Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s leading logistics company, continued to post profitable growth during the past financial year. With the release of the annual report, the Group confirmed the 2019 preliminary figures already published at the end of February. Group revenue was up 2.9% year on year to EUR 63.3 billion, with all five divisions contributing to this positive performance.
Operating profit (EBIT) improved by 30.6% to EUR 4.1 billion – a new record. With this Deutsche Post DHL Group clearly achieved its 2019 EBIT guidance of EUR 4.0 to 4.3 billion targeted for 2019. The Post & Parcel Germany division contributed EUR 1.2 billion to earnings (forecast: EUR 1.1 to 1.3 billion). The DHL divisions generated total EBIT of EUR 3.4 billion (forecast: EUR 3.4 to 3.5 billion). The Group is feeling the effects of the coronavirus on current business performance. Therefore, the annual targets for 2020 are now excluding potential effects of the coronavirus.
“Thanks to our broad geographic set-up and our comprehensive portfolio we are in a very robust position and more resilient than other companies in our sector. We succeeded in growing further in all areas and generating record earnings despite the challenging global economic environment in 2019. Of course, we cannot disconnect completely from the global economy. We will not remain entirely unaffected by this worldwide crisis. However, it is currently much too early to judge its financial impact,” explained Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group.
“In spite of this, we are forging ahead with our Strategy 2025 and putting the company on track to continue our profitable growth in 2020 and beyond.”