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China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd.

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.

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. The company operates through the following segments: Airline Transportation Operations and Other segments. The Airline Transportation Operations segment engages in the passenger and cargo and mail operations. The other segment includes hotel and tour operation, ground services, cargo handling and other miscellaneous services. The company was founded on March 25, 1995 and is headquartered in Guangzhou, China.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2020 HKDUSD
Revenue104,010.18M13,410.29M
Gross Profit-1,901.28M-245.13M
Operating income-14,146.17M-1,823.90M
Income before tax-16,549.75M-2,133.80M
Net income-12,188.70M-1,571.52M
EBITDA13,485.44M1,738.71M
Diluted EPS-0.86-0.11
Dividends Per Share00
Total Assets386,972.81M49,907.18M
Total liabilities286,038.07M36,889.81M
Total equity82,501.59M10,640.08M
Operating cash flow3,031.72M390.88M
Currency in HKDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 134,345.92M 147,371.42M 170,114.82M 174,988.25M 104,010.18M
Gross Profit 22,864.78M 19,663.59M 19,371.74M 22,173.73M -1,901.28M
Operating income 10,853.43M 6,245.11M 4,004.63M 6,499.60M -14,146.17M
Income before tax 8,237.35M 9,621.35M 4,620.55M 4,371.24M -16,549.75M
Net income 5,893.50M 6,873.55M 3,428.99M 2,993.53M -12,188.70M
EBITDA 25,362.86M 21,192.58M 20,550.27M 34,340.66M 13,485.44M
Diluted EPS 0.60 0.69 0.31 0.24 -0.86
Dividends Per Share 0.11 0.12 0.05 0 0
Total Assets 223,621.39M 262,559.00M 281,610.05M 343,328.24M 386,972.81M
Total liabilities 162,287.89M 187,300.68M 192,030.44M 256,580.05M 286,038.07M
Total equity 48,481.31M 59,945.43M 74,416.28M 71,708.67M 82,501.59M
Operating cash flow 27,970.77M 20,702.52M 18,555.65M 35,670.74M 3,031.72M
 Dec 2016Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020
Revenue 17,307.13M 18,911.18M 21,705.11M 22,333.60M 13,410.29M
Gross Profit 2,945.55M 2,523.29M 2,471.65M 2,830.01M -245.13M
Operating income 1,398.19M 801.39M 510.95M 829.53M -1,823.90M
Income before tax 1,061.17M 1,234.64M 589.54M 557.89M -2,133.80M
Net income 759.23M 882.03M 437.50M 382.06M -1,571.52M
EBITDA 3,267.37M 2,719.50M 2,622.02M 4,382.87M 1,738.71M
Diluted EPS 0.07 0.08 0.04 0.03 -0.11
Dividends Per Share 0.01 0.01 0.00 0 0
Total Assets 28,842.65M 33,586.91M 35,968.51M 44,062.76M 49,907.18M
Total liabilities 20,931.86M 23,959.76M 24,526.99M 32,929.49M 36,889.81M
Total equity 6,253.11M 7,668.30M 9,504.78M 9,203.09M 10,640.08M
Operating cash flow 3,603.33M 2,656.61M 2,367.53M 4,552.62M 390.88M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2020
PER--
ROA-3.33%
ROE-15.80%
Operating margin-13.60%
Profit margin-11.71%

Key executives

  • Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer: Xu Lun Ma
  • Chief Operating Officer: Hai Long Zhu
  • Executive Vice President: Ji Dong Ren
  • Executive Vice President: Zheng Rong Zhang
  • Executive Vice President: Zhi Xue Wang

Shareholders

  • China State-Owned Assets Supervision & Admn Commission (53.3%)
  • American Airlines Group, Inc. (6.3%)
  • Government of Qatar (4.2%)
  • US Global Investors, Inc. (Asset Management) (1.3%)
  • The Vanguard Group, Inc. (1.3%)
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (1.0%)
  • Norges Bank Investment Management (1.0%)
  • BlackRock Fund Advisors (0.6%)
  • FIL Investment Management (Hong Kong) Ltd. (0.4%)
  • BlackRock Advisors (UK) Ltd. (0.2%)

Contact Details

  • Website:http://www.csair.com
  • Address: China Southern Airlines Building, 68 Qixin Road, Guangzhou, 510403, China
  • Phone: +86.20.86124462

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Competitors

  • China Airlines Ltd.
  • PT Garuda Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Class B
  • China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited Class H
  • Thai Airways International Public Co. Ltd.
  • Qantas Airways Limited
  • Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
  • Eva Airways Corporation
  • Singapore Airlines Ltd.
  • Air China Limited Class H
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Vietnam Airlines JSC
  • United Airlines Holdings, Inc.
  • Finnair Oyj
  • Spring Airlines Co., Ltd. Class A
  • PAL Holdings, Inc.
  • Juneyao Airlines Co., Ltd. Class A
Last Updated on 12 Apr, 2021

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