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29 Nov 2013

Results for the nine months ended 30 September 2013

RNS Number : 2397U

OJSC Transcontainer

29 November 2013



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 29 November 2013

 

JSC TransContainer

 

Results for the nine months ended 30 September 2013

 

JSC "TransContainer" (the "Company" together with its consolidated subsidiaries) today publishes its management report together with the reviewed interim condensed financial statements for the nine months ended 30 September 2013. The financial statements presented in this announcement have been prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

 

Operating and financial review

 

Summary

 

TransContainer 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. According to the Company's estimates, TransContainer accounts for approximately 47.4% of all rail container transportation in Russia as of 30 September 2013.It owns and operates 25,677 flatcars in Russia and, additionally, operates 5,080 flatcars in Kazakhstan via its subsidiary KedenTransService, as well as more than 60,000 containers. TransContainer also owns a network of rail-side container terminals located at 46 railway stations across Russia and operates one terminal in Slovakia under a long-term lease agreement. The Company also operates 18 inland rail-side terminals in Kazakhstan via KedenTransService. The Company's sales network comprises more than 130 sales outlets across Russia, along with a presence in the CIS, Europe and Asia.

 

In the reporting period, the rail container market conditions were determined primarily by the deceleration in the Russian economy which began in the fourth quarter of 2012. Although the operating and pricing environment have been moderately improving since March 2013, average tariffs for rail transportation remain below last year's level and the rail container transportation market growth is still in the low- to middle single digit area. Competition between the market participants increased amid relatively weak transportation market conditions.

The Company's rail container transportation volumes in Russia for the first nine months of 2013 amounted to 1,074 thousand TEU1 from 1,102 thousand TEU for the corresponding period of 2012, down 2.5% year on year, whilst revenue-generating transportation2 volumes decreased by 1.7% to 821 thousand TEU. In Kazakhstan, rail container transportation volumes for the first nine months of 2013 amounted to 163 thousand TEU compared to 17 thousand TEU a year earlier.

1 Twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU)
2 Transportation of clients’ containers and own loaded containers

Terminal handling volumes in Russia decreased by 8.3% year on year to 978 thousand TEU in the reporting period, mainly due to a 76.8% decrease in handling of medium-duty containers. Meanwhile, 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
handling volumes in Kazakhstan were up 39.2% to almost 145 thousand TEU from 104 thousand TEU, reflecting predominantly an increase in container handling at the Dostyk cross-border terminal. Non-container terminal handling volumes in Kazakhstan increased by 17.2% to 2,588 thousand tonnes.

 

Given the challenging market environment, the Company focused primarily on the cost control and business optimisation. For the nine months ended 30 September 2013, the Company's total revenue increased by 5.3% year on year to RUB 28,793 million. Adjusted revenue decreased by 2.6% year on year to RUB 18,816 million, and EBITDA was down 4.8% year on year to RUB 7,837 million. However, operating profit grew by 2.7% year on year to RUB 6,114 million, and profit for the period increased by a notable 8.9% to RUB 4,666 million for the first nine months of 2013 from RUB 4,283 million in the corresponding period of 2012. The total comprehensive income for the period grew by 17.5% year on year to RUB 4,820 million from RUB 4,103 million for the first nine months of 2012. In terms of margins, the Company managed to improve its net income margin from 22.2% for the nine months ended 30 September 2012 to 24.8% in the reporting period, while the EBITDA margin remained above the 40% level at 41.7%.

 

As of 30 September 2013, the Company's total debt amounted to RUB 9,178 million with net debt of only RUB 3.845 million, bringing the Net Debt/LTM EBITDA ratio to a comfortable 0,4x.

 

Capital expenditure for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 decreased by 31.6% year on year to RUB 2,317 million, reflecting the weaker operating environment. The Company's objective to accumulate a cash cushion in anticipation of the dividend payments in August 2013, as well as due to shifting of the deliveries of contracted 800 new flatcars to the fourth quarter of 2013. In accordance with the Company's policy, all capital expenditure in the reporting period was financed by the Company's own cash flow.

 

 

Outlook

 

After bottoming out in January-February 2013, the Russian container market resumed moderate growth from March 2013. It is in line with the management's view that the Russian rail container market is expected to demonstrate middle single-digit growth for the full year 2013. Going forward, the Company's management notes a continuing deceleration of Russia's economy, reflected in recent downgrades of economic forecasts released by the Ministry of Economic Development, as well as remaining vulnerable to external factors. However, the Company notes certain improvements in the rail A form of payment for sea transportation of cargo, or the use of a ship for a certain period of time. Freight payment is determined by the volume of cargo delivered to the destination
or by the volume of cargo loaded onto the ship.
freight
transportation market in the second half of 2013 and the continuing growth in the rail container transportation segment.

 

Given the weaker demand for rail cargo transportation and increasing competition in the container segment, the Company believes that there is a limited space for pricing improvements in the near term. Under these circumstances, TransContainer's management will continue to focus on the Company's competitiveness, further improvement of services quality and will continue to take measures aimed at cost control and business optimisation.

 

In the long term, we continue to believe that the Russian container transportation market is fundamentally attractive and retains a sustainable growth potential driven by Russia's economic development, further involvement in international trade, the WTO accession, growth in consumer demand and The use of containers for cargo transportation, supply and storage.
containerisation
. With this is mind, the Company's management will continue to invest in Cars for carrying cargo or passengers designated for railway transportation.
rolling stock
and modernisation of its terminals, as well as opportunistic M&A, in line with its strategy and subject to changes in the economic environment.

 

 

Key operating results

 

The Company's rail container transportation volumes for the first nine months of 2013 amounted to 1,074 thousand TEU from 1,102 thousand TEU in the corresponding period of 2012, down 2.5% year on year. This decrease mainly reflects a 9.6% drop in domestic transportation volumes, partly compensated by a 11.8% growth in imports. A decrease in the Company's domestic transportation was primarily driven by tightening competition on the weaker domestic market, as well as by shifting the Company's focus to the faster-growing international transportation market. A reduction in transportation of the Company's empty containers also contributed to a decrease in the Company's transportation volumes.

 

In Kazakhstan, rail container transportation volumes for the nine months of 2013 amounted to 180.0 thousand TEU, representing a near 11-fold increase on the respective period of 2012.

 

Transportation of containers by TransContainer's fleet in 9M 2013 (ISO Loaded + Empty), 000' TEU


9m 2013

9m 2012

Change




000' TEU

Percent

Domestic Routes

534.7

591.7

-57.0

-9.6%

Export

267.1

261.6

5.5

+2.1%

Import

199.9

178.8

21.1

+11.8%

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

72.3

70.0

2.3

+3.2%

All Routes

1 074.0

1 102.1

-28.1

-2.5%

 

 

The Company's revenue-generating container transportation volumes in Russia for the first nine months of 2013 were down 1.7% to 821 thousand TEU compared to 834 thousand TEU in the same period of 2012. TransContainer's estimated share of Russia's rail container transportation for the nine months of 2013 decreased to 47.4% compared to 50.4% in the corresponding period of 2012.

 

Terminal handling

 

For the nine months of 2013, throughput of the Company's rail container terminal network in Russia amounted to 978 thousand TEU, a decrease of 8.3% year on year. 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
handling volumes dropped 76.8% year on year for the same period.

 

Container handling volumes in Kazakhstan at the Dostyk rail side terminal increased by 103.4% to 91.3 thousand TEU. Non-container handling at the KedenTransServices' terminals increased by 17.2% year on year to 2,588 thousand tonnes for the reporting period.

 

Asset utilisation

 

For the nine months of 2013, the A specialised type of rolling stock designed to carry ISO containers.
flatcar
and container empty runs improved considerably as a result of management efforts to optimise the fleet utilisation amid challenging operating environment. Growth in the container and flatcar turnover reflects the weak market environment for the nine months of 2013, as well as a decrease in average train speeds across the Russian railway network.


9m 2013

9m 2012

Turnover of containers, days

25.9

22.7

Turnover of flatcars, days

13.8

13.3

For containers - transporting an empty container on a flatcar, for flatcars – a flatcar run without container(s) or any non-container cargo.
Empty run
3 for containers, %

30.3%

36.8%

Empty run3 for flatcars, %

6.8%

7.7%

__________

3 The Empty run ratio is calculated as an average empty run in kilometers divided by an average total run in kilometers

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income Items

 

The following table sets out the Company's results for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012.

RUB million

9m 2013

9m 2012


Year on Year change

Year on Year change (%)

Revenue

28,793

27,334


1,459

5.3%

Other operating income

499

226


273

120.8%

Operating expenses

-23,178

-21,605


-1,573

7.3%

Operating profit

6,114

5,955


159

2.7%

Interest expense

-569

-674


105

-15.6%

Interest income

182

173


9

5.2%

Foreign exchange gain, net

62

2


60

31x

Share of result of associates and JVs

5

-20


25


Gain from disposal of associate

0

72


-72

-100.0%

Gain from early termination of finance lease obligations

32

0


32

-

Profit before income tax

5,826

5,508


318

5.8%

Income tax expense

-1,160

-1,225


65

-5.3%

Profit for the period

4,666

4,283


383

8.9%

Attributable to:






Equity holders of the parent

4,606

4,268


338

7.9%

Non-controlling interest

60

15


45

4x

Other comprehensive income for the period

154

-180


334


Remeasurements of post-employment benefit plans

19

-28


47


Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

135

-152


287


Total comprehensive income for the period

4,820

4,103


717

17.5%

Attributable to:






Equity holders of the parent

4,724

4,135


589

14.2%

Non-controlling interest

96

-32


128


 

The Company's financial results for the nine months ended 30 June 2013 reflect primarily the relatively weak operating and pricing environment in the rail container transportation market in Russia, partially compensated by the Company's efforts to improve its operational efficiency and cost optimisation.

 

On the back of the challenging market conditions in the first nine months of 2013, the Company's total revenue increased by 5.3% year on year to RUB 28,793 million, while adjusted revenue was down 2.6% year on year to RUB 18,816 million. EBITDA declined by 4.8% from RUB 8,229 for the nine months ended 30 September 2012 to RUB 7,837 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013, with profit for the period increasing by 8.9% from RUB 4,283 million to RUB 4,666 million respectively.

 

Non-IFRS financial information

 

Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Operating Expenses, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Adjusted Operating Margin are not recognised under IFRS as measures of financial performance, but are presented as supplemental indicators of the Company's operating performance. These supplemental measures have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider any of them in isolation, or any combination of them, as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under IFRS.

RUB million

9m 2013

9m 2012


Year on Year change

Year on Year change (%)

Adjusted Revenue1

18,816

19,324


-508

-2.6%

Adjusted operating expenses2

13,201

13,595


-394

-2.9%

EBITDA3

7,837

8,229


-392

-4.8%

Adjusted EBITDA margin4

41.7%

42.6%




Total debt

9,178

9,215


-37

-0.4%

Net debt5

3,845

5,410


-1,565

-28.9%

Net debt/LTM EBITDA

0.39

0.53




 

1Adjusted Revenue is calculated as total revenue less cost of integrated freight forwarding 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
services.

2 Adjusted Operating Expenses are calculated as operating expenses less cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services.

3 EBITDA is defined as profit for the period before income tax, interest expense and depreciation and amortisation.

4 Adjusted EBITDA Margin is defined as EBITDA divided by Adjusted Revenue.

5 Net Debt is calculated as long-term debt, finance lease obligations, short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments.

 

Revenue

The following table sets out the breakdown of total revenue for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.

RUB million

9m 2013

9m 2012


Year on Year change

Year on Year change (%)

Integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

17,429

14,375


3,054

21.2%

Rail-based container shipping services

6,270

7,638


-1,368

-17.9%

Terminal services and agency fees

3,051

3,110


-59

-1.9%

Truck deliveries

1,055

1,198


-143

-11.9%

Other freight forwarding services

446

640


-194

-30.3%

Bonded warehousing services

301

303


-2

-0.7%

Other

241

70


171

244.3%

Total revenue

28,793

27,334


1,459

5.3%

 

Total revenue increased by RUB 1,459 million, or 5.3%, from RUB 27,334 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2012 to RUB 28,793 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013. This was primarily a result of an increase in integrated freight and transportation services, driven by higher transportation volumes under through-rate contracts in Russia and developing operations in Kazakhstan.

 

The increase in revenues from the Company's integrated freight forwarding and logistics serviceswas partially offset by a drop in revenues from Rail-based container shipping services, Other freight forwarding services and Truck deliveries, driven bya weaker pricing environment and by a decrease in rail container transportation and handling volumes in Russia.

 

Adjusted Revenue

 

The following table sets out adjusted revenue calculations for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.

RUB million

9m 2013

9m 2012


Year on Year change

Year on Year change (%)

Total revenue

28,793

27,334


1,459

5.3%

Cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

9,977

8,010


1,967

24.6%

Adjusted Revenue

18,816

19,324


-508

-2.6%

 

Adjusted revenue (as defined above) declined by 2.6% from RUB 19,324 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2012 to RUB 18,816 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013. This was primarily due to a 1.7% decrease in revenue-generating rail container transportation volumes by the Company's fleet in Russia and a 8.2% decrease in terminal handling volumes in Russia amid the weak pricing environment. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in container transportation and terminal handling volumes in Kazakhstan.

 

The following table sets out the components of relative contribution to adjusted revenue for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.

 


9m 2013

9m 2012

Year on Year change


RUB mln

share, %

RUB mln

share, %

RUB mln

Percent

Rail-based container shipping services

6,270

33.3%

7,638

39.5%

-1,368

-17.9%

Adjusted integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

7,452

39.6%

6,365

32.9%

1,087

17.1%

Terminal services and agency fees

3,051

16.2%

3,110

16.1%

-59

-1.9%

Truck deliveries

1,055

5.6%

1,198

6.2%

-143

-11.9%

Other freight forwarding services

446

2.4%

640

3.3%

-194

-30.3%

Bonded warehousing services

301

1.6%

303

1.6%

-2

-0.7%

Other

241

1.3%

70

0.4%

171

244.3%

Total adjusted revenue

18,816

100%

19,324

100%

-508

-2.6%

 

The structure of the Adjusted Revenue changed in the nine months of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. The share of rail-based container transportation services in the Adjusted Revenue decreased from 39.5% in 2012 to 33.3% in 2013, while the share of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services, net of cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services, increased to 39.6% from 32.9%. Shares of terminal services and agency fees and Bonded warehousing servicesremained flat at the level of ca. 16% and 1.6% respectively. Shares of Other freight forwarding services and Truck deliveries changed marginally, showing mixed dynamics.

 

Integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

 

Revenue from integrated freight forwarding and logistics services increased by 21.2% year on year to RUB 17,429 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013.

 

The following table sets out the Adjusted integrated freight forwarding and logistics services calculation for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.

 

RUB million

9m 2013

9m 2012


Year on Year change

Year on Year change (%)

Integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

17,429

14,375


3,054

21.2%

Cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

9,977

8,010


1,967

24.6%

Adjusted revenue from integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

7,452

6,365


1,087

17.1%

 

Adjusted revenue from integrated freight forwarding and logistics services grew by 17.1% year on year to RUB 7,452 million in the reporting period. This increase reflects transportation volumes under integrated logistics contracts in Russia growing by 11.9% to 407 thousand TEU in the first nine months ended 30 September 2013 from 364 thousand TEU a year earlier, as well as transportation volumes in Kazakhstan under A single, inclusive price, for the door-to-door transportation and delivery of a container. The price is set for one container and fixed for a certain period upon agreement with a client, if the client undertakes to provide a certain minimum volume of traffic.
through rate
contracts increasing from 16.7 thousand TEU to 163.3 thousand TEU for the respective periods.

 

 

 

Rail-based container transportation services

 

Revenue from rail-based container transportation decreased by 17.9% to RUB 6,270 million for the reporting period from RUB 7,638 million for the same period of 2012. This was mainly due to a decrease in revenue-generating transportation volumes, other than under integrated logistics contracts by 12.1% from 471 thousand TEU for the nine months of 2012 to 414 thousand TEU for the nine months of 2013, as well as due to a deterioration in the pricing environment and a change in the mix of services in favour of the provision of Company's flatcars for transportation of client's containers.

 

Terminal services and agency fees

 

Revenue from terminal services, including agency fees, decreased by 1.9% to RUB 3,051 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 3,110 million for the same period of 2012 as a result of opposite dynamics of terminal handling volumes in Russia and in Kazakhstan.

 

Container handling volumes of KedenTransService's rail-side terminals grew by 39.2% to 144.5 thousand TEU in the first nine months of 2013. This was driven by both organic growth of the business and taking over a new handling yard at the Dostyk station under a long-term lease agreement late in 2012. Non-container cargo handling by KedenTransService's terminals for the reporting period increased by 17.2% year on year to 2,588 thousand tonnes.

 

Revenue from container services and agency fees, the latter being fees for services the Company renders as an agent of Russian Railways, decreased as a result of a 8.2% drop in TransContainer's terminal network throughput in Russia, mainly associated with the continued phasing out of medium-duty containers (MDCs).

 

Truck deliveries

 

Revenue from truck deliveries decreased by RUB 143 million, or 11.9%, to RUB 1,055 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 1,198 million for the corresponding period of 2012. This was due to a 8.6% reduction in container transportation volumes by the Company's own and outsourced truck fleet from 392 thousand TEU for the nine months of 2012 to 358 thousand TEU for the reporting period, predominantly associated with a decrease in the Company's terminal throughput, as well as due to the tough pricing environment.

 

Other freight forwarding and logistics services

 

Revenue from other freight forwarding and logistics services, which are freight forwarding and logistics services of a non-integrated nature, fell by 30.3% from RUB 640 million to RUB 446 million. This decrease was primarily due to a reduction in transportation volumes other than those under integrated logistics contracts and a decline in demand for added-value services amid the weak market environment.

 

Bonded warehousing services

 

Revenue from bonded warehousing services decreased by RUB 2 million, or 0.7%, to RUB 301 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 303 million for the same period of 2012, as a result of minor reductions in the contribution from bonded warehousing services in Kazakhstan partly offset by a growth in revenues from bonded warehousing services in Russia.

 

Operating expenses

 

The following table sets out a breakdown of the Company's operating expenses for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.

RUB million

9m 2013

9m 2012


Year on Year change

Year on Year change (%)

Cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

9,977

8,010


1,967

24.6%

Freight and transportation services

3,180

3,800


-620

-16.3%

Payroll and related charges

3,404

3,651


-247

-6.8%

Depreciation and amortisation

1,442

2,047


-605

-29.6%

Materials, repair and maintenance

2,132

1,904


228

12.0%

Taxes other than income tax

494

417


77

18.5%

Rent

1,224

418


806

192.8%

Other operating expenses

1,325

1,358


-33

-2.4%

Total operating expenses

23,178

21,605


1,573

7.3%

 

TransContainer's total operating expenses grew by RUB 1,573 million, or 7.3%, to RUB 23,178 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 21,605 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2012. This was primarily due to an increase in the Cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services, Rent,Materials, Repair and maintenance costs and Taxes other than income tax, partially offset by a decrease in the costs of freight and transportation services, Depreciation and amortisation, Payroll and related charges and Other operating expenses.

 

The following table sets out a breakdown of the Company's largest operating expenses for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.


9m 2013

9m 2012


RUB mln

Percent of operating expenses

Percent of total revenue

RUB mln

Percent of operating expenses

Percent of total revenue

Cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

9,977

43.0%

34.7%

8,010

37.1%

29.3%

Freight and transportation services

3,180

13.7%

11.0%

3,800

17.6%

13.9%

Payroll and related charges

3,404

14.7%

11.8%

3,651

16.9%

13.4%

Depreciation and amortisation

1,442

6.2%

5.0%

2,047

9.5%

7.5%

Materials, repair and maintenance

2,132

9.2%

7.4%

1,904

8.8%

7.0%

Taxes other than income tax

494

2.1%

1.7%

417

1.9%

1.5%

Rent

1,224

5.3%

4.3%

418

1.9%

1.5%

Other expenses

1,325

5.7%

4.6%

1,358

6.3%

5.0%

Total operating expenses

23,178

100.0%

80.5%

21,605

100.0%

79.0%

 

As a percentage of the total revenue, total operating expenses increased from 79.0% for the nine months ended 30 September 2012 to 80.5% for the nine months ended 30 September 2013, as a result of an increase in operating expenses exceeding the growth in total revenue. As a percentage of total revenue, costs related to freight and transportation services decreased from 13.9% in 2012 to 11.0% in 2013. The cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services increased from 29.3% in 2012 to 34.7% in 2013 and the share of costs for materials, repair and maintenance increased from 7.0% in 2012 to 7.4% in 2013 as a percentage of total revenue; share of depreciation and amortisation in total revenue decreased from 7.5% to 5.0%.

 

Cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

 

Costs of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services increased by 24.6%, to RUB 9,977 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 8,010 million for the same period of 2012. This was driven predominantly by an increase in transportation volumes under integrated logistics contracts in Russia and in Kazakhstan, as well as by an increase in infrastructure tariffs including the tariffs paid to Russian Railways and JSC National Company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy".

 

Adjusted operating expenses

 

The following table sets out adjusted operating expenses for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.

RUB million

9m 2013

9m 2012


Year on Year change

Year on Year change (%)

Total operating expenses

23,178

21,605


1,573

7.3%

Cost of integrated freight forwarding and logistics services

9,977

8,010


1,967

24.6%

Adjusted operating expenses

13,201

13,595


-394

-2.9%

Adjusted operating expenses, as defined above, decreased by 2.9% to RUB 13,201 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 13,595 million for the same period of 2012, primarily due a decrease in Freight and transportation costs, Depreciation and amortisation, as well as Payrolls and related charges. The effect of these factors was partially offset by an increase in costs related to Materials, repair and maintenance, as well as in Rent and Taxes other than income tax.

 

The following table sets out a breakdown of the Company's adjusted operating expenses, as defined above, for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.


9m 2013

9m 2012

Year on year change


RUB mln

Percent of adjusted operating expenses

RUB mln

Percent of adjusted operating expenses

RUB mln

Percent change

Freight and transportation services

3,180

24.1%

3,800

28.0%

-620

-16.3%

Payroll and related charges

3,404

25.8%

3,651

26.9%

-247

-6.8%

Depreciation and amortisation

1,442

10.9%

2,047

15.1%

-605

-29.6%

Materials, repair and maintenance

2,132

16.2%

1,904

14.0%

228

12.0%

Taxes other than income tax

494

3.7%

417

3.1%

77

18.5%

Rent

1,224

9.3%

418

3.1%

806

192.8%

Other expenses

1,325

10.0%

1,358

10.0%

-33

-2.4%

Adjusted operating expenses

13,201

100.0%

13,595

100.0%

-394

-2.9%

 

Freight and transportation services

 

Expenses relating to freight and transportation services decreased by RUB 620 million, or 16.3%, to RUB 3,180 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013. This decrease was mainly due to a number of factors set out below:

 

i) a decrease in empty run ratio of containers and flatcars, respectively, from 36.8% and 7.7% for the nine months of 2012 to 30.3% and 6.8% for the reporting period;

ii) a 10.7% decrease in rail-based transportation by the Company's own containers from 723 thousand TEU in 2012 to 646 thousand TEU in 2013 and a 2.5% reduction in total transportation volume by Company's railcar fleet for the same period.

 

These factors were partially offset by an increase in infrastructure and locomotive tariffs charged by Russian Railways and JSC National Company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy".

 

 

Payroll and related charges

 

Payroll and related charges decreased by RUB 247 million, or 6.8%, to RUB 3,404 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 3,651 million for the same period of 2012. This decrease was mainly a result of a 3.0% decrease in the average headcount in Russia, a decrease in performance-linked payments to the Company's personnel, partially offset by a scheduled indexing of base salaries.

 

Depreciation and amortisation

 

Depreciation and amortisation decreased by RUB 605 million, or 29.6% to RUB 1,442 million for the nine months of 2013 from RUB 2,047 million for the same period of 2012, primarily due to the effect of extension of depreciable lives of the Company's fixed assets adopted in 2013. If the previous accounting policy related to depreciable lives had been applied, the depreciation charge for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 would have been RUB 2,132 million.

 

Materials, repair and maintenance

 

Expenses related to materials, repair and maintenance grew by 12.0%, to RUB 2,132 million for the nine months of 2013 from RUB 1,904 million for the same period of 2012. This was primarily due to a 5% increase in the number of flatcars repaired and an increase in the average prices of repairs and materials, as well as due to a growth in contribution to repair costs from KedenTransService.

 

Тахes other than income tax

 

Taxes other than income tax increased by 18.5% to RUB 494 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 417 million for the same period of 2012, primarily due to VAT settlements mainly related to international rail transportation.

 

Rent

 

Rent expenses grew by RUB 806 million, or 2.9 times to RUB 1,224 million in the reporting period from RUB 418 million in the same period of 2012. This was primarily due to growth in expenses related to rent of third parties' rolling stock by JSC KedenTransService, as well as rent of additional handling yards at the Dostyk station by JSC KedenTransService from the fourth quarter of 2012.

 

Other expenses

 

Other expenses are an aggregate of various expense items such as security, consulting expenses, fuel and energy, licences and software, communication services, loss on sale of fixed assets etc. Other expenses decreased by 2.4% to RUB 1,325 million for the nine months of 2013 from RUB 1,358 million in the respective period of 2012. This was primarily due to a decrease in expenses for licence and software, communication and other costs, which were partly offset by an increase in expenses related to fuel and energy, as well as consulting services.

 

Operating profit

 

Operating profit for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 increased by RUB 159 million, or 2.7%, to RUB 6,114 million from RUB 5,955 million in the same period of 2012, as a result of the factors discussed above.

 

Interest expense

 

Interest expenses decreased by RUB 105 million, or 15.6%, to RUB 569 million for the nine months of 2013 from RUB 674 million for the same period of 2012, mainly due to a refinancing of maturing RUB-denominated bonds series 1 and loans obtained from OJSC Alfa Bank by newly issued RUB-denominated bonds series 4.

 

 

 

Interest income

 

Interest income grew by RUB 9 million to RUB 182 million for the nine months of 2013 from RUB 173 million for the same period of 2012 due to an increase in average balances in deposit accounts for the reporting period.

 

Profit before income tax

 

Profit before income tax increased by RUB 318 million, or by 5.8%, to RUB 5,826 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 5,508 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2012. This increase was due to the factors discussed above.

 

Income tax expenses

 

Income tax expenses decreased by RUB 65 million, or 5.3%, to RUB 1,160 million for the nine months of 2013 from RUB 1,225 million for the same period of 2012, primarily due to a reduction in deferred tax liabilities. For the same reason the effective tax rate in the reporting period decreased to 20% in 2013 compared to 22% in 2012.

 

Profit and Total comprehensive income for the period

 

As a result of the factors discussed above, the profit for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 increased by RUB 383 million, or 8.9% to RUB 4,666 million compared with RUB 4,283 million for the same period of 2012. Taking into account the exchange differences in translating foreign operations and remeasurements of post-employment benefit plans, the total comprehensive income for the reporting period totalled RUB 4,820 million, compared to RUB 4,103 million for the nine months of 2012, up 17.5%.

 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

As of 30 September 2013 the Company's net cash and cash equivalents amounted to RUB 4,071 million and the Company's current assets exceeded current liabilities by RUB 3,742 million.

 

The Company's business is asset and capital-intensive and requires substantial capital expenditure for, amongst other things, the purchase of flatcars and containers, the development of rail-side terminals and investment in the expansion and modernisation of other fixed assets. During the reporting period the Company's operations and its capital expenditures were financed from internally generated cash flows.

 

Cash flows

 

The following table sets out the principal components of the Company's consolidated cash flows for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 and 2012 respectively.


9m 2013

9m 2012

Net cash provided by operating activities

5,849

6,003

Net cash used in investing activities

-1,962

-3,541

Net cash provided by financing activities

-1,203

-2,031

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

2,684

431

Net cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

4,071

2,643

 

Cash flow generated by operating activities

 

Cash flow generated by operating activities decreased by RUB 154 million, or 2.6 %, to RUB 5,849 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 6,003 million for the same period of 2012. This was primarily due to a decrease in operating profit before working capital changes by RUB 426 million, or 5.3 %, from RUB 8,064 million for the nine months of 2012 to RUB 7,638 million in 2013. This decline was partially offset by a decrease in income tax and interest paid.

 

 

Cash flow used in investing activities

 

Cash flow used in investing activities decreased by RUB 1,579 million, or 44.6%, to RUB 1,962 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 from RUB 3,541 million for the same period of 2012. This was primarily due to a decrease in the purchase of property, plant and equipment by RUB 1,069 million and net effect of short-term investments, mainly represented by bank deposits in the amount of RUB 408 million.

 

Cash flow generated by financing activities

 

Cash outflow generated by financing activities decreased by RUB 828 million for the months of 2013 to RUB 1,203 million from RUB 2,031 million for the same period of 2012, primarily due to proceeds from the issuance of the RUB-denominated bonds series 4 remaining after redemption of the RUB-denominated bonds series 1 and bank loans.

 

Capital Expenditure

 

Capital expenditure decreased by RUB 1,069 million, or 31.5%, to RUB 2,317 million for the nine months of 2013 from RUB 3,386 million for the nine months of 2012, mainly due to a decrease in prices for rolling stock, an optimisation of construction works at terminals, as well as due to a shift of investment A schedule is the basis of a smooth train journey. It unites the operations of all railway
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towards the end of 2013.

 

Planned capital expenditure for 2013

 

The Company's capital expenditure programme is aimed at maintaining TransContainer's position as a market leader in the Russian container sector, improving its position in the foreign market and optimising its asset structure and key operational metrics.

 

The total capital expenditure in 2013 was initially budgeted at RUB 9.1 billion (excluding VAT), subject to the market environment and the Company's financial conditions. In September 2013, the capital expenditure programme was revised by the Company's Board of Directors taking into account a decrease in the prices for flatcars and containers and other factors, with the number of flatcars and containers to be acquired throughout the year remaining unchanged. Currently, the total capital expenditure in 2013 is budgeted at RUB 7.4 billion (excluding VAT), of which up to RUB 3.7 billion may be spent on the acquisition of new flatcars (including leasing); up to RUB 1.4 billion on the upgrade and modernisation of the Company's key rail-side terminals; up to RUB 1.1 billion on the acquisition of containers and up to RUB 1.2 billion on other capital expenditure items such as lifting equipment, trucks and other equipment.

 

 

Capital resources

The Company's operations and capital expenditures have historically been financed primarily from internally generated cash flow and proceeds from issuing domestic debt. As of 30 September 2013, the Company's financial indebtedness consisted of two outstanding bond issues, financial lease obligations and other borrowings in an aggregate amount of RUB 9,178 million compared to RUB 9,188 million as of 31 December 2012. As of 30 September 2013, the Company's net debt was RUB 3,845 million.

 

As of 30 September 2013, the major portion of the Company's financial indebtedness was unsecured, except for the obligations under finance leases, which were secured by the lessors' title to the leased assets. The Company's indebtedness is denominated in Russian Roubles and fixed-rated.

 

RUB-denominated bonds series 1

On 4 March 2008, the Company issued non-convertible five-year bonds for a total amount of RUB 3,000 million at a par value of RUB 1,000 each. The coupon rate set for 2011 and 2012 was 9.5% per annum. These bonds were redeemed in February 2013 and for reporting purposes were classified as a short-term debt in the consolidated statement of financial position as at 31 December 2012.

 

 

RUB-denominated bonds series 2

On 10 June 2010, the Company issued non-convertible five-year amortising bonds for a total amount of RUB 3,000 million at a par value of RUB 1,000 each. Net proceeds from the issuance after deduction of related offering costs amounted to RUB 2,975 million. The annual coupon on the bonds for five years is 8.8% with interest paid semi-annually. The series 2 bonds will be redeemed in four equal semi-annual installments during the fourth and fifth year. As a result, these bonds are classified as long-term borrowings as at the reporting date. As at 30 September 2013 the carrying value of the bonds amounted to RUB 2,986 million (RUB 2,982 million as at 31 December 2012).

 

As at 30 September 2013 the short-term portion of long-term bonds equals RUB 1,500 million (RUB 750 million as at 31 December 2012) and this amount has been included as short-term debt in the interim condensed consolidated statement of financial position. The amount of accrued interest is RUB 87 million (RUB 22 million as at 31 December 2012), and has been included as short-term debt in the interim condensed consolidated statement of financial position.

 

RUB-denominated bonds series 4

 

On 1 February 2013, the Company issued non-convertible five-year bonds for a total amount of RUB 5,000 million at a par value of RUB 1,000 each. Net proceeds from the issuance after deduction of related offering costs amounted to RUB 4,988 million. The annual coupon rate of the bonds for five years is 8.35% with interest paid semi-annually.

 

The series 4 bonds will be redeemed in four equal semi-annual installments within the fourth and fifth years. As a result, these bonds are classified as long-term borrowings as at the reporting date. As at 30 September 2013 the carrying value of the bonds amounted to RUB 4,988 million. The amount of accrued interest is RUB 69 million and has been included as short-term debt in the interim condensed consolidated statement of financial position.

 

Bank loans and other borrowings

 

On 18 March 2011 and 17 June 2011, the Company obtained loans from OSJC Alfa Bank for the total principal amount of RUB 1,822 million at interest rates varying from 9.5% to 9.75% per annum. These loans were drawn down to finance the acquisition of JSC KedenTransService. These loans were pre-paid in full in February 2013.

 

On 23 May 2011, the Company borrowed funds from LLC TrustUnion AM for the principal amount of RUB 514 million at an interest rate of 9.5% per annum with a five year maturity to finance the acquisition of the Company's ordinary shares for a share option plan for the Company's management. The outstanding debt as of 30 September 2013 was RUB 484 million.

 

Working Capital

 

The Company's working capital is defined as the difference between its current assets and current liabilities. The table below sets out the key components of TransContainer's working capital for the nine months ended 30 September 2013.


30 September 2013

31 December 2012

Current assets



Inventory

434

334

Trade and other receivables

2,025

1,262

Prepayments and other current assets

3,449

4,434

Prepaid income tax

156

132

Short-term investments

1,121

1,339

Cash and cash equivalents

4,212

1,318

Total current assets

11,397

8,819




Current liabilities



Trade and other payables

4,737

3,773

Short-term debt

1,656

5,695

Income tax payable

289

167

Taxes other than income tax payable

296

367

Provisions

2

10

Finance lease obligations current maturities

73

94

Dividends payable

41

0

Accrued and other current liabilities

561

789

Deferred income

0

0

Total current liabilities

7,655

10,895




Working capital

3,742

-2,076

Working capital increased by RUB 5,818 million from negative RUB 2,076 million as at 31 December 2012 to positive RUB 3,742 million at the end of the reporting period. This increase was primarily due to a decrease in short-term debt by RUB 4,039 million and an increase in Cash and cash equivalents by RUB 2,894 million.

 

Downloads

The consolidated financial statements for the nine months ended 30 September 2013 are available via the National Storage Mechanism at: http://www.hemscott.com/nsm.do or at the Company's website: http://www.trcont.ru

 

29 November 2013

 

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

College Hill


Tony Friend / Alexandra Roper/Galyna Kulachek

+44 (0)20 7457 2020

 

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