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Atlas Air Worldwide Reports First-Quarter 2016 Results

  • Adjusted Net Income of $7.7 Million, $0.31 per Share
  • Reported Net Income of $0.5 Million, $0.02 per Share
  • Amazon Relationship Is Significant New Growth Opportunity
  • Immediately Accretive Southern Air Acquisition Completed
  • Updating Full-Year 2016 Earnings Framework

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. AAWW, +45.67% today announced adjusted net income of $7.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2016, compared with $25.8 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2015.

On a reported basis, net income in the first quarter of 2016 totaled $0.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with $29.2 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

"Our first-quarter adjusted EPS was in line with our expectations and our outlook for adjusted EPS growth in 2016, including the immediate earnings contribution we expect from our acquisition of Southern Air Holdings, which we closed on April 7," said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"As we also announced today, we are excited to begin a strategic, long-term relationship with Amazon.

"Our agreements with Amazon to provide and to operate 20 Boeing 767-300 converted freighters, in support of the continuing expansion of Amazon's e-commerce business and to enhance its customer-delivery capabilities, are expected to be meaningfully accretive to our future earnings and cash flows. We expect this service to begin in the second half of this year, become accretive starting in 2017, and scale up to full service and full accretive benefits through 2018.

"In addition to being immediately accretive, our acquisition of Southern Air with its highly complementary 777 and 737 aircraft operating platforms will provide a broader array of services for customers and new avenues of business growth for us.

"We are eager to capitalize on our ongoing initiatives and our opportunities with Amazon and Southern to drive substantial value and benefit for customers."

First-Quarter Results

ACMI results in the first quarter of 2016 reflected a reduction in revenue and revenue per block hour, mainly related to an increase in CMI flying in 2016 and the impact of payments received in 2015 on the return of an aircraft. Results were also affected by an increase in crew training costs associated with our fleet growth initiatives, partially offset by a reduction in heavy maintenance expense.

In Charter, results on a year-over-year basis were indicative of our ability to capitalize on the very strong demand for airfreight in the first half of 2015, which was driven by throughput issues at U.S. West Coast ports. Segment contribution during the quarter was also affected by an increase in crew training costs associated with our fleet growth initiatives, partially offset by an increase in block-hour volumes driven by higher military passenger and cargo demand. Lower revenue per block hour during the period was primarily due to a reduction in fuel prices in 2016 and the impact of higher rates related to the U.S. West Coast port disruption in 2015.

In Dry Leasing, lower revenue and segment contribution resulted from a decrease in revenue from maintenance payments related to the scheduled return of a passenger aircraft, partially offset by revenue from the placement of 767 freighter aircraft in December 2015 and February 2016.

Reported results in the first quarter of 2016 included a special charge for aircraft engines held for sale. Reported earnings for the period reflected an effective income tax rate of 42.8%, due mainly to nondeductible acquisition-related expenses incurred in connection with the acquisition of Southern.

Cash and Short-Term Investments

At March 31, 2016, our cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $335.9 million, compared with $444.0 million at December 31, 2015.

The change in position reflected cash used for investing and financing activities, partially offset by cash provided by operating activities.

Net cash used for investing activities during the first quarter of 2016 primarily related to capital expenditures, purchase deposits and delivery payments for flight equipment, including the acquisition of 767-300 aircraft to be converted to freighter configuration, partially offset by proceeds from investments.

Net cash used for financing activities primarily reflected payments on debt obligations.

Outlook

Consistent with our prior outlook, we continue to expect our adjusted EPS in 2016, before necessary startup expenses and the impact of initial warrants for our new Amazon service, to increase by a low- to mid-single-digit percentage rate compared with 2015 adjusted EPS of $5.01.

Our view reflects the demand we are currently seeing for our services and aircraft, the benefits we expect from our fleet initiatives and debt refinancings in 2015, and the accretion we anticipate from our acquisition of Southern.

As we commence our new service for Amazon, we will incur an EPS impact for necessary startup expenses and the issuance of warrants. As a result, we now expect that our adjusted EPS in 2016 will be a few percentage points lower than our adjusted EPS in 2015.

Given the inherent seasonality of airfreight demand, we expect the majority of our earnings in 2016 to be generated in the second half. Unlike 2015, which benefited from increased first-half demand driven by U.S. West Coast port congestion, we anticipate that results in 2016 will be more reflective of historical patterns, with approximately three-quarters of our adjusted EPS occurring in the second half.

In addition, we expect earnings per share in the second quarter of 2016 to be approximately three times the level of our first-quarter 2016 adjusted EPS of $0.31.

For the full year, we continue to expect total block hours including Southern Air to increase more than 20% compared with 2015, with about 75% of our 2016 hours in ACMI and the balance in Charter.

Results in our Dry Leasing segment will benefit from the addition of two converted 767 freighters to our portfolio in December 2015 and February 2016, which we are also operating on a CMI basis.

Including Southern, aircraft maintenance expense in 2016 should total approximately $195 million, and depreciation is expected to total approximately $145 million. In addition, we anticipate an effective book income tax rate of approximately 32%. Core capital expenditures, excluding aircraft and engine purchases, are expected to total $50 to $60 million, mainly for spare parts for our fleet.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss Atlas Air Worldwide's first-quarter 2016 financial and operating results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

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 first-quarter call) or at the following Web address:

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be archived on the above websites following the call. A replay will also be available through May 12 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S. Toll Free) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside the U.S.) and using Access Code 93906546#.

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 Income; 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 a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas), Southern Air Holdings, Inc. (Southern Air) and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc. (Titan), and is the majority...


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