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Press release: Wrist posts increased business volume and operating profit for 2021

Date: 17 May 2022


In 2021, Wrist further consolidated its position and increased operating profit as the world’s leading supplier of marine provisions, stores, and spare parts logistics to the ship and offshore industry - not least through a strategic transition and substantial investments in the development of customized digital solutions.

Wrist succeeded in increasing business volume and revenue, improving the underlying operating profit. Several major, global customer frame agreements were expanded and landed despite the turbulent market development, characterized by food and steel price inflation, global supply chain challenges and historically high ocean freight rates – all leading to general cost increases and volatility.

“During 2021, we continued to explore new opportunities for growth and acquisitions, and in February 2022, we concluded the acquisition of Centralam Panama, a key ship chandler based at the Panama Canal”, says Jens Holger Nielsen, Group CEO of Wrist Group. In acquiring Centralam Panama, Wrist has expanded its global reach and secured a foothold at one of the world’s most important maritime crossroads.

In 2021, Wrist generated revenue of DKK 4.5bn, up 3.6% from 2020. Gross profit decreased slightly in 2021 to DKK 1,166m from DKK 1,182m in 2020, resulting in a decline in the gross profit ratio to 26.1% compared to 27.1% in 2020. The primary driver for the lower ratio was the long run effects of COVID-19, including inflation, high freight rates, and supply chain disruptions as well as a time lag in compensation from customers for these external cost increases.

Operating profit (EBITA) was DKK 155.5m compared to DKK 142.2m in previous year. A like-for-like comparison of EBITA for 2020 and 2021 revealed an increase of 9.4% or DKK 13m as the result of strong improvements in the business, including optimized sourcing and sales pricing strategies. However, EBITA was also impacted negatively by costs related to strategic investments in digital innovation and development consultancies.

The Group’s equity stood at DKK 932m at the end of 2021, up DKK 104m compared to 2020.

With the founding and funding of a new digital marketplace, Source2Sea, Wrist has taken ship supply to the next level through the elimination of the analogue friction and inefficiency that still plagues marine procurement and supply. Source2Sea is a multi-supplier marketplace that facilitates marine procurement and supply between maritime buyers and suppliers, increasing convenience and transparency throughout the eco-system with a focus on reducing costs while freeing up time for onshore staff to focus on value added activities and vessel crews to focus on cargo and vessel operations. Source2Sea operates independently of the Wrist Group with Wrist Ship Supply as a major supplier of provisions and stores as well as last mile logistics.

Investments to strengthen operational capabilities and infrastructure in the remaining business were also prioritized during 2021. An online customer portal was launched within Wrist’s Marine Logistics business area. Innovation within Garrets, the Provision and Stores Management business area of Wrist, continued and the planning of a new online ordering platform took place. The platform is designed for smart ordering and stock management, and expectations are that it will be fully launched in August 2022.

Looking ahead, Anders Skipper, Group CFO of Wrist Group says “We anticipate organic growth benefitting from our strong market position. For 2022, we expect total sales to grow to around DKK 4.7-4.9bn and an increase in the operating profit to DKK 240-265m – a 55-70% increase. These expectations may be impacted by the Russia-Ukraine war causing supply chain disturbance and price volatility.”

In 2021, Wrist launched its first environmentally friendly product line, Aware, to meet customers’ increasing demand for responsible stores and provisions. The green agenda is a key focus for Wrist. “Expectations to the green transition within the maritime and offshore industries are higher than ever. With thousands of different products and solutions delivered to seafarers around the world, we are aware of our contribution to the climate footprint. In Wrist, we take our responsibility to help solve the environmental and climate challenges very seriously.”, says Jens Holger Nielsen.

About Wrist

Wrist is the world’s leading ship and offshore supplier of marine provisions and stores with a market share of approximately 9%. Wrist is the only stores and provisions marine supplier with a global network of supply operations. Wrist also offers services within owners’ goods and spare parts logistics and distribution combining deliveries to vessels.

Wrist is leading the digitalization agenda of the maritime supply industry. All year round, we offer 24/7 global online sourcing and logistics providing data transparency, automation, and convenience to customers.

We continuously work on reducing our own climate impact while at the same time meeting our customers’ growing demand for responsible solutions and services. From more than 30 locations worldwide in all major shipping locations, 1,600 Wrist employees take pride in making it easy for customers to order and receive supplies – where and when it is requested.

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Further information is available here

Jens Holger Nielsen, Group CEO, Wrist Ship Supply
Phone: +45 9931 9649

Anders Skipper, Group CFO, Wrist Ship Supply
Phone: +45 9931 8177

Photos, press material, etc.:
Tine Lind, Director Group Marketing and Communication, Wrist Ship Supply
Email: tili@wrist.com, phone: +45 4174 8947

Wrist Ship Supply A/S
Stigsborgvej 60, 9400 Noerresundby, Denmark

Garrets International is part of the Wrist Group - a world leader in the field of procuring and delivering supply to the maritime industry and a key player within this field.