Scandinavian airline SAS appears to be on the ropes as the company announces chopping prices and selling assets in a struggle to keep afloat. Massive losses from 2011, combined with a murky 2012 have spelled tough times for the once profitable and venerable airline.
Low cost carrier competition, spiraling fuel costs, and a sluggish travel industry have mired many top notch companies in red ink.
Despite a pre-Q3 report that SAS has in fact had a passenger revenue growth of 9%, as well as cost reductions on the order of 6%, Reuters reports the Norwegian, Sweden, Denmark carrier in the same fix as Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, cutting back at every turn. Analysts told Reuters the cost cutting measures would keep SAS aloft for a while. The preliminary Q3 report states SAS made 568 MSEK, but still the company needs to get more liquidity.
SAS said stated liquid funds of 2.4 billion crowns,with available credit facilities of 4.7 billion crowns. The latter will expire come June of 2013. The chart below shows the rise and fall of SAS stocks for the last three months, the latest being an all time low in the last 5 years.