😎 Summer Sale Exclusive - Up to 50% off AI-powered stock picks by InvestingProCLAIM SALE

EasyJet forecasts return to annual profit after 'strong' Q1 passenger traffic

Published 2023/01/25, 12:13
© Reuters.
EZJ
-

By Scott Kanowsky 

Investing.com -- EasyJet PLC (LON:EZJ) said it expects to swing to an annual profit, ending three straight years of losses, after customer demand in its first quarter came in "strong" despite recent inflationary pressures.

In a trading update on Wednesday, the firm said passenger traffic in the quarter ending on December 31 was solid, rising to 17.5 million from 11.9M in the previous year. Revenue per seat - a key measure of the airline's efficiency - jumped 36% year-on-year, while the load factor moved up to 87%.

Group revenue during the period soared by 83% to £1.47 billion (£1 = $1.2308), beating Bloomberg consensus estimates. Its pre-tax loss of £133M was also better than expected and an improvement from a decline of £213M in the prior year.

Shares in easyJet jumped by more than 10%, touching their highest point since June.

"We have seen strong and sustained demand for travel over the first quarter, carrying almost 50% more customers compared with last year," chief executive officer Johan Lundgren said in a statement.

The company now plans to see a continued increase in revenue per seat in its second quarter, driven by higher yield and load factor growth. Meanwhile, ticket yields for the upcoming Easter holidays are 24% above pre-pandemic levels.

"In summary, we expect to see our winter loss reduce significantly over the first half compared to last year. This will set us firmly on the path to delivering a full year profit, where we anticipate beating the current market expectation [...]," Lundgren said.

Analysts at Liberum called easyJet's update "encouraging," saying that it could bode well for a potential recovery in earnings and volume across the European airline sector.

 

Latest comments

Risk Disclosure: Trading in financial instruments and/or cryptocurrencies involves high risks including the risk of losing some, or all, of your investment amount, and may not be suitable for all investors. Prices of cryptocurrencies are extremely volatile and may be affected by external factors such as financial, regulatory or political events. Trading on margin increases the financial risks.
Before deciding to trade in financial instrument or cryptocurrencies you should be fully informed of the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite, and seek professional advice where needed.
Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. The data and prices on the website are not necessarily provided by any market or exchange, but may be provided by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual price at any given market, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Fusion Media and any provider of the data contained in this website will not accept liability for any loss or damage as a result of your trading, or your reliance on the information contained within this website.
It is prohibited to use, store, reproduce, display, modify, transmit or distribute the data contained in this website without the explicit prior written permission of Fusion Media and/or the data provider. All intellectual property rights are reserved by the providers and/or the exchange providing the data contained in this website.
Fusion Media may be compensated by the advertisers that appear on the website, based on your interaction with the advertisements or advertisers.
© 2007-2024 - Fusion Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.