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CUL seeks to terminate 12 panamax containership charters from Antong

China United Lines (CUL) has served notice on 28 November 2022 for the early termination of its Long Term Cooperation Agreement with Antong Holdings that involves the charter of 12 panamax ships of 4,132 teu to 4,713 teu to CU Lines for $52,000 per day and the lease of Antong containers by CU Lines for operations on the Asia-Europe and Transpacific routes under a profit sharing arrangement. The agreement was effective from 1 June 2022 and was supposed to expire in 34 months or on 1 April 2025.

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Widening Gap In EBIT Margin

The main carriers’ average EBIT margins fell by 3.4% from the 2Q peak of 54.3% to 50.9%. However, the gap between individual carriers are widening, with some notable drops at Wan Hai (down 13.0%), OOCL (down 8.3%), HMM (down 6.8%) and Yang Ming (down 6.1%). Carriers with a larger share on the Asia-US West Coast have suffered the largest margin erosion, with a sharper drop expected in 4Q 2022 as the rate malaise has spread to other tradelanes.

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CMA CGM 3Q earnings down 7% QoQ

On 25 Nov, CMA CGM reported 3Q earnings which was down 7% QoQ driven by 3% QoQ lower freight rates and 9% QoQ higher OPEX. Main delta for OPEX increase are fuel and chartering expenses. CMA CGM’s group level profit margin is lower than that of the liner industry average, being affected by the less profitable logistics businesses. However, CMA CGM enjoys relatively better capital efficiency on less idle cash on its balance sheet, which helps CMA CGM deliver a Return on Equity ratio on par with

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ZIM: Agility To Be Tested

ZIM has slashed its 4Q 2022 EBIT earnings forecast to $440m from $740m, compared to $1,554m in 3Q 2022 due to falling freight rates and weaker liftings. Although ZIM has emphasized its commercial and operational agility, this will be tested over the next 2 years as it takes delivery of more than 50 newbuildings and committed vessel charters that will raise its operated capacity by some 70% (before charter redeliveries). Zim’s heavy reliance on chartered tonnage since its financial restructurin

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ZIM 3Q earnings down 13% QoQ

ZIM reported before US market open on 16 Nov. Net profit was down 13% QoQ on sequentially lower freight rates, lower volume and higher costs particularly in chartering expenses. In the earnings call, the management mentioned that they have lower the signed freight rates in the existing contracts.

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US destocking to continue with weak Walmart 3Q numbers

Walmart's 3Q 2022 sales performance showed declining general merchandise sales while inventory levels remain high, providing a cautious near term outlook for container volume. Sales increased 9% driven primarily by grocery items and partly by inflation but general merchandises were down a low single digit percentage, according to Walmart's announcement on 16 Nov 2022. Walmart's inventory level was up 8% QoQ and 13% YoY. The elevated inventory to sales ratio since 21Q3 suggests that de-stockin

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MSC runs away on fleet size league table

MSC is not slowing down its aggressive capacity expansion program despite the worsening market outlook. It has taken delivery of 7 more second-hand acquisitions so far this month, bringing the total number of ships acquired in the resale market to 306 units since 2020 (including units that were it had previously chartered). MSC was also linked to a package deal concluded with Costamare for 7 ships of 8,500-11,000 teu for forward delivery in 2025 for 4-5 year periods. Costamare also confirmed fo

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Wanhai profit drop 28% QoQ

Wanhai reported after Friday (11 Nov 2022) closed. Net profit dropped 42% YoY and 28% QoQ. Not much surprises since the top line has been reported few weeks ago and the QoQ quantum drop in pre tax earnings eg NTD12bn is similar to the top line QoQ drop. Liners with less contracted business ratio is still see greater earnings drop near term.

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Hapag Lloyd 3Q higher sequentially

Hapag Lloyd reported 3Q results before Europe opens on 10 Nov 2022 with a set of strong earning results. Full quarter effect of new contracted rates and Transatlantic exposure pushed earnings higher QoQ. Management keeps FY guidance unchanged, suggesting 4Q EBIT to fall 17% QoQ.

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TWN Liners October top line fell but fell less than CCFI

EMC, YMM and WHL reported October top line. In aggregate, which provide better read through for the industry, revenue in USD fell 15% MoM and 33% YoY, probably would be taken as positive surprises since the fall is less than CCFI. As additional context for this set of October figures, the Taiwanese liners' revenue fell more more than CCFI during September.

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