SpiceJet grows passenger traffic, revenues; but rupee depreciation impacts margins

Published on : Saturday, November 9, 2013

SpiceJetSpiceJet continued to grow passenger traffic by 9% and revenues by 6% during the quarter ended September 30 2013. However, the civil aviation sector in India continues to struggle under the burden of several adversities, mainly the Indian Rupee that saw unprecedented weakness during the quarter. The approximate impact of currency depreciation alone, despite a hedging program, was around Rs 42 crore during the quarter ended Sept 30, 2013.

 
Aircraft maintenance costs were significantly impacted due to increase in periodic engine maintenance. These costs aggregated to Rs 78 crores additionally due to bunching up of engines sent for shop visits. ATF prices continued to rule firm and were 2% more expensive per liter than comparable numbers for the same period last year; fuel constituted 56% of the total revenue in the current quarter as compared to 54% in the comparable quarter for the previous year.

 
SpiceJet added two more international destinations, Muscat and Bangkok, during the quarter. While these initiatives add to the pressure on margins due to the start-up costs involved in setting up a new station, the contributions from overseas flying will help in reducing costs through a better utilization of the fleet and in leveraging SpiceJet’s strong presence in Tier I and Tier II towns by connecting them to the new global destinations.

 
The pricing environment continued to be weak, resulting in a decline in the average passenger yields in current quarter by 7% to Rs.3,711 as against Rs 4001 last year. Despite addition of capacity, the airline operated with better efficiencies; load factor increased during the quarter to 71.8% from 66.3% during the same period last year.

 
SpiceJet posted a loss of Rs.559 crores for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 compared with a loss of Rs.164 crores for the comparable period last fiscal year.

 
Highlights for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 vs. September 30, 2012

 
Operational

 

Financial

 

Net loss of Rs.559 crores for the quarter compared to a net loss of Rs.164 crores
In order to improve its competitive position, the management is putting in place a strategic plan to refine the network, enhance revenues, rationalize costs and further improve reliability to deliver better value to customers. SpiceJet continues to focus on overall end-to-end service delivery, designing enhancements to the product and eliminating unnecessary “pain points” to make customer experience more pleasant, consistent and hassle-free.

 

Source:- Spicejet

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