Agility Q2 Net Profit Jumps 12 Percent to Over $55 Million

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Published August 6th, 2017 - 09:48 GMT
Tarek Sultan, Agility vice chairman and CEO. (Trade Arabia)
Tarek Sultan, Agility vice chairman and CEO. (Trade Arabia)

Kuwait-based Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has reported a net profit of KD16.8 million ($55.5million) for the second quarter of the year, an increase of 12.1 per cent over the same period in 2016.

Agility EBITDA grew 14 per cent to KD32.6 million. Revenue increased 10.9 per cent to KD342.1 million.

First-half earnings of 24.9 fils per share and net profit of KD31.4 million were up 12.1 per cent and 11.6 per cent respectively from first-half 2016. First-half EBITDA was KD63.4 million, an increase of 15.6 per cent. Revenue for the first half was KD662.6 million, an increase of 9.1 per cent. The results are in line with the company’s long-term guidance, a statement said.

Tarek Sultan, Agility vice chairman and CEO, said: “Agility’s Infrastructure group was the primary driver of performance in Q2. Our industrial real estate business and aviation services company delivered particularly strong results. Revenue in our logistics business is growing because air and ocean volumes are increasing and contract logistics revenue is expanding, but rate pressure continues to affect profitability.”   

Revenue for Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), the company’s core logistics business, grew 9.6 per cent in Q2, to KD255.2 million. Air and ocean revenue grew, driven by volume growth of 14.7 per cent and 12.9 per cent in air tonnage and ocean TEUs respectively.

These growth rates are above market average. Contract logistics revenue also grew, particularly in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, with the improved performance coming from a combination of new and existing warehousing facilities.

Net revenue in Q2 was flat compared to the same period a year ago, primarily due to significant yield degradation in freight forwarding because of capacity constraints and higher market rates. Net revenue margins contracted to 24.9 per cent, compared with 27.3 per cent in Q2 2016. EBITDA decreased 5.8 per cent to KD9.1 million in Q2 for the same reason.

GIL continues to grow by committing to defined solutions, customer segments, sales productivity and efficient trade lane development. In addition, GIL is driving its transformation by building technology that enables efficiencies and boosts productivity for the customer and operations. GIL continues to be strongly focused on managing its costs in a disciplined manner.

Agility’s Infrastructure group EBITDA rose 7.4 per cent, to KD27.5 million in Q2. Revenue grew 12.1 per cent to KD89.1 million. Agility Real Estate, National Aviation Services (NAS) and Tristar were the main factors in the group’s growth.

Agility Real Estate increased revenue 11.6 per cent in Q2. It is developing new warehouses across the Arabian Gulf countries and Africa.

Tristar showed healthy revenue growth of 13.5 per cent for the quarter, driven by new shipping contracts and its recent E-ships acquisition.

NAS grew its revenue by 17 per cent. NAS continues to expand its presence in Africa and is performing well in Cote d’Ivoire and growing in Afghanistan.

UPAC revenue grew 6.5 per cent as the company focused on its income-generating projects in Kuwait, where it manages commercial space at the Kuwait International Airport, Sheikh Saad Terminal, and Discovery Mall.

Agility enjoys a healthy balance sheet with KD1.6 billion in assets. Net debt position was KD109 million as of June 30, 2017. Operating cash flow was (KD4.3) million for the first half of 2017, due to the global settlement of the U.S. government food-supply contracts.   

Summary

To achieve its 2020 EBITDA target of $800 million, Agility has two areas of focus. First, it is investing in its Infrastructure businesses in emerging markets. Second, it is continuing to improve the underlying fundamentals of its commercial logistics business, particularly in technology-driven transformation of its processes and development of online solutions for customers.

Sultan said continued earnings growth will be driven by operations and by a reduction in legal fees that is anticipated as a result of the settlement of the US case. The impact of lower legal fees will be partially reflected in Q3 before realizing the full impact starting Q4, he said.

“Investments in Infrastructure businesses will limit free cash flow,” Sultan said. “The company is moving toward a ring-fenced net debt position to finance these investments in the future.”

Source: Trade Arabia

Background Information

Agility

Agility builds durable, efficient supply chains that power businesses and drive trade, creating access to new opportunities.

Agility is one of the world’s largest integrated logistics providers with more than 22,000 employees and operations in 100 countries.

 

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