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Thursday, 17 August 2017

DFDS A/S: INTERIM REPORT Q2 2017: STEADY PROGRESS

DFDS A/S    

Published: 07:57 CEST 17-08-2017 /GlobeNewswire /Source: DFDS A/S / : DFDS /ISIN: DK0060655629

DFDS A/S: INTERIM REPORT Q2 2017: STEADY PROGRESS

Announcement no. 52

 

 

 

 

 

RECORD Q2 EBITDA,
6% UP TO DKK 738M

 

 

 

EUROPEAN GROWTH SET TO CONTINUE

 

 

 

DIVIDEND INCREASE & NEW BUYBACK


 

 

 

 

 

Q2 2017

· EBITDA up 6%

· North Sea freight volumes up 6%

· Passenger volumes up 7% driven by late Easter

· Profit before special items and tax increased 12% to DKK 495m 

· ROIC of 18.1% (LTM)

 

OUTLOOK 2017

· EBITDA range of
DKK 2.6-2.8bn unchanged

· Total distribution to shareholders increased to DKK 1.7bn

 

"We are pleased with our steady progress and remain on track to improve on the record result of last year. The activity in our route and logistics network reflects Europe's growth. Prospects for continued growth in the key UK market remain positive and trading with continental Europe is increasing, especially UK exports.," says Niels Smedegaard, CEO.

 

 

Key figures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DKK m

Q2

Q2

 

LTM

LTM

 

FY

Before special items

2017

2016

Ch %

2016-17

2015-16

Ch %

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

3,688

3,553

3.8%

 14,058

 13,757

2.2%

 13,790

EBITDA

738

699

5.6%

2,637

2,365

11.5%

2,588

EBIT

 502

454

10.6%

 1,700

 1,461

16.3%

1,644

Profit before tax

 495

443

11.6%

 1,668

1,373

21.4%

1,600

 

 

Revenue increased 2% in Q2 adjusted for non-comparable items. Reported revenue was up 4% to DKK 3.7bn.

 

EBITDA before special items increased 6% to DKK 738m following higher earnings in both divisions.

 

The Shipping Division's EBITDA before special items increased 5% to DKK 680m as North Sea benefited from continued growth in trading between UK, continental Europe and Scandinavia. The Baltic Sea route network also increased earnings and together offset a lower result in Channel driven by a weakening of the passenger market, following the depreciation of GBP, and a lower freight market share. 

 

The Logistics Division's EBITDA before special items increased 5% to DKK 73m driven mainly by the Nordic business unit as well as acquisitions performing above expectations.

 

Distribution to shareholders

The planned extraordinary dividend of
DKK 5.00 per share is raised to DKK 7.00 for payment in August. Moreover, a new share buyback of DKK 300m is launched today; more information in separate announcement.

 

The raised dividend and new buyback increases the expected total distribution in 2017 to DKK 1.7bn from previously DKK 1.3bn.

 

Outlook 2017

The European growth outlook continues to support DFDS' infrastructure of ferry routes and the logistics operations.

 

The Group's expected revenue growth for 2017 is around 4%, excluding revenue from bunker surcharges. The range for EBITDA before special items is unchanged at
DKK 2,600-2,800m (2016: DKK 2,588m).

 

Contact.
Niels Smedegaard, CEO, +45 33 42 34 00   

Torben Carlsen, CFO +45 33 42 32 01
Søren Brøndholt Nielsen, IR, +45 33 42 33 59   
Gert Jakobsen, Communications, +45 33 42 32 97 

 

 

 

 

Read the Interim Report Q2 2017:
https://ter.li/guoyg4

Read more about Q2 2017 here:
https://ter.li/vkxi3w

 

 

 

 

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.


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This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions (One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, New York, NY 10006. Tel: +1 212 401 8700. www.nasdaqomx.com) on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients. Source: DFDS A/S, DFDS House, Sundkrogsgade 11, København 2100, Danmark
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