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|Bid||73.48 x 800|
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|Day's Range||72.59 - 74.24|
|52 Week Range||44.44 - 96.79|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.09|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||11.35|
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|Ex-Dividend Date||Oct 28, 2015|
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(Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Lufthansa AG may have won its battle for state aid, but its surrender of airport slots to appease regulators heralds heightened conflict between European aviation’s old guard and low-cost challengers.A rivalry that’s been simmering for years has been given fresh impetus by the coronavirus crisis, with former flag carriers falling back on government support as discounters including Ryanair Holdings Plc and Wizz Air Holdings Plc argue that the market alone should dictate who survives.Lufthansa’s 9 billion-euro ($9.9 billion) bailout and a slots accord with the European Union overnight Friday handed the region’s biggest airline a lifeline. Now, the German group and network carriers such as Air France-KLM face a battle royale in repelling no-frills operators that came into the crisis stronger and plan to use it to gain ground in territories hitherto largely closed to them.“We are trying to take advantage of the situation,” Wizz Chief Executive Officer Jozsef Varadi said in an interview. “Lufthansa is getting a huge financial edge, but they’ll need to restructure after taking all of this money. So Germany will bring opportunities.”Aid ImbalanceDiscount airlines have received only modest support compared with legacy carriers. Ryanair, Wizz and EasyJet Plc have tapped the U.K.’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility for a combined 1.5 billion pounds ($1.8 billion), while Air France-KLM has received 7 billion euros from the French state and could overtake Lufthansa’s bailout once Dutch support is finalized.Low-cost carriers have also been quicker off the mark in slashing costs, with Ryanair, which has its biggest base at London Stansted, announcing 3,000 job cuts a month ago when Lufthansa was still in the early stages of putting together its bailout request.The strength of the challenge to Lufthansa in particular will depend on take-up for the 12 pairs of daily flight slots to be made available to competitors at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs as part of the bailout settlement ordered by the EU. Complicating matters is a proviso that says only new entrants can obtain the takeoff and landing rights during the first 18 months.Market DistortionThat would allow Ryanair, which has flights in Frankfurt, to target Munich, and EasyJet to do the reverse. Budapest-based Wizz, Europe’s third-biggest discount carrier, doesn’t currently serve either airport so could seek slots at both.Spokespeople for Ryanair and EasyJet declined to comment.Read more:Germany, Lufthansa Prove Tougher Foes for Vestager Than GoogleMerkel Is Seizing Her Chance to Revolutionize Germany’s EconomyWe All Might Be Flying in Planes Again Soon: Chris BryantRyanair gained 4.8% as of 11:18 a.m. in Dublin, while EasyJet advanced 4.4% and Wizz was up 3.8% in London. Lufthansa added 5.4% on Tradegate with regular trading in Frankfurt closed for a German holiday.The biggest opportunities for the low-cost players lie in Germany, Italy and Norway, said Mark Manduca, an analyst with Citigroup.“After the crisis passes and a price war this summer ensues, Ryanair and Wizz stand on the cusp of a three- to five-year consolidation and expansion story, as the participants around them shrink and flounder,” he said in a research note.State aid to the likes of Lufthansa will at least initially bend the market in their favor, EU competition watchdog Margrethe Vestager said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. “This is why we also have remedies, to try to limit that market distortion,” she said.The Lufthansa case is a template for EU oversight of other virus-related recapitalizations, Vestager said. The bloc would likely review any equity injection into Air France-KLM by France or the Netherlands, and is in close contact with the Italian government over the nationalization of bankrupt Alitalia Spa, which she called “a special case” because of its pre-existing financial distress.That budget airlines will make inroads isn’t a given.In Germany, the major hubs of Frankfurt and Munich charge typically higher fees than at the smaller airports traditional favored by discount operators, something Varadi said is a major obstacle to flying there.Both have a large proportion of passengers who transfer on or off long-distance flights, limiting the market share available to short-haul carriers.Stationing staff in Germany also means grappling with stringent employment laws and powerful unions, potential headaches for companies seeking to keep expenses low.Lufthansa’s pilot, cabin-crew and ground-crew unions wrote to European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen on Friday saying that a shift of slots to discount carriers would cause a “massive hollowing out” of labor standards and pay.Disruption AheadThe French market could open up as Air France-KLM reins in its network in response to environmental demands from the French government. A restructuring to be presented within months will call for a 40% cut in domestic French capacity by the end of 2021, Chief Executive Officer Ben Smith told shareholders last week.The company has also said it may raise new equity, potentially triggering EU scrutiny that could lead to slots being made available in the busy Paris and Amsterdam markets. The initial funding package avoided increasing state holdings amid acrimony between the French and Dutch governments over existing stakes.In Italy, Alitalia was in bankruptcy protection even before the virus hit. The rescue is regarded as dubious given the airline’s status, and the EU is expected to begin an investigation. Slot availability in Rome and Milan could be one outcome.Full-service airlines are also in retreat in the U.K., where British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. have indicated they’ll exit London Gatwick airport to consolidate operations at the city’s Heathrow hub.That will consolidate Gatwick’s status as a discount and leisure-oriented base, leaving EasyJet unchallenged as the biggest operator and offering an opportunity for Ryanair and Wizz to expand their more modest presence.Discount airlines are also cutting their cloth, though not nearly so much.Wizz will maintain all of its European bases and routes, while trimming frequencies, Varadi said. It announced four new hubs and 50 new routes on Friday.“We’re sensing strong demand, which we aim to tap as travel restrictions ease,” the CEO said.(Updates with Vestager comments in 12th paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
To make up for the cancellation of ceremonies such as the Olivier Awards and the Turner Prize, I have decided to group the reactions into a series of awards. The prize goes to below-the-line commenter Jacques5646, who said that while he “felt sorry for those low-cost users who have painstakingly saved the money for their annual vacation”, the rest of us should consider the airline workers whose jobs were at stake and the airlines that risked going bust. Last time, I shamed British Airways for offering vouchers online but requiring passengers who wanted refunds to call a number, which was often impossible to reach.
Ryanair Holdings Plc <RYA.I> and Chief Executive Michael O'Leary failed to persuade a U.S. judge to dismiss a securities fraud lawsuit accusing Europe's largest budget airline of defrauding them by downplaying its willingness to recognize labor unions. While dismissing much of the proposed class action, U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken said shareholders could try to prove that Ryanair intended to mislead them with statements indicating a "near certainty" it would not welcome unions, the recognition of which could increase costs and reduce profitability. The Manhattan judge said this included O'Leary's statement at Ryanair's September 2017 annual general meeting that hell would "freeze over" before the Dublin-based carrier accepted unions.
United Airlines'(UAL) job cuts are part of its cost-cutting measures. The carrier had earlier warned of a 30% reduction in its administrative staff.
Ryanair's <RYA.I> Austrian carrier Lauda said on Friday it was closing down its Vienna base after failing to reach an agreement with unions on pay, and had already relocated many of its 15 planes to other bases. Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said earlier this month that the group would shut down Lauda's main hub in the Austrian capital and bring in Ryanair jets instead unless staff agreed to a pay cut and a new labour agreement. A Lauda spokeswoman said the shut-down involved the loss of around 370 jobs and comes after Lauda failed to agree a new collective wage deal with the union even after management made a new offer with improved conditions on Thursday.
American Airlines' (AAL) job cut plans are part of its cost-cutting measures as it prepares to operate a smaller airline for the foreseeable future.
London, 28 May 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service, ("Moody's") has today downgraded easyJet Plc's (easyJet or the company) issuer rating to Baa3 from Baa2. Moody's has also downgraded the provisional senior unsecured rating of easyJet's GBP3.0 billion EMTN programme to (P)Baa3 from (P)Baa2 and the ratings of its E1.5 billion senior unsecured bonds due in 2023 and 2025 to Baa3 from Baa2.
American Airlines (AAL) is seeing modest increases in travel demand; does not think any airline would go out of business due to coronavirus concerns.
The likes of Delta (DAL) and United Airlines (UAL) are looking at ways to promote cleanliness in a bid to encourage passengers to resume flying.
Ryanair <RYA.I> expects Britain to join other European nations in dropping COVID-19 quarantine plans in the coming weeks, its CEO told Reuters on Wednesday, as he reported a "big surge" in holiday bookings from the country. Last week, Britain announced a 14-day quarantine from June 8 for all air passenger arrivals, including its own citizens, even as countries such as Italy and Spain move to ease equivalent restrictions. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said many Britons had not been deterred by the move, with booking rates in recent days indicating the 1,000 daily flights it plans to fly in July - 40% of normal capacity - were likely to be 50% to 60% full.
Low-cost carrier Ryanair challenged Germany's 9 billion euro rescue package for Lufthansa on Tuesday, saying it distorted competition, while the German carrier moves towards finalising the deal next month. The government-backed aid will allow Lufthansa to "engage in below-cost selling" and make it harder for Ryanair, its Laudamotion subsidiary and rival low-cost carrier easyJet to compete, Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ryanair will appeal against this latest example of illegal state aid to Lufthansa, which will massively distort competition," O'Leary said in the statement.
Boris Johnson’s government said Friday it would impose a 14-day quarantine on all travelers entering the U.K. beginning June 8, with a system of spot checks and £1,000 fines for people who fail to self-isolate.
Renew has not escaped the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, but its focus on essential infrastructure maintenance activities means 80 per cent of its work has continued. Revenue from the largest division rose by 4 per cent to £293m, benefiting from emergency work in response to rail landslips and storms Ciara and Dennis. Adjusted operating profit increased by 7 per cent to £20.5m, with January’s acquisition of road engineering specialist Carnell bolstering the margin by 0.2 percentage points to 7 per cent. The purchase marks Renew’s entry into the highways market, which it has been eyeing for some time.
Any air traveller knows the drill. But pre-flight safety demonstrations now come with an added accessory. Face masks. And as flying resumes, budget airlines say such coverings will be mandatory for passengers too. Ryanair executive Eddie Wilson: "You know, you will have to have a mask, I think, to get into an airport now. And we will be insisting on it onboard. It's there in your boarding card. If you don't have one, you won't be able to travel.” Planes will also face extra cleaning. There will be no food service, and on board movement will be limited. With southern Europe slowly opening up again, it’s hoped such measures will revive holiday travel. But that could be complicated by some countries’ plans to quarantine arrivals for 14 days. In the UK that will start on June 1, with just Ireland and France exempt. It’s something Ryanair has been campaigning against. "They're pointless because you can't police them. So what do you do when somebody arrives back from, or arrives into the UK, and gets on the Gatwick Express or the Heathrow Express? What, do you quarantine all the people on the track and trains - everybody who's on those forms of mass transportation? Like, it's unimplementable.” Ryanair and easyJet will resume some flights in June and July. Shares in both saw strong gains Thursday (May 21). EasyJet was up around five percent by early afternoon; Ryanair more than 6%. Future success will depend on convincing people it’s safe to fly again.
Ryanair's (RYAAY) revenues see year-over-year decline in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 due to the coronavirus-led drop in air travel demand.
Ryanair shares soared on Monday as the cut-rate airline slashed its burn rate and came in ahead of forecasts. What the controversial Irish airline can do may provide some inspiration for a battered industry.
As thousands of flights are cancelled, global airlines are seeking ways to survive. Ryanair investors on Monday (May 18) gave their backing to the airline's handling of the crisis. Shares surged over 13% on strong cost control and over a $1 billion profit in the past financial year. It came as Ryanair cut its annual passenger target by another 20%. Europe's largest low cost carrier also said it had no idea how much it would earn this year. As part of a cost-cutting drive that will shed at least 3,250 jobs, Ryanair is also looking at pulling out of some airports across Europe. CEO Michael O'Leary said he expects to fly fewer than 80 million passengers in the coming year, down from an original target of 154 million: " We're focused now on getting the business back and getting Europe flying again, we believe that will be possible, subject to the governments lifting restrictions by about the first of July, we expect to operate about 40 percent of our normal July schedule during that month. We still need the waiving of some of the government movement restrictions and we're also pushing back against the some of the more absurd, ineffective and unpoliceable restrictions, such as 14-day isolation periods.'' One aviation casualty of the crisis appeared to have some good news Monday. Virgin Australia's administrators have reportedly short-listed potential buyers. They're expected to receive as many as eight non-binding offers from potential buyers before a deadline Friday (May 22). The company entered voluntary administration last month owing creditors nearly $4.5 billion. Budget airline Norwegian Air, which was on the brink of collapse, also looks likely to live on in a very slimmed-down form. It's completed a cut-price share sale and won bondholders' backing for a refinancing. Existing shareholders will see their stakes massively diluted by the rescue. The airline's shares initially plunged 51% on Monday before recovering to trade down 22% on the day.
European stocks jumped at the open, as data showed new coronavirus cases growing at the slowest rate in months while the head of the Federal Reserve said the U.S. central bank had plenty of ammunition to fight the economic crisis.