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SkyWest, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results

ST. GEORGE, Utah, July 30, 2015 / -- SkyWest, Inc. ("SkyWest") (SKYW) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. 

SkyWest generated $31.5 million of net income for Q2 2015, or $0.61 per diluted share.  This represents an improvement of $46.2 million from Q2 2014, which had a net loss of $(14.7) million, or $(0.29) per diluted share.  Operating income for Q2 2015 was $70 million, which represents SkyWest's best quarterly operating income since 2008.

SkyWest reported $41 million of net income for the first half of 2015, or $0.79 per diluted share, a $79 million improvement compared to the first half of 2014 which had a net loss of $(38) million, or $(0.73) per diluted share.

Q2 2015 Financial Highlights

  • Pre-tax income increased $58 million in Q2 2015 from Q2 2014, primarily due to improved operating performance, additional flying contracts with improved profitability and a reduction in the number of aircraft operating under unprofitable flying contracts.
  • SkyWest generated $135 million in EBITDA in Q2 2015, compared to $77 million in Q2 2014. For the first half of 2015 EBITDA was $234 million, compared to $112 million for the first half of 2014.
  • Revenue included improvements of $32 million from the additional E175 operations, improved contract rates from renewals of SkyWest's existing flying contracts and improved contract performance incentives compared to Q2 2014. Revenue also improved from Q2 2014 by $11 million from higher flight completion rates. These improvements provided a significant offset to the revenue decrease from a reduced fleet size and less scheduled production for a net decrease in revenue of $28 million year over year.
  • Operating expenses were down by $85 million compared to Q2 2014, primarily driven by operating efficiencies from improved completion rates, a net decrease in production, maintenance cost initiatives and a reduction in fuel costs.

Q2 2015 Operational Update

  • Excluding weather cancellations, the adjusted flight completion rate for ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. ("ExpressJet") improved to 99.8% in Q2 2015 from 99.0% in Q2 2014.  The adjusted flight completion rate for SkyWest Airlines, Inc. ("SkyWest Airlines") also improved to 99.2% in Q2 2015 from 99.0% in Q2 2014.
  • Including weather cancellations, ExpressJet's raw flight completion rate was 97.5% in Q2 2015 compared to 95.3% in Q2 2014.  SkyWest Airlines' raw flight completion rate improved to 98.4% in Q2 2015 compared to 97.4% in Q2 2014.
  • Total aircraft in service went to 676 at June 30, 2015, from 693 at March 31, 2015, summarized as follows:
    • Added six new E175 aircraft with United Air Lines, Inc. ("United")
    • Added three new E175 aircraft with Alaska Air Group ("Alaska Airlines")
    • Added ten used ERJ145 aircraft with American Airlines, Inc. ("American")
    • Removed 24 ERJ145/ERJ135 aircraft from service
    • Removed twelve EMB120 turboprop aircraft from service
  • Under its fleet transition, SkyWest generated approximately 24,000 additional block hours with its dual class aircraft (CRJ700s/900s and E175s) compared to Q2 2014.  SkyWest also had a reduction of approximately 72,000 block hours with its 50-seat and smaller sized aircraft (CRJ200s, ERJ145s/135s and EMB120s) compared to Q2 2014.  The total aircraft in service decreased to 676 at June 30, 2015 from 752 at June 30, 2014.
  • Under an agreement announced in Q2 2015, SkyWest Airlines will place 8 additional E175 aircraft into service with Alaska Airlines, for a total of 15 E175s with Alaska Airlines.  SkyWest Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of the remaining twelve new E175 aircraft for Alaska Airlines between Q4 2015 and Q4 2016.
  • Under a previously announced agreement, SkyWest Airlines is scheduled to take delivery of five new E175 aircraft for United during Q3 2015.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, SkyWest, Inc. President, said, "Our second quarter results reflect meaningful progress in our action plans to secure profitable flying contracts, remove unprofitable aircraft and provide solid operating performance.  These actions are the primary drivers for the strong earnings momentum we are generating.  We remain committed to disciplined deployment of capital and resources as we continue the process of optimizing our fleet size and mix."

Q2 2015 Capital and Liquidity Update 

  • SkyWest had $505 million in cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2015, an increase of $24 million from March 2015. SkyWest made capital investments of $40 million during the quarter to acquire nine E175 aircraft including spare parts and engines.
  • SkyWest repurchased 1.25 million shares of its common stock for $18.7 million in cash during Q2 2015
  • The company issued $229 million in new long term debt to finance spare engines and the nine new E175s delivered during the quarter.
  • SkyWest anticipates using approximately $30 million in cash as investments in E175 aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q3 and Q4 of 2015.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures

Although SkyWest's financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"), SkyWest management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures may provide investors with useful information regarding the underlying business trends and performance of SkyWest's ongoing operations and may be useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations.  The following table sets forth supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to GAAP financial statements for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 (dollars in thousands).  Readers should consider this non-GAAP measure in addition to, not a substitute for, financial reporting measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  This non-GAAP financial measure excludes some, but not all, items that may affect SkyWest's net income.  Additionally, this calculation may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies.

 

Three months ended

Six months ended

 

June 30,

June, 30

 

2015

2014

2015

2014

Operating income (loss)

$   69,932

$  13,244

$ 104,008

$  (14,530)

Add: Depreciation and amortization expense

64,659

64,252

130,350

126,567

EBITDA

$ 134,591

$ 77,496

$ 234,358

$ 112,037

         

About SkyWest

SkyWest was named on Forbes 'America's Best Employers 2015' list and was Air Transport World's Regional Airline of the Year in 2014. SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest's airline companies provide commercial air service in cities across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with more than 3,500 scheduled daily flights. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United, Delta, US Airways, American and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet operates through partnerships with United, Delta and American. SkyWest continues to set the standard for excellence in the regional airline industry with unmatched value for customers, shareholders and its nearly 20,000 employees. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements.  SkyWest 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 SkyWest's beliefs, expectations, hopes or intentions regarding future events.  Words such as "forecasts", "expects," "intends," "believes," "anticipates," "estimates", "should," "likely" and similar expressions 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 SkyWest as of such date.  SkyWest assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.  Readers should note that many factors could affect the future operating and financial results of SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines or ExpressJet, and could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements set forth in this release.  These factors include, but are not limited to, the prospects of entering into agreements with other carriers to fly new aircraft, ongoing negotiations between SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet and their major partners regarding their contractual obligations, uncertainties regarding operation of new aircraft, the impact of regulatory issues such as pilot rest rules and qualification requirements, and the ability to obtain aircraft financing.  

Actual operational and financial results of SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet will likely also vary, and may vary materially, from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected for a number of other reasons, including, in addition to those identified above: the ability of ExpressJet to realize potential synergies and other anticipated financial impacts of the consolidation of its operations, the possibility that future financial and operating results of ExpressJet may not meet SkyWest's forecasts and the timing of ongoing consolidation of the operations of ExpressJet, if achieved; the challenges of competing successfully in a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry; developments associated with fluctuations in the economy and the demand for air travel; the financial stability of SkyWest's major partners and any potential impact of their financial condition on the operations of  SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines, or ExpressJet; fluctuations in flight schedules, which are determined by the major partners for whom SkyWest's operating airlines conduct flight operations; variations in market and economic conditions; labor relationships; the impact of global instability; rapidly fluctuating fuel costs; the degree and nature of competition; potential fuel shortages; the impact of weather-related or other natural disasters on air travel and airline costs; aircraft deliveries; the ability to attract and retain qualified pilots and other unanticipated factors.  Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions which could cause SkyWest's actual results to differ from management's current expectations are contained in SkyWest's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; including the section of SkyWest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, entitled "Risk Factors."

 

SKYWEST, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)

(Dollars and Shares in Thousands, Except per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

June 30,

 

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

2015

2014

 

2015

2014

OPERATING REVENUES:

         

      Passenger

$      773,107

$      800,548

 

$  1,515,605

$ 1,556,187

      Ground handling and other

15,310

16,026

 

33,210

32,773

          Total operating revenues

788,417

816,574

 

1,548,815

1,588,960

           

OPERATING EXPENSES:

         

      Salaries, wages and benefits

298,573

310,844

 

601,418

628,486

      Aircraft maintenance, materials and repairs                           

156,319

171,722

 

314,576

349,984

      Aircraft rentals

68,442

79,449

 

138,854

159,783

      Depreciation and amortization

64,659

64,252

 

130,350

126,567

      Aircraft fuel

31,192

58,018

 

58,492

105,243

      Ground handling services

20,117

32,314

 

44,089

69,332

      Special charges

-

4,713

 

-

4,713

      Other operating expenses

79,183

82,018

 

157,028

159,382

          Total operating expenses

718,485

803,330

 

1,444,807

1,603,490

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

69,932

13,244

 

104,008

(14,530)

 

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):

         

      Interest income

697

511

 

1,336

1,060

      Interest expense

(18,081)

(16,138)

 

(36,546)

(31,814)

      Other, net

-

(2,618)

 

-

(2,891)

      Total other expense, net

(17,384)

(18,245)

 

(35,210)

(33,645)

           

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

52,548

(5,001)

 

68,798

(48,175)

PROVISION (BENEFIT) FOR INCOME TAXES

21,073

9,736

 

27,703

(10,551)

NET INCOME (LOSS)

$    31,475

$     (14,737)

 

$    41,095

$    (37,624)

           

BASIC EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE

$         0.61

$         (0.29)

 

$         0.80

$        (0.73)

DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE

$         0.61

$         (0.29)

 

$         0.79

$        (0.73)

           

Weighted average common shares:

         

      Basic

51,357

51,183

 

51,407

51,310

      Diluted

51,971

51,183

 

52,182

51,310

           
           

 

SKYWEST, INC.

SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
 

June 30,
2015

 

December 31,
2014

Cash, restricted cash, and marketable securities

$    504,799

 

$       559,130

Other current assets

826,286

 

731,873

Total current assets

$ 1,331,085

 

$    1,291,003


Property and equipment, net

3,367,704

 

2,981,188

Deposit on aircraft

37,700

 

40,000

Other long term assets

102,065

 

97,737

Total assets

$ 4,838,554

 

$    4,409,928

       

Current liabilities

$    744,718

 

$       684,355

Long-term liabilities

2,670,623

 

2,325,227

Stockholders' equity

1,423,213

 

1,400,346

Total liabilities and stockholder's equity

$ 4,838,554

 

$    4,409,928

                                                                                                                                                

 Unaudited Operating Highlights

 

Operating Highlights

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

 

2015

2014

 % Change

2015

2014

 % Change

Passengers carried

14,665,756

15,358,722

(4.5)%

27,856,293

28,992,137

(3.9)%

Revenue passenger miles (000)

7,718,342

8,165,616

(5.5)%

14,686,253

15,441,216

(4.9)%

Available seat miles (000)

9,176,581

9,736,819

(5.8)%

17,868,698

18,729,769

(4.6)%

Block hours

531,373

579,072

(8.2)%

1,048,147

1,125,885

(6.9)%

Departures

314,086

349,022

(10.0)%

618,685

674,346

(8.3)%

Passenger load factor

84.1%

83.9%

.20 pts

82.2%

82.4%

(.20) pts

Yield per revenue passenger mile

$      0.100

$        0.098

2.0%

$       0.103

$       0.101

2.0%

Revenue per available seat mile

$      0.086

$        0.084

2.4%

$       0.087

$       0.085

2.4%

Cost per available seat mile

$      0.080

$        0.084

(4.8)%

$       0.083

$       0.087

(4.6)%

Fuel cost per available seat mile

$      0.003

$        0.006

(50.0)%

$       0.003

$       0.006

(50.0)%

Average passenger trip length

526

532

(1.1)%

527

533

(1.1)%

             
             
             

 

2015 Quarterly Fleet, Block Hour and ASM Production

 
 

As of

March 31, 2015

 

As of

June 30, 2015

 

As of

Sept. 30, 2015

 

As of

Dec. 31, 2015

   

Fleet Summary

(Actual)

 

(Actual)

 

(Estimate)

 

(Estimate)

   

Regional Jets:

                 

50-37 seats

449

 

435

 

416

 

391

   

65-76 seat CRJs

203

 

203

 

203

 

203

   

76 seat E175s

29

 

38

 

43

 

44

   
 

681

 

676

 

662

 

638

   

Turbo props:

                 

30 seats

12

 

-

 

-

 

-

   
                   

Totals

693

 

676

 

662

 

638

   
                   
 

Q1 15

 

Q2 15

 

Q3 15

 

Q4 15

 

Totals

 

(Actual)

 

(Actual)

 

(Estimate)

 

(Estimate)

 

(Estimate)

Block hours

516,774

 

531,373

 

520,000

 

494,000

 

2,062,000

ASMs

8.7b

9.2b

9.2b

8.7b

35.8b

 

Aircraft in Scheduled Service

 

 

50 seats

 

65-76 seats

 

EMB120s

 

Total

 
                 

Aircraft in schedule - December 31, 2014

467

 

223

 

27

 

717

 

  65-76 seat additions (United and Alaska)

-

 

18

 

-

 

18

 

  50 seat additions (Delta and American)

21

 

-

 

-

 

21

 

  50 seat reductions (United)

(53)

 

-

 

-

 

(53)

 

  Turbo prop reductions (Delta and United)

-

 

-

 

(27)

 

(27)

 

Aircraft in schedule – June 30, 2015

435

 

241

 

-

 

676

 
                 
 

Aircraft counts above exclude aircraft removed from scheduled service.

 

 

Completed Block Hours by Aircraft type

   
 

Q2-2015

 

Q2-2014

 

Variance

 

YTD June 2015

 

YTD June 2014

 

Variance

CRJ200

171,337

 

184,841

 

(13,504)

 

337,284

 

359,763

 

(22,479)

CRJ700/900s

165,188

 

168,305

 

(3,117)

 

324,218

 

328,079

 

(3,861)

ERJ145/135

165,163

 

198,953

 

(33,790)

 

326,988

 

384,894

 

(57,906)

E175

28,333

 

999

 

27,334

 

47,333

 

999

 

46,334

EMB120

1,352

 

25,974

 

(24,622)

 

12,324

 

52,150

 

(39,826)

 

531,373

 

579,072

 

(47,699)

 

1,048,147

 

1,125,885

 

(77,738)

                       
 

Completed Block Hours by Airline

                       
 

Q2-2015

 

Q2-2014

 

Variance

 

YTD June 2015

 

YTD June 2014

 

Variance

SkyWest Airlines

270,271

 

265,762

 

4,509

 

525,667

 

518,184

 

7,483

ExpressJet

261,102

 

313,310

 

(52,208)

 

522,480

 

607,701

 

(85,221)

 

531,373

 

579,072

 

(47,699)

 

1,048,147

 

1,125,885

 

(77,738)

                       

 

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