CEO attributes strong demand to e-commerce growth
Aramex, a leading global provider of comprehensive logistics and transportation solutions, has announced its financial results for Second Quarter and First Half ended 30 June 2019.
Aramex’s Q2 2019 revenues grew by 4% to AED 1,279 million, compared to AED 1,232 million in Q2 2018.
Revenues would have grown by 7% excluding the impact from currency fluctuations, mainly in the South African Rand and Australian Dollar, as well as the company’s strategic restructuring of its operations in India through exiting the Domestic Express market.
Aramex’s Revenues in the First Half of 2019 grew by 4% to AED 2,512 million, compared to AED 2,422 million for the same period of 2018. Excluding the impact from currency fluctuations and the strategic restructuring of its operations in India, First Half 2019 Revenues would have grown by 7%.
Net Profit for the second quarter 2019 rose by 1% to reach AED 123 million, compared to AED 122 million in Q2 2018.
Commenting on the results, Bashar Obeid, Chief Executive Officer of Aramex, said: “Strong demand from e-commerce continues to spur growth in volumes we handled over the second quarter. Our Domestic Express registered outstanding performance and International Express also enjoyed double digit growth.
“This is a testament to our strong brand, efficient services and increasingly competitive positioning. However, lower yields, mainly on the cross-border International Express business and changes in fulfillment models, moderated our top line figures and profitability.
“Freight-Forwarding business performance came below expectations as it was affected by the regional economic uncertainty, however, today our efforts continue to be focused on commercial restructuring, which will enable us to grow that business line over the long term.
“Our Integrated Logistics and Supply Chain Management business had another great quarter, as a result of our efforts to capitalize on the growing demand for those services, especially from regional retailers wanting to tap omni-channel sales.
“We remain firmly committed to our strategic business transformation, which includes digital, commercial and operational upgrades to cater to the shifting operating environment and to retain and grow market share across different business lines. While such major changes pushed operating expenses for the period, over the long term, we are very positive that our transformation will help us improve our margins and help us further diversify our revenue mix.”
Iyad Kamal, Chief Operating Officer at Aramex, added: “Volumes growth was very encouraging in the second quarter, with Domestic Express volumes surging 42% in core markets, especially in the GCC and Levant region.”
Commenting on Aramex’s outlook for the remainder of 2019, Bashar Obeid said: “For the rest of the year, we forecast global e-commerce volumes to continue to positively contribute to top line growth, while lower yields will constrain margins and profitability.
“However, we will carry on boosting our investments in last-mile delivery solutions and enhancing our service levels on the ground to ensure Aramex maintains and grows its market share in the Express business.”
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