Express & e-commerce drive first-quarter growth at DP-DHL

Deutsche Post-DHL reported first-quarter net profit down slightly (0.9%) y-o-y to €633 million, as total revenue rose 7.3% to €14.88 billion. Operating profit (EBIT) for the quarter was up 1.4% to €885 million. As is often the case, the reported results tell only part of the story. In the first quarter of 2016, DP-DHL’s Supply […]
  • David Harris
  • May 11, 2017

Record fourth-quarter earnings cap a great year for DP-DHL

Capitalizing on strong e-commerce growth and on a return to financial health by its forwarding arm, Deutsche Post-DHL reported net profit up more than 25% to €841 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The big jump came despite revenue remaining almost flat (up just 0.5%) at €15.41 billion. Operating profit (EBIT) for the quarter […]
  • David Harris
  • March 10, 2017

UPS and DHL on the acquisition trail

Two of the world’s big three integrators have recently made significant acquisitions. UPS acquires Marken. UPS bought itself a Christmas present in the form of Marken, a privately-owned, US-based company that specializes in providing clinical trial logistics solutions to the life-sciences industry. The acquisition will provide a significant boost to UPS’ presence in the healthcare […]
  • David Harris
  • January 13, 2017

DP-DHL doubles third-quarter profit

Deutsche Post-DHL’s third-quarter net income more than doubled year-over-year to €1.79 billion, as total revenue declined 3.9% to €13.86 billion. Operating profit (EBIT) in the quarter almost tripled to €755 million. This somewhat odd-looking combination – net income and EBIT up by triple-digit percentages in the face of falling revenue – resulted from  a combination of […]
  • David Harris
  • November 10, 2016

Last-mile pick-up, and the revitalization of brick & mortar retail?

Yesterday, we provided an overview of e-commerce growth around the world. Our focus was on the disruptive impact growing cross-border e-commerce in China has had on air freight forwarders and the way in which one forwarder has responded. You can read that analysis here, while today we shift our focus to last-mile delivery, and the future role of courier […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 23, 2016

Record second-quarter results for DP-DHL

Deutsche Post-DHL reported second-quarter net income up 66.0% y-o-y to €541 million, a sound indicator the company’s restructuring plans are beginning to have the desired effect. Total revenue declined 3.5% to €14.19 billion (see chart at right). Operating profit (EBIT) for the quarter was up 40.0% to €752 million. For the first half of 2016 […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • August 4, 2016

DHL Global Forwarding bounces back

Deutsche Post-DHL reported fourth-quarter net income up 4.7% y-o-y to €670 million, as total revenue was almost flat (down 0.2%) at €15.34 billion. Operating profit for the quarter was up 5.7% to €957 million. If there was a highlight in the quarter, it was the beginning of a turnaround in the company’s troubled Global Forwarding, […]
  • David Harris
  • March 10, 2016

Pssst… Wanna buy a forwarder?

Is DHL Global Forwarding up for sale? And, if so, who would/could buy it? According to a Reuters report, quoting “two people familiar with the matter,” Deutsche Post-DHL is considering selling its forwarding operations or seeking to move them into a partnership or joint venture. And the buyer? According to Reuters’ sources, one potential buyer […]
  • David Harris
  • February 12, 2016
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