had posted a net loss of Rs 381 million in June quarter (Q1FY19), on higher fuel cost, weak rupee and a one-time provisioning of Rs 634 million. The net income from operations grew 18.5% at Rs 21,997 million for the reported quarter as against Rs 18,561 million in the same quarter last year.
“Sharp uptick in ATF prices (accounted for 40% of revenue in past) and INR depreciation (the bulk of the cost is USD denominated) will impact profitability given high price sensitivity of the Indian consumer leaving limited ability to pass on costs. Existing airports at Indian metros like Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata running at peak capacity could prove to be bottlenecks for growth,” analysts at Edelweiss Securities said in result update.
“We estimate robust volume CAGR of 16% over FY17-20 driving 21% EPS CAGR over the period. While rising oil price is a concern, yield increase (FY19E: up 3%) and ramp up of 15% fuel-efficient Max moderate the impact,” it added.
has gone slow on capacity addition in the recent past (not added any capacity in Q1
unlike its LCC peers) – growth has tapered below industry growth, resulting in a slight drop in market share,” analysts at SBICAP Securities said.
The company, though, now has a strong pipeline to induct 15 aircraft till Dec’18 (includes 11 737MAX and 4 Bombardier Q400s) ahead of the busy/peak season (Oct-Dec) in the domestic market. On the base of the current fleet size of 58 aircraft, this is expected to rebound volume growth to 20% in H2FY19, the brokerage firm said in quarterly update.