DP World's investments and acquisitions lead to H1 gains


DUBAI-BASED port operator DP World has continued to gain ground on its competitors, announcing growth in revenues, earnings and volumes over the six months to June.

The major port operator said it was confident it would meet full-year market expectations as it reported a flat half-year net profit, Reuters reported.

DP World made a profit of US$606 million attributable to the owners of the company in the six months to June 30, according to a bourse statement.

The earnings, which were in line with analyst estimates, according to Thomson Reuters data, compare with a $608 million profit in the same period a year earlier.

The group seems unfazed by a 2.5 per cent drop in profit after separately disclosed items, putting it down to lower foreign exchange gains and a change in value of convertible bond options, according to American Shipper.

The figures were in stark contrast to APM Terminal's second-quarter results, in which the operator partly attributed the $100 million shortfall to the loss of liner services at its terminals.

Revenues surged 9.6 per cent, year on year, to $2.3 billion, mainly due to a 7.7 per cent increase in volumes, handling up to 34 million TEU in the six-month period.

All three of the terminal operator's regions saw an increased rate of volume growth in the second quarter, putting it well beyond Drewry Maritime's 4 per cent first-half growth predictions.

Commenting on the "ahead-of-market" growth, group chairman and chief executive Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: "Our portfolio has [benefited] from the improved trading environment in 2017 and market share gains from the new shipping alliances driving volumes in Q2.

"The robust performance was delivered across all three regions, which once again demonstrates that we have the right strategy and relevant capacity in key markets."

EBITDA for the period increased 4.2 per cent to $1.2 billion, with Mr Bin Sulayem describing the group's financial performance as "encouraging". He added: "After a challenging period, we have seen a pick-up in global trade particularly in the second quarter of the year.

"This combined with the ramp-up in our investments in Yarimca, London Gateway, Rotterdam and JNP Mumbai to deliver ahead-of-market volume growth."

Over the six-months, DP World invested $595 million and made over $170 million of new acquisitions, which Mr Bin Sulayem said left long-term growth plans "well placed" to deliver.

"Our balance sheet remains strong and we continue to generate high levels of cashflow, giving us the ability to invest in the future growth of our current portfolio," he said. "Looking ahead, we expect higher throughput levels will be maintained and believe our steady financial performance leaves us confident we'll meet full-year market expectations."

Source: Schednet 

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