China COSCO Holdings Co Ltd, the country's largest shipping
conglomerate, yesterday posted net profit of 664.09 million yuan
for the third quarter, mainly fueled by rising freight costs and a
steady increase in demand.
China COSCO's net profit for the first nine months amounted to
1.5 billion yuan, it said in a statement to the Shanghai
Earnings per share were 0.08 yuan, compared to 0.20 yuan a share
in the first nine months.
The company said its third quarter return on net assets was 2.01
percent - substantially less than the 4.6 percent for the first
China COSCO earlier posted a half-year profit drop of 8 percent,
but comparative figures for the third quarter were unavailable.
The company transported 1.48 million standard containers
(twenty-foot equivalent units) of cargo in the third quarter, up
7.2 percent from a year earlier. Its revenue in the container
business totaled 11.2 billion yuan, up 21.8 percent from the year
In the first nine months, China COSCO moved an aggregate 4.24
million containers, up 11.5 percent from the previous year. Revenue
from the container business rose 19.2 percent to 29 billion
"The company's purchase of its parent group's dry-bulk shipping
fleet also helped it increase total sales," said Qian Hongwei, an
analyst at CITIC China Securities.
The company's growing dry-bulk shipping business was an
important contributor to its sales growth, analysts said.
The BDI, or Baltic Dry Index, a global benchmark indicator that
tracks the freight charges of dry bulk carriers, has soared 72
percent, or 4520 points, since late June, to reach 10798 points at
the end of October.
Shares in China COSCO more than doubled in the three months to
September 30, fueled by the group's A-share initial public offering
in June and the acquisition of its parent company's dry bulk
China COSCO's A shares yesterday dropped 0.33 percent to end at
58.25 yuan, while its H shares fell 5.71 percent to HK$33.8.
(China Daily November 1, 2007)