Published: 2018-11-01 10:00:00 CET
Tallink Grupp
Quarterly report

AS Tallink Grupp Unaudited Consolidated Interim Report Q3 2018

In the third quarter (1 July – 30 September) of the 2018 financial year Tallink Grupp AS and its subsidiaries (the Group) carried 2.9 million passengers, which is 1.2% more than in the third quarter last year. The Group’s unaudited revenue for the third quarter increased by 0.3% to a total of EUR 283.6 million. Unaudited EBITDA for the third quarter was EUR 71.1 million (EUR 75.4 million in Q3 2017) and unaudited net profit was EUR 46.1 million (net profit of EUR 47.8 million in Q3 2017).

In the third quarter, the Group’s revenue and operating result were impacted by the following operational factors:

  • The number of passengers travelling on the Group’s ships increased in all geographical segments.
  • The number of cargo units transported on the Group’s ships increased in all geographical segments.
  • Higher fuel cost due to increase in bunker prices.
  • Charter revenue decrease compared to the same period last year as fewer ships are chartered out.

Sales and segments

In the third quarter, the revenue from route operations increased in almost all geographical segments (Estonia-Finland, Estonia-Sweden and Latvia-Sweden), total by EUR 4.2 million.

The number of passengers travelling on the Group’s ships on the Estonia-Finland route’s increased by 1.2% or more than 18 thousand to a total of 1 503 thousand passengers. The segment revenue increased by 4.1% to EUR 100.8 million in third quarter. The Estonia-Finland segment result increased by 8.8% and was EUR 31.3 million.

The Finland-Sweden route’s passenger number increased by 0.5% compared to third quarter last year. Number of cargo units increased by 7.9% compared to the same period last year. Routes’ revenue was EUR 103.9 million that is a similar level compared to the same period last year (EUR 104.4 million in Q3 2017). The segment result decreased by EUR 2.1 million to a total of EUR 15.8 million mainly due to higher fuel cost.

The Estonia-Sweden route’s third-quarter revenue increased by 0.6% compared to the same period last year. The growth was supported by a 1.1% increase in the number of passengers and 6.8% increase in transported cargo units. The segment result decreased by EUR 1.6 million to a total of EUR 6.3 million mainly due to higher fuel cost.

The Latvia-Sweden route’s third-quarter revenue increased by 2.4% compared to same period last year. The growth was supported by a 3.6% rise in the number of passengers and a 16.5% increase in transported cargo units. The segment result was EUR 4.4 million that is on the same level compared to the same period last year. The revenue increase did not translate into a higher segment result mainly due to higher fuel cost.

Earnings

In the third quarter of 2018, the Group’s gross profit decreased by EUR 3.5 million compared to the same period last year, amounting to EUR 78.5 million. Third-quarter EBITDA decreased by EUR 4.3 million to EUR 71.1 million. The Group’s third-quarter result from operations was impacted mainly by:

  • EUR 2.9 million lower charter revenue compared to last year as fewer ships were chartered out.
  • Higher fuel cost due to increase in bunker prices globally, which had negative effect on the results of all geographical segments.

Amortisation and depreciation expense decreased by EUR 2.4 million to EUR 19.8 million compared to the third quarter of 2017. The decline is mainly a result of less depreciation cost from two sold Superfast ferries compared to the third quarter last year.

Net finance costs decreased by EUR 0.2 million compared to the third quarter last year. The change includes a decline of EUR 0.6 million in interest costs compared to same period in the previous year and a decrease of EUR 0.5 million in profits from the revaluation of cross currency and interest rate derivatives and foreign exchange differences.

The Group’s unaudited net profit for the third quarter of 2018 was EUR 46.1 million or EUR 0.069 per share compared to a net profit of EUR 47.8 million or EUR 0.071 per share in the same period last year.

Results of the first 9 months of 2018

In the first 9 months (1 January – 30 September) of the 2018 financial year the Group carried 7.5 million passengers which is almost 70 thousand passengers more compared to the same period last year. The Group’s unaudited revenue for the period decreased by 1.5% and was EUR 723.2 million. Unaudited EBITDA for the first 9 months was EUR 118.8 million (EUR 129.5 million, 9M 2017) and unaudited net profit was EUR 41.8 million (EUR 45.4 million, 9M 2017 net profit).

The financial result of the first 9 months of 2018 was impacted by following factors:

  • The maintenance and repair of the cruise ferry Baltic Princess that lasted for 68 days.
  • Lower charter revenue compared to last year.
  • Higher fuel cost due to increase in bunker prices.
  • Pressure on ticket prices from competition.

Investments

In the third quarter, the Group’s investments amounted to EUR 5.6 million. Most of the investments were made to upgrades of the ships cabins and public areas and to the development of online booking and sales systems.

Dividends

In June 2018 the shareholders’ annual general meeting decided to pay a dividend of EUR 0.03 per share from net profit for 2017. The total dividend amount of EUR 20.1 million was paid out on 05 July 2018.

Financial position

In the third quarter, the Group’s net debt decreased by EUR 24.8 million to EUR 422.3 million and the net debt to EBITDA ratio was 2.9 at the reporting date.

At the end of the third quarter, total liquidity (cash, cash equivalents and unused credit facilities) amounted to EUR 168.0 million (EUR 87.5 million at 30 September 2017) providing a strong financial position for sustainable operations.

The Group had EUR 93.0 million (EUR 80.2 million at 30 September 2017) in cash and cash equivalents and EUR 75.0 million (EUR 7.3 million at 30 September 2017) in unused credit lines.


Key figures

For the periodQ3 2018Q3 2017Change %
Revenue (million euros)283.6282.70.3%
Gross profit (million euros)78.481.9-4.3%
EBITDA¹ (million euros)71.175.4-5.7%
EBIT¹ (million euros)51.353.2-3.6%
Net profit for the period (million euros)46.147.8-3.6%
    
Depreciation and amortisation (million euros)19.822.2-10.8%
Capital expenditures¹ (million euros)5.62.6 
Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding669 882 040669 882 0400.0%
Earnings per share¹0.0690.071-3.6%
    
Number of passengers¹2 947 6102 912 7591.2%
Number of cargo units¹94 91391 3353.9%
Average number of employees¹7 6377 5660.9%
    
As at30.09.201830.09.2017Change %
Total assets (million euros)1 534.81 714.5-10.5%
Total liabilities (million euros)676.1879.3-23.1%
Interest-bearing liabilities (million euros)515.2715.3-28.0%
Net debt¹ (million euros)422.3635.2-33.5%
Net debt to EBITDA¹2.864.00-28.5%
Total equity (million euros)858.7835.22.8%
Equity ratio¹ (%)55.9%48.7% 
    
Number of ordinary shares outstanding669 882 040669 882 0400.0%
Equity per share¹1.281.252.8%
    
RatiosQ3 2018Q3 2017 
Gross margin¹ (%)27.7%29.0% 
EBITDA margin¹ (%)25.1%26.7% 
EBIT margin¹ (%)18.1%18.8% 
Net profit margin¹ (%)16.3%16.9% 
    
ROA¹ (%)4.2%4.5% 
ROE¹ (%)5.2%6.1% 
ROCE¹ (%)5.3%5.5% 

¹ Alternative performance measures based on ESMA guidelines are disclosed in the Alternative Performance Measures section of this Interim Report.

EBITDA: result from operating activities before net financial items, share of profit of equity-accounted investees, taxes, depreciation and amortization

EBIT: result from operating activities

Earnings per share: net profit / weighted average number of shares outstanding

Equity ratio: total equity / total assets

Shareholder’s equity per share: shareholder’s equity / number of shares outstanding

Gross margin: gross profit / net sales

EBITDA margin: EBITDA / net sales

EBIT margin: EBIT / net sales

Net profit margin: net profit / net sales

Capital expenditure: additions to property, plant and equipment + additions to intangible assets

ROA: earnings before net financial items, taxes 12-months trailing / average total assets

ROE: net profit 12-months trailing / average shareholders’ equity

ROCE: earnings before net financial items, taxes 12-months trailing / (total assets – current liabilities (average for the period))

Net debt: interest-bearing liabilities less cash and cash equivalents

Net debt to EBITDA: net debt / EBITDA 12-months trailing


Consolidated statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income

Unaudited, in thousands of EURQ3 2018Q3 2017Jan-Sep
2018
Jan-Sep
2017
Revenue (Note 3)283 609282 715723 173734 121
Cost of sales-205 160-200 769-573 964-578 026
Gross profit78 44981 946149 209156 095
     
Sales and marketing expenses-15 959-17 068-52 601-54 182
Administrative expenses-12 591-11 780-39 124-37 234
Other operating income1 4321082 499444
Other operating expenses-72-38-153-182
Result from operating activities51 25953 16859 83064 941
     
Finance income (Note 4)1 809-1027 7677 806
Finance costs (Note 4)-6 959-5 214-22 176-23 183
Profit before income tax46 10947 85245 42149 564
     
Income tax -13-12-3 612-4 138
     
Net profit for the period46 09647 84041 80945 426
     
Other comprehensive income-104110
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations-91-40302-22
Other comprehensive income/expense for the period-92-40713-22
     
Total comprehensive income for the period46 00447 80042 52245 404
     
Earnings per share (in EUR per share, Note 5)0.0690.0710.0620.068


Consolidated statement of financial position

Unaudited, in thousands of EUR30.09.201831.12.2017
ASSETS  
Cash and cash equivalents92 97888 911
Trade and other receivables50 34146 466
Prepayments15 4175 395
Prepaid income tax4940
Inventories37 57440 675
Current assets196 359181 487
   
Investments in equity-accounted investees403403
Other financial assets338344
Deferred income tax assets18 71818 722
Investment property300300
Property, plant and equipment (Note 7)1 272 2341 308 441
Intangible assets (Note 8)46 43548 900
Non-current assets1 338 4281 377 110
TOTAL ASSETS1 534 7871 558 597
   
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings (Note 9)161 951159 938
Trade and other payables (Note 13)100 08195 548
Derivatives (Note 6)26 63329 710
Payables to owners23
Income tax liability3434
Deferred income34 08431 429
Current liabilities322 785316 662
   
Interest-bearing loans and borrowings (Note 9)353 281400 968
Derivatives (Note 6)04 688
Other liabilities160
Non-current liabilities353 297405 656
Total liabilities676 082722 318
   
Share capital (Note 10)361 736361 736
Share premium639639
Reserves70 03868 946
Retained earnings426 292404 958
Equity attributable to equity holders of the Parent858 705836 279
Total equity858 705836 279
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY1 534 7871 558 597


Consolidated statement of cash flows

Unaudited, in thousands of EURJan-Sep
2018
Jan-Sep
2017
   
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES  
Net profit for the period41 80945 426
Adjustments77 23584 328
Changes in:  
Receivables and prepayments related to operating activities-13 891-20 727
Inventories3 101-7 595
Liabilities related to operating activities8 123-5 238
Changes in assets and liabilities-2 667-33 560
Cash generated from operating activities116 37796 194
Income tax paid-739
NET CASH FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES116 30496 203
   
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES  
Purchase of property, plant, equipment and intangible assets (Notes 7, 8, 9)-20 119-212 031
Proceeds from disposals of property, plant, equipment68224
Interest received21
NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES-20 049-211 806
   
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES  
Proceeds from loans received (Note 9)0184 000
Repayment of loans received (Note 9)-49 333-51 241
Change in overdraft (Note 9)027 580
Payments for settlement of derivatives-2 622-2 698
Payment of finance lease liabilities (Note 9)-79-78
Interest paid-15 448-16 159
Payment of transaction costs related to loans-1 047-216
Dividends paid (Note 11)-20 096-20 096
Reduction of share capital-1-1
Income tax on dividends paid-3 562-4 100
NET CASH USED IN/FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES-92 188116 991
   
TOTAL NET CASH FLOW4 0671 388
   
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period88 91178 773
Increase in cash and cash equivalents4 0671 388
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of period92 97880 161


Veiko Haavapuu
Financial Director

AS Tallink Grupp
Sadama 5/7
10111 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel. +372 640 9914
E-mail veiko.haavapuu@tallink.ee

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