DFDS results impacted by the troublesome start-up in the Channel and recession in the UK

Copenhagen, 2012-08-21 Continued recession in several European countries reduced demand in freight and passenger markets in Q2, and the Q2 result was thus lower than expected. Moreover, market conditions for DFDS activities in the English Channel are expected to deteriorate in the second half-year. As a consequence, the expected operating profit (EBITDA) before special items is reduced by 11% for the full year 2012.

"Compared with last year, the quarters result has declined considerably, as the upswing in 2011 peaked in Q2, after which the current economic downturn began. During the next six months we therefore expect to achieve results that are closer to last years performance," said CEO Niels Smedegaard.

"Despite the difficult market conditions in the freight market our transport and logistics activities made some headway in Q2, supported by our efficiency projects. Continuing growth in several of the Baltic routes is another positive element. The Channel, on the other hand, is expected to be affected in the second half-year by the opening of a new competing route, and this has been included in our revised and lower result guidance for 2012," added Niels Smedegaard. Quarterly revenue was DKK 2,971m (DKK 3,071m) and operating profit (EBITDA) before special items was DKK 293m (DKK 458m). DFDS quarterly results are impacted by seasonality, with low season in Q1 and high season in Q3.

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