In what has been the most challenging period in its long history, the Qantas Group reported a $124 million Underlying Profit Before Tax for the 12 months ended 30 June 2020, down 91 per cent on the prior year.
- Underlying Profit Before Tax: $124 million (down 91%)
- Statutory Loss Before Tax: $2.7 billion (majority of which is non-cash, including aircraft write downs)
- $4 billion revenue impact from COVID crisis in 2H20
- Operating cash flow: $1.1 billion
- Liquidity of $4.5 billion providing considerable buffer to manage uncertainty
- Significant progress on initial steps of three-year recovery plan
This reflects a strong first half of the year ($771 million Underlying Profit Before Tax) followed by a near total collapse in travel demand and a $4 billion drop in revenue in the second half due to the COVID-19 crisis and associated border restrictions.
Fast action to radically cut costs and place much of the flying business into a form of hibernation helped minimise the financial impact from this extraordinary sequence of events. From April to end of June, Group revenue fell 82 per cent while cash costs were reduced by 75 per cent, helping to limit the drop in Underlying Profit Before Tax in 2H20 to $1.2 billion.
At the statutory level, the Group reported a $2.7 billion Loss Before Tax – due mostly to a $1.4 billion non-cash write down of assets including the A380 fleet and $642 million in one-off redundancy and other costs as part of restructuring the business for recovery.
Despite significant uncertainty across most markets, the Group remains well positioned to take advantage of the eventual return of domestic and, ultimately, international travel demand. In the meantime, Qantas Freight and Qantas Loyalty continue to generate significant cashflow and charter operations for the resources sector are performing strongly.
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