SpiceJet net loss narrows to Rs235cr in Q4 despite Covid-19 second wave impacts business hitting travel demand

The company posted a whopping 518% yoy rise in revenue to Rs1,117.5cr during the quarter.

Jul 01, 2021 03:07 IST India Infoline News Service

SpiceJet has announced a net loss of Rs235.34cr for the quarter ending March 2021 (Q4FY21) which narrowed drastically from Rs807cr a year ago same period as the business continues to be severely impacted by the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic which has adversely hit operations and travel demand. The airline company reported a net loss of Rs998.3cr in FY 2021.

Meanwhile, the company posted a whopping 518% yoy rise in revenue to Rs1,117.5cr during the quarter. While there have been significant losses suffered on the passenger side of the business the dedicated cargo operations continued to provide a much-required lifeline to our overall operations.

The Company continues to incur various costs owing to the grounding and the inability of Boeing 737 Max aircraft to undertake revenue operations for over two years now. SpiceJet continues to engage with Boeing to recover damages incurred by the Company due to the grounding of the MAX and also engage with aircraft lessor of the grounded MAX aircraft to restructure the present leases.

In terms of operational parameters, SpiceJet had the best passenger load factor amongst all airlines in the country. The average domestic load factor for the quarter was 77.3% while for fiscal 2021 it was 75.7%.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “The intensity with which the second wave of Covid-19 struck and the unimaginable devastation it has caused, both for the already battered travel industry and generally, will take time to heal. To ensure our long term growth and sustainable operation we have decided to raise funds of up to INR 2,500 Crore. These funds will be used to significantly strengthen our balance sheet.”

Singh added, "Much like the first wave, this time too, our cargo arm was exceptionally active and has performed extremely well transporting record quantities of supplies all across the globe. In order to provide greater focus to cargo business and raise additional capital, we will hive off the cargo business to operate as a separate entity. The same will provide greater opportunity and flexibility in pursuing long term growth plans and strategies for the cargo business.”

He also said, "With vaccination touching record numbers and travel demand slowly picking up, we hope that the worst is behind us but we remain extremely cautious about the future. While there is still much work and recovery to be done we have managed to reduce our net loss in Q4 through re-structuring of our contracts which will have a significant positive impact in the long term.”

On Sensex, SpiceJet closed at Rs80.15 per piece down by 1.05%.

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