Copenhagen, Denmark - 2020 has been another year of solid progress for A.P. Moller - Maersk, both in terms of financial performance and in transforming the company. Despite low volumes during most of 2020, profitability grew throughout the first nine months and ended the year with record Q4 results in Logistics and Terminals, while Ocean delivered an exceptional quarter driven by the increased volumes and current, temporary supply chain disruptions.

“2020 will forever be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic that negatively impacted our lives, jobs, businesses and the global economy. I am proud that we have accelerated our transformation and delivered earnings growth during every quarter of 2020, despite very different market conditions, beginning with negative COVID-19 impact in the first half to a rebound in Q4,” says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller - Maersk.

The company grew underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) 44 pct. to USD 8.2bn and revenue grew to USD 39.7bn in 2020 compared to USD 38.9bn last year. While the demand surge in the second half of year created supply chain bottlenecks, including vessel and container shortages, and led to higher rates that contributed approximately USD 1.5bn to results, Ocean further improved its intrinsic performance by focusing on costs, agile capacity management and launching new digital offerings.

Logistics & Services grew to USD 7bn, compared to USD 6.3bn last year, and EBITDA improved 110 pct. to USD 454m, supported by the acquisition of Performance Team as well as improved performance in intermodal, air freight forwarding and warehousing and distribution. 

“Our customers want us to help them build more resilient supply chains and buy more end-to-end services. Consequently, our logistics business more than doubled earnings in 2020. We are today a profitable, growing logistics company with a broad offering of ocean and air transportation, port services and logistical capabilities, including warehousing, custom services and lead logistics,” adds Søren Skou.

Gateway terminals saw a decrease in revenue of 3.9 pct. to USD 3.2bn in 2020 because of lower volumes due to impact from the pandemic. EBITDA increased by 8.3 pct. to USD 989m, reflecting an improved EBITDA margin to 31 pct. driven by higher revenue per move and cost reductions in several terminals.

In 2020, free cash flow improved to USD 4.6bn from USD 2.3bn leading to a USD 2.5bn reduction of net debt and USD 1.3bn returns to shareholders. Net result amounted to USD 2.9bn and the Board of Directors will recommend a dividend of DKK 330/share, up from DKK 150/share to the AGM on 23 March 2021.

Søren Skou concludes: “Financially, we left 2020 with a very strong balance sheet and little debt, which will allow us to continue to invest in our transformation and grow profitably. We are well equipped to deal with the ongoing market volatility and also to benefit from a world that hopefully starts to re-open.”

Accelerating the strategy

As we look forward to accelerating our strategy in 2021, we will illustrate our path forward and the synergies between Ocean and both Logistics & Services and Terminals at a capital markets day on 11 May 2021. 

Guidance for 2021

With the current outlook, there continues to be a high degree of uncertainty related to the impact from COVID-19 on the economic growth and global demand patterns. A.P. Moller - Maersk expects another year of earnings growth and transformation progress. We expect the current, exceptional situation to continue into 2021 with Q1 to be stronger than Q4, followed by a normalisation thereafter, and announce a guidance for the full-year 2021 of an underlying EBITDA in the range of USD 8.5-10.5bn, compared to USD 8.3bn in 2020. This is equivalent to an underlying EBIT guidance of USD 4.3-6.3bn and a free cash flow of above USD 3.5bn.

Ocean is expected to grow in line with the global container demand at an expected 3-5 pct. in 2021, with the highest growth seen in the first half-year.

Note:

Underlying EBITDA: Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation adjusted for restructuring and integration costs

Revenue

USD million 2020 2019
USD million

Unallocated activities, eliminations, etc.

2020

-1,459

2019

-1,547

USD million

Manufacturing & Others

2020

1,254

2019

1,376

USD million

Ocean

2020

29, 175

2019

28,782

USD million

A.P. Moller - Maersk consolidated - continuing operations

2020

39,740

2019

38,890

USD million

Logistics & Services

2020

6,963

2019

6,331

USD million

Terminals & Towage

2020

3,807

2019

3,948

EBITDA

USD million 2020 2019
USD million
Logistics & Services
2020

454

2019

216

USD million
Unallocated activities, eliminations, etc.
2020

-143

2019

-194

USD million
Terminals & Towage
2020

1,205

2019

1,118

USD million
Manufacturing & Others
2020

165

2019

136

USD million

Ocean

2020

6,545

2019

4,436

USD million
A.P. Moller - Maersk consolidated - continuing operations
2020

8,226

2019

5,172

CAPEX

USD million 2020 2019
USD million
Manufacturing & Others
2020

33

2019

204

USD million
Unallocated activities, eliminations, etc.
2020

70

2019

1

USD million
Terminals & Towage
2020

457

2019

532

USD million
A.P. Moller - Maersk consolidated - continuing operations
2020

1,322

2019

2,035

USD million

Ocean

2020

653

2019

1,172

USD million
Logistics & Services
2020

109

2019

126

Sensitivity guidance

Financial performance of A.P. Moller - Maersk for the full-year 2021 depends on several factors and is subject to uncertainties related to COVID-19, bunker fuel prices and freight rates given the uncertain macroeconomic conditions.

All else being equal, the sensitivities for the full year 2021 for four key assumptions are listed in the table below:

Factors

Change

Effect on EBIT (midpoint of guidance) (Full year 2021)
Factors

Bunker price (net expected BAF coverage)

Change

+/- 100 USD/tonne

Effect on EBIT (midpoint of guidance) (Full year 2021)
+/- USD 0.4bn
Factors

Container freight volume

Change

+/- 100,000 FFE

Effect on EBIT (midpoint of guidance) (Full year 2021)
+/- USD 0.1bn
Factors
Container freight rate

Change

+/- 100 USD/FFE

Effect on EBIT (midpoint of guidance) (Full year 2021)
+/- USD 1.3bn
Factors

Rate of exchange (net of hedges)

Change

+/- 10% change in USD

Effect on EBIT (midpoint of guidance) (Full year 2021)
+/- USD 0.2bn

About A.P. Moller - Maersk

A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 80,000 people.

Media contact:

Signe Wagner - Head of External Relations
Signe Wagner
Head of Media Relations
+45 2977 1815

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