Decent Performance in FY 18: HelloWorld Travel Limited (ASX: HLO) shares climbed up 2.588 percent on September 14, 2018 post-release of FY18 presentation in which the group expected EBITDA in the range of $76 Mn to $80 Mn for FY19. According to the presentation, the company earned a profit after tax of $32 million in FY18, exhibiting growth of 48.1 percent on a Y-o-Y basis. Basic EPS came in at 27.1 cents per share which is an increase of 8.3% compared with the previous year. Based on the performance, the company declared fully franked final dividend of 11.0 cents per share, which brings the total dividends for the FY 2018 to 18.0 cents per share fully franked. In the second half of FY 2018, there was a strong growth in the air sales volume due to which TTV grew 3.5%. The revenue reported $326 million in FY18 which is in line with the prior year. It was mainly impacted by disposed operations and restructuring of insider Journey business. However, the company witnessed significant growth in EBITDA and NPAT in FY18 because of cost optimization strategy and synergies benefits. EBITDA stood at $65.2 million in FY 18 which is 18.2% higher than the FY 17. During the period, the company took several market initiatives to improve brand recognition and value proposition to its member and agents.
HLO’s shares traded at $5.550 with the market capitalization of $673.59 million as of 14 September 2018 (AEST 6:27 PM).
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