Qantas has reported a recovery in its first half to 31 December financial results to a statutory net profit after tax of $111 million compared to $42 million in the previous corresponding half, but still well short of the $241 million reported for the first half of FY11.
Its preferred measure of profitability, underlying profit before tax, rose by 10% to $223 million, compared to the the first half FY12 result of $202 million.
Qantas long haul continued to lose money, but at a much reduced rate, and Qantas shareholders will again receive no interim dividend, extending the interim drought into a fourth year, despite the recent share buyback program.
This is the ASX summary.
There will be further reports later this morning.