Consequences of Corona pandemic have a considerable impact on Lufthansa result

  • Adjusted EBIT declines to minus billion euros in the second quarter despite substantial expense reductions
  • Comprehensive “ReNew” restructuring programme to make sure international competitiveness immediately after the crisis
  • Lufthansa Cargo with potent second quarter
  • Quantity of workers already diminished by 8,300 – redundancies no lengthier dominated out in Germany as properly
  • Normalization of demand from customers to pre-crisis stage expected for 2024 at the earliest

The collapse in demand from customers for air vacation because of to the Corona pandemic led to an eighty p.c fall in earnings for the Lufthansa Group in the second quarter to one.nine billion euros (earlier yr: nine.6 billion euros). Most of the earnings (one.five billion euros) was generated by Lufthansa Cargo and Lufthansa Technik.

The Lufthansa Group Adjusted EBIT in the quarter beneath evaluate amounted to minus billion euros (earlier yr: 754 million euros), irrespective of in depth expense reductions. Functioning costs had been diminished by 59 p.c, largely through the introduction of quick-time doing the job for big elements of the workforce and the cancellation of non-vital expenses. On the other hand, these actions had been only partly in a position to compensate for the decline in profits. The consolidated web earnings of Lufthansa Group for the months April to June amounted to minus one.five billion euros (earlier yr: 226 million euros).

The logistics division benefited from secure demand from customers. The loss of cargo capability in passenger aircraft (“bellies”) led to a substantial increase in yields. Lufthansa Cargo’s Adjusted EBIT consequently rose to 299 million euros (earlier yr: minus nine million euros).

1st fifty percent of 2020 
In the complete to start with fifty percent of 2020, Lufthansa Group earnings fell by fifty two p.c to 8.3 billion euros (earlier yr: 17.four billion euros). Adjusted EBIT amounted to minus 2.nine billion euros (earlier yr: 418 million euros) and EBIT to minus 3.five billion euros (earlier yr: 417 million euros). The change in between the two figures is generally because of to depreciation on aircraft and aircraft utilization rights amounting to 300 million euros, goodwill impairments totaling 157 million euros and the impairment of joint undertaking holdings in the MRO segment totaling 62 million euros.

In addition, the adverse marketplace benefit advancement of gasoline expense hedging contracts experienced a adverse affect of 782 million euros on the fiscal end result in the to start with six months of the yr. As opposed with the to start with quarter, this outcome diminished by 205 million euros. The Lufthansa Group web end result for the to start with fifty percent of the yr consequently amounted to minus 3.6 billion euros (earlier yr: minus 116 million euros).

Targeted traffic advancement in the second quarter of 2020
In the second quarter of 2020, the Lufthansa Group airways carried million passengers, 96 p.c much less than in the earlier yr. Ability fell by ninety five p.c. The seat load component was 56 p.c, 27 share factors down below the earlier year’s determine. Freight capability offered fell by fifty four p.c because of to a deficiency of capability on passenger aircraft. The decline in freight kilometers sold was 47 p.c. This reflects an increase in cargo load component by 10 share factors, to 71 p.c.

Targeted traffic advancement in the to start with fifty percent of 2020
In the to start with six months, the Lufthansa Group airways carried a total of 23.five million passengers, two thirds much less than in the identical period very last yr (minus 66 p.c). Ability diminished by sixty one p.c. The seat load component fell by nine share factors to seventy two p.c in the period. Freight capability offered fell by 36 p.c and cargo kilometres sold by 32 p.c. This resulted in an increase in cargo load component by four share factors to 66 p.c.

Funds move and liquidity advancement
Funds expenditure fell to 897 million euros (earlier yr: one,904 million euros) in the to start with fifty percent of the yr, generally because of to postponing prepared aircraft deliveries, with only 127 million euros of funds expenditure in the second quarter. The drastic reduction in funds expenditure, the Group-wide aim on securing liquidity and stringent doing the job funds administration minimal the hard cash outflow irrespective of the substantial fall in earnings. The altered no cost hard cash move for the to start with fifty percent of the yr consequently amounted to minus 510 million euros (earlier yr: 269 million euros). Web personal debt enhanced by 10 p.c compared with the close of 2019, to seven.3 billion euros.

Centrally accessible liquidity amounted to 2.8 billion euros on June thirty, a lower of one.four billion euros compared with the close of the to start with quarter (31 March 2020: four.2 billion euros).

The money agreed with the Economic Stabilization Fund of the Federal Republic of Germany (WSF) to stabilize Lufthansa Group are not nevertheless involved in the liquidity figures as of thirty June 2020. Which include these money amounting to nine billion euros, the Group experienced a total of eleven.8 billion euros in liquidity accessible as of thirty June 2020.

Considering that the starting of July, the Group has gained 2.3 billion euros from the stabilization deal. As a end result of the funds increase, with which the WSF has acquired a twenty p.c stake in the company’s share funds, the Lufthansa Group gained hard cash of all over 300 million euros. The launch of the to start with instalment of the KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) financial loan contributed just one billion euros, and the establishment of the WSF’s Silent Participation II supplied a further just one billion euros.

Funds outflows given that the balance sheet day connected largely to the payment of refund claims for cancelled flights. In July, the Group paid out just beneath just one billion euros. In total, the Group has so much reimbursed all over two billion euros to customers in the current yr 2020.

Lufthansa Group decides on “ReNew” restructuring plan
The Group at this time expects demand from customers for air vacation to return to pre-crisis levels in 2024 at the earliest. Lufthansa Group has hence determined on a complete restructuring programme entitled “ReNew”, which also includes the restructuring plan already underway at the airways and support businesses.

The purpose continues to be to retain the international competitiveness and future viability of the Lufthansa Group. The plan includes the reduction of 22,000 total-time careers in the Lufthansa Group. The Group’s fleet is to be permanently diminished by at least a hundred aircraft. Nonetheless, the capability offered in 2024 is to correspond to that of 2019. To this close, efficiency is supposed to be enhanced by 15 p.c by 2023, among the other factors by minimizing the variety of the flight operations (AOCs) to a highest of 10 in future. The size of the Govt and Management Boards of the Group businesses will be diminished and the variety of executives in the Group is supposed to be decreased by twenty p.c. In the administration of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, one,000 careers will be cut. The sum of these actions really should make it doable to refinance the money of the stabilization deal as rapidly as doable. The fiscal preparing of Lufthansa Group stipulates that favourable hard cash flows will be generated all over again in the training course of 2021. Lufthansa Group at this time (as of thirty June 2020) has 129,four hundred workers, about 8,300 much less than at the identical time very last yr. The Group’s objective was to keep away from redundancies as much as doable. Versus the history of the marketplace developments in international air website traffic and based mostly on the training course of the negotiations on essential agreements with the collective bargaining associates, this objective is no lengthier realistically in access for Germany either.

Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Govt Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, said: “We are experiencing a caesura in international air website traffic. We do not assume demand from customers to return to pre-crisis levels right before 2024. Specifically for extensive-haul routes there will be no speedy recovery.

We had been in a position to counteract the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the to start with fifty percent of the yr with stringent expense administration as properly as with the revenues from Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo. And we are benefitting from the to start with indications of recovery on tourist routes, primarily with our leisure vacation offers of the Eurowings and Edelweiss manufacturers. Nonetheless, we will not be spared a much-reaching restructuring of our business.

We are certain that the complete aviation market need to adapt to a new ordinary. The pandemic offers our market a distinctive opportunity to recalibrate: to dilemma the standing quo and, as an alternative of striving for ”growth at any value”, to build benefit in a sustainable and accountable way.”

Considering that the starting of July, the Group has further expanded its flight plan. This largely concerns quick-haul leisure vacation. Lufthansa Group experienced already made the growth of its marketplace placement in this segment a focal position of its strategy right before the Corona crisis. The airways Eurowings and Edelweiss perform an significant part in this context.

In July, the Group little by little enhanced its supplying to all over twenty p.c of the earlier year’s stage, with load aspects of over 70 p.c in European quick-haul website traffic.

In the 3rd quarter, capability offered is prepared to increase to an average of all over 40 p.c of the prior yr capability on quick- and medium-haul routes and to all over twenty p.c on extensive-haul routes. In the fourth quarter, capability is prepared to further increase to an average of all over 55 p.c (quick- and medium-haul) and all over fifty p.c (extensive-haul). With this, the Group plans to return to ninety five p.c of the quick- and medium-haul and 70 p.c of the extensive-haul places by the close of the yr. Many thanks to a high degree of adaptability in supply and capability preparing, this determine can also change at quick detect.

Regardless of the capability growth, the Lufthansa Group also expects a clearly adverse Adjusted EBIT in the second fifty percent of 2020 and consequently a further substantial decline in Adjusted EBIT for the total yr. This reflects the expectation that significant extensive-haul routes will keep on to be served only to a extremely minimal extent because of to ongoing vacation restrictions.

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