Jet Airways’ Debt May Rise In Short Term, Says Chief Financial Officer
After posting a massive loss in the March quarter, private carrier Jet Airways Ltd. today said it may see a rise in debt for the next one or two quarters.
“The (March) quarter had negative cash flow generation. Maybe for a quarter or two you would see the debt going up. There could be a short-term blip in terms of rise in the debt,” Jet Airways Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Amit Aggarwal said during a post-earnings analysts call.
He said the airline has already reduced its debt by Rs 3,000 crore over the last two-and-a-half year, adding that the overall strategy of reducing debt would continue on an ongoing basis.
As on March 31, 2018, the airline’s gross debt stood at Rs 8,424 crore, of which Rs 2,054 crore was aircraft related, Agarwal said.
With Jet Airways incurring a huge fourth-quarter loss of Rs 1,036 crore on high oil prices and weaker rupee, its auditors have said the “appropriateness of assumption of going concern” for the company depends on its ability to raise necessary funds, among other factors.
The Naresh Goyal-owned full service carrier reported a quarterly loss for the first time in eleven quarters.
Jet Airways' Chief Executive Officer Vinay Dube said that the airline will induct 11 Boeing 737 Max aircrafts in the fleet by March next year with the first two expected to arrive next month. “We have recently placed orders for additional 75 B737 Max aircrafts, taking the total Max order book to 150. These aircrafts will start inducting into our fleet from this year, with two joining the fleet in June,” he said.
For financial year 2017-18, the airline reported a standalone net loss of Rs 767.62 crore, against a net profit of Rs 1,482.52 crore earlier.