Matson, Inc. Announces first Quarter 2022 Results

Honolulu, Hawaii - May 3, 2022

• 1Q22 EPS of $8.23
• 1Q22 Net Income and EBITDA of $339.2 million and $476.4 million, respectively
• Year-over-year increase in 1Q22 consolidated operating income driven primarily by China service strength
• Repurchased approximately 0.7 million shares in 1Q22







Matson, Inc. ("Matson" or the "Company") (NYSE: MATX), a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today reported net income of $339.2 million, or $8.23 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 was $87.2 million, or $1.99 per diluted share. Consolidated revenue for the first quarter 2022 was $1,165.5 million compared with $711.8 million for the first quarter 2021.

"Matson is off to a solid start in 2022 with higher year-over-year operating income 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 as volume for e-commerce, garments and other goods remained elevated. The increase in consolidated operating income year-over-year was driven primarily by continued strength in the China service. Currently in the Transpacific tradelane, we are seeing supply chain challenges in China, primarily due to actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as well as continued supply chain constraints and congestion on the U.S. West Coast, elevated consumption trends, and inventory restocking. Despite the near-term uncertainty presented by the supply chain challenges in China, we expect a combination of the current supply and demand factors to remain largely in place through at least the October peak season and continue to expect elevated demand for our China service for most of this year."

Mr. Cox added, "In our domestic ocean tradelanes, we continued to see steady demand with higher year-over-year volumes in Alaska and Guam, and demand in Hawaii comparable to the level achieved in the year ago period. In Logistics, operating income increased year-over-year with strength across all of the business lines as we continued to see elevated goods consumption, inventory restocking and favorable supply and demand fundamentals in our core markets."

First Quarter 2022 Discussion and Update on Business Conditions
Ocean Transportation: The Company's container volume in the Hawaii service in the first quarter 2022 was 0.6 percent lower year-over-year. The decrease was primarily due to lower eastbound volume. During the quarter, we continued to see elevated hospitality-related demand as a result of strong domestic tourist arrivals and modest improvement in international visitor traffic. In the near-term, we are cautiously optimistic on further economic recovery in Hawaii in 2022. The positive trends include further improvement in the unemployment rate and increasing tourism traffic, including meaningful international visitor traffic later in the year, but incremental waves of COVID-19 variants present the possibility of further economic slowdowns and the loss of federal stimulus coupled with inflation and higher interest rates may impact discretionary income.

In China, the Company's container volume in the first quarter 2022 increased 13.4 percent year-over-year. The increase was a result of five more eastbound voyages than the prior year. Volume demand in the quarter was driven by e‑commerce, garments and other goods. Matson continued to realize a significant rate premium over the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index in the first quarter 2022 and achieved average freight rates that were considerably higher than in the year ago period. Currently in the Transpacific tradelane, we are seeing supply chain challenges in China, primarily due to actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, as well as continued supply chain constraints and congestion on the U.S. West Coast, elevated consumption trends, and inventory restocking. Despite the near-term uncertainty presented by the supply chain challenges in China, we expect a combination of the current supply and demand factors to remain largely in place through at least the October peak season and continue to expect elevated demand for our China service for most of this year.

In Guam, the Company's container volume in the first quarter 2022 increased 10.0 percent year-over-year primarily due to higher retail-related demand. In the near-term, we are cautiously optimistic on further economic growth in Guam as tourism traffic improves as the year progresses.

In Alaska, the Company's container volume for the first quarter 2022 increased 20.2 percent year-over-year primarily due to (i) the increase in volume from the Alaska-Asia Express ("AAX"), (ii) higher northbound volume primarily due to higher retail-related demand and volume related to a competitor's dry-docking and (iii) higher southbound volume primarily due to higher seafood 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 first quarter 2022 from the Company's SSAT joint venture investment was $34.0 million, or $24.8 million higher than the first quarter 2021. The increase was primarily driven by higher other terminal revenue.

Logistics: In the first quarter 2022, operating income for the Company's Logistics segment was $16.4 million, or $10.3 million higher compared to the level achieved in the first quarter 2021. The increase was due primarily to higher contributions from all services as we continued to see elevated goods consumption, inventory restocking and favorable supply and demand fundamentals in our core markets.

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About the Company
Founded in 1882, Matson (NYSE: MATX) is a leading provider of ocean transportation and logistics services. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the domestic non-contiguous economies of Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, and to other island economies in Micronesia. Matson also operates premium, expedited services from China to Long Beach, California, provides service to Okinawa, Japan and various islands in the South Pacific, and operates an international export service from Dutch Harbor to Asia. The Company's fleet of owned and chartered vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson's transportation network throughout North America. Its integrated, asset-light logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage, warehousing, freight consolidation, Asia supply chain services, and forwarding to Alaska. Additional information about the Company is available at www.matson.com.

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