Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kingfisher Q2 loss widens to Rs. 754 cr

MUMBAI, November 8, 2012

Debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines on Thursday reported net loss of Rs. 754 crore for the July-September quarter, a sharp increase from Rs.469 crore in the year-ago period, and said it is working on a plan to resume services.

The revenue plunged to Rs. 200 crore during its second quarter of this fiscal from Rs. 1,553 crore in the same period last year because of disruption in operations and eventual suspension of its licence by aviation regulator DGCA.

Even as the company's expenses declined across various heads, the firm suffered huge restructuring cost. Its tax expenses also rose sharply.

Announcing the result, the carrier said it is in discussions with various stakeholders to ensure that there are no future disruptions and expects to resume operations in the near future.

"Kingfisher Airlines is preparing a comprehensive plan for re-start of operations which will be shared with the DGCA and bankers," the carrier said in a BSE filing.

Shares of the company were trading at Rs. 12.85, up 0.16 per cent on the BSE at 1025 hrs.

The carrier is already saddled with accumulated loss of Rs. 8,000 crore besides a debt burden of over Rs. 7,524 crore, a large part of which has not been serviced.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had recently suspended the flying licence of Kingfisher following the airline's failure to come up with a viable plan of financial and operational revival.

It faces the risk of losing its licence if a revival plan is not submitted by next month, while bankers are working on plans to handle large scale defaults by the airline.
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