EX-99.1 2 v201365_ex99-1.htm Unassociated Document
 
For Immediate release:
 
 
Contact: Timothy P. Dooley
 
Republic Airways Holdings
 
Tel. (317) 487-4308
 

Republic Airways Holdings Announces Third Quarter 2010 Earnings
     Reports Record Ex-Items Profit

Indianapolis, Indiana, (November 8, 2010) – Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ/NM: RJET) today reported operating revenues of $711.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, a 97.9% increase, compared to $359.6 million for the same period last year.  The increase in revenues is primarily due to the acquisition of Frontier Airlines and Midwest Airlines during 2009.  The Company also reported net income of $21.3 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, compared to $3.3 million of net income, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the same period last year.  The diluted share count for the third quarter of 2010 includes 2.5 million shares for the $25 million of convertible debt at the Company, which decreases earnings per share by $0.04.

During the third quarter of 2010, the Company’s GAAP pre-tax income of $35.1 million was negatively impacted by a total of $7.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, of items: $4.7 million of expenses related to the integration of the branded business; $2.9 million of disposal costs for A318 and Q400 aircraft; and $0.2 million in negative adjustments for fuel hedges.

Excluding the dilutive effect of the convertible debt ($0.04) and the negative impact on earnings of the integration expense items during the quarter ($0.14), the Company is reporting earnings per share of $0.76 for the third quarter of 2010.

On an ex-item basis, the Company’s pre-tax earnings came in at an all-time record of $42.9 million as presented in the table below:

($ in millions)
 
Fixed-Fee
   
Branded
   
Other
   
Consolidated
 
GAAP pre-tax income
  $ 22.7     $ 11.6     $ 0.8     $ 35.1  
Adjustments:                                 
Integration and aircraft return expenses
            7.6               7.6  
Fuel mark-to-market hedge adjustments
            0.2               0.2  
Ex-item pre-tax income
  $ 22.7     $ 19.4     $ 0.8     $ 42.9  
 
Additionally, the Company recorded a total of $8.6 million of non-cash adjustments associated with the purchase accounting for Frontier and Midwest: $5.4 million as a reduction of passenger revenues and $3.2 million expense for amortization of intangible assets.  This is the last quarter for the non-cash adjustments to revenue and the intangible asset amortization is expected to continue at current levels for the next few quarters.

Third Quarter 2010 Highlights
Fixed-Fee Segment
Total fixed-fee service revenues of $261.6 million declined $19.8 million from prior year’s third quarter.  Excluding fuel reimbursement from our partners, fixed-fee service revenues decreased $20.9 million, or 8% for the third quarter of 2010 due to a 7% reduction in block hours. We have removed fifteen 50-seat aircraft from our fixed-fee operations since September 30, 2009. Income before taxes on the fixed-fee operations was $22.7 million for the quarter.  Cost per ASM (CASM), including interest expense but excluding fuel decreased to 7.52¢ for the third quarter of 2010, from 7.61¢ for the same quarter of 2009.
 
 
 

 

Branded Segment
The Company’s “Branded” business segment includes all operations at Frontier Airlines, Lynx Airlines, and Midwest Airlines, collectively referred to as “Frontier”.  Total revenues on Frontier were $445.8 million for the quarter.  Load factor was 87.4% for the quarter and total revenue per ASM (TRASM) was 11.15¢.  Frontier posted income before taxes of $11.6 million for the third quarter.  However, excluding the items outlined in the table above, Frontier produced a pre-tax profit of $19.4 million for the third quarter.  Operating cost per ASM (CASM), excluding fuel, was 7.17¢ for the third quarter of 2010.  Excluding integration and aircraft return expenses, the unit cost for Frontier, excluding fuel, was 6.98¢ for the quarter.

Fuel costs on Frontier were $137.3 million for the quarter.  Excluding a $0.2 million mark to market loss, the fuel cost per gallon, including into-plane taxes and fees for the quarter was $2.32 for the third quarter.  Frontier has call options for approximately 10% of its consumption for the fourth quarter of 2010 at an average price per gallon, excluding the hedge premium and into-plane taxes and fees, of $2.26.

The Company reported record load factors for Frontier for each of the three months during the third quarter of 2010 and is reporting total revenue per ASM (TRASM) of 11.15 cents for the third quarter, which is an increase of approximately 2% over the combined result for the same quarter of 2009.

Other Segment
The Company’s “Other” business segment includes revenues from aircraft subleases, slot rentals and expenses associated with those activities.  The Company reported a pre-tax profit of $0.8 million in the third quarter on this segment.

Fleet
During the quarter the Company removed three A318 aircraft, one Q400 aircraft, and one E170 aircraft from service.  The total operational fleet was 277 aircraft as of September 30, 2010 compared to 282 aircraft as of June 30, 2010.

Balance Sheet Information
As of September 30, 2010, the Company had $390.4 million in cash, of which $191.4 million was restricted.  This compares to $350.2 million in cash, of which $192.7 million was restricted as of December 31, 2009.  The Company’s debt decreased to $2.63 billion as of September 30, 2010, compared to $2.79 billion at December 31, 2009.  As of September 30, 2010, approximately 85% of the total debt is fixed-rate.  The Company has significant long-term lease obligations for aircraft that are classified as operating leases and are not reflected as liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet.  At a 7.0% discount factor, the present value of these lease obligations was approximately $1.15 billion as of September 30, 2010 compared to approximately $1.17 billion reported as of December 31, 2009.
 
 
 

 

Business Developments
On July 1, 2010, the Company announced that it would remove four 120-seat A318 aircraft and one 76-seat E170 aircraft from scheduled service for Frontier in September 2010. Three of these aircraft have been sold to third parties and two were returned to their lessors.  Beginning in January 2011, Frontier will accept the first of seven new 162-seat A320 aircraft. All seven aircraft have firm lease financing arranged and will be delivered during the first two quarters of 2011.  The Company will also be leasing three additional 136-seat A319 aircraft that are scheduled for delivery between February and April 2011.
 
On July 21, 2010, the Company announced it had signed a non-binding letter of intent with Embraer to acquire 24 E190 or E195 aircraft with deliveries beginning in the mid 2011.  On November 5, 2010, the Company announced it had placed a firm order for 6 E190 aircraft with Embraer for delivery in 2011 starting in August.  The Company also has conditional firm orders for 18 E190 or E195 aircraft.  Both aircraft types would be configured with STRETCH seating.  These aircraft will be used to replace smaller regional jets in the Company as well as provide flexibility for growth at Frontier through 2013.
 
On November 3, 2010, the Company announced that Robert “Hal” Cooper, its executive vice president and chief financial officer, has decided to retire from the airline industry. Cooper will remain in his current role until a successor has been named and a transition is completed, which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2011. During the transition period, Timothy P. Dooley, vice president – financial planning and analysis, and Joe Allman, vice president and controller, will work closely with Cooper to ensure a successful transition of responsibilities.
 
Integration Update
On October 1, 2010, the Company announced it had successfully moved all technology for its branded business to one platform, allowing all flights to operate on one reservation system and under the Frontier Airlines code.  All tickets are now purchased through one booking engine at FrontierAirlines.com and can be serviced by Frontier’s reservations centers in Denver and Milwaukee.  Additionally, the Company completed the integration of Frontier and Midwest’s frequent flyer programs on October 30, 2010.

All E170 aircraft operating for Frontier will be reconfigured with STRETCH seating by November 30, 2010, enabling our guests to take advantage of 5 extra inches of legroom.  Also, all 32 E-Jet aircraft operating for Frontier will have Gogo WiFi installed by the end of 2010.

Corporate Information
Republic Airways Holdings Inc., based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Lynx Aviation, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, collectively “the airlines.” The airlines offer scheduled passenger service on approximately 1,600 flights daily to 128 cities in 47 states, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico under branded operations at Frontier and through fixed-fee airline services agreements with five major U.S. airlines. The fixed-fee flights are operated under one of the following airline partner brands: AmericanConnection, Continental Express, Delta Connection, United Express, or US Airways Express. As of the date of this release, the airlines employ approximately 11,000 aviation professionals and operate 276 aircraft.  For more information on Republic Airways please visit our website at www.rjet.com.
 
 
 

 

The Company will conduct a telephone briefing to discuss its third quarter results this morning at 9:30 a.m. EST. This call is being webcast by Thomson/Reuters and can be accessed at Republic Airways Holdings’ website at www.rjet.com. For those wishing to participate, please call 866-804-6927, and for international calls please dial 857-350-1673; the password is 32510050.

Additional Information
In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements.  Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) may, from time-to-time, make written or oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such statements encompass Republic Airways’ beliefs, expectations, hopes or intentions regarding future events.  Words such as “expects,” “intends,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” or “likely” and similar expressions as well as the negative of such expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements.  All forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available to Republic Airways as of such date.  Republic Airways assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.  Actual results may vary, and could differ materially, from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected in these forward-looking statements for a number of reasons, including, among others, the risk factors disclosed in the Company’s most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 
 
 

 
 
REPUBLIC AIRWAYS HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
Financial Highlights
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
   
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
   
2010
   
2009
   
Change
   
2010
   
2009
   
Change
 
OPERATING REVENUES
                                   
Fixed-fee service
  $ 261,648     $ 281,415       -7.0 %   $ 772,834     $ 913,524       -15.4 %
Passenger service
    429,939       64,876       562.7 %     1,170,448       70,388       1562.9 %
Cargo and other
    20,278       13,336       52.1 %     60,579       20,982       188.7 %
Total operating revenues
    711,865       359,627       97.9 %     2,003,861       1,004,894       99.4 %
                                                 
OPERATING EXPENSES
                                               
Wages and benefits
    143,953       76,864       87.3 %     423,876       207,446       104.3 %
Aircraft fuel
    153,968       39,477       290.0 %     458,553       100,179       357.7 %
Landing fees and airport rents
    46,205       20,026       130.7 %     129,444       55,434       133.5 %
Aircraft and engine rent
    60,687       33,592       80.7 %     182,309       95,400       91.1 %
Maintenance and repair
    68,778       58,852       16.9 %     190,057       151,487       25.5 %
Insurance and taxes
    11,791       6,648       77.4 %     33,559       19,930       68.4 %
Depreciation and amortization
    50,775       38,398       32.2 %     153,113       112,002       36.7 %
Promotion and sales
    35,056       5,341       556.4 %     103,368       5,341       1835.4 %
Impairment of goodwill and other impairments
    -       -    
NM
      11,473       13,335       -14.0 %
Other
    67,630       43,834       54.3 %     221,549       109,340       102.6 %
Total operating expenses
    638,843       323,032       97.8 %     1,907,301       869,894       119.3 %
OPERATING INCOME
    73,022       36,595       99.5 %     96,560       135,000       -28.5 %
                                                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
                                               
Interest expense
    (38,213 )     (34,862 )     9.6 %     (115,839 )     (105,246 )     10.1 %
Other - net
    323       2,779       -88.4 %     753       10,418       -92.8 %
Total other expense
    (37,890 )     (32,083 )     18.1 %     (115,086 )     (94,828 )     21.4 %
                                                 
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES
    35,132       4,512       678.6 %     (18,526 )     40,172       -146.1 %
                                                 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)
    13,845       1,864       642.8 %     (5,969 )     23,894       -125.0 %
                                                 
NET INCOME (LOSS)
    21,287       2,648       703.9 %     (12,557 )     16,278       -177.1 %
                                                 
Add:  Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest in MFSI
    -       (623 )     -100.0 %     -       (3,270 )     -100.0 %
                                                 
NET INCOME (LOSS) OF THE COMPANY
  $ 21,287     $ 3,271       550.8 %   $ (12,557 )   $ 19,548       -164.2 %
PER SHARE, BASIC
  $ 0.62     $ 0.09       588.9 %   $ (0.37 )   $ 0.57       -165.2 %
PER SHARE, DILUTED
  $ 0.58     $ 0.09       544.4 %   $ (0.37 )   $ 0.57       -165.2 %
Weighted Average Common Shares
                                               
Basic
    34,318       34,449       -0.4 %     34,295       34,449       -0.4 %
Diluted
    36,930       34,529       7.0 %     34,295       34,462       -0.5 %
 
 
 

 
 
Unaudited Operating Highlights
 
Operating Highlights – Fixed-Fee
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
   
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
   
2010
   
2009
   
Change
   
2010
   
2009
   
Change
 
Fixed-fee service revenues, excluding fuel (000) 1
  $ 244,918     $ 265,899       -7.9 %   $ 722,609     $ 839,473       -13.9 %
Passengers carried
    4,636,672       4,881,571       -5.0 %     13,042,918       14,365,238       -9.2 %
Revenue passenger miles (000)
    2,285,299       2,510,784       -9.0 %     6,478,772       7,359,971       -12.0 %
Available seat miles (000)
    2,955,620       3,242,019       -8.8 %     8,546,289       9,930,228       -13.9 %
Passenger load factor
    77.3 %     77.4 %  
-0.1 pts
      75.8 %     74.1 %  
1.7 pts
 
Cost per available seat mile, including interest expense (cents) 2
    8.08       8.09       -0.1 %     8.40       8.55       -1.8 %
Cost per available seat mile, including interest and excluding fuel expense (cents) 2
    7.52       7.61       -1.2 %     7.81       7.80       0.1 %
Operating aircraft at period end:
                                               
37-50 seats
    64       79       -19.0 %     64       79       -19.0 %
70-86 seats
    113       113       -       113       113       -  
Block hours
    153,506       165,428       -7.2 %     445,769       518,255       -14.0 %
Departures
    93,273       97,897       -4.7 %     265,875       304,905       -12.8 %
Average daily utilization of each aircraft (hours)
    10.2       9.8       4.1 %     9.9       9.6       3.1 %
Average stage length
    476       500       -4.8 %     482       495       -2.6 %
Average seat density
    67       66       1.5 %     67       66       1.5 %
 
Operating Highlights – Branded
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
   
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
   
20101
   
20094
   
Change
   
20101
   
20094
   
Change
 
Total revenues
  $ 445,834     $ 73,892       503.4 %   $ 1,216,604     $ 79,404       1432.2 %
Passengers carried
    4,065,352       669,901       506.9 %     11,167,176       757,933       1373.4 %
Revenue passenger miles (000)
    3,494,871       450,437       675.9 %     9,632,994       462,598       1982.4 %
Available seat miles (000)
    3,997,183       575,785       594.2 %     11,581,584       607,183       1807.4 %
Passenger load factor
    87.4 %     78.2 %  
9.2 pts
      83.2 %     76.2 %  
7.0 pts
 
Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)
    11.15       12.83       -13.1 %     10.50       13.08       -19.7 %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)
    10.76       11.27       -4.5 %     10.11       11.59       -12.8 %
Cost per available seat mile (cents) 2, 3
    10.60       14.78       -28.3 %     10.74       15.67       -31.5 %
Fuel cost per available seat mile (cents) 3
    3.43       4.14       -17.1 %     3.48       4.26       -18.3 %
Cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel expense (cents) 2, 3
    7.17       10.64       -32.6 %     7.26       11.41       -36.4 %
Gallons consumed
    58,967,933       9,930,214       493.8 %     172,608,798       9,930,214       1638.2 %
Average cost per gallon 3
  $ 2.32     $ 2.13       8.9 %   $ 2.33     $ 2.13       9.4 %
Operating aircraft at period end:
                                               
37-50 seats
    13       12       8.3 %     13       12       8.3 %
70-99 seats
    36       25       44.0 %     36       25       44.0 %
120+ seats
    51       0    
NM
      51       0    
NM
 
Block hours
    97,977       23,346       319.7 %     291,883       25,660       1037.5 %
Departures
    47,961       15,422       211.0 %     140,593       18,695       652.0 %
Average daily utilization of each aircraft (hours)
    11.0       10.0       10.0 %     11.1       10.0       11.0 %
Average stage length
    827       551       50.1 %     827       476       73.7 %
Average seat density
    101       68       48.5 %     100       68       47.1 %
 
1  Fixed fee service revenues exclude cargo and other revenues.
2  Costs (in all periods) exclude impairments and other expenses not attributable to either fixed-fee or branded segments.
3  Excludes mark-to-market fuel hedge adjustment of $0.2 million and $5.6 million for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2010.
4  Branded statistics consist of the operations of Mokulele beginning in April 2009 and Midwest beginning in August 2009.