Air Lease Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results and Declares Its First Quarterly Cash Di

Air Lease Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 Results and Declares Its First Quarterly Cash Dividend on Its Common Stock

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (NYS: AL) announced today the results of its operations for the three months ended and year ended December 31, 2012.

Highlights


Air Lease Corporation reports another consecutive quarter of fleet, revenue, profitability and financing growth:

  • Diluted EPS increased 117% to $1.28 per share for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $0.59 per share for the year ended December 31, 2011. Diluted EPS increased 58% to $0.38 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $0.24 in the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • Revenues increased 95% to $656 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $337 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Revenues increased 65% to $190 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $115 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • Income before taxes increased 146% to $204 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $83 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Income before taxes increased 58% to $61 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $39 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • Added 14 aircraft (including 11 aircraft from our order book and three opportunistic/incremental aircraft) and sold one aircraft from our fleet, growing our fleet to 155 aircraft spread across a diverse and balanced customer base of 69 airlines in 40 countries.

  • Ended the fourth quarter with a composite interest rate of 3.94%, adding debt facilities aggregating $611 million during the fourth quarter and through February 28, 2013 and increased the Company's unsecured debt as a percentage of total debt to 60.2% as of December 31, 2012 compared to 31.7% as of December 31, 2011.

  • Based on strong Company performance to date, our board of directors declared ALC's first quarterly cash dividend of $0.025 per share on our outstanding common stock.

The following table summarizes the results for the three months and years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 (in thousands, except share amounts):

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2012

2011

% change

2012

2011

% change

Revenues

$

190,095

$

115,057

65

%

$

655,746

$

336,741

95

%

Income before taxes

$

61,286

$

38,687

58

%

$

203,973

$

82,841

146

%

Net income

$

39,809

$

24,762

61

%

$

131,919

$

53,232

148

%

Cash provided by operating activities

$

115,683

$

100,969

15

%

$

491,029

$

267,166

84

%

Diluted EPS

$

0.38

$

0.24

58

%

$

1.28

$

0.59

117

%

Adjusted net income(1)

$

47,989

$

31,660

52

%

$

163,404

$

87,954

86

%

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

173,768

$

102,167

70

%

$

596,451

$

290,168

106

%

(1)

See notes 1 and 2 to the Consolidated Statements of Income included in this earnings release for a discussion of the non-GAAP measures adjusted net income and adjusted EBITDA.

"We more than doubled our year over year profits in all metrics—Income before taxes, Net income and Diluted EPS. The young age of the highly desirable aircraft types in our globally diversified fleet continue to deliver strong results for our shareholders. Owing to the financial success of the company since inception three years ago, our board has declared the first quarterly cash dividend on our common stock as part of a new dividend policy," said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Lease Corporation.

"To further enhance ALC's growth during Q4 we took advantage of opportunistic transactions and acquired 3 incremental aircraft over and above our new order pipeline. We concluded the first sale of an aircraft from our fleet and profitably redeployed a 737-800 from a troubled carrier. In addition to the strong execution of our business plan during the quarter, we worked equally hard to grow our future performance by increasing our orders in the last few months for additional aircraft from Airbus, Boeing and ATR. We continue to place these aircraft with high quality airline customers many years into the future," said John L. Plueger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Air Lease Corporation.

Fleet Growth

Building on our base of 142 aircraft at September 30, 2012, we increased our fleet by 13 aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2012 and ended the quarter with 155 aircraft spread across a diverse and balanced customer base of 69 airlines based in 40 countries.

Below are portfolio metrics of our fleet as of December 31, 2012 and 2011:

December 31, 2012

December 31, 2011

Fleet size

155

102

Weighted-average fleet age(1)

3.5 years

3.6 years

Weighted-average remaining lease term(1)

6.8 years

6.6 years

Aggregate fleet cost

$ 6.60 Billion

$ 4.37 Billion

(1)

Weighted-average fleet age and remaining lease term calculated based on net book value.

Over 90% of our aircraft are operated internationally. The following table sets forth the percentage of net book value of our aircraft portfolio in the indicated regions as of December 31, 2012 and 2011:

December 31, 2012

December 31, 2011

Region

% of net book value

% of net book value

Europe

38.4

%

42.1

%

Asia/Pacific

35.9

32.0

Central America, South America and Mexico

12.6

12.2

U.S. and Canada

7.3

9.1

The Middle East and Africa

5.8

4.6

Total

100.0

%

100.0

%

The following table sets forth the number of aircraft we leased by aircraft type as of December 31, 2012 and 2011:

December 31, 2012

December 31, 2011

Aircraft type

Number of
aircraft

% of
Total

Number of
aircraft

% of
total

Airbus A319/320/321

41

26.4

%

31

30.4

%

Airbus A330-200/300

17

11.0

11

10.8

Boeing 737-700/800

46

29.7

38

37.2

Boeing 767-300ER

3

1.9

3

2.9

Boeing 777-200/300ER

7

4.5

5

4.9

Embraer E175/190

31

20.0

12

11.8

ATR 72-600

10

6.5

2

2.0

Total

155

100.0

%

102

100.0

%

Debt Financing Activities

During the fourth quarter of 2012 and through February 28, 2013, the Company entered into additional debt facilities aggregating $610.5 million, which included a $450.0 million in senior unsecured notes and additional debt facilities aggregating $160.5 million. We ended the fourth quarter of 2012 with total unsecured debt outstanding of $2.6 billion. The Company's unsecured debt as a percentage of total debt increased to 60.2% as of December 31, 2012 from 31.7% as of December 31, 2011. We ended the fourth quarter of 2012 with a conservative balance sheet with low leverage and ample available liquidity of $1.29 billion. As part of our financing strategy we will continue to focus on financing the Company on an unsecured basis.

Our financing plan remains focused on continuing to raise unsecured debt in the global bank market and through international and domestic capital markets transactions, reinvesting cash flow from operations, and to a limited extent through government guaranteed loan programs from Ex-Im Bank in support of our new Boeing aircraft deliveries.

As of December 31, 2012 and through February 28, 2013, we had established a diverse lending group consisting of 36 banks across four general types of lending facilities. The Company's debt financing was comprised of the following at December 31, 2012 and 2011:

December 31, 2012

December 31, 2011

(dollars in thousands)

Unsecured

Senior notes

$ 1,775,000

$ 120,000

Revolving credit facilities

420,000

358,000

Term financings

248,916

148,209

Convertible senior notes

200,000

200,000

Total unsecured debt financing

2,643,916

826,209

Secured

Warehouse facilities

1,061,838

1,048,222

Term financings

688,601

735,285

Total secured debt financing

1,750,439

1,783,507

Total secured and unsecured debt financing

4,394,355

2,609,716

Less: Debt discount

(9,623)

(6,917)

Total debt

$ 4,384,732

$ 2,602,799

Selected interest rates and ratios:

Composite interest rate(1)

3.94%

3.14%

Composite interest rate on fixed rate debt(1)

5.06%

4.28%

Percentage of total debt at fixed rate

53.88%

24.26%

(1)

This rate does not include the effect of upfront fees, undrawn fees or issuance cost amortization.

Conference Call

In connection with the earnings release, Air Lease Corporation will host a conference call on February 28, 2013 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss the Company's fourth quarter 2012 financial results.

Investors can participate in the conference call by dialing (800) 299-8538 domestic or (617) 786-2902 international. The passcode for the call is 19927931.

For your convenience, the conference call can be replayed in its entirety beginning at 6:30 PM ET on February 28, 2013 until 11:59 PM ET on March 7, 2013. If you wish to listen to the replay of this conference call, please dial (888) 286-8010 domestic or (617) 801-6888 international and enter passcode 85948357.

The conference call will also be broadcast live through a link on the Investor Relations page of the Air Lease Corporation website at www.airleasecorp.com. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the broadcast will be available on the Investor Relations page of the Air Lease Corporation website.

About Air Lease Corporation

Air Lease Corporation is an aircraft leasing company based in Los Angeles, California that has airline customers throughout the world. ALC and its team of dedicated and experienced professionals are principally engaged in purchasing commercial aircraft and leasing them to its airline partners worldwide through customized aircraft leasing and financing solutions. For more information, visit ALC's website at www.airleasecorp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are hereby identified as "forward-looking statements," including any statements about our expectations, beliefs, plans, predictions, forecasts, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as "anticipate," "believes," "can," "could," "may," "predicts," "potential," "should," "will," "estimate," "plans," "projects," "continuing," "ongoing," "expects," "intends" and similar words or phrases. These statements are only predictions and involve estimates, known and unknown risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such statements, including as a result of the following factors, among others:

  • our inability to make acquisitions of, or lease, aircraft on favorable terms;

  • our inability to obtain additional financing on favorable terms, if required, to complete the acquisition of sufficient aircraft as currently contemplated or to fund the operations and growth of our business;

  • our inability to obtain refinancing prior to the time our debt matures;

  • impaired financial condition and liquidity of our lessees;

  • deterioration of economic conditions in the commercial aviation industry generally;

  • increased maintenance, operating or other expenses or changes in the timing thereof;

  • changes in the regulatory environment;

  • our inability to effectively deploy the net proceeds from our capital raising activities; and

  • potential natural disasters and terrorist attacks and the amount of our insurance coverage, if any, relating thereto.

All forward-looking statements are necessarily only estimates of future results, and there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from expectations. You are therefore cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Air Lease Corporation and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and par value amounts)

December 31,
2012

December 31,
2011

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

230,089

$

281,805

Restricted cash

106,307

96,157

Flight equipment subject to operating leases

6,598,898

4,368,985

Less accumulated depreciation

(347,035

)

(131,569

)

6,251,863

4,237,416

Deposits on flight equipment purchases

564,718

405,549

Deferred debt issue costs—less accumulated amortization of $32,288 and $17,500 as of December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

74,219

47,609

Other assets

126,428

96,057

Total assets

$

7,353,624

$

5,164,593

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Accrued interest and other payables

$

90,169

$

54,648

Debt financing

4,384,732

2,602,799

Security deposits and maintenance reserves on flight equipment leases

412,223

284,154

Rentals received in advance

41,137

26,017

Deferred tax liability

92,742

20,692

Total liabilities

$

5,021,003

$

2,988,310

Shareholders' Equity

Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

Class A Common Stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 500,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 99,417,998 and 98,885,131 shares at December 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively

991

984

Class B Non-Voting Common Stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 10,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 1,829,339 shares

18

18

Paid-in capital

2,198,501

2,174,089

Retained earnings

133,111

1,192

Total shareholders' equity

2,332,621

2,176,283

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

7,353,624

$

5,164,593

Air Lease Corporation and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except share amounts)

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December, 31

2012

2011

2012

2011

Revenues

Rental of flight equipment

$

186,210

$

113,627