China Shipping Development Profit Drops 81% as Bulk Rates Slump

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China Shipping Development Company Limited operates crude oil and refined oil shipment, coal shipment, and dry bulk shipment along the People’s Republic of China coast as well as internationally.

Oct. 22 (Bloomberg) — China Shipping Development Co., the dry-bulk arm of the nation’s second-biggest shipping group, reported an 81 percent drop in third-quarter profit as rising overcapacity hammered commodity-shipping rates.

Net income declined 81 percent to 292 million yuan ($43 million), or 0.0858 yuan per share, the company said in a statement today. Nine-month profit was 905.7 million yuan.

The Baltic Dry Index, a measure of dry-bulk rates, averaged 61 percent lower in the period than a year earlier as growth in the global fleet (Sure!) outpaced China’s demand for iron ore and other commodities. The shipping line has locked in long-term liquefied natural gas and oil contracts, offsetting the dry-bulk rate drop.

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