Icelandair Group reports a “difficult operating year” due to over capacity and low yields, will focus on aircraft leasing

"Látrabjarg", delivered on April 4, 2018

Icelandair Group issued this report:

Difficult Operating Year

  • Total income $1.511 million, up by 7% year on year in 2018
  • Year’s EBITDA $76.5 million, as compared to USD 170.1 million in 2017
  • Year’s loss after taxes $55.6 million, as compared to profit USD 37.5 million in 2017
  • EBITDA in fourth quarter negative by $35.0 million, down between years
  • Low average air fares, increased oil prices and carbon emission allowances and poor results of the domestic operation explain reduced 4Q EBITDA between years
  • Equity ratio 32% at year-end.
  • Cash amounted to $299.5 million

Bogi Nils Bogason, President & CEO

“2018 was a difficult business year. Results fell short of our projections at the beginning of the year, which was characterised by strong competition, low and frequently irrational fares and significant fuel price increases. At the same time, changes in our sales and marketing operations and Route Network had a negative impact on our performance.

Our mission is clear: to improve the Company’s profitability and strengthen our operations for the future. Changes in the Company’s organisational structure have already been made to reflect our emphasis on our core operation, which is aviation. We are currently taking a number of measures, both on the revenue and expense side, which should result in improved operations in 2019. These measures include modifications in capacity to achieve a better balance in the Route Network between Europe and N-America, which will facilitate control and maximize revenue. We have also placed increased emphasis on ancillary revenue and on strengthening our sales and marketing activities, as well as an implementation of a new revenue control system is in its final stages. Furthermore, in the spring 2019, a new connection bank will be added alongside the current connection bank, which will improve resource utilisation as well as increase capacity and revenue. In addition, the Group’s domestic flight operations are currently under review.

It is clear that we are faced with uncertainty in our operating environment and our competitive environment is changing. However, our Company benefits from its strong foundations as well as our talented and capable people. The financial position of the Company is strong, and I am convinced that we are well positioned to take on the challenges and seize the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Icelandair Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 TF-ICY (msn 44354) LGW (SPA). Image: 944878.

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