*Note: Sales is not a relevant indicator for assessing activity in our business, because it is greatly impacted by changing sea and air freight rates, fuel surcharges, exchange rates (especially versus the $), etc. Variations in the number of shipments, the volumes shipped and-in terms of the Group's finances-gross profit are relevant indicators.
** at constant exchange rates excluding the acquisition of Transports Petit International
MARKET AND BUSINESS REVIEW
The resumption of international trade from Q4 2020 onwards gathered pace throughout H1 2021 amid a severe imbalance between transport supply and demand which sent sea freight rates soaring while air freight rates remained high.
Against this backdrop, the Group posted spectacular growth in Q2 2021 with the total number of shipments up 41.1% (up 24.7% in H1).
Air freight shipments were up 51.6% in Q2 (up 22.1% in H1), while tonnage shipped rose 19.1% reflecting strong recovery versus Q2 2020, albeit falling short of 2019 levels (down 9.7%).
Meanwhile, growth insea freight shipments stepped up in Q2 (up 29.3%) to finish 20.0% ahead of Q2 2019. The number of TEUs shipped rose 32.1%.
Theroll-on/roll-off* business (North Africa and Turkey) picked up strongly in Q2 (up 64.0%) and finished 6.3% up from Q2 2019.
The sharp upswing in business was driven by:
Afavourable basis of comparison, particularly in air freight,
Strong growth in core business,
Gainingmultiple new clients amid a particularly complex environment, due to: o the relevance and quality of the Group's offering othe energy and commitment of our sales force
The completion of development projects (January acquisition of the Columbus Transit business in Spain and creation of CLASQUIN Belgium in April)
The number of shipments rose exceptionally in many regions:
Germany up 153%, Spain up 42%, France up 37%, Chile up 34%, USA up 28%.
Q2 2021 gross profit soared 50.1% (up 47.5% at constant scope and exchange rates), broken down as follows:
Growth in number of shipments (up 38.2% excluding acquisitions and development projects) and volumes shipped
Acquisition of Transports Petit International (see Q2 2021 highlights): up 4.8%
Completion of development projects (Columbus in Spain and launch of CLASQUIN Belgium): up 3.5%
Currency impact: down 2.2%
Changes in client/product mix & market conditions: up 5.8%
Particular attention is drawn to the exceptional increase in sea freightgross profit, up 68.9% in H1 driven by:
The development of a high value-added offering (projects, PO Management, digital solutions, etc.).
Unprecedented market conditions (soaring freight rates and port congestion), leading to severe overload for operational staff and a significant increase in working capital requirement (mainly related to the increase in sales).
Combined road + sea transport (trailers or trucks loaded on ships)
BREAKDOWN OF ACTIVITY BY BUSINESS LINE
NUMBER OF SHIPMENTS
GROSS PROFIT (€m)
At current scope
and exchange rates
Q2 2021 HIGHLIGHTS
June 2021 acquisition of a 55.56% equity stake in Transports Petit International, a company that charters flights carrying sensitive, highvalue-addedgoods to African markets.
This company was consolidated from 1 January (control effectively obtained).
Ongoing deployment of the "LIVE by CLASQUIN" collaborative digital platformand expansion of our service offering through Live Green, which allows clients to obtain a comprehensive calculation of the energy consumption, carbon emissions and air pollution generated by each of their shipments via any means of transport.
Scope covered by LIVE at 30 June 2021: 160 clients generating 24% of Group gross profit.
International trade estimates (by volume): up 8% (WTO 31/03/2021)
Sea freight market estimates (by volume): up 5-7%
Air freight market estimates (by volume): up 7-9%
Business forecast: Largely outperforming market growth
Philippe LONS - Deputy Managing Director/Group CFO
Thursday 28 October 2021
Q3 2021 business report
Domitille CHATELAIN - Group Head of Communication & International
Groupe CLASQUIN - 235 cours Lafayette - 69006 Lyon
Tél : 04 72 83 17 00 - Fax : 04 72 83 17 33
CLASQUIN is an air and sea freight forwarding and overseas logistics specialist. The Group designs and manages the entire overseas transport and logistics chain, organising and coordinating the flow of client shipments between France and the rest of the world and, more specifically, to and from Asia-Pacific, North America, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
Its shares are listed on EURONEXT GROWTH, ISIN FR0004152882, Reuters ALCLA.PA, Bloomberg ALCLA FP. Read more at www.clasquin.com.
CLASQUIN confirms its eligibility for the share savings plan for MSCs (medium-sized companies) in accordance with Article D221-113-5 of the French Monetary and Financial Code established by decree number 2014-283 of 4 March 2014 and with Article L221-32-2 of the French Monetary and Financial Code, which set the conditions for eligibility (less than 5,000 employees and annual sales of less than €1,500m or balance sheet total of less than €2,000m).
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