International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) reported audited consolidated financial results for the year ended 31st December, 2014, posting revenue from port operations of S$1.1 billion, an increase of 24% over the $852.4 million reported for the same period the previous year.
Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of $443million were17% higher than the $377.3million generated last year; and net income attributable to equity holders of $182million was up 6% compared to the $172.4million earned in 2013. Diluted earnings per share for the period was likewise higher by 5% at $0.075, from $0.071 in 2013.
The increase in net income attributable to equity holders for 2014 was mainly due to strong consolidated revenue and EBITDA growth driven by increased contributions from newer operations in Manzanillo, Mexico and Puerto Cortes, Honduras; the consolidation of terminal operations in Yantai, China; and improved performance at Subic Bay, Philippines.
Net Income growth was also negatively impacted by start-up costs and higher levels of operating expenses in Mexico, Honduras and China, higher levels of depreciation expense and increased interest expense driven by lower levels of capitalised interest during construction. In addition, net income was also affected by a number of non-recurring items, including gains on the sale of non-operating subsidiary in the Philippines ($13.2million), the termination of a management contract in Kattupalli, India ($1.9million), settlement of insurance claims at Guayaquil, Ecuador ($1.5million) and a gain on the restructuring of investment in Yantai China of $31.8million. These items were offset by an impairment charge of $38.1million relating to the goodwill component of a subsidiary in Argentina (TECPLATA) and a $0.9million settlement of an insurance claim at Gdynia, Poland. Excluding the non-recurring items, net income would have been flat at $172.6million.
ICTSI handled consolidated volume of 7,438,635teu for the year ended 31st December, 2014, 18% more than the 6,309,840teu handled in 2013. The increase in volume was mainly due to the volume generated by Contecon Manzanillo (CMSA), Operadora Portuaria Centroamericana (OPC), and ICTSI Iraq, the company’s new container terminals in Manzanillo, Mexico, Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and Umm Qasr, Iraq, respectively; the positive impact of the consolidation of terminal operations at the Port of Yantai in Yantai, China from July 2014; and the 20% volume growth in Baltic Container Terminal (BCT) in Gdynia, Poland. Excluding the volume from the three new terminals, organic volume would have increased by slightly more than 2%. The company’s seven key terminal operations in Manila, Brazil, Poland, Madagascar, China, Ecuador and Pakistan, which grew by 5%, accounted for 70% of the Group’s consolidated volume in 2014.
Gross revenues from port operations in 2014 surged 24% to $1.1billion from the $852.4million reported in 2013. The increase in gross revenues was mainly due to the revenue contribution from the new terminals in Manzanillo, Mexico, Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and Umm Qasr, Iraq; a strong 45% revenue growth from the company’s consolidated terminal operations in Yantai, China; and favourable volume mix. Excluding the revenues from the new terminals, organic revenue growth was 8%. All three geographical segments reported double-digit growth in gross revenues with Americas posting a notable growth of 40% and Asia and EMEA each posting strong 16% increases. The Group’s seven key terminal operations in Manila, Brazil, Poland, Madagascar, China, Ecuador and Pakistan, which grew 10%, accounted for 74% of the Group’s consolidated revenues in 2014.
Consolidated cash operating expenses in 2014 grew 26% to $454.5million, from $359.5million in 2013 reflecting the ramp-up in operations at Manzanillo, Mexico (CMSA), Puerto Cortes, Honduras (OPC) and the consolidation at Yantai, China. The increase was mainly driven by higher volume-related expenses (i.e on-call labour, fuel, power and repairs and maintenance), government-mandated and contracted salary rate increases in certain terminals, increased business development activities, and cash operating expenses and start-up costs of new terminals and projects. Excluding the cash operating expenses of the new terminals in 2014, total cash operating expenses would have increased by only 7%.
Consolidated EBITDA for 2014 increased 17% to $443million, from $377.3million in 2013 mainly due to the contribution from the new terminals in Puerto Cortes, Honduras and Manzanillo, Mexico, and the positive impact of the consolidation of operations at Yantai port. Excluding the contributions of the new terminals, consolidated EBITDA would have increased 5%. Meanwhile, consolidated EBITDA margin decreased to 42% in 2014 compared to 44% in 2013 mainly due to the effect of the new terminals and higher business development expenses as the company pursued additional new projects during the period.
Consolidated financing charges and other expenses increased 17%, from $48.2million in 2013 to $56.5million in 2014 mainly due to lower capitalised borrowing cost at CMSA and slightly higher interest expense as a result of the higher debt level for the period.
ICTSI’s capital expenditure in 2014 amounted to $279 million against a full year capital expenditure budget of $310million. Last year’s capital expenditure was mainly attributed to the development of new container terminals in Mexico and Argentina; capacity expansion in its terminal operation in Croatia; facilities rehabilitation in its newly acquired terminal in Honduras; and to start the development of the terminal in Democratic Republic of Congo. The Group’s capital expenditure budget for 2015 is approximately $530million mainly allocated for the completion of development at the Company’s new container terminals in Mexico and Democratic Republic of Congo, capacity expansion in its terminal operation in Manila, and to start the development of the new terminals in Iraq and Australia. With regard to ICTSI’s joint venture container terminal development project with PSA International (PSA) in Buenaventura, Colombia, the company invested $64.7million in 2014, and expects to invest approximately $140million in 2015 to complete phase one of the project.