What to expect when IAG reports

On 30 October, International Airlines Group – the company behind British Airways and owner of Iberia – is expected to report a 33% rise in third-quarter profits.

Importantly for investors it is also expected to announce its first dividend. The company has said it is targeting a payout ratio of 25% of underlying profits. CEO Willie Walsh says IAG has ‘ambitions beyond Aer Lingus’ which it bought in August, and is examining ‘potential opportunities… that can facilitate future consolidation’. Shares in IAG have gained 22% this year.

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