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Vopak Interim Update YTD Q3 2018

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 | 00:00

Highlights for YTD Q3 2018 -excluding exceptional items-:
● EBITDA of EUR 554 million (YTD Q3 2017: EUR 571 million). Adjusted for adverse currency translation effects of EUR 20 million, the EBITDA was EUR 3 million higher than prior year

● Occupancy rate of 86% (YTD Q3 2017: 90%) reflected market conditions at oil hub terminals whereas other product-market segments were stable

● EBIT of EUR 353 million (YTD Q3 2017: EUR 367 million). Adjusted for adverse currency translation effects of EUR 15 million, the EBIT was comparable to prior year

● Return on Capital Employed of 11.9% (YTD Q3 2017: 11.7%)

● Net profit attributable to holders of ordinary shares of EUR 211 million (YTD Q3 2017: EUR 211 million) resulting in earnings per ordinary share (EPS) of EUR 1.65 (YTD Q3 2017: EUR 1.66)

● The associate industrial terminal PT2SB in Malaysia commissioned in September 2018 approximately 700,000 cbm of capacity. The remainder of the 1.5 million cbm of capacity will be commissioned before the end of Q3 2019, in line with plan

● Our worldwide storage capacity on a 100% basis was 36.7 million cbm per the end of Q3 2018

● Vopak’s strategic review and testing of the market value of its terminals in Algeciras, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Tallinn, as announced in the Q2 2018 press release, is progressing on schedule

Exceptional items YTD Q3 2018:
● Vopak formalized the agreement regarding a new pension plan in the Netherlands, resulting in a gain of EUR 19.1 million on the settlement of the Dutch Pension Plan

● As a result of the deconsolidation of our wholly-owned terminal in Venezuela, the income statement includes the effect of recycling historical unrealized currency translation losses from equity to the income statement, reducing the reported net income with EUR 51.0 million, mainly in the net finance expenses, with a neutral effect to total shareholders equity and no effect on cash

Looking ahead:
● The financial performance in 2018 is expected to be influenced by currency exchange movements of primarily the USD and the SGD, and changes in the oil market structure, impacting occupancy rates and price levels in the hub locations

● Given the 3.2 million cbm expansion program to be delivered in 2018 and 2019,with high commercial coverage, in conjunction with the cost efficiency program, Vopak has the potential to significantly improve the 2019 EBITDA, subject to market conditions and currency exchange movements

● Our efficiency program to support margin development and reduce Vopak’s future cost base with at least EUR 25 million was delivered at Q2 2018 and subsequently increased to EUR 40 million to be delivered by the end of 2019

Q3 2018 events:
● On 20 July, Vopak and Engro Corporation announced the signing of a Share Purchase Agreement in which Vopak will acquire a 29% share in the LNG import facility Engro Elengy Terminal Pakistan (capacity of 151,000 cbm). The acquisition is subject to certain conditions, including customary regulatory and shareholder approvals

● In July 2018, Vopak formalized the agreement regarding a new pension plan in the Netherlands effective per 1 January 2018, including a cash contribution by Vopak of EUR 18.0 million. Going forward Vopak has the sole obligation to pay a contribution based on a fixed percentage of the pensionable salary

● On 17 August 2018, Vopak announced that it will expand its chemical terminal in Merak, Indonesia, with 50,000 cbm to 131,000 cbm. The expansion is expected to be commissioned in Q1 2020

● On 17 August 2018, Vopak announced to invest in its Europoort terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to support 0.5% low sulphur fuel oil bunkering. This investment is supported by customer commitments and will be completed in the second half year of 2019

● Vopak will further strengthen its global chemical storage positions. A new jetty will be constructed at Vopak Terminal Linkeroever in Antwerp, Belgium, enabling planned future growth. Furthermore, a major service improvement project will commence at Vopak Terminal Penjuru in Singapore, to service the chemical market in Singapore

● On 17 August 2018, Vopak announced that it would conduct a strategic review and test the market value of its terminals in Algeciras, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Tallinn

● On 23 August 2018, it was announced that it will be proposed to appoint Mrs. Nicoletta Giadrossi as member of the Supervisory Board during the Annual General Meeting to be held on 17 April 2019

Subsequent events:
● Today, Vopak and its partner Reatile announce that they will further expand their activities in South Africa by investing in a new LPG import and distribution terminal with an initial capacity of 15,000 cbm in Richards Bay, subject to final conditions. This investment facilitates further imports of a cleaner energy source into South Africa. The additional storage capacity is expected to be commissioned in Q2 2020

● Today, Vopak announces that it will expand its wholly-owned gas terminal in Vlissingen (the Netherlands) by 9,200 cbm of capacity for LPG and chemical gases to serve the NWE market. The additional storage capacity is expected to be commissioned in Q2 2020

Other accounting topics:
In September 2018, Vopak deconsolidated its wholly-owned terminal in Venezuela, reflecting that the Group no longer has control from an accounting perspective.This event led to recycling of historical unrealized currency translation losses from equity to the income statement, reducing the reported net income with EUR 51.0 million as an exceptional item. * Of this amount EUR 0.9 million is included in the EBITDA and the remainder in the net finance expenses. Going forward the participation in the terminal will be accounted for as an investment measured at fair value

Vopak will remain 100% shareholder in the entity and will continue to operate the company in line with Vopak standards. Reference is also made to note 1.1 and note 2.8 of the 2017 Annual Report

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