The Maersk Group adjusts expectations for the 2015 result

As a consequence of the deteriorated market, the Group today adjusts its expectation for the 2015 result from an underlying result around USD 4.0bn to an underlying result of around USD 3.4bn. 

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The previous expectation, as announced in the Q2 report, was based on an underlying result contribution from Maersk Line above USD 2.2bn. The Group now expects an underlying result from Maersk Line of around USD 1.6bn.

The Group’s sensitivity guidance for the last six months of 2015 states that a general decline in the freight rate of 100 USD/FFE will impact Maersk Line’s result negatively by around USD 0.5bn, and that a volume reduction of 100,000 FFE will have a negative impact of around USD 0.1bn.

All other business units maintain their result guidance for 2015.

“It is regrettable that we have to adjust our expectations for the 2015 result. All of our business units delivered a positive result in the third quarter, despite difficult conditions across our industries,” says Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.

The Group’s preliminary reported result for Q3 is USD 778m (USD 1,5bn) with an underlying result of USD 662m (USD 1,3bn). The preliminary reported result for the first nine months is USD 3,436m (USD 5bn) with an underlying result of USD 3,080m (USD 3,7bn).

The container shipping market has deteriorated beyond the Group’s expectations especially in the later part of Q3 and October and the Group does not expect market recovery in 2015.

“Maersk Line has over the years taken steps to ensure a cost effective and resilient operation, but the current deterioration in the container shipping market is impacting also our business,” says the Group CEO.

In Q3 Maersk Line achieved an average freight rate of 2,163 USD/FFE (2,679 USD/FFE in Q3 2014) and carried 2,427,000 FFE (2,401,000 FFE in Q3 2014) which were lower than expected.

As a result of the market circumstances, initiatives have been taken to adjust Maersk Line’s network accordingly.

The Group CEO Nils S. Andersen and Group CFO Trond Westlie will host a conference call at 9am CET Friday 23 October. To participate please dial + 45 70 22 35 00 or +44 207 5721 187 with pin code: 56955566#.

The Group’s Interim Report for Q3 2015 will be released on 6 November 2015.

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