Kirby Trying To Move Through Treacherous Waters
Stephen Simpson, CFA
Stephen Simpson, CFA
Kirby Tossed By The Crude Market
Stephen Simpson, CFA
Stephen Simpson, CFA
Wed, Oct. 26, 5:04 PM
Tue, Oct. 25, 5:35 PM
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Sun, Sep. 11, 9:29 AM
- The world's largest container shipping firm is seeing a short-term rise in freight rates and an inflow of new clients after the collapse of Hanjin Shipping (OTC:HNJSF).
- "There's no doubt that we're seeing a reaction in the rate market," said Klaus Rud Sejling, the executive in charge of Maersk Line's (OTCPK:AMKAF) east-west network. "In the short term, the effect is positive... The question is, what will happen with rates in the longer term."
- Related tickers: SHIP, EGLE, GNK, SINO, DRYS, NM, SBLK, DCIX, BALT, SFL, KEX, SB, SALT, DSX, GOGL, MATX, EURN, NNA
Fri, Sep. 9, 3:57 AM
- Korean Air Lines, the biggest shareholder in Hanjin Shipping (OTC:HNJSF), has delayed a decision on a funding plan for the troubled company for a second time, adding to the uncertainty of around $14B of cargo stranded at sea.
- With Hanjin's future in doubt, carriers have announced they will hike container freight rates by as much as 50% beginning next month as retailers scramble to secure shipping ahead of the peak year-end holiday season.
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Wed, Jul. 27, 5:01 PM
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Sun, Jun. 26, 6:35 AM
- Panama officially opens an addition to its legendary sea canal today, capping a nine-year, $5.4B expansion project that will double shipping capacity and affect global trade routes.
- A third lane has been added to the waterway that can accommodate a new generation of super cargo ships large enough to carry up to 14K containers, compared with around 5K currently.
- Check out a time-lapse video of the construction here
- Related tickers: MATX, KEX, CMRE, SSW, DAC, NMM, SINO, SB, DCIX, GOGL, ALEX, DAC, GSL, ESEA, EURN, NAT, OSGB, TGP
Tue, Jun. 21, 11:35 AM
- Kirby (KEX -4.7%) is downgraded to Neutral from Outperform with a $60 price target at Credit Suisse, which cites slowing volumes and potential weakness in its coastal business.
- While the firm likes KEX's competitive position and the long-term outlook for the maritime business, it says Q2 tonnage on the river looks to be down 3%-4% Y/Y; unsurprisingly. crude volumes were down more than 10% but refined products volumes also were ~10% lower.
- Credit Suisse says KEX's pricing lags in both down and up markets, which means "if 2016 is the bottom in inland pricing the earnings bottom is not until 2017, [and] without a pickup in Coastal or DES, 2017 earnings could look a lot like 2016."
- Although KEX's coastal fleet utilization is expected to remain ~90%, Credit Suisse says competition from larger Jones Act tankers could weigh on pricing due to the lifting of the ban on U.S. crude exports that has put downward pressure on the U.S. Jones Act tanker market.
Wed, Apr. 27, 5:04 PM
- Kirby (NYSE:KEX): Q1 EPS of $0.71 misses by $0.07.
- Revenue of $458.73M (-21.9% Y/Y) beats by $4.32M.
Tue, Apr. 26, 5:35 PM
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Wed, Mar. 9, 2:48 PM
- Kirby Corp. (KEX +1.6%) is higher after agreeing to acquire Seacor Holdings' (CKH +0.9%) inland tank barge fleet for ~$88M; the asset purchase will consist of 27 inland 30K-bbl tank barges and 13 inland towboats, plus a 30K-bbl tank barge and a towboat currently under construction.
- Jefferies maintains its Buy rating and hikes its price target to $70 from $65, saying the deal will further enhance KEX's scale in the U.S. inland tank barge market and should be accretive by $0.16-$0.24 in annual EPS; the firm says demand for barges moving crude oil is weakening, but demand remains strong for moving petrochemicals and refined products.
Thu, Jan. 28, 3:59 PM
- Kirby Corp. (KEX -4%) fell to five-year lows before rebounding slightly, after the petroleum shipper missed Q4 earnings and revenue expectations and forecasts Q1 and FY 2016 profits trailing Wall Street consensus.
- KEX sees Q4 EPS of $0.75-$0.85, well below the $0.97 analyst consensus estimate, and FY 2016 EPS of $3.00-$3.50 per share, sharply lower than the $4.13 consensus outlook, reflecting limited visibility given the environment of weakening global growth and volatile commodity prices.
- Shares are downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform with a $32 price target, slashed from $65, at RBC Capital, which does not believe the stock can work again until oil and energy prices rebound.
Wed, Jan. 27, 5:02 PM
- Kirby (NYSE:KEX): Q4 EPS of $0.94 misses by $0.03.
- Revenue of $484.14M (-27.6% Y/Y) misses by $33.11M.
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Dec. 22, 2015, 9:19 AM
- Crumbling oil prices haven't helped the Dow Jones Transportation Average (NYSEARCA:IYT) - down 19% year-to-date vs. the DJIA's (NYSEARCA:DIA) 3% loss.
- Oppenheimer technician Ari Wald isn't seeing a bottom though. He expects the Transports to break below 7,400 support (last night's close was 7,415), and with it the DJIA to slip to the 16K area (last night's close 17,252).
- Transport buys: JBLU, MATX, ALK, LUV, DAL, UAL
- Transport sells: CHRW, LSTR, JBHT, KSU, NSC, CAR, KEX, CSX
Dec. 7, 2015, 2:24 AM
- Shippers are protesting a new marine shipping safety rule they say will raise transport costs and cause delays at ports worldwide.
- The regulation, which kicks in next July in 171 countries, requires exporters to certify the weight of containers before they're loaded for transport.
- Carriers say accurate weights are needed because heavy containers frequently damage cargo and even cause vessels to capsize, but shippers in many countries say they are ill-equipped to weigh so many containers.
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