FERRY SHIPPING

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A Terrible Summer Season Forces Brittany Ferries to Take Further Action

Brittany Ferries announced the closure of some easterly routes. Caen-Portsmouth however remains open.

Westerly routes will see the arrival of a new vessel in December.

Negative

  • Decision by the UK government to impose quarantine restrictions resulted in 65,000 pax cancellations and less bookings for autumn
  • BF was hoping for a summer season with 350,000 pax (instead of the normal 700,000+)
  • BF will only reach 200,000 passengers maximum
  • Passengers = 75% of BF’s income

Positive

  • BF has re-affirmed that its foundations are strong
  • Reservations for the 2021 season are strong (100,000 pax booked for 2021)
  • Newbuilding GALICIA enters service in December, on UK-Spain

Result

  • Five-year recovery plan
  • Closure of Cherbourg-Portsmouth, Le Havre-Portmouth, Saint-Malo-Portsmouth.
  • Cherbourg-Poole will also remain closed for the remainder of the year (closed since March)
  • CONNEMARA laid up as from 7 September
  • BRETAGNE laid up as from 7 September, no further service until 22nd March
  • BARFLEUR not in service for rest of 2020
  • ETRETAT laid up until further notice
  • KERRY no Roscoff-Rosslare service as from 7 September
  • CAP FINISTERE 3-month technical lay-over as from December
  • ARMORIQUE laid up Q1, 2021

Stena Group H1: Strong Tanker Operations versus Ferries and Offshore

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The Covid-19 outbreak is affecting Stena’s Business Areas in different ways and there has been a negative financial impact on the Stena AB Group as from mid-March.

EBITDA trends (+/-)

  • -Ferry operations
  • – Offshore drilling
  • +Tanker operations
  • +Property

Key H1 figures Stena AB

  • Total revenues SEK 16,632 million (SEK 16,973 million)
  • Direct operating expenses SEK 12,027 million (SEK 11,287 million)
  • EBITDA SEK 2,894 million (SEK 4,265 million)

Segment: Ferry Operations

  • EBITDA, excluding redundancy costs, SEK 514 million (SEK 1,369 million)
  • Redundancy costs for closing routes amounting to SEK 302 million.
  • Car volumes decreased 53%, passenger volumes decreased 52% and freight volumes decreased 11%.

Segment: RoRo Operations

  • EBITDA from chartering out Roll-on/Roll-off vessels SEK 114 million (SEK 151 million)
  • The decrease is mainly due to lower charter income due to the sale of the vessel KAIARAHI in Q4, 2019.

Change in vessel measurement policy

Stena has decided to change the measurement policy for vessels in the Ferries section and in the Offshore Drilling section as of January 1, 2020.

The remeasurement has:

  • increased the value of ferries with SEK 4.3 billion
  • decreased the value of drilling units in the segment with SEK 3.1 billion

Effect on H1: Depreciation, Amortisation and Impairment Depreciation and amortisation charges increased by SEK 142 million to SEK 3,668 million (SEK 3,526 million)

Outlook

“Given the uncertain situation, it is not currently possible to predict the full potential impact on the Stena AB Group.“

Norled H1: Increased EBITDA Profitability

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Norled operates ferries, fast ferries and tourist boats in Norway.

Especially the tourist boats and the onboard kiosks were affected by Covid-19.

Financial figures H1, 2020:

  • Revenue NOK 987 million (1,136)
  • Operation costs NOK 770 million (926)
  • EBITDA NOK 217 million (210)
  • EBIT NOK 100 million (114)
  • Net Income NOK 34 million (68)

Decrease in revenue is mainly due to changes in contract portfolio.

Norled ended 5 contracts at year end 2019, and started 4 new contracts 1. January 2020.

Increased EBITDA profitability is mainly due to changes in contract portfolio. EBITDA profitability in Q2 is affected by the COVID19 epidemic, mainly with reduced traffic revenue. Especially the expressboat segments related to tourist routes and charter activity have been negatively affected by the COVID-19.

As a result of COVID-19, there is a risk of delays in the construction and delivery of new vessels. The company is constantly working to optimize a plan with temporary vessels on the routes where there may be delays in delivery

Norled is owned by the Nordic infrastructure fund CapMan Infra and the Canadian company CBRE Caledon Capital Management.

Fjord1 Q2: Ferries Up, Tourism Down

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With more new vessels added, and new route contracts, the ferry division of Fjord1 has done a good job with a revenue increase of 14%.

The tourism division (fjord sightseeing etc) was of course affected by the absence of foreign travellers.

Highlights

  • New ferry contracts secured revenue growth of 9% and EBITDA-margin of 33%
  • Ferry and Passenger Boats are shielded by contract structures based on capacity and sailing frequency, not traffic volumes.
  • Continued operating profit for Catering despite revenue reduction
  • Negative results from joint ventures and associates in Tourism due to strict Covid-19 travel restrictions. There was rise in domestic tourism in July.

Ferry Division Q2

+14% Revenue NOK 698 million (612)

+17% EBITDA NOK 227 million (194)

+15% EBIT NOK 112 million (97)

Fjord1 now has 5 “electric” routes

  • Anda-Lote on E39 outside Sandane (GLOPPEFJORD and EIDSFJORD)
  • Krokeide-Hufthammar outside Bergen (MØKSTRAFJORD and HORGEFJORD)
  • Husavik – Sandvikvåg outside Bergen (HUSAVIK)
  • Brekstad-Valset in Trøndelag (VESTRÅTT and AUSTRÅTT)
  • Hareid-Sulesund on Sunnmøre (HADARØY, GISKØY and SULØY)

Renewal programme comprising 25 vessels coming to an end

  • Delivered in Q1: FLORØY, SILDAFJORD, GRIP, BØMLAFJORD and SMØLA
  • Delivered in June: MØRING
  • The last vessel in the current programme was delivered in August

FERRY FINANCE

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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.

FERRY FINANCE

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Finnlines: Essential Lifeline for Finland – Challenging Q2

 H1 2020

  • -20% Revenue EUR 236.4 million (295.5)
  • -20% EBITDA EUR 66.4 million (83.5)
  • -32% Result EUR 31.7 million (46.7)

Q2 2020

  • -33% Revenue EUR 105.8 million (157.9)
  • -43% EBITDA EUR 28.2 million (49.4)
  • -64% Result EUR million 11.0 (30.4)

Especially Q2 was extremely challenging, with almost no passenger traffic and the slowdown in global trade caused by the global pandemic.

Finnline is essential for the supply of island-like Finland. The company says that it transports more than one third of the roughly one million trucks moving over the three main sea bridges, Finland–Estonia, Finland–Sweden and Finland–Germany, which are connecting Finland to the rest of Europe.

During H1, Finnlines operated on average 19 vessels in its own traffic. The cargo volumes totalled approximately 357k (386k) cargo units, 60k (88k) cars (not including passengers’ cars) and 522k (581k) tons of freight not possible to measure in units.

In addition, some 227k (310k) private and commercial passengers were transported.

Finnlines has been following closely all the emergency measures to shipping companies, and aims for fair conditions of competition.

FERRY FINANCE

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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.

DFDS: Growth Continues But Brexit Lowers Pace

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Key figures H1

  • Revenue up 10% and EBITDA up 8%
  • Exceptional uncertainty on Brexit is currently reducing UK trade and visibility

Key figures Q2

  • Revenue up 9% to DKK 4.2bn
  • EBITDA up 4% to DKK 989m

The growth in revenue and earnings in Q2 was mainly driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and higher passenger revenue. A reversal of the UK stockpiling in Q1 lowered freight revenue and earnings in Q2 for most activities linked to UK trade. The latter was mitigated by income from an agreement with UK Department for Transport.

Outlook 2019:

  • 6-8% revenue growth (previously 10-12%)
  • EBITDA-range lowered 6% to DKK 3.5-3.8bn (previously DKK 3.8-4.0bn)

”Brexit is an exceptional situation currently lowering volumes in our ferry and logistics network. In spite of this headwind, we are still on track to continue our growth this year. The work to deliver on our new strategic and financial ambitions has started and progress is well under way,” says Torben Carlsen, CEO.

All Time High Q2 For Wasaline

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Q2 is the best so far for Wasaline, since the start of operations in 2013.

There is an increase in all segments.

  • +4.2% passengers
  • +8.6% cars
  • +6.6% freight

The total revenue increased by 10.8% compared to last year, to EUR 5.3 million.
In June there was a record increase on all segments and revenue increased by 16.4%.
In Q2, Wasaline has added 9.4% more departures to meet the demand.

FERRY FINANCE

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DFDS’s Acquisitions Fuel Growth In Q2

In Q2, DFDS’ revenue increased 6% to DKK 3.9bn driven by the expansion of the route network in the Mediterranean (with the acquisition of U.N. Ro-Ro), as well as continued growth in the freight activities in northern Europe. These two factors were also the key driver of the increase in EBITDA before special items by 9% to DKK 802m.

The growth of freight ferry volumes was in line with expectations in both northern Europe and the Mediterranean with overall growth of 6%.

Logistics volumes were up 5% for continuing activities.