CEVA delivers solid performance in third quarter

13.11.2016 / 19:36

CEVA Holdings LLC
Results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2016

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $75 million, up 19.0% vs. Q2 and flat vs. prior year in constant currency 
  • Top-line growth accelerating – from both Air and Ocean volumes, and Contract Logistics 
  • Freight Management EBITDA up 20.8% vs. prior year in constant currency driven by volume growth
  • Contract Logistics EBITDA growth of 15.2% vs. Q2 through margin increase
  • Strong implementation of our Operational Excellence Program, which will deliver material operational and financial benefits 
  • Headroom of more than $500 million

Hoofddorp, the Netherlands,14 November 2016 – CEVA Holdings LLC (“CEVA” or the “Company”), one of the world’s leading asset-light based supply chain management companies, today reported results for the third quarter ended 30 September 2016.

Key Financials ($ millions)  
  Q3 2016 Q3 2016 in constant currency Q3 2015 % change YoY % change YoY constant FX
Revenue 1,679 1,715 1,699 (1.2) 0.9
Adjusted EBITDA (a) 75 80 80 (6.3) 0.0

(a)  Adjusted EBITDA includes the proportional contribution of the Anji-CEVA joint venture and excludes the impact of specific items and share-based compensation

“CEVA’s top line performance continued in Q3. We have experienced good growth in Contract Logistics revenue driven by market share gains. Our Freight Management business line continues to outperform also, with volume growth in Air of 10.6% and Ocean of 4.4% both representing sequential improvements. We have had a number of customer wins in Q3 and our new business pipeline is strong. This demonstrates that our strategy is working and delivering results,” said Xavier Urbain, CEO.

“Our Operational Excellence Program is being implemented successfully and is anticipated to generate benefits that will accelerate in upcoming quarters. I am confident that the actions we continue to implement will drive robust performance in both our revenue and margins in 2017,” he continued.

Group Financial Performance
Revenue was $1,679 million in the third quarter, up 0.9% in constant currency driven by strong volume growth partially offset by declines in rates in Freight Management and good revenue growth in Contract Logistics.

Adjusted EBITDA was $75 million in the third quarter, up 19.0% sequentially and flat versus previous year in constant currency. Market share gains and cost reductions drove this performance.

Headroom as at 30 September 2016 was $524 million, an increase versus the $517 million in the prior year.

Freight Management
In Q3, Air volumes experienced an increase of 10.6% against a soft market. This can be attributed to a mix of new business and an increasing share of wallet with existing customers in numerous sectors and strong development in selected trade lanes. Ocean volumes grew at 4.4% despite an ongoing weak demand in the overall market. While revenue was down 1.4% in constant currency, reflecting unstable rates, EBITDA improved to $27 million, representing a YoY increase of $5 million in constant currency. 

Contract Logistics
Robust developments in our Contract Logistics model resulted in good top line growth of 3.0% YoY in constant currency due to new business wins in multiple sectors, with continued successes in Healthcare, Consumer & Retail and Industrial. EBITDA was $38 million, down against previous year but much better than in Q2 with a 15.2% improvement as we continue to drive operational excellence and have made progress on performance issues in a limited number of facilities. Continued sales efforts and closing of facilities allowed a reduction in empty space in warehouses from 6.3% to 4.9%.

Operational Excellence Program
We are making good progress in our Operational Excellence Program, aimed at simplifying and applying consistent standards and best practices across the organization and have realized improvements in quality and cost during the quarter. We have implemented many initiatives successfully and have early impact. We anticipate that savings will accelerate in upcoming quarters and will support our performance in 2017.

For more information, please contact: 

Nancy Jewell
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
+41 41 547 00 44

Pilot Marketing
Derek Jones dj@pilotmarketing.co.uk
Cathy Howe ch@pilotmarketing.co.uk
+44 20 8941 5381

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CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply-chain management companies, designs and implements industry leading solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies. Approximately 41,000 employees in more than 160 countries are dedicated to delivering effective and robust supply-chain solutions across a variety of sectors where CEVA applies its operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across its integrated network. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com.

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