COSCO International Announces 2015 Interim Results

Net Profit Up 5% YOY and Interim Dividend Rose 133% YOY

Aug 19, 2015, 04:37 ET from COSCO International

HONG KONG, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors (the "Board") of COSCO International Holdings Limited ("COSCO International" or the "Company", stock code: 00517.HK) is pleased to announce the unaudited consolidated results of the Company and its subsidiaries (collectively the "Group") for the six months ended 30th June 2015.

In the first half of 2015, the global economic recovery was slower than expected and the overcapacity problem in the shipping industry remained serious. This drove stable business volume to the Company's business segments which serve for operating vessels. On the contrary, the Company continued facing pressure from the clients who tightened cost controls due to the weak shipping industry. Amid the changing business environment and challenging market conditions, COSCO International achieved satisfactory results in the development of new non-COSCO customers and new products by adjusting its business strategy, leveraging on its expertise and experience in the industry and acute responses to the market changes, so as to minimise the negative impacts brought by the depressed shipping market. The net profit of the Company achieved stable growth.

During the period, profit attributable to equity holders of the Company was up by 5% YOY to HK$200,295,000 (2014: HK$190,300,000). Basic earnings per share was 13.07 HK cents (2014: 12.57 HK cents), increasing by 4% YOY. The Board declared an interim dividend of 7 HK cents (2014: 3 HK cents) per share for the six month ended 30th June 2015, rising by 133% YOY, representing a dividend payout ratio of 54% (2014: 24%).

During the period, COSCO International reduced part of the marine fuel and related products business of relatively high risk but accounted for a large revenue share with relatively low gross profit margin. As a result, the Group's revenue decreased by 36% YOY to HK$3,028,483,000 (2014: HK$ 4,740,304,000). The Group's gross profit was down by 13% YOY to HK$368,607,000, but the overall average gross profit margin was improved and rose by 3 percentage points YOY to 12%.

In the second half of 2015, the global economy will still grow at a slow pace. It will be difficult for foreign trade in China to resume rapid growth as it may be hindered by the expected increase in the interest rate in the United States and the slow economic growth in China. The shipping market will still be suffering from an imbalance in the supply and demand of shipping capacity and depressed freight rates. It is expected that shipowners will continue to strictly control cost and the operation of the shipping services will be under severe pressure. However, the global economic trend will be better than that in the first half of the year. Strategic plans such as "Made in China 2025" and "One Belt and One Road", construction of free-trade zones, state-owned enterprise reforms and a series of policies promoting the development of the shipping industry promulgated recently by the PRC government are all favourable to laying a solid foundation for sustainable and healthy development of the Company.

COSCO International will continue to develop with the vision of establishing itself as a "global leading one-stop shipping services provider" by means of further promoting the construction of the integrated shipping service platform in the second half of the year. The Group will endeavour to pursue in four areas: expansion and reinforcement of existing businesses to enhance profitability, optimisation of asset structure to facilitate upgrading of business, expansion of industry value chain of existing businesses to maintain sustainable competitive edges of the platform and development of new business segments to make great strides in its development.

The Group will continue to pursue the objective of maximising the shareholders' returns. By riding the wave of state-owned enterprise reforms in China, COSCO International will step up the expansion and development of products and services by adopting more open-minded attitude and more diversified methods. COSCO International will develop a public integrated shipping services platform in the industry and ultimately achieve the aim of becoming a one-stop shipping services provider.

Financial Summary


For the six months ended/ as at 30th June

2015
(HK$ mn)

2014
 (HK$ mn)

Changes
(%)

Revenue

3,028

4,740

-36%

Gross profit

369

424

-13%

Gross profit margin (%)

12%

9%

     +3ppts

Profit attributable to equity holders

200

190

+5%

Basic earnings per share (HK cents)

13.07

12.57

+4%

Interim dividend per share (HK cents)

7.00

3.00

+133%

Net cash on hand

6,061

6,014

+1%

Company Background

COSCO International Holdings Limited ("COSCO International") is listed on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Its stock code is 00517.HK. In recent years, COSCO International has focused its strategic business position on the development of the shipping services business. It aims to become a global leading one-stop shipping services provider, offering professional services to shipowners worldwide. Its core businesses include ship trading agency, marine insurance brokerage, supply of marine equipment and spare parts, production and sale of coatings and trading and supply of marine fuel and related products. The headquarters of COSCO International is in Hong Kong and its businesses network cover Mainland China & Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the USA, etc. COSCO International is a listed company owned by COSCO (Hong Kong) Group Limited, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company ("COSCO"). COSCO Group is one of the major multinational conglomerates in the world, which mainly focuses on shipping, logistics, ship building and repairing businesses as well as other shipping related businesses. COSCO (Hong Kong) Group is an important overseas regional headquarters of COSCO Group.

Editorial Note

The announcement of 2015 interim results is available on the website of the SEHK (www.hkexnews.hk) and the Company's website (www.coscointl.com).

For enquiries, please contact:

Investor Relations Department of COSCO International

Zheng Xiaofeng, General Manager

Tel: (852) 2809 7810

Fax: (852) 8169 0678

Email: zhengxf@coscointl.com

Candy Cheung, Deputy General Manager

Tel: (852) 2809 7706

Fax: (852) 8169 0678

Email: cheungky@coscointl.com   

Crystal Lu, IR Manager

Tel: (852) 2809 7820

Fax: (852) 8169 0678

Email: lul@coscointl.com




PR China Limited

Emma Liang / Peggy Yuan / Charles Chan

Tel: (852) 2522 1838 / 2522 1368 / 2521 2823
Fax: (852) 2521 9955

Email: eliang@prchina.com.hk / jyuan@prchina.com.hk / ckchan@prchina.com.hk










SOURCE COSCO International



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