Not many industries have experienced such a severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic like the airline industry. While the global travel restrictions and the lockdown rules are expected to cause airline passenger revenues to drop by $300 billion in 2020, the world’s largest airline companies are witnessing staggering losses in their market capitalization.
According to data gathered by BuyShares.co.uk, the combined market cap of the five largest airline companies in the world plunged by $40.9 billion since January, reaching a total of $36.9 billion at the end of last week.
Market Cap Halved Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
In January, the combined market cap of the Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Lufthansa Group, United Airlines, and Air France, as the world’s five largest public airline companies by revenue, amounted to $77.8 billion, revealed the YCharts and MacroTrends data.
After the Black Monday crash, this figure plunged to $25.3 billion in the third week of March, a 67% fall since the beginning of the year. The downsizing trend continued in the next two months, with the combined market cap falling to $25 billion at the end of May.
This figure increased by nearly $12 billion in the last two months, reaching $36.9 billion in the third week of July. Nevertheless, the value represents a 52% plunge compared to January figures.
Statistics show the market cap of Delta Air Lines, as the world’s largest airline by revenue, stumbled by 54% amid COVID-19 crisis, falling from $35.5 billion in January to $16.5 billion in the third week of July.
The combined value of shares of American Airlines, the second-largest airline by revenue, and the leading airline by flown passenger kilometers stood at $4.8 billion last week, a 58% fall since the beginning of the year.
United Airlines have witnessed a 57% drop in market capitalization in the last seven months, with the value plunging from $19.3 billion in January to $8.2 billion last week. The YCharts and MarketTrends data indicate the three largest airlines in the United States lost a total of $36.7 billion in combined market capitalization amid coronavirus outbreak.
The world’s third-largest airline by revenue, Lufthansa Group, has also witnessed a substantial fall in the total value of shares in the last seven months. In January, the market cap of Europe’s largest airline stood at $7.42 billion. After the Black Monday Crash, the total value of the company’s shares stumbled to $4.49 billion, a 40% drop in three months. Statistics show that Lufthansa market capitalization amounted to $5.51 at the end of last week, a 25% drop since the beginning of the year.
Air France, as the world’s fifth-largest airline by revenue, lost $2.2 billion in market cap amid the COVID-19 crisis. In January, the total value of the company’s shares stood at $4.2 billion. By the end of the last week, this figure fell to under $2 billion. Statistics show the two largest European airlines on this list lost $4.1bn in combined market capitalization since the beginning of the year.
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