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Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.

Company Background

Cathay Pacific Airways is Hong Kong's flag carrier, offering passenger and cargo services to around 200 cities in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia. It has a workforce of around 23,000.

The company was established in 1946 by Roy Farrell, an American, and Sydney de Kantzow, an Australian. Early on, it offered flights to Shanghai, Bangkok, Manila and Singapore.

Swire Pacific, a conglomerate engaged in the property development, beverage, marine services and trading businesses, has owned 45% of Cathay Pacific since 1948. Through the years, Swire has overseen the airline's expansion. In 2006, Cathay Pacific acquired Dragonair, a Hong Kong-based carrier that mainly flies within the Asia-Pacific region. Around the same time, it signed a strategic partnership with national flag carrier Air China.

Air China owns 29.99% of Cathay Pacific.

John Slosar, who also leads Swire, became chairman of Cathay Pacific in 2014. Amid the rise of low-cost carriers, he plans to boost the airline's competitiveness by capitalizing on a new runway at Hong Kong International Airport. The third runway, scheduled for completion in 2023, should allow the airport to handle 102 flights per hour, up from 68, and serve an additional 30 million passengers annually.

Business Summary

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. engages in airline operations. It operates through the Airline Business and Non-Airline Business segments. The Airline Business segment comprises of passenger and cargo operations. The Non-Airline Business segment includes airline catering, ground handling, and aircraft ramp handling services. The company was founded by Roy C. Farrell and Sydney H. de Kantzow on September 24, 1946 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2020 HKDUSD
Revenue46,934M6,051.31M
Gross Profit-5,555M-716.22M
Operating income-9,333M-1,203.32M
Income before tax-21,039M-2,712.61M
Net income-21,648M-2,791.13M
EBITDA5,266M678.95M
Diluted EPS-4.24-0.54
Dividends Per Share00
Total Assets204,574M26,383.53M
Total liabilities131,313M16,935.20M
Total equity73,257M9,447.82M
Operating cash flow-13,616M-1,755.54M
Currency in HKDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 92,751M 97,284M 111,060M 106,973M 46,934M
Gross Profit 15,659M 13,405M 11,865M 9,202M -5,555M
Operating income 8,070M 4,235M 4,583M 3,219M -9,333M
Income before tax -1,826M -580M 3,243M 502M -21,039M
Net income -575M -1,259M 2,345M 1,691M -21,648M
EBITDA 16,620M 13,589M 14,385M 18,232M 5,266M
Diluted EPS -0.12 -0.27 0.51 0.37 -4.24
Dividends Per Share 0.04 0.04 0.26 0.15 0
Total Assets 177,421M 188,378M 190,294M 214,516M 204,574M
Total liabilities 121,895M 127,106M 126,355M 151,740M 131,313M
Total equity 55,365M 61,101M 63,936M 62,773M 73,257M
Operating cash flow 6,530M 4,694M 14,992M 15,736M -13,616M
 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 11,948.66M 12,483.80M 14,170.25M 13,652.87M 6,051.31M
Gross Profit 2,017.27M 1,720.17M 1,513.86M 1,174.44M -716.22M
Operating income 1,039.61M 543.44M 584.74M 410.83M -1,203.32M
Income before tax -235.23M -74.42M 413.77M 64.06M -2,712.61M
Net income -74.07M -161.55M 299.20M 215.82M -2,791.13M
EBITDA 2,141.07M 1,743.78M 1,835.39M 2,326.93M 678.95M
Diluted EPS -0.01 -0.03 0.06 0.04 -0.54
Dividends Per Share 0.00 0.00 0.03 0.02 0
Total Assets 22,883.73M 24,097.57M 24,305.21M 27,530.99M 26,383.53M
Total liabilities 15,721.99M 16,259.57M 16,138.63M 19,474.31M 16,935.20M
Total equity 7,140.96M 7,816.12M 8,166.19M 8,056.28M 9,447.82M
Operating cash flow 841.22M 602.34M 1,912.84M 2,008.37M -1,755.54M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2020
PER--
ROA-10.33%
ROE-31.82%
Operating margin-19.88%
Profit margin-46.12%

Key executives

  • Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director: Kin Wing Tang
  • COO, Director & Chief Service Delivery Officer: Gregory Thomas Forrest Hughes
  • Chief Financial Officer & Executive Director: Rebecca Sharpe
  • Commercial Director: Lavinia Lau
  • Cargo Director: Tom William Owen

Shareholders

  • Swire Pacific Ltd. (45.0%)
  • Air China Ltd. (29.9%)
  • Government of Qatar (9.9%)
  • Capital Research & Management Co. (Global Investors) (0.9%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (0.4%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (0.3%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (0.3%)
  • BEA Union Investment Management Ltd. (0.0%)
  • Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. (0.0%)
  • PineBridge Investments Asia Ltd. (0.0%)

Contact Details

  • Website:http://cathaypacific.com
  • Address: Cathay Pacific City, 8 Scenic Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Phone: +852.2747.3333

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  • Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd.
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Competitors

  • Air China Limited Class H
  • China Airlines Ltd.
  • China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited Class H
  • PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Class B
  • China Southern Airlines Company Limited Class H
  • Qantas Airways Limited
  • El Al Israel Airlines Ltd
  • Cebu Air Inc.
  • PAL Holdings, Inc.
  • JG Summit Holdings Inc.
  • Asia Aviation Public Co., Ltd.
  • Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
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