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Recovery has taken hold to differing degrees in the Company’s various activities
STEF, the European leader in temperature-controlled transport and logistics services for food products, generated turnover of €848.8 million in Q2, 2021, up 21.7% and 19.3% like-for-like. The Group posted solid turnover growth but did not reach the same level seen during the same period in 2019. While the results remain mixed, the Group returned to growth once the health restrictions on foodservice were lifted in Europe.
STEF France saw revenue increase to €507.3 million, up 13.2%. STEF International saw revenue increase to €238.4 million, up 24.3% and 15.7% like-for-like. Maritime revenues reached €20.3 million, up 85.5%.
The acquisition of Nagel-Group activities in Italy and Belgium, on 31 December 2020, contributed €16.6 million to STEF International’s second-quarter turnover
At STEF France, foodservice and seafood remain mainly impacted by the health crisis. Both activities’ business has still improved markedly since mid-May, when the health restrictions were lifted on the foodservice sector. Logistics for retail remained buoyant despite a slight slowdown in comparison with the exceptional volumes achieved in 2020 at the height of the health crisis. The high warehouse fill rate continued in frozen goods. The chilled products in networks benefited directly from the lifting of health constraints at the end of the quarter. The temperate, dry and ambient business showed good momentum, boosted by the expansion of the Orléans site.
At STEF International, in Italy and Belgium, the integration of the activities acquired from Nagel-Group in early 2021 increased turnover significantly and improves the geographical coverage of STEF in these two countries. Spain picked up solid momentum on the back of sustained organic growth and increased transport business with a retail client. Portugal maintained its sales momentum, bolstered by its new site in Alenquer, near Lisbon. In Switzerland, the sales teams’ work continued to bear fruit. The Kölliken site in German-speaking Switzerland reached optimal capacity thanks to an influx in new clients.
For the Maritime division, in Corsica, La Méridionale completed its first full quarter serving the ports of Ajaccio and Propriano under a new public service delegation. However, until mid-June the Marseille-Tangier line remained heavily impacted by restrictions on passenger traffic due to the health crisis.
At the end of June 2021, the half-year turnover is much higher than 2020 (€1,636.8 million, i.e. +9.8%) but remains lower than 2019 ((€1,665.9 million, i.e. -1.7%).