Aer Lingus cash reaches €1bn

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Aer Lingus ended the third quarter of 2012 with €991 million ($1.27 billion) in gross cash, up €63.5 million year-on-year after allowing for a €16.0 million dividend payment.

Its gross cash position included restricted cash of €23.9 million, which is down from €28.8 million during the same period last year.

Aer Lingus incurred €11.3 million net capital expenditure in Q3, as well as finance lease repayments of €12.4 million and unfavourable foreign exchange movements on cash positions of €12.6 million.

At 30 September 2012 total debt amounted to €550 million, compared with €573 million at the end of the third quarter of 2011.

In the three month period to 30 September, Aer Lingus posted a €90.9 million profit before exceptional items, on revenues of €460.8 million.