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Panalpina Improves Profitability in First Half of 2011

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Panalpina Improves Profitability in First Half of 2011

Panalpina Improves Profitability in First Half of 2011

SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Half way into 2011, the Panalpina Group reported further organic gross profit growth despite a slowing environment. In the second quarter of 2011, gross profit decreased by 2% year-on-year to CHF 371 million. Currency adjusted it increased by 10%, supported by organic growth across all regions and segments, especially in North and Latin America. Panalpina’s focus on profitability affected volumes. Also, the strength of the Swiss franc had a considerable impact on the financial results of the Group.

“After having terminated certain high-volume, low-margin contracts, we were not able to compensate for these volumes fast enough with new business. The market slowdown in the second quarter of 2011 did not help in this regard”

“A year ago we set out to restore profitability in 2011. Half way into the year we can say that we are well on track. I am pleased with the high organic gross profit growth in our reporting regions North and Latin America, as well as Asia Pacific. In the first half of 2011, the underlying EBITDA increased by 25%, in local currencies even by 42%”, said CEO Monika Ribar. Panalpina’s profitability restoration program that was initiated last year has taken its toll on the volume development, however: “After having terminated certain high-volume, low-margin contracts, we were not able to compensate for these volumes fast enough with new business. The market slowdown in the second quarter of 2011 did not help in this regard”, explained Ribar.

All regions and segments improved profitability in local currencies

Gross profit amounted to CHF 371 million in the second quarter of 2011, resulting in a decrease of 2% (+10% currency adjusted). Gross profit for the first half year of 2011 came in at CHF 744 million, an increase of 5% (+15% currency adjusted). Currency adjusted, Panalpina recorded organic gross profit growth across all regions and segments in the second quarter. North America reported the highest gross profit growth in local currencies, closely followed by Latin America. Growth in North America was supported by the Oil and Gas business which has gained traction and new business in other industries. In the segments, gross profit growth was led by Air Freight, which was mainly driven by strong yields in a slowing market. The Group achieved an EBITDA of CHF 54 million in the second quarter (CHF 109 million in the first half). CHF 9 million of EBITDA were lost due to currency translation (CHF 15 million in the first half). The EBITDA-to-gross profit margin was stable sequentially despite the slowing environment and increased year-to-date from 12.4 to 14.7%.

Panalpina Group: Results for the second quarter of 2011 (CHF millions)

                 
(CHF millions)   Q2 2011   Q2 2010   YTD 2011   YTD 2010
Net forwarding revenue   1'628.9   1'893.8   3'280.8   3'481.6
Gross profit   370.9   380.3   744.3   707.7
EBITDA   53.7   -63.6   109.4   -53.6
EBIT   44.3   -77.6   90.7   -78.2
Consolidated profit   32.0   -92.6   66.9   -92.5
       

Focus on unit profitability impacted volume growth

The strong focus on unit profitability led to an increase of gross profit per ton of Air Freight by 9% (+20% currency adjusted) despite the adverse impact from the strong Swiss franc. Gross profit per TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) of Ocean Freight decreased by 7% (+6% currency adjusted) year-on-year. The profitability restoration program had an impact on the volumes. Volumes in Air Freight were down by 9% in the second quarter (-2% in the first half). In Ocean Freight volumes were up by 3% (+2% in the first half). Yield management resulted in a further rise of the Group’s gross profit margin, which increased to 22.8% from 20.1% a year earlier.

Outlook

Given the slowing environment, CEO Monika Ribar expects world trade and market growth to turn out weaker than anticipated earlier in the year. Panalpina has lowered its market growth expectations for 2011 to 1-2% for Air Freight and to 5% for Ocean Freight. “In a slowing market it will be difficult to match or even outperform market growth in 2011 but we have set the basis for sustainable, profitable growth going forward. We are absolutely confident that we can achieve the financial targets that we have recently set for 2014”, said Ribar.

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The Panalpina Group

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions, combining intercontinental Air and Ocean Freight with comprehensive Value-Added Logistics Services and Supply Chain Services. Thanks to its in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina provides globally integrated end-to-end solutions tailored to its customers' supply chain management needs. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 branches in more than 80 countries. In a further 80 countries, it cooperates closely with partner companies. Panalpina employs approximately 15,000 people worldwide.

Launched in 1976, Panalpina Greater China is headquartered in Shanghai, and now has a workforce of more than 1,600 employees located at 21 branch offices. Panalpina Greater China covers three major districts: Yangtze River, Bohai Bay and Pearl River Delta, and the Taiwan Business Unit.

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