In Q2 2020, A.P. Moller – Maersk reported profitability up across all businesses despite the sharp drop in global volumes following the COVID-19 crisis.
Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) improved to USD 1.7 billion, which is higher than the initial expectations in the trading update from June of an EBITDA slightly above USD 1.5 billion. The EBITDA margin increased from 14.1% in Q2 last year to 18.9%.
Revenue decreased by 6.5% to USD 9 billion, driven by a volume decrease of 16% in Ocean and 14% in gateway terminals. In Ocean, the lower volumes were partly offset by agile capacity deployment of the global network leading to lower costs, together with lower fuel prices and higher freight rates. In Logistics and Services, profitability increased through cost measures, favorable airfreight contribution and the integration of Performance Team, while Terminals & Towage showed their resilience by compensating lower volumes through cost measures.
Søren Skou, chief executive office, A.P. Moller – Maersk, commented: “As expected, the second quarter was materially impacted by COVID-19 and our focus remained on protecting our employees from the virus, serving our customers by keeping our global network of ships sailing and our ports, warehouses and inland transportation networks operating, and helping the societies we are part of fight the virus.
“I am pleased that we despite the headwinds, continued our track record of improving earnings and free cash flow. Our operating earnings improved by 25%, marking the eighth consecutive quarter with year-on-year improvements, driven by strong cost performance across all our businesses, lower fuel prices and higher freight rates in Ocean and increased profitability in Logistics & Services.
“With a strong result and a strong balance sheet we are well positioned to financially and strategically come out stronger of the crisis.”