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DFDS: INTERIM REPORT Q2 2019 - GROWTH CONTINUES BUT BREXIT LOWERS PACE

COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT NO. 26/2019


GROWTH CONTINUES BUT BREXIT LOWERS PACE

• Revenue up 10% and EBITDA up 8% in H1 2019

• Exceptional uncertainty on Brexit is currently reducing UK trade and visibility    

• 2019 EBITDA outlook lowered 6%


Q2 2019

• Revenue up 9% to DKK 4.2bn

• EBITDA up 4% to DKK 989m

• Negative Q2 impact from reversal of UK stockpiling in Q1


OUTLOOK 2019

• 6-8% revenue growth (previously 10-12%)

• EBITDA-range lowered 6% to DKK 3.5-3.8bn (previously DKK 3.8-4.0bn)

”Brexit is an exceptional situation currently lowering volumes in our ferry and logistics network. In spite of this headwind, we are still on track to continue our growth this year. The work to deliver on our new strategic and financial ambitions has started and progress is well under way,” says Torben Carlsen, CEO.


KEY FIGURES          
           
DKK m 2019 2018*   2018-19* 2018*
Before special items Q2 Q2 Change % LTM Full year
           
Revenue  4,241  3,894 8.9%  16,449  15,717
EBITDA 989 948 4.3% 3,709 3,589
EBIT  541 547 -1.0%  1,963  1,965
Profit before tax  486  494 -1.8%  1,688  1,744
* Comparative 2018 numbers are restated to IFRS 16 on a proforma and unaudited basis


In Q2, revenue increased 9% to DKK 4.2bn and EBITDA before special items increased 4% to DKK 989m.

In H1, revenue increased 10% to DKK 8.1bn and EBITDA before special items increased 8% to DKK 1.7bn.

The growth in revenue and earnings in Q2 was mainly driven by the expansion in the Mediterranean and higher passenger revenue. A reversal of the UK stockpiling in Q1 lowered freight revenue and earnings in Q2 for most activities linked to UK trade. The latter was mitigated by income from an agreement with UK Department for Transport. 


Outlook 2019

The exceptional uncertainty on the outcome of Brexit is currently reducing UK trade and visibility.

Therefore, expected revenue growth is lowered to 6-8% (previously: 10-12%) and EBITDA before special items is lowered 6% to a range of DKK 3.5-3.8bn (previously:DKK 3.8-4.0bn), (2018 restated to IFRS 16: DKK 3,589m).

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


Read the Q2 2019 Interim Report here:

https://www.dfds.com/en/about/investors/reports-and-presentations

13 August 2019. Conference call today at 10.00am CET

Access code: 10536973# Phone numbers to the call: DK +45 35445577, US +1 631 913 1422, UK +44 333 300 0804


Contact

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

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