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easyJet’s H1 update looked good with in-line results (preliminary figures were communicated earlier), strong pricing power and improved hedging positions. No financial guidance was provided as this is a highly uncertain exercise in the current economic context. We however expect an increase in the consensus.
Companies: easyJet plc
Despite no further surprise in terms of the H2 capacity outlook, easyJet’s H1 trading update pleased the market with a better-than-expected pre-tax headline loss. It is worth highlighting the group’s more-than-robust pricing power, which is expected to largely offset the unhedged fuel costs and the recent activities disruptions/cancellations at UK airports.
The market reacted positively to the group’s Q1 results, as the slightly weaker-than-expected traffic figures were more than offset by the strong pricing. The fading away Omicron impacts and the progressive lifting of travel curbs in many European countries, especially in the UK, are hoped to drive an earlier normalisation of operations. The Q2 traffic projection is only slightly lower than the pre-Omicron schedule and the year-end projection remains unchanged to approach its pre-crisis level.
easyJet’s FY21 results correspond to the market’s anticipations as the preliminary figures were communicated previously. Despite the worsening COVID-19 situation in Europe, the group seems upbeat on its capacity forecast for the next FY. Too early to judge whether it is too optimistic as all depends upon the development of the new Omicron variant.
easyJet’s Q4 21 results were seemingly stronger than analysts’ expectations and the group upgraded its capacity schedule for Q1 22. As the COVID-19 border restrictions in the UK are lifting, a good trading performance has been seen in the past two weeks. We expect the consensus to be raised.
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easyJet has turned down an unsolicited preliminary takeover approach and proposed a rights issue of £1.2bn, representing one third of its current market cap, to strengthen its financial positions and support potential long-term strategic investments. The renewed guidance for the short term is broadly in line with its last update.
The veteran senior management Stephen Hester will succeed John Barton as easyJet’s new chair in December and the market applauds his arrival due to his experienced skills in corporate turnarounds. The share is up by 2%.
easyJet’s released its Q3 results, which were in line with management’s expectations. However, the Q4 performance is now expected to be limited further by the new waves of the pandemic and the increasing travel restrictions in Europe. The hope of a meaningful summer rebound is fading away for the whole intra-European travel sector.
Following the release of the preliminary figures in April, easyJet’s release of its H1 results did not provide much unexpected information, except for the downgraded Q3 forecast. Its liquidity position and cash burn rate remain comfortable. Now all depends on a potential summer rebound, which will hopefully be unlocked by the speeding up of the vaccination roll-outs in Europe.
easyJet has released its H1 results, which were slightly better than analysts’ average expectations. Its solid liquidity position and improved cash burn rate should also encourage the market.
easyJet’s Q1 performance was largely hit by travel restrictions in Europe and the situation is expected to be worse in the next quarter. Nevertheless, the market was persuaded by the airline’s current liquidity position which could allow a survival of more than 14 months even in a fully-grounded scenario.
The UK-based low-cost carrier easyJet reported a pre-tax loss of £1.27bn in FY20. Funding needs seem to have been fulfilled to allow the wait for the plausible surge in demand next summer, despite the mediocre improvement in cash burn.
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