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Earnings Details
3rd Quarter September 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 4:01:00 PM
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Skywest (SKYW) Recent Earnings

Skywest (SKYW) reported 3rd Quarter September 2018 earnings of $1.57 per share on revenue of $829.3 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.41 per share on revenue of $826.4 million. Revenue fell 0.3% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

SkyWest Inc, through its subsidiaries offers scheduled passenger service to destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.57
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$1.41
Reported Revenue
$829.3 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$826.4 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
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Earnings Release

SkyWest, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2018 Profit

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Oct. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported financial and operating results for Q3 2018, including net income of $83 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, compared to net income of $54 million, or $1.01 per diluted share for Q3 2017. Q3 2018 pre-tax income of $110 million increased 27% from Q3 2017, primarily due to SkyWest's ongoing fleet transition. Since Q3 2017, SkyWest added 34 new E175 aircraft and one new CRJ900 aircraft, and removed 65 older aircraft from its fleet.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said, "We are focused on remaining disciplined in delivering a product that meets the evolving needs of our customers. We expect the flying and labor agreements announced this quarter to contribute to our ongoing fleet transition and help position us well for current and future market opportunities. I am proud of the outstanding product our professionals consistently deliver to our customers."  

Financial Highlights

Revenue was $829 million in Q3 2018, up from $813 million in Q3 2017. The increase in revenue included the net impact of adding 34 new E175 aircraft and other economic improvements within SkyWest's fleet mix since Q3 2017, partially offset by the removal of aircraft from unprofitable or less-profitable contracts over the same period.

Operating expenses were $691 million in Q3 2018, down from $700 million in Q3 2017. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to the reduction in direct operating costs from 30 fewer net aircraft in service since Q3 2017.

The tax rate for Q3 2018 was 24.5% compared to 38% in Q3 2017. The lower tax rate in Q3 2018 was primarily due to the reduced federal rate under the new tax law enacted in Q4 2017.

Operational Update

Flying contract extension
SkyWest Airlines announced today that it has agreed to a multi-year extension with United Airlines ("United") for 60 CRJ-200s currently under a capacity purchase agreement.  These 60 aircraft originally had various contract maturities over the next few years. 

Deliveries under previously announced agreements
SkyWest Airlines took delivery of 12 new E175 aircraft during Q3 2018 and is scheduled to take delivery of eight new E175 aircraft during Q4 2018. SkyWest Airlines expects to have 146 E175 aircraft in its fleet by the end of 2018.

SkyWest Airlines also took delivery of one CRJ900 aircraft during Q3 2018 under a previously announced agreement with Delta for 20 new CRJ900s. Under this agreement, Delta will finance the 20 aircraft and SkyWest Airlines will operate these aircraft for a nine-year term. SkyWest Airlines anticipates taking delivery of four CRJ900s in Q4 2018 and the remaining 15 CRJ900s between Q1 2019 and mid-2020 under this agreement. SkyWest expects to remove 20 CRJ700s from contracts with Delta as each of these 20 CRJ900s are placed into service.

CRJ700 aircraft in transition
During Q3 2018, SkyWest Airlines placed four used CRJ700s into service under a previously announced agreement for 20 aircraft with American Airlines ("American"). These CRJ700s will be sourced from within SkyWest's existing fleet through other contract expirations and all 20 aircraft are scheduled to be in service with American by early 2019.

ExpressJet continued the previously-announced wind down of its flying agreement with Delta during the quarter. At the end of Q3 2018, ExpressJet had 12 CRJ700s in service under its Delta agreement and expects its contract with Delta will terminate by the end of 2018. Also, at the end of Q3 2018, ExpressJet had 16 CRJ700 aircraft in service under its contract with American and expects its contract with American will terminate by early 2019.

ExpressJet is currently operating 12 CRJ700s that are expected to be removed from service and returned to lessors by mid-2019. SkyWest also anticipates it will remove 30 owned CRJ700s from flying contracts from early to mid-2019 and as previously announced is pursuing alternative opportunities to utilize these aircraft in 2019.

CRJ200 aircraft in transition
During Q3 2018, ExpressJet began the transition for 20 CRJ200 aircraft to be placed into service under a previously announced three-year agreement with United Airlines ("United"). The aircraft will be sourced from within SkyWest's existing fleet through other contract expirations. The first aircraft was placed into service in October 2018 and all 20 CRJ200 aircraft are scheduled to be placed into service with United by early 2019.

New pilot agreements
During Q3 2018, ExpressJet pilots voted in favor of a new three-year pay agreement effective through October 2021. Separately, in October 2018 SkyWest Airlines pilots voted in favor of a new four-year pay agreement effective through December 2022. The financial terms of these agreements were not disclosed, but each agreement provides additional compensation to the respective pilot groups, and will allow each operating entity to provide outstanding career opportunities for pilots. These multi-year contracts provide better visibility to pursue current and future market opportunities.

Operating Performance

Flight completion rates at SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet for Q3 2018 and Q3 2017 were as follows:



SkyWest Airlines


ExpressJet



Q3 2018

Q3 2017


Q3 2018

Q3 2017

Adjusted Completion *


99.9%

99.9%


99.8%

99.9%

Raw Completion


98.9%

98.9%


97.2%

95.3%


* Adjusted Completion excludes weather cancellations. Raw Completion includes weather cancellations.

Capital and Liquidity

SkyWest had $705 million in cash and marketable securities at September 30, 2018, up from $649 million at June 30, 2018. During the third quarter of 2018, SkyWest:

  • Used $43 million toward the purchase of 12 E175 aircraft
  • Used $15 million to repurchase stock under its $100 million share repurchase program, of which $55 million remains authorized
  • Used $30 million for other capital investments, primarily related to aircraft parts and maintenance assets

Total debt at September 30, 2018 was $3.1 billion, up $140 million from June 30, 2018, which included debt issued for 12 E175 aircraft acquired during the quarter, partially offset by scheduled principal payments.

About SkyWest

Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company with more than 17,000 employees. SkyWest's airline companies provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with nearly 3,000 daily flights carrying approximately 50 million passengers annually. SkyWest's airline companies operate through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

SkyWest will host its conference call to discuss third quarter 2018 results today, October 30, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The conference call number is 1-877-418-5293 for domestic callers, 1-866-605-3852 for Canada callers and 1-412-717-9593 for other international callers. Please call up to ten minutes in advance to ensure you are connected prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be available live on the Internet at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1088/27694. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest, including access information for the digital rebroadcast of the third quarter 2018 earnings call, participation at investor conferences, investor presentations and monthly traffic statistic releases, can be accessed at inc.skywest.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "forecasts," "expects," "intends," "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "should," "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the continued demand for our product, the wind-down of ExpressJet's flying agreements with Delta and American, and the related removal from service and/or placement into service of certain aircraft, the scheduled aircraft deliveries for SkyWest Airlines in upcoming years, and the associated improvement in fleet mix and positioning for current and future market opportunities, as well as SkyWest's future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations, estimates, intentions and outlook, and other statements that are not historical facts. 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 statements for any reason. 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 existing or 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 ability to attract and retain qualified pilots, 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 challenges and costs of integrating operations and realizing anticipated synergies and other benefits from the acquisition of ExpressJet; 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; significant aircraft lease and debt commitments; residual aircraft values and related impairment charges; labor relations and costs; the impact of global instability; rapidly fluctuating fuel costs, and 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 materially from management's current expectations are contained in SkyWest's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

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

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
September 30


Nine Months Ended
September 30



2018


2017


2018


2017


OPERATING REVENUES









  Flying agreements

$     816,057


$     800,965


$    2,377,659


$    2,317,218


  Airport customer service and other

13,218


11,708


40,531


34,133


   Total operating revenues

829,275


812,673


2,418,190


2,351,351











OPERATING EXPENSES









  Salaries, wages and benefits

301,378


304,014


901,775


896,476


  Aircraft maintenance, materials and repairs      

142,285


148,787


423,665


433,467


  Depreciation and amortization

86,088


74,095


246,386


215,415


  Aircraft rentals

36,827


54,976


119,015


168,098


  Aircraft fuel

30,258


22,791


87,208


61,295


  Airport-related expenses

25,655


30,209


80,852


91,106


  Other operating expenses

68,859


65,432


206,511


190,235


   Total operating expenses

691,350


700,304


2,065,412


2,056,092


OPERATING INCOME

137,925


112,369


352,778


295,259


OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)









  Interest income

2,283


1,408


5,692


3,398


  Interest expense

(31,440)


(27,101)


(86,485)


(78,713)


  Other income (loss), net

1,157


-


3,470


-


  Total other expense, net

(28,000)


(25,693)


(77,323)


(75,315)











INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

109,925


86,676


275,455


219,944


PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

26,879


32,960


62,189


80,966


NET INCOME

$      83,046


$      53,716


$     213,266


$     138,978











BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$        1.60


$       1.04


$        4.10


$        2.68


DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$        1.57


$       1.01


$        4.03


$        2.62











Weighted average common shares









  Basic

52,039


51,833


52,002


51,801


  Diluted

52,981


53,080


52,976


53,087


 

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Summary of Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in Thousands)

(Unaudited)



September 30,
2018


December 31,
2017

Cash and marketable securities

$     704,803


$     685,295

Other current assets

347,269


309,838

Total current assets

1,052,072


995,133

Property and equipment, net

4,847,688


4,134,003

Deposit on aircraft

27,579


49,000

Other long-term assets

257,521


296,264

Total assets

$    6,184,860


$    5,474,400





Current portion, long-term debt

$     357,327


$     309,678

Other current liabilities

556,118


511,147

Total current liabilities

913,445


820,825





Long-term debt, net of current maturities

2,751,722


2,377,346

Other long-term liabilities

590,820


521,907

Stockholders' equity

1,928,873


1,754,322

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$    6,184,860


$   5,474,400

 

Unaudited Operating Highlights



Three Months Ended
September 30,


Nine Months Ended
September 30,



2018

2017

 Change


2018

2017

 Change


Block hours

448,025

469,901

(4.7)%


1,323,566

1,389,684

(4.8)%


Departures

261,382

281,921

(7.3)%


756,070

826,109

(7.4)%











Passengers carried

12,812,370

13,475,674

(4.9)%


36,472,231

38,861,025

(6.1)%


Passenger load factor

82.2%

80.0%

 2.2 pts


80.5%

80.2%

 0.3 pts











Average passenger trip length

519

503

3.2%


522

511

2.2%


 

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Additional Operational Information (unaudited)


SkyWest's total fleet in service increased by nine aircraft during Q3 2018, as follows:


Aircraft in scheduled service at June 30, 2018:



583


Additions:





New E175 aircraft:

12




New CRJ900 aircraft:

1




    Total new aircraft added:



13


           Removals, net:





CRJ200 aircraft:

(13)




CRJ700 aircraft:

(9)




         Total net aircraft removed:



(22)


Aircraft in scheduled service at September 30, 2018:



574









SkyWest's total fleet in service decreased by 30 aircraft over the last twelve months, as follows:


Aircraft in scheduled service at September 30, 2017:



604


Additions:





New E175 aircraft:

34




New CRJ900 aircraft:

1




    Total new aircraft added:



35


               Removals, net:





CRJ900 aircraft:

(24)




CRJ700 aircraft:

(17)




ERJ145/135 aircraft:

(18)




CRJ200 aircraft:

(6)




Total net removals:



(65)


Aircraft in scheduled service at September 30, 2018:



574








 

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Additional Operational Information (continued and unaudited)



Completed Block Hours by Aircraft Type and by Airline




Three months ended September 30


Nine months ended September 30


By Aircraft Type:

2018


2017


Variance
%


2018


2017


Variance
%


E175s

120,694


99,069


21.8%


329,669


269,048


22.5%


CRJ700/900s

120,914


150,334


(19.6)%


372,659


432,760


(13.9)%


Dual-class aircraft

241,608


249,403


(3.1)%


702,328


701,808


0.1%















CRJ200s

137,858


136,898


0.7%


412,635


407,649


1.2%


ERJ145/135s

68,559


83,600


(18.0)%


208,603


280,227


(25.6)%


50-seat aircraft

206,417


220,498


(6.4)%


621,238


687,876


(9.7)%


Total Block Hours

448,025


469,901


(4.7)%


1,323,566


1,389,684


(4.8)%





























Three months ended September 30


Nine months ended September 30


By Airline:

2018


2017


Variance
%


2018


2017


Variance
%


SkyWest Airlines

355,264


326,608


8.8%


1,028,492


908,364


13.2%


ExpressJet

92,761


143,293


(35.3)%


295,074


481,320


(38.7)%


Total Block Hours

448,025


469,901


(4.7)%


1,323,566


1,389,684


(4.8)%















 


Quarterly Fleet and Block Hour Production Forecast for 2018



As of

12/31/2017


As of

3/31/2018


As of

6/30/2018


As of

9/30/2018


As of

12/31/2018



Fleet (1):

(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Estimate)



E175s

107


112


126


138


146



CRJ700/900s

181


169


159


151


142



CRJ200s

195


199


198


185


187



ERJ145s/135s

112


100


100


100


100



Totals

595


580


583


574


575





Q4-2017


Q1-2018


Q2-2018


Q3-2018


Q4-2018


Total 2018

Production (2):

(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Estimate)


(Estimate)

Block Hours

450,095


436,367


439,174


448,025


431,000


1,755,000


























(1) Fleet count excludes aircraft removed from scheduled service. Actual fleet counts may vary from the forecast due to timing of aircraft removed from service, timing of aircraft transitioned into service and timing of new aircraft deliveries.


(2) Actual production may vary from estimates for various reasons including, but not limited to, timing of aircraft removals and deliveries and anticipated flight completion rates. SkyWest has discontinued providing ASM forecasts, as ASMs are not a meaningful metric in SkyWest's capacity purchase agreements.

 

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