* Says will not launch new share buy-back in Q4
* DSV maintains full-year 2013 profit outlook
* Q3 EBIT 649 mln DKK vs forecast 675 mln
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COPENHAGEN, Oct 29 Danish freight forwarder DSV
posted a bigger than expected fall in third-quarter
operating profit as freight rates declined and competition
While standing by its previous forecast for full-year
earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) of
2.55-2.75 billion Danish crowns, the group held back from
launching a new share buy back programme in order to meet its
target for debt as a proportion of core earnings.
DSV said in February it was aiming for net interest bearing
debt to be no more than 2 times earnings in 2013, against a
previous target for to be between 2.0 and 2.5 times EBITDA.
At the end of the third quarter, the group's net interest
bearing debt stood at 2.1 times EBITDA.
Operating profit (EBIT) fell to 649 million Danish crowns
($119.94 million) in the quarter from 688 million a year
earlier, and against an average forecast for 675 million in a
Reuters poll of analysts.
The Danish company, which has about 22,000 employees across
the world and supplies air, sea and land transport services, saw
a faltering global economy hit freight volumes during in the
"The markets of DSV are still characterised by low growth
and fierce competition," said chief executive Jens Andersen in a
For the full year, the company said it still expects the
market for sea freight to grow two to three percent.
In the third quarter, group revenue rose a modest 1.4
percent in the quarter to 11.47 billion crowns, slightly lagging
an average 11.52 billion forecast in the poll.
($1 = 5.4111 Danish crowns)
(Reporting by Mette Fraende; Editing by David Cowell and Mark