ENP Newswire - 02 September 2014
Release date- 01092014 - Kifissia - AEGEAN reports improved results for the first half of 2014, resulting from the benefits of its network expansion and from cost synergies with Olympic Air. Consolidated revenue increased by 8% to EUR388.6m, compared to the combined revenue of both companies in 2013.
Consolidated Pre-tax earnings reached EUR22m from EUR7.2m and after-tax earnings rose to EUR16m from EUR6.9m in 2013. It should be noted that due to seasonality first half is traditionally the weakest semester in performance.
AEGEAN and Olympic Air carried 4.3m passengers in the first half of 2014, 16% more than the previous year, achieving further improvement on load factor to 76% from 74%, despite the high number of new destinations launched during the period. In June 2014 the company reached a historic milestone by exceeding 1m monthly passengers for the first time. Traffic in the domestic network increased by 19%, driven mainly by lower fares which boosted demand for main markets as well smaller island destinations. International traffic out of the 8 aircraft bases rose by 13%, with Athens registering a higher growth rate of 17%, as the market recovered for the first time since 2008.
As a result of higher demand and improved pre-sales, operating cashflow showed a remarkable improvement to EUR127m for the first half, driving cash and cash equivalents for the parent company to EUR357m as of the end of June 2014. Strong cash flows facilitated, in line with expectations, the smooth execution of EUR1 per share cash return to shareholders (EUR71m in total) in July 2014, with the company maintaining significantly higher cash reserves versus than 31/12/2013 and therefore the ability to comfortably support its gradual growth plans.
Mr. Dimitris Gerogiannis, Managing Director, commented:
'Our expanded operations for 2014 with a fleet of 50 Aircraft, 13m of available seats to be offered for the whole year and 17 new international destinations, are yielding positive results. Olympic Air synergies are gradually maturing bringing unit cost improvements and increased flows from connectivity. Our investment in incoming leisure and tourism over the last five years, now brings tangible results for Aegean. This is so despite the significant rise in competitive capacity to our market as well as new source market related challenges faced in Russia and Ukraine. We are benefiting from scale economies and network development and we will continue to gradually but consistently pursue this strategy while making new investments in quality and competitiveness as most recently with our decision to take delivery of 7 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft in 2015-2016.'
Consolidated Results: First Half 2013: Pro-forma (including Olympic Air consolidation)