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Maersk shares hit after “unsatisfactory” quarter

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Group CEO, Søren Skou

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 — At the close of business on what was a dismal day for Denmark’s Copenhagen OMX exchange the worst performers were both A.P. Moller – Maersk. The A share fell 7.25% or 700 points to trade at 8950 at the close, while the B declined 7.16% or 725 points to end at 9395. This compared with a 2.10% decline at the close for the OMX Copenhagen 20 which hit a new 52-week low.

What had investors edgy was that the Maersk Group reported a worse than expected third quarter and warned that Maersk Line would turn in a year end loss.

The Group CEO, Søren Skou, stated

“The Maersk Group delivered an underlying profit of USD 426m in the third quarter of 2016. The result is unsatisfactory, but driven by low prices. We generally perform strongly on cost and volume across businesses. Maersk Line for the second quarter in a row reported a loss due to continued low freight rates, down 16% y-o-y. Freight rates were however up 5.5% q-o-q, for the first time since Q3 2014. Maersk Line performed strongly on volume and unit cost. APM Terminals delivered a result below last year, as we continued to be challenged by low volume growth on a like—for-like basis. For the second quarter in a row Maersk Oil delivered a positive result driven by strong cost performance and production efficiency. Also Maersk Drilling delivered strong profits, driven by termination fees and good cost performance. The implementation of the new strategic direction and the restructuring of the Group is progressing, and we look forward to sharing further details at the Capital Markets Day on 13th of December.”

Read the third quarter report HERE


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