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HomeNewsroomNewsTrading update for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2013

Trading update for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2013

FESCO Transportation Group (MICEX-RTS: FESH) provides a trading update with consolidated financial and operational results for the three month and nine month periods ended September 30, 2013.

Highlights:

  • Steady improvement in Company financial performance in 3Q2013 compared to 2Q and 1Q2013. The Port Division performed particularly strongly, recording its highest quarterly EBITDA for 3Q2013. In 9M2013, Port Division EBITDA increased by 11.0% y-o-y driven by growing volumes of container cargo handling
  • Rail container transportation volumes were up 5.7% in 9M2013 reaching 209.8 thousand TEUs. The volume growth was above market owing to an increased number of block trains operated by the Group and an increased fleet of fitting platforms. Nevertheless, Rail Division results continued to be depressed by decreased average income per railcar across the market, particularly for gondolas, and the overall weakness of rail market environment
  • Due to mixed divisional performance in 9M2013 consolidated Group revenue decreased by 4.8% to $849.6m and Group EBITDA decreased by 13.3% to $152.4m. Since the beginning of 2013, FESCO has acquired two ice-class fuel efficient vessels, and chartered in another two vessels of the same class, to strengthen positions on cabotage lines
  • FESCO launched two new regular sea container services from North America to St. Petersburg and Novorossiysk/Sochi

Group Operational Results

Port Division

In 9M2013, import container cargo throughput grew to 152.6 thousand TEUs (up 9.1% y-o-y), export container cargo throughput grew to 118.5 thousand TEUs (up 1.5% y-o-y), and cabotage container cargo throughput decreased by 4.8% to 78.3 thousand TEUs. Cabotage cargo throughput volumes have shown positive trends during 2013 growing from 21.4 thousand TEUs in 1Q2013 to 26.4 thousand TEUs in 2Q2013 and 30.5 thousand TEUs in 3Q2013.

Automobiles and transportation vehicles throughput increased by 9.7% amounting to 70.3 thousand units. Non-container cargo throughput (excluding vehicles) declined by 37.4% to 1.5 mln tons driven by the reduction in export volumes of ferrous metals and coke.

Rail Division

In 9M2013, rail container transportation volumes were up 5.7% y-o-y reaching 209.8 thousand TEUs. The volume growth was above market owing to an increased number of block trains operated by the Group and an increased fleet of fitting platforms. In 9M2013, the number of block trains increased by 39% y-o-y. The average number of block trains per week increased from 15 in 9M2012 to 21 in 9M2013.

Rail cargo load decreased by 17.0% to 15.3 million tons owing to Russia’s soft rail transportation market, as well as the reduction in the average transportation speed within the RZhD network. Rail cargo turnover grew by 10.2% y-o-y due to growth in the average transportation distance.

Liner and Logistics and Shipping Divisions

In 9M2013, intermodal freight transportation volumes rose by 18.7% y-o-y to 179.6 thousand TEUs. Bilateral sea container trade volumes reached 273.9 thousand TEUs, an increase of 7.0% y-o-y. The Group continues to add to the list of destinations serviced by its global network. In September and October 2013, FESCO launched two new regular sea container services from North America to St. Petersburg and Novorossiysk/Sochi.

In 9M2013, the volume of domestic sea container transportation declined by 9.6% y-o-y to 46.3 thousand TEUs due increased competition. To strengthen its competitive positions, FESCO added four ice class general cargo vessels to its shipping fleet — Pevek and Posyet were acquired in 1H2013, and FESCO Pioneer and FESCO Partizan were chartered in during September 2013. The first two vessels started servicing FESCO cabotage lines in the middle of 3Q2013, which drove part of our domestic sea container transportation growth. FESCO Malakhit and FESCO Azurit will be deployed later in the year.

As of September 30, 2013 the Group operated a fleet of 26 vessels deployed through the FESCO sea service lines and 4 ice-breakers leased-in under long-term contracts.

Group Financial Results

Revenue and EBITDA have continued to recover steadily each quarter during 2013 since 1Q2013’s relatively weak performance. Consolidated revenue increased from $275.3m in 1Q2013 to $292.0m in 3Q2013. Consolidated EBITDA grew from $48.1m in 1Q2013 to $53.0m in 3Q2013.

In 9M2013, Group consolidated revenue declined by 4.8% y-o-y to $849.6m and Group consolidated EBITDA decreased by 13.3% y-o-y to $152.4m on the back of the challenging rail market environment in 2013. The Group’s EBITDA margin decreased by 1.8 pt to 17.9%.

EBITDA by division:

  • Port Division
  1. oIn 2Q2013 and 3Q2013 the Port Division was the major contributor to the Group EBITDA. In 3Q2013, EBITDA margin increased compared to both 2Q2013 and 3Q2012 by 7.1pt and 2.3pt respectively. In 9M2013, EBITDA increased by 11.0% y-o-y driven by growing volumes of container cargo handling. EBITDA margin decreased from 51.2% in 9M2012 to 49.2% in 9M2013 due to the higher proportion of low margin cargo in the Group’s cargo mix following the consolidation of VMTP in 1Q2012
  • Rail Division
  1. oEBITDA decreased by 44.8% from $133.2m in 9M2012 to $73.5m in 9M2013. Although FESCO has outperformed the market in the container segment, which continued to grow during 2013, the decrease in general cargo volumes has negatively affected the divisional results along with the fall in average income per railcars seen across the market, particularly for gondolas. EBITDA margin decreased from 49.6% in 9M2012 to 37.0% in 9M2013
  • Liner and Logistics Division
  1. oEBITDA decreased by 21.0% from $33.3m in 9M2012 to $26.3m in 9M2013 owing to decreasing freight rates
  • In the Shipping Division, EBITDA remains negative improving from negative $4.1m in 2Q2013 to negative $1.5m in 3Q2013
  • Bunkering
  1. oBeginning 3Q2013, Bunkering is reported as a separate business segment with revenue of $34.5m and EBITDA of $1.6m in 3Q2013

Pro-forma net debt decreased in 3Q2013 versus 2Q2013 ($947m versus $959m):

  • Consolidated debt includes $550m of 8.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2018 and $325m of 8.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 in May 2013, as well as RUB 5bn (c. $153m) of bonds, the proceeds from which were used to refinance the Group’s acquisition-related and pre-existing debt
  • As of September 30, 2013, Pro-forma Net Debt / LTM adjusted EBITDA ratio was 4.4x

Ruslan Alikhanov, FESCO President and CEO commented:

«Our Port Division demonstrated outstanding performance during the reporting period recording a record high for quarterly EBITDA, thus becoming the major strategic contributor to Group EBITDA. Although the continuing weakness in the rail industry affected the Group’s results, we continue to proactively address the unfavorable trends witnessed in the market, allowing the Group to outperform the market. In addition, we are actively considering certain areas for growth in ancillary businesses, such as bunkering».

FESCO Consolidated Group Financial Performance

$ millions1Q 20132Q 20133Q 20139M 20139M 20129M 2013 vs 9M2012
Revenue(1) 275.3 282.3 292.0 849.6 892.1 -4.8%
EBITDA(1) 48.1  51.3  53.0 152.4 175.8 -13.3%
EBITDA margin(1) 17.5% 18.2%  18.2% 17.9% 19.7% -1.8 пп
Capital Expenditures  10.0  15.2  14 39.2 60.6 -35.3%

(1) On adjusted basis for consolidation of port in 1Q2012, disposal of vessels and non-recurring expenses the 9M2013 adj. revenue decreased by 3.5% and adj.EBITDA decreased by 29% y-o-y.

FESCO Consolidated Group Financial Position

$ millionsAt 30 September, 2013
Pro-forma total Debt(2) 1,103
Cash 156
Pro-forma net Debt 947
Pro-forma net Debt/ LTM Adj. EBITDA 4.4x

(2) Total borrowings include the placement USD 550m 8.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2018 and USD 325m 8.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2020 in May 2013; RUB 5bln rubl bonds in June 2013 and exclude the $149m REPO loan against the shares of TransContainerr

Divisional Financial Performance

$ millions1Q 20132Q 20133Q 20139M 20139M 20129M 2013 vs 9M 2012
Port
Revenue(3)  46.8 51.6 51.3  149.7 129.5 +15.6%
EBITDA(3)  17.9  26.1 29.6  73.6 66.3 +11.0%
EBITDA   margin(3)  38.2%  50.6% 57.7%  49.2% 51.2% -2.0 pt
Rail
Revenue 74.6 66.3 57.4 198.4 268.6 -26.1%
EBITDA 28.4 24.6 20.4 73.5 133.2 -44.8%
EBITDA   margin 38.1% 37.1% 35.5% 37.0% 49.6% -12.6 pt
Liner & Logistics
Revenue 158.2 169.3 168.7 496.2 453.5 +9.4%
EBITDA 8.8 8.7 8.8 26.3 33.3 -21.0%
EBITDA   margin 5.6% 5.1% 5.2% 5.3% 7.3% -2.0 pt
Shipping
Revenue(4) 17.7 11.0 14.6 43.3 109.9 -60.6%
EBITDA(4) 0.2 -4.1 -1.5 -5.3 -4.8 -
Bunkering
Revenue - 12.1 34.5 46.6 - -
EBITDA - 0.9 1.6 2.5 - -
EBITDA   margin - 7.4% 4.6% 5.4% - -

(3) On adjusted basis for consolidation of port in 1Q2012 and non-recurring expenses 9M2013 port adj.EBITDA decreased by 7% y-o-y with adj.EBITDA margin decreased to 49%

(4) On adjusted basis for disposal of vessels and non-recurring expenses the 9M2013 shipping adj.EBITDA decreased by $3m

 

FESCO operational results for 9M2013

 1Q20132Q20133Q20139M20139M20129M2013 vs 9M2012
Intermodal freight transportation (TEU)*  57,195 59,992 62,405 179,592 151,362 +18.7%
Bilateral sea container trade (TEU)  85,318  95,885  92,671 273,874 255,914 +7.0%
Domestic sea container trade (TEU)  12,861  16,010 17,393  46,264 51,196 -9.6%
Reefer transportation (TEU)  11,033  11,173  10,743 32,949 35,917 -8.3%
Ro-Ro transportation (TEU)  14,069  14,691 10,842  39,602 43,181 -8.3%
VMTP container throughput (TEU)
  — Import
  — Export
  — Cabotage
106,745
  45,987
  39,367
  21,391
117,057
  51,576
  39,131
  26,350
125,507
  54,995
  39,985
  30,527
349,309
  152,558
  118,483
  78,268
338,768
139,878
116,683
82,207
+3.1%
+9.1%
+1.5%
-4.8%
VMTP non-container cargo throughput (excluding   vehicles) (thousand tons) 611 450 461 1,522 2,431 -37.4%
Automobiles and transportation vehicles throughput (units) 21,543 26,379 22,347 70,269 64,048 +9.7%
Rail container transportation («Russkaya   Troyka» and «Transgarant») (TEU) 64,139 72,230 73,420 209,789 198,542 +5.7%
Rail cargo load (million tons) 5.06 5.14 5.12 15.32 18.45 -17.0%
Rail cargo turnover (billion ton-kilometers) 7.66 8.44 8.44 24.54 22.27 +10.2%

* - excluding transportation of empty COCs

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