Lufthansa Group Reports Operating Profit of 876m for 2010

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The Lufthansa Group has reported an operating profit of 876 million euros for 2010, an amount equivalent to a more than fivefold increase of the previous years figure of 130 million euros.

The groups net profit rose to 1.1 billion euros, which marked an increase of 1.2 billion euros. The figure includes a positive one-off tax effect of around 400 million euros from the financial restructuring of the Catering business segment.

Lufthansa plans to let its shareholders share in the groups success with a dividend payment of 60 cent per share.

Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Christoph Franz described the year 2010 as an eventful and challenging, yet ultimately successful one and said speaking about the full-year figures. He said, We can be highly satisfied with this result; it shows that we have learned from the crises of the past. We maintained our financial and operational flexibility as well as our usual cost discipline and convincingly mastered the past year not least thanks to a strong team performance by all of our staff and management on the ground and in the air. And most importantly, Lufthansa has widened the gap to its competitors. That makes us proud and spurs us on to perform even better in 2011.

During the past business year, the Lufthansa Groups largest business segment, the Passenger Airline Group, benefited particularly from the recovery in demand in long-haul traffic and the realization of synergy potentials within the airline group.

The operating profit of 436 million euros included a substantial contribution from Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, which recorded an operating profit of 382 million euros. During the previous year, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines had posted an operating loss of 107 million euros.

Cost reduction measures, for example the phasing out of the 50-seater fleet, which were implemented within the framework of the Climb 2011 programme to safeguard earnings, contributed to the improvement of the result. Lufthansa Passenger Airlines has confirmed it will continue with the Climb 2011 programme until the end of the year as planned.

The taking into service of four A380 with the new First Class product, the introduction of the new Europa cabin on continental routes and the re-introduction of the on-board Internet system Flynet, were just a few of the past years investments in Lufthansas on-board and ground products.

SWISS tripled the previous years figure to record an operating profit of 298 million euros. The overall result of the Passenger Airline Group also included operating losses of 66 million euros from Austrian Airlines and 145 million euros from British Midland. Both airlines continue to consistently implement the introduced restructuring measures. Germanwings continued on its course of growth; however, the one-time special effects of the past year resulted in a negative operating result of 39 million euros.

Lufthansa Cargo increased its traffic revenue and benefited from strict cost management, higher prices and good competitive positioning, to record a higher than average success as a result of the economic recovery. The company posted a record result in 2010, closing the year with an operating profit of 310 million euros.

As expected, the MRO business segment benefited from the economic recovery later than the groups other business segments. However, Lufthansa Technik was able to earn an annual operating profit of 268 million euros despite the decline in revenue it faced at the beginning of the year.

The IT Services business segment also recorded a positive operating result at 10 million euros; however, Lufthansa Systems was only partially able to compensate the decline in revenue in this business segment. LSG Skychefs increased its operating profit in the Catering business segment to 76 million euros.

Speaking of this year, Christoph Franz said, 2011 will not be a walk in the park. The headwinds of competition are becoming rougher on the European routes and long-haul routes to Asia and the Americas. The German air traffic tax hits the German and European airlines, as well as their passengers, where it hurts. The fuel prices are at record levels. And we are not immune to the consequences of political unrest, terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The Lufthansa Group will face up to these challenges and maintain its successful course in 2011; after all, the past year has shown that we possess the necessary expertise.

The company currently expects its revenue and result to also develop positively in 2012. However, the conditions for this would be that the forecast economic developments come true and the groups business is not affected by a disproportionately high increase in fuel prices or other unforeseeable events.

Annual Figures 2010

During the year 2010, the Lufthansa Group generated revenues totalling 27.3 billion euros, a year-on-year increase of 22.6%. The traffic revenue rose by 26.5% to 22.3 billion euros. During the reporting period, the Groups operating income increased by altogether 20.4% to 30.1 billion euros. The adjusted figures without the consolidation effects increased by 14.4% (revenue), 16.2% (traffic revenue) and 12.6% (operating income).

Operating expenses rose by 16.7% to 28.9 billion euros during the course of the year. One important reason for this, besides the consolidation effects, were the fuel costs, which rose by 1.5 billion euros to a total of 5.2 billion euros, equivalent to a year-on-year increase of 41.5%, which was both price and volume related. The fees and charges were 21.8% above the previous years figure.

The Lufthansa Group posted an operating result of 876 million euros for the full year, which marked an increase of 746 million euros in comparison to the previous years figure. The group posted a result of 1.1 billion euros; the net loss for the previous year had stood at 34 million euros. Lufthansa's capital expenditure during the reporting period totalled 2.3 billion euros, of which two billion euros were spent on the expansion and modernization of the fleet.

Operating cash flow totalled 3.1 billion euros and the free cash flow (operating cash flow minus net investments) stood at 1.6 billion euros. At the close of the year, the group's net debt stood at 1.6 billion euros. In comparison to the figure at the end of 2009, the positive development of business and portfolio measures saw the Groups equity ratio increase from 23.5 to 28.4%.

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