EasyJet increased dividend payout ratio
Further details of the ordinary dividend in respect of the year ending 30 September 2014 will be announced with the full year results on 18 November 2014. The dividend will be subject to shareholder approval at the Company’s Annual General Meeting on February 12, 2015 and will be paid to shareholders in the early part of calendar year 2015.
Additionally, easyJet has reached agreement with Airbus to exercise existing purchase rights over 27 current generation A320 aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2018. This provides easyJet with the flexibility to continue to execute its proven strategy of disciplined growth and to take advantage of profitable market opportunities.
The additional aircraft will augment easyJet’s highly cash generative model and the Board will continue to keep the balance sheet under review and intends to make further returns of capital to shareholders in the coming years.
In addition, they will continue to improve easyJet’s cost advantage as a current generation A320 aircraft delivers a cost per seat improvement of between 7% and 8% compared to a current generation A319 aircraft.
These aircraft are subject to a very substantial price discount from the list price1 and are expected to be funded through a combination of easyJet’s internal resources, cashflow, sale and leaseback transactions and debt.
easyJet continues to have a high level of fleet flexibility provided by its current fleet arrangements. As a result of the exercise of the 27 purchase rights easyJet is expected to have a fleet of 304 aircraft by 2019. easyJet’s fleet will consist of 226 aircraft as at 30 September 2014.
However, the fleet arrangements also give easyJet the ability to manage the fleet size to between 204 and 316 aircraft by 2019 depending on economic conditions and opportunities available. ■