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16 Jul 2015

Operating results for the second quarter and the six month of 2015

RNS Number : 1729T

OPERATING RESULTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER AND THE SIX MONTHS OF 2015

Open Joint Stock Company "TransContainer" ("TransContainer" or the "Company") (LSE: TRCN) announces its preliminary operating results for the second quarter and the first six months of 2015. The Company's operating results were primarily impacted by challenging macroeconomic conditions and deteriorating rail transportation market environment. In the reporting period, TransContainer's market share expanded despite the decline in the Russian rail Transportation equipment for shipping cargo via various means of transport. Containers are durable enough for repeated use and can be stacked. Containers are divided into medium-duty (three- and five-tonne), which conform to former Soviet Union standards and are still used for shipments in Russia and the CIS, and ISO (20- and 40-foot) containers, which are used for Russian and international shipments. The universal standard unit TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) was introduced to measure transport flow volumes.
container
transportation market volumes. This increase was achieved by pursuing the Company's flexible pricing policy and improving the quality of its services.

Rail container transportation

In the second quarter of 2015, the Company's rail container transportation volumes in Russia decreased by 7.4% year-on-year to 341 thousand twenty-foot equivalent units ("TEU"), while the total rail container transportation market in Russia fell by 11.0% year-on-year in the reporting period.

The decrease in the Company's transportation volumes was mainly due to a 17.8% drop in international transportation, especially in exports and Freight passing from one country to another through a third country. Whether cargo is permitted to transit a certain country and under what terms is subject to trade agreements and treaties between countries. Direct transit is when foreign goods are shipped under tariff protection, without holding at a customs warehouse; indirect transit is when goods arrive at customs warehouses and are then transported abroad.
transit
volumes. This, in turn, was partially offset by an increase in domestic transportation volumes by 2.3%.

TransContainer's higher domestic transportation volumes resulted from increasing market share which was largely driven by the growth of clients' demand for transportation via the Company's own containers due to a lack of sea shipping lines' containers in the market as a result of reduced container import.

The drop in the Company's Cars for carrying cargo or passengers designated for railway transportation.
rolling stock
container transportation imports resulted from a decrease in containerised import volumes in Russia, which was largely caused by the rouble devaluating against the US Dollar and Euro, as well as the slump in Russia's consumer demand. This drop was partially offset by an increase in the Company's market share in this segment.

A decrease in container transportation export volumes was mainly due to a decline in export transportation of empty containers, reflecting a drop in loaded imports.

The decline in transit volumes mainly resulted from lower transit transportation volumes between the Far East and Central Asia.

Transportation of containers by TransContainer's fleet in 2Q 2015 (ISO Loaded + Empty), 000' TEU


2Q 2015

2Q 2014

Change




000' TEU

Percent

Domestic Routes

194.1

189.7

+4.4

+2.3%

Export

77.5

93.3

-15.8

-16.9%

Import

46.4

51.8

-5.4

-10.3%

Transit

22.5

33.1

-10.5

-31.8%

All Routes

340.6

367.9

-27.3

-7.4%

 

The Company's rail container transportation volumes for the first six months of 2015 amounted to 692 thousand TEU, compared to 717 thousand TEU for the first six months of 2014, down 3.5% year-on-year, while the total rail container transportation market in Russia fell by 7.9% year-on-year, respectively. The decrease in the Company's rail container transportation volumes was mainly due to a 12.4% decline in international transportation, which was partially offset by 5.5% growth in domestic volumes. The factors discussed above were the main drivers behind these dynamics.

Transportation of containers by TransContainer's fleet in 1H 2015 (ISO Loaded + Empty), 000' TEU


1H 2015

1H 2014

Change




000' TEU

Percent

Domestic Routes

376.6

356.9

+19.7

+5.5%

Export

168.9

193.2

-24.2

-12.6%

Import

97.9

105.3

-7.4

-7.0%

Transit

48.6

61.5

-12.8

-20.9%

All Routes

692.1

716.9

-24.8

-3.5%

 

The Company's revenue-generating container transportation[1] volumes in Russia amounted to 254 thousand TEU in the second quarter of 2015, down 11.2% compared to the second quarter of 2014. For the first six months of 2015, TransContainer's revenue-generating container transportation volumes were down 7.2% year-on-year to 517 thousand TEU. The difference in the dynamics of revenue-generating volumes and total transportation volumes is primarily a result of transportation using the Company's containers having a larger share of total transportation via the Company's rolling stock.

TransContainer's estimated share in total Russia's rail container transportation volume for the first six months of 2015 increased to 47.8% from 45.6% in the corresponding period of 2014. In the second quarter of 2015, the Company's market share was to 47.7% compared to 45.9% in the second quarter of 2014.

Terminal handling

In the second quarter of 2015, throughput of the Company's rail A place equipped for the trans-shipment and storage of containers. A container terminal
typically includes one or more container yards. Rail-based container terminals are equipped with spur tracks for loading and unloading containers to/from railroad platforms (cars).
container terminal
network in Russia decreased by 12.9% to 295 thousand TEU compared to 339 thousand TEU for the same period of 2014, reflecting market trends. The terminal throughput was also affected by a 73.1% drop in handling medium-duty containers (A medium duty container of an outdated local standard for Russia and former Soviet Union states, designed to carry loads not exceeding 5 tons.
MDC
). This decline is a result of the continual phasing out the MDC fleet. This factor is becoming less influential, with MDC handling volumes in the second quarter of 2015 amounting to 0.9 thousand TEU compared to 3.3 thousand TEU in the corresponding period of 2014.

For the first six months of 2015, throughput of the Company's rail container terminal network in Russia amounted to 581 thousand TEU, down 8.6% year-on-year, and was in line with the market development. MDC handling volumes dropped 80.7% year-on-year for the same period.

Asset utilisation

In the second quarter of 2015, both A specialised type of rolling stock designed to carry ISO containers.
flatcar
and container empty runs in Russia improved as a result of the Company's efforts to optimise its fleet utilisation. During the first six months of 2015, container empty runs demonstrated a similar trend, but the flatcar For containers - transporting an empty container on a flatcar, for flatcars – a flatcar run without container(s) or any non-container cargo.
empty run
ratio is still higher for the reporting period due to weaker first quarter results.

The improvement in the container turnover primarily reflects strong customer demand for the Company's containers amid the shortage of sea shipping line's containers in the Russian market. Growth in flatcar turnover is primarily due to greater average distances travelled by the Company's flatcars, as well as weaker customer demand for transportation services.


2Q 2015

2Q 2014

1H 2015

1H 2014

Turnover of containers, days

33.8

35.2

35.7

39.4

Turnover of flatcars, days

15.4

13.8

15.2

14.1

 

 

 

 

 

Empty run[2] for containers, %

 

29.4%

30.5%

28.7%

29.1%

Empty run for flatcars, %

5.5%

6.3%

7.2%

6.5%

 

Enquiries:

 

TransContainer


Andrey Zhemchugov,
Director, Capital Markets and Investor Relations

+7 495 637 9178     

+7 495 609 6062

E-mail

IR@trcont.ru

Website

www.trcont.ru

Instinctif Partners

 

Tony Friend / Galyna Kulachek/ Jenny Payne

+44 (0) 20 7457 2020

 

About TransContainer

TransContainer (LSE ticker: TRCN) is the leading intermodal Transportation equipment for shipping cargo via various means of transport. Containers are durable enough for repeated use and can be stacked. Containers are divided into medium-duty (three- and five-tonne), which conform to former Soviet Union standards and are still used for shipments in Russia and the CIS, and ISO (20- and 40-foot) containers, which are used for Russian and international shipments. The universal standard unit TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) was introduced to measure transport flow volumes.
container
transportation company in Russia. It is the market leader in Russia by A specialised type of rolling stock designed to carry ISO containers.
flatcar
fleet size, container transportation by rail and rail-side A place equipped for the trans-shipment and storage of containers. A container terminal
typically includes one or more container yards. Rail-based container terminals are equipped with spur tracks for loading and unloading containers to/from railroad platforms (cars).
container terminal
throughput. As of 31 March 2015, it operated 27,029 flatcars and 64,692 ISO containers. It owns a network of 46 rail-side container terminals in Russia, 19 rail-side terminals in Kazakhstan (through its joint venture company KedenTransService) and operates one terminal in Slovakia. Company's sales network comprises more than 130 sales offices across Russia as well as presence in the CIS, Europe and Asia. TransContainer is listed at Moscow Exchange and LSE. Company's major shareholder with 50% +2 shares is United Transportation and The process of organising a chain of delivery, and managing that chain in the broadest sense. This chain may encompass both deliveries of raw materials needed for production and management of material resources at an enterprise, delivery to warehouses and distribution centres, sorting, handling, and final distribution at the points of consumption. In the context of transportation services, the main service is that of delivering cargo across a delivery route.
Logistics
Company, established by Russian Railways, Belorussian Railway and Kazakhstan Temir Zholy.

 


[1] Transportation of clients' containers and own loaded containers

[2] The For containers - transporting an empty container on a flatcar, for flatcars – a flatcar run without container(s) or any non-container cargo.
empty run
ratio is calculated as an average empty run in kilometers divided by an average total  run in kilometers


This information is provided by RNS

The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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