Log in
E-mail
Password
Remember
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
New member
Sign up for FREE
New customer
Discover our services
Settings
Settings
Dynamic quotes 
OFFON

MarketScreener Homepage  >  Equities  >  Hong Kong Stock Exchange  >  Cathay Pacific Airways Limited    293   HK0293001514

CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LIMITED

(293)
  Report
SummaryChartsNewsRatingsCalendarCompanyFinancialsConsensusRevisions 
SummaryAll NewsPress ReleasesOfficial PublicationsSector news

Cathay Pacific to cut capacity as demand for Hong Kong travel falls

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
09/11/2019 | 06:22am EDT
Cathay Pacific Airways planes are seen at the Hong Kong International Airport

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Wednesday it would cut capacity for the upcoming winter season after reporting an 11.3% fall in passenger numbers for August as anti-government protests in Hong Kong hit demand.

The airline said inbound traffic to Hong Kong in August had fallen by 38% and outbound traffic by 12% compared with the previous year, and it did not anticipate September would be any less difficult.

Hong Kong's finance secretary reported earlier this week that visitor arrivals plunged nearly 40% in August, deepening from July's 5% fall, as sometimes violent anti-government protests took a rising toll on the city's tourism, retail and hotel businesses.

The weak demand and cuts to capacity will place more pressure on Cathay at a time when it is grappling with management upheaval and is trying to complete a three-year financial turnaround plan driven by boosting revenue and slashing costs.

"Given the current significant decline in forward bookings for the remainder of the year, we will make some short-term tactical measures such as capacity realignments," Cathay Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said in a statement.

"Specifically, we are reducing our capacity growth such that it will be slightly down year-on-year for the 2019 winter season (from end October 2019 to end March 2020) versus our original growth plan of more than 6% for the period."

Cathay has become the biggest corporate casualty of anti-government protests after China demanded it suspend staff involved in, or who support, demonstrations that have plunged the former British colony into a political crisis.

Chairman John Slosar announced plans last week to step down in November, less than three weeks after CEO Rupert Hogg left amid mounting regulatory scrutiny.

Cathay said on Wednesday demand for premium class travel had fallen more significantly than for leisure travel, with demand from mainland China and Northeast Asia severely hit, although Australia and New Zealand were more positive.

The carrier said lower travel demand, an increased mix of transit passengers and the negative impact of a strengthening U.S. dollar had placed passenger yields, a measure of the average fare paid per kilometre per passenger, under further pressure.

"We expect airfares to continue to fall in coming months as Cathay struggles to maintain load factors within reasonable bounds," BOCOM International analyst Luya You said, in reference to a measure of the percentage of seats filled. "In terms of earnings, the second half may be notably dismal considering plummeting yields across all classes."

Transit passengers are typically less lucrative for airlines because they face competition from more rival carriers than for non-stop flights, which places pressure on pricing.

The load factor fell by 7.2 percentage points to 79.9% in August, Cathay said. The amount of cargo carried fell by 14% amid a weak global market for air freight and the effects of tropical storms and disruptions at Hong Kong airport.

(Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Robert Birsel and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

By Jamie Freed

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LIMITED -2.25% 5.22 End-of-day quote.-54.69%
DEERE & COMPANY 1.45% 222.21 Delayed Quote.26.54%
EURO / US DOLLAR (EUR/USD) 0.23% 1.16633 Delayed Quote.3.77%
THE GLOBAL LTD. 15.10% 221 End-of-day quote.-53.08%
share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
All news about CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LIMITED
09/18ALAN JOYCE : Qantas CEO Joyce's pay falls 83% because of coronavirus pandemic
RE
09/15Delta Parlays Frequent-Flier Program to Raise Money -- WSJ
DJ
09/14Delta to Use Frequent-Flier Program to Raise $6.5 Billion -- Update
DJ
09/14CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS : Says In August, Cathay Pacific And Cathay Dragon Carrie..
RE
09/14CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS : August 2020 Traffic Figures
PU
09/11CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS : Date of Board Meeting
PU
09/11Cathay Pacific shuns some job subsidies, raising specter of major cuts
RE
09/11Cathay Pacific shuns some job subsidies, raising spectre of major cuts
RE
09/11Cathay pacific says hk express, air hong kong, cargo terminal, hong kong airp..
RE
09/11Cathay pacific and cathay dragon will not apply for further govt employment s..
RE
More news
Financials
Sales 2020 47 771 M 6 164 M 6 164 M
Net income 2020 -17 491 M -2 257 M -2 257 M
Net Debt 2020 53 120 M 6 854 M 6 854 M
P/E ratio 2020 -1,53x
Yield 2020 -
Capitalization 33 602 M 4 336 M 4 336 M
EV / Sales 2020 1,82x
EV / Sales 2021 1,23x
Nbr of Employees 33 000
Free-Float 17,1%
Chart CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LIMITED
Duration : Period :
Cathay Pacific Airways Limited Technical Analysis Chart | MarketScreener
Full-screen chart
Technical analysis trends CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS LIMITED
Short TermMid-TermLong Term
TrendsBearishBearishBearish
Income Statement Evolution
Consensus
Sell
Buy
Mean consensus HOLD
Number of Analysts 14
Average target price 6,25 HKD
Last Close Price 5,22 HKD
Spread / Highest target 62,8%
Spread / Average Target 19,7%
Spread / Lowest Target -4,21%
EPS Revisions
Managers
NameTitle
Kin Wing Tang Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Patrick Healy Chairman
Gregory Thomas Forrest Hughes COO, Director & Chief Service Delivery Officer
Martin James Murray Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director
Jian Jiang Cai Deputy Chairman
Sector and Competitors