Aeroflot Announces 1H 2015 IFRS Financial Results

31 August 2015

Moscow, 31 August 2015 – Aeroflot Group (“the Group”, Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) today published its consolidated interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2015, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.

1H 2015 Operating and Financial Highlights for Aeroflot Group:

  • Group passenger traffic increased by 14.0% year-on-year, with 33.4% year-on-year growth in the domestic segment;
  • Aeroflot Group increased its market shareby 5.8 percentage points (p.p.) year-on-year to 37.0%;
  • Revenue reached RUB 176,467 million, up 25.8% year-on-year;
  • EBITDAR2 nearly doubled year-on-year to RUB 33,252 million;
  • EBITDA2 increased by more than two-fold year-on-year to RUB 13,311 million;
  • Operating profit amounted to RUB 5,866 million as compared to an operating loss of RUB 1,384 million in 1H 2014;
  • Net loss amounted to RUB 3,541 million.

Shamil Kurmashov, PJSC Aeroflot Deputy CEO for Finance and Network and Revenue Management, commented:

“In the first half of 2015, Aeroflot Group strengthened its position as the leader in the Russian air transportation market with 14.0% year-on-year growth in passenger traffic and a 5.8 percentage point increase in market share. This was driven by strong operational performance at Aeroflot airline and the successful roll-out of Russia’s first low-cost carrier, Pobeda, which has quickly become one the top airlines in the country. The Group also benefited from changes in the competitive landscape, taking market share from foreign carriers that decreased frequencies on a number of routes as well as less efficient Russian peers.

“Our focus on the high-growth domestic market paid off with strong increases in Group traffic, which drove revenue up 25.8% year-on-year to RUB 176.5 billion, while strict cost control reined in growth of operational expenses despite exchange rate volatility. As a result, in the first half of 2015 Aeroflot Group posted an operating profit of RUB 5.9 billion; EBITDA and EBITDAR also rose, and the EBITDA and EBITDAR margins increased 3.9 and 6.9 percentage points to 7.5% and 18.8%, respectively.

“The Group focused on fleet optimisation, cost-cutting, boosting efficiency of business processes and financial management, and maintaining a robust financial position. We are confident our policy of expanding our presence on the growing Russian market, maintaining customer loyalty and increasing business efficiency will enable continued growth in the Group’s profitability as the Russian economy recovers.”

Key operating highlights

  RUB million, unless stated otherwise   6M 2015   6M 2014   Change
 

Passengers carried, thousand PAX

 
 

17,855

 
 

15,666

 
 

14.0%

 
 

  international

 
 

7,558

 
 

7,948

 
 

(4.9%)

 
 

  domestic

 
 

10,297

 
 

7,717

 
 

33.4%

 
 

Revenue Passenger Kilometres, mln

 
 

44,479

 
 

40,927

 
 

8.7%

 
 

  international

 
 

25,019

 
 

25,787

 
 

(3.0%)

 
 

  domestic

 
 

19,460

 
 

15,141

 
 

28.5%

 
 

Available Seat Kilometres, mln

 
 

58,789

 
 

54,066

 
 

8.7%

 
 

  international

 
 

33,007

 
 

34,560

 
 

(4.5%)

 
 

  domestic

 
 

25,782

 
 

19,507

 
 

32.2%

 
 

Passenger load factor, %

 
 

75.7%

 
 

75.7%

 
 

-

 
 

  international

 
 

75.8%

 
 

74.6%

 
 

1.2 p.p.

 
 

  domestic

 
 

75.5%

 
 

77.6%

 
 

(2.1 p.p.)

 

Overall passenger traffic for Aeroflot Group in 6M 2015 was 17.9 million, up 14.0% year-on-year.

Key financial highlights

  RUB million, unless stated otherwise   6M 2015   6M 2014   Change
 

Revenue

 
 

176,467

 
 

140,281

 
 

25.8%

 
 

EBITDAR

 
 

33,252

 
 

16,657

 
 

99.6%

 
 

EBITDAR margin

 
 

18.8%

 
 

11.9%

 
 

6.9 p.p.

 
 

EBITDA

 
 

13,311

 
 

5,030

 
 

164.6%

 
 

EBITDA margin

 
 

7.5%

 
 

3.6%

 
 

3.9 p.p.

 
 

Operating profit / (loss)

 
 

5,866

 
 

(1,384)

 
 

-

 
 

Operating profit margin

 
 

3.3%

 
 

-

 
 

-

 
 

Loss for the period

 
 

(3,541)

 
 

(1,905)

 
 

85.9%

 

Revenue

  RUB million, unless stated otherwise   6M 2015   6M 2014   Change
 

Passenger traffic revenue

 
 

146,162

 
 

117,977

 
 

23.9%

 
 

            scheduled passenger flights

 
 

144,087

 
 

110,823

 
 

30.0%

 
 

            charter passenger flights

 
 

2,075

 
 

7,154

 
 

(71.0%)

 
 

Cargo flight revenue

 
 

4,442

 
 

3,819

 
 

16.3%

 
 

Other revenue

 
 

25,863

 
 

18,485

 
 

39.9%

 
 

Total revenue

 
 

176,467

 
 

140,281

 
 

25.8%

 

In 1H 2015, Aeroflot Group’s revenue increased by 25.8% year-on-year to RUB 176,467 million, primarily as a result of an increase in revenue from Scheduled passenger flights and Other revenues.

Revenue from scheduled passenger flights in 1H 2015 increased by 30.0% year-on-year to RUB 144,087 million, boosted by 14.0% growth in passenger traffic year-on-year. Revenue from charter flights decreased by 71.0% to RUB 2,075 million, due to the Group’s strategy to decrease its presence in this market segment, as well as overall market dynamics in tourism traffic.

Despite a 1.0% decrease in the volume of cargo and mail carried in 1H 2015, cargo revenue increased 16.3% year-on-year on the back of stronger yields.

Other revenues increased by 39.9% year-on-year to 25,863 million, mainly driven by an increase in FX-denominated revenues from airline agreements following changes in the exchange rate.

Operating costs

  RUB million, unless stated otherwise   6M 2015   6M 2014   Change
 

Aircraft servicing and passenger service

 
 

34,516

 
 

27,714

 
 

24.5%

 
 

Staff costs

 
 

27,235

 
 

24,304

 
 

12.1%

 
 

Operating lease expenses

 
 

19,941

 
 

11,627

 
 

71.5%

 
 

Aircraft maintenance

 
 

13,098

 
 

9,268

 
 

41.3%

 
 

Sales and marketing, administration and general expenses

 
 

11,479

 
 

8,974

 
 

27.9%

 
 

Depreciation, amortisation and custom duties

 
 

7,445

 
 

6,414

 
 

16.1%

 
 

Other costs and expenses

 
 

12,173

 
 

13,128

 
 

(7.3%)

 
 

Operating costs less aircraft fuel

 
 

125,887

 
 

101,429

 
 

24.1%

 
 

Aircraft fuel

 
 

44,714

 
 

40,236

 
 

11.1%

 
 

Total operating costs

 
 

170,601

 
 

141,665

 
 

20.4%

 

In 1H 2015, aircraft fuel costs increased by 11.1% year-on-year to RUB 44,714 million, due to the ruble weakening and increase in traffic volume. Excluding the FX rate effect, aircraft fuel costs decreased by 19.7% due to a decline in oil prices and the Group’s initiatives to improve fuel efficiency.

Operating costs not including aircraft fuel grew by 24.1% year-on-year to RUB 125,887 million.

Aircraft servicing and passenger services costs amounted to RUB 34,516 million, up 24.5% year-on-year. This increase was mainly due to the changes in the ruble exchange rate versus foreign currencies. Excluding the FX rate effect, these costs increased by 8.0%, primarily due to expanded scale of operations and traffic volume, as well as changes in service rates.

Staff costs increased by 12.1% year-on-year to RUB 27,235 million, mainly due to additional motivational compensation for cabin crew (including bonuses for the sale of Sky Shop products on board), and increases in the rouble equivalent of salaries for employees based outside Russia.

Operating lease expenses amounted to RUB 19,941 million, up 71.5% year-on-year, mostly due to the change in the ruble exchange rate (given that these expenses are denominated in foreign currencies). Other growth factors included expansion of the Group’s fleet (net increase of 15 aircraft under operating lease, up 8.2% versus 30 June 2014), and an increase in the 6 month LIBOR rate in 1H 2015.

Aircraft maintenance costs increased by 41.3% year-on-year to RUB 13,098 million, mainly due to the change in the ruble exchange rate. Excluding the FX rate effect, such costs were flat year-on-year.

Sales and marketing, administration and general expenses increased 27.9% year-on-year to RUB 11,479 million. This growth was due to an increase in sales and marketing expenses denominated in foreign currencies.

Depreciation, amortisation and custom duties increased by 16.1% year-on-year to RUB 7,445 million, which was driven by additions of six new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft under finance lease agreements in 1H 2014.

Other expenses decreased by 7.3% year-on-year to RUB 12,173 million, primarily due to a refund of fuel excise duties as a result of changes in legislation.

As a result of the above-mentioned factors, the Group’s operating profit in 1H 2015 amounted to RUB 5,866 million (3.3% of revenue). EBITDAR reached RUB 33,252 million and EBITDAR margin increased 6.9 p.p. to 18.8%.

Non-operating gains and losses

  RUB million, unless stated otherwise   6M 2015   6M 2014   Change
 

Operating profit / (loss)

 
 

5,866

 
 

(1,384)

 
 

-

 
 

Finance income

 
 

7,183

 
 

2,615

 
 

174.7%

 
 

Finance costs

 
 

(7,441)

 
 

(2,434)

 
 

205.7%

 
 

Hedging result

 
 

(8,848)

 
 

-

 
 

-

 
 

Share of results of associates

 
 

(56)

 
 

(2)

 
 

-

 
 

Loss before tax

 
 

(3,296)

 
 

(1,205)

 
 

173.5%

 
 

Income tax

 
 

(245)

 
 

(700)

 
 

(65.0%)

 
 

Loss for the period

 
 

(3,541)

 
 

(1,905)

 
 

85.9%

 

Finance income for 1H 2015 more than doubled year-on-year to RUB 7,183 million, mainly due to foreign exchange gains from refunds of down payments for aircraft.

The increase of finance costs to RUB 7,441 million for 1H 2015 was mainly due to an increase in interest expenses and losses on derivatives.

Realized loss from hedging of RUB 8,848 million is attributable to settlements under derivative instruments recognized in equity, as well as from realized result related to hedging of US dollar denominated revenue through lease obligations denominated in US dollars.

As a result of the above-mentioned factors, the Group’s net loss for 1H 2015 amounted to RUB 3,541 million.

Debt

  RUB million, unless stated otherwise   30 Jun 2015   31 Dec 2014   Change
 

Loans and borrowings

 
 

31,191

 
 

24,203

 
 

28.9%

 
 

Finance lease liabilities

 
 

137,817

 
 

149,278

 
 

(7.7%)

 
 

Pension liabilities

 
 

709

 
 

659

 
 

7.6%

 
 

Customs duties

 
 

-

 
 

169

 
 

-

 
 

Total debt

 
 

169,717

 
 

174,309

 
 

(2.6%)

 
 

Cash and short-term investments

 
 

50,067

 
 

27,508

 
 

82.0%

 
 

Net debt

 
 

119,650

 
 

146,801

 
 

(18.5%)

 
 

Net debt/EBITDA

 
 

3.6x

 
 

5.9х

 
 

 

 

 

Total debt as of 30 June 2015 decreased by 2.6% versus 31 December 2014 to RUB 169,717 million.

As of 30 June 2015 undrawn lines available to Aeroflot Group from major Russian and international banks amounted to RUB 23.1 billion.

 

 

 


 

 

Including foreign carriers traffic.

 

 

 

EBITDAR = EBITDA before operating lease expenses. EBITDA = operating income + depreciation & amortization + customs duties.

 

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