KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 26): AirAsia X Bhd's (AAX) net loss for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 (2QFY20) widened to RM305.24 million, 47.4% more than the RM207.11 million it recorded a year ago as the airline bore the full brunt of travel restrictions implemented to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
AAX sees more turbulence ahead due to uncertainties surrounding the lifting of travel restrictions, which have grounded most of its aircraft fleet.
The low-cost carrier revealed that its severe liquidity constraints persisted. "In the short term the company will need to seek agreement with major creditors to restructure outstanding liabilities, which have accrued during the period since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to continue as a going concern," AAX said in its quarterly financial result announcement.
Meanwhile, the carrier continues to seek payment deferrals and concessions from its suppliers, lessors and lenders. "Further payroll reductions will be implemented in the next month to reflect the significantly lower level of operations both at the current time, and also when the company is able to start operating again," it added.
However, the quarter's performance was an improvement over the preceding quarter's in which the long-haul low-cost carrier posted its largest-ever net loss of RM549.7 million due to large foreign exchange losses and losses from the hedges against higher crude oil prices.
Quarterly revenue shrank to barely RM91.44 million compared with the RM1.01 billion reported a year ago as AAX operated only 16 scheduled flights throughout the three months versus 4,824 a year ago.
Its total cash balance contracted almost 30% to RM252.04 million from RM357.96 million at the end of last year. Deducting pledged deposits, its cash pile stood at RM211.94 million, a drop from RM307.85 million previously.
The airline's current liabilities ballooned by nearly 31% to RM3.38 billion from RM2.58 billion as at end-2019. The spike in its current liabilities was mainly attributed to trade and other payables, which rose to RM1.31 billion from RM823.81 million.
"AAX will not be able to restart scheduled operations until international borders reopen and, in recognition of the current degree of uncertainty and the timing of the lifting of restrictions, the company has stopped selling tickets for future travel dates," said the carrier.
Shares in AAX closed unchanged at 6.5 sen today, giving the airline a market capitalisation of RM269.63 million. Year-to-date, the counter has plummeted by more than half from 15.5 sen.
Edited by Kathy Fong