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DFDS A/S: Interim Report Q1 2019

Company announcement no. 13/2019


· North Sea achieved strong result

· Fast Mediterranean ramp-up delivers growth but at reduced margins

· Negative one-off impacts from Easter timing on passengers and additional vessel costs in Baltic  

· 2019 EBITDA outlook unchanged: DKK 3.8-4.0bn (2018: DKK 3.6bn, restated)

Q1 2019

· Revenue up 11% to DKK 3.9bn

· EBITDA up 13% to DKK 677m

· First new freight ferry delivered and deployed


· 10-12% revenue growth

· EBITDA-range of DKK 3.8-4.0bn (2018:DKK 3.6bn)

"The continued expansion of our network drives DFDS` growth in 2019 and beyond. Despite current headwinds in some markets, we are on track to deliver on our outlook for the year," says Torben Carlsen, CEO.


DKK m 2019 2018   2018-19 2018  
Before special items Q1 Q1 CH % LTM FY  
Revenue  3,870  3,485 11.0%  16,102  15,717  
EBITDA 677 597 13.4% 3,668 3,589  
EBIT 234 229 1.8%  1,969  1,965  
Profit before tax  159  204 -22.3%  1,697  1,744  

In Q1, revenue increased 11% to DKK 3.9bn driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and stockpiling in UK ahead of the initial Brexit-date end of March. The Easter timing difference vs 2018 lowered passenger revenue. 

EBITDA before special items for Q1 increased 13% to DKK 677m driven by the Mediterranean expansion and strong performance in North Sea.

Baltic Sea`s result was lowered by one-off additional operating costs as capacity was maintained during dockings, one of which was extended. In addition, the Easter timing difference reduced passenger earnings compared to Q1 2018, especially in the Passenger business unit.

Logistics continued to improve performance in UK & Ireland. In Sweden and Belgium earnings were lower as Q1 2018 included peak earnings from a large contract. 

The first in a series of six new freight ferries was delivered in February and successfully deployed in March between Istanbul and Trieste.

Outlook 2019

The outlook is unchanged for revenue growth of 10-12% and for EBITDA before special items of DKK 3,800-4,000m (2018 restated to IFRS 16: DKK 3,589m). See full outlook section in the report.

In the above, all comparative 2018 numbers, including the table, are restated to IFRS 16 on a proforma and unaudited basis.

Read the Q1 2019 Interim Report here

9 May 2019. Conference call today at 10.00am CET

Access code: 72783791# Phone numbers to the call: DK +45 35445577, US +1 631 913 1422, UK +44 333 300 0804

Capital markets day 2019

DFDS` management is hosting a capital markets day for institutional investors and analysts on 18 June in Copenhagen. For more information and sign-up, click here  


Torben Carlsen, CEO +45 33 42 32 01

Søren Brøndholt Nielsen, IR +45 33 42 33 59

Gert Jakobsen, Communications +45 33 42 32 97

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5 -12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. UK_DFDS_Q1_2019

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Source: DFDS A/S via GlobeNewswire