08 Apr '11, 1pm

Japan disaster to affect airline profitability

SINGAPORE: Singapore's flag carrier SIA will likely see profit margin for the full-year ended March 31 at eight per cent. This is according to research firm Frost & Sullivan and is lower than the first nine months average of 8.4 per cent margin. While in a report after the Japan earthquake, Kim Eng has forecasted net margin at 8.3 percent. Analysts said it is largely corroded in the fourth quarter by high oil prices and shortage in supply of jet fuel coming from Japan. Julius Yeo, aviation analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said "Japan is one of the specialised aviation oil refinery country. If there are continuous problems in Japan, the aviation oil (price) will go up, so this will affect all airlines. But I can't say where and when SQ can or will even be affected." The International Monetary Fund has also warned on Thursday that dwindling oil supplies could drive prices higher...

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