Atlas Air Worldwide Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Earnings

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Atlas Air Worldwide Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Earnings

  • 4Q12 Adjusted Net Income Up 23% to $48.7 Million, $1.83 per Share
  • Full-Year Adjusted Net Income Rose 17% to $127.0 Million, $4.78 per Share
  • 4Q12 Reported Net Income Up 56% to $52.4 Million, $1.97 per Share
  • Full-Year Reported Net Income Rose 35% to $129.9 Million, $4.89 per Share
  • Share Repurchases Expected to Commence 1Q13

PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NAS: AAWW) , a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating solutions, today announced a 23% increase in adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2012, with adjusted net income rising to $48.7 million, or $1.83 per diluted share. For the full year, adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders rose 17% to $127.0 million, or $4.78 per share.

On a reported basis, net income attributable to common stockholders totaled $52.4 million, or $1.97 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter, and $129.9 million, or $4.89 per diluted share, for the year.


Adjusted earnings exclude net gains in the fourth quarter and for the full year that primarily reflected an insurance gain of $0.15 per diluted share related to flood damage at an aircraft parts warehouse during Superstorm Sandy.

Revenues grew 17% to $452.8 million in the fourth quarter and 18% to $1.65 billion for the year. Free cash flow for 2012 totaled $208.5 million.

"Our fourth-quarter and our full-year results highlight the resilience of our business model and our ability to deliver improved margins, strong earnings and growing free cash flow in a challenging business environment," said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"We are executing a strategic plan that leverages our core competencies. Our plan includes 747-8F aircraft in ACMI; new organizational capabilities, such as our military passenger flying, growing CMI operations and expanding 767 service; and additional operating efficiencies driven by our culture of continuous improvement.

"As a result, we achieved the best quarterly and second-best annual operating results in the company's history and generated significant free cash flow. We also maintained a strong balance sheet, and we expect that cash in excess of business investments and balance sheet maintenance will be available to return capital to stockholders through share repurchases beginning this quarter.

"Looking to full-year 2013, the actions we have taken to transform our company and diversify our business model should enable us to overcome market and business headwinds and deliver earnings per share consistent with 2012, with strong free cash flow generation."

Fourth-Quarter Results

Revenue and profitability growth in our core ACMI business during the fourth quarter were driven by our new 747-8Fs, which began to enter service late in the fourth quarter of 2011. Volume growth was primarily due to the continued ramp up of CMI flying for Boeing and DHL Express. ACMI results during the period benefited from higher rates per block hour and lower maintenance expense for our 747-8Fs, partially offset by the redeployment of 747-400 aircraft to other business segments. ACMI customers flew 4.3% above contractual minimums during the quarter.

In AMC Charter, strong growth in our passenger service and rate premiums earned on flying more efficient 747-400 cargo aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with less efficient 747-200 aircraft in 2011 partially offset a 48% reduction in cargo block hours and a reduction in the number of one-way AMC missions.

In Commercial Charter, increased revenues and volumes reflected the deployment of 747-400 cargo aircraft in lieu of retired 747-200s, the deployment of an additional 747-400 cargo aircraft to support increased demand in South America, and 747-400 aircraft from ACMI during remarketing periods. Commercial Charter results were affected by a reduction in yields driven by softer charter-market conditions compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, and a reduction in return legs due to fewer one-way AMC Charter missions.

Fourth-quarter results in each segment were affected by increased crew costs, with AMC Charter and Commercial Charter incurring other volume-driven operating expenses and higher aircraft ownership costs related to the deployment of 747-400 aircraft in lieu of 747-200 aircraft.

Unallocated income and expenses during the quarter reflected a pretax insurance gain of $6.3 million (equivalent to $0.15 per fully diluted share on an after-tax basis) related to flood damage incurred at an aircraft parts warehouse during Superstorm Sandy.

Income Taxes

Adjusted and reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 included an effective income tax rate of 35.9%, reflecting an adjustment to reserves related to U.S. federal income tax benefits claimed in prior periods that totaled $0.06 per fully diluted share.

Adjusted and reported earnings for the full year of 2012 included an effective income tax rate of 36.8%, relating to the adjustment to U.S. federal income tax reserves and the settlement of income tax examinations in Hong Kong that totaled $0.09 per fully diluted share.

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments

At December 31, 2012, our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $419.9 million, compared with $195.2 million at December 31, 2011.

The growth in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments in 2012 was primarily driven by an increase in cash provided by operating and financing activities, partially offset by an increase in cash used for investing activities.

Net cash used for investing activities in 2012 primarily related to the purchase of four 747-8F aircraft for our ACMI operations, a third 767-300ER passenger aircraft for our AMC Charter operations, and a 737-300 cargo aircraft for our Dry Leasing business.

Net cash provided by financing activities primarily reflected proceeds from the issuance of debt in connection with the delivery of the four 747-8Fs. These proceeds were partially offset by payments on debt obligations and debt issuance costs. Both the proceeds from our issuance of debt and the payments on our debt obligations reflect the refinancing of a total of $571 million of floating-rate term loans with fixed-rate notes issued in the capital markets.

Share Repurchases

We recently reviewed our capital allocation strategy, which addressed the appropriate allocation of the company's current and expected future cash balances between investments to support business growth, balance sheet strength, and returns of capital to stockholders.

Cash in excess of our business investment and balance sheet maintenance requirements will be available for share repurchases, which will be immediately accretive. Reflecting our strong balance sheet and cash flows, we intend to begin actively purchasing shares in the first quarter of 2013.

Share purchases would recommence under a previously announced share repurchase program. Repurchases of shares may take the form of an open market repurchase program, accelerated share repurchase program, privately negotiated transactions, or a combination of these methods. The actual timing and amount of our repurchases will depend on market conditions.

Outlook

"We continue to anticipate strong earnings and cash flow in 2013," said Mr. Flynn.

"While global economic growth and airfreight market conditions remain uncertain, our model is working. We are well-positioned to serve our customers and the airfreight markets, and we expect that our reported fully diluted earnings per share this year will total approximately $4.65."

Earnings in 2013 will reflect strong growth from the company's 747-8Fs, driven by an increase in the number of -8F aircraft in service compared with 2012.

That growth will offset headwinds related to a combined 18% reduction in military cargo and passenger block hours compared with 2012, which, when combined with the impact of a reduction in one-way military missions on our commercial charter operations, will reduce diluted earnings per share by $1.19.

Additional expected headwinds totaling $0.91 per share compared with 2012 include increased heavy maintenance expense, a reduction in capitalized interest, and income tax benefits that we recognized in 2012.

Reflecting the transformation and diversification of the company's business model, we expect to overcome these headwinds and deliver earnings per share consistent with 2012, with strong free cash flow generation.

Market growth during 2013 should be seasonal and second-half weighted. In addition, more than 60% of our estimated maintenance expense of $193 million should be incurred in the first half of the year. As a result, we anticipate a sequential increase in our quarterly earnings throughout the year, starting at a marginal level in the first quarter with approximately 75% occurring in the second half.

Block-hour volumes should total approximately 185,000 hours in 2013, an increase of more than 32,000 hours compared with 2012.

Forecast block-hour volumes in 2013 reflect our decision to temporarily park an unencumbered, company-owned 747-400 converted freighter in mid-February to reduce costs and enhance profitability in our charter business.

ACMI segment flying should account for about 133,000, or 72%, of expected 2013 block hours, with about 33,500, or 18%, in Commercial Charter and 18,500, or 10%, in AMC Charter. Passenger charter flying should account for more than 10,000 AMC Charter block hours in 2013.

Based on anticipated deliveries and placements in the first half of 2013 for the two remaining 747-8Fs in our outstanding order, the average number of -8Fs in service in 2013 should increase to more than eight from 4.3 in 2012. In ACMI, customers are expected to fly approximately 3% to 5% above contractual minimums for the entire year.

In addition, we are assessing a recent court decision that may enable us to reduce our effective income tax rate in 2013. We expect to complete our assessment and report on its outcome by the time we announce our first-quarter earnings in early May, as well as update our annual guidance as we regularly do each quarter.

"Our capital allocation strategy demonstrates our commitment to creating, enhancing and returning value to our stockholders," Mr. Flynn added. "Any impact from prospective share repurchases in 2013 is not included in, and would be accretive to, our guidance."

Long-Term Growth

Mr. Flynn concluded: "We are executing a strategic plan that has built a resilient company with strong earnings, cash flow and a solid balance sheet. We are also leveraging our core competencies, industry leadership and deep understanding of our markets to deliver advantage and value to our customers and stockholders.

"Our disciplined approach to business growth in the next five years includes evaluating potential opportunities for adding incremental aircraft that provide our customers with the most efficient assets to meet their needs; expansion of our Titan dry-leasing platform through investments in aircraft with lease commitments; and continuing to develop our operating capabilities."

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss Atlas Air Worldwide's fourth-quarter and full-year 2012 financial and operating results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

Interested parties are invited to listen to the call live over the Internet at www.atlasair.com (click on "Investor Information", click on "Presentations" and on the link to the fourth-quarter call) or at the following Web address:

http://www.media-server.com/m/p/n2ftjd93

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available on the above Web sites following the call. A replay will also be available through February 20 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) and (404) 537-3406 (international) and using Access Code 94807143#.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we present certain non-GAAP financial measures to assist in the evaluation of our business performance. These non-GAAP measures include EBITDAR, as adjusted; EBITDA, as adjusted; Direct Contribution; Adjusted Net IncomeAttributable to Common Stockholders; Adjusted Diluted EPS; and Free Cash Flow, which exclude certain items. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of the Company's ongoing operations and in planning and forecasting future periods. We believe that these adjusted measures provide meaningful information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance.

About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Titan Aviation Leasing (Titan), and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. (Polar). Through Atlas and Polar, Atlas Air Worldwide operates the world's largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.

Atlas, Titan and Polar offer a range of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating solutions that include ACMI service - in which customers receive an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance on a long-term basis; CMI service, for customers that provide their own aircraft; express network and scheduled air cargo service; military cargo and passenger charters; commercial cargo and passenger charters; and dry leasing of aircraft and engines.

Atlas Air Worldwide's press releases, SEC filings and other information can be accessed through the Company's home page, www.atlasair.com.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect Atlas Air Worldwide's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environments of Atlas Air Worldwide and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "companies") that may cause the actual results of the companies to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, in such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the ability of the companies to operate pursuant to the terms of their financing facilities; the ability of the companies to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the companies' ability to maintain contracts that are critical to their operations; the ability of the companies to fund and execute their business plan; the ability of the companies to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives and associates; the ability of the companies to attract and retain customers; the continued availability of our wide-body aircraft; demand for cargo services in the markets in which the companies operate; economic conditions; the effects of any hostilities or act of war (in the Middle East or elsewhere) or any terrorist attack; labor costs and relations; financing costs; the cost and availability of war risk insurance; our ability to maintain adequate internal controls over financial reporting; aviation fuel costs; security-related costs; competitive pressures on pricing (especially from lower-cost competitors); volatility in the international currency markets; weather conditions; government legislation and regulation; consumer perceptions of the companies' products and services; anticipated and future litigation; and other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in Atlas Air Worldwide's reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

For additional information, we refer you to the risk factors set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q filed by Atlas Air Worldwide with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other factors and assumptions not identified above may also affect the forward-looking statements, and these other factors and assumptions may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed.

Except as stated in this release, Atlas Air Worldwide is not providing guidance or estimates regarding its anticipated business and financial performance for 2013 or thereafter.

Atlas Air Worldwide assumes no obligation to update such statements contained in this release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law.

 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 
For the Three Months Ended For the Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011
 
Operating Revenue
ACMI$189,343$162,626$682,189$632,509
AMC charter111,378126,495488,063442,725
Commercial charter144,42592,572450,277299,528
Dry leasing2,9792,95311,8439,695
Other 4,647  3,513  13,660  13,759 
Total Operating Revenue$452,772 $388,159 $1,646,032 $1,398,216 
 
Operating Expenses
Aircraft fuel125,204110,391436,618388,579
Salaries, wages and benefits78,24176,671293,881261,844
Aircraft rent39,83343,113166,142164,089
Maintenance, materials and repairs28,19423,050165,069167,749
Passenger and ground handling services19,78610,12269,88631,460
Depreciation and amortization17,68312,27662,47539,345
Navigation, landing fees and other rent16,43413,30360,52450,059
Travel14,27213,70956,46144,037
Loss/(Gain) on disposal of aircraft-100(2,417)(364)
Special charge-5,441-5,441
Other 25,596  26,494  110,902  94,877 
Total Operating Expenses 365,243  334,670  1,419,541  1,247,116 
Operating Income 87,529  53,489  226,491  151,100 
 
Non-operating Expenses / (Income)
Interest income(5,007)(4,993)(19,636)(20,193)
Interest expense17,93412,11164,53242,120
Capitalized interest(2,371)(9,052)(18,727)(27,636)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt291-576-
Other (income) expense, net (5,983) 305  (5,529) (180)
Total Non-operating Expenses (Income)4,864(1,629)21,216(5,889)
Income before income taxes82,66555,118205,275156,989
Income tax expense 29,662  22,085  75,561  60,680 
 
Net Income53,00333,033129,71496,309

Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

 621  (480) (213) 226 

Net Income Attributable to Common Stockholders

$52,382 $33,513 $129,927 $96,083 
 
Earnings per share:
Basic$1.98 $1.27 $4.92 $3.66 
Diluted$1.97 $1.27 $4.89 $3.64 
 
Weighted average shares:
Basic 26,444  26,305  26,419  26,227 
Diluted 26,615  26,442  26,549  26,422 
 
 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
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