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WFS Q2 bunker sales volume 13% down on year

27 Jul 2018

New York-listed global transportation fuels distributor World Fuel Services (WFS) recorded a 4.3% decrease in net income on year during the second quarter (Q2) of 2018.

It posted net income of $28.7 million in Q2 2018, lower than net income of $30.0 million during the similar period last year, according to financial statements.

Total revenue in Q2 2018 was $10.15 billion, compared to $8.09 billion in Q2 2017. Revenue for the firm’s aviation, land and marine segment was $4.90 billion, $2.96 billion and $2.29 billion respectively in Q2 2018.

The marine segment, specifically, generated second quarter gross profit of $30 million, $3 million or 8%, down on year.

“The year-over-year gross profit decline was principally driven by our decision to exit certain parts of our business,” said Chairman and CEO Michael J. Kasbar, as quoted by Seeking Alpha.

“This decline was entirely offset by additional marine cost reduction initiatives over the past year.

“Looking ahead to the third quarter we expect the marine business to generate a similar outcome through this past quarter's results.”

WFS sold 5.9 million metric tonnes (mt) of bunker fuel in Q2 2018, a decrease of 900,000 mt or 13% year-over-year.

“The largest driver of the value reduction relates to our decision to exit certain low return activities over the past year which we have spoken about during the past few quarters,” explained Kasbar.

“Marine is a perfect example of the manner in which we are sharpening our portfolio and driving cost discipline.

“We're all acutely aware of the challenges faced by the marine industry over the past couple of years.

“We have consciously exited activities in the marine space which did not create value.

“In spite of the decline in volume versus the comparable quarter last year, our marine segment delivered the same operating income as they did in the prior year driven by further cost and portfolio rationalization over the past year.”

Photo credit: World Fuel Services
Published: 27 July, 2018


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