first nine months of 2014, Hapag-Lloyd had a transport volume of 4.3
million TEU, a year-on-year increase of around 6%. Despite this increase in
transport volume, transport expenses fell by EUR 46 million to EUR 4.33
billion. At 1,432 USD/TEU, the average freight rate was down almost 5% on
the previous year's figure. Revenue totalled EUR 4.9 billion, a fall of
2.5% compared to the previous year. This was due to a weak US dollar, in
addition to the low freight rate. Adjusted for exchange rate effects,
revenue remained stable. Hapag-Lloyd reports an EBITDA of EUR 178.6 million
for the first nine months of 2014 (previous year: EUR 305.4 million). The
operating result came to EUR -40.6 million (previous year: EUR 80.4
million) and resulted largely from the freight rates, which fell again
sharply in 2014. The Group net result came to EUR -224.0 million (previous
year: EUR -56.1 million).

"We expect 2015 to be yet another challenging year. But we all have good
reason to look ahead with optimism. With CSAV's container business,
Hapag-Lloyd will become the fourth-largest liner shipping company in the
world. In addition to our market leadership in the North Atlantic, together
we will also become one of the leading providers in the attractive
North-South trades," continued Habben Jansen.


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