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  • October 31, 2017

JAL Group Announces Consolidated Financial Results for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2017

JAL Group (JAL) today announced the consolidated financial results through the second quarter – the period from April 1 to September 30, 2017. For specific details, please refer to the attached document below [Consolidated Financial Results for the First Half Ended September 30, 2017].

During the first six months of the fiscal year, ending March 31, 2018 (hereinafter referred to as the “second quarter”), the Japanese economy had experienced a moderate recovery while employment and income rates also improved across the country. When taking a look at the economic situation for the overseas market, although an unstable economy was observed in select European countries, the overall market has been on a positive recovery trend.

Under these conditions, the JAL Group continued to work toward achieving the goals as outlined in the Medium Term Management Plan, where the company continues to refine the Full Service Carrier business model by adapting to global change, and making the necessary capital expenditures for safety and service enhancements to become the customers’ airline of choice. With safety as the foundation of JAL`s business model, the company will align all actions with the principles outlined in JAL Philosophy and the amoeba management system, realizing greater management efficiencies, and providing the finest service to our customers.

As a result of the above, consolidated operating revenue increased by 6.2% year-on-year to 692.3 billion yen and operating expense increased by 6.0% to 593.2 billion yen, while operating income increased by 7.2% year on year to 99.0 billion yen and ordinary income increased by 8.8% to 97.6 billion yen. Profit attributable to owners of parent for the second quarter was 77.9 billion yen, up 9.2% year on year.

 

(1)  JAL Group Consolidated Results for the Period April 1 - September 30, 2017

Unit: Billions of yen

  Fiscal Year 2016

(Apr. 1 – Sep. 30, 2016)

Fiscal Year 2017

(Apr. 1 – Sep. 30, 2017)

Difference

vs. Prior Year

% vs. Prior Year

Operating Revenues

651.9

692.3

+ 40.3

106.2

International Passenger

Domestic Passenger

Int. and Dom. Cargo

Others

213.1

253.3

31.5

153.8

229.3

265.0

36.8

161.1

+ 16.1

+ 11.6

+ 5.2

+ 7.3

107.6

104.6

116.6

104.8

Operating Expenses

559.4

593.2

+ 33.7

106.0

Operating Income

92.4

99.0

+ 6.6

107.2

Operating Margin

14.2%

14.3%

+ 0.1 point

-

 

Ordinary Income

89.8

97.6

+ 7.8

108.8

Profit attributable to owners of the parent

71.4

77.9

+ 6.5

109.2

Figures are rounded down to the nearest tenth of a billion yen while percentages are rounded off to the first decimal place.

 

(2)   Air Transportation Segment

International Passenger

In international passenger operations, inbound demand from overseas remained robust and outbound demand has been buoyant, resulting in higher load factors than the year before.

Regarding route operations, in addition to the launch of a new service between Tokyo (Haneda) and New York (JFK) on April 1, 2017, JAL opened new routes between Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne on September 1, 2017 and between Tokyo (Narita) and Kona on September 15, 2017, and thus expanded its route network.

On the marketing and service front, JAL and TripAdvisor, Inc. (hereinafter “TripAdvisor”) have joined forces to further stimulate inbound demand by communicating the best of Japan through a special portal, “Untold Stories of Japan,” on TripAdvisor’s website.

On the product side, a new cabin configuration “JAL SKY SUITE 787” has been introduced to JAL`s 787-9 aircraft. Business Class is retrofitted with the latest fully-flat seat “JAL SKY SUITE Ⅲ” aimed at expanding fully-flat Business Class seat service on medium- and long-haul international routes. Premium Economy Class will be installed with “JAL SKY PREMIUM” seat, which has received positive reviews on other JAL SKY SUITE aircraft, and Economy Class will be fitted with “JAL SKY WIDER” seat that offers roughly 5cm more seat pitch. The new JAL SKY SUITE 787-9 is now in service on the Tokyo (Narita)=Kuala Lumpur route and the Tokyo (Narita)= Dalian route.

As a result of the above, capacity on international routes measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) increased by 0.5% year-on-year, and international passenger revenue was 229.3 billion yen, up 7.6% from the year before.

Domestic Operations

In route operations, JAL expanded Embraer 190 operations primarily on regional flights to and from Osaka (Itami). The state-of-the-art ATR42-600 turboprop was introduced to Japan Air Commuter (JAC) flights between Kagoshima and outlying islands to improve inflight comfort and convenience on JAL’s regional route network. During the summer high demand period, late-night flights were increased on the Tokyo (Haneda)=Sapporo (New-Chitose) route, centered on weekends, to make travel more convenient.

On the product side, JAL is providing free Internet access across all domestic routes operated with JAL SKY NEXT aircraft. This is the only inflight Wi-Fi service available free of charge on Japan-domestic routes, and it has been well received by users. In addition, the 737-800 aircraft, operated by Japan Transocean Air, are progressively being retrofitted with JAL SKY NEXT cabin interiors to add greater convenience and comfort in air travel.

Airport services saw renovations of Sakura Lounge at Fukuoka Airport and Hiroshima Airport, and the opening of the newly renovated luxury lounge for top-tier domestic passengers, Diamond Premier Lounge, at Fukuoka Airport, following those opened at Haneda, New Chitose (Sapporo), and Itami (Osaka). Meal and drink service menus were improved and service hours were reviewed to improve the quality of lounge services.

As a result of the above, capacity on domestic routes measured in Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) increased by 0.5% year-on-year, and domestic passenger revenue was 265.0 billion yen, up 4.6% from the year before.

International and Domestic Cargo

In international cargo operations, the company secured strong demand from both overseas and the domestic market and as a result, cargo volume during the reporting period when measured in Revenue Cargo Ton Kilometers (RCTK) increased by 20.9% year-on-year. Revenue increased by 26.1% from the previous year and recorded 25.6 billion yen.

In domestic cargo operations, through expanded sales efforts, JAL increased its cargo demand for the domestic market, but due to various factors, domestic cargo revenue slipped 0.6% year-on-year to 11.1 billion yen.

 

(3)   JAL Group Consolidated Financial Position

 

FY2016
As of March 31, 2017

The Second Quarter of FY2017
As of September 30, 2017

Difference

Total Assets (billion yen)

1,728.7

1,786.9

+ 58.1

Net Assets (billion yen)

1,003.3

1,055.8

+ 52.4

Equity Ratio *1(%)

56.2

57.3

+ 1.1 points

Interest-bearing Debt (billion yen)

116.0

102.9

- 13.1

Debt/Equity Ratio *2

0.1x

0.1x

- 0.0x

Figures are rounded down to the nearest tenth of a billion yen while percentages are rounded off to the first decimal place.

Note:

1. Shareholders’ equity is total net assets excluding minority interests.

2. Debt-to-equity ratio is interest-bearing debt divided by shareholders equity.

 

(4)   Consolidated Financial Forecast for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2018

Unit: Billions of yen

Operating   Revenues

Operating Income

Ordinary  Income

Profit attributable to owners of the parent

Previous Forecast (A)  (Announced on July 31, 2017)

1,348.0

153.0

146.0

108.0

New forecast (B)

1,366.0

166.0

158.0

121.0

Change (B-A)

+ 18.0

+13.0

+12.0

+13.0

Note: The forecast above represents estimates of future results based on the information available at the time of release and the company’s reasonable judgment on this information. They are inherently subject to risks which may result in a divergence in the actual result from the forecasts and estimates contained herein.

We have revised market preconditions to reflect the recent market as follows.

 

Exchange Rate

(JPY/USD)

Singapore Kerosene

(USD/BBL)

Dubai Crude Oil

(USD/BBL)

Previous Forecast

114.0

65.1

52.6

New Forecast

113.0

(2nd half:115.0)

60.5

(2nd half:60.0)

49.4

(2nd half:49.0)

                        Forecast of Dividends

 

Dividends per Share

 

2nd Quarter End

Fiscal Year End

Total

Previous forecast

(Announced on July 31, 2017)

Yen

48.0

Yen

48.0

Yen

96.0

New forecast for Fiscal year 2017

52.5

(confirmed)

52.5

105.0

Note: Revisions to the most recently disclosed dividend forecasts:  Yes

Reasons for Revisions of Financial Forecast for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2018

  • Full-year consolidated revenue is expected to increase by 18.0 billion yen from our previously announced for  ecast, primarily due to the reflection of FY2017 1st half results and the revisions to our FY2017 2nd half dema nd forecasts. Full-year consolidated operating expenses are also seen to increase by 5.0 billion yen from our previously announced forecast, mainly attributed to the reflection of FY2017 1st half results and revisions to our cost estimate for FY2017 2nd half. As a result, full-year consolidated operating profit reflecting the above is expected to increase by 13.0 billion yen from our previously announced forecast.
  • Furthermore, as full-year consolidated ordinary profit is seen to rise 12.0 billion yen and full-year net profit attributable to owners of parent is expected to be up 13.0 billion yen, we have revised our earnings forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 as shown in the table above.
  • The annual dividend forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 has been revised to 105 yen per share, reflecting revisions to our full-year earnings forecast. Regarding the interim dividend, it was resolved at the Board of Directors meeting on October 31, 2017 that the Company pays an interim dividend of 52.50 yen per share.

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