The strong financial performance of MakeMyTrip, EaseMyTrip and IRCTC hints towards a larger travel recovery in India
- The net profit of
IRCTCgrew nearly five-fold in the July-September quarter, while EaseMyTriprecorded a 300% uptick. MakeMyTripcut its loss to a third and its revenue touched $67 million in the last quarter.
- The segment is expected to see a greater push as revenge travel grows and cases of COVID-19 continue to lay low.
AdvertisementIndian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) as well as online ticketing platforms EaseMyTrip and MakeMyTrip have increased their net profit in the July to September quarter of 2021, which hints towards a strong recovery for the travel and hospitality sector that has been majorly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.
The net profit of IRCTC grew nearly five-fold compared to last year. Its revenue, on the other hand, grew four-fold in the same time frame. The company has further doubled its financial metrics compared to the April-June quarter of 2021 that was clouded by the second wave of COVID-19.
EaseMyTrip — which is operated by Easy Trip Planners Limited — reported over 330% year-on-year increase in its consolidated net profit. The company’s revenue has grown another 164% year-on-year to ₹59.7 crore in the July-September quarter.
“We have witnessed strong recovery in demand across our segments and are optimistic of the demand scenario going forward on the back of strong tailwinds in terms of revenge travel and recovery in the travel and tourism industry,” EaseMyTrip noted in its financial statement released on November 3.
The company believes that India’s travel segment will witness a ‘U-shaped recovery’, with domestic travel taking a leap over international travel.
The company’s share prices catapulted 5% post its financial performance. The shares of EaseMyTrip were trading at ₹531 at 11:35 a.m., on November 3.
MakeMyTrip — which is the largest player in the online ticketing space — too reported a much stronger growth in the July to September quarter. The company’s revenue grew 219% year-on-year to $67 million (about ₹500 crore).
Its loss was cut nearly by a third to $8 million (about ₹60 crore).
MakeMyTrip and EaseMyTrip both witnessed a strong demand in air travel, which was a major contributor to its revenue. The company offers booking of air tickets, bus tickets, train tickets, hotels and holiday packages, among other services.
IRCTC, on the other hand, provides ticketing, catering and tourism services for Indian Railways.
Advertisement“MakeMyTrip continued to lead and be instrumental in the recovery of travel in India as the country’s new daily reported COVID-19 infections have declined significantly since May 2021, aided by over one billion vaccine doses that have been administered so far. The results of the reported fiscal quarter clearly showcases the durable strength of its multiple brands, driven by its relentless focus on serving its customers with the best possible experience for their travel booking needs,” Deep Kalra, group executive chairperson of MakeMyTrip, said.
Other players in the segment are Goibibo (owned by MakeMyTrip), Cleartrip (acquired by Flipkart), publicly traded Yatra, initial public offering (IPO)-bound ixigo and more.
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