ENP Newswire - 11 August 2014
Release date- 08082014 - Fraport Interim Report - 6 Months 2014.
FRA/rap - In the second quarter of 2014, Fraport AG's revenue rose by one percent to EUR600.1 million compared to the adjusted figures for the second quarter of 2013.
The Frankfurt-based airport company recorded a noticeable increase in Group EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of 9.6 percent to EUR219.7 million, as well as a 10.4 percent jump in the Group result to EUR85.7 million.
For the first six months (January to June) of fiscal year 2014, Fraport reported a one-percent gain in the adjusted revenue to about EUR1.12 billion. Fraport achieved double-digit gains in both Group EBITDA (up by 10 percent to EUR354.2 million) and Group result (up by 11.7 percent to EUR91.7 million). With EUR82.4 million, free cash flow at the half-year mark was clearly in the positive range, versus minus EUR25.2 million during the same period in 2013 due to the higher capital investment volumes last year.
This positive financial development parallels the growing traffic volumes. Welcoming some 27.8 million passengers, FRA registered growth of 2.4 percent year-on-year as well as a new half-year passenger record - despite a number of strike days that affected the airport from February to April 2014. The Frankfurt hub's cargo throughput (airfreight and airmail) grew by 2.2 percent to 1.1 million metric tons. Although aircraft movements remained relatively flat at 229,039 takeoffs and landings in the first half (down 0.1 percent), accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) climbed by 1.9 percent to 14 million metric tons - due to the deployment of larger aircraft types. Passenger figures also continue to grow positively at the Group's international airports.
Fraport AG's executive board chairman, Dr. Stefan Schulte, explained: 'Fraport's good financial performance in the first half of 2014 can be attributed to ongoing passenger growth both in Frankfurt and at our international airports - and also because of lower capital expenditures. The ongoing growth in demand for air traffic worldwide opens up development opportunities for Fraport domestically and internationally - whereby the timely creation of the required capacities at each airport is vital.'
Fraport's Four Business Segments:
Revenue for Fraport's Aviation segment climbed by 3.9 percent in the first half of 2014 to EUR418.4 million - mainly due to passenger growth at Frankfurt Airport as well as an increase in airport charges. Reduced expenses for winter services at FRA following the mild winter led to lower segment expenditures. Thus, segment EBITDA jumped by 20.4 percent to EUR104.4 million. Slightly higher depreciation and amortization resulted in segment EBIT of EUR46.1 million - a noticeable gain of EUR16.1 million versus the same period in 2013.
Retail and Real Estate:
The Retail and Retail Estate segment reported revenue of EUR218.7 million in the first six months of 2014, down 4.4 percent year-on-year. Contributing factors here included lower revenue from land sales as well as energy supply services and utilities. The 'net retail revenue per passenger' key performance indicator declined from EUR3.56 to EUR3.42 during the first half of 2014. In particular, this drop can be attributed to fluctuations in exchange rates and passenger traffic, especially for some destinations having high retail purchasing patterns. Nevertheless, segment EBITDA remained at a stable level of EUR172.3 million (up 0.1 percent) due to declining costs for energy supply and utilities in the reporting period. Segment EBIT dropped by EUR1.3 million to EUR131.1 million.
The increase in passenger traffic, deployment of larger aircraft types, and the rise in infrastructure charges at FRA enabled Fraport's Ground Handling segment to post revenue of EUR317.5 million, up 1.1 percent year-on-year.
Although personnel expenses rose slightly due to pay increases under collective wage agreements, material and other operating expenses for the Ground Handling segment dropped because of one-off effects in the previous year and successful cost management. In total, segment EBITDA improved significantly by EUR9.2 million to EUR11.2 million. Depreciation and amortization remained constant resulting in segment EBIT remaining in the red with minus EUR7.3 million.
External Activities and Services:
Revenue for Fraport's External Activities and Services segment declined by 14.1 percent to EUR167.8 million in the first six months of 2014. Adjusting for lower realization of earnings-neutral capital expenditures in Fraport'sTwin Star and Lima Group companies (IFRIC 12), segment revenue rose from EUR160.8 million to EUR162.8 million in the reporting period (up 1.2 percent year-on-year). The reason for this positive revenue development was primarily the passenger growth at the Group airports.
Segment EBITDA advanced by 8.3 percent to EUR66.3 million thanks to organic growth in revenue and a decrease in expenses. Growing depreciation and amortization - including for the inauguration of new passenger terminals in Burgas and Varna, Bulgaria, last year - led to segment EBIT of EUR35.8 million, up EUR1.4 million year-on-year.