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Transat AT reduces Q2 loss more than analysts expected, predicts profit ahead

Transat's Jean-Marc Eustache is pictured March 10, 2011 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
June 13, 2013 - 4:56 AM

MONTREAL - Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ.B) continued to lose money in its second quarter but the Montreal-based travel company says the summer is looking good and it expects to return to profitability this year.

Transat had a net loss of $22.8 million or 59 cents per share in the quarter ended April 30 and $1.1 billion of revenue from its Air Transat chartered airline and its integrated vacation businesses.

On an adjusted after-tax basis, Transat lost $1.43 million or four cents per share — far better than the 26 cents per share loss estimated by analysts and an improvement from a loss of 64 cents per share in the second quarter of 2012.

The adjusted earnings remove the impact of Transat's fuel-hedging program, restructuring and last year's revaluation of some of its investments.

Transat's revenue was in line with analyst estimates of $1.17 billion.

In the comparable period last year, Transat had $1.2 billion of revenue. Its net loss in the second quarter of 2012 was $13.2 million or 35 cents per share.

The company has been working for more than a year to eliminate its losses, sparked in the summer of 2011 by a spike in fuel costs.

Since then, the price for crude oil and aviation fuel has dropped dramatically amid a more uncertain global economy and the company has taken a number of measures to reduce its expenses.

"We reached our cost-reduction targets, and despite a challenging winter selling prices were higher than last year, hence the improvement in our results," said Transat president and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache.

"The summer is looking fairly good and we expect to be back to profitability this year."

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