LSG Sky Chefs is Prepared for the Crisis

2008: Second-best operating result in the company's history

March 17, 2009

Neu-Isenburg, Germany — In 2008, LSG Sky Chefs was able to confirm its market position despite considerable external detrimental factors. Consolidated revenues decreased by three percent to 2,325 million EUR, mainly due to foreign exchange rates and changes in the group of consolidated companies. Higher prices for energy and food items and increased pressure on the margins impacted the operating result, which was 30 percent lower than in 2007 and amounted to 70 million EUR. This nevertheless represents the second-best operating result in the company’s history.

At today’s annual press conference, CEO Walter Gehl stated: "LSG Sky Chefs is prepared for the present financial crisis with the internal programs and measures put into effect in 2007 within the company-wide ‘Upgrade to Industry Leadership’ initiative, which is being intensified this year. Beyond a number of short-term measures in reaction to the crisis, management is also focused on specific key areas to secure LSG Sky Chefs’ sustainable success. Among the ones with the highest priority are innovation and environmental care, a broad quality and Lean initiative and the implementation of a new operating model."

Additionally, LSG Sky Chefs will extend its comprehensive portfolio of in-flight products and services and strengthen its geographical presence in growth markets, primarily in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Looking into the future, Walter Gehl sees considerable challenges ahead due to the drastic shrinkage in demand for airline catering. In addition to the volume impact caused by decreasing passenger numbers, the airline catering industry is confronted with its customer’s requests for reductions in service levels and prices. "We will have to adapt our business model to the new reality by increasing our flexibility. In doing so, we place our trust in our relationships with our customers, suppliers and social partners," concluded the company’s CEO.

The LSG Group is the world’s leading provider of end-to-end on-board products and services. These include catering, onboard retail and entertainment, onboard equipment and logistics, consulting and lounge services. The company’s dedication to culinary excellence and expertise in logistics has led to its successful entry into adjacent markets like train services and convenience retail. Its catering activities are marketed under the “LSG Sky Chefs” brand name, through which it delivers 591 million meals a year and is present at 211 airports in 50 countries. In 2015, the companies belonging to the LSG Group achieved consolidated revenues of € 3.0 billion.