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Why the Regional Express Holdings Ltd share price took off today

The Regional Express Holdings Ltd (ASX: REX) share price has taken off today following the release of a strong full-year result.

In afternoon trade the regional airline’s shares are up 7% to $1.16.

Here are key takeaways from the release:

  • Total revenue rose 9.7% to $281 million.
  • Fuel costs fell 12.2% to $30.9 million.
  • Profit before tax came in at $17.8 million, compared to a $10.7 million loss in FY 2016.
  • Passengers rose 9% to 1.2 million.
  • Average fare increased 3% to $213.90.

Much like Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN), Regional Express benefitted greatly from low fuel costs in FY 2017.

This, and an increase in passenger numbers and average fares, resulted in an impressive swing to profit from a sizeable loss in FY 2016.

Pleasingly for its shareholders management has forecast mid-teen earnings growth in FY 2018.

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