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Ryanair (RYAAY) Hurt by Low Travel Demand and MAX Groundings

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We recently issued an updated report on Ryanair Holdings plc (RYAAY - Free Report) .

The company, like other carriers, is bearing the brunt of plummeting air-travel demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s fiscal 2020 profits were hurt by more than €40 million. The airline’s traffic fell more than 5 million in the period due to travel restrictions and aircraft groundings. With apprehensions about fleet grounding in April, May and June, the carrier expects to operate less than 1% of its total scheduled flights in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

Consequently, Ryanair expects to incur a loss of more than €200 million in the fiscal first quarter. During fiscal 2021, the carrier expects to transport less than 80 million passengers that indicates an approximate 50% drop from its original target of 154 million passengers.

Additionally, the company is taking a hit from the Boeing 737 MAX groundings. Due to delivery delays of the aircraft, the company does not expect to receive its first MAX aircraft before October 2020. High fuel costs are also hurting Ryanair's bottom line. Notably, fuel bill increased 14% year over year in fiscal 2020.

However, Ryanair’s strong liquidity position looks impressive. Ryanair’s cash and cash equivalents at the end of fiscal 2020 stood at €2.57 million, higher than short-term debt of €382.3 million. This indicates that the company has enough cash to meet its short-term debt burden.

 

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Ryanair currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

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