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DHL posts low single-digit revenue, gain in quarter

Supply chain unit hit hard by restructuring charges


German postal, transport and logistics giant Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) posted a 3 percent second-quarter revenue gain to EUR $15.4 billion (US$17.3 billion), with a 2.9 percent rise in operating profit to EUR 769 million. However, net profit, and basic and diluted earnings per share fell precipitously due to restructuring charges at its supply chain and e-commerce units.

For the quarter, total earnings came in at EUR 769 million, up 2.9 percent from EUR 747 million in the second quarter of 2018. Deutsche Post reports its bottom-line results in earnings before interest and taxes, or EBIT.

The Bonn-based behemoth also raised the low end of its 2019 profit estimate to EUR 4 billion from EUR 3.9 billion. The high end of the range remains the same at EUR 4.3 billion. The company reported EUR 1.9 billion in EBIT for the first six months, nearly half of its original minimum target for the year. It expects EBIT to exceed EUR 5 billion in 2020.

Net profit in the quarter declined 11.2 percent, while EPS dropped 9.5 percent and diluted EPS fell 12.2 percent, the company said. The overall results were weighed down by a 32 percent year-on-year drop in EBIT at the supply chain unit.

DPDHL CEO Frank Appel said the business units performed “as planned” despite “challenging” macro conditions. Appel said he was confident that the company will perform well during the fourth quarter, traditionally its strongest.

Of DPDHL’s five primary businesses, the e-commerce unit showed the strongest year-on-year growth at 6.2 percent, though the unit posted an EUR18 million loss, compared to zero in the prior-year quarter. E-commerce, which was separated from the parent’s German postal and parcel business in January and had never before reported as a stand-alone segment, accounted for 6.4 percent of the company’s total revenue in the second quarter. DHL Express, the global express carrier and the parent’s largest revenue-producing unit, reported revenue of EUR4.24 billion, a 4.8 percent gain. However, the unit’s earnings rose less than 1 percent.

The parent’s air and ocean freight forwarding unit, known as DHL Global Forwarding, posted an 18.1 percent gain in EBIT on revenue of EUR3.79 billion, a 2.5 percent gain. The unit reported higher gross margins in airfreight though the macro environment worsened throughout the quarter. The unit also benefited from cost-efficiency steps, the parent said.

Last October, DHL sold its Chinese supply chain business to SF Holdings, China’s largest parcel delivery company, for an upfront payment of US$792 million and 10 years of fee-based revenue. The proceeds from the sale were used in part to restructure DPDHL’s supply chain business in various locations, particularly in the United Kingdom. The restructuring charges hurt the unit’s profit.

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Mark Solomon

Formerly the Executive Editor at DC Velocity, Mark Solomon joined FreightWaves as Managing Editor of Freight Markets. Solomon began his journalistic career in 1982 at Traffic World magazine, ran his own public relations firm (Media Based Solutions) from 1994 to 2008, and has been at DC Velocity since then. Over the course of his career, Solomon has covered nearly the whole gamut of the transportation and logistics industry, including trucking, railroads, maritime, 3PLs, and regulatory issues. Solomon witnessed and narrated the rise of Amazon and XPO Logistics and the shift of the U.S. Postal Service from a mail-focused service to parcel, as well as the exponential, e-commerce-driven growth of warehouse square footage and omnichannel fulfillment.

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