The Luka Koper Group continues to achieve outstanding business results. As at 30 September 2022, net sales revenue amounted to EUR 233.7 million, an increase of EUR 65.5 million (39%) compared to the same period last year. Net profit for the nine months was EUR 36.8 million (164%) higher and amounted to EUR 59.3 million. All financial indicators were also exceeded, and the maritime throughput of 17.5 million tonnes was 11% higher than in the first nine months of 2021.
The Luka Koper Group registered an excellent performance in the first nine months of 2022, with the strong results mainly reflecting increased cargo throughput, higher volumes of services provided and higher warehousing income. During the period, the Group’s operating expenses also increased by 16% due to the general increase in prices of materials and services, higher operating volumes, and the related higher consumption of energy products. However, this did not affect the Group’s EBIT which amounted to EUR 66.2 million in the period January-September, up by EUR 42.8 million or 183% compared to the same period last year. EBITDA amounted to EUR 89.5 million in the period under review, up by 96% compared to the previous year’s figure.
The Luka Koper Group recorded growth in all commodity groups. In the first nine months, the Liquid Cargo Terminal handled 3.4 million tonnes of goods, 43% more than in the same period last year. All liquid cargo segments recorded an increase, especially in the handling of petroleum products, with a return to a gradual increase in the handling of jet fuel.
A 31% increase was recorded at the General Cargo Terminal, where just over 1 million tonnes of goods were handled in the first nine months. The increase was mainly in steel products and rubber, with a slight decrease in timber exports, which have been increasingly handled in containers in recent years.
With 567.089 vehicles handled, the Car & RO-RO Terminal achieved a 20% growth. The increase in handling services is mainly in exports to markets in the Middle and Far East, while imports are showing a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles, especially from China. Dry bulk cargoes increased by around 5%, mainly due to road salt, aluminium ore and coal. The Container Terminal achieved growth of 3% with 780,739 TEUs, despite all the challenges, notably the constraints on the rail infrastructure.
The company Luka Koper d.d. was also active in the area of investments. Namely, EUR 36.8 million were invested by the end of September 2022. During this period, the construction of Berth 7D for the Container Terminal was completed, the construction of storage areas continued, two Super Post-Panamax cranes were acquired and the purchase of three e-RTG cranes. In addition, two more investments were completed, namely the construction of a general cargo warehouse and a new liquid cargo tank.