Well-positioned in a complex market environment: Kuehne + Nagel

The Kuehne + Nagel Group increased its net earnings by 73 per cent in Q3 2022.

For the period January to September 2022, net turnover increased by 40 per cent to approx. €36.3 billion, EBIT by 71 per cent to approx. €3.1 billion and net earnings to approx. €2.3 billion.

“Kuehne + Nagel posted its best-ever nine-months results,” said Stefan Paul, CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG.

“However, higher energy prices, broad-based inflation as well as geopolitical tensions drive additional volatility in supply chains.

“At the same time, the easing in sea and air freight markets translates to some relief for our customers.

“Our asset-light business model is primarily focused upon responding to our customers’ worldwide needs in a flexible manner while ensuring a high quality of service.”

Net turnover in the business unit Road Logistics amounted to CHF 3.0 billion and EBIT was CHF 120 million for the period from January to September 2022. High utilisation of networks in all regions once again delivered significant revenue growth. Overall, the result in the third quarter of 2022 was very strong.

By installing photovoltaic systems on truck roofs in the long-haul segment, Kuehne + Nagel is setting a further example of reducing CO2 emissions in Road Logistics. In addition, the first 25 electric trucks were procured for short-haul distribution in France.

Net turnover in the business unit Contract Logistics amounted to CHF 3.6 billion while EBIT totalled CHF 139 million for the period January to September 2022. Utilisation of warehouse space worldwide was again very high. Growth in the third quarter of 2022 was more pronounced year-on-year.

In Contract Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel opened new healthcare distribution centres in Ireland (Dublin) and in the USA (Indianapolis). Both locations are strategically located near their respective international airports.

Net turnover in the business unit Air Logistics amounted to CHF 9.1 billion and EBIT was CHF 1.1 billion for the period January to September 2022. The conversion rate reached 49.5 per cent. Air freight volumes were 1.7 million tonnes through the end of September 2022. Air Logistics also maintained relatively high average yields in the third quarter of 2022, marking a significant increase on the prior year’s level.

Commercial airline operations were volatile in the first nine months of 2022 due to the overall geopolitical situation and level of uncertainty. Even so, demand for cargo capacity on most trade routes was positive.

Kuehne + Nagel Air Logistics further expanded its healthcare logistics footprint in the third quarter of 2022. With ‘MedConnex’, the business unit launched regular charter flights, for vaccines, from the pharma hub in Belgium to the Americas, Asia and Africa.

Net turnover in the business unit Sea Logistics amounted to CHF 14.8 billion and EBIT was CHF 1.7 billion for the period January to September 2022. The conversion rate reached 60.9 per cent. Container volumes were 3.3 million TEU through the end of September 2022. In the third quarter of 2022, the average yield was maintained at an unchanged high level year-on-year.

Overall, complexity in global sea freight markets steadily decreased in the first nine months of 2022, while volatility steadily increased in major trade routes.

Kuehne + Nagel once again championed environmentally friendly technologies in sea freight. With the purchase of biofuel linked to the shipment of 50,000 TEU in the third quarter of 2022, customers were given easy access to directly CO2e emission-free transport.

In other news, American Expediting has announced the acquisition of Boston-based courier, City Express.

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