SpiceJet reports 43% drop in Q4 net profit
SpiceJet today reported 43% fall in net profit at INR 41.6 crore for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2017 due to higher fuel cost and lower yield on account of demonetisation.
The Gurgaon-based carrier had reported a net profit of INR 73 crore during the January-March quarter of the 2015-16 fiscal.
However, for the full fiscal 2016-17, the airline posted a net profit of INR 430 crore as compared to INR 407 crore reported in the fiscal year ended March 2016.
SpiceJet said in a release today, SpiceJet reported a quarterly profit of INR 41.6 crore for the three months ended March 31, 2017, making it the ninth successive profitable quarter for the airline.
It said that the net profit for FY2017 stood at INR 430.7 crore, making this the second successive year of profitable growth.
According to the airline, the operating revenues were at INR 1,625.7 crore for Q4 FY17 and INR 6,191.3 crore for the fiscal 2017.
SpiceJet’s strong operational performance comes despite significant headwinds, it said adding that demonetisation resulted in significant decline in yield in Q3 and Q4. It said that Increase in fuel cost was at 46% in Q4 eroding approximately INR 160 crore of profit.
SpiceJet Chairman and managing Director Ajay Singh said in the release, “Two successive profitable years, a record aircraft order and emerging as India’s largest regional operator are testament of the fact that SpiceJet remains firmly on track on its long-term growth strategy.”
SpiceJet had in January this year announced that it will buy up to 205 new aircraft from Boeing for INR 1,50,000 crore, in one of the largest deals in the fast-growing Indian aviation sector.
The airelin said that the order of 205 aircraft signifies the strategic direction in which SpiceJet is now committed upon.
The airline said that “The historic order ends the turnaround phase for SpiceJet and marks the beginning of a growth story, which will see the airline expand its wings both within and outside the country.”
It said that “During this fiscal, SpiceJet completed its turnaround successfully by discharging all its obligations to its business partners, implemented cost savings measures by restructuring contracts and its business processes.”
According to the airline, besides adding capacity on existing routes, it was awarded six proposals and 11 routes under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme of the Central government.
With three-year exclusivity on the routes under the UDAN scheme, SpiceJet will be the only airline to operate on those sectors, it said.
The release said that the airline is also set to benefit from the reduced cost on account of low jet fuel taxes and exemption from landing and parking charges at regional airports under UDAN.
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