China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd.


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Market cap(USD):
Shares: 9,817.57M

Currency in HKD

Company profile

Market(Ticker): HKG(1055)
Full time employees: 87,202

Business summary

China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. engages in the provision of domestic, international, and regional scheduled and unscheduled air transportation of passenger, cargo, mail and baggage, general aviation, and aircraft maintenance. It operates through the following geographical segments: Domestic; International; and Hong kong, Macau, and Taiwan. The company was founded on March 25, 1995 and is headquartered in Guangzhou, China.

Company background

China Southern Airlines is one of the top three Chinese carriers, alongside Air China and China Eastern Airlines. By sales and passenger numbers in 2014, it ranked No. 1.

China Southern in 2014 carried more than 100 million passengers for the first time. As of April 2015, it had 474 aircraft in its fleet.

The airline is based at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. It was established in 1995 and listed on the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing in 1997.

The airline is expanding internationally. Its strength is in the Asia-Pacific region, flying to popular destinations such as Bangkok and other parts of Southeast Asia, as well as Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Last year, the airline served 1,052 destinations in 177 countries and regions, including code shares.

China Southern's subsidiaries include Xiamen Airlines, Shantou Airlines, Guizhou Airlines, Zhuhai Airlines, Chongqing Airlines and Henan Airlines. It is a member of SkyTeam, an alliance led by U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines.

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Financial highlights

Dec 2015

  • Local currency
  • US Dollar
Revenue 137,343.13M
Gross profit 24,362.47M
Operating income 12,283.00M
Income before tax 7,119.65M
Net income 4,750.13M
EBITDA 27,099.57M
Diluted EPS 0.48
Dividends per share 0.09
Total assets 222,290.47M
Total liabilities 162,528.05M
Total equity 46,247.16M
Operating cash flow 28,943.62M

Currency in HKD

Revenue 17,715.81M
Gross profit 3,142.50M
Operating income 1,584.37M
Income before tax 918.35M
Net income 612.71M
EBITDA 3,495.55M
Diluted EPS 0.06
Dividends per share 0.01
Total assets 28,682.08M
Total liabilities 20,970.95M
Total equity 5,967.25M
Operating cash flow 3,733.42M

Currency in USD

Valuation measures

Dec 2015

PER 12.42
ROA 2.06%
ROE 10.50%
Operating margin 8.94%
Profit margin 3.45%

Key executive

  • Vice Chairman, President & CEO: Wan Geng Tan
  • Chief Operating Officer: Zheng Rong Zhang
  • Chief Financial Officer & Chief Accountant: Li Xin Xiao
  • Chief Economist: Liang Su
  • Member-Supervisory Board & GM-Audit Department: Yi Hua Yang

Share holders

  • China State-Owned Assets Supervision & Admn Commission(38.0%)
  • Macquarie Bank Ltd.(3.9%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc.(2.1%)
  • Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. (Investment Management)(1.8%)
  • FIL Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd.(1.0%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors(0.9%)
  • APG Asset Management NV(0.9%)
  • Robeco Institutional Asset Management BV(0.9%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management(0.9%)
  • Harvest Fund Management Co., Ltd.(0.5%)


  • Website:
  • Address: 278 Ji Chang Road, Guangzhou, 510405, China
  • Phone: +86.20.86124462

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