April 25, 2019: In the first quarter of 2019, Kuehne Nagel EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation) has increased by CHF 118 million and EBIT by CHF 3 million, due to the implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 16-Leases.

In sea freight, Kuehne Nagel continued to strengthen its position with 6.2 percent growth in volume. The group managed the transport of 1.146 million standard containers (TEU) in its networks - thus almost 70,000 units more than in the previous year's period. Imports from North American and European markets to Asia fell slightly in the first quarter (- 2 to 3 percent) reflecting the import restrictions on recycled materials and agricultural products. Kuehne Nagel, however, was able to achieve a double-digit volume increase of Asian exports to North America and Europe. EBIT reached CHF 112 million. The EBIT-to-gross-profit ratio (conversion rate) grew to 29.3 percent compared to the previous year of 27.2 percent.

The air freight volume dropped slightly by 3.1 percent to 409,000 tonnes against the backdrop of a declining market. The business unit developed nearly in line with the overall airfreight market, which declined by 2 to 3 percent. Since the start of the year, the group has integrated the business operations of Quick International Courier - a market leading provider of time-critical transportation and logistics solutions for the pharma & healthcare and aviation industries - contributing to a significant increase in gross margin. EBIT reached CHF 80 million, which was almost consistent with the very high level of the previous year.

The overland business continued its growth course, with a net turnover increase by 6.0 percent and gross profit by 8.0 percent in the first quarter. In overland, Kuehne Nagel is thus continuing to achieve considerably stronger growth than the overland market as a whole. Intermodal transport in North America, where significant new business was won, and transportation networks in Europe both particularly contributed to this result. Kuehne Nagel is further developing its competencies in overland, e.g. with digital platforms and by expanding the European pharma trailer fleet. Operating EBIT increased considerably, taking into account that the prior-year period included a positive one-off effect of CHF 6 million.

Kuehne Nagel Group

1st quarter 2019

1st quarter 2018


CHF million

Net turnover5,2374,8627.7%
Gross profit1,9871,8437.3%
Operational result (EBITDA) *)41828944.6%
EBIT *)2422362.5%
Earnings for the period181184-1.6%

* The effects of the introduction of IFRS 16-Leases on the Income Statement and
the Balance Sheet are disclosed in the Consolidated Interim Financial Statements.

At the same time, Kuehne Nagel continued to restructure its contract logistics portfolio and active cost management. Net turnover grew by 6.3 percent, while gross profit increased by 4.9 percent. The implementation of a new global warehouse management system that was initiated last year continued in the first quarter of 2019. EBIT was down from the previous year's level at CHF 26 million.

Detlef Trefzger, CEO of Kuehne Nagel International AG, noted, "Kuehne Nagel got off to a good start in 2019. Once again, we increased our net turnover, gross profit, and EBIT. However, we find ourselves in an environment in which global economic growth is noticeably slowing. In this volatile market environment, we are well positioned. Consistent with our business strategy, we focus on introducing new digital platforms and highly specialised industry solutions. For 2019, we plan to remain on course to grow as a Group and further increase our results.

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