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NOL Reports Q1, 2016 Loss Amid CMA CGM Deal

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Global container shipping company Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) Group has reported a Q1, 2016 net loss after tax of US$105 million.

Its Q1, 2016 core EBIT (Earnings before Interest, Taxes and Non-Recurring Items) was at a loss of $84 million.

Core EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortisation) remained positive at US$18 million in Q1, 2016.

Ng Yat Chung, President and CEO of NOL, said: “Worsening overcapacity of shipping tonnage in 2015 hit the industry well into first quarter 2016. Freight rates which declined across major trade lanes to historic low are expected to remain weak in the face of slower demand growth.

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“The difficult market condition is prompting consolidation and changes in alliances in the industry. While APL continues to make progress in taking out costs and improving yield, the proposed acquisition of APL by CMA CGM will help APL achieve scale to stay competitive in the industry.”

PTI previously reported that CMA CGM announced that it had received anti-trust regulatory clearance from the European Commission for its pre-conditional Voluntary General Offer (VGO) for NOL.

The remaining pre-conditions relating to anti-trust regulatory clearances are expected to be satisfied by mid-2016.

Against a backdrop of weak global demand and excess capacity in the industry, APL’s first quarter year-on-year volume fell 6% due mainly to weak backhaul volume, while average freight rates fell 23% during the same period.

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As a result, APL’s Q1, 2016 revenue contracted 29% from the year before to $1.14 billion.

In this challenging environment, APL maintained prudent management of its deployed capacity, keeping its head-haul asset utilisation rate above 90%.

APL also stayed focused on its rigorous cost-management and yield-focused trade strategy that emphasised network rationalisation and better cargo selection.

In Q1, 2016, APL achieved cost savings of $60 million. Coupled with savings through a lower bunker price, APL’s total cost of sales per forty-foot-equivalent unit (FEU) reduced by 16% year-on-year.

Drewry has relecently published an analysis in its latest container insight report, in which it discusses three likely financial scenarios of global shipping in 2016, based on current market conditions.

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