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Republic Airways Holdings Announces Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

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Republic Airways Holdings Announces Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Republic Airways Holdings Announces Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET) reported the following key financial results for the second quarter of 2011 compared to 2010:

        Three months ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2011     2010     % Change
 
Total operating revenues (millions) $ 739.7 $ 683.3 8.3%
Frontier TRASM (cents) 11.90 10.76 10.6%
Operating income (millions) $ 12.2 $ 43.5 -72.0%
Operating margin 1.6% 6.4% -4.8 pts
 
EBITDAR (millions) $ 128.8 $ 155.4 -17.1%
EBITDAR margin 17.4% 22.7% -5.3 pts
 

The Company reported operating revenues of $739.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, an increase of 8.3%, compared to $683.3 million for the same period last year. The increase in revenues is primarily due to a 10.6% increase in Frontier Airlines’ unit revenues. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $14.9 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, compared to net income of $2.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

The Company is also reporting an ex-item net loss of $8.9 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to an ex-item net income of $13.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the three month periods ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The majority of the non-fuel related items during the second quarter of 2011 are non-cash charges that relate to aircraft that have been sold or returned to the lessors. The following tables present the reconciliation of results on a GAAP basis to the reported ex-item results for the three months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010:

        Three months ended June 30, 2011
Pre-tax by Segment     After-tax
($ in millions) Fixed-fee   Branded   Other   Consolidated Consolidated
GAAP income (loss) $ 15.0   $ (39.2)   $ 1.6   $ (22.6) $ (14.9)
Adjustments: .
Integration and fleet transition expenses 2.6 2.8 - 5.4 3.6
Fuel mark-to-market hedge adjustments -   3.6   -   3.6 2.4
Ex-item income (loss) $ 17.6   $ (32.8)   $ 1.6   $ (13.6) $ (8.9)
 
        Three months ended June 30, 2010
Pre-tax by Segment     After-tax
($ in millions) Fixed-fee   Branded   Other   Consolidated Consolidated
GAAP income (loss) $ 18.2   $ (14.2)   $ 0.8   $ 4.8 $ 2.6
Adjustments:
Reduction of Midwest lease obligation - (5.2) - (5.2) (2.9)
Fuel excise tax and mark-to-market hedge adjustments 2.6 3.8 6.4 3.6
Integration and fleet transition expenses -   18.5   -   18.5     10.4
Ex-item income $ 20.8   $ 2.9   $ 0.8   $ 24.5     $ 13.7
 

Second Quarter 2011 Highlights
Fixed-fee Segment
Excluding fuel reimbursement from our partners, fixed-fee service revenues increased 1.7% compared to the prior year’s second quarter on a 2.3% increase in block hours. On an ex-item basis, income before taxes on the fixed-fee operations was $17.6 million for the quarter, compared to a pre-tax income of $20.8 million for the second quarter of 2010. Cost per Available Seat Mile (CASM), including interest expense but excluding fuel, increased to 8.06¢ for the second quarter of 2011, from 7.86¢ for the same quarter of 2010, primarily as a result of higher engine restoration costs on the Company’s 50-seat regional jets.

Branded Segment
The Company’s branded business segment includes all operations marketed as Frontier Airlines. Total revenues on Frontier increased 10.4% to $461.8 million for the quarter, compared to $418.4 million for the same period in 2010. Capacity on Frontier, as measured by ASMs, was down 0.2% from the prior year’s second quarter. Load factor for the quarter was 87.4%, an increase of 1.5 points from the second quarter of 2010, and total revenue per ASM (TRASM) was 11.90¢, up 10.6% from the same quarter in 2010. For the quarter ended, June 30, 2011, Frontier posted an ex-items pre-tax loss of $32.8 million compared to an ex-items pre-tax income of $2.9 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.

The unit cost for Frontier, excluding fuel, was 7.56¢ for the quarter, a 4.6% increase from 7.23¢ for the same metric for the second quarter of 2010. The unit cost increase was due mainly to higher engine restoration costs on the Airbus fleet and higher Airbus ownership costs on the A320 aircraft that were leased in 2011.

Fuel costs for Frontier were $199.0 million for the quarter. The fuel cost per gallon, including into-plane taxes and fees, increased 44.3% to $3.48 for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $2.41 for the prior year’s second quarter. The increase in price resulted in $61.3 million of additional fuel expense in the second quarter of 2011, as compared to second quarter 2010. The second quarter results include a mark-to-market loss on unsettled fuel hedges of $3.6 million, or $0.06 per gallon, and $3.8 million, or $0.06 per gallon for 2011 and 2010 respectively.

Other Segment
The Company’s “other” business segment includes revenues from aircraft subleases, license fees on slots at DCA airport and expenses associated with those activities, as well as any unassigned aircraft expenses. The Company reported pre-tax income of $1.6 million in the second quarter compared to a pre-tax income of $0.8 million for the second quarter of 2010.

Fleet
The operational fleet increased from March 31, 2011, by two aircraft to 282 aircraft as of June 30, 2011. The Company increased its Airbus fleet by leasing five additional A320 aircraft during the quarter. Also, the Company returned two E145 aircraft to the lessor and sold one A318 aircraft.

By the end of September 2011, the Company expects to have transitioned 14 E170 aircraft from its Frontier operation into fixed-fee service on behalf of Delta. In order to backfill a portion of the capacity vacated by these aircraft, the Company expects to place into service for Frontier five of the seven E145 aircraft being removed from Continental fixed-fee service during 2011. The other two E145 aircraft removed from Continental were returned to the lessor in the second quarter. The Company also expects to take delivery of six E190 aircraft beginning in September. Those aircraft are expected to be placed into the Frontier operation by January 2012.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity
The Company’s cash balance decreased $3.5 million to $426.8 million as of June 30, 2011, compared to December 31, 2010. Restricted cash increased $96.4 million, to $235.5 million from December 31, 2010, due to the seasonality of Frontier’s bookings. The Company’s unrestricted cash balance decreased $99.9 million, to $191.3 million, from December 31, 2010. A condensed cash flow statement for the six months ended June 30, 2011, has been provided in the tables section of this release.

The Company’s debt decreased to $2.44 billion as of June 30, 2011, compared to $2.58 billion at December 31, 2010. As of June 30, 2011, approximately 85% of the total debt is fixed-rate. The Company has significant long-term lease obligations for aircraft that are classified as operating leases and are not reflected as liabilities on the Company’s consolidated balance sheet. At a 7.0% discount factor, the present value of these lease obligations was approximately $1.21 billion as of June 30, 2011, an increase from $1.16 billion as of December 31, 2010. A condensed balance sheet as of June 30, 2011, has been provided in the tables section of this release.

Recent Business Developments
On June 17, Frontier Airline Pilots Association (FAPA) overwhelmingly ratified an agreement approving their participation in the restructuring of Frontier Airlines. With 89% of the pilots participating, the vote was 498 to 58, or 89.6% in favor of the agreement.

On June 17, the Company signed a letter of intent with Airbus to purchase 40 A319neo (new engine option) and 40 A320neo aircraft. The aircraft will be powered by CFM International’s LEAP-X engines. These aircraft will be operated by Frontier and are expected to be placed into service beginning in the second half of 2016.

On June 21, the Company entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CFM International, Inc., related to the selection of the LEAP-X engine on its Airbus NEO order. The MOU, which is subject to final documentation, covers, among other things, operating cost, performance and fuel burn guarantees, future spare engine pricing and a reduction in the overhaul cost of existing Airbus engines.

On June 21, the Company entered into a term sheet with GE Capital Aviation Services LLC (GECAS) to amend the terms of certain A319 leases between Frontier and GECAS. The parties agreed to, among other things, a restructuring of 18 A319 leases, which will each be extended for a period of three years and monthly lease rates will be reduced. The term sheet is subject to, among other things, final documentation and approval by GECAS’ board of directors and substantial completion of the Frontier restructuring program.

On July 13, a severe hailstorm occurred at the Denver International Airport, damaging 22 aircraft that operate on behalf of Frontier. In the following days, Frontier cancelled approximately 250 flights while the aircraft were being repaired. The Company accommodated affected passengers on other airlines and contracted with other airlines to operate flights on behalf of Frontier. On July 23, Frontier resumed its full flight schedule. The Company estimates that its revenues and pre-tax income on Frontier will each be negatively impacted by approximately $10 million in the third quarter due to the hailstorm.

Frontier Restructuring Update
The Company announced a $100 million restructuring effort for Frontier during its first quarter earnings conference call. In May, the restructuring target was raised to $120 million. As part of the restructuring process, the Company will be transitioning 14 E170 aircraft from its Frontier operation to fixed-fee operations with Delta by the end of the third quarter of 2011. The Company estimates it is three-quarters complete in its restructuring efforts and has made progress in each of the areas of its restructuring plan as outlined in the table below:

        Annual     Progress     Estimated Timing
Target     Achieved of Full Benefit
Network and fleet adjustments $ 25.0 100% Q4 2011
Labor and benefits savings 25.0 100% Q3 2011
Aircraft lease restructuring 25.0 80% Q3 2011
Fuel conservation efforts 15.0 10% Q1 2012
Maintenance expense reductions 10.0 80% Q1 2012
Distribution and advertising cost reductions 10.0 70% Q3 2011
Other cost reductions   10.0     35% Q1 2012
Total restructuring efforts $ 120.0     75%
 

The estimated progress, which totals $90 million of annual improvements, is based on the Company’s estimate of how much of the annual target has been secured as of this release. The Company is in constructive negotiations with key stakeholders and expects substantially all Airbus lessors and distribution partners to participate in the restructuring program in order to successfully accomplish repositioning Frontier for long-term success.

Conditions exist to certain restructuring agreements that require substantial completion of the restructuring efforts in order to remain in place. The Company believes that it will be successful in reaching the full annual target of $120 million by the end of September 2011.

Corporate Information
Republic Airways Holdings Inc., based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, collectively “the airlines.” The airlines offer scheduled passenger service on approximately 1,600 flights daily to 133 cities in 44 states, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico under branded operations at Frontier and through fixed-fee airline services agreements with five major U.S. airlines. The fixed-fee flights are operated under one of the following airline partner brands: AmericanConnection, Continental Express, Delta Connection, United Express, or US Airways Express. As of the date of this release, the airlines employ approximately 10,500 aviation professionals and operate 282 aircraft. For more information on Republic Airways please visit our website at www.rjet.com.

The Company will conduct a telephone briefing to discuss its second quarter tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. EST. This call is being webcast by Thomson/Reuters and can be accessed at Republic Airways Holdings’ website at www.rjet.com. For those wishing to participate, please call 866-831-6162, and for international calls please dial 617-213-8852; the password is 84977235.

Additional Information
In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (the “Company”) 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 Republic Airways’ beliefs, expectations, hopes or intentions regarding future events. Words such as “expects,” “intends,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “plan,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” or “likely” and similar expressions as well as the negative of such expressions are used to 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 Republic Airways as of such date. Republic Airways assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement. Actual results may vary, and could differ materially, from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected in these forward-looking statements for a number of reasons, including, among others, the risk factors disclosed in the Company’s most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

         
 
REPUBLIC AIRWAYS HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2011 2010 Change 2011 2010 Change
OPERATING REVENUES
Fixed-fee service $ 273.0 $ 260.2 4.9 % $ 531.8 $ 511.2 4.0 %
Passenger service 445.1 404.0 10.2 % 822.7 740.5 11.1 %
Cargo and other   21.6       19.1     13.1 %   44.3       40.3     9.9 %
Total operating revenues 739.7 683.3 8.3 % 1,398.8 1,292.0 8.3 %
 
OPERATING EXPENSES
Wages and benefits 144.7 140.9 2.7 % 284.4 279.9 1.6 %
Aircraft fuel 226.8 160.5 41.3 % 407.6 304.6 33.8 %
Landing fees and airport rents 43.0 44.2 -2.7 % 85.5 83.2 2.8 %
Aircraft and engine rent 65.3 60.8 7.4 % 125.4 121.6 3.1 %
Maintenance and repair 78.2 63.4 23.3 % 148.3 121.3 22.3 %
Insurance and taxes 10.9 10.9 0.0 % 21.3 21.8 -2.3 %
Depreciation and amortization 51.2 50.8 0.8 % 102.3 102.3 0.0 %
Promotion and sales 33.6 35.9 -6.4 % 72.3 68.3 5.9 %
Other impairment charges - - nm - 11.5 nm
Other   73.8       72.4     1.9 %   140.1       153.9     -9.0 %
Total operating expenses   727.5       639.8     13.7 %   1,387.2       1,268.4     9.4 %
OPERATING INCOME 12.2 43.5 -72.0 % 11.6 23.6 -50.8 %
 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)
Interest expense (34.9 ) (39.0 ) -10.5 % (70.4 ) (77.6 ) -9.3 %
Other - net   0.1       0.3     -66.7 %   0.3       0.4     -25.0 %
Total other expense   (34.8 )     (38.7 )   -10.1 %   (70.1 )     (77.2 )   -9.2 %
 
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES (22.6 ) 4.8 -570.8 % (58.5 ) (53.6 ) 9.1 %
 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)   (7.7 )     2.2     -450.0 %   (21.2 )     (19.8 )   7.1 %
 
NET INCOME (LOSS) OF THE COMPANY $ (14.9 )   $ 2.6     -673.1 % $ (37.3 )   $ (33.8 )   10.4 %
PER SHARE, BASIC $ (0.31 ) $ 0.08 -487.5 % $ (0.77 ) $ (0.99 ) -22.2 %
PER SHARE, DILUTED $ (0.31 ) $ 0.08 -487.5 % $ (0.77 ) $ (0.99 ) -22.2 %
Weighted Average Common Shares
Basic 48.2 34.3 40.5 % 48.2 34.3 40.5 %
Diluted 48.2 34.3 40.5 % 48.2

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