Rex posts annual loss

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The Regional Express (Rex) Group released its preliminary final report  at the end of August and said it posted a statutory Profit Before Tax (PBT) loss of A$7.2 million. The Underlying Loss Before Tax is A$18.4 million after excluding mark-to-market adjustments related to the funding agreement entered into with PAG. Revenue was down 20 percent to A$256.2 million from A$321.8 million in the prior year.

Rex Executive Chairman Lim Kim Hai said, “The airline industry has never been as badly ravaged in its entire history as today with a staggering drop of 56 percent in passenger numbers globally. To understand the magnitude of the devastation, the drop in global passenger numbers was 16 percent during the Global Financial Crisis. Rex’s passenger numbers fell by 29 percent in the past FY. In these circumstances, Rex has performed relatively well in a full year of operations under the pandemic. I am pleased that we have even managed to improve on our performance over the prior year which was only affected by COVID for a third of the year. The first half of the FY22 will continue to be dominated by rolling lockdowns and border closures. It is possible that the second half will be struck by further waves of infection given the experience of other highly-vaccinated countries. As such the outlook for the year is highly uncertain.

“On behalf of the entire passenger airline industry in Australia, I wish to put on record our vote of gratitude to the federal government without whose assistance all passenger airlines in Australia would certainly have entered administration. Its continued support whenever new crisis hit the industry will ensure that all the airlines would have their infrastructure intact to be ready for the recovery when it comes.”

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