GMF AeroAsia significantly cut losses for the half-year on the back of cost-cutting measures, though its liabilities still exceeded its assets by a significant amount.

For the six months ended 30 June, the MRO unit of Garuda Indonesia says its current liabilities exceeded assets by over $200 million, and that it had a negative equity of $240 million. By comparison, for the 2020 financial year, the company’s liabilities exceeded assets by $171 million.

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To this end, GMF AeroAsia states that it has, and will continue to, implement measures to improve its financial state, amid the coronavirus pandemic. These include tapping into non-aerospace sectors for revenue opportunities, reducing expenses, as well as restructuring financing facilities from creditors.

GMF AeroAsia, which recently reshuffled its senior management, posted an operating loss of $19.7 million for the half-year. This was significantly lower than the $108 million loss it reported in 2020, at the onset of the pandemic.

The company reported a 28% year-on-year decline in revenue, to $114 million. It also halved its costs compared to the same period in 2020, to $134 million, as impairment and subcontracting expenses fell sharply.

GMF AeroAsia made a net loss of $27.4 million, compared to $99.3 million during the same period in 2020.

It ended the half-year with $4 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to nearly $9 million at the start of the year. This represents a slower cash burn compared to 2020, where it began the year with nearly $27 million and ended the six-month period with $6.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.

The company had previously targeted a return to profitability in 2021, based on its expectations that the Indonesian aviation market will recover in the year.