Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Kingfisher leaves staff in the lurch

  1. Kingfisher Airlines net loss, as expected, has increased 61 per cent to Rs 753 crore (Rs 7.53 billion) for the second quarter, compared to Rs 468 crore (Rs 4.68 billion) a year ago. 

    Total income plummeted eight times to Rs 200 crore (Rs 2 billion) from Rs 1,552 crore (Rs 15.52 billion).

    The operating loss was Rs 202 crore (Rs 2.02 billion), and due to adjusting for finance cost of Rs 401 crore (Rs 4.01 billion), a one-time cost of Rs 448 crore (Rs 4.48 billion) due to re-delivery of cost and restructuring, the net loss was at Rs 753 crore (Rs 7.53 billion.

    The company has a significant debt of Rs 8,000 crore (Rs 80 billion) to a consortium of Indian bankers; the company has not been able to service the interest costs for most part of the last year.

    The UB-Group-owned airline said it was continuing with its holding plan and was preparing to file a comprehensive revival plan.

    Red flag

    Raising concern on the financials, Kingfisher's auditors said the carrier's second-quarter net loss could have been much higher, at Rs 1,032 crore (Rs 10.32 billion), had it followed 'generally accepted accounting standards' for certain income and expenses.

    Its 'reserves and surplus' would have been a debit of Rs 12,155 crore (Rs 121.55 billion) as on September 30, against a debit of Rs 7,339 crore (Rs 73.39 billion) reported, auditors said.

    The auditors have drawn attention to financial statements being prepared on a 'going concern' basis despite net worth having been eroded.

    "The appropriateness of the said basis is dependent on the company's ability to obtain restoration of the air operator's permit, infuse funds, rescheduling of debt and resuming normal operations," the auditors said.

    Kingfisher's Q2 revenues plunged to Rs 200 crore (Rs 2 billion), from Rs 1,553 crore (Rs 15.53 billion) in the same period last year because of disruption in operations and eventual suspension of its licence by aviation regulator DGCA.

    The report has also highlighted the method of accounting of costs incurred on major repairs and maintenance of aircraft being taken on operating lease of "Rs nil".

    "In our opinion, this treatment is not in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards prevalent in India [ Images ]," the auditors said in their limited review report.

    The carrier has said it is in discussions with various stakeholders to ensure that there are no future disruptions and expects to resume operations in the near future.

    The auditors further said that Kingfisher, in past, has included as 'other income' certain subsidy provided by one of its suppliers, although the company's auditors at that time had opined this treatment in non-accordance with the government's Accounting Standards.

    The current auditors have also concurred with that view.
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