Deutsche Bahn forsees EUR 44 billion revenues this year

In 2018, Deutsche Bahn expects to generate revenues of some EUR 44 billion and an adjusted EBIT of at least EUR 2.2 billion. DB remains committed to its punctuality targets for 2018 and will continue to aim for an 82% on-time rate in long distance transport. It will be stepping up its efforts for better quality and service, with measures that include enhancing “Zukunft Bahn,” its multi-year quality improvement program. After DB’s positive experience with the construction situation center it established to improve construction management, the company will be setting up an additional situation center to make similar improvements to punctuality.
The 2018 estimates were released during the performance report for 2017. Last year, DB has achieved its financial targets, with record revenues, higher profit and even more passengers on its long distance trains.
The DB Group’s adjusted revenues grew by 5.2% to EUR 42.7 billion. Adjusted EBIT rose by 10.6% to EUR 2.15 billion. DB Long Distance and DB’s international business units were the primary drivers of the group’s financial growth in 2017. DB Schenker generated record revenues of EUR 16.4 billion, while revenues at DB Arriva totaled EUR 5.3 billion.
Passenger numbers for long distance rail service grew by 3.2 million compared with the previous year. Over 142 million passengers took DB’s long distance trains, a 2.3% increase year on year. The number of passengers who took DB trains and buses throughout Europe also rose significantly, by 5.3%, to nearly 4.7 billion. Transport volumes at DB Regio were up by 2.6%, to 41.9 billion passenger kilometers. DB Regio performed well against its competitors in 2017, winning 74% of the transport volume awarded in new regional transport contracts. DB Long Distance saw its passenger kilometers rise by 2.6% to 40.5 billion.
DB Schenker experienced growth in all segments in the 2017 fiscal year. European land transport was up by 0.8%, contract logistics grew by 4.8%, and air and ocean freight saw the largest gains, at 10.3% and 8.1% respectively. Despite a 2.3% drop in transport performance in rail freight in 2017, the DB management team is confident that DB Cargo will be back on track to grow again in the future.

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