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Mar 11 2022, 13:00 GMT
Ratings and price correct at time of issue
|Company||Rating||Date||Previous Rating||Date||Closing Price|
|Air France KLM||UNDERPERFORM||11/05/20||Neutral||20/01/20||379c|
|Wizz Air Holdings||UNDERPERFORM||21/04/21||Neutral||09/09/19||3011.0p|
Airlines stocks have been on a wild ride since the Ukraine invasion, as has the oil price. Post-earnings season we have adjusted fuel upwards from $775 to $975 per metric tonne for the network airlines. Clearly there are a range of issues – overflight re-routing to Asia, elongated supply chains in cargo, demand/supply in the two main markets this year (Intra-Europe, Atlantic). US markets have taken a sanguine enough view of the conflict compared with Gulf War times, but European airlines are down anywhere from single digits to 35% in the case of Wizz. In fairness, all the major networks have restructured post-COVID. We favour Lufthansa (‘Outperform’) over the others given cargo exposure, optionality on Lufthansa Technik, the declining pension deficit and balance sheet strength.