India’s largest aviation company, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, which runs the IndiGo airline reported a standalone net loss of Rs 1440 crore for the quarter ending September (Q2FY22). Even as the loss has increased year-on-year, IndiGo’s loss has more than halved on a sequential basis. In Q1FY22, the airline’s loss stood at Rs 3180 crore. The sequential improvement can be attributed to the swift recovery in the domestic aviation market, following the disruptions caused owing to the second covid-19 pandemic.
Commenting on the results, IndiGo’s CEO, Ronojoy Dutta said, “We are encouraged by the pace of revenue recovery. We continue to work towards return to profitability in order to strengthen our balance sheet. With a modern fleet, dedicated employees and a stronger economic environment we are well positioned to leverage all the growth opportunities around us.”
The company’s revenues in Q2FY22 increased by nearly 87 percent versus Q1FY22 to Rs 5608 crore. Year-on-year, revenue growth stood at almost 105 percent. In Q2FY22, IndiGo’s passenger ticket revenues were Rs 4716.3 crore, representing an increase of 113.6 percent compared to last year’s same quarter. At the same time, ancillary revenues increased by 61.4 percent to Rs817.7 crore.
IndiGo saw 9.6 percent year-on-year growth in its yields, a measure of pricing for airlines.
Robust revenue growth helped the company swing to profit at the EBITDAR level in Q2FY22 from an EBITDAR loss in Q1FY22. EBITDAR is earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and lease rentals; a key measure of profitability for airlines. Year-on-year, EBITDAR has declined by 10 percent to Rs 251 crore. IndiGo’s Q2 results are better than some analysts’ expectations. For instance, Prabhudas Lilladher Pvt. Ltd had estimated IndiGo's Q2 revenue at Rs 5000 crore and an EBITDAR loss of Rs 7.5 crore.
Currently, the sharp rise in crude oil prices poses a big threat to the profitability of airlines, including IndiGo. During Q2FY22, IndiGo's aircraft fuel expenses as a percentage of revenues stood at 35.5 percent compared to 23.5 percent in the same period last year. The measure stood at 40 percent during Q1FY22.
At the end of September, IndiGo’s free cash and restricted cash stood at Rs 6351 crore and Rs 10202 crore, respectively. However, huge losses have meant that the company's networth has turned negative to around Rs 4500 crore as on September 30. The company's networth as on March 31 was in the positive territory at Rs 71 crore.
Going ahead, IndiGo has said that its December quarter (Q3FY22) capacity in terms of ASKs (available seat kilometer) is expected to increase by around 40 percent sequentially.