easyJet plc (EZJ) 
Trading Update for the year ended 30 September 2023 and Proposed Aircraft Purchase 
12-Oct-2023 / 07:00 GMT/BST 
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12 October 2023 
This release contains inside information 
 
easyJet plc 
('easyJet') 
 
easyJet Trading Update for the year ended 30 September 2023 and Proposed Aircraft Purchase 
 
easyJet delivers record Q4 PBT, thereby achieving in FY2023 its existing financial targets. Business momentum now 
allows the setting of new, ambitious, medium-term targets, a proposed new aircraft order and resumption of dividends. 
     -- Record Q4 headline profit before tax expected to be between GBP650 - GBP670 million 
      ? Passenger growth +8% YoY 
      ? RPS +9% YoY vs guidance of c. 10% 
          ? Ticket yield per passenger +9% YoY 
          ? Ancillary yield per passenger +14% YoY 
 
      ? CPS ex fuel flat YoY 
 
     -- Record H2 headline profit before tax expected to be between GBP850 - GBP870 million 
      ? Passenger growth +7% YoY 
      ? RPS +15% YoY 
      ? CPS ex fuel reduced 1.3% YoY vs guidance of flat 
 
     -- FY23 headline PBT between GBP440 - GBP460 million 
      ? easyJet holidays continues to outperform and is expected to deliver around GBP120 million PBT for FY23 
 
 
     -- Q1 FY24 Guidance 
      ? Capacity c.15% ahead YoY 
      ? Yields ahead YoY with load factors broadly in line 
      ? Airline CPS ex fuel expected to slightly reduce YoY 
 
     -- New medium-term targets with the ambition to deliver >GBP1bn PBT 
      ? Group PBT1 per seat of GBP7-10 
      ? High teen ROCE2 
      ? Holidays PBT1 to >GBP250m 
      ? Capacity growth c.5% CAGR to 2028 
 
     -- Proposed aircraft purchase 
      ? 157 firm orders for delivery between FY29 and FY34 and 100 Purchase Rights, subject to shareholder 
        approval 
      ? Existing order book of 158 aircraft for delivery by FY29 
      ? Conversion of 35 A320neo deliveries into A321neos within existing order 
      ? 315 aircraft now on order for delivery by FY34 alongside a further 100 purchase rights 
 
     -- Proposed new shareholder returns policy, commencing with FY23 results, payable early 2024 
      ? FY23 payout ratio of 10% of headline PAT 
      ? FY24 payout ratio expected to rise to 20% of headline PAT 
      ? Potential to increase level of future returns to be assessed over the coming years 
 
 
Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said: 
 
"We have delivered a record summer with strong demand for easyJet's flights and holidays with customers choosing us for 
our network, value and service. 
 
"This performance has demonstrated that our strategy is achieving results and so today we have set out an ambitious 
roadmap to serve more customers and deliver attractive shareholder returns, underpinned by a continued focus on costs 
and operational excellence. Our new medium-term targets provide the building blocks to deliver a PBT greater than GBP1 
billion. This will be driven by reducing winter losses, upgauging our fleet and growing easyJet holidays. As part of 
our commitment to shareholder returns, the Board intends to reinstate dividends commencing with the FY23 results. 
 
"We have also reached a proposed agreement with Airbus for an additional 157 aircraft order and a further 100 purchase 
rights. This will enable easyJet's fleet modernisation and growth to continue beyond 2028 while providing substantial 
benefits including cost efficiencies and sustainability improvements." 
 
Summary 
easyJet expects its FY23 Group headline profit before tax to be between GBP440 million and GBP460 million with easyJet 
holidays contributing around GBP120 million. Demand for easyJet's primary airport network has remained strong, delivering 
a record financial performance for the Group this summer. Moving into the 2024 financial year, booking momentum is 
continuing and we expect Q1 capacity to grow by c.15%. Ticket yields are ahead year on year with load factors broadly 
in line. Our continued focus on cost alongside productivity and utilisation gains are expected to result in the Airline 
cost per seat excluding fuel slightly reducing year on year in the December quarter. 
 
Moving forward, easyJet has today updated its capital allocation framework to underpin the business's focus on serving 
customers well whilst delivering attractive shareholder returns. Executing the four pillars of our strategy involves: 
building Europe's best network, transforming revenue, delivering ease and reliability and driving our low-cost model 
alongside capital discipline and disciplined growth. This, supported by easyJet's strong balance sheet, provides the 
platform to deliver long term shareholder value with sustainable returns. 
 
New medium-term targets 
Having largely achieved easyJet's current medium term financial targets (mid-teen EBITDAR, easyJet holidays to deliver 
>GBP100 million profit before tax and a low to mid teen ROCE), easyJet has today launched new, and ambitious, medium-term 
targets, providing the building blocks to achieve a Group PBT per seat of between GBP7 to GBP10. The levers to achieving 
this are reducing winter losses, growing easyJet holidays to deliver over GBP250 million of PBT and the cost savings that 
our current Airbus order book will deliver from fleet efficiency and upgauging. In addition to the delivery of our 
strategy, these targets are integral to achieving easyJet's ambition to deliver more than GBP1 billion PBT. 
 
Proposed aircraft purchase and conversion 
easyJet already has 69 A320neo family aircraft within its fleet and an existing order book with Airbus to FY29 for a 
further 158 A320neo family aircraft still to be delivered. Alongside this, easyJet has now entered into conditional 
arrangements with Airbus to secure the delivery of a further 157 aircraft (56 A320neo & 101 A321neo) between FY29 - 
FY34 as well as 100 purchase rights (the "Proposed Purchase"). This provides easyJet with the ability to complete its 
fleet replacement programme of A319 aircraft and replace approximately half of the A320ceo aircraft, alongside 
providing the foundation for disciplined growth. The Company is in exclusive negotiations with CFM for the supply of 
engines for the Proposed Purchase. 
 
easyJet has also agreed to exercise conversion rights within its current order book to convert 35 A320neo deliveries 
into A321neo aircraft (the "Conversion"). This alongside the Proposed Purchase will deliver lower fuel burn, CO2 
emissions and operating costs per seat. 
 
The Board believes the Proposed Purchase and the Conversion is in the interest of easyJet's shareholders, will support 
positive returns for the business and is a core part of the delivery of our strategic objectives. 
 
     -- Commercial Terms: The financial terms of the agreement reached with Airbus for the Proposed Purchase are 
    attractive. They are the result of a comprehensive, detailed and competitive process which has been run over the 
    course of the last 12 months. This process covered both airframe (Airbus and Boeing) and engine (CFM and Pratt and 
    Whitney) manufacturers. The Board believes the terms secured represent extremely attractive value with improved 
    economics for future deliveries based on the commercial terms and fleet mix. 
     -- Securing Certainty of Aircraft Supply: The Group's ability to sustain its route network, maintain 
    desirable airport slots and to grow depends on the timely delivery of aircraft. Delivery slots for narrow body 
    aircraft with circa 200 seats are very limited until at least 2029 from both Airbus and Boeing. easyJet anticipates 
    that this limitation will extend into 2030 and beyond within the next year. By placing an order now, easyJet 
    ensures a supply of future delivery slots between FY29 and FY34 to retain its current scale through replacing 
    aircraft leaving the fleet and this enables easyJet to execute its disciplined growth strategy. 
     -- Maintaining Operational Scale: A proportion of the new aircraft will be used to replace older aircraft as 
    they reach the end of their useful life at easyJet. These aircraft will become economically unviable for our high 
    intensity low-cost operation and will need to be replaced if we are to maintain the current scale of our business. 
 
     -- Enabling Future Growth: The Proposed Purchase and Conversion provides easyJet with the opportunity to 
    grow its capacity through a combination of incremental aircraft and accelerated upgauging. This flexible fleet 
    planning means easyJet will have the opportunity to utilise the firm orders and the extension of leases of aircraft 
    within the existing fleet to increase the size of the airline should market conditions support growth. The 100 
    purchase rights provide easyJet with an opportunity to further grow depending on when they are delivered. 
     -- Cost Benefits of New Generation Technology: The new aircraft will continue the modernisation of the 
    easyJet fleet, with the average aircraft age dropping by 1.5 years from 9.9 years in FY23 to 8.4 years in FY33. The 
    new aircraft will deliver between a 13% to 30% unit fuel burn efficiency improvement (depending on which aircraft 
    they replace). The costs of carbon emissions are expected to increase over the coming years, and increased fuel 
    efficiency will lead to a proportional reduction in carbon emissions. Additionally, some airports provide 
    discounted fees for new generation aircraft, further enhancing the economic benefits. 
     -- Increased Aircraft Size: The Proposed Purchase and Conversion will accelerate the upgauging of the 
    airline, with the airline significantly increasing its proportion of 235 seat A321neo aircraft by FY33 through the 
    101 firm A321neos in the Proposed Purchase and 35 A320neo to A321neo conversions. This will result in further 
    improvements in cost efficiency, with the fixed costs of each flight spread across a greater number of passengers. 
    These economics see the A321 optimally deployed on a subset of the network where the A321neo's higher trip costs 
    are more than offset by its ability to capture additional revenue on routes which are typically high demand, slot 
    constrained or longer in sector length. The access to additional A321neo aircraft will also provide easyJet with 
    the opportunity to continue to grow in slot constrained airports. 
     -- Sustainability Benefits: The new aircraft are aligned with easyJet's sustainability strategy, with the 
    adoption of the more efficient new technology aircraft being a core component of easyJet's path to net zero 
    emissions. Alongside this, the new aircraft are significantly quieter, with half the noise footprint of the older 
    aircraft they are replacing. 
 
Based on latest list prices for aircraft published in January 2018, the Proposed Purchase and the Conversion are 
expected to result in an aggregate commitment of approximately USD19.9 billion, which will be spread over a number of 
years. The aggregate actual price for the aircraft would be substantially lower because of certain price concessions 
granted by Airbus. 
 
The effect on easyJet's assets and liabilities will depend on the ownership structure of the aircraft which is decided 
closer to the time of delivery. The payments under the Proposed Purchase and the Conversion will be financed over a 
number of years through a combination of easyJet's internal resources, cash flow, sale and leaseback transactions and 
debt. While the Board will regularly review optimal sources of financing, given the strength of easyJet's balance 
sheet, there is currently no expectation that shareholders will be asked to fund any aspect of the Proposed Purchase 
and the Conversion. 
 
The scale of the Proposed Purchase means it is conditional on shareholder approval at a general meeting of the 
shareholders (the "General Meeting"). A circular will be published in due course giving further details of the Proposed 
Purchase and seeking shareholder approval at a General Meeting. easyJet is targeting completing the shareholder 
approval process by the end of this calendar year. 
 
Shareholder Returns 
During FY23 the company has focussed on reducing debt. This has included the repayment of a EUR500 million bond in 
February 2023 and the refinancing of the GBP1.4 billion UKEF facility where an additional USD950 million of gross debt was 
repaid. 
 
Given the financial performance in FY23 alongside easyJet's strong liquidity position, the board intends to pay a 
dividend of 10% of FY23's headline profit after tax, payable in early 2024. The expectation is that this will rise to 
20% of headline profits after tax in FY24, payable in early 2025. The Board is committed to maintaining regular returns 
to shareholders, with the level of future return to be assessed over the coming years, taking into account market 
conditions, capex requirements and progress towards the Group's new medium-term targets. 
 
Capacity 
During Q4 easyJet flew 28.6 million seats, a 9% increase on the same period last year when easyJet flew 26.3 million 
seats. Load factor was 92% (Q4 FY22: 92%). 
 
Passenger3 numbers in the quarter increased to 26.2 million (Q4 FY22: 24.3 million). 
 
                         July   August September Q4      Q4 
 
                         2023    2023  2023      FY23    FY22 
Number of flights        53,552 54,246 52,677    160,445 148,214 
Peak operating aircraft  318    319    319       319     319 
 
Passengers3 (thousand)   8,831  8,945  8,412     26,188  24,271 
 
Seats flown (thousand)   9,540  9,667  9,384     28,591  26,299 
 
Load factor4             93%    93%    90%       92%     92% Revenue, Cost and Liquidity 

Total group revenue and headline costs for the fourth quarter are expected to be around GBP3,120 million and around GBP2,460 million respectively. Pricing remained ahead year on year during the quarter for both ticket and ancillary revenue, demonstrating the continued success of easyJet's network optimisation and ancillary products.

Significant fuel price increases year on year and the strengthened USD have resulted in sterling fuel cost per seat being +24% (+GBP4.59) vs the same period last year. Airline headline cost per seat ex fuel was flat in the quarter due to inflationary pressure within airports & ground handling and employee costs compared to the same period last year being offset by capacity increases driving utilisation benefits. The H2 airline cost per seat ex fuel reduced 1.3% YoY compared to guidance of broadly flat.

Financing costs reduced in the fourth quarter, due to the increased interest rates on cash holdings, alongside the significant reduction in gross debt year on year. Within financing costs is a non-operating, non-cash FX loss of circa GBP10 million (Q4 FY22: GBP30 million loss) from balance sheet revaluations.

easyJet continues to have one of the strongest, investment grade, balance sheets in European aviation. As at 30 September 2023 our net cash position was c.GBP40 million (30 September 2022: GBP670 million net debt). During the 2023 financial year, c.GBP1.2bn of gross debt has been repaid. Given the current liquidity and strong trading performance, easyJet intends to repay the EUR500 million Eurobond maturing in October 2023.

(GBP'm)                                                              Low    High 
Q4 Group headline EBITDAR range                                    GBP815   GBP835 
Q4 Group headline EBIT range                                       GBP655   GBP675 
Q4 Group headline profit before tax range                          GBP650   GBP670 
FY23 Group headline EBITDAR range                                  GBP1,120 GBP1,140 
FY23 Group headline EBIT range                                     GBP460   GBP480 
FY23 Group headline profit before tax range                        GBP440   GBP460 
FY23 Company compiled consensus - Group headline profit before tax GBP451m 
FY23 and Q4'23 numbers are circa and rounded to the middle of the range provided      Q4'23   Q4'22     FY23    FY22 
above and remain subject to audit 
Passenger revenue (GBP'm)                                                               1,970   1,679     5,220   3,816 
Airline ancillary revenue (GBP'm)                                                       790     641       2,170   1,585 
Holidays revenue5 (GBP'm)                                                               360     196       780     368 
Group revenue (GBP'm)                                                                   3,120   2,516     8,170   5,769 
Fuel costs (GBP'm)                                                                      (675)   (500)     (2,030) (1,279) 
Airline headline EBITDAR costs ex fuel (GBP'm)                                          (1,315) (1,174)   (4,345) (3,596) 
Holidays EBITDAR costs5 (GBP'm)                                                         (305)   (168)     (665)   (325) 
Group headline EBITDAR costs (GBP'm)                                                    (2,295) (1,842)   (7,040) (5,200) 
Group headline EBITDAR (GBP'm)                                                          825     674       1,130   569 
Airline depreciation & amortisation (GBP'm)                                             (159)   (137)     (655)   (562) 
Holidays depreciation & amortisation (GBP'm)                                            (1)     (1)       (5)     (4) 
Group headline EBIT (GBP'm)                                                             665     536       470     3 
Airline financing costs excluding balance sheet revaluations (GBP'm)                    0       (26)      (57)    (118) 
Holidays financing costs excluding balance sheet revaluations (GBP'm)                   5       1         10      1 
Balance sheet revaluations (GBP'm)                                                      (10)    (30)      27      (64) 
Group headline PBT (GBP'm)                                                              660     481       450     (178) 
 
Airline passenger revenue per seat (GBP)                                                68.90   63.85     56.37   46.80 
Airline ancillary revenue per seat (GBP)                                                27.51   24.36     23.47   19.43 
Total airline revenue per seat (GBP)                                                    96.41   88.21     79.84   66.23 
Total airline RASK (p)                                                                7.67    7.07      6.52    5.54 
 
Airline headline cost per seat ex fuel (GBP)                                            (51.84) (51.94)   (54.30) (53.20) 
Airline headline CASK ex fuel (p)                                                     (4.12)  (4.16)    (4.44)  (4.45) 
Airline fuel cost per seat (GBP)                                                        (23.60) (19.01)   (21.95) (15.68) 
Airline headline total cost per seat (GBP)                                              (75.44) (70.95)   (76.25) (68.88) 
 
Group headline PBT per seat                                                           23.08   18.28     4.86    (2.19) 
 
Sector length (km)                                                                    1,258   1,248     1,224   1,193 
 
Cash and money market deposits (GBP'bn)                                                                   2.9     3.6 
Net cash/(debt) (GBP'm)                                                                                   40      (670) 

Fuel & FX Hedging (as at 06.10.23)

Jet Fuel                        H1'24 H2'24 H1'25   USD                                H1'24 H2'24 H1'25 
Hedged position                 73%   46%   17%     Hedged position                    73%   45%   18% 
Average hedged rate (USD/MT)      866   822   821     Average hedged rate (USD/GBP)      1.22  1.24  1.25 
Current spot (USD/MT) at 11.10.23 c.950               Current spot (USD/GBP) at 11.10.23 c.1.23 

Conference call

There will be an Investor and analyst presentation at 09:00am GMT on 12 October 2023 at Nomura, One Angel Lane, London, EC4R 3AB.

Alternatively, a webcast of the presentation will be available both live and for replay (please register on the following link): https://stream.brrmedia.co.uk/broadcast/651bf8e186684bfe61813beb

Dial in details are as follows: 0808 109 0700/+44 (0) 33 0551 0200 quoting easyJet trading update when prompted.

For further details please contact easyJet plc:

Institutional investors and analysts:

Michael Barker Investor Relations +44 (0) 7985 890 939

Adrian Talbot Investor Relations +44 (0) 7971 592 373

Media:

Anna Knowles Corporate Communications +44 (0) 7985 873 313

Olivia Peters Teneo +44 (0) 20 7353 4200

Harry Cameron Teneo +44 (0) 20 7353 4200

A copy of this Trading Statement is available at http://corporate.easyjet.com/investors

1) Headline result before non-headline items

2) ROCE is calculated by taking headline profit/loss before interest and tax, applying tax at the prevailing UK corporation tax rate at the end of the financial year, and dividing by the average capital employed. Capital employed is shareholders equity, excluding the hedging and cost of hedging reserves, plus net debt.

3) Represents the number of earned seats flown. Earned seats include seats which are flown whether or not the passenger turns up, as easyJet is a no refund airline and once a flight has departed, a no-show customer is generally not entitled to change flights or seek a refund. Earned seats also include seats provided for promotional purposes and to staff for business travel.

4) Represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of seats available for passengers. No weighting of the load factor is carried out to recognise the effect of varying flight (or "sector") lengths.

5) easyJet holidays numbers include elimination of intercompany airline transactions.

FY23 numbers are circa and rounded to the middle of the range provided above and remain subject to audit.

This announcement may contain statements which constitute 'forward-looking statements'. Although easyJet believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. Because these statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the company to constitute inside information stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014 as it forms part of the domestic law of the United Kingdom by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (as amended) ("UK MAR"). Upon the publication of this announcement via the Regulatory Information Service, this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

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