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THE INVESTOR
April 09, 2020
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[EQUITIES] ‘Korean Air burdened by rising fuel costs’

  • PUBLISHED :October 02, 2018 - 11:32
  • UPDATED :October 02, 2018 - 11:32
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[THE INVESTOR] Korean Air’s earnings will be weighed down by rising fuel costs, said Cape Investment and Securities on Oct. 2 lowering the target price to 40,000 won (US$35.89) from 44,000 won while maintaining a “buy” recommendation. 




Its operating profit in the third quarter will decline 6.6 percent on-year to 332 billion won. Although the passenger traffic remains at the same level as last year, costs have hiked at double-digit rates. Fuel costs in the period spiked 32.7 percent on-year to 875.1 billion won and will continue to drag down the bottom line in the next quarter, said analyst Shin Min-seok.

The number of outbound domestic tourists increased only 4.4 percent and 5.6 percent respectively in July and August, and demand is slowing down after having grown at double-digit rates since 2014, added the analyst.

By Hwang You-mee (glamazon@heraldcorp.com)

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