CMA CGM Second Quarter 2013 Results

The Board of Directors of France’s CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping group, met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to review the financial statements for the second quarter 2013.

In the second quarter, consolidated revenue amounted to $4.0 billion, up 5.6% over the first quarter and down 2.4% year-on-year. The year-on-year decline reflected a 6.9% increase in volumes carried, to 2.9 million TEUs, even as the Group’s average freight rate shrank 8.6% over the period, amid an even sharper contraction in the industry as a whole.

During the period, CMA CGM reported:


  • $418 million in consolidated EBIT, up 7% year-on-year. Excluding non-recurring items (of which the Terminal Link divestment), core EBIT stood at $172 million.
  • A 4.2% EBIT margin before non-recurring items, one of the highest in the industry.
  • $268 million in consolidated net profit (of which $249 million related to the reorganisation of the port operations, including the disposal of Terminal Link), versus a profit of $169 million in second-quarter 2012.


CMA CGM also continued to strengthen its balance sheet by:


  • Sharply reducing net debt to $3.8 billion at 30 June, a decrease of $385 million since 31 March.
  • Substantially increasing its equity to $4.8 billion, by $363 million over the quarter.


Significant events during the quarter


CMA CGM closed the purchase of $150 million in mandatory convertible bonds by Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement (FSI) and completed the sale of a 49% stake in Terminal Link to China Merchants Holdings International.


In addition, CMA CGM, Maersk Line and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. decided to create the P3 Network, an operational alliance on East-West trades designed to optimise fleet use on these lines. The agreement, which remains subject to the approval of various competition authorities, is expected to come into effect in Q2 2014.


Outlook for 2013


In the third quarter, CMA CGM will benefit of an improved operating performance resulting from on-going cost discipline and higher freight rates.


In today’s still volatile operating environment, the Group confirms that, thanks to its strong fundamentals and strategy, it expects to report for 2013 a profit commensurate with its 2012 performance.


Financial highlights

  Q2-2012 Q2-2013   H1-2012 H1-2013 % Change
(in $ billions)
4.1 4.0   7.8 7.9 +1.7%
(in $ millions)
+392 +418   288 614 +113%
Adjusted EBIT*
(in $ millions)
+380 +172   281 367 +30.6%
Consolidated net profit 
(in $ millions)
169 268   -79 364 n/a
Return on invested capital*** 14.0% 14.4%   14.0% 14.4% +2,7%
Volumes carried 
(in TEU** millions)
2.7 2.9   5.3 5.6 +4.9%
(number of vessels)
412 429   412 429 +4.1%
Fleet capacity 
(in TEU** thousands)
1418 1542   1418 1542 +8.8%

*Excluding non-recurring items, including the sale of a 49% stake in Terminal Link and reorganization of the port operations, other asset disposals

**TEU = twenty-foot equivalent units

***Calculated over a rolling 12-month period 

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