Further Trading Statement
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration Number: 1967/006783/06)
Share Code: COM
(“Comair” or “the Company”)
FURTHER TRADING STATEMENT
Shareholders are referred to the trading statement released on the Stock Exchange News Service (“SENS”)
on 4 December 2019 in which Comair advised that earnings per share (“EPS”) and headline earnings per
share (“HEPS”) would be more than 20% lower than the previous corresponding period. Comair is currently
finalising its results for the six months ended 31 December 2019 and in this regard, shareholders are
advised that EPS and HEPS are expected to be more than 170% lower than that of the EPS and HEPS for the
six months ended 31 December 2018 (“comparative period”), resulting in a loss and headline loss for the
The decrease in earnings relative to the comparative period is attributed to an increase in operational costs
pertaining to aircraft lease and maintenance costs arising from the replacement of five owned B737-400
aircraft with five leased B737-800 aircraft. In addition, there has been an increase in aircraft line
maintenance costs arising from the transition of the fleet from SAA Technical to Lufthansa Technik.
Furthermore, earnings continue to be negatively impacted by cumulative losses incurred as a result of the
ongoing grounding of the Boeing MAX 737 8. No accrual for compensation from Boeing has been raised to
date however, negotiations are underway.
RECOVERABILITY IN RESPECT OF SAA DAMAGES CLAIM RECEIVABLE
Shareholders are referred to the announcement released on SENS on 15 February 2019 wherein the
Company advised Shareholders that it had entered into a full and final settlement agreement (“Settlement
Agreement”) with SAA and which Settlement Agreement was made an order of Court by the Supreme
Court of Appeal.
In terms of the Settlement Agreement, SAA would pay Comair a settlement amount of R1 108 040 000 plus
interest (“Settlement Amount”). The Settlement Amount would be made in accordance with a payment
schedule commencing 28 February 2019 and terminating on 28 July 2022.
SAA failed to make the payment of the capital and interest amount due on 28 December 2019.
Consequently, SAA is in breach of its obligations in terms of the Settlement Agreement, and the full
outstanding amount of R790 million, as at 31 December 2019, became due in terms of the Settlement
Furthermore, SAA was placed into voluntary Business Rescue on 5 December 2019. The Business Rescue
Practitioner is required to determine whether or not there is a reasonable prospect of a successful business
rescue. If not, SAA will be placed into liquidation.
Consequently, the future recoverability of the outstanding amount is uncertain. A loss allowance of R285
million was provided for in terms of IFRS9 loss allowances against the SAA damages claim receivable as at
30 June 2019, prior to SAA going into Business Rescue. The IFRS9 loss allowance as at 31 December 2019
remains to be determined, with reference to the outcome of the Business Rescue proceedings in respect of
SAA. Shareholders are advised to remain alert for further updates in this regard.
UPDATE ON SUSPENSION OF BOEING 737 MAX
Operations of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft were suspended on 13 March 2019 by the US Federal Aviation
Administration. As a result, one 737 MAX 8 owned by Comair was grounded, the second 737 MAX 8, due
for delivery in March 2019 was also delayed for this reason and a third delivery is expected to be delayed
beyond its contracted delivery month of February 2020. Shareholders are advised that no revised delivery
dates have been forthcoming from Boeing.
The financial information on which this trading statement is based has not been reviewed and reported on
by Comair’s external auditors.
13 February 2020
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO FOREIGN SHAREHOLDERS AND PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS
FOREIGN SHAREHOLDERS AND PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS IN COMAIR LIMITED (“COMAIR”) SHOULD NOTE
THAT, IN ORDER TO ENABLE COMAIR (AS A LICENSED AIR SERVICES OPERATOR IN SOUTH AFRICA) TO
REMAIN COMPLIANT WITH THE FOREIGN OWNERSHIP RESTRICTION CONTAINED SECTIONS 16(4)(c) AND
19(a) OF THE AIR SERVICES LICENSING ACT, NO. 115 OF 1990, THE VOTING RIGHTS OF FOREIGN
SHAREHOLDERS MAY BE DECREASED PROPORTIONATELY SUCH THAT THE VOTING RIGHTS OF FOREIGN
SHAREHOLDERS DO NOT, IN AGGREGATE, EXCEED 24.99%. FOREIGN SHAREHOLDERS AND PROSPECTIVE
INVESTORS ARE REFERRED TO THE COMAIR’S MEMORANDUM OF INCORPORATION AND WEBSITE
(www.comair.co.za) FOR FURTHER DETAILS. IF FOREIGN SHAREHOLDERS OR PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS ARE
IN ANY DOUBT AS TO WHAT ACTION TO TAKE THEY SHOULD SEEK ADVICE FROM THEIR BROKER, ATTORNEY
OR OTHER PROFESSIONAL ADVISER.
Date: 13-02-2020 12:20:00
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