Forwarders’ focus turns to margins in the uncertain global environment

Now that the major freight forwarders have reported their earnings for the first half of 2019, a look at the market finds one of lower airfreight volumes and positive oceanfreight volumes. However, the lesson learned from years past was that volumes do not always equate to profit. Today, the focus is on profits. Simple common […]
  • Cathy Roberson
  • August 12, 2019

DSV grows profit, airfreight volumes during 1H19

Danish forwarder DSV posted revenue and profit growth over the second quarter and first half of 2019, the company said in its interim financial report today. The forwarder also managed to grow its airfreight volumes during the first half, despite challenging global market conditions. DSV’s revenue increased by 3.0% during the second quarter and 5.8% […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • July 31, 2019

Sluggish demand from high-yield cargo verticals hits Panalpina in 1H19 

Swiss  forwarding giant Panalpina reported airfreight volumes up 5% year-over-year to 512,000 tonnes for the first half of 2019 as recent acquisitions began to boost turnover.   Despite the higher overall volumes for the first half of the year, airfreight gross profit was 5% lower at US$342 million (CHF 337.2 million), which, Panalpina blamed on lower demand from high-yield verticals, such as automotive. As a result, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for airfreight dropped 28% […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • July 18, 2019

DSV Air & Sea continues global expansion with Pittsburgh location

This week, logistics provider DSV Air & Sea Inc., a subsidiary of Danish logistics provider DSV, announced it will open a branch in Pittsburgh, Pa. The new office will be the company’s 36th Air & Sea location in the United States.  The new branch office will be located adjacent to Pittsburgh international Airport (PIT), where the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 4, 2019

Marimekko teams up with DSV to tackle e-commerce in China

Danish logistics company DSV announced a new partnership with Marimekko last week, as the Finnish clothing company works to build its e-commerce market in China. Marimekko has had stores in China since 2012, Remco Enders, General Manager in North China, told Air Cargo World, but they want to go directly to consumers now by setting […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 12, 2019

DSV sees Q1 profits rise, expects Panalpina deal to close in Q3

Danish forwarding giant DSV, which announced earlier this month that it was purchasing Swiss rival Panalpina, released its first-quarter results today, reporting a 5% growth in airfreight volumes, compared to the previous Q1, reaching 170,000 tonnes, due mostly to a rise in exports to the Americas during the quarter. Gross profit in the air segment […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 30, 2019

Panalpina Q1 EBIT falls 7.4% for air segment on heels of DSV purchase

Today, Panalpina released its first-quarter results for 2019, following its recent acquisition by its fellow-Swiss rival DSV, in which it delivered double-digit growth in operating profit of 15% to $US28.1 million, year-over-year. However, performance was a bit less eye-popping when breaking down the results segment by segment. Its Air Freight segment saw volumes increase by […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 17, 2019

DSV is building its biggest Northern European hub [VIDEO]

Danish forwarding giant DSV said it is building what will be its largest hub in Northern Europe, to serve as a gateway to the rest of Scandinavia. This news follows the inking of a new deal to purchase its Switzerland-based competitor, Panalpina, for US$4.6 billion earlier this month.  The first of four planned facilities, which […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 11, 2019

DSV to purchase Panalpina for US$4.6 billion in blockbuster deal

After weeks of speculation over the future of Panalpina’s ownership, Denmark’s DSV today reached an agreement to purchase its Swiss rival for US$4.6 billion – a merger that will create one of the world’s largest logistics companies, and appears to end the possibility of a merger with the Agility Group The board of directors at […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 1, 2019

Panalpina ‘in discussions’ with Agility, mulling over DSV’s revised offer

After several days of industry speculation about mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the freight forwarding sector, the pas de deux between Panalpina and DSV A/V just got more complicated by a third party that has been added to the dance card: Agility Global Logistics. In a short statement today, the Swiss forwarder acknowledged that […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 15, 2019

DSV reports double-digit increases in profits in 2018, above market averages

The DSV Group released its annual results for 2018 today, in which the Danish logistics giant reported an impressive growth rate in operating profit, or earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), of about 12 percent during both the fourth quarter and the full year. EBIT for Q4 was about US$204 million and $829 million for […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 7, 2019

CEVA’s preliminary results for 2018 point to future growth, reduced debt

Calling 2018 a year rocked by “structural changes” and activity to deleverage debt, CEVA Logistics AG released preliminary results on Monday for the year ended Dec. 31, 2018, suggesting that revenues grew during the year, albeit not quite as strongly as the revenues from the previous year. CEVA’s full 2018 results are not expected to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 5, 2019

Panalpina’s largest shareholder rejects DSV takeover bid

Today, Panalpina’s largest shareholder, the Ernst Göhner Foundation, said it does not support the non-binding proposal from Denmark-based rival DSV to purchase the Swiss forwarding giant. About two weeks ago, Panalpina’s board said that “according to its fiduciary duties,” it would review the proposal with its professional advisers. The offer, which was released on Jan. […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • February 4, 2019

Panalpina confirms DSV takeover bid for US$4 billion

This morning, the Panalpina board of directors confirmed that it had received an unsolicited, non-binding proposal from Danish logistics rival DSV to purchase the Swiss forwarding giant.  The offer was for CHF170 per share, from a combination of cash and DSV shares, adding up to about US$4 billion. The board stated that “according to its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 16, 2019
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