Ceva Logistics today reported third-quarter results that showed it winning market share in both freight forwarding and contract logistics.

However, despite strong volume growth in both air and ocean forwarding, group revenues remained flat due to weak market pricing.

The Nertherlands-headquartered company saw $1.68bn in revenue for the period, This compares with 1.7bn in the same period last year – although it claimed that on a constant currency basis its revenues were $1.72bn.

Adjusted EBITDA was $75m, or $80m on a constant currency basis, compared with $80m in the third quarter of 2015.

And it finished the period with $524m of headroom – the liquidity available either as cash or undrawn under various debt facilities.

Ceva said its air freight volumes had grown 10.6% year-on-year, due to a mixture of “new business and an increasing share of wallet with existing customers in numerous sectors and strong development in selected tradelanes”, with the transatlantic eastbound and transpacific westbound identified as areas of particular strength.

Meanwhile, sea freight volumes were up 4.4%, year-on-year, with Asia-US trade the star performer, despite reports that the trade as a whole has had relatively lacklustre quarter.

Although revenues have been under pressure for several years, due to the soft market as well as its reliance on air freight, Transport Intelligence’s Global Freight Forwarding 2016 report claims Ceva’s forwarding arm is mainly focused on air freight, “which is suffering a structural loss of customers – its margins have improved as a result of its productivity improvement plan”.

Last year, the company reported a EBTIDA for freight management of $70m for the full year, a 212% increase on 2013, but was delivered on the back of declining revenues

This year’s third quarter saw revenues decline 1.4%, Ceva said, while EBITDA of its freight management division was £27m for the period, a 22% increase on a constant currency basis on the $22m delivered in the third quarter of 2015.

Meanwhile, its contract logistics business saw revenues rise 3% year-on-year, due in large part to new contract wins in consumer and retail, industrial and healthcare. Contract logistics posted an EBITDA of $38m.

CEO Xavier Urbain said: “Ceva’s top line performance continued in the third quarter. We have experienced good growth in Contract Logistics revenue driven by market share gains.

“We have had a number of customer wins in the third quarter and our new business pipeline is strong. This demonstrates that our strategy is working and delivering results.

“Our ‘Operational Excellence Program’ is being implemented successfully and is anticipated to generate benefits that will accelerate in upcoming quarters. I am confident that the actions we continue to implement will drive robust performance in both our revenue and margins in 2017.”

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  • Andrew Robins

    November 16, 2016 at 3:42 am

    So they have gained market share but have not increased revenue. So they are gaining business at a negative margin or at best cost.
    We have seen so many CEVA press releases of gaining business here, signing contracts there and always the same result.
    They seem to have very faithful investors, just looks like smoking mirrors to me,

    • Rok

      November 18, 2016 at 8:07 am

      Revenue down again..looks like the only French connections makes money in this game 🙂

      Spinning well