DGAP-News: VTG reports increase in revenue and profit
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VTG reports increase in revenue and profit
- Group revenue at EUR 573.0 million, rising 2.6 percent on previous year
- EBITDA increases by 1.8 percent to EUR 128.3 million
- Capacity utilization of wagon fleet at 90.0 percent
Hamburg, November 15, 2012. The Hamburg based wagon hire and rail logistics company VTG Aktiengesellschaft (WKN: VTG999) has reported a positive development in revenue and profit at the end of the third quarter of 2012. There were differences within this trend in each of the three operational divisions. Revenue rose on the previous year by 2.6 percent, from EUR 558.3 million to EUR 573.0 million. Operating profit (EBITDA), at 128.3 million, was 1.8 percent higher than the figure for the same period of the previous year.
'Despite an environment of uncertainty and caution, we are on the right path towards achieving our objective for 2012', says Dr. Heiko Fischer, CEO of VTG Aktiengesellschaft. 'Our acquisitions made in 2011 are making a clear impact on revenue. Thus the strategy of growth we have drawn up is successfully showing results.' In 2011, VTG doubled its fleet of wagons in the US and commenced wagon hire operations in the Russian market through the purchase of the Finnish Railcraft group of companies.
Railcar Division: Capacity utilization at 90.0 percent
Revenue in the Railcar Division increased in the first nine months by 4.4 Percent to EUR 233.9 million (previous year: EUR 224.0 million). EBITDA amounted to EUR 122.8 million and was therefore up EUR 5.0 million, or 4.3 percent, on the previous year. The EBITDA margin related to revenue, at 52.5 percent, remained at the level of the previous year.
In the third quarter of 2012, the division successfully managed to hire out again all the wagons that had been left vacant due to the insolvency of a customer from the mineral oil sector. The division also delivered newly built wagons, comprising a range of types, to customers. A considerable number of these were subject to long-term hire conditions. The subdued economic trend led, however, to longer standing times in some cases, for example with flat wagons for the automotive industry. This in turn led to a slight drop in capacity utilization to 90.0 percent (end of first six months 2012: 90.6 percent).
Rail Logistics Division: Ongoing phase of consolidation
In the first nine months of 2012, revenue in the Rail Logistics Division amounted to EUR 221.4 million, 1.3 percent above the figure for the same period of the previous year (EUR 218.4 million). EBITDA declined by EUR 2.4 million, or 26.3 percent, to EUR 6.6 million (previous year: EUR 9.0 million). The EBITDA margin on gross profit amounted to 33.4 percent (previous year: 48.0 percent). However, the figures for the year 2011 were positively impacted to the amount of EUR 1.8 million by the inclusion of one-time items. Thus the actual drop in earnings from operations was much smaller than that shown in the year-on-year comparison.
In the first nine months, the Rail Logistics Division saw business develop successfully in the petrochemicals and industrial goods segments of the market. However, this positive trend was overshadowed by the negative factor of lower transport volumes in the agricultural sector. This meant that only part of the operating costs, some of which are fixed, could be reduced. Additionally, the pre-operating costs incurred by the strategic repositioning of the division impacted the result for the first nine months of 2012. Moreover, business in the first half of 2012 was negatively affected by the customer insolvency mentioned earlier.
Tank Container Logistics: Highly competitive environment affects performance
The Tank Container Logistics Division generated revenue of EUR 117.7 million since the beginning of the year and was thus 1.6 percent higher than the figure for the same period of 2011 (EUR 115.8 million). EBITDA amounted to EUR 8.8 million, thereby falling by EUR 0.5 million, or 5.9 percent, compared with the previous year (EUR 9.3 million). Accordingly, the EBITDA margin on gross profit declined to 46.6 percent (previous year: 48.5 percent).
The continued high level of demand for transports to Russia and other eastern European countries compensated for the slightly weaker demand in the countries of southern Europe that had been badly hit by the euro crisis. In Russia and Turkey, new rail transport chains were developed. Moreover, due to interruptions to rail transports such as the closure of the Gotthard Tunnel and extensive construction work on the route to Turkey, transport flows had to be re-organized. The division is continuing to face stiff market competition, so that the increased transport costs are affecting the achievable margins.
VTG Group expects trend in business to remain constant over the last three months of 2012
Within the VTG Group, capacity utilization in the Railcar Division remained at a good level for the first nine months of 2012, standing at 90.0 percent. Further delivery of newly built wagons to customers commenced at the start of the second half of the year. The wagon fleet thereby increased to 54,100. For 2012, growth in business in Rail Logistics is expected to be subdued due to the challenging market environment. In the Tank Container Logistics, VTG also expects only a moderate increase in business due to the general mood of uncertainty. Overall, the company anticipates that the trend in business will remain constant and stable.
Forecast for the Group re-affirmed
The Executive Board of VTG Aktiengesellschaft re-affirms the more detailed forecast issued in August and expects to achieve a level of revenue in the lower half of the range forecast (EUR 760 - 800 million) and EBITDA at the lower end of the range forecast (EUR 170 - 178 million).
* EBT Q3/2011 adjusted to take account of special effects of refinancing (unadjusted figure: EUR 0.5 million).
VTG Aktiengesellschaft is one of Europe's leading railcar leasing and rail logistics companies. The company has the largest private railcar fleet in Europe. Globally, the fleet consists of some 54,100 railcars, with a focus on tank cars and state-of-the-art high capacity freight cars and flat cars. In addition to the hiring of wagons, the Group offers comprehensive multi-modal logistics services, mainly around rail transport, and global tank container transports.
With the combination of its three interlinked divisions Railcar, Rail Logistics and Tank Container Logistics, VTG offers its customers a high-performance platform for international transport of their freight. The Group has many years of experience and specific expertise, in particular in the transport of liquid and sensitive goods. Its customers include numerous well-known companies from almost every industrial sector, for example the chemical, petroleum, automotive, paper and agricultural industries.
In the financial year 2011, VTG generated revenue of EUR 750.0 million and operating profit (EBITDA) of EUR 168.7 million. Via its subsidiaries and affiliates the company, which has its head office in Hamburg, is mainly present in Europe, Asia, Russia and North America. As at 31 December 2011, VTG had 1,170 employees worldwide in consolidated companies. Since June 2007, VTG AG has been listed on the official Prime Standard market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and also on the SDAX (WKN: VTG999).
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