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3Q Results Take-Away: Liners were at breakeven point

Key take aways from the 11 liner's 3Q results. The 11 liners represent 66% global container liner capacity. Figures in the following are aggregates of the 11 liners unless stated otherwise. 1. Liners were down to breakeven point. The average EBIT margin fell to negative 0.1% or broadly operating breakeven if we exclude only the liners that have made material provisions/write-back (COSCO); inorganic growth (Evergreen); and stopped to report (CMA CGM). Including COSCO, Evergreen and

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Abu Dhabi Ports in talks to acquire Meratus

Abu Dhabi Ports (AD Ports), the owner of Safeen Feeders, is reported to be in talks to acquire Indonesia’s Meratus Line in a transaction that could be valued at $2Bn. Meratus was reported to be seeking to sell its shipping and logistics business since July 2023, and AD Ports has emerged as the front runner in sales process. Meratus was established in 1957 in Surabaya, Indonesia and is the largest domestic operator in Indonesia. The company expanded its services to Papua New Guinea in February 20

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Maersk pays heavy price for rate slashing strategy to regain market share

Maersk swung to a -$27m EBIT loss in 3Q 2023 but instead of shedding excess capacity, Maersk has been actively adding new capacity while slashing rates to recover market share. Maersk’s aggressive price cutting was one of the main reasons behind the dramatic drop in market rates in the 3rd quarter. Maersk’s average freight rates dropped by 14% QoQ despite having 68% of its total volumes on fixed contracts, highlighting just how aggressive its pricing actions have been as its total liftings rec

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ONE reported bigger fall in earnings than previous quarters

ONE reported 3Q 2023 results where the accelerating sequential fall in earnings during the past quarter may be a surprise to the market. Unit OPEX fell 5% but unit revenue fell 14%. Nevertheless EBIT has come to a level ordinary for periods before 2020.

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Matson 3Q earnings up sequentially

Being the first liner to report 3Q earnings, Matson's 3Q earnings (out on 23 Oct) showed sequential improvement from the 2Q results: container shipping earnings were up 37-43% QoQ on 4% higher container volume, suggesting over 30% QoQ increase in earnings coming from rise in average freight rates. Most of Matson's operation are done on short term contracts or spot freight rates. Matson maintains two services in its China-USWC trade since 4Q of 2022. It has blanked 3 sailings in 1Q 2023 and 2 s

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Taiwanese Liner Monthly Revenue: No Peak in 3Q

Yang Ming and Wan Hai also reported their September revenue. Including Evergreen, all three Taiwanese container liners reported MoM decline in September. For the quarter, 3Q 2023, and three liners in aggregate, total revenue was up 2% QoQ where EMC's on going consolidation of unlisted assets may have played a factor. For the liners already reported, OOIL, Yang Ming and Wan Hai reported QoQ decline in revenue during 3Q 2023. For the second year in a row, the peak season has not brought about any

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OOIL 3Q revenue fell 11% QoQ while EMC 3Q revenue up 5% QoQ

OOIL’s top line breakdown for 3Q 2023 saw total revenue slip by 11% QoQ and 65% YoY driven primarily by the drop in average freight rates. The fall is larger than market forecasts with OOIL’s average freight rates falling by more than CCFI levels on a QoQ basis, even after excluding the impact of the sharp fall in Transatlantic rates which is outside of the CCFI scope. OOIL’s Transpacific freight rates fell by 2% despite the rate increases in July and August. OOIL’s 3Q23 EBIT is expected to rec

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Cash Hoarding Another Drag On Financial Return

Liners have as much cash as the value of the vessels on their balance sheet, after the last 3 years of  excess super normal earnings. As at the end of 2Q 2023, the 8 major liners that published their balance sheet data have $93bn cash against $106bn PP&E and RoU (Right-of-Use) assets owned and leased, which consists mainly of ships and containers. Cosco, Evergreen, HMM and Yang Ming has higher cash holdings than their PP&E and RoU asset values.

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Taiwanese Liner August revenue up 4% MoM

Taiwanese liners’ August revenue in NTD moved up 6% MoM, but revenue in USD moved up less at 4% MoM. In either currency, the rebound is better than CCFI on likely sequential volume growth. Since hitting the bottom in February, these liners’ monthly revenue has rebounded between 3%-27% with EMC leading due to its ongoing consolidation of the unlisted ship owning entities highlighted by the acquisition of the privately owned Evergreen Marine (Singapore) (EMS) for $780m on 19 June 2023, in a landm

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Maersk isolation intensifies as MSC and Zim deepens cooperation

MSC and Zim have announced on 6 September 2023 a new operational cooperation agreement covering the trades between the Indian subcontinent with the East Mediterranean, the East Mediterranean with Northern Europe, and services connecting East Asia with Oceania. The cooperation is expected to be expanded when the current 2M-Zim collaboration is dissolved from January 2025, with MSC poised to further extend its current slot sale agreement with Zim on the Asia-PNW route to cover the Asia-US East Coa

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