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Here's Why Hawaiian Holdings Tanks 51.3% in the Past 6 Months

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Shares of Hawaiian Holdings HA, the holding company of Hawaiian Airlines, have lost 51.3% compared with the industry’s 45.1% decline in the past six months.


Reasons for This Dismal Performance

Even though all the carriers are reeling under the coronavirus pandemic crisis, Hawaiian Holdings has been one of the hard-hit stocks in the space. This is because it depends significantly on tourism to Hawaii, which has taken a huge beating in the current scenario due to travel restrictions and quarantine measures imposed by the authorities.

The demand scenario, which started deteriorating in late January, began to worsen in mid-March. Due to sagging passenger revenues (down 57.5% in first-half 2020), the carrier incurred wider-than-expected loss in each of the first two quarters of 2020.  With waning demand, the company has been running a very limited schedule since spring. Hawaiian Holdings expects its August capacity to plunge 85% from the year-ago period’s reading.

With the global health peril still persisting, tourism to Hawaii is likely to be virtually non-existent at least in the near term. This implies that near-term prospects of this currently Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) stock remain bleak. Consequently, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2020 bottom line is currently pegged at a loss of $9.86 cents, moving south from a loss of $7.62 over the past 30 days.

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