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Fjord1 Q2/H1: Lower Volumes And High Investments In A Transition Year

Q2, 2019

Fjord1 reports revenue of NOK 689 million, EBITDA of NOK 225 million and net profit after tax of NOK 104 million in the second quarter.

Financial result impacted by temporary revenue decline mainly explained by transitional changes in the ferry portfolio

Overall stable operations in a period with high overall activity due to preparations of new contracts starting up in 2020 and seasonal variations

High investments in newbuilds, rebuilds, quays and infrastructure to allow for zero- and low emission fuel and strengthen competitiveness in future tenders

Temporary increase in net interest bearing debt (NIBD) to 3.7 billion – remaining in compliance with loan covenants

Current year is a transitional year for Fjord1 with significant investments in vessels and infrastructure combined with preparations for start-up of new contracts next year. This led to a decline in revenue and EBITDA and an increase in the NIBD level in Q2 compared to last year.

In addition, the loss of the high traffic route Halhjem-Sandvikvåg in Bjørnefjorden, with effect from 1 January 2019, explains lower volumes and revenues in Q2.

“Despite that we are in a transitional year with lower volumes and large investments, we have positive results in all four segments and EBITDA-margin of 33% which is at the same level as second quarter last year.”, says Dagfinn Neteland, CEO

“We are satisfied with the operational progress in the second quarter. Following quarter end, we are pleased to have signed the contract for the Halsa-Kanestraum connection for the period 2021-2030. The signing on 16 August, marks our position as a leading player in the Norwegian ferry market”, says Neteland

H1, 2019

Revenue of NOK 1.329 million, EBITDA of NOK 383 million and net profit after tax of NOK 118 million

The revenue was down by 12% compared to first half 2018, mainly explained by the ongoing transitional changes in the ferry portfolio and loss of high traffic route Halhjem-Sandvikvåg. The revenue is temporarily down in 2019 but set to grow with new contracts starting up 1 January 2020.

Minoan Lines H1 results affected by higher bunker prices

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During H1, Minoan Lines S.A. continues to improve its financial performance. Its turnover at the consolidated level was shaped at € 36.1 million (€ 72.4), while operating profits (EBITDA) stood at € 9.6 million (€ 20.8). Moreover, Net profits after taxes shaped at € 1.6 million (€ 12.2).
The financial results of the period have been aggravated by the significant increase of fuel prices and contributed to the increase of operating expenses.
Minoan retains its leading position on the domestic Heraklion-Piraeus line:
Passengers 272,000 / Cars 33,000 / Freight units 29,000.
Market shares: 66.3% (passengers), 62.9% (cars), and 46.3% (freight).

Photo © Mike Louagie

Increased traffic volumes in all revenue categories for Attica Group

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On Friday September 29, Attica Group (Blue Star Ferries, Superfast Ferries) published its half-year results.

  • • During H1, Attica Group saw an increase in traffic volumes in all categories: Passengers +5.4% / Cars +9.9% / Freight +2.3% / Sailings +4.3%
  • Adriatic routes (Patras-Igoumenitsa-Ancona and Patras-Igoumenitsa-Bari (in joint service with ANEK): Passengers +16.8% / Cars +14.2% / Freight +3.5% / Sailings + 2.1%
  • Greek domestic routes (Piraeus-Cyclades, Piraeus-Dodekanese, Piraeus-  Crete (with ANEK), and Piraeus-Chios-Mytilene): Passengers +4.3% / Cars +9.2% / Freight +1.7% / Sailings +4.8%
  • Consolidated Revenue: EUR 112.04m (EUR 109.63m)
  • EBITDA: EUR 7.07m (EUR 21.66m)
  •  Consolidated losses after tax: EUR 22.26m (EUR 2.20m)
  •  Increase of bunker prices influenced Group’s results by over EUR 15m.

Other highlights:

  • On August 11, Attica acquired 50.30% of the share capital of Hellenic Seaways Maritime S.A.
  • On August 30, BLUE STAR PATMOS suffered grounding on shallow waters while approaching Ios. The impact is estimated to be limited due to the upcoming low season. The incident is fully covered by the existing insurance, and the vessel is actually being repaired at Elefsina shipyard.

Photo © Mike Louagie

Good earnings performance for Color Group in first semester 

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Driven by good customer values, cost-effective operations and low bunkers costs the Color Group has been able to come up with strong H1 results. 

 Colour Group H1 Results 2017 

  • Total number of passengers: 1,663,468 (1,670,821)  
  • Total number of 12m equivalent freight units: 89,715 (89,289) 
  • Total operating revenues of NOK 2,123 million (NOK 2,094 million). 
  • Operating expenses: status quo with NOK 1,806 million. 
  • The company is experiencing a positive trend for revenue per guest.  
  • About 70% of estimated bunkers consumption in 2017 is secured. Approximately 65% of the company’s estimated bunkers consumption for 2018, and 30% for the year after have been secured at attractive levels. 
  • Operating profit (EBIT) was NOK 50 million (NOK 20 million). 
  • Profit before tax expense was NOK – 79 million (- NOK 21 million). 
  • The total result was NOK – 114 million (NOK 67 million) 

Photo: Color Line 

New record for Port of Ystad

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During H1, Ystad Hamn AB once again achieved new record levels, with a marked increase in freight, passenger cars and passengers.

The large increase in passenger numbers is derived from both Poland and Bornholm traffic, while the increase of goods mainly relates to the Polish traffic.

If the volume increases continue in the same way during the rest of 2017, port operations will once again hit year-on-year records.

The port is preparing to receive another vessel in Polish traffic this autumn, when Polferries’ will add a third vessel, the CRACOVIA.

Eckerö Group: strong freight figures in H1 in year with uncertainties

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Eckerö Group’s published its half-year results. The company operates two ro-pax ferries, one vessel for short cruises, and charters out two ro-ro ships.

The number of passengers decreased 1% but freight increased significantly with 22%. However, a weaker SEK value had a negative impact on earnings, and bunker prices have increased.
Eckerö’s operating profit for H1 was EUR 0.7 million (EUR 5.3 Million 2016 H1). Much is expected from H2.