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Singapore Airlines Reports Third Quarter Net loss of $142 Million on 76% Revenue Decline to $1.1B

SIA reported a third quarter net loss of $142 million on a 76.1% decline in revenue to $1.1 billion versus Q3 2019. For the nine month period ending December 31, 2020, the carrier reported a net loss of $3.6 billion on a year-over-year revenue decline of 78.9% to 2.7 billion.


Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 - Courtesy Singapore Airlines

On Thursday (February 4, 2021), Singapore Airlines (SIA) reported a third quarter net loss of $142 million on a 76.1 percent revenue decline to $1.1 billion versus Q3 2019. For the nine month period ending December 31, 2020, the airline reported a net loss of $3.6 billion on a year-over-year revenue decline to $2.7 billion. The Group’s third quarter expenditures declined 65.2 percent to $2.6 billion, with non-fuel expenses declining by $1.5 billion due to cost savings initiatives, capacity cuts, staff-related measures and government support schemes. Net fuel costs declined 77.3 percent to $274 million on capacity cuts and lower fuel costs before hedging. Expenses for the nine month period declined 59 percent to $4.9 billion, with net fuel costs down 81.7 percent to $650 million.


During the first nine months of the financial year, SIA recorded non-cash items including a impairment charge of $1.3 billion on the carrying value of older aircraft, as $127 million charge for the liquidation of NokScoot and a $170 million write down of goodwill recorded when the company gained control of Tiger Airways in 2014.


As of December 31, 2020, the Group’s shareholders equity was $15.7 billion, an increase of $6.3 billion from March 31, 2020. The company’s increased $4.4 billion to $7.1 billion, while total debts increased $400 million to $12.2 billion due the drawdown of new debt facilities. As a result, the Group’s debt to equity ratio fell from 1.27 times to 0.78 times. In the first nine months of the financial year, the company increased its liquidity by approximately $12.7 billion. Last December, SIA closed a five-year convertible bond issuance for $850 million as well as a private placement of 10-year notes that raised an additional $500 million.


Singapore Airlines Group’s fleet consists of 185 passenger and cargo aircraft, with around 64 aircraft supporting the airline’s current network. All seven of the company’s dedicated freighters are fully utilized along with 24 passenger aircraft deployed on cargo-only services. SIA has parked 123 aircraft, including 33 surplus aircraft which were impaired during the first half of the financial year. As of the end of December, Singapore Airlines served 38 destinations, up from 31 in September 2020, while Silk Air increased their destinations from six to eight during the same period and Scoot’s network remained unchanged with 17 destinations. From January 2021, SIA reinstated service to Dubai, Moscow and Munich, while SilkAir will resume service to Phuket in February. By the end of April, the airline plans on operating at approximately 25 percent of pre-pandemic capacity, serving about 45 percent of their previous destinations.



Source: Singapore Airlines