• ICTSI H1port revenue rises 8% to $552.1M

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    International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) on Monday reported unaudited consolidated financial results for the first half of 2015, posting revenue from port operations of $552.1 million, an increase of 8 percent over the $510.3 million reported for the same period last year.

    ICTSI said that earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were $237.4 million, 12 percent higher than the $212.2 million generated in the first six months of 2014; and net income attributable to equity holders of $100.4 million, down 1 percent over the $101.7 million earned in the same period last year.

    Diluted earnings per share for the period was also lower by one percent to $0.042, from $0.043 in 2014.

    In the first half of 2014, the company recognized gains on the sale of a non-operating subsidiary in Cebu, Philippines; the termination of the management contract in Kattupalli, India; and the settlement of insurance claims in Guayaquil, Ecuador of $13.2 million, $1.9 million and $1.5 million, respectively.

    In the same period, the company also recognized non-recurring items such as the $0.3 million gain on the sale of the terminal in Naha, Japan; the recognition of a $1.3-million wealth tax on its equity in the project in Aguadulce, Colombia; and a $0.6-million one-time super tax recognized at the terminal in Karachi, Pakistan. Excluding these one-time gains and charges, recurring net income surged 20 percent in the first half of 2015.

    For the quarter ending June 30, 2015, revenue from port operations decreased 2 percent, from $261.4 million to $256 million. EBITDA was 1 percent higher at $109.8 million, from $108.6 million. Net income attributable to equity holders declined 6 percent, from $49.3 million to $46.4 million for the same period in 2014.

    Excluding the non-recurring gains recognized and one-time tax expenses at the terminals in Karachi, Pakistan and Aguadulce, Colombia, recurring net income would have increased 5 percent. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter decreased from $0.021 in 2014 to $0.019 in 2015.

    ICTSI handled consolidated volume of 3,888,130 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the first six months of 2015, 9 percent more than the 3,566,023 TEUs handled in the same period in 2014.

    The increase in volume was mainly due to the continuing volume ramp-up at Contecon Manzanillo S.A. (CMSA) in Manzanillo, Mexico and Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana, S.A. de C.V. (OPC) in Puerto Cortez, Honduras; new shipping line contracts and services at Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) in Karachi, Pakistan; increased demand for services at Subic Bay International Terminal Corp.

    (SBITC) in Subic Bay, Philippines; favorable impact of consolidation at Yantai International Container Terminal (YICT) in Yantai China; and the contribution of the Company’s new terminal, ICTSI Iraq, in Basra, Iraq which began commercial operation in November 2014. Excluding the volume generated by the new terminal in Iraq, organic volume growth was at 7 percent.

    Key terminals
    The company’s eight key terminal operations in Manila, Brazil, Poland, Madagascar, China, Ecuador, Pakistan and Honduras, which accounted for 77 percent of the Group’s consolidated volume in the first half of 2015, grew 6 percent compared to the same period last year.

    For the quarter ending June 30, 2015, total consolidated throughput was 5 percent higher at 1,905,357 TEUs compared to 1,808,928 TEUs in 2014.

    Gross revenues from port operations for the first half of 2015 increased 8 percent to $552.1 million, from $510.3 million reported for the same period in 2014.

    The increase in revenues was mainly due to volume growth at most of the company’s terminals; favorable volume mix and higher ancillary services at SBITC in Subic Bay, Philippines; new shipping line contracts and services at PICT in Karachi, Pakistan; favorable impact of the consolidation of terminal operations in Yantai, China; continuing ramp-up at OPC in Puerto Cortes, Honduras and CMSA in Manzanillo, Mexico; and the revenue contribution of the Company’s new terminal in Basra, Iraq.

    This, however, was partially offset by lower storage and break-bulk revenues combined with the 29 percent depreciation of the Brazilian Real against the US dollar at Tecon Suape S.A (TSSA) in Recife, Brazil; the discontinued vessel calls by two major shipping lines as a result of continuing labor disruption at ICTSI Oregon, Inc. (IOI) in Portland, Oregon, USA; weaker short-sea trade and reduced vessel calls at Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) in Gdynia, Poland; and slow economic activity coupled with the 23 percent depreciation of the Euro against the US dollar at Madagascar International Container Terminal Services, Ltd. (MICTSL) in Toamasina, Madagascar.

    Excluding the revenues from the new terminal, organic revenue growth was at six percent. Further removing the unfavorable effect of the 29 percent depreciation of the BRL and the 23 percent depreciation of the Euro against the US dollar would have resulted in a nine percent growth in revenue.

    The Group’s eight key terminal operations in Manila, Brazil, Poland, Madagascar, China, Ecuador, Pakistan and Honduras, which accounted for 82 percent of the Group’s consolidated revenues in the first six months of 2015, grew nine percent compared to the same period last year.

    Consolidated cash operating expenses in the first six months of 2015 grew two percent to $226.5 million, from $221 million in the same period in 2014. The increase was mainly driven by the contribution of a new terminal in Iraq and start-up costs of projects in Melbourne, Australia; Lekki, Nigeria; and Tuxpan, Mexico.

    This increase, however, was tapered by the depreciation of the real and the euro as the cash operating expenses of the terminals in Brazil and Madagascar were translated to a lower US dollar equivalent. Excluding the cost associated with the new terminal and projects, total cash operating expenses would have increased by only 0.3 percent.

    Consolidated EBITDA for the first half of 2015 increased 12 percent to $237.4 million, from $212.2 million in 2014 mainly due to strong revenues driven by the continuing ramp-up at the terminals in Honduras and Mexico; favorable impact of the consolidation in Yantai, China; and the positive contribution of the new terminal in Iraq. Excluding the impact of the new terminal and projects, consolidated EBITDA would have increased 11 percent in the first half of 2015.

    Consequently, consolidated EBITDA margin improved to 43 percent in the first half of 2015, from 42 percent in the same period in 2014.

    Capital expenditures for the first six months of 2015 amounted to $136.7 million, approximately 26 percent of the $530 million capital expenditure budget for the full year 2015. The established budget is mainly allocated for the completion of development at the company’s new container terminals in Mexico, Honduras and Iraq; capacity expansion in its terminal operation in Manila; and to start the development of the new terminals in Democratic Republic of Congo and Australia.

    In addition, ICTSI invested $52.9 million in the development of Sociedad Puerto Industrial Aguadulce S.A. (SPIA), its joint venture container terminal development project with PSA International Pte Ltd. (PSA) in Buenaventura, Colombia. The company’s share for 2015 to complete phase one of the project is approximately $140 million.

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