Matson, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

Honolulu, Hawaii - Nov. 3, 2021

• 3Q21 EPS of $6.53
• 3Q21 Net Income of $283.2 million
• 3Q21 EBITDA of $417.8 million
• Year-over-year increase in consolidated operating income driven primarily by China service strength
• Domestic tradelane volumes in 3Q21 well above volumes in 3Q20
• Repurchased approximately 1.9 million shares from August 3, 2021 through November 2, 2021







Matson, Inc. ("Matson" or the "Company") (NYSE: MATX), a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today reported net income of $283.2 million, or $6.53 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2020 was $70.9 million, or $1.63 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the third quarter 2021 was $1,071.6 million compared with $645.2 million for the third quarter 2020.

"The strong economic and business trends we saw in the second quarter continued in the third quarter resulting in solid performance in both Ocean Transportation and Logistics," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Matt Cox. "Within Ocean Transportation, our China service continued to see significant demand for its expedited ocean services, including the new CCX service, as volume for e-commerce, garments and other goods remained elevated heading into the peak season. Continued strong demand for the China service was the primary driver of the increase in consolidated operating income year-over-year. Currently, supply chain congestion continues in the Transpacific tradelane with the combination of ongoing elevated consumption trends, inventory restocking, and bottlenecks at critical points for both ocean and overland transportation. We expect these conditions to remain largely in place at least through mid-year 2022."

Mr. Cox added, "In our domestic ocean tradelanes, we continued to see strong demand with higher year-over-year volumes compared to the largely pandemic-reduced volumes in the third quarter of last year. In Hawaii, we experienced elevated westbound freight demand as the state's tourism and economy continued to rebound sharply from the pandemic lows, although towards the end of the quarter we experienced a modest negative impact in freight related to the state's efforts to address the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. In Logistics, operating income increased year-over-year compared to the operating income achieved in the year ago period as we continued to see elevated goods consumption, inventory restocking and favorable supply and demand fundamentals in our core markets."

Third Quarter 2021 Discussion and Update on Business Conditions
Ocean Transportation: The Company's container volume in the Hawaii service in the third quarter 2021 was 11.5 percent higher year-over-year. The increase was primarily due to higher retail and hospitality-related demand due to the continued rebound in tourism and the Hawaii economy compared to the pandemic-reduced volume in the year ago period. Volume in the third quarter 2020 was negatively impacted by the state's COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including restrictions on tourism. Domestic visitor travel to the state remained strong throughout much of the third quarter 2021 until the end of the quarter when the state's efforts to address the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, including the Governor's request to defer travel plans, led to a softening in airline passenger traffic. As a result, we experienced a modest negative impact in freight demand late in the quarter. In the near-term, the Hawaii economy may experience a brief slowdown as a result of the state's response to the COVID-19 Delta variant and the related impacts on tourism trends. In late October, the Governor announced that non-essential travel to the state can resume on November 1, 2021.

In China, the Company's container volume in the third quarter 2021 increased 21.7 percent year-over-year. The increase was primarily due to volume from the China-California Express ("CCX") service and volume from an extra loader. The total number of eastbound voyages in the China service increased by six year-over-year of which five were from CCX voyages and one from an extra loader. Volume demand in the quarter was driven by e-commerce, garments and other goods. Matson continued to realize a significant rate premium in the third quarter 2021 and achieved average freight rates that were considerably higher than in the year ago period. Currently, supply chain congestion continues in the Transpacific tradelane with the combination of ongoing elevated consumption trends, inventory restocking, and bottlenecks at critical points for both ocean and overland transportation. We expect these conditions to remain largely in place at least through mid-year 2022.



In Guam, the Company's container volume in the third quarter 2021 increased 14.6 percent year-over-year primarily due to higher retail-related demand compared to the pandemic-reduced volume in the year ago period. The economic recovery trajectory in Guam continues to remain uncertain as the economy recovers slowly and tourism remains constrained.

In Alaska, the Company's container volume for the third quarter 2021 increased 10.7 percent year-over-year due to (i) the addition of volume from the Alaska-Asia Express, (ii) higher northbound volume primarily due to an additional sailing and higher retail-related demand, and (iii) higher southbound volume. In the near-term, we expect improving economic trends in Alaska, but the recovery's trajectory continues to remain uncertain.

The contribution in the third quarter 2021 from the Company's SSAT joint venture investment was $13.0 million, or $5.3 million higher than the third quarter 2020. The increase was primarily driven by higher lift volume.

Logistics: In the third quarter 2021, operating income for the Company's Logistics segment was $16.0 million, or $4.1 million higher compared to the level achieved in the third quarter 2020. The increase was due primarily to higher contributions from supply chain management and transportation brokerage as a result of elevated goods consumption, inventory restocking and favorable supply and demand fundamentals in our core markets.

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