Container logistics specialist Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM 2.52%) delivered a big chunk of good news on Monday. The company unveiled its latest set of quarterly results, and the encouraging numbers led investors to trade the stock almost 7% higher on the day. By contrast, the S&P 500 index sank marginally.
For its fourth quarter of 2022, Zim's revenue amounted to $2.19 billion, which represented a fairly steep decline of 37% on a year-over-year basis.
On the bright side, this was well above the average $1.92 billion expected by analysts. What's more, zooming out to the full year gives us a top-line figure of $12.56 billion -- an increase of 17% over the 2021 result.
Similar dynamics were also seen on the bottom line. For the quarter, net income declined to $417 million ($3.44 per share) from the year-ago period's $1.71 billion. Prognosticators tracking the shipping company were expecting much less -- collectively $2.50, to be exact.
Citing a market that remains attractive despite macroeconomic challenges, Zim CEO Eli Glickman sounded an optimistic note about the company's future: "Over the past two years we have taken important steps amid a highly lucrative market to best position Zim to execute in a more normalized trading environment."
"Specifically, we enhanced our vessel sourcing strategy to secure attractive newbuild capacity and improve our cost structure," he added. "We have also diversified our commercial presence to ensure Zim is optimizing its performance to create long-term sustainable shareholder value."
That "more normalized trading environment" will affect the fundamentals, however. Zim's full-year 2023 guidance is calling for non-GAAP (adjusted) earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of $1.8 billion to $2.2 billion. That would be well down from the more than $7.5 billion of 2022.