07 November 2013

Interim Management Statement

Clarksons, the world's leading shipping services group, today announces its Interim Management Statement published in accordance with the UK Listing Authority's Disclosure and Transparency Rules, for the period from 1 July 2013 to 6 November 2013 ("the period").

Trading
Clarksons trading has been encouraging over the period against global shipping markets which, although demonstrating some early signs of improvement still remain challenging. This is evidenced by the ClarkSea index which for the second half of 2013 to date was up 19% against the first half of the year and for the average of the year to date was flat against the same period in 2012. Trading in Q3 was up year on year.

The Group's performance has continued in line with the Board's expectations. Whilst the Group started the year with a forward order book $10m down on the previous year, the strength and breadth of our offer and expertise of our teams has enabled us to capitalise on the opportunities in our markets, achieving strong spot growth to mitigate the lower forward order book brought forward.

Broking
The positive indicators of improvement in our markets highlighted at the half year have started to bear results and we have seen some improvement in rates and asset values. Our broking teams have worked hard to take full advantage, ensuring we are at the forefront of all activity and we have seen particularly good performances across offshore, tankers and specialised products as well as an improvement in new building contracts.

Financial
Across our derivatives broking business, the improvement in rates has resulted in strong volumes. Whilst rates softened again towards the end of the third quarter, year to date losses in derivative broking have seen a notable improvement year on year. This performance, built on a recovery in the market for a short period demonstrates the strategic rationale and opportunity for this area of our business. Clarkson Capital Markets has also performed well. Our teams are working on a number of active mandates and continue to leverage client relationships across the business through our full service offer.

Support
Trading in our Port Services business has continued to be impacted by reduced grain exports as a result of the poor 2012 harvest and the decrease in activity of offshore oil and gas projects in the North Sea. However, trading across the rest of our support businesses have been in line with expectations.

On 1 November 2013, we announced the purchase of Gibb Tools, a leading specialist tool supplier to the industrial maritime and offshore sectors, for a maximum total consideration of £12.7m. The acquisition allows Clarkson Port Services to further extend its Port and Agency client offer into the important tool supply market, bringing with it a wealth of complementary client relationships and allowing us to tender for larger contracts. It is estimated that Gibb Tools will enhance CPS's pre-tax profit by £2.0m per annum before acquisition related costs.

Research
We continue to grow and develop the breadth and depth of our Research offer which underpins all of Clarkson's services and have seen an increase year on year in underlying revenue from research activities during the period.

Outlook
Whilst the markets continue to be challenged, the recent improvement in rates demonstrates that as trading conditions improve, Clarksons has the right strategy, structure and teams in position to take full advantage of recovery and we remain confident in the outlook for the remainder of 2013 and the Board's expectations are unchanged.

Enquiries:
Clarkson PLC
020 7334 0000
Andi Case, Chief executive
Jeff Woyda, Finance director

Hudson Sandler
020 7796 4133
Andrew Nicolls
Kate Hoare
Katie Matthews