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Frankfurt (ots) - New Passenger Record at FRA - Growth at All Group Airports - Forecast for 2014 Achieved - Positive Trends Expected to Continue in 2015
As announced after last Monday's regular supervisory board meeting, Fraport AG achieved not only its financial goals in fiscal year 2014 but has also increased its dividend recommendation by 10 euro cents to EUR1.35 per share. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014, Fraport's Group revenue rose to about EUR2.4 billion (up 0.8 percent year-on-year; or up by 3.2 percent on an adjusted basis). The operating result or Group EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) grew by 7.8 percent to EUR790.1 million, while Group EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) advanced by a noticeable 10.1 percent to EUR482.8 million. Fraport also posted a 6.8 percent gain in the Group result to EUR251.8 million. At EUR2.54, basic earnings per share were 5.8 percent higher - up 14 euro cents - compared to the previous year.
Fraport's good financial performance can be attributed to positive operational development at the company's Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home-base in connection with the comparably mild winter, as well as to traffic growth at all of the Group's airports. Despite numerous strike-related flight cancellations, Frankfurt Airport's passenger traffic increased by 2.6 percent, reaching a new record of almost 60 million passengers in 2014. Cargo (airfreight and airmail) throughput at FRA rose by 1.8 percent year-on-year to some 2.1 million metric tons.
Fraport AG's executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte thanked both passengers and the Group's staff for the good figures: "By choosing Fraport's airports, our customers help secure employment and a healthy financial performance. The basis for positive development in fiscal year 2014 was our motivated and committed staff, who I would like to thank on behalf of the entire executive board." Schulte also highlighted the successful expansion of Fraport's international investment portfolio as a key development for the company in 2014. With the purchase of AMU Holding (Airmall), we established the foundation for Fraport's airport retailing business in the American market. Furthermore, Fraport won the international bid for Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in the capital city of Slovenia in southeastern Europe.
For the 2015 business year, Fraport expects the positive financial trends to continue within a challenging environment. Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport is forecast to grow by two to three percent this year - and by even a higher rate at the Group's other airports. Looking at key financial indicators, the executive board expects the Group revenue to reach between about EUR2.55 billion and EUR2.6 billion. Fraport is also expecting the Group EBITDA to range between about EUR820 million and EUR840 million, while Group EBIT could range between about EUR500 million and EUR520 million. The Group result is also expected to climb to a level between about EUR265 million and EUR285 million. This outlook is conditional on evolving geopolitical matters and also on further possible aviation strikes. Furthermore, this outlook does not take into account any effects from implementing the planned concession for operating 14 regional airports in Greece - for which Fraport was selected last year as the preferred bidder in an international tender process. Originally scheduled to take place by the end of 2015, the takeover of operations at the Greek regional airports could be pushed back into the 2016 business year.
Overview of Fraport's Four Business Segments:
Aviation: Revenue in the Aviation business segment rose by 4.6 percent to EUR884.2 million in the 2014 fiscal year. Positive contributing factors here included Frankfurt Airport's passenger growth as well as greater revenue for airport charges. The loss of the contract for security screening services at FRA's Terminal 1B had a dampening effect on segment revenue. However, this could be compensated for by a new contract for aviation security services won at Stuttgart Airport (STR). Despite a slight decline in employee figures, personnel expenses increased as a result of the higher collective wage agreement. A decrease in segment costs resulted from lower expenses for Fraport's Winter Services - due to weather-related reasons. Segment EBITDA increased significantly by 13.9 percent to EUR236.9 million because of higher revenue and lower expenses. Despite slightly higher amortization and depreciation, segment EBIT markedly grew by 27.5 percent to EUR115.5 million.
Retail & Real Estate: With EUR455.7 million, Fraport's Retail & Real Estate business segment registered a 1.8 percent decline in revenue compared to 2013. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to lower retail revenue, as well as lower revenue from land sales and energy supply services. The key performance indicator "net retail revenue per passenger" fell by 4.7 percent to EUR3.43, largely reflecting changing passenger structures and reduced purchasing power related to the strong euro exchange rate - especially compared to the ruble and yen currencies. Despite the decline in revenue development, segment EBITDA improved by 1.9 percent to EUR356.5 million year-on-year. This can be attributed to a drop in expenses, resulting primarily from lower sales of real estate inventories as well as reduced requirements for energy supply services. Slightly lower depreciation and amortization led to a segment EBIT of EUR275.0 million, up 3.0 percent.
Ground Handling: In fiscal 2014, the Ground Handling business segment reported 1.1 percent growth in segment revenue to EUR656.2 million - resulting from increased passenger figures, the deployment of larger aircraft at FRA, and greater revenue from infrastructure charges. Whereas personnel expenses rose because of increases in pay under collective wage agreements, cost of material, and other operating expenses fell because of cost management and one-off effects in the previous year. Correspondingly, segment EBITDA increased by 29.5 percent to EUR44.3 million in 2014. A slight decrease in depreciation and amortization allowed segment EBIT to return to positive territory - reaching EUR7.5 million compared to minus EUR4.4 million in fiscal year 2013.
External Activities & Services: Adjusting for the lower recognition of earnings-neutral capacitive capital expenditure at the Group's Twin Star and Lima companies in connection with the application of the IFRIC 12 accounting standards, segment revenue improved by 10.4 percent year-on-year to EUR387.7 million. The main reasons for this included the positive development of the Group's Twin Star subsidiary as well as passenger growth at Lima Airport. The new Group companies, AMU Holdings Inc. and Ljubljana, contributed EUR27.8 million to revenue growth. The segment's operating expenses decreased due to lower capacitive capital expenditure in the Group's Twin Star and Lima companies. Segment EBITDA grew by 8.0 percent to EUR152.4 million, if adjusted for IFRIC 12, because of positive revenue growth. Increased depreciation and amortization - resulting mainly from the terminal inaugurations at Varna and Burgas airports at the end of fiscal year 2013, as well as the new Group companies - led to segment EBIT of EUR84.8 million, down 0.7 percent. Thus, the segment EBIT remained almost unchanged over the previous year.
Information for the Media:
Fraport AG's annual financial press conference starts today at 10:00 CET and can be viewed via the Internet (live-streaming in German): http://services.choruscall.eu/links/fraport150319press.html
Print-quality photos of Fraport AG and Frankfurt Airport are available for free downloading via the photo library located in our Press Center on the Fraport Web site. For TV news and information broadcasting purposes only, we also offer free footage material for downloading.
Fraport AG - which ranks among the world's leading companies in the global airport business - offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on five continents. In 2014, the Fraport Group generated sales of EUR2.4 billion and profit of about EUR252 million. Last year more than 108.5 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 percent stake.
At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed about 60 million passengers and handled some 2.2 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2014. For the current winter timetable, FRA is served by 98 passenger airlines flying to some 250 destinations in 105 countries worldwide. More than half of FRA's destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) - underscoring Frankfurt's role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks first in terms of cargo tonnage and is the third-busiest for passenger traffic. With about 55 percent of all passengers using Frankfurt as a connecting hub, FRA also has the highest transfer rate among the major European hubs.
Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany's largest job complex at a single location, employing more than 78,000 people at some 500 companies and organizations on site. Major new real estate developments - such as The Squaire, the Gateway Gardens business park, and the Mönchhof Logistics Park - are creating an exciting new dimension and range of services at the evolving Frankfurt Airport City of the 21st century.
Almost half of Germany's population lives within a 200-kilometer radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub - the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region's dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA's world route network enables Hesse's and Germany's export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets.
Frankfurt Airport meets the increasing needs of the export-oriented economies of the State of Hesse as well as Germany as a whole, for optimal connections to growth markets around the globe. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport - which is strategically located in the heart of Europe - is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.
Fraport AG Robert A. Payne
Press Office, Corp.Communications
60547 Frankfurt, Germany
Telephone: +49 69 690-78547