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Press release: Wrist continued growing in 2017 - even in difficult markets


15 March 2018

During 2017 Wrist Ship Supply kept working with customers on enhancing their profitability and continued the steady expansion of its global business platform
Most shipping segments were depressed by low rates last year, and activity in the offshore oil & gas markets has been reduced significantly the last couple of years.

However, on the backdrop of a flat – sometimes even negative – general market development Wrist’s sales aggregated DKK 4.1bn, an increase of more than 3% in 2017 in local currencies. This was less than in previous years but still illustrates the market’s appreciation of Wrist’s services.

“We take pride in being trusted by our customers and asked to cater for their needs – sharing and overcoming the logistical challenges of delivery at the right place and at the right time. And we know we must deliver on our value proposition every day,” said Robert Kledal, CEO of Wrist Ship Supply.

Margins marked
Reduced demand, including customers’ shift towards lower priced goods, reduced the average order value. Changes in the business composition put further pressure on Wrist’s operating profit margin. Considering the overall depressed market, however, most of the Group’s businesses performed well, and a determined focus on operational efficiency improved margins during the second half of the year.

The operating profit (EBITDA) aggregated DKK 214m for 2017 against DKK 206m for the previous year, and the operating margin was 5.2% against 5.1%. Net profit arrived at DKK 86m against DKK 60m in 2016.

Global footprint expanded
The latest additions to the branch network – in Hamburg and Las Palmas – were well received by customers. In 2017 Wrist added an office in Shanghai, to a large extent targeting new built vessels needing a broad spectrum of provisions and stores before delivery from shipyards to the ship owners.

The steady expansion and improvement of Wrist’s global infrastructure continued, including upgrading of the warehousing facilities, increasing the capacity and enhancing the operating processes.

Stronger operations
In every corner of its businesses the Wrist Group is constantly pursuing responsiveness and reliability in respect of its customers. To support these objectives, Wrist keeps investing in efficiency on a broad basis.

In 2017 the Group continued the roll-out of its global business support system, enabling additional digitalised customer and vendor solutions. Wrist also strengthened management in various locations of the network – in most cases benefitting from the Group’s focused attraction and nurturing of talent.

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