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A.P. Moller – Maersk reports record earnings

[ February 18, 2022   //   ]

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) delivers record earnings for 2021, which was an exceptional year with focus on mitigating supply chain risks for customers while strengthening the integrated logistics offering. In 2021, revenue was up 55% to $61.8 billion, EBITDA tripled to $24 billion and free cash flow was $16.5 billion, allowing the company to make strategic long-term investments into decarbonization and logistics growth, combined with strong cash distribution to shareholders.
“Exceptional market conditions led to record-high growth and profitability in A.P. Moller – Maersk, however it also led to supply chain disruptions and severe challenges for our customers. We spent tremendous efforts in mitigating bottlenecks by expanding capacity across Ocean, improving productivity in Terminals and growing our global logistics footprint. We will continue these efforts as we see the current market situation persist into Q2. At the same time, we see conversations with customers change from procurement-led freight rate discussions to more holistic conversations on how we truly partner to keep supply chains running end-to-end. This clearly validates our strategy,” says Søren Skou, CEO of A.P. Moller – Maersk.
The company continued to strengthen its Logistics & Services business throughout 2021, outperforming the market growth with a revenue increase of 41% to $9.8 billion, whereof 62% of the 34% organic growth came from cross selling to its Top 200 Ocean customers. Furthermore, six businesses were acquired within air, e-commerce, warehousing and fulfillment, and 85 new warehouses opened, improving capabilities and footprint across the product portfolio.
Within Ocean, profitability increased substantially with a revenue of $48.2 billion in 2021, compared to $29.2 billion the previous year, driven by high freight rates due to the ongoing impact from the pandemic that has resulted in disruptions of global supply chains. To increase predictability and reliability, capacity was increased both for equipment and vessels, and significant effort was made to prioritize contracted volumes, with long-term contracts now representing 65%, up from 50% a year ago.
Also in Terminals, profitability continued to grow in 2021 driven by strong volumes performance and storage income. With a focus on increased efficiency, utilization and improving quality through digitization and automation, return on invested capital (ROIC) increased to 10.9%, which is above the target of minimum 9%.
During the year, the use of digital solutions and services grew significantly, with turnover on reaching $38 billion. Traffic increased 15% as customers continued to adopt digital solutions even further. Also, bookings via mobile app increased more than 15-fold.