Cargolux financial results for 2019

en

After 2 years of exceptional growth, the industry once again entered turbulent times in 2019. 

<< Back
29/04/2020 |
  • Cargolux LX-VCK (002)

On the eve of its 50th anniversary, in a challenging climate marked by a global economic slowdown, overcapacity and low yields, Cargolux still managed to outperform the industry average and close the year with a profit. The Cargolux Group (Cargolux) generated a positive net result of USD 20.2 million with an EBIT margin of 5.1% - despite unfavorable and volatile market conditions - a reflection of the company’s solid business strategy. At year-end, Cargolux’ Balance Sheet reflected stable financial ratios compared to the previous year and a further improvement in its cash position versus 2018. 
 
Business Highlights In 2019, Cargolux witnessed softening markets, unresolved trade conflicts, and uncertainties surrounding an agreement on the UK’s exit from the EU. This resulted in a general downtrend in the industry, specifically over-capacity in the markets. After a solid start to the year, the industry experienced weak demand for the available capacity during the summer and autumn period, prior to a short peak season in the fourth quarter. These circumstances translated into a sharp decrease in profitability compared to 2018 (USD 211 million). Cargolux is currently seventh in IATA’s ranking of the worlds’ top 25 international scheduled cargo carriers.

Cargolux strengthened its footprint as an expert in niche markets with an expanding global network. In 2019, the company added two new destinations, Santiago de Chile and Jakarta. These additional gateways enable the company to both explore new business opportunities and meet existing customer requirements. Cargolux is currently the only cargo carrier to offer main deck capacity between Europe and the Indonesian capital. The airline also bolstered its presence in Eastern Europe by doubling its services to Budapest. The initial Hong Kong – Budapest route increased from 3 to 4 weekly frequencies, and two new weekly services were added from Zhengzhou to 

 
Budapest. Cargolux now offers six weekly rotations through Hungary. A new transpacific frequency from Zhengzhou (CGO) to Los Angeles via Xiamen also complemented the airline’s offer. 
 
At the end of December 2019, the total fleet of 30 aircraft comprised sixteen Boeing 747-400 freighters (11 B747-400Fs and 5 B747-400ERFs) and fourteen Boeing 747-8 freighters. The majority of the 747-400 fleet is either debt free or on flexible lease contracts (Power by the Hour basis). This fleet enables Cargolux to respond to changing market conditions in a flexible and timely manner. Similar to other operators of 747-400 freighters, Cargolux recorded an impairment of USD 47.6 million in respect of its 747-400 fleet in 2019.  
 
Financials 

Total revenues decreased throughout the year as a result of lower load factors and yields coupled with lower fuel surcharge revenues as a result of a declining fuel price. Consequently, EBIT decreased to USD 114 million which translates into 5.1% EBIT margin. The airline continues to pay down debt. The higher number shown for 2019 is a result of new accounting rules adopted in accordance with International Financial Reporting standards. IFRS 16 requires entities to capitalize all operating leases meeting specific criteria. 
 
 Luxembourg Headcounts and Night Flights 

In addition to its worldwide activities that comprise over 2,200 employees across the globe, Cargolux is also an active economic driver at its home base in Luxembourg. The airline is one of the major pillars of the Grand-Duchy’s logistics sector, thus generating value across the supply chain. Logistics is an intrinsic part of the country’s investment in economic diversification. 

In 2019, Cargolux pursued its efforts to reduce night landings and take offs and once again registered a significant reduction in nighttime movements.  

The full press release with figures below

Back to top  | << Back

Communiqués liés

ArcelorMittal - European statement
30/07/2020

ArcelorMittal reports second quarter 2020 and half year 2020...

ArcelorMittal (referred to as “ArcelorMittal” or the “Company”) (MT (New...

ArcelorMittal
Untitled-1
30/07/2020 Personnalités

Kneip appoints Enrique Sacau as CEO

Enrique Sacau will lead the fund data management company through a new phase of...

KNEIP
Sumo & LX-LGU (2) ©Luxair
30/07/2020

L’avion Sumo de Luxair sera visible dans le ciel luxembour...

Ce vendredi 31 juillet 2020, à l’occasion du vol LG3770, de retour de Porto, ...

Luxair
Bernard-Moreau CEO Labgroup
29/07/2020

Labgroup rejoint IMS Luxembourg

Labgroup consolide ses engagements en matière de responsabilité sociétale et ...

Labgroup
Fb enovos x immotoplu
28/07/2020 Partenariat

Enovos et Immotop.lu s’engagent pour une énergie écologi...

À partir du 28 juillet 2020, le site d’annonces immobilières Immotop.lu prop...

Immotop.lu
Oberweis - Trier 1
28/07/2020 Inauguration

La maison Oberweis au coeur de Trèves

Le savoir-faire luxembourgeois s'exporte

Oberweis

Il n'y a aucun résultat pour votre recherche

We use cookies to ensure the best experience on our website. By accepting you agree the use of cookies. OK Learn more