EQS Group-Ad-hoc: Jungfraubahn Holding AG / Key word(s): Annual Results
47.8 million Swiss francs profit for Jungfrau Railway Group
The Jungfrau Railway Group recorded a profit of 47.8 million Swiss francs in 2018, the best result in its history. The Board of Directors has proposed a dividend increase of 16.7 per cent to the AGM. At today's financial press conference in Berne, statements will be made on the preceding financial year.
The Jungfrau Railway Group can look back on a strong financial year of 2018. It generated an operating income of 212.8 million Swiss francs. This represents an increase of 9.8 per cent on the previous year. For the first time, sales exceeded the 200-million-franc mark.
The Jungfrau Railway Group also recorded a record high in terms of its most important source of income - transport revenue. At CHF 153.8 million, this was 7.0 per cent higher than the previous year. Compared to 2017, the EBIT margin increased by 1.2 per cent to 28.6 per cent. The return on sales was 22.5 per cent. The financial year 2018 saw a profit of 47.8 million Swiss francs.
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
Intensive market development - above all in Asia - as well as the diversification of markets paid off in the excursion traffic to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe. The best results in the history of the Jungfrau Railway were achieved, both in terms of visitor numbers and transport income. With 1,067,000 visitors in 2018, the one million guest mark was exceeded for the third time at Jungfraujoch. Net transport income in the Jungfraujoch segment amounted to 111.8 million Swiss francs, exceeding the previous year by 4.3 per cent. The average yield per guest increased by 2 Swiss francs.
All railways of the Experience Mountains segment outperformed the previous year and achieved record results. Net transport income increased significantly by 4.3 million Swiss francs year-on-year. For the Experience Mountains overall, transport income increased by 27 per cent to 20.2 million Swiss francs.
In Winter Sports, from the beginning of 2018 until the end of the season in the spring of 2018,
* Other segments include, in particular, the Jungfraubahn power station, Jungfraubahnen Management AG and the Lauterbrunnen Car Park.
The Jungfrau Railway Group invested 63.6 million francs in the reporting year. The investment focus was the V-Cableway. In 2018, 40.8 million Swiss francs were invested in the Eiger Glacier, Eigerexpress, car park and terminal sub-projects. From the beginning of planning until the end of 2018, the total expenditure for the generation project amounted to 160 million Swiss francs. Overall, the Jungfrau Railway Group is planning to invest 320 million Swiss francs.
Further investments included the purchase of a neighbouring property from First Railway for the strategic securing of access, the rebuilding of the track system in Wengen according to the Disability Discrimination Act (BehiG) and the project launch for the renewal of the Lauterbrunnen-Mürren mountain railway.
The start to the year 2019 has been positive for the Jungfraujoch segment. From 1 January to 24 March 2019, 107,965 guests visited the Top of Europe, an increase of 7.3 per cent on the same period last year.
After the challenging start to the 2018/2019 winter sports season, more skier visits were registered over public holidays as well as during the main holiday season than during last year's season. Not least, the long-lasting good weather and the excellent snow conditions in February contributed to the positive result. From the beginning of the season in December 2018 until Sunday, 24 March 2019, in the Jungfrau ski region as a whole, 962,446 skier visits were registered, an increase of 9.8 per cent on the same period in the winter sports season 2017/2018. Shortly before the end of the season, visitor numbers are still lower than in the successful winter sports season of 2007/2008.
With the main strategic project - the V-Cableway - the winter months on all construction sites were challenging. Thanks to additional winter construction measures, however, the tight schedule for the project was met. The successful breakthrough on the Eiger Glacier for the future mountain station of the Eigerexpress tricable gondola on 15 March 2019 marked an important milestone. Construction works are on track to put the new Grindelwald-Männlichen aerial gondola and the "Grindelwald Terminal" railway station of the Bernese Oberland Railway into operation on time on 14 December 2019. The "Eigerexpress" tricable gondola, including car park and terminal with shops and ski depots, will be opened on 12 December 2020.
Starting in September 2019, the Jungfrau Railway Group is expanding its shop offer in Interlaken with a new flagship store. Following the opening of the V-Cableway project at the end of 2020, the group will be operating a Top of Europe shop and a watch shop inside the Grindelwald terminal itself. From January 2021, we will be adding an exclusive watch shop on the Jungfraujoch. Having operated the Bergrestaurant Kleine Scheidegg since December 2017, Jungfraubahn Holding AG will also take over catering operations on the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe and the Eiger Glacier from November 2019. With these measures, the Group is pursuing its strategy of developing into an integrated leisure and service company.
Annual Report and Applications to the AGM
The Jungfrau Railway Group General Meeting will take place in Interlaken on 13 May 2019. The management board proposes an increase in the dividend from 2.40 to 2.80 francs (+16.7%).
The Jungfraubahn Holding AG Annual Report was created as an online edition for the reporting year 2018. The online Annual Report is published at the following links:
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|Company:||Jungfraubahn Holding AG|
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|Listed:||Regulated Unofficial Market in Frankfurt, Stuttgart; SIX Swiss Exchange|
|EQS News ID:||792615|
|End of Announcement||EQS Group News Service|
792615 28-March-2019 CET/CEST