Key figures

Q4/FY 2018

    2017
2018
+/–% Q4 2017
Q4 2018
+/–%
Revenue
€m
60,444 61,550 1.8 16,109 16,926 5.1
Profit from operating activities (EBIT) €m
3,741 3,162 –15.5 1,181 1,134 –4.0
Return on sales1) % 6.2 5.1 7.3 6.7
EBIT after asset charge (EAC) €m
2,175 716 –67.1 796 509 –36.1
Consolidated net profit for the period2) €m
2,713 2,075 –23.5 837 813 –2.9
Free cash flow €m
1,432 1,059 –26.0 975 1,307 34.1
Net debt3) €m
1,938 12,303 >100
Return on equity before taxes % 27.5 19.3
Earnings per share4) 2.24 1.69 –24.6 0.69 0.66 –4.3
Dividend per share   1.15 1.155)
Number of employees6)   519,544 547,459 5.4
1)
EBIT/revenue.
2)
After deduction of non-controlling interests.
3)
Calculation see Group Management Report, page 49.
4)
Basic earnings per share.
5)
Proposal.
6)
Headcount at the end of the year, including trainees.

Divisional key figures

Deutsche Post DHL Group offers integrated services and customised solutions for the processing and transport of goods and information in a global market. The Group is organised into four operating divisions, each of which operates under the control of its own divisional headquarters. The Group management functions are performed by the Corporate Center.
(As at end of 2018)

  • Key figures by operating divisions

    €m
      2017
    adjusted 1)
    2018

    +/– %

    Q4 2017
    adjusted 1)
    Q4 2018

    +/– %

    Revenue

      18,161 18,476 1.7 5,047 5,125 1.5

    of which Post

      9,956 9,709 –2.5 2,688 2,611 –2.9

    eCommerce – Parcel

      8,482 9,073 7.0 2,432 2,604 7.1

    Other/Consolidation PeP

      –277 –306 –10.5 –73 –90 –23.3

    Profit from operating activities (EBIT)

      1,503 656 –56.4 511 366 –28.4
    of which Germany   1,495 658 –56.0 505 364 –27.9
    International Parcel and eCommerce   8 –2 <-100 6 2 –66.7

    Return on sales (%) 2)

      8.3 3.6 10.1 7.1
    Operating cash flow
      1,559 1,263 –19.0 836 648 –22.5
    1)
    Post - eCommerce - Parcel: conversion of reporting to the business unit consolidated view and reclassification of business areas.
    2)
    EBIT/revenue.
  • Key figures by operating divisions

    €m
      2017
    2018

    +/– %

    Q4 2017
    Q4 2018

    +/– %

    Revenue

      15,049 16,147 7.3 4,059 4,423 9.0

    of which Europe

      6,696 7,245 8.2 1,841 1,972 7.1

    Americas

      3,010 3,296 9.5 813 913 12.3

    Asia Pacific

      5,556 5,740 3.3 1,454 1,585 9.0

    MEA (Middle East and Africa)

      1,110 1,142 2.9 283 300 6.0

    Consolidation/Other

      –1,323 –1,276 3.6 –332 –347 –4.5

    Profit from operating activities (EBIT)

      1,736 1,957 12.7 499 570 14.2

    Return on sales (%) 2)

      11.5 12.1 12.3 12.9
    Operating cash flow 
      2,212 3,073 38.9 723 905 25.2
    2)
    EBIT/revenue.
  • Key figures by operating divisions

    €m
      2017
    2018

    +/– %

    Q4 2017
    Q4 2018

    +/– %

    Revenue

      14,482 14,978 3.4 3,791 4,002 5.6

    of which Global Forwarding

      10,279 10,667 3.8 2,698 2,883 6.9

    Freight

      4,354 4,454 2.3 1,130 1,156 2.3

    Consolidation/Other

      –151 –143 5.3 –37 –37 0.0

    Profit from operating activities (EBIT)

      297 442 48.8 123 161 30.9

    Return on sales (%) 2)

      2.1 3.0 3.2 4.0
    Operating cash flow
     
    131 523 >100 119 286 >100
    2)
    EBIT/revenue.
  • Key figures by operating divisions

    €m
      2017 2018

    +/– %

    Q4 2017 Q4 2018

    +/– %

    Revenue

      14,152 13,350 –5.7 3,619 3,743 3.4

    of which EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)

      7,245 6,871 –5.2 1,921 1,824 –5.0

    America

      4,551 4,385 –3.6 1,125 1,352 20.2

    Asia Pacific

      2,389 2,147 –10.1 583 578 –0.9
    Consolidation/Other
      –33 –53 –60.6 –10 –11 –10.0

    Profit from operating activities (EBIT)

      555 520 –6.3 184 184 0.0

    Return on sales (%) 2)

      3.9 3.9 5.1 4.9
    Operating cash flow 
     
    239 1,322 >100 28 936 >100
    2)
    EBIT/revenue.

Outlook

For financial year 2019, we expect consolidated EBIT to range between €3.9 billion and €4.3 billion after special factors from the sale of the supply chain business in China and other effects in the Supply Chain and eCommerce Solutions divisions. The Post & Paket Deutschland division is expected to contribute between €1.0 billion and €1.3 billion to Group EBIT. For the DHL divisions, which include the new eCommerce Solutions division, we expect EBIT to reach a total of between €3.4 billion and €3.5 billion. This includes the special factors mentioned above. Corporate Functions is anticipated to contribute around €–0.5 billion to earnings. In line with the projected growth in EBIT, we expect that EAC will also increase in 2019. Free cash flow is expected to exceed €0.5 billion. (As at March 7, 2019)

Multi-year overview