Reference to our previous disclosure dated March 23, 2021, Agility would like to announce that Tristar Transport PJSC (“Tristar”), Today announced that its board and existing shareholders have decided to withdraw its planned initial public offering (the “IPO” or the “Offering”) on the Dubai Financial Market (“DFM”) as existing shareholders’ expectations were not met.
The board and existing shareholders believe that greater returns can be realized executing Tristar’s current growth strategy under the established shareholder structure.
Investor Relations Team
Please be informed that Agility’s General Assembly Meeting for the financial year ending 31/12/2020, is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 5th of May, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at the Company’s headquarters located at Sulaibiya, Industrial area, Kuwait. Shareholders will be able to attend and vote on the items of the agenda only through electronic means of communication due to the current circumstances and precautionary measures.
Shareholders are kindly requested to visit Kuwait Clearing Company’s website www.maqasa.com to check the process of registration in the electronic system of the General Assembly to be able to participate and vote electronically on the items of the agenda.
Note that voting will start on 27/04/2021 until 8:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting. With the 27&28/04/2021 allocated to receive shareholders’ inquiries regarding the agenda, and that is in accordance with the manual related to holding electronic general assemblies published on the Kuwait Clearing Company’s website.
For your reference, please find below:
2020 Financial Report
KCC registration application for individuals (to be emailed to [email protected])
KCC application for Corporates (to be emailed to [email protected])
Investor Relations Team
Agility would like to disclose that Tristar Transport PJSC (under incorporation) “Tristar”, a subsidiary owned 65.12% by Agility, intends to proceed with an initial public offering (the “IPO” or the “Offering”) on the Dubai Financial Market (“DFM”).
The shares offered in the IPO are expected to represent up to 24% of the total issued ordinary shares of Tristar if all of the offered shares are subscribed for and allocated. The IPO is expected to comprise 199 million new shares issued by Tristar and up to 88.76 million shares currently held by existing shareholders in Tristar.
The Offering is expected to be allocated to certain types of juridical persons and high net worth individuals and who are qualified investors as defined by the Securities and Commodities Authority of the UAE, with a minimum application size of AED 500,000.
When completed, Tristar expects to receive between $120 to $160 million (around KD 36 to KD 48 million) of gross primary proceeds from the IPO. The admission to listing on the DFM is expected in April 2021, subject to market conditions and obtaining relevant regulatory approvals in the United Arab Emirates, including from the Securities and Commodities Authority of the UAE. The IPO is also expected to be declared Sharia compliant, subject to confirmation by the Sharia Supervision Committee.
A syndicate of banks has been appointed for the IPO and the price will be determined by book building.
After completion of the IPO Agility will hold 50.14% of the total share capital of Tristar as Agility is offering 14.98% of its total current 65.12% shareholding in Tristar to the public as part of the public offering.
Investor Relations Team
Reference to the above mentioned subject, we wish to inform you that the quarterly Analyst/ Investors Conference was held through a Live Webcast at 2:00 pm local time on Thursday, 18 March 2021.
Please click here for the minutes of the conference and the Investor presentation (Q4 -2020)
Investor Relations Team
Agility would like to disclose that it has received CMA’s approval to buy and sell its treasury shares for a period of 6 months from the approval’s date. Click here for the Approval Letter.
Investor Relations Department
Figures in the table above have been rounded
KUWAIT – 15th March, 2021 — Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today reported 2020 net profit of KD 41.6 million, or 21.73 fils per share, a decrease of 52.1% from 2019. Revenue for the year reached KD 1.6 billion, an increase of 2.7%, and EBITDA reached KD 162.4 million, a decrease of 15.9%. The 2020 results include one-time expenses related to restructuring that took place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic for KD 12.5 million and KD 28 million expense associated with the loss of Amghara land.
For Q4 2020, Agility reported a net profit of KD 10.1 million, or 5.25 fils per share, a decrease of 56.6% from Q4 2019. Q4 EBITDA was KD 40 million, a decrease of 21.2%. Q4 revenue increased 12.4% to KD 452.7 million.
Board of Directors Recommendation
Agility’s Board of Directors has recommended a cash dividend distribution of 10% (10 fils per share), along with 10% bonus shares (10 shares for every 100 shares), subject to approval of the General Assembly.
Agility Consolidated Results
Agility Vice Chairman and CEO Tarek Sultan said 2020 was a challenging year for most businesses around the world, including Agility. “Our company moved swiftly to adjust its cost structure to match the reality confronting each part of the business, while at the same time making sure to preserve our long-term strategic vision and ongoing support for our communities around the world,” he said.
Sultan said: “We are proud of the steps we took to keep our front-line workers safe, and keep cargo moving for our customers in the face of one of the greatest supply chain disruptions the world has ever seen. We also stayed committed to ongoing pro-bono support for government, humanitarian, and education partners that are coping with the global pandemic.”
Sultan outlined areas that Agility is prioritizing for future investment:
- Gearing up the company’s Life Sciences capabilities for distribution of vaccines, therapeutics, medical equipment and related products.
- Making strategic bets on emerging technologies and companies that Agility believes will reshape supply chains, including Agility’s online logistics, last-mile and e-commerce portfolio, through its Shipa group of companies.
- Boosting its sustainability and ESG initiatives and partnerships, including efforts to reduce fleet emissions, improve energy efficiency in logistics facilities, and work in partnership with customers.
Sultan said Agility must remain agile, flexible and ready to adjust to ongoing global economic uncertainty in 2021. “Our goal is not only to weather the storm, but to emerge stronger than ever from this crisis,” he said.
Agility’s full-year results and fourth-quarter results in particular, were affected by one-off expenses related to the loss of Amghara land and COVID-19 net restructuring expenses. Before accounting for those expenses, Agility would have reported 48.6% EBITDA growth in the fourth quarter, vs. Q4 2019, and 5.1% growth on a full-year basis.
Agility has a healthy balance sheet and is able to meet its liquidity requirements. Local, regional and international banks have recently extended the company $1.1 billion in 3 and 5 year credit facilities. In addition, the company’s focus on working capital management across the board in the midst of tough market conditions has yielded positive results. Operating cash flow for the year was KD 177.8 million, a 17.3% increase over 2019.
Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL)
“We have seen a significant improvement in GIL’s performance for 2020. This was driven by favourable market conditions in Air Freight and Contract logistics, coupled with a strong focus on cash and cost. GIL grew overall in 2020, despite challenges in other areas within the business, like Ocean Freight, Fairs & Events, and Project logistics, and the net restructuring charges of KD 12.5 million resulting from cost-cutting initiatives we took during the year. We are optimistic about the future of that business and its ability to create value for our shareholders. Our optimism is reinforced by the strong performance we continue to see in the first couple of months of 2021, as net revenue and EBIT continue to grow.” Sultan said.
GIL’s full-year 2020 EBITDA was KD 66.6 million. Positive momentum for Air Freight and Contract Logistics was complemented by a strong focus on containing costs and driving operational efficiency throughout the organization. That led to full- year EBITDA growth of 13.6% vs. 2019. Excluding restructuring one-time expenses, EBITDA grew 35% vs. 2019.
GIL’s 2020 full-year net revenue was KD 283.7 million, a 3.8% increase compared with 2019. Net revenue grew in Contract Logistics and Air Freight, while declined in Ocean Freight and Fairs & Events. Volumes declined in both Air Freight and Ocean Freight in 2020 by 15.6% in Air Freight (tonnage) and 12% in Ocean Freight (TEUs), as a result of COVID-19’s impact on demand and economic contraction across industries and geographies. However, higher yields in Air Freight, driven by continued demand for exceptional shipments, including many for Life Sciences customers and products, offset the decline in volume. Air Freight net revenue grew 31.4% vs. prior year.
In 2020, Contract Logistics posted 12.2% net revenue growth, mainly as a result of strong performance in the Middle East (specifically, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi) and Asia-Pacific (Australasia and Indonesia). Fairs & Events results remain the most affected by the pandemic because of widespread event postponements and cancelations.
GIL’s 2020 gross revenue was KD 1,223.6 million, an 8.8% increase from 2019.
For Q4 2020, GIL EBITDA was KD 19.4 million, a 17.1% increase from same period in 2019. This improvement was primarily driven by strong Air Freight and Contract Logistics results, as well as significant cost reductions across the business.
GIL’s Q4 net revenue was KD 76.4 million, 9.3% higher than the same period in the prior year. Along with net revenue (NR) increases in Air Freight and Contract Logistics, there were net revenue declines in Ocean Freight, Fairs & Events, and Project Logistics.
The Q4 Air Freight NR increase of 52.5% was driven by a continuation of exceptional shipments, Life Science product movements, and even higher charter activity. Ocean Freight NR, down 7% vs. Q4 2019, was affected by volume reductions and capacity/equipment shortages.
Contract Logistics net revenue in Q4 grew 22.9%, as the MEA Region (Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi) posted strong results at new facilities and through increased efficiencies. Fairs & Events continued to be hit significantly by Coronavirus-related event postponements or cancelations.
GIL’s Q4 gross revenue was KD 347.3 million, a 22.9% increase from same period in 2019, the result of higher market freight rates in Air and Ocean.
GIL continues to focus on cost containment and operational efficiency in line with its strategic objectives. GIL’s is working to increasingly digitize and automate its processes to enhance customer and supplier connectivity, create innovative customer solutions, and enable comprehensive business insight to support optimal decision-making.
Agility’s Infrastructure Companies
For full year 2020, Infrastructure group’s EBITDA declined 24.4%, and revenue fell 12%. For Q4, EBITDA decreased 50% and revenue fell 12.3%. COVID-19 had an uneven impact on the Infrastructure companies. Entities operating in the aviation sector were significantly hit, whereas others were resilient and reported growth during the same period.
Agility Logistics Parks (ALP) reported 5.4% revenue growth for the year, driven by increased demand for warehousing capacity from customers mainly in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. In Africa, Mozambique and Cote d’Ivoire, operations came online, joining the existing Ghana operation as part of Agility’s Africa expansion strategy. Despite construction disruption due to COVID-19, ALP was able to deliver 62k sqm of new space in Saudi Arabia and 18k sqm in Africa. ALP kicked off construction of a 26k sqm facility in Kuwait on an expedited basis. ALP is looking for opportunities to expand its land bank in new and existing countries where it operates.
Tristar, a fully integrated liquid logistics company, posted an 11.9% revenue decrease for 2020, primarily due to lower international fuel prices, reduced commercial fuel volumes, lack of mobilization revenue realized in 2019, and the impact of the pandemic on road transport. Tristar’s Maritime segment reported an increase in revenue from deployment of new vessels and favourable market charter rates.
Despite lower revenues, Tristar reported an EBITDA increase over 2019, reflecting higher earnings from the Maritime segment, where increases in vessel fleet and market charter rates offset lower earnings from the Fuel segment.
Tristar continues to advance its growth strategy. It took delivery of six vessels for long-term charter contracts with Shell. Tristar also introduced Cryogenic Gas transportation in Saudi Arabia. It is in the final phase of an airport fuel system in Uganda and continues to optimize Road Transport and Warehousing (RTW) contracts in the U.A.E. Today, Tristar has operations in 21 countries and territories across 3 continents, and over 2,000 road transport assets and 35 maritime vessels. It operates 69 fuel farms and over 100 remote fuel sites, providing a wide spectrum of integrated service offerings.
National Aviation Services (NAS) reported a 38.9% drop in revenue in 2020, despite a record January-February. The remainder of 2020 was defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced a near-complete suspension of air passenger traffic for the bulk of the year. All of NAS’s major airports experienced closure to international traffic for at least some part of the year. NAS’s lounge business was hardest hit, followed by passenger services. Through the year, the industry witnessed a passenger traffic drop of 80% on average, while cargo volume dropped by an average of 15% – the largest- ever drop in air cargo.
Although patchy, NAS is witnessing a slow revival in air travel in its key markets. NAS remains optimistic that it is well positioned to take advantage of a recovery and to resume its strong growth once things start to normalize.
United Projects for Aviation Services Company (UPAC), reported a 2020 revenue decrease of 49.9%, primarily due to the suspension of operations at the Kuwait International Airport and the continuation of travel restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic. The Kuwait operation is starting to show signs of recovery as UPAC continues to take various measures to reduce the negative impact on its business.
Construction of Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi was more than 75% complete as of December 2020. Located on Reem Island, the mall will include 2 million square feet of retail, leisure, dining, and entertainment choices. It will feature the region’s first fully integrated omni-channel retail ecosystem with fully enabled digital, e-commerce and logistics capabilities. Reem Mall will be home to the world’s largest snow play park, Snow Abu Dhabi. With a national vaccination program well underway in the UAE, the economy there is reopening. The resumption of consumer activity and movement, coupled with the unique positioning of the Reem Mall as an entertainment and digital destination, makes the company optimistic about the future performance of that investment, Sultan said.
GCS, Agility’s customs modernization company, posted 22.9% decline in revenue in 2020. The decline was the result of COVID’s negative impact on trade and goods flow.
GCS, like the other entities within the group, took measures to reduce the impact of the pandemic on its business. GCS is in the process of exploring different opportunities in customs modernization and diversification of its income sources.
Sultan said Agility remains committed to driving shareholder value and achieving its vision. “We will continue to remain true to our name, and be flexible and proactive as we navigate through COVID-19 and beyond. As always, we thank our employees, our customers, our shareholders, our suppliers and our partners for their support – this year more than ever,” he said.
Financial Performance for the full year 2020
- Agility’s net profit stands at KD 41.6 million, a 52.1% decrease from KD 86.8 million in 2019. EPS was 21.7 fils, compared with 45.3 fils a year earlier.
- EBITDA was KD 162.4 million, a 15.9% decrease from 2019.
- Agility’s revenue for 2020 was KD 1,620.7 million, an increase of 2.7% from KD 1,578.6 million in 2019. Net revenue decreased by 7.1%.
- GIL’s revenue was KD 1,223.6 million, an 8.8% increase from 2019.
- Infrastructure group revenue was KD 413.3 million, compared with KD 469.7 million in 2019, a 12% decrease from last year.
- Agility enjoys a healthy balance sheet with KD 2,272.1 million in assets. Its net debt position is KD 185.3 million as of Dec. 31, 2020. Operating cash flow was KD 177.8 million for full year 2020.
Agility is a global logistics company with $5.3 billion in annual revenue and 26,000 employees in more than 100 countries. It is one of the world’s top freight forwarding and contract logistics providers, and a leader and investor in technology to enhance supply chain efficiency. Agility is a pioneer in emerging markets and one of the largest private owners and developers of warehousing and light industrial parks in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Agility’s subsidiary companies offer fuel logistics, airport services, commercial real estate and facilities management, customs digitization, and remote infrastructure services.
Please see the latest stock exchange filing.
Agility will hold its Full Year 2020 Earnings Webcast on Thursday March 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Kuwait), 6:00 am (New York) and 11:00 am (London).
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Agility Public Warehousing Company
|Date||March 8th, 2021|
|Company Name||Agility Public Warehousing Company KSCP|
|Previous Disclosure Title||Board of Directors Meeting|
|Previous Disclosure Date||March 4th, 2021|
|Development on previous disclosure||Reference to our previous disclosure dated March 4th, 2021, Agility would like to inform you that the Board of Directors meeting will be held on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 1:30 pm, instead of the previously announced date 9th March 2021, to discuss the audited financial statements for the period ending on December 31, 2020.|
We would like to inform you that Agility Public Warehousing Company’s Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 09, 2021 at 1:30 pm (Kuwait time) to discuss the audited financial statements for the year ending December 31,2020.
Investor Relations Team