DGAP-News: VTG Aktiengesellschaft: VTG AG reports a stable first quarter of 2017 - Logistics divisions on course for growth

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VTG Aktiengesellschaft: VTG AG reports a stable first quarter of 2017 -
Logistics divisions on course for growth

04.05.2017 / 07:30
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VTG AG reports a stable first quarter of 2017
Logistics divisions on course for growth

- Revenue on a par with 2016

- Group net profit up again

- Slight decline in EBITDA

- Earnings per share 10 percent higher

- Logistics divisions sustain positive trend

Hamburg, May 4, 2017. VTG Aktiengesellschaft (WKN: VTG999), one of the leading
wagon hire and rail logistics companies in Europe, continued to experience
stable business development in the first quarter of 2017. Group revenue of EUR
243.8 million was on a par with the previous year (Q1 2016: EUR 243.8
million). Although EBITDA was slightly down year on year at EUR 76.6 million
(Q1 2016: EUR 81.6 million), Group net profit improved further to EUR 12.7
million (Q1 2016: EUR 11.8 million). Earnings per share (EPS) likewise
increased again from EUR 0.30 in the first quarter of 2016 to EUR 0.33 in the
quarter under review.

"Our results for the first quarter of 2017 are solid and satisfactory. We once
again increased Group net profit and EPS, as we wanted to do," says Dr. Heiko
Fischer, Chairman of the Executive Board of VTG AG, explaining the figures.
"Declining revenue and the accumulation of higher maintenance expenses in the
European wagon hire business meant that our revenue and EBITDA expectations
for the Group were not quite fulfilled. At the same time, we see positive
development in our logistics divisions as a sign that the economy is gaining
momentum. We think that the European rail business should also benefit from
this trend in the months ahead."

Railcar: A softer start to the year - Revenue and EBITDA down slightly
The Railcar Division posted revenue of EUR 125.6 million in the first three
months of 2017 (Q1 2016: EUR 129.0 million). The decline of 2.6 percent is
attributable essentially to the fact that the rising momentum in the world
trade has not yet arrived in our sector. This led to a lower number of hired
wagons, especially in the intermodal and mineral oil tank car segments.
Alongside the drop in revenue, which affected income, higher cumulative
maintenance expenses and higher expenses for the preparation of previously
unhired wagons prompted a decline in EBITDA, which was down 7.1 percent to EUR
76.2 million (Q1 2016: EUR 82.0 million). This development caused the
revenue-based EBITDA margin to fall by 2.9 percentage points to 60.7 percent
(Q1 2016: 63.6 percent). Capacity utilization across the entire fleet edged
down slightly to 90.3 percent (Q1 2016: 90.6 percent).

Investments of EUR 31.7 million in the first quarter of 2017 was down on the
previous year's figure of EUR 51.6 million. These were channeled exclusively
into fixed assets, especially in the core European market, where the bulk of
this total was spent on chemical and compressed gas wagons.

Rail Logistics: Strong growth - Tank Container Logistics: Increase in EBITDA
The Rail Logistics Division saw revenue climb 6.7 percent to EUR 79.2 million
in the first quarter of 2017 (Q1 2016: EUR 74.2 million), continuing the
positive trend experienced in recent months. This result was largely due to
profits from high-margin business with new customers and a positive start to
the year with agricultural business.

Thanks to this revenue development and stable structural costs, the division's
EBITDA jumped sharply by 49.1 percent to EUR 1.6 million in the first quarter
of 2017, up from EUR 1.1 million in the same period a year ago. The EBITDA
margin for Rail Logistics, which is based on gross profit, thus improved by
6.7 percentage points to 22.8 percent (Q1 2016: 16.1 percent).

A higher transportation volume gave Tank Container Logistics a good start to
2017. Demand revived in both intra-European and overseas business. With
freight rates lower in the first three months of the current financial year
than in the same period of 2016, revenue nevertheless dropped by 3.9 percent
from EUR 40.6 million to EUR 39.0 million. EBITDA for the division improved by
4.4 percent from EUR 2.3 million to EUR 2.4 million, largely because of new
high-margin business. The gross profit-based EBITDA margin stood at 29.3
percent, slightly down on the previous year's figure of 33.2 percent.

VTG Executive Board confirms forecast for 2017
The Executive Board confirms the forecast for the current year published in
April, according to which Group revenue and Group EBITDA are expected to be
slightly higher than in the previous year.

 

Key figures for the VTG Group                                            
                                                                         
                                                                              
                                            1.1. - 31.03. 1.1. - 31.03. Change
Financial Year                                       2017          2016   in %
Revenue in EUR million                              243.8         243.8    0.0
EBITDA in EUR million                                76.6          81.6   -6.1
EBIT in EUR million                                  29.5          34.9  -15.5
EBT in EUR million                                   18.8          18.1    3.6
Group profit in EUR million                          12.7          11.8    7.6
Depreciation and amortization in EUR
million                                              47.1          46.7    0.9
Capital expenditure in EUR million                   31.7          51.6  -38.5
Operating cash flow in EUR million                   50.0          66.3  -24.6
Earnings per share in EUR                            0.33          0.30   10.0
Railcar division                                                         
Revenue in EUR million                              125.6         129.0   -2.6
EBITDA in EUR million                                76.2          82.0   -7.1
EBITDA margin in %                                   60.7          63.6  
Rail Logistics division                                                  
Revenue in EUR million                               79.2          74.2    6.7
EBITDA in EUR million                                 1.6           1.1   49.1
EBITDA margin in %                                   22.8          16.1  
Tank Container Logistics division                                        
Revenue in EUR million                               39.0          40.6   -3.9
EBITDA in EUR million                                 2.4           2.3    4.4
EBITDA margin in %                                   29.3          33.2  
                                                                        Change
                                               31.03.2017    31.03.2016   in %
Number of employees                                 1,439         1,437    0.1
- in Germany                                          966           934    3.4
- abroad                                              473           503   -6.0
                                                                        Change
                                               31.03.2017    31.12.2016   in %
Balance sheet total in EUR million                3,006.0       3,001.5    0.1
Non-current assets in EUR million                 2,685.4       2,726.2   -1.5
Current assets in EUR million                       320.6         275.3   16.5
Shareholders equity in EUR million                  776.4         774.0    0.3
Liabilities in EUR million                        2,229.6       2,227.5    0.1
Equity ratio in %                                    25.8          25.8  

 

About VTG:

VTG Aktiengesellschaft is one of Europe's leading wagon hire and rail
logistics companies, with a fleet consisting of more than 80,000 railcars. VTG
offers a full-range service, providing tank cars, intermodal wagons, standard
freight wagons and sliding wall wagons. In addition to the hiring of wagons,
the Group offers comprehensive multi-modal logistics services, mainly around
rail transport, and global tank container transports.

With the combination of its three interlinked divisions Railcar, Rail
Logistics and Tank Container Logistics, VTG offers its customers a
high-performance platform for international transport of their freight. The
Group has many years of experience and specific expertise, in particular in
the transport of liquid and sensitive goods. Its customers include numerous
well-known companies from almost every industrial sector, for example the
chemical, petroleum, automotive, paper and agricultural industries.

In the financial year 2016, VTG generated revenue of EUR 987  million and
operating profit (EBITDA) of EUR 345 million. Via its subsidiaries and
affiliates the company, which has its head office in Hamburg, is mainly
present in Europe, North America, Russia and Asia. As at 31 December 2016, VTG
had 1,443 employees worldwide in consolidated companies. VTG AG is listed on
the official Prime Standard market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and also on
the SDAX (WKN: VTG999).

Press contact:
Gunilla Pendt
Head of Corporate Communications
Telephone: +49 (0) 40 23 54-1341
Fax: +49 (0) 40 23 54-1340
E-mail: gunilla.pendt@vtg.com

Investor relations contact:
Christoph Marx
Head of Investor Relations
Telephone: +49 (0) 40 23 54-1351
Fax: +49 (0) 40 23 54-1350
E-mail: christoph.marx@vtg.com

More information at www.vtg.com

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Language: English
Company:  VTG Aktiengesellschaft
          Nagelsweg 34
          20097 Hamburg
          Germany
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Fax:      040 2354 1350
E-mail:   ir@vtg.com
Internet: www.vtg.de
ISIN:     DE000VTG9999
WKN:      VTG999
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