ANA slashes profit forecast by 71% because of pandemic
TOKYO, Japan – Japanese airline ANA Holdings on Monday, April 20, slashed its annual net profit forecast by 71% over massive falls in demand and major cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For the past fiscal year to March 2020, the firm said it now expects a net profit of 27 billion yen ($194 million), down from an earlier projection of 94 billion yen.
Operating profit is now seen at 60 billion yen, compared with an earlier expectation of 140 billion yen. Sales are now projected to fall to 1,970 billion yen, compared with 2,090 billion yen.
The company is scheduled to officially release its full-year earnings later this month.
The downgrade was forced by "entry restrictions in various countries and reduced domestic travel in Japan due to the spread of the coronavirus during the 4th quarter," the company said, with travel demand declining especially sharply in March.
The company was expecting strong sales but also higher costs as it prepared to expand services in the greater Tokyo region ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
The announcement was made shortly after Tokyo's Stock Exchange closed. Shares in ANA ended 0.47% higher at 2,483 yen. – Rappler.com