Aegean: 63% turnover increase in 2021 – Net profit of 5.1 million euros – Organic losses before taxes amounted to € 72.5 million

AEGEAN announced operating and financial results for fiscal year 2021.

The Group recorded a significant increase of 63% in consolidated revenues, in 2021 compared with 2020, mainly due to the recovery from June till October 2021. It is worth noting that 70% of total revenues were recorded from June till October, before the new restrictions imposed due to the Omicron variant.

Consolidated revenues in 2021 totaled €674,8 mil. from €415,1 mil. in 2020.

The Group offered 11,2 mil. seats and carried 7,2 mil. passengers with domestic traffic reaching 3,5 mil. passengers and international traffic 3,7 mil. passengers. Load factor for the period stood at 65,5%, at similar levels compared to 2020 but significantly lower compared with the pre-pandemic levels.

Headline pre-tax losses on a comparable basis amounted to €72,5 mil. significantly lower from the losses before taxes on 2020 which amounted to €296,8 mil, mainly due to the improvement recorded in the third quarter which was the first profit making quarter since the beginning of the pandemic.

Following the completion of the share capital increase of €60,0 mil. in June 2021, which was a condition precedent for the completion of the state aid, the Company has received in July 2021 the approved by EU state aid for the partial compensation of the 2020 losses occurred due to the pandemic. The state aid amount was recognized in the income statement net of the warrants valuation. Moreover, a provision related to the restructuring of the fleet was recognized. The total effect of the three aforementioned items amounted to a total non-headline (exceptional)
income of €63,2 mil., which is not included in the above headline losses for 2021.

Taking into account the above-mentioned non-headline (exceptional) items, Losses before Taxes amounted to €9,3 mil. in 2021, while the profit after taxes amounted to €5,1 million. Cash and cash equivalents balance was €474,41 mil. as of 31.12.2021, after the payment of the pre delivery payments regarding the Airbus order and the fixed assets purchases amounting €94,8 million.

Mr. Dimitris Gerogiannis, AEGEAN’s CEO, commented:

“The pandemic had a significant impact in 2021. The Group has managed to recover significantly despite the volatile market conditions during the year. In 2021 AEGEAN has effectively managed its network and its fleet, has strengthened its capital base, and has further improved its cost structure. However, the significant recovery that was recorded between June and October was interrupted by the Omicron variant, which has affected the activity and demand from November 2021 onwards.

In 2022 the aviation sector expects a significant recovery while the demand for the Greek tourist product seems particularly strong. At the same time, however, the Russian invasion to Ukraine has created new significant uncertainties, while significantly affecting fuel prices. The Group has accelerated its investment program in new technology aircraft which will reduce the impact of the increase of fuel prices and plans new destinations, new services and products as well as the gradual restoration of the capacity to reach the pre-pandemic levels for the summer period. For a third consecutive year, the flexibility and adaptability to the volatile market conditions will continue to be very critical”.