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VIKING LINE'S INTERIM REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY - MARCH 2014

May 14, 2014

Mariehamn, 2014-05-15 08:00 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Viking Line Abp INTERIM REPORT 15.5.2014, 9.00 A.M. Consolidated sales of the Viking Line Group during the first quarter, January 1March 31, 2014, decreased by 10.0 per cent to 103.4 million euros compared to the same quarter of 2013 (EUR 115.0 M). Operating income amounted to EUR -17.1 M (-18.9). Net financial items totalled EUR -2.1 M (-1.9). Consolidated income before taxes amounted to EUR -19.1 M (-20.7). Income after taxes totalled EUR -15.6 M (-15.7). Competition in Viking Line’s service area remains tough and implies continued pressure on prices. Volume and price developments during the remainder of the financial year will be crucial to the Group’s earnings. During the summer 2014 high season – in addition to serving their regular Helsinki–Mariehamn–Stockholm routes – the Mariella and Gabriella will also temporarily serve the Helsinki–Tallinn route. The Board of Directors believes that operating income will improve in 2014 compared to operating income in 2013, excluding the capital gain from the sale of the Isabella (EUR 11.9 M). SALES AND EARNINGS Consolidated sales of the Viking Line Group during the first quarter, January 1March 31, 2014, decreased by 10.0 per cent to 103.4 million euros compared to the same quarter of 2013 (EUR 115.0 M). Operating income amounted to EUR -17.1 M (-18.9). Net financial items totalled EUR -2.1 M (-1.9). Consolidated income before taxes amounted to EUR -19.1 M (-20.7). Income after taxes totalled EUR -15.6 M (-15.7). Passenger-related revenue decreased by 11.8 per cent to EUR 92.7 M (105.0), while cargo revenue increased by 9.8 per cent to EUR 9.9 M (9.1). Net sales revenue decreased by 9.7 per cent to EUR 75.0 M (83.1). The Group’s operating expenses decreased by 9.8 per cent to EUR 83.6 M (92.8). The decrease in consolidated sales was mainly due to a smaller number of service days compared to the corresponding period of last year. In January 2014 the Viking Cinderella spent 18 days and the Viking XPRS 12 days out of service because of dry-docking. The Group’s bunker (vessel fuel) expenses decreased during the period by EUR 2.2 M, equivalent to 13.0 per cent. The decrease is explained by lower bunker consumption because of vessel dry-dockings, a winter with mild ice conditions and successful optimization work. The Board of Directors also sees that the Group’s action programme aimed at improving operational efficiency is continuing to have a positive impact on operating expenses. SERVICES AND MARKET TRENDS The Viking Line Group provides passenger and cargo carrier services using seven vessels on the northern Baltic Sea. The Group’s vessels served the same routes as during 2013. The number of passengers on Viking Line’s vessels during the report period decreased by 112,706 to 1,234,044 (1,346,750). During the report period, Viking Line reduced its market share on the Turku (Finland)–Mariehamn/LÅngnÄs (Åland Islands, Finland)–Stockholm (Sweden) route by 4.7 percentage points to 53.8 per cent. On the Helsinki (Finland)–Mariehamn–Stockholm route, market share increased by 2.0 percentage points to 48.6 per cent. In cruise services between Stockholm and Mariehamn, market share decreased by 6.4 percentage points to 49.6 per cent. On the Helsinki–Tallinn (Estonia) route, market share decreased by 1.3 percentage points to 22.2 per cent due to a reduced number of departures. On the short route over the Sea of Åland, market share increased by 8.8 percentage points to 39.6 per cent due to an increased number of departures. The Group thus had a total market share in its service area of 33.0 per cent (35.1). Viking Line’s cargo volume was 31,200 cargo units (28,747). Viking Line achieved a cargo market share of 21.6 per cent (21.1). INVESTMENTS AND FINANCING The Group’s investments amounted to EUR 5.1 M (165.7). On March 31, 2014 the Group’s non-current interest-bearing liabilities amounted to EUR 213.7 M (237.2). The equity/assets ratio was 34.3 per cent, compared to 28.2 per cent a year earlier. At the end of March 2014, the Group’s cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 60.4 M (41.7). Net cash flow from operating activities amounted to EUR -23.1 M (-16.9). FINANCIAL REPORTING This Interim Report was prepared in compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and was drawn up as a summary of the financial statements for the period in compliance with IAS 34. Estimates and judgments as well as accounting principles and calculation methods are the same as in the latest annual financial statements. Recognized income taxes are based on an estimated average tax rate, which is expected to apply throughout the fiscal year. This Interim Report is unaudited. ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL On January 16, 2014, the M/S Rosella was recorded in the Finnish ship register and on January 22, 2014 the M/S Viking XPRS was recorded in the Estonian ship register. The average number of Group employees was 2,728 (2,984), of whom 1,950 (1,921) worked for the parent company. Land-based personnel totalled 648 (679) and shipboard personnel totalled 2,080 (2,305). In addition to the Group’s own employees, the Viking XPRS was staffed by an average of 184 people employed by a staffing company. The expenses for them are recognized among “Other operating expenses”. On March 20, 2014, Mikael Backman’s employment as President and CEO was terminated. Deputy CEO Jan Hanses was selected as the new President and CEO. At the same time, Andreas Remmer, Chief Financial Officer, was appointed Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO. On April 17, 2014, Peter Hellgren, Head of Sales and Marketing for Viking Line's Swedish market area, was appointed Executive Vice President with overall responsibility for the Group's sales and marketing. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Annual General Meeting of Viking Line Abp on April 16, 2014 adopted the parent company and consolidated financial statements and approved the proposal of the Board of Directors that a dividend of EUR 0.50 per share be paid for the financial year 2013. The Annual General Meeting discharged the Board of Directors and the President and Chief Executive Officer from liability for the financial year. The Company's current Board of Directors was re-elected, and until the end of the next Annual General Meeting it thus has the following composition: Ben Lundqvist (Chairman), Nils-Erik Eklund, Trygve Eriksson, Erik GrÖnberg, Agneta Karlsson, Dick Lundqvist and Lars G NordstrÖm plus deputy members Ulrica Danielsson, Stefan Lundqvist and Johnny Rosenholm. Johan Kronberg, Authorized Public Accountant (CGR), and Martin Grandell, Authorized Public Accountant (CGR) were re-elected as auditors, and PricewaterhouseCoopers Oy, Authorized Public Accountants, was re-elected as deputy auditor. RISK FACTORS Since the Year-end Report was published, no changes have occurred that affect the Group’s short-term assessment of the risks in its business operations. Special risks during the immediate future are primarily related to bunker prices. Viking Line is continuing its efforts to adapt to the European Union’s sulphur directive, which goes into effect on January 1, 2015. OUTLOOK FOR THE FULL FINANCIAL YEAR 2014 Competition in Viking Line’s service area remains tough and implies continued pressure on prices. Volume and price developments during the remainder of the financial year will be crucial to the Group’s earnings. During the summer 2014 high season – in addition to serving their regular Helsinki–Mariehamn–Stockholm routes – the Mariella and Gabriella will also temporarily serve the Helsinki–Tallinn route. The Board of Directors believes that operating income will improve in 2014 compared to operating income in 2013, excluding the capital gain from the sale of the Isabella (EUR 11.9 M). CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME Jan 1, Jan 1, Jan 1, 2014– 2013– 2013– EUR M Mar 31, Mar 31, Dec 31, 2014 2013 2013 SALES 103.4 115.0 549.4 Other operating revenue 0.1 0.1 23.5 Expenses Goods and services 28.4 31.9 150.6 Salary and other employment benefit expenses 31.6 32.9 130.1 Depreciation and impairment losses 8.5 9.3 35.7 Other operating expenses 52.1 59.9 221.9 ----------------------------------- 120.6 133.9 538.2 OPERATING INCOME -17.1 -18.9 34.7 Financial income 0.1 0.2 1.2 Financial expenses -2.2 -2.0 -8.3 INCOME BEFORE TAXES -19.1 -20.7 27.7 Income taxes 3.5 5.0 -0.2 INCOME FOR THE PERIOD -15.6 -15.7 27.5 Other comprehensive income Items that may be transferred to the income statement Translation differences -0.1 0.0 -0.4 Investments available for sale - - 0.0 ----------------------------------- -0.1 0.0 -0.4 TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD -15.8 -15.8 27.1 Income attributable to: Parent company shareholders -15.6 -15.7 27.5 Total comprehensive income attributable to: Parent company shareholders -15.8 -15.8 27.1 Earnings per share before and after -1.45 -1.45 2.54 dilution, EUR CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET EUR M Mar 31, Mar 31, Dec 31, 2014 2013 2013 ASSETS Non-current assets Intangible assets 0.8 1.1 0.8 Land 1.1 1.1 1.1 Buildings and structures 11.5 12.2 11.7 Renovation costs for rented properties 0.7 0.5 0.7 Vessels 361.8 384.6 365.2 Machinery and equipment 7.8 8.1 8.0 Investments available for sale 0.0 0.0 0.0 Receivables 0.5 0.7 0.5 Total non-current assets 384.1 408.2 388.1 Current assets Inventories 15.6 16.8 15.0 Income tax assets 4.3 5.2 0.2 Trade and other receivables 41.3 39.7 31.0 Cash and cash equivalents 60.4 41.7 96.1 Total current assets 121.7 103.4 142.2 Vessels available for sale - 7.1 - TOTAL ASSETS 505.9 518.7 530.3 EQUITY AND LIABILITIES Equity Share capital 1.8 1.8 1.8 Reserves 0.0 0.0 0.0 Translation differences -0.1 0.0 -0.3 Retained earnings 171.5 144.4 187.5 ----------------------------------- Equity attributable to parent company 173.3 146.2 189.0 shareholders Total equity 173.3 146.2 189.0 Non-current liabilities Deferred tax liabilities 29.7 29.7 29.7 Non-current interest-bearing liabilities 213.7 237.2 221.2 Total non-current liabilities 243.3 266.9 250.8 Current liabilities Current interest-bearing liabilities 15.1 23.6 15.1 Trade and other payables 74.2 82.1 75.4 Total current liabilities 89.3 105.6 90.4 Total liabilities 332.6 372.5 341.3 TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 505.9 518.7 530.3 CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT Jan 1, Jan 1, Jan 1, 2014– 2013– 2013– EUR M Mar 31, Mar 31, Dec 31, 2014 2013 2013 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Income for the period -15.6 -15.7 27.5 Adjustments Depreciation and impairment losses 8.5 9.3 35.7 Capital gains from non-current assets 0.0 0.0 -22.8 Other items not included in cash flow 0.4 -0.1 -0.4 Interest expenses and other financial 1.7 1.7 7.1 expenses Interest income and other financial income 0.0 0.0 -0.1 Dividend income - - 0.0 Income taxes -3.5 -5.0 0.2 Change in working capital Change in trade and other receivables -10.4 -10.6 -1.9 Change in inventories -0.7 -1.6 0.3 Change in trade and other payables 0.3 3.9 -4.1 Interest paid -2.9 -0.2 -3.7 Financial expenses paid -0.2 -0.2 -0.8 Interest received 0.0 0.0 0.1 Financial income received 0.0 0.0 0.1 Taxes paid -0.6 1.7 1.4 NET CASH FLOW FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES -23.1 -16.9 38.4 INVESTING ACTIVITIES Investments in vessels -4.7 -164.8 -168.6 Investments in other tangible and intangible -0.4 -0.9 -3.7 assets Divestments of vessels - - 29.9 Divestments of other tangible and intangible 0.0 0.0 0.2 assets Payments received for non-current - 0.0 0.2 receivables Dividends received - - 0.0 NET CASH FLOW FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES -5.1 -165.7 -142.0 FINANCING ACTIVITIES Increase in non-current liabilities - 179.0 179.1 Amortization of non-current liabilities -7.5 0.0 -24.6 NET CASH FLOW FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES -7.5 179.0 154.4 CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS -35.7 -3.6 50.8 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of 96.1 45.3 45.3 period CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD 60.4 41.7 96.1 STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN CONSOLIDATED EQUITY Equity attributable to parent company shareholders Share Translatio Retaine Total n d EUR M capita Reserve difference earning equity l s s s Equity, Jan 1, 2014 1.8 0.0 -0.3 187.5 189.0 Income for the period -15.6 -15.6 Translation differences 0.0 0.2 -0.3 -0.1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total comprehensive income for the - 0.0 0.2 -15.9 -15.8 period -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Equity, Mar 31, 2014 1.8 0.0 -0.1 171.5 173.3 Equity, Jan 1, 2013 1.8 0.0 0.1 160.0 162.0 Income for the period -15.7 -15.7 Translation differences 0.0 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total comprehensive income for the - 0.0 -0.1 -15.7 -15.8 period -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Equity, Mar 31, 2013 1.8 0.0 0.0 144.4 146.2 QUARTERLY CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 2014 2013 2013 2013 EUR M Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 SALES 103.4 129.7 164.4 140.3 Other operating revenue 0.1 0.3 0.2 22.9 Expenses Goods and services 28.4 35.7 43.4 39.6 Salary and other employment benefit expenses 31.6 31.5 31.9 33.7 Depreciation and impairment losses 8.5 8.3 8.8 9.3 Other operating expenses 52.1 52.5 53.8 55.6 --------------------------- 120.6 128.1 137.9 138.3 OPERATING INCOME -17.1 2.0 26.6 25.0 Financial income 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.4 Financial expenses -2.2 -2.2 -2.0 -2.0 INCOME BEFORE TAXES -19.1 0.1 25.0 23.3 Income taxes 3.5 6.7 -6.1 -5.8 INCOME FOR THE PERIOD -15.6 6.7 18.9 17.6 Other comprehensive income Items that may be transferred to the income statement Translation differences -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 Investments available for sale - 0.0 - - --------------------------- -0.1 0.0 -0.1 -0.2 TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE PERIOD -15.8 6.7 18.8 17.4 Income attributable to: Parent company shareholders -15.6 6.7 18.9 17.6 Total comprehensive income attributable to: Parent company shareholders -15.8 6.7 18.8 17.4 Earnings per share before and after dilution, EUR -1.45 0.62 1.75 1.63 SEGMENT INFORMATION, VIKING LINE GROUP Jan 1, 2014– Jan 1, 2013– Jan 1, 2013– OPERATING SEGMENTS, EUR M Mar 31, 2014 Mar 31, 2013 Dec 31, 2013 Sales Vessels 102.5 113.8 544.7 Unallocated 1.0 1.2 4.9 Total, operating segments 103.5 115.0 549.6 Eliminations 0.0 0.0 -0.2 Total sales of the Group 103.4 115.0 549.4 Operating income Vessels -5.1 -7.4 81.2 Unallocated -11.9 -11.5 -46.4 Total operating income of the Group -17.1 -18.9 34.7 PLEDGED ASSETS AND CONTINGENT LIABILITIES EUR M Mar 31, Mar 31, Dec 31, 2014 2013 2013 Contingent liabilities 229.3 262.3 236.9 Assets pledged for own debt 315.7 316.2 315.7 FINANCIAL RATIOS AND STATISTICS Jan 1, Jan 1, Jan 1, 2014– 2013– 2013– Mar 31, Mar 31, Dec 31, 2014 2013 2013 Equity per share, EUR 16.04 13.54 17.50 Equity/assets ratio 34.3 % 28.2 % 35.6 % Investments, EUR M 5.1 165.7 172.3 – as % of sales 4.9 % 144.1 % 31.4 % Passengers 1,234,044 1,346,750 6,533,650 Cargo units 31,200 28,747 119,704 Average number of employees, full time 2,728 2,984 3,104 equivalent Earnings per share = (Income before taxes – income taxes +/– non-controlling interests) / Average number of shares Equity per share = Equity attributable to parent company shareholders / Number of shares on balance sheet date Equity/assets ratio, % = (Equity including non-controlling interests) / (Total assets – advances received) When rounding off items to the nearest EUR 1,000,000, rounding-off differences of EUR +/– 0.1 M may occur. The next Interim Report (January – June 2014) will be published on August 27, 2014 instead of August 28 as previously announced. Mariehamn, Åland, May 14, 2014 VIKING LINE ABP The Board of Directors Jan Hanses President and CEO CEO Jan Hanses, jan.hanses@vikingline.com, +358-(0)18-27000 Copyright © 2014 OMX AB (publ).


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