Stena AB’s Q3 Report for 2022

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For the nine-month period ended 30 September 2022:

  • Consolidated revenue: SEK 38,422 (26,742) million.
  • Consolidated EBITDA: SEK 10,551 (6,116) million. The operational EBITDA was the strongest in the Group’s history.
  • Consolidated EBITDA, excluding net gain/loss on sale of assets, operations and change in fair value of investment properties: SEK 9,561 (5,022) million.
  • Result before taxes: SEK 1,840 (12) million

Ferry operation EBITDA increased significantly compared to last year: SEK  4,189 (2,675) million.

The result is mainly an effect of increased travel and freight volumes as well as improved travel rates compared to last year.

EBITDA from chartering out ropax vessels increased by SEK 227 million to SEK 441 (214) million in the nine-month period ended 30 September 2022 mainly due to the delivery of CÔTE D´OPALE in May 2021 and SALAMANCA in November 2021, offset by vessels sold in 2021.

In October 2022, a contract to sell the ropax vessel CONNEMARA was signed (buyer: Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferries).

Fjord1 Increased EBITDA Margin In Q1

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  • -8% Revenue (NOK 691 million) because of the phasing out of one ferry contract and lower revenue in the Catering segment due to the pandemic.
  • +2% EBITDA (NOK 198 million)
  • EBITDA margin increasing to 29% from 26% The improvement in margin reflects lower operating costs for the electric vessels.
  • Investments amounted to NOK 124 million in the first quarter.
  • Net interest-bearing debt (NIBD) stood at NOK 5,400 million as of 31 March, a decline of NOK 103 million from the close of 2020.
  • Fjord1’s long-term contract portfolio, is worth NOK 21.2 billion


Fjord1 is confident that there will continue to be a strong demand for safe, environmentally-friendly and reliable transport in coastal regions in the future. Fjord1 assesses new tender opportunities in the Norwegian market on an ongoing basis, as well as opportunities outside of Norway.

The company expects more moderate revenue growth in 2021, with cost improvements continuing to support operating margins.

DFDS’ 2021 Outlook Raised After Stronger Start Of The Year

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  • EBITDA outlook raised from DKK 3.0-3.5bn to DKK 3.2-3.6bn for 2021
  • Reason: stronger than expected freight results in most business units. There was as anticipated a considerable slowdown in volumes linked to the UK in January following the UK stockbuilding in Q4 2020. Since then, volumes have recovered faster than expected.
  • Uncertainty remains high and significant changes to outlook assumptions may still occur in the rest of the year.


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Stena Line’s Newest Ship Debuts on Rosslare-Cherbourg instead of Belfast-Liverpool

Stena Line’s brand-new STENA EMBLA will make its Irish Sea debut on the Rosslare-Cherbourg service.  Originally scheduled for service on the Belfast-Liverpool route, due to the current Brexit related shift for direct routes and increasing customer demand, Stena Line has decided to temporarily deploy her on Rosslare-Cherbourg.

The first sailing will be from Rosslare on 14 January 2021.

STENA EMBLA will make three weekly return trips between Rosslare and Cherbourg, which alongside the STENA FORETELLER will see Stena Line operate 12 crossing per week between Ireland and the Continent.

Ferry Shipping News understands that route vessel STENA HORIZON needs maintenance. If she will return on the route is so far unclear.


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DFDS: Increasing Freight Earnings 

  • Q3 freight earnings are above 2019 levels
  • Efficiency enhanced by adaptation of operations and business structure to market changes
  • Travel restrictions lowered passenger numbers significantly (-70%)
  • EBITDA 2020 outlook raised to DKK 2.5-2.7bn on 23 October

Q3, key figures (in DKK billion)

  • -19.6% Revenue (3,598)
  • -29.2% EBITDA before special items (846)
  • -46.0% EBIT before special items (388)
  • -49.9% Profit before tax and special items (324)
  • -59.4% Profit before tax (262)

EBITDA for freight ferry and logistics activities was DKK 126m above 2019 in Q3. The ongoing adaptation of operations and the business structure to market conditions post Covid-19 has been instrumental in achieving the increase. Besides higher margins, some activities also succeeded in raising volumes.

The continued tightening of travel restrictions during Q3 lowered, on the other hand, the passenger result below expectations. In Q3, EBITDA for passenger services was thus DKK 445m below 2019. This result includes passenger services in three business units that provide such services – Passenger, Channel and Baltic Sea.

Outlook 2020

On 23 October 2020, the outlook for 2020 was raised as freight volumes have developed more positively than expected during and after Q3.

EBITDA before special items is expected to be DKK 2.5-2.7bn in 2020 up from the previous outlook of DKK 2.2-2.5bn included in the Q2 2020 report.


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Positive EBITDA Attica Group Powered by Monitoring and Timely Decisions

  • Revenue EUR 117.00 million (EUR 164.01 million)
  • EBITDA EUR 1.94 (EUR 15.50 million)
  • The decrease in revenue and EBITDA resulted from reduced traffic volumes(*) due to the pandemic and the imposed restrictive measures.
  • Losses after taxes amounting to EUR 40.96 million (EUR 11.05 million)
  • Financial results (include fuel hedging) loss of EUR 12.51 million (profit of EUR 1.3 million)

(*) Traffic figures:

-56.0% passengers

-46.3% private vehicles

-15.6% freight units

-33.0% sailings (4,446 compared to 6,683 sailings last year).

In the context of these extraordinary and constantly changing circumstances, management monitored daily the traffic volumes data, the pandemic evolution, as well as the measures imposed by the Authorities and assessed the traffic evolution by market, vessel and route.

Based on these assessments, the management made timely decisions achieving, among others, reduced operational and general costs and adjusted vessel itineraries. These measures contained significantly the Group operating costs and achieved the best possible balance between services provided and market demand, considering the necessity to maintain the service and the connectivity of the islands and utilizing to the maximum extent the support measures for the affected companies announced by the Hellenic State.


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DFDS Q2: Pickup in Demand Faster than Expected 

Q2 2020

  • Revenue down 34% to DKK 2.8bn
  • EBITDA down 49% to DKK 507m
  • Rebound in freight volumes at end of Q2 and in July, better than expected
  • Passenger activities cause most of profit decrease
  • Encouraging pickup in passenger demand for reopened routes
  • Outlook improved: EBITDA of DKK 2.2-2.5bn now expected for 2020 (previously: likely to be reduced towards DKK 2bn)

”Our outlook is improved. Freight volumes have picked up and the demand for ferry travel is encouraging on our reopened passenger routes. It is uncertain whether the pickup in demand is sustainable and we therefore remain alert,” says Torben Carlsen, CEO.


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Stena AB’s Ferry Division Is Strong Performer In the Group

Stena AB key figures for first nine months

Profit Before Tax = SEK 192 million (SEK 1,076 million)

Consolidated EBITDA, excluding net gain on sale of assets and change in fair value of investment Properties = SEK 5,938 million (SEK 3,856 million)

Consolidated EBITDA, including net gain on sale of assets and change in fair value of investment Properties = SEK 7,098 million (SEK 6,775 million)

Ferry Operation Stena Line (for the first nine months)

Improved and all-time high EBITDA compared to last year, mainly due to increased car volumes, passenger- and freight volumes.

EBITDA = SEK 2,958 million (SEK 2,490 million)


Increased EBITDA mainly due to stronger rates in all tanker segments compared to last year together with more operational days and higher rates for the LNG vessels.

Strong contract coverage and utilisation rate across the roro fleet, offset by lower charter income as a result of vessels sold in 2018.

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Stena AB Interim Report H1

Ferry & Ro-Ro highlights:

Ferry Operations

EBITDA increased compared to last year mainly due to continued positive volumes for cars (3%) and passengers (1%).

Shipping (Ro-Ro)

Strong contract coverage and utilization rate across the Ro-Ro fleet, offset by lower charter income as a result of vessels sold in 2018.

Irish Continental Group Reports H1

Key figures for the first 6 months (Group)

  • +6.1% Revenue
  • +14.9% EBITDA (pre non-trading items)
  • -12.0% EBIT (including non-trading items)

Key figures for the first 6 months (Ferries)

  • +1.5%  Revenue
  • +4.8%  EBITDA
  • -20.3% EBIT (including non-trading items)


  • -5.7% cars
  • +7.3% ro-ro freight