Trading update: revenue and traffic increases in first half of 2005
Operating revenue up 2%; Shuttle Services revenue up 6%
Eurotunnel, operator of the Channel Tunnel, today reported revenue and traffic figures for the first half of 2005.
Operating revenue was £268 million in the first half of 2005, a 2% increase on the corresponding period in 2004 at constant exchange rates.
Revenue from Shuttle Services, Eurotunnel’s core business, increased by 6%.
Railways revenue, including a £36 million payment under the Minimum Usage Charge, was stable at £117 million.
Revenue from non-transport activities remains marginal.
Eurotunnel transported 703,363 trucks in the first half of 2005, an increase of 9% compared with the first half of 2004. During the first quarter of 2005, Eurotunnel benefited from the operational difficulties at the Port of Calais. In addition, the increase in traffic reflects the effectiveness of the new freight strategy. The average yield per vehicle transported also increased during the first half of 2005 contributing to an increase in revenue from the truck shuttle business.
Eurotunnel transported 951,561 cars in the first half of 2005, an increase of 1% compared to the first half of 2004. The progression recorded in the first quarter of 2005 did not continue into the second quarter; first quarter traffic benefited from the operational difficulties at the Port of Calais, and the fact that Easter fell in the first quarter of 2005.
Eurotunnel also transported 39,831 coaches in the first half of 2005, a 34% increase on the corresponding period in 2004, although growth slowed in the second quarter for the same reason as the car traffic. Coach operators continue to be attracted to Eurotunnel’s speed, frequency and quality of service.
The Channel Tunnel is also used by rail services not operated by Eurotunnel: Eurostar for high-speed passenger services on London-Paris/Brussels, and EWS and SNCF for international rail freight services.
The number of passengers carried through the Channel Tunnel by Eurostar increased by 8% in the first half of 2005, confirming the upward trend following the opening of the first section of the UK’s high-speed line in September 2003.
The volume of rail freight transported through the Channel Tunnel fell by 13% to 847,716 tonnes in the first half of 2005.
The level of through-rail traffic using the Channel Tunnel currently has no impact on Eurotunnel’s revenues due to the Minimum Usage Charge arrangements, which continue until November 2006.