IAG share price: Full-year operating profit rises to €1.39bn

on Feb 27, 2015
Updated: Oct 21, 2019

International Consolidated Airlines Group Plc (LON:IAG) has this morning released its full-year results.

**Highlights from IAG’s statement:**
Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said:

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“We’re reporting strong full year results with an operating profit before exceptional items of €1,390 million which is up 80.5 per cent. Total revenue was up 8.0 per cent with non-fuel costs up 7.0 per cent and fuel costs up 0.6 per cent on capacity growth of 9.3 per cent.

“Iberia made an operating profit of €50 million compared to an operating loss of €166 million last year. The airline’s turnaround has been remarkable, both financially and operationally, and we’re very proud of its achievement especially its strong cost discipline. In 2013 we said our intention was for Iberia to breakeven in 2014 and it has fulfilled that promise.

“British Airways’ operating profit increased to €1,215 million up from €762 million last year which shows significant progress towards its long term targets. Vueling made an operating profit of €141 million, compared to an operating profit of €139 million in 2013, with the airline focusing on flexible growth.
“We achieved a strong unit cost performance, down 4.1 per cent, through increased productivity, supplier cost savings and lower fuel unit costs. The latter was boosted by the introduction of more efficient aircraft into our fleet and lower fuel prices in the last quarter of the year. However, the positive effect of the oil price reduction has been partly offset by hedging and significant currency impact.

“In the quarter, we made an operating profit before exceptional items of €260 million which is up from €113 million last year. Revenue for the quarter was up 9.9 per cent. Non-fuel costs were up 10.5 per cent and fuel costs decreased by 0.4 per cent on capacity growth of 5.8 per cent.”

Trading outlook
At current fuel prices and exchange rates, IAG expects in 2015 to generate an operating profit in excess of €2.2 billion, with total fuel costs of around €5.9 billion, based on capacity growth of approximately 5.5 per cent.
The 2014 performance includes Vueling for the full year, however the comparative period only includes Vueling results from the acquisition date April 26, 2013.

Passenger revenue
Passenger revenue for the Group increased 9.6 per cent for the year on a capacity increase of 9.3 per cent. At constant currency the increase was 8.7 per cent, with a unit revenue decrease of just 0.4 per cent. The Group carried 77 million passengers, up 15 per cent from 2013.
**More to follow…**
As of 07:23 GMT, Friday, 27 February, International Consolidated Airlines Grp share price is 559.50p.


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