Clasquin: 2017 Marks a Return to Strong Growth in Business and Gross Profit

LYON, France--()--Regulatory News:

Clasquin (Paris:ALCLA):

    2017   2016   2017 / 2016

(at current scope)

  2017 / 2016

(like for like change)

     

T4 2017 /
T4 2016

CONSOLIDATED (unaudited)                  
Number of shipments   246 657   221 990   +11.1%   +11.1% +12.7%
Sales (€M) *   292.0   235.0   +24.3%   +25.4% +18.2%

Gross profit (€M)

  62.9   57.5   +9.4%   +10.3% +10.8%

*Note: Sales is not a relevant indicator for assessing activity in our business, because it is greatly impacted by changing sea and air freight rates, fuel surcharges, exchange rates (especially versus the $), etc. Variations in the number of shipments, the volumes shipped and— in terms of the Group's finances—gross profit are relevant indicators

BUSINESS REVIEW

In 2017, sea freight market volumes grew by more than 4% and air freight by 8-9%.

Driven by strong sales momentum in this buoyant environment, the Group once again outperformed the market.
Growth in the number of sea and air freight shipments reached 11.1% and 10.1% respectively.
Two-thirds of this growth resulted from the acquisition of new clients.

In terms of volumes shipped, sea freight growth of 17.1% was 4 to 5 times higher than that of the market, while air freight volumes at 18.8% doubled market growth.

Gross profit in the air and sea freight businesses (81% of total Group gross profit) increased by over 10.4% for the year, mirroring growth in shipments (up 10.7%) and reflecting steady unit margins despite rising freight rates.

The RO/RO business (11% of Group gross profit) saw a slight decline of 1.3% in gross profit due to the temporary impact of a new client mix.

DETAILS ON ACTIVITY BY BUSINESS LINE

  Number of shipments   Gross profit (en M€)
At current exchange rate   2017   2016   2017/ 2016  

T4 2017/
T4 2016

  2017   2016   2017/ 2016  

T4 2017/
T4 2016

Sea freight 111,946   100,765   +11.1%   +10.9% 30.2   27.7   +9.0%   +5.6%
Air freight 80,153 72,820 +10.1% +10.6% 20.7 18.4 +12.4% +11.2%
RO/RO* 38,299 33,913 +12.9% +13.4% 6.6 6.7 -1.3% -0.4%
Others 16,259 14,492 +12.2% NS 4.2 3.6 +17.4% NS
TOTAL OVERSEAS ACTIVITY   246,657   221,990   +11.1%   +12.7%   61.7   56.4   +9.4%   +10.4%
Log System 2.6 2.5 +4.1 -8.6%
Consolidation entries -1.5 -1.4 NA NA
TOTAL CONSOLIDATED                   62.9   57.5   +9.4%   +10.8%

* Roll On / Roll Off

    Volume growth
    2017   2016  

2017/
2016

 

 

T4 2017/
T4 2016

Sea freight   168,832 EVP*   144,147 EVP*   +17.1%   +13.4%
Air freight   63,446 T**   53,402 T**   +18.8%   +11.5%

*Twenty Feet Equivalent Units **Tons

COMPANIES CREATED OR ACQUIRED IN 2016:

  • Art Shipping, specializing in the transportation of artwork, acquired in May 2016: business volumes and earnings in line with the business plan. Profitable business
  • CLASQUIN Portugal, launch of operations in October 2016: satisfactory integration, although ramp-up fell short of targets. Losses in the first year (2017).
  • CLASQUIN Chile, launch of operations in November 2016: strong business levels, in line with expectations. Slight loss in the first year (2017).

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

Deployment of our new Transport Management System (TMS), CargoWise One (published by market leader Wisetech), as planned.
Following deployment in Milan (April), Hong Kong (June) and China (7 offices) (September), our Australian subsidiary has now migrated to this new system.

New hires to help strengthen our development capabilities:

  • New Managing Director hired in the USA in October
  • New Managing Director hired in South-East Asia in November
  • Appointment of a new President and Managing Director in December at our IT subsidiary Log System, following the retirement of the former manager

Restructuring:

  • Downsizing at CLASQUIN Germany.
    Effects will be seen in 2018.

POST BALANCE SHEET EVENTS

Acquisition of Cosmos Consultants, international trade and customs management software publisher, by Log System (Group IT subsidiary) in January 2018. Sales > €300,000 to around thirty key accounts.

2018 OUTLOOK

Market

Estimated volume growth:

  • Sea > 5%
    (source IHS Global Insight. August 2017)
  • Air > 4%
    (source IATA. December 2017)

Clasquin

Growth significantly higher than market growth.

UPCOMING EVENTS (publication after-market closure)

  • Wednesday 21 March 2018 : 2017 Annual results
  • Thursday 26 April 2018: Business report as at 31 March 2018
  • Thursday 7 June 2018: Annual Meeting
  • Thursday 30 August 2018: Business report as at 30 June 2018
  • Wednesday 19 September 2018: 2018 Half year results
  • Thursday 25 October 2018: Business report as at 30 September 2018

Clasquin is an air and sea freight forwarding and overseas logistics specialist.
The Group designs and manages the entire overseas transport and logistics chain, organising and coordinating the flow of client shipments between France and the rest of the world, and more specifically to and from Asia-Pacific and the United States.
Its shares are listed on Alternext Paris, ISIN FR0004152882, Reuters ALCLA.PA, Bloomberg ALCLA FP. For more information, see www.clasquinfinance.com.
CLASQUIN confirms its eligibility for the new share savings plan for MSCs (medium-sized companies) in accordance with Article D221-113-5 of the French Monetary and Financial Code established by decree number 2014-283 of 4 March 2014 and with Article L221-32-2 of the French Monetary and Financial Code which set the conditions for eligibility (less than 5,000 employees and annual sales of less than 1,500 million euros or total balance sheet of less than 2,000 million euros). Clasquin is part of Enternext©PEA-PME 150 index.

Contacts

CLASQUIN
Philippe LONS – Deputy Managing Director and CFO
Domitille CHATELAIN – Group Head of Communication
CLASQUIN Group – 235 cours Lafayette – 69006 Lyon
Tél : 04 72 83 17 00 – Fax : 04 72 83 17 33

Contacts

CLASQUIN
Philippe LONS – Deputy Managing Director and CFO
Domitille CHATELAIN – Group Head of Communication
CLASQUIN Group – 235 cours Lafayette – 69006 Lyon
Tél : 04 72 83 17 00 – Fax : 04 72 83 17 33