Q1 2021: 33% expected decrease in revenue with borders virtually closed to tourists
- Q1 revenue was €154.4m, down 33% on the same period in 2020, penalised by an unfavourable base effect due to the fact that the health protection restrictions only came into force in mid-March 2020.
- Eurotunnel Shuttle revenue was €87.8m, down 34% due to travel restrictions;
- Railway Network revenue was down 51% to €32.6m due to travel restrictions still in force by the British, French, Belgian and Dutch authorities.
- Revenue up 4% to €31.9m.
Yann Leriche, Group Chief Executive Officer said: "The decrease in revenue reflects the travel restrictions put in place by the authorities and the adaptation of the freight market to the new post-Brexit customs formalities. Our teams are actively working for when the border reopens for tourists, on the ElecLink cable installation, and on accelerating the transformation of the business towards greater operational, financial and sustainability performance.”
► First quarter 2021: key events
- Resumption of the dividend payment policy for the 2020 financial year.
- The 39% decrease in revenue, reflecting the Covid-19 public health situation, is accompanied by continued furlough for both British and French staff;
- Preparation of teams, processes and IT systems for future reopening of borders conditional on the presentation of a negative Covid-19 test;
- Certification by ANFOR, with a maximum score of 100%, on measures to protect customers and employees against Covid-19;
- Signing of several partnerships to facilitate customs procedures for the Truck business, such as SGS TransitNet and ICS partnerships;
- More than 50% of the customers of the Truck Shuttle service are now using the Eurotunnel Border Pass;
- Current public health conditions weigh heavily on Eurostar traffic levels (down 95% compared to Q1 2020).
- Raphaël Doutrebente announced as Chairman ;
- Launch of new traffic flows since the beginning of the year, with Axéréal transporting grain and the start of a new flows for the Lafarge Holcim Group;
- Launch of the FlexExpress service, creating a dedicated single wagon corridor.
- 25km of cable pulled through the Tunnel (50% complete), in line with the schedule.
REVENUES: FIRST QUARTER
Consolidated Group revenue is down 33% at a constant exchange rate, to €154.4 million due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the continuing travel restrictions imposed by the governments of the UK and continental Europe as well as the adaptation to new post-Brexit border administration rules.
At €122.4 million, Eurotunnel’s revenue was down 39% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020.
Revenue for the Shuttle activity was €87.8 million, down 34% in comparison to the same period last year, impacted by the reduction in Passenger Shuttle traffic. Goods stockpiling carried out ahead of the end of the transition period, the adaptation to new post-Brexit administrative rules for crossing borders, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic have impacted Truck Shuttle activity.
Railway Network revenue was down 51% to €32.6 million due to the significant decrease in travel between the countries served by Eurostar, also reflecting travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
C. Rail freight operators: Europorte and its subsidiaries
Europorte’s revenue increased by 4% to €31.9 million.
► EUROTUNNEL TRAFFIC: FIRST QUARTER
A. Eurotunnel Shuttles
- Le Shuttle Passenger: Car traffic decreased by 72% in the first three months of the year. Eurotunnel’s share of the car market in the first quarter of 2021 reached a new record of 80.9%.
- Le Shuttle Freight: Adapting to the new post-Brexit border administration rules and the Covid-19 pandemic have heavily impacted cross-Channel trade. Eurotunnel’s truck traffic saw a drop of -21% in the first three months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, in a market down by 16.3%. Eurotunnel confirms its position as the market leader, with a truck market share of 38.9%.
B. Railway Network
- High-speed trains: Eurostar saw a 95% decrease in its cross-Channel traffic in the first quarter of 2021 due to the travel restrictions implemented by the UK, French, Belgian and Dutch authorities since March 2020 to limit the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Cross-Channel rail freight: In the first three months of the year, the number of railway freight trains passing through the Tunnel decreased by 10% due to the disruption caused by Brexit and the situation in the automotive sector.
As announced on 25 February 2021, in the absence of visibility on the future decisions by governments regarding the pandemic and associated travel restrictions, the Group is postponing the announcement regarding its 2021 financial performance. The lack of short-term visibility does not undermine the Group’s confidence in the strength of its various businesses, their growth potential in the medium and long term, and its ability to improve its operational and environmental performance.