AviancaTaca Holding S.A. Records Net Profit of COP$101.04 Billion in the Third Quarter of 2012, up 1

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AviancaTaca Holding S.A. Records Net Profit of COP$101.04 Billion in the Third Quarter of 2012, up 14.8% on the Same Period in 2011

BOGOTÁ, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AviancaTaca Holding S.A (BVC: PFAVTA) presents revenues for the third quarter of 2012. Financial and operational information is recorded in millions of Colombian pesos, except where indicated, and complies with the generally accepted accounting principles in Colombia (COLGAAP). The results shown are stated in Colombian pesos at the average exchange rate for each period. The average exchange rate had a revaluation of 0.22% in the third quarter of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.

AviancaTaca Holding S.A. ("AviancaTaca", "the Company", "the Issuing Authority" or "the Issuer") corresponds to figures and operational references of the consolidated entity.


2012 Third Quarter Highlights

  • In the third quarter of 2012, AviancaTaca reported revenues of COP$1.98 trillion, a 3.5% increase in comparison to the same period in 2011. Excluding the one-time adjustment of expired tickets reported in the third quarter of 2011, operating income increased 8.1%.
  • Operating profit for the third quarter reached COP$209.22 billion, 12% below the same period for the previous year, mainly due to the increase in fuel costs. Excluding the one-time adjustment for expired tickets in the third quarter of 2011, operating profit for the third quarter of 2012 increased 21.1%.
  • Excluding the one-time adjustment for expired tickets in the previous year, EBITDAR for the third quarter of 2012 increased 12.0%.
  • Net profit for the third quarter of 2012 was COP$101.04 billion, 14.8% higher than the net profit recorded for the same period in 2011.
  • Capacity, measured in ASK (Available seats per kilometer), increased 10.3% in the third quarter as a result of the ongoing growth and consolidation strategy of the four (4) hubs (Bogotá, Lima, San Salvador and San José in Costa Rica). The Company opened five (5) new routes during this period, along with additional flights to existing routes in South America.
  • Passenger traffic measured in RPK (Revenue passenger kilometer) rose 9.1% in the third quarter, whereas the load factor reached 81.8% for the third quarter of 2012.
  • Cost per available seat kilometer, excluding fuel costs (CASK ex Fuel), decreased 6%.
  • In compliance with its fleet renovation and modernization plan, AviancaTaca added five (5) aircraft to its fleet in the third quarter: one (1) Airbus A330, two (2) Airbus A319 and two (2) Airbus A320, whereas one (1) Airbus A319 was retired from service.
  • During this third quarter, the Company announced that it will be adopting the Avianca brand name for the group's airlines starting in the first quarter of 2013.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTS ON THE THIRD QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

AviancaTaca's third quarter 2012 financial results reflect the implementation of its integration, renovation and growth strategy, which began in early 2010. In line with the strategy, the Company incurred non-recurring costs during the third quarter which affected operating expenses and exceeded COP$11 billion.

Consolidated revenue in the third quarter increased 3.5% over the same period in 2011. It should be noted that there was a positive adjustment of COP$81.61 billion in the third quarter of 2011, due to the extraordinary recognition of revenue from expired tickets in TACA. This adjustment for Avianca took place in the fourth quarter of 2011. The increase seen in the third quarter of 2012 is mainly due to the growth in ticket sales, which increased 1.4%. This increase was driven by: 1. A 13.6% increase in passenger traffic, going from 5.4 million in Q3 2011 to 6.2 million; and 2. A decrease in average ticket fares due to the marketing strategies for Ecuador and domestic routes in Colombia.

AviancaTaca continued its market expansion strategy in Peru and Ecuador. The Company increased passenger numbers by 47.2% in Peru in comparison to the third quarter of 2011, whereas capacity has been streamlined in Ecuador, adjusting to new market conditions and increasing the market's connectivity with the four hubs operated by the Company.

AviancaTaca opened the following routes in the third quarter of 2012: Bogotá-Yopal (14 flights per week), Salvador-Cali, Salvador-Guayaquil, Lima-Cali and Lima-Medellín. In turn, weekly frequency was increased on the following international routes: Bogotá-Madrid (+3), Lima-Santa Cruz (+4), Lima-Caracas (+3) and Bogotá-Lima (+1). Frequencies were increased on domestic routes, including Medellín-Cartagena (+28), Medellín-Cúcuta (+7), Bogotá-Medellín (+10), Medellín-Cali (+7) and Cali-Cartagena (+5).

The consolidated operating costs and expenses for the third quarter of 2012 rose by 5.7%, reaching COP$1.77 trillion, mostly due to higher fuel costs. Isolating the increase in fuel costs, total operating costs and expenses only rose 3.7%, in line with Company's total revenue growth. This increase is primarily due to a 10.3% growth in operations measured in ASKs, the expansion programs (mainly in the domestic market in Peru) and non-recurring expenses for projects aimed at optimizing the Company's maintenance and operating expenses.

Continuing with its fuel hedging policy, AviancaTaca hedged the equivalent of 30% of fuel consumption for the third quarter 2012. In addition,approximately 28% of estimated gallons to be used in the next 12 months were hedged as of September 30, 2012.

AviancaTaca reported operating profits of COP$209.223 billion for the third quarter 2012.

EBITDAR Calculation1

The EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) and EBITDAR (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and airplane rental) indicators for AviancaTaca are stated below.

Third Quarter 2012

   

COP$ millions

Q3 2011

Q3 2012

Var %

 
Operating Income1,919,6071,986,5813.5%

Operating Costs and Expenses

1,138,611

1,180,750

3.7%

 

Fuel Costs

543,066

596,608

9.9%

Operating Profit (EBIT)

237,930

209,223

-12.1%

 

Depreciation and Amortization

88,519

68,514

-22.6%

EBITDA

326,449

277,737

-14.9%

EBITDA Margin

17.01%

13.98%

-3.0%

 

Airplane Rental

117,960

128,381

8.8%

EBITDAR

444,409

406,118

-8.6%

EBITDAR Margin

23.15%

20.44%

-2.7%

THIRD QUARTER CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

Operating Income

Operating income showed a 3.5% increase compared to the third quarter of 2011, reaching COP$1.98 trillion.

Ticket Sales. Income in terms of ticket sales (PAX) was COP$1.7 trillion, an increase of 1.4% over the same quarter in 2011, excluding the one-time adjustment for expired tickets during the third quarter of 2011 of COP$81.6 billion. Eliminating this adjustments, ticket sales revenue rose 6.5% mainly due to a 13.6% rise in passenger traffic with the Company carrying more than 6.1 million passengers. Ticket sales accounted for almost 87% of total income for this period.

Cargo & Mail Services. Income from cargo and mail services grew 21.1% mainly due to a 13.7% increase in the volume of tons transported. Cargo and mail services income represents 11% of total quarterly income.

Related Activities. The 19.2% increase in related activities revenue is mainly due to an increase in revenues of the frequent flier program LifeMiles and higher leasing fees for property in the domestic terminal (Puente Aéreo) in Bogotá.

Income in COP$ millions

 Q3 2011 Q3 2012 

Var %

OPERATING INCOME:1,919,6071,986,5813.5%
Ticket Sales (PAX)1,711,9071,735,6011.4%
Cargo & Mail Services178,994216,76921.1%
Related Activities28,70634,21119.2%
Income from ASK COP$Q3 2011Q3 2012Var %
TRASK222209-6.2%
RASK198182-8.1%
Cargo and Mail Services per ASK21239.8%

Operating Costs and Expenses

Operating costs and expenses increased during the third quarter by 5.7% over the same period of the previous year. Such growth is due mainly to increases in the cost of fuel, employment costs due to strategic expansion in Peru, the change in the employee hiring policy in Colombia and an increase in aircraft equipment rental costs to support the Company's growth strategy. By the end of the third quarter, operating costs and expenses were COP$1.77 trillion.

COP$ million Q3 2011 Q3 2012 Var %
Operating Costs and Expenses (Ex Fuel)1,138,6111,180,7503.7%

Fuel Costs

543,066

596,608

9.9%

Total

1,681,677

1,777,358

5.7%

Salaries, Social Benefits and Other Benefits. In the third quarter of 2012, salary, social benefits and other benefits rose to COP$218.51 billion, representing an increase of 8% compared to Q3 2011. This increase is mainly due to hiring more staff to support the growth of operations and the change in the hiring policy used in Colombia, arising from changing indirect hires to direct staff.

Rental of Aircraft and Other Equipment. The cost of renting aircraft and other equipment during the third quarter of 2012 increased 8.8% compared to the same period in 2011. The growth is explained by the incorporation of six (6) aircraft that were added under operating leases over the last 12 months and two of which replaced Company-owned airplanes that were removed from service.

Insurance. In the third quarter of 2012 insurance expense reached COP$10.19 billion, representing a 4.1% decline over the same period the previous year. This is a result of better rates mainly in the aircraft insurance policy.

Airport and Other Facilities. During the third quarter of 2012, the category of airport and other facilities rose to COP$176.16 billion, an increase of 6.6% over the same period in 2011. This is due to the increase in passenger traffic and cycles of 13.6% and 9.8%, respectively.

Fuel. The fuel costs for the period rose to COP$596.61 billion, an increase of 9.9% over the third quarter in 2011. This is explained by a 13.2% increase in the number of gallons consumed as a result of expanded operations and a 2.6% decrease in the underlying unit price.

Aircraft and Airport Equipment Maintenance. For the third quarter of 2012, the cost of maintaining aircraft and airport equipment declined 5.2% to COP$78.36 billion. This decrease is due to insurance recoveries and reserves.

Depreciation, Amortization and Reserves. For the third quarter of 2012, the cost of depreciation, amortization and reserves showed a 22.6% drop compared to the same quarter in the previous year, corresponding to the change of methodology used for estimating engine maintenance costs.

Passenger Services. Passengerservice costs for Q3 2012 rose to COP$64.22 billion, an 8.4% increase over the same quarter in 2011. This increase is explained mainly by the 13.6% growth in passenger traffic as well as the purchase of on board service equipment and charter flight servicing.

Fees, General Services and Miscellaneous. The fees, general services and miscellaneous items contracted by the Company reached COP$79.58 billion, a 0.7% decrease against the same period in 2011. The drop is explained by lower expenditure on aircraft engineer inspection fees and consulting services in comparison to the third quarter 2011.

Sales Expenses. Sales expenses increased to COP$247.35 billion in Q3 2012, up 4.2% over the same quarter in 2011. This is due to higher Amadeus fees and a change in the Avianca contracting model.

Administrative Expenses. Administrative expenses totaled COP$109.49 billion in the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 15.8% over the same period in 2011. This increase is mainly due to higher expenses for general insurance, taxes and professional fees, the reclassification of the tourism tax (1% of agency fees starting in 2012) and higher non-recurring extraordinary expenses for projects such as the standardization of terms and conditions in aircraft financing contracts, an assessment report of the regional fleet and the project to consolidate and optimize the Operations and Maintenance departments.

Despite the extraordinary expenses, the increase in fuel costs and higher staff count to cover the Company's increased business, total unit costs fell 4.2% over the period.

OPERATION COSTS PER ASK COP$ Q3 2011 Q3 2012 Var %

Fuel

62.962.7-0.4%

Salaries, Social Benefits and Other Benefits

23.5

23.0

-2.1%

Airport and Other Facilities

19.1

18.5

-3.3%

Aircraft and Other Equipment Rental

13.7

13.5

-1.3%

Depreciation, Amortization and Reserves

10.3

7.2

-29.8%

Fees, General Services and Miscellaneous

9.3

8.4

-9.9%

Aircraft and Airport Equipment Maintenance

9.6

8.2

-14.0%

Passenger Services

6.9

6.7

-1.8%

Insurance

1.2

1.1

-13.1%

Sales

27.5

26.0

-5.5%

Administration

11.0

11.5

5.0%

Total CASK

194.8186.7-4.2%

Total CASK Ex Fuel

131.9

124.0

-6.0%

         2012 THIRD QUARTER OPERATING STATISTICS

OPERATIONAL STATISTICS Q3 2011 Q3 2012 Var %
ASK8,630,9209,518,97510.3%

RPK

7,141,112

7,790,12

9.1%

Cycles

58,234

63,951

9.8%

Block Hours

109,903

120,089

9.3%

Total Passengers

5,420,473

6,159,330

13.6%

Load Factor

82.74%

81.84%

-1.1%

Average Exchange Rate

1,793.49

1,797.36

0.2%

In summary, third quarter 2012 earnings are in line with Company forecast for the period and represent an improvement in terms of profitability and efficiency in comparison to the third quarter of 2011, where a one-time adjustment related to expired tickets was recorded in TACA earnings resulting in a positive impact on profits for the quarter. A pro-forma summary without that adjustment is shown below.

COP$ million Q3 2011 Q3 2012 Var %
Operating Income1,837,9861,986,5818.1%
Operating Costs and Expenses1,138,6111,200,7505.5%
Fuel Costs543,066596,6089.9%
Operating Profit (EBIT)156,309189,22321.1%
 
Depreciation and Amortization88,51988,5140.0%
EBITDA244,828277,73713.4%
EBITDA Margin13.32%13.98%0.7%
 
Airplane Rental117,960128,3818.8%
EBITDAR362,788406,11811.9%
EBITDAR Margin19.74%20.44%0.7%

FOURTH QUARTER 2012 OUTLOOK

For the fourth quarter of 2012, AviancaTaca Holding through its subsidiary companies will seek:

  • To continue with the market development strategy for domestic operations in Ecuador and Peru; to further strengthen market presence within South America and traffic between South and North America; and to maintain its domestic market share in Colombia;
  • To continue its fleet renovation and standardization plan in order to satisfy client needs and improve operating costs; and
  • To further improve operations and reduce operating costs in order to mitigate the negative effect of a possible increase in international oil prices.

As a result of the above, AviancaTaca Holdings reaffirms its forecast:

Financial and Operational Forecast FY 2012 vs FY 2011
PAX10% - 14%
ASK8% - 12%
LOAD FACTOR77% - 79%
% EBIT6% - 8%

Notes with regard to the statement of future expectations

This report contains statements of future expectations.

These may include words such as "expect", "estimate", "anticipate" "forecast", "plan", "believe" and similar expressions. These statements and the statements regarding the Company's beliefs and expectations do not represent historical facts and are based on the plans, current projects, estimates, forecasts and therefore should not be overestimated. Statements regarding future expectations involve certain risks and uncertainties. AviancaTaca Holding S.A. warns that a significant number of factors may cause the current results to be materially different from those contained in any statement with regard to future expectations. Statements of this kind refer only to the date on which they are made, and the Company does not take responsibility for publicly updating any of them, due to the occurrence of future or other events.

September 30,
2011
 September 30,
2012
    Variation  %

OPERATING INCOME

Ticket Sales (PAX)1,711,9071,735,60123,6941.4%
Cargo & Mail Services178,994216,76937,77521.1%
Related Activities28,70634,211   5,50519.2%

1,919,607

1,986,581

66,974

3.5%

OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES: 

OPERATING COSTS:

Fuel543,066596,60853,5429.9%
Salaries, Social Benefits and Other Benefits202,406218,50916,1038.0%
Airport and Other Facilities165,185176,15510,9706.6%
Aircraft and Other Equipment Rental117,960128,38110,4218.8%
Depreciation, Amortization and Reserves88,51968,514(20,005)-22.6%
Fees, General Services and Miscellaneous80,12079,582(538)-0.7%
Aircraft and Airport Equipment Maintenance82,64978,363(4,286)-5.2%
Passenger Services59,26764,2164,9498.4%
Insurance10,62910,190(439)-4.1%
Total Operating Costs1,349,8011,420,51870,7175.2%

GROSS PROFIT

569,806566,063 (3,743)-0.7%

OPERATING EXPENSES:

Sales

237,351247,35310,0024.2%
Administration94,525 Read Full Story

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