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JetBlue Share Price Tanks After Disappointing Earnings

October 31st, 2023 -

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JetBlue stock experienced a significant drop of 7% in premarket trading on Tuesday following the release of its third-quarter results, which revealed a larger-than- expected loss. The company reported an adjusted net loss of 39 cents per share, below analysts’ estimate of 25 cents per share. Revenue of $2.35 billion also fell short of expectations.

Chief Financial Officer Ursula Hurley attributed the poor performance to challenges related to air-traffic control and weather-related delays. JetBlue now anticipates a net loss of between 65 cents and 45 cents per share for the full year, disappointing analysts who were expecting a narrower loss of 25 cents per share. In addition to the disappointing earnings, JetBlue is currently facing a legal battle with the Justice Department over its proposed merger with Spirit Airlines.

The antitrust trial, which was delayed by two weeks, has now commenced in U.S. District Court in Boston. The government opposes the merger, arguing that it would harm competition and result in increased prices and limited route choices for travelers nationwide. JetBlue, however, disagrees and has made efforts to address the government’s concerns, including voluntary agreements to divest Spirit holdings in certain airports. The outcome of the trial remains uncertain, with analysts giving varying probabilities of success.

Despite the ongoing trial, JetBlue’s third-quarter earnings may have a significant impact on the stock. Analysts expect the company to report an adjusted loss of 25 cents per share, compared to a profit of 21 cents per share in the same period last year. Investors will also be interested in the guidance for the current quarter, although the outlook may be dampened by higher fuel costs and the overall challenges faced by discount airlines in the current market. With the termination of its alliance with American Airlines and a slowdown in domestic demand, JetBlue stock has struggled in 2023.

This content is provided for general information purposes only and is not to be taken as investment advice nor as a recommendation for any security, investment strategy or investment account.
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