Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
By the end of 2022, the container shipping industry will have earned an unprecedented half a trillion dollars of operating profit from two years of supply chain pain and record freight rates, according to estimates from research firm Drewry.
Having made a record $190bn last year according to Drewry estimates, the liner shipping industry is on track to post new profit heights in 2022.
Looking at the latest figures, John McCown from Blue Alpha Capital described liner shipping’s Q1 results as “mind-bending”.
The 11 global carriers that publish their results posted a “staggering” $59.3bn net profit in the first quarter, the sixth consecutive quarter of the highest net income ever for the industry.
The container shipping industry profits in the first quarter of 2022 beat out those of FANG—an acronym for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google—by 103%, expanding the gap from last year’s fourth quarter when liner industry profits beat FANGs by 14%, according to analysis by Blue Alpha Capital.
McCown has maintained his initial profit forecast of $220.5bn for the container shipping industry in 2022.
Whether Q1 is the absolute pinnacle of earnings remains to be seen.
Hapag-Lloyd, which reported a record operating profit of EUR4.3 bn ($4.8 bn) for the first three months of the year, indicated last week it expected second quarter results to come in “slightly south” of the period just gone.