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Auckland Airport’s interim result reflects plan in action

Auckland Airport’s interim result reflects plan in action – underlying profit up 13.9% to $86.7 million

Auckland Airport has today announced its interim results for the six months to 31 December 2013.

Total profit after tax was up 11.7% to $85.9 million, while underlying profit after tax increased by 13.9% to $86.7 million.

Revenue increased by 6.7% to $238.5 million and expenses increased by 6% to $60.6 million. Earnings before interest expense, taxation, depreciation, fair value adjustments and investments in associates (EBITDAFI) increased by 6.9% to $177.9 million. Passenger movements were up 4.8% to 7.6 million for the six-month period. Total share of profit from associates – North Queensland Airports, Queenstown Airport and the Novotel hotel – totalled $4.9 million, an increase of 11.5% on the corresponding period.

Sir Henry van der Heyden, Auckland Airport’s chair, says, “The company is pleased to record an interim result which has exceeded expectations and builds on our recent strong performance. We have delivered solid financial returns for investors in the first six months of this financial year and the implementation of our strategic business plan Faster, Higher, Stronger, is progressing well.”

“We have renewed our focus on becoming a southern hub airport for the Pacific Rim, and our focus on growing travel markets has resulted in new routes and additional seat capacity. Our commitment to invest for future growth has been underpinned by ongoing work to complete the draft 30-year vision for the ‘airport of the future’. Likewise, the Board’s decision to seek High Court and shareholder approval to return $454 million of capital to shareholders is targeted at ensuring that we remain fast, efficient and effective. Finally, we have successfully transitioned to a new chair of the board of directors following the 2013 Annual Meeting and completed the chief executive’s restructure of the leadership team.”

Sir Henry says the key revenue highlight is strong underlying aeronautical income, driven by higher international and domestic passenger volumes and also underpinning positive growth in car parking revenue. Our ongoing investment in our property transformation programme has delivered a solid increase in property rental income. The increase in expenses remains lower than revenue growth, resulting in the EBITDAFI increase. Interest costs were lower in the first six months of this financial year. With the improvement in profit levels the company has continued to strengthen its ability to fund the business, reinforcing our capacity to return capital to shareholders.

“At the beginning of the 2014 financial year, we outlined our expectation that the net profit after tax (excluding any fair value changes and other one-off items) would be between $160 million and $170 million. Auckland Airport is lifting its guidance for the full year to be between $166 million to $172 million.”

“This guidance is subject to any material adverse events, significant one-off expenses, non-cash fair value changes to property and deterioration due to global market conditions or other unforeseeable circumstances,” says Sir Henry.


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