SAS, the Scandinavian airline, has experienced a rollercoaster ride throughout its full financial year, which ended in October. Despite facing challenges, the company’s revenue soared, and it managed to reduce its net loss compared to the previous year.
Throughout the year, SAS witnessed a remarkable turnaround in its financial performance, thanks to the surge in demand and increased capacity. Their revenue witnessed an impressive 30 percent growth, reaching 42 billion kronor. However, the company’s net loss in the fourth quarter alone widened to 1.9 billion kronor, compared to 1.2 billion kronor in the previous year.
The airline attributed the larger net loss in the fourth quarter to higher costs resulting from adverse currency and fuel price trends. Nevertheless, SAS remained optimistic, highlighting that operational and commercial performance had improved significantly.
Earlier in July 2022, SAS filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in the United States, enabling them to restructure their debt while continuing operations. To ease their financial burden, the company launched an ambitious savings plan and aimed to raise 9.5 billion kronor. Although several measures from the plan were implemented, their financial impact could not be realized until emerging from Chapter 11.
Exciting news followed in early October when SAS announced a consortium consisting of Air France-KLM, Castlelake and Lind Invest investment funds, along with the Danish state, who were ready to invest $1.175 billion in the airline. If the deal progresses as planned, Castlelake will eventually hold a 32 percent stake, the Danish state will own 25.8 percent, Air France-KLM will acquire 19.9 percent, and Lind Invest will secure 8.6 percent. The Swedish state, currently holding a 21.8 percent stake, is set to exit the ownership structure.
SAS is now aiming for approval from US courts for its restructuring plan in early 2024, which will pave the way for a transformative period for the airline. As SAS continues its journey towards financial stability and restructuring, it remains committed to delivering exceptional services to its customers and adapting to the evolving aviation landscape.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How did SAS perform financially in the full financial year that ended in October?
SAS witnessed a 30 percent growth in revenue, reaching 42 billion kronor, signaling stronger demand and increased capacity.
2. What prompted SAS to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11?
SAS filed for bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt while continuing operations amidst financial challenges.
3. What measures did SAS take to address its financial situation?
SAS implemented a robust savings plan and aimed to raise 9.5 billion kronor to alleviate its financial burden.
4. What is the significance of the consortium’s investment in SAS?
The consortium’s investment of $1.175 billion, led by Air France-KLM and including Castlelake and Lind Invest, along with the Danish state, will provide much-needed financial support to SAS and facilitate its restructuring.
5. When does SAS expect to receive approval for its restructuring plan?
SAS hopes to obtain approval for its restructuring plan from US courts by early 2024, marking a turning point for the company.