Shares in Virgin Australia Holdings [ASX:VAH] rose 5.71% in early trading today. Which might come as a shock, as they announced a $185.8 million loss for the financial year.
Despite posting a significant net loss, the news is positive. Virgin has finally become cash flow positive. Something the company hasn’t been able to accomplish in the past five years, and which has been a top priority.
On top of this, the company has addressed its debt situation. CEO John Borghetti states:
‘We have also delivered a 40.0 per cent improvement in Financial Leverage compared to the end of the 2014 financial year following an $839 million reduction in Net Debt.’
The company is finally starting to dig itself out of its precarious financial position. Which is why the market rewarded investors today. Virgin can now finally put the focus back on making a profit.
What next for Virgin?
Borghetti seems pleased with the company’s progress and remains optimistic. He notes several key objectives for Virgin’s immediate future:
‘We will also consolidate the position we have established in the domestic market, manage capacity in response to demand, and leverage opportunities in the growing Asian and North American markets.’
It seems the current outlook points towards a promising year ahead for Virgin. With momentum behind them and a strong fourth quarter, Virgin will be looking to start the new financial year with gusto.
Junior Analyst, Money Morning
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