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India's Kingfisher Airlines further bleeds financially

Kingfisher Airlines posted a 7.55 billion rupees loss in the three months to December 31 as its planes sat idle, creditors circled and regulators rebuffed the Indian airline's revival plans.

Debt-ridden and with no customers, Kingfisher Airlines posted a 7.55 billion rupees loss in the three months to December 31 as its planes sat idle, creditors circled and regulators rebuffed the Indian airline's revival plans.

Kingfisher, which has been stripped of its flying licence, owes an estimated $2.5bn to banks, staff, airports and oil companies, but maintained it was "a going concern" in its results statement.

The airline, once India's second-biggest, has spent the past few months negotiating with its creditors and India's aviation authorities. The country's civil aviation minister has said Kingfisher needs at least $186 million to fly again.

Kingfisher's auditors, BK Ramadhyani & Co, said in its quarterly review report that an accounting method used by the airline to calculate costs incurred for aircraft maintenance and repairs was "not in accordance with generally accepted accounting standards prevalent in India."

Had it used generally accepted accounting standards, the loss for the quarter would have been 10.90bn rupees, the auditor said in the report that was issued by the stock exchange.

Kingfisher spent 4.01bn rupees on finance costs during the quarter and 1.82bn rupees on aircraft leasing charges, although none of the planes was used during the period.

Shares in Kingfisher fell 2 per cent on Monday ahead of the results release. Its shares have fallen 56 per cent over the past year, making it the third worst-performing global airline in terms of stock price, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine.

Kingfisher, controlled by baron Vijay Mallya, has never posted a profit in its eight years of operations, and lost a combined 33.1bn rupees in 2012.

 

* Reuters