Emirates, a global connector of people and places, today announced their annual revenues. It is its 27th consecutive year of profit and steady growth across the company, ending the year in a strong position despite the many global and operational challenges during this period. The financial year ending 31 March 2015 also marked the achievement of new capacity milestones at both Emirates and dnata, as the Group continued to expand its global footprint, and strengthen its business through strategic investments.
The group has recorded the second highest profit ever with USD 1.5 billion. A Steady revenue and business growth in line with capacity increases, significant investment in the business at USD 5.5 billion.
Emirates further declared a dividend of USD 700 million to the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates makes a profit of USD 1.2 billion, as revenue increases by7% to USD 24.2 billion. The capacity crossed 50 billion ATKM (Available Tonne Kilometres) for the first time in the airline’s history.
Additionally, dnata, one of the largest suppliers of combined air services in the world offering aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering has made profits worth USD 247 million, recording its highest-ever in 56 years. With a revenue of USD 2.8 billion exceeds AED 10 billion for the first time.
Emirates’ international business now accounts for over 60% of revenue.
“2014-15 was a turbulent year for aviation. The fall in oil prices provided cost relief in the second half of our financial year, however it did not offset the hit to our profitability caused by significant currency fluctuations, nor the hit to our revenue from operational adjustments in addressing the Ebola outbreak, armed conflicts in several regions, and the 80-day runway upgrading works at Dubai International airport (DXB). Achieving our 27th consecutive year of profit and one of our best performances to date, is testimony to the strength of our brands and business fundamentals, as well as the dedication and talent of our workforce,” said His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.
The strong rise of the US dollar against currencies in many of Emirates’ and dnata’s key markets had a US$ 412 million impact to the Group’s bottom line, while the 80-day disruption at DXB had an estimated impact of US$ 467 million on Group revenue.
“Every year brings a new set of challenges. In addressing these, we are always guided by the best interest of our people, our customers, and our long-term goals. As a Group, we keep a close eye on our top and bottom lines, but we never take our foot off the gas pedal when it comes to investing to enhance our business performance, and looking after our people. In 2014-15, the Group collectively invested over US$ 5.5 billion in new aircraft and equipment, modern facilities, the latest technologies, and staff initiatives. This was the second highest amount ever in one financial year after last year’s record investment.”
The Group’s employee base across its more than 80 subsidiaries and companies increased by 11% to over 84,000-strong representing over 160 different nationalities.
“Looking ahead, the ongoing uncertainty for many currencies and economic markets around the world will continue to pose a challenge, as will the looming threat of protectionism in some countries. However, we move into the new financial year with confidence, and a strong foundation for continued profitability with our strong balance sheet, solid track record, diverse global portfolio, and international talent pool,” said Sheikh Ahmed. “We will continue on our journey of steady and rational growth, and work even harder to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
In line with the overall profit increase, the Group declared a dividend of US$ 700 million to the Investment Corporation of Dubai.