CEVA Logistics – contract logistics drives Q3 growth

Contract logistics has driven growth at CEVA Logistics according to the company in its Q3 results. Air cargo volumes were up 10.6% and ocean volumes were up 4.4%.

EBITDA for Q3 was $75 million, up 19% sequentially and flat against the year before in constant currency. According to CEVA, market share gains and cost reductions drove performance.

“CEVA’s top line performance continued in Q3,” said CEO Xavier Urbain, CEO. We have experienced good growth in Contract Logistics revenue driven by market share gains. Our Freight Management business line continues to outperform also, with volume growth in Air of 10.6 per cent and Ocean of 4.4 per cent both representing sequential improvements. We have had a number of customer wins in Q3 and our new business pipeline is strong. This demonstrates that our strategy is working and delivering results.

Revenue for CEVA was $1,679 in Q3, up 0.9% in constant currency. This was driven by strong volume growth partially offset by declines in rates in fright management and good growth in contract logistics.

Contract Logistics saw an EBITDA of $38 million. This was down against the previous year but was much better than in Q2, showing a 15.2% improvement on the previous quarter. CEVA said that continued sales efforts and the closing of facilities allowed a reduction in empty space in warehouses from 6.3% to 4.9%.

In Q3, Air volumes experienced an increase of 10.6 per cent against a soft market. It attributed this to a mix of new business and an increasing share of wallet with existing customers in numerous sectors and strong development in selected trade lanes. Ocean volumes grew at 4.4 per cent despite an on-going weak demand in the overall market. While revenue was down 1.4 per cent in constant currency, reflecting unstable rates, EBITDA improved to $27 million, representing a YoY increase of $5 million in constant currency.

CEVA is implementing an Operational Excellence Programme, aimed at simplifying and applying consistent standards and best practices across the organisation.

“Our Operational Excellence Programme is being implemented successfully and is anticipated to generate benefits that will accelerate in upcoming quarters. I am confident that the actions we continue to implement will drive robust performance in both our revenue and margins in 2017,” said Urbain.

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