On April 21st 2021, the Board of Directors of Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A. (ThPA S.A.) approved the Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year 2020, presenting the following highlights and performance levels, delivering increased revenues and profits, as shown in the table below:

Amounts in (€ '000)

2019

2020

Variation (%)

Financials

     

Total Revenue:

68.981

71.724

4,0%

Container Terminal

44.681

49.730

11,3%

Conventional Cargo Terminal

22.286

20.221

-9,3%

Facilities Rentals

1.871

1.582

-15,4%

Passenger Traffic

143

191

33,6%

   

 

 

Gross Profit

32.204

33.906

5,3%

Gross Profit Margin (%)

46,7%

47,3%

 

   

 

 

EBITDA

29.748

30.922

3,9%

EBITDA Margin (%)

43,1%

43,1%

 

   

 

 

Net Profit after tax

16.453

20.084

22,1%

Net Profit Margin (%)

23,9%

28,0%

 

In 2020, the activity level in volumes increased for the Container Terminal (CT) and decreased for the Conventional Cargo Terminal (CC), compared to 2019:

 

2019

2020

Variation (%)

Volumes

     

Container Terminal (in 000's TEUs)

449

461

2,7%

Conventional Cargo Terminal (in 000’s Tons)

4.469

3.741

-16,3%

       

Vessel calls:

1347

1286

-4,5%

Container vessels

463

489

5,6%

Conventional cargo vessels

832

721

-13,3%

Passenger vessels

52           

76            

46,2%

More specifically, the Container Terminal throughput increased by 2,7% over the previous year, from 449k TEUs in 2019 to 461k TEUs in 2020, a result primarily driven by:

The increased throughput in the Container Terminal resulted in an increase in revenues by 11,3% over the previous year, from € 44,7 mil. in 2019 to € 49,7 mil. in 2020. The main drivers for the increased revenue – despite the negative effects of the pandemic – remained the implementation of improved export procedures, the better handling of the clients and the pricing restructuring actions, recently implemented by the new Management of the Port.

Regarding the Conventional Cargo, the effects of the pandemic were more significant, resulting in a decrease in total volumes by 16,3%, from 4.469k tons in 2019, to 3.741k tons in 2020, thus lowering the Conventional Port revenues by 9,3%, from € 22,3 mil. in 2019 to € 20,2 mil. in 2020.

Revenues from rental of facilities were also impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic posting a decrease by 15,4%, from € 1,87 mil. in 2019 to € 1,58 mil. in 2020, while revenues from passenger traffic slightly increased but remain a small percentage of the total sales.

Gross Profits increased from € 32,2 mil. in 2019 to € 33,9 mil. in 2020, representing a total increase of 5,3%. The margin ratio improved slightly (46,7% in 2019 and 47,3% in 2020), considering however a change that took place within 2020 in the useful life of certain assets in machinery, that led to a positive effect of lower depreciation charges by € 0,88 mil. in 2020, compared to the previous year.

Finally, Net Profits after tax increased by 22,1%, from € 16,45 mil. in 2019 to € 20,10 mil. in 2020, forming the Net Profit Margin from 24% in 2019 to 28% in 2020. Net profits were significantly influenced positively by two main factors, the positive change in the total depreciation charges described above by € 0,88mil. and the reversal of tax provisions by € 1,42 mil., the latter as a positive result of the favorable recent decision from the Administrative Court of Appeal regarding tax audits for the years 2005-2011.

The Covid-19 pandemic has unfortunately carried over from 2020 to 2021, bringing with it the adverse effects on all activity levels of the economy.

The Container Terminal volumes in the first quarter of Q1 2021 saw a mild throughput increase of 2,6% compared to Q1 2020, while the Conventional Terminal volumes decreased by 7,6%, compared with the same period of Q1 2020.

The Management of ThPA is positive about the full year 2021 volumes; especially the second half of 2021 is expected to render improved volumes, once the pandemic starts to subside.

Regarding capital expenditure plan, ThPA has completed significant investments of € 8,1mil. in 2020, approximately € 11mil. within 2021, while additional € 25mil. is expected to be executed during 2021, a satisfactory performance towards gradually meeting its strategic targets.

 

Statement of the Executive Chairman of the Board of ThPA S.A.

The Executive Chairman of the BoD of ThPA S.A., Athanasios Liagkos stressed the following: “We remain strongly committed to the Company’s development, during this challenging Covid-19 pandemic period. We are focusing on the acceleration and implementation of our Investment Plan, while upgrading the infrastructure, the equipment, the spectrum and quality of services provided in the Port of Thessaloniki”.