Virgin loss blows out to $69 million

Virgin loss blows out to $69 million
Virgin Australia losses have widened to $69 million with an underlying loss before tax of $62.3 million.

Virgin has attributed some of this to Cyclone Debbie and the severe weather in Queensland along with the revenue impact of the withdrawal of Tigerair’s Australasia’s Bali operations.

A subdued domestic market and currency fluctuations on US-dollar denominated debt also contributed to the result.

Virgin said it was successfully implementing its strategy of reducing its debt load.

It said net debt had been cut by $200 million with accelerated debt repayments of $169 million during the first half of 2017.

As of 31 March 2017, Virgin’s net debt had reduced by $627 million.

Based on current market conditions, the group said it expected an improvement in its underlying performance in the fourth quarter of 2017 financial year.


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