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.

FERRY FINANCE

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BC Ferries released its Q1 results for the three months ended June 30.

Passenger and vehicle traffic levels are the highest the company has ever experienced in a Q1.

Net earnings for Q1, 2020 were CAD 12.2 million (6.0 million)

In this quarter, BC Ferries invested CAD 26 million as part of its 3.9 billion 12-Year Capital Plan that is focused on replacing ships and upgrading terminals. “We need to replace half of our fleet over the next 15 years as we incorporate clean technology and increase capacity,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO.

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.

Attica Group Is in the Process of Concluding a 5-Year Bond Loan

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According to a Euro2day article (in Greek), the Attica Group is in the process of concluding a 5-year bond loan from the domestic market within July. The goal is to raise funds from EUR 100 to 170 million. The 100 million of that loan will be used to repay existing bank loans (pp. Fortress’s loans were repaid at the end of last year) and therefore high-value pre-payments will be removed. Another EUR 25 million will be made available for investments to ship scrubbers in order to meet the new EU stricter standards. If additional funds are raised (up to EUR 45 million), they will be used for general business purposes.

Successful Fiscal Year for BC Ferries

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BC Ferries’ report of the fiscal year ending on 31 March 2019, sees the following highlights:

  • Consolidated net earnings of $52.2 million for fiscal 2019 ($59.9 million)
  • Highest vehicle traffic levels ever
  • Passenger traffic levels were the second highest in the company’s history.
  • Increase in operating because of higher bunker prices, wage rate increases and higher depreciation. As a result, total operating expenses increased $36.4 million from $784.3 million to $820.7 million.

BC Ferries invested:

  • $133.5 million in vessel upgrades and modifications
  • $49.0 million in new vessels
  • $28.2 million in information technology
  • $19.5 million in terminal building upgrades
  • $10.9 million in terminal marine structures

BC Ferries now has five vessels operating on LNG, and is looking at all possible “green” solutions. It currently has two Island Class electric battery hybrid ships under construction. When electric technology matures and electricity is available in the quantities required, BC Ferries plans to operate them as fully electric ferries.

BC Ferries also continues to focus on fare affordability.

FINANCE

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In its trading update (year to date, 11 May 2019), Irish Continental Group notes healthy figures for ro-ro freight, but a little dip in tourism transport.

ICG’s Ferries Division Irish Ferries (1 January – 11 May)
-8.5% Cars
+6.6% Ro-Ro Freight

ICG’s Ferries Division Irish Ferries (1 January – 30 April)
-1.1% Total revenues (including intra-division charter income). The decrease was principally due to lower tourism volumes resulting from the planned suspension of fastcraft services on the Dublin to Holyhead route in the period up to 14 March compared to the prior year, partially offset through increased freight volumes.

The planned suspension of fastcraft sailings in the off-peak season was the primary reason for reduced tourism carrying in the period. In addition, the proposed withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union had some negative impact on UK passenger bookings in the lead up to the proposed exit date of 29 March 2019.
The recent agreement between the Irish and British government to continue and formalise the Common Travel Area whatever the outcome of the UK withdrawal negotiations is a positive development, says ICG.

April Was A Bit Disappointing For AS Tallink Grupp

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In April 2019, AS Tallink Grupp transported 779,113 passengers, which is a 1.3% decrease compared to April 2018.

For information: Last year the Easter weekend started in March, with Easter Sunday on the 1st of April. This year, Easter was on the 21st, with the whole Easter weekend in April.

The number of cargo units decreased by 2.3% to 32,386 units and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 3.7% to 84,203 units.

Moby Charters The Two Siem Ro-Ro’s For Eight Years

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Moby in its last financial report also revealed that both the newly built ro-ro ships ALF POLLAK and MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO (owned by Siem and chartered out to F.lli Onorato Armatori) were bareboat chartered to Moby for 8 years.

The overall financial commitment for the entire chartering period is:

EUR 45,726,000 for ALF POLLAK (15,660/d)

EUR 45,494,000 for MARIA GRAZIA ONORATO (15,580/d)

Tallink’s Retail And Restaurant Sales Slip 2.3% To €524 Million

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  • Last year, Tallink Grupp saw unaudited revenue from restaurant and shops sales (including onshore) slide by 2.3% to €524.4 million as spend per passenger declined slightly.
  • The core retail and restaurant segment accounted for 55.2% of total Tallink Grupp revenue in 2018, in line with 2017 (55.5%).
  • Sweden-Finland is key route for generating duty free sales . Traffic fall of 2.5%. Reason is the BALTIC PRINCESS which was out of service for 68 days in Q1, for maintenance.
  • Estonia-Finland is busiest route (5.1 million pax). Increased competition = pressure on ticket prices. A new ferry has been ordered to join the MEGASTAR on the route in 2021.