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Jetstar stars in Qantas results; Pegasus to conduct IPO

Analysis

Qantas' 1HFY2011 financial results, released on 17-Feb-2011, revealed that Jetstar is an increasingly valuable unit of the Qantas Group, with the LCC offshoot close to overtaking Qantas as the group's most profitable brand. The unit contributed 32% of the group's EBIT result and 17% of revenue, as the Qantas Group posted a four-fold increase in half-year net profits to AUD241 million.

Summary
  • Jetstar, the low-cost carrier subsidiary of Qantas, is on track to become the most profitable brand within the Qantas Group, contributing 32% of the group's EBIT result and 17% of revenue in the first half of FY2011.
  • Qantas Group reported a significant increase in net profits, with a four-fold rise to AUD241 million in the first half of FY2011.
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle experienced a fourth-quarter loss of EUR4.1 million and a 58% decline in full-year net profits due to a 50% increase in fuel costs.
  • Norwegian's outlook for early 2011 is cautiously positive, with satisfactory advanced bookings reported for the first quarter.
  • Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines has applied for an initial public offering (IPO) to sell up to 36% of the company's shares on the Istanbul Stock Exchange.
  • Pegasus Airlines, established in 1990, plans to sell an initial 31.3% stake with an option to sell an additional 4.7% in the IPO.

Elsewhere, Norwegian Air Shuttle has fallen to a fourth quarter loss of EUR4.1 million and reported a 58% decline in full-year net profits to EUR24.4 million as fuel costs spiked almost 50% for the airline. Shares in Norwegian finished closed 0.8% lower, on a generally positive day for European listed carriers. Norwegian's outlook for early 2011 is faintly positive, with advanced bookings reported for 1Q2011 described as "satisfactory".

Turkish LCC Pegasus Airlines applied to the Istanbul Stock Exchange to sell up to 36% of the company in an IPO. Pegasus plans to sell an initial 31.3% stake with an option to sell a further 4.7%. Pegasus Airlines was established in 1990 as a JV between Aer Lingus, Silkar Yatırım and Net Holding.

Selected PEA daily share price movements (% change): 17-Feb-2011

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