Dramatic reduction of ship calls to Acapulco due to safety issues at this port: TMM | SYS-CON MEDIA

MEXICO CITY -- (Marketwire) -- 07/26/12 --Grupo TMM, S.A.B. (OTC: GTMAY) (BMV: TMM A) ("TMM" or the "Company"), a Mexican intermodal transportation and logistics Company, reported today its financial results for the second quarter of 2012.
MANAGEMENT OVERVIEWJosé F. Serrano, chairman and chief executive officer of Grupo TMM, said, "In the 2012 second quarter, consolidated revenue decreased compared to the 2011 period, driven mainly by lower tariffs and lower utilization at the product tanker segment, reduced operations at Acapulco and the volatility of the peso versus the dollar, all of which is more difficult to overcome in a contracted revenue environment.
"However, 2012 second-quarter and first six-month utilization at the offshore segment was 88.5 percent and 90.4 percent, respectively. In the first six months of 2012, we renewed six contracts for three-year terms each, and in July we renewed two contracts for two-year terms each, all of which will improve our Maritime division results going forward. To date, the Maritime division's backlog is $167.6 million."
Serrano concluded, "We believe we are close to reaching an agreement for the financial implementation of the development of a container and liquids terminal at the Port of Tuxpan. Once completed, this terminal will strategically position TMM in this lucrative sector. Additionally, we continue to work to expand the Company's revenue and profit base through the addition of specialized offshore vessels to TMM's fleet."
SECOND-QUARTER AND FIRST-HALF 2012 OPERATING AND FINANCIAL RESULTSCompared to the same periods of last year, consolidated revenue in the 2012 second quarter and first six months decreased 12.8 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively.
Second-quarter and first six-month 2012 consolidated operating profit was $1.7 million and $6.0 million, respectively. Operating profit in the 2011 second quarter included other income net of $6.4 million, which was mainly attributable to the recovery of certain tax incentives. Excluding this one-time event, operating profit decreased $2.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 and decreased $3.7 million in the first six months of 2012, compared to the same periods of last year.
Consolidated EBITDA decreased 41.8 percent to $14.2 million in the 2012 second quarter compared to $24.4 million in the 2011 second quarter and decreased 26.6 percent to $31.4 million in the 2012 first six months compared to $42.8 million in the 2011 first six months.
Maritime revenue decreased 8.5 percent and 2.3 percent in the 2012 second quarter and first six months, respectively, compared to the same periods of last year, mainly driven by revenue losses at product tankers due to increased offhire days, as well as by lower average daily tariffs compared to the same periods of 2011. These losses were partially offset by $1.8 million of revenue from the Company's shipyard at Tampico recorded in the first six months of 2012.
Comparing the first six months of 2012 with the same period of 2011, offshore revenue increased 0.4 percent to $50.3 million, due mainly to increased revenue days; product tanker revenue decreased 16.8 percent to $13.9 million, attributable mainly to increased offhire days and lower average tariffs, as mentioned above; chemical tanker revenue decreased 18.4 percent to $8.0 million as a result of lower volumes; and harbor tugs revenue increased 7.5 percent to $7.2 million mainly due to higher tariffs per ship call and to the addition of tug services to a new Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG, terminal at Manzanillo in March.
Maritime operating profit decreased 20.6 percent and 12.7 percent in the 2012 second quarter and first six months, respectively, compared to the same periods of last year, due mainly to operating losses at product tankers as a result of two vessels that were unemployed for the larger part of this year's first quarter and one unemployed vessel in the second quarter, which increased operating costs.
Maritime profit reductions were partially offset by improvements at chemical tankers in both reported periods compared to last year, as this business segment recorded $0.9 million of gross profit in the first six months of 2012 compared to a gross loss of $0.3 million in the first six months of 2011. Additionally, the Company's shipyard contributed $0.5 million of profit in the first six months of 2012.
Maritime's EBITDA for the first six months of 2012 fell 7.7 percent, or $3.1 million, to $37.0 million compared to $40.1 million in first six months of 2011.
Ports and Terminals revenue decreased 11.8 percent and 13.7 percent in the 2012 second quarter and first six months, respectively, compared to the same periods of last year, driven mainly by a dramatic reduction of ship calls at Acapulco due to safety issues at this port, which accounted for a $1.3 million revenue loss in the 2012 six-month period, as well as by lower volumes at shipping agencies, partially offset by improved revenue at the automotive segment due to higher volumes at Puebla and Saltillo.
Ports and Terminals operating profit decreased 30.8 percent and 51.5 percent in the 2012 second quarter and first six months, respectively, compared to the same periods of last year, driven by a $1.4 million gross profit reduction at Acapulco. This decrease was partially offset by a 16.7 percent gross profit improvement at the maintenance and repair segment in the first six months of 2012, over the 2011 period.
Logistics revenue decreased 23.4 percent and 2.6 percent in the second quarter and first six months of 2012, respectively, compared to last year. Operating losses in the 2012 reported periods were partially offset by profit improvements at trucking due to cost efficiencies


Grupo TMM Reports Second-Quarter 2012 Financial Results | SYS-CON MEDIA

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