American Airlines Group Reports Third Quarter Profit

Published on : Saturday, October 22, 2016

american airlinesThe Company reported a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) net profit of $737 million, or $1.40 per diluted share in the third quarter 2016. This compares to a GAAP net profit of $1.7 billion in the third quarter 2015, or $2.49 per diluted share.


As a result of the reversal of the valuation allowance on the Company’s deferred tax assets as of December 31, 2015, the Company’s 2016 results include a $452 million provision for income taxes at an effective rate of approximately 38 percent, of which $449 million is non-cash due to net operating loss utilization. There was no tax provision for federal income taxes recorded in 2015.



The impact of the year-over-year change in non-cash income tax expense is removed by comparing pre-tax income. The Company reported a third quarter 2016 GAAP pre-tax income of $1.2 billion, and pre-tax income excluding net special charges of $1.5 billion. This compares to a third quarter 2015 GAAP pre-tax income of $1.7 billion, and pre-tax income excluding net special charges of $1.9 billion.



Adjusted1 third quarter 2016 earnings per diluted share was $2.80, up from $2.77 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2015.



“These outstanding results are due to the efforts of our more than 100,000 team members, who are working tirelessly to improve our operations, product, and customer experience,” said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO. “Nowhere are these efforts more evident than through the seamless completion of our largest IT cutover yet, which combined our fleet and pilot groups onto one system, with no disruption to service. We’re already seeing the benefits as this cutover enables us to schedule our pilots and aircraft as one airline and allows us to further optimize our network to better meet the needs of our passengers.”



“With integration successes like this behind us, we are even more excited about the future. We are investing in our people and our product and are well along the path to restoring American as the greatest airline in the world.”



Total revenue in the third quarter was $10.6 billion, a decrease of 1.1 percent versus the third quarter 2015 on a 1.2 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Total revenue per ASM was 14.73 cents, down 2.2 percent versus the third quarter 2015. This decrease was due to competitive capacity growth, continued macroeconomic softness outside of the United States, and foreign currency weakness.



Total operating expenses in the third quarter were $9.2 billion, up 5.2 percent compared to the third quarter 2015, due primarily to a 15.3 percent increase in salaries and benefits expense, which includes the impact of the Company’s recent labor agreements and an $86 million accrual for the Company’s profit sharing program.



Third quarter mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 11.96 cents, up 5.6 percent on a 0.5 percent increase in mainline ASMs versus the third quarter 2015. Excluding fuel and special charges, mainline CASM was 9.32 cents, up 8.9 percent versus the third quarter 2015. Regional CASM was 18.85 cents, down 5.2 percent versus the third quarter 2015 on a 6.9 percent increase in regional ASMs. Excluding fuel and special charges, regional CASM was 15.08 cents, down 4.5 percent versus the third quarter 2015.




As part of the Company’s ongoing fleet renewal program, the Company invested $1.0 billion in new aircraft during the third quarter, including 12 new mainline aircraft and 9 new regional aircraft, while removing 49 aircraft from the fleet. With an average mainline aircraft age of 10 years, the Company operates the youngest fleet of the four largest U.S. carriers.



Liquidity and Capital Return Program


As of September 30, 2016, the Company had approximately $9.2 billion in total available liquidity, consisting of unrestricted cash and short-term investments of $6.8 billion and $2.4 billion in undrawn revolver capacity. The Company also had restricted cash of $635 million.



The Company returned $669 million to its stockholders in the third quarter through the payment of $53 million in quarterly dividends and the repurchase of $616 million of common stock, or 18.2 million shares, at an average price of $33.87 per share. The Company has returned more than $9.0 billion to stockholders through share repurchases and dividends since mid-2014.



Share repurchases under the buyback programs may be made through a variety of methods, which may include open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, block trades or accelerated share repurchase transactions. Any such repurchases will be made from time to time subject to market and economic conditions, applicable legal requirements and other relevant factors. The programs do not obligate the Company to repurchase any specific number of shares or continue a dividend for any fixed period, and may be suspended at any time at the Company’s discretion.



Source:- American Airlines

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