Published: 2019-11-15 08:00:00 CET
Tallinna Sadam
Interim Management statement

AS Tallinna Sadam financial results for 2019 Q3 and 9 months

In the first 9 months of 2019, the Group’s key performance indicators moved in different directions but, through their combined effect, revenue and profit figures for Q3 and 9 months did not change significantly. In the third quarter, the Group’s revenue was EUR 39.2 million (0.7% y-o-y), adjusted EBITDA was EUR 23.7 million (-1.1% y-o-y) and net profit was EUR 17.7 million (-1.8% y-o-y).

According to Marko Raid, CFO of Tallinna Sadam, Q3 results were affected by a sharp decline in cargo volume due to liquid bulk, but on the other hand by an increase in the number of ship calls and a longer summer season charter period of the icebreaker Botnica in Canada. The volume of dry bulk cargo also increased rapidly, which somewhat mitigated the decline in overall cargo volume caused by the drop in liquid cargo. “In the third quarter, the number of passengers increased mainly due to the Tallinn-Helsinki and Muuga-Vuosaari routes. At the end of June, Eckerö Line started operating on the Muuga-Vuosaari route with its vessel MS Finbo Cargo, which serves both trucks and passengers with cars and in addition, Tallink also started to serve passengers with cars on this route with its vessel Sea Wind. The high occupancy rate of the vessels shows that the route has been properly launched and that passengers with cars also appreciate the lower cost alternative to avoid city center congestion when travelling between Estonia and Finland,” said Raid.

The highest growth in revenue and profitability was generated by the icebreaker Botnica due to increase in the number of charter days for summer season and the largest decline was in the Cargo harbours segment, mostly attributable to lower liquid cargo volumes, which led to decrease in revenue from vessel dues.

In the first 9 months, the Group generated EUR 100.5 million revenue and EUR 35.9 million net profit. Revenue and adjusted EBITDA remained at the comparable level with the previous year, decreasing by -0.5% and -0.4% respectively. The strong growth in net profit in 9 months year-on-year was due to EUR 20.5 million lower dividend income tax expense in 2019.

In the third quarter, the investments also increased compared to the same period last year due to the reconstruction of the passenger terminal D, dredging works at the Paldiski South Harbour and the co-financing of the construction of Reidi road at the Old City Harbour.

The Management Board estimates that Tallinna Sadam will achieve the profit target set for 2019, and there will be no deviations from the dividend policy to pay at least EUR 30 million dividends in 2020.

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Key figures (in million EUR):

  Q3 Q3 +/- 9 months 9 months +/-
  2019 2018   2019 2018  
Revenue 39.2 38.9 0.7% 100.5 101.1 -0.5%
Adjusted EBITDA 23.7 24.0 -1.1% 59.5 59.7 -0.4%
Adjusted EBITDA margin 60.6% 61.7% -1.1 59.1% 59.1% 0.0
Operating profit 17.9 18.1 -1.4% 42.6 43.1 -1.1%
Income tax 0 0 - -5.8 -26.3 -78.0%
Profit for the period 17.7 18.1 -1.8% 35.9 15.8 127.2%
Investments 7.7 2.9 164.0% 18.8 8.1 131.6%
  30.09.2019 31.12.2018 +/-
Total assets 616.2 623.6 -1.2%
Net debt 178.3 171.0 4.2%
Equity 368.5 367.7 0.2%
Number of shares 263.0 263.0 0.0%

Revenue for the 9 months of 2019 decreased by EUR 0.5 million (-0.5% y-o-y) and was EUR 100.5 million. The decline is mostly attributable to the decline in liquid cargo volume and the decline in the number of ship calls during the first quarter due to planned repairs of passenger ships. Revenue increased from general and dry bulk vessels, through growth in cargo volumes, and passenger vessels, where an additional ROPAX type vessel started operating on the Muuga-Vuosaari line at the end of the second quarter. In terms of segments, nine-month revenue grew in the Ferry segment and the segment Other but declined in the Passenger harbours and Cargo harbours segments.

Passenger harbours revenue increased in Q3 but decreased in 9 months year-on-year caused by the lower number of ship calls in Q1 due to planned maintenance of passenger vessels and due to the discounts for the vessels with lower level of emissions.
Cargo harbours revenue for Q3 and 9 months decreased, mainly due to the drop of liquid cargo volume.
The revenue of the Ferry segment grew because of a rise in fee rates, which are linked to the Estonian consumer and fuel price indices and wage inflation.
The revenue of the segment Other grew, mostly through growth in the revenue generated by the icebreaker Botnica during the summer season, as well as the indexation of the contractual fees to the Estonian and Canadian consumer price indices.

Compared to Q3 2018, adjusted EBITDA decreased by EUR 0.3 million (-1,1%) influenced by Cargo harbours segment. In 9 months of 2019, adjusted EBITDA decreased by 0.4% to EUR 59.5 million. In terms of segments, adjusted EBITDA grew in the Ferry segment and the segment Other, decreased in the Cargo harbours segment and remained stable in the Passenger harbours segment. The adjusted EBITDA margin for the first 9 months of the year remained stable at 59.1% despite a slight decrease from 61.7% to 60.6% in Q3.

Net profit
In the third quarter, the Group earned EUR 17.7 million net profit (-1.8% y-o-y), in the first 9 months the net profit was EUR 35.9 million (127.2% y-o-y). The strong growth in net profit in 9 months year-on-year was due to the decline in dividend income tax expense in 2019.
In the second quarter of 2019, the Group declared a dividend of EUR 35.2 million. Related income tax expense amounted to EUR 5.76 million, being EUR 20.5 million smaller than in the previous year when the Group declared a record-high dividend (EUR 105 million).

In the first 9 months of 2019, the Group invested EUR 18.8 million, including EUR 7.7 million in Q3 (9 months 2018: EUR 8.1 million). Investments of the period were mostly related to the reconstruction of passenger terminal D at the Old City Harbour, dredging works at the Paldiski South Harbour and the co-financing of the construction of Reidi road at the Old City Harbour.

Interim condensed consolidated statement of financial position:

In thousands of euros 30 Sept 2019 31 December 2018
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents 28,955 42,563
Trade and other receivables 11,445 8,017
Contract assets 678 0
Inventories 287 305
Total current assets 41,365 50,885
Non-current assets   
Investments in associates 1,782 1,569
Other long-term receivables 151 196
Property, plant and equipment 570,844 568,965
Intangible assets 2,034 2,024
Total non-current assets 574,811 572,754
Total assets 616,176 623,639
Current liabilities   
Loans and borrowings 15,766 15,766
Derivative financial instruments 349 425
Provisions 1,426 1,957
Government grants 344 174
Taxes payable 1,495 5,844
Trade and other payables 10,521 9,485
Contractual liabilities 2,203 32
Total current liabilities 32,104 33,683
Non-current liabilities   
Loans and borrowings 191,463 197,846
Government grants 23,149 23,418
Other payables 81 79
Contract liabilities 924 939
Total non-current liabilities 215,617 222,282
Total liabilities 247,721 255,965
Share capital at par value 263,000 263,000
Share premium 44,478 44,478
Statutory capital reserve 18,520 18,520
Hedge reserve -349 -425
Retained earnings (prior periods) 6,859 17,678
Profit for the period 35,947 24,423
Total equity 368,455 367,674
Total liabilities and equity 616,176 623,639

Interim condensed consolidated statement of profit or loss:

    9 months 9 months
In thousands of euros  Q3 2019 Q3 2018 2019 2018
Revenue 39,181 38,897 100,531 101,063
Other income 209 215 789 659
Operating expenses -10,741 -10,426 -27,457 -28,013
Personnel expenses -5,019 -4,941 -14,127 -13,912
Depreciation, amortisation and impairment -5,719 -5,567 -16,912 -16,516
Other expenses -44 -65 -226 -217
Operating profit 17,867 18,113 42,598 43,064
Finance income and costs     
Finance income 2 5 29 13
Finance costs -452 -501 -1,333 -1,539
Finance costs - net -450 -496 -1,304 -1,526
Share of profit of an associate accounted for under the equity method 331 461 417 535
Profit before income tax 17,748 18,078 41,711 42,073
Income tax 0 0 -5,764 -26,250
Profit for the period 17,748 18,078 35,947 15,823
Attributable to owners of the Parent  17,748 18,078  35,947 15,823
Basic and diluted earnings per share (in euros) 0.07 0.07 0.14 0.07
Basic and diluted earnings per share - continuing operations (in euros) 0.07 0.07 0.14 0.07

Interim condensed consolidated statement of cash flows:

  9 months 9 months
In thousands of euros 2019 2018
Cash receipts from sale of goods and services 105,558 108,685
Cash receipts related to other income 156 62
Payments to suppliers -34,030 -33,466
Payments to and on behalf of employees -13,248 -12,364
Payments for other expenses -299 -293
Income tax paid on dividends -10,713 -21,405
Cash from operating activities 47,424 41,219
Purchases of property, plant and equipment -17,909 -8,388
Purchases of intangible assets -360 -509
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 39 6
Interest received 27 3
Cash used in investing activities -18,203 -8,888
Contributions to share capital 0 119,882
Redemption of debt securities 0 -1,250
Repayments of loans received -6,383 -6,383
Change in overdraft (liability) 0 -2,566
Repayments of finance lease principal 0 -7
Dividends paid -34,970 -85,000
Interest paid -1,461 -1,704
Other payments related to financing activities -15 -46
Cash from/used in financing activities -42,829 22,926
NET CASH FLOW -13,608 55,257
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 42,563 6,954
Change in cash and cash equivalents -13,608 55,257
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period 28,955 62,211

Tallinna Sadam is one of the largest cargo- and passenger port complexes in the Baltic Sea region, which in 2018 serviced 10.6 million passengers and 20.6 million tons of cargo. In addition to passenger and freight services, Tallinna Sadam group also operates in shipping business via its subsidiaries – OÜ TS Laevad provides ferry services between the Estonian mainland and the largest islands, and OÜ TS Shipping charters its multifunctional vessel m/v Botnica for icebreaking and construction services in Estonia and offshore projects abroad. Tallinna Sadam group is also a shareholder in an associate AS Green Marine, which provides waste management services. Tallinna Sadam group's sales in 2018 totaled EUR 130.6 million, adjusted EBITDA EUR 74.4 million and net profit EUR 24.4 million.

Additional information:

Marju Zirel
Head of Investor Relations
AS Tallinna Sadam


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