COSCO

Services

COSCO to launch new Turkey Spain Morocco Express (TSM) service

COSCO Shipping's intra-European arm, Diamond Line has teamed up with OOCL to launch a new Turkey Spain Morocco Express (TSM) service starting from 1 September 2023. The service will call at Piraeus, Thessaloniki, Derince, Gemlik, Aliaga, Piraeus, Valencia, Casablanca, Algeciras, Barcelona, Piraeus on a 28 day rotation using 4 ships of 1,900 teu. Port rotation of the new Turkey Spain Morocco (TSM)

Services

COSCO/OOCL & ONE to jointly launch ECSA-Europe (ESE2/EEX/LUX) service

COSCO/OOCL and ONE will jointly launch a new East East South America-Europe service from 16 September 2023, branded respectively as the 'East Coast South America-Europe 2' (ESE2), 'Europe-East Coast South America Express' (EEX) and 'Latin-East-Coast Europe Express' (LUX). The ESE2/EEX/LUX service will call at Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Itapoa, Paranagua, Santos, Rio De Janeiro, Algeciras, Rotterdam, London Gateway, Hamburg, Antwerp, Lisbon, Algeciras, Santos, Paranagua, Montevideo using 9 ships

Companies

COSCO earnings up QoQ likely on provisions unwinding

COSCO provided earnings alert after market close on 4 July where COSCO expects its EBIT and profit attributable to shareholders for 1H23 to be Rmb24.5bn and Rmb16.6bn respectively. Since COSCO's EBIT and profit attributable to shareholders for 1Q23 were Rmb10.7bn and Rmb7.1b respectively, this COSCO's earning alert implies 2Q23 earnings to be higher QoQ. The sequential growth in earnings as reported by COSCO is exceptional and could not be used as read-through to the other liners earnings to be

Services

Diamond Line launching new feeder to Baltic sea

Diamond Line, COSCO's subsidiary, is launching Gdynia Baltic Express (GBX) where two vessels will be deploy to cover Kotka, Helsinki, Gdansk, Gdynia, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Klaipeda, Kotka on 14 days round trip. 1,425 teu OOCL RAUMA and 1,638 teu BALTIC SHEARWATER has been phased in at Kotka on 12 Jun and 18 June respectively.

Financials

Main carriers liftings drop for 7th consecutive quarter

Container liftings for main carriers fell 6.8% YoY in 1Q 2023, accelerating from the 6.6% YoY fall in 4Q. All  9 of the main carriers recorded volume reductions, with Zim and Maersk recording the largest drops. The aggregate liftings of the 9 carriers in 1Q 2023 were even lower than the 2Q 2020 level during the first COVID wave. Despite the of the continuous improvement of the vessel turnaround time on the easing of port congestion, liner’s volume yield (liftings per slot) has continued to fall

Services

COSCO/OOCL launch Australia New Zealand Express (ANE) trans-Tasman service

COSCO and OOCL have launched a new Australia New Zealand Express (ANE) trans-Tasman service that connects Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Bell Bay, Sydney using the 1,1o3 teu CONTSHIP YEN from 16 May 2023. The service will operate on a fortnightly basis on a 14 day round voyage. The service marks COSCO's first dedicated service in the Australia-New Zealand range.

Services

COSCO's Diamond Line to extend PNX service

COSCO's intra-European subsidiary Diamond Line will extend its current Piraeus-Naples Express (PNX) service into a new butterfly service centred around Piraeus that will include calls at the Ligurian Sea ports of La Speia and Vado in addition to Naples on one leg, and a separate leg connecting Piraeus to the Marmara Sea ports of Izmir, Gemlik and Derince (Safi). The extended PNX service will start from 2 June 2023 with the existing 1,560 teu TAICHUNG with two more ships, the 1,698 teu A. OBELIX

Services

COSCO, PIL & RCL launch Straits-Yangon service

COSCO, PIL and RCL have launched a new jointly operated Straits-Yangon service calling at Singapore, Yangon, Port Klang, Yangon, Singapore from 2 May 2023 that are branded respectively as the SYM1 (Singapore-Yangon-Malaysia 1), YGS (Yangon Service), RSY (RCL Straits Yangon Service). The service turns in 21 days using the 1,367 teu ISEACO WISDOM from COSCO, 1,080 teu KOTA HAPAS from PIL and 928 teu NITHI BHUM from RCL and will provide weekly connections between Singapore and Yangon on the first

Companies

COSCO 1Q earnings benefited from sharp OPEX fall

COSCO provided full 1Q results after market on Friday (28 April) in addition to the EBIT, Net Profit figures already provided in an alert on 4 April. In the new disclosure, operating expenses in A-share accounting fell by 41% YoY while the volume fell by only 12% YoY. In our estimate, COSCO slot costs (annualised opex/capacity) fell 47% YoY in 1Q23. We will compare COSCO’s OPEX with the industry peers when more peers’ figures are available.

Companies

COSCO 4Q liner EBIT dropped 32% YoY and 45% QoQ

COSCO reported after Hong Kong market close last Thursday (30 Mar). COSCO’s liner EBIT dropped only 32% YoY, which is much better most of the liner peers except for Maersk and Hapag Lloyd which have more favorable mix e.g. 2022-2023 contracts and exposure to Trans-Atlantic trade.  Part of the reason that COSCO outperform probably was due to the large provision made during 4Q 2021, which raised COSCO’s non-cash slot costs and hence the payables as reflected in the work capital balance.

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