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Earnings Details
3rd Quarter September 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 4:01:00 PM
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Skywest (SKYW) reported 3rd Quarter September 2019 earnings of $1.79 per share on revenue of $760.3 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.73 per share on revenue of $753.7 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $1.80 per share. Revenue fell 8.3% 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
$1.79
Earnings Whisper
$1.80
Consensus Estimate
$1.73
Reported Revenue
$760.3 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$753.7 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Earnings Release

SkyWest, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2019 Profit

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Oct. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

Third Quarter Highlights:

  • $1.79 earnings per diluted share, up 14% from $1.57 in Q3 2018
  • Pre-tax income of $119 million, up from $110 million in Q3 2018; net income of $91 million, up from $83 million in Q3 2018
  • Five new E175 aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q4 2019 under a previously announced agreement

SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported financial and operating results for Q3 2019, including net income of $91 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, compared to net income of $83 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, for Q3 2018. Earnings per diluted share increased 14% in Q3 2019 from Q3 2018, primarily due to SkyWest's ongoing fleet transition. SkyWest has added 13 new E175 aircraft and 11 new CRJ900 aircraft since Q3 2018 and reduced aircraft ownership costs through early lease buyouts on 52 aircraft executed in 2019.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said, "We were pleased to deliver another solid quarter as we continue executing our fleet strategy and remain positioned for future opportunity based on strong demand for our product. I want to thank our SkyWest professionals for their excellent work during the quarter."

Financial Highlights
Revenue was $760 million in Q3 2019, down from $829 million in Q3 2018 due to the sale of ExpressJet Airlines ("ExpressJet") in January 2019. Excluding ExpressJet revenue in Q3 2018, Q3 2019 revenue increased $71 million, primarily from adding 24 new aircraft since Q3 2018.

Operating expenses were $614 million in Q3 2019, down from $691 million in Q3 2018, also due to the sale of ExpressJet. Excluding ExpressJet operating expenses in Q3 2018, Q3 2019 operating expenses increased $62 million, primarily from growth in operations as a result of additional aircraft placed into service since Q3 2018.

Operational Update
Aircraft deliveries under previously announced deals for Delta
New E175 aircraft to be financed and operated by SkyWest:

  • Five aircraft scheduled for delivery in Q4 2019
  • Six aircraft scheduled for delivery from early to mid-2020

New CRJ900 aircraft to be financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest:

  • One aircraft delivered in Q3 2019
  • One aircraft scheduled for delivery in mid-2020

Used E175 aircraft financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest:

  • Six aircraft scheduled for in-service dates from early to mid-2020

During Q3 2019, SkyWest acquired four CRJ900 aircraft under an early lease buyout. These four aircraft are scheduled to expire under SkyWest's flying agreement with Delta in 2020.

SkyWest also anticipates removing eight CRJ700s from its flying agreement with Delta by the end of 2020. As previously announced, SkyWest has an agreement with Delta to replace these 12 used CRJ aircraft with 12 new aircraft. Following their agreement expirations, SkyWest anticipates utilizing these 12 used aircraft in various ways: placing them with other partners, using the airframe/engines as spare parts and/or leasing the airframes/engines to third parties.

Aircraft deliveries under previously announced deals for American
SkyWest is scheduled to place ten used CRJ700 aircraft with American throughout 2020 including seven used aircraft that SkyWest anticipates acquiring from a third party and three used aircraft that SkyWest expects to source through upcoming contract expirations with another SkyWest partner.

Lease agreement with a third party for 29 CRJ700 aircraft
SkyWest has placed four of 29 CRJ700 aircraft under a previously announced lease agreement with a third party for a ten-year term as of September 30, 2019. SkyWest anticipates the remaining aircraft will be placed under lease in increments through mid-2020.

Capital and Liquidity

SkyWest had $572 million in cash and marketable securities at September 30, 2019, up from $550 million at June 30, 2019. During the third quarter of 2019, SkyWest:

  • Used $25 million to repurchase stock under SkyWest's $250 million share repurchase program
  • Used $30 million to acquire four CRJ900 aircraft under an early lease buyout
  • Used $39 million to acquire spare engines and $33 million for other spare aircraft parts and maintenance assets

Total debt at September 30, 2019 was $3.0 billion, down from $3.1 billion as of June 30, 2019.

About SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for SkyWest Airlines and SkyWest Leasing, an aircraft leasing company. SkyWest Airlines has a fleet of nearly 500 aircraft connecting millions of passengers each month to over 250 destinations and provides commercial air service in cities throughout North America with nearly 2,300 daily flights. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines to carry more than 40 million passengers annually. Based in St. George, Utah, SkyWest continues to set the standard for excellence across the regional industry with exceptional value for customers, shareholders and its more than 14,000 employees.

SkyWest will host its conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 results today, October 30, 2019, 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/1088/31930. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest, including access information for the digital rebroadcast of the third quarter 2019 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 potential benefits resulting from the sale of ExpressJet, including reduced risk, increased flexibility, efficiency and improved positioning for market opportunities, the scheduled aircraft deliveries for SkyWest Airlines in upcoming years and the related removal from service and/or placement into service of certain aircraft, the expected terms, timing and benefits related to SkyWest's leasing and joint venture transactions, 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 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 and its 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 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 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; fluctuations in flight schedules, which are determined by the major partners for whom SkyWest conducts 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,



2019


2018


2019


2018


OPERATING REVENUES









 Flying agreements

$  738,838


$  816,057


$  2,164,173


$  2,377,659


 Airport customer service and other

21,457


13,218


64,199


40,531


 Total operating revenues

760,295


829,275


2,228,372


2,418,190











OPERATING EXPENSES









 Salaries, wages and benefits

251,414


301,378


752,768


901,775


 Aircraft maintenance, materials and repairs 

133,521


142,285


376,572


423,665


 Depreciation and amortization

92,795


86,088


272,929


246,386


 Aircraft fuel

31,063


30,258


87,570


87,208


 Airport-related expenses

27,808


25,655


89,237


80,852


 Aircraft rentals

17,676


36,827


55,840


119,015


 Special items

-


-


21,869


-


 Other operating expenses

59,577


68,859


184,634


206,511


 Total operating expenses

613,854


691,350


1,841,419


2,065,412


OPERATING INCOME

146,441


137,925


386,953


352,778


OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)









 Interest income

3,542


2,283


11,081


5,692


 Interest expense

(31,606)


(31,440)


(96,884)


(86,485)


 Other income, net

361


1,157


47,367


3,470


 Total other expense, net

(27,703)


(28,000)


(38,436)


(77,323)











INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

118,738


109,925


348,517


275,455


PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

27,399


26,879


80,945


62,189


NET INCOME

$  91,339


$  83,046


$  267,572


$  213,266











BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$  1.80


$  1.60


$  5.24


$  4.10


DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$  1.79


$  1.57


$  5.19


$  4.03











Weighted average common shares









  Basic

50,746


52,039


51,111


52,002


  Diluted

51,129


52,981


51,568


52,976


 

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Summary of Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in Thousands)

(Unaudited)



September 30,

2019


December 31,

2018

Cash and marketable securities

$  571,506


$  689,329

Other current assets

238,883


331,465

Total current assets

810,389


1,020,794

Property and equipment, net

5,245,792


4,963,732

Deposit on aircraft

50,906


42,012

Other long-term assets

490,572


286,674

Total assets

$  6,597,659


$ 6,313,212





Current portion, long-term debt

$  362,582


$  350,206

Other current liabilities

598,957


574,620

Total current liabilities

961,539


924,826





Long-term debt, net of current maturities

2,622,236


2,809,768

Other long-term liabilities

897,624


614,337

Stockholders' equity

2,116,260


1,964,281

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$  6,597,659


$  6,313,212

 

Unaudited Operating Highlights – SkyWest Airlines



Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2019

2018

 Change


2019

2018

 Change


Block hours

375,933

355,264

5.8%


1,096,104

1,028,492

6.6%


Departures

219,272

207,074

5.9%


627,799

592,139

6.0%











Adjusted flight completion

99.9%

99.9%

0.0 pts


99.9%

99.9%

0.0 pts


Raw flight completion

98.5%

98.9%

(0.4) pts


97.8%

98.5%

(0.7) pts











Passengers carried

11,568,831

10,784,556

7.3%


32,566,966

30,101,561

8.2%


Passenger load factor

83.9%

83.0%

0.9 pts


82.3%

81.6%

0.7 pts











Average passenger trip length

501

489

2.5%


501

490

2.2%


On January 22, 2019, SkyWest completed the sale of ExpressJet to a third party. The unaudited operating highlights above include SkyWest Airlines only and exclude ExpressJet in both periods for comparability purposes.

Adjusted flight completion percent excludes weather cancellations. Raw flight completion includes weather cancellations.

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Additional Operational Information (unaudited)

SkyWest's total fleet in service increased by one aircraft during Q3 2019, as follows:

 

Aircraft in scheduled service at June 30, 2019:



482


Additions:





New CRJ900 aircraft:



1


Aircraft in scheduled service at September 30, 2019:



483


SkyWest's total fleet in service decreased by 91 aircraft over the last 12 months, as follows:

 

Aircraft in scheduled service at September 30, 2018:



574


Additions:





New E175 aircraft:

13




New CRJ900 aircraft:

11




Total new aircraft added:



24


Used aircraft transitioned back into service, net



18


SkyWest Airlines removals:





CRJ900 aircraft:



(5)


ExpressJet removals:





ERJ145 aircraft:

(100)




CRJ700 aircraft:

(28)







(128)


Aircraft in scheduled service at September 30, 2019:



483


 

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Additional Operational Information (continued and unaudited)


Completed Block Hours by Aircraft Type





Three months ended September 30,


Nine months ended September 30,


SkyWest Airlines:

2019


2018


Variance %


2019


2018


Variance %


E175s

135,780


120,694


12.5%


395,776


329,667


20.1%


CRJ900s

31,595


28,175


12.1%


93,988


84,588


11.1%


CRJ700s

75,612


68,621


10.2%


224,448


201,687


11.3%


CRJ200s

132,946


137,774


(3.5)%


381,892


412,550


(7.4)%


Total Block Hours

375,933


355,264


5.8%


1,096,104


1,028,492


6.6%
















 

Aircraft in Scheduled Service and Block Hour Production Forecast for 2019



As of
12/31/2018


As of
3/31/2019


As of
6/30/2019


As of
9/30/2019


As of
12/31/2019



SkyWest Airlines aircraft (1):

(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Estimate)



E175s

146


147


151


151


156



CRJ900s

41


43


42


43


43



CRJ700s

99


99


99


99


94



CRJ200s

184


187


190


190


190



Total SkyWest Airlines

470


476


482


483


483
















As of

12/31/2018











ExpressJet aircraft (1):

(Actual)











ERJ145s

100











CRJ200s

16











CRJ700s

10











Total ExpressJet

126



























Q4 2018


Q1 2019


Q2 2019


Q3 2019


Q4 2019


Total 2019

SkyWest Airlines (2):


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Actual)


(Estimate)


(Estimate)

Block Hours


351,928


349,389


370,782


375,933


369,000


1,465,000































(1)

The aircraft count in the table above excludes aircraft removed from SkyWest's scheduled service. Actual fleet counts may vary from the forecast due to timing of aircraft removed from service, timing of aircraft placed into service when transitioning between flying contracts, and timing of new aircraft deliveries.




As of September 30, 2019, SkyWest leased four CRJ200s, four CRJ700s and five CRJ900s to third parties (these aircraft are excluded from the table above).



(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. Actual block hours presented for Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 in the table above exclude block hours operated by ExpressJet prior to the sale of ExpressJet on January 22, 2019. ExpressJet generated approximately 17,000 block hours in the month of January 2019 through the date of sale. ExpressJet also generated 81,500 block hours in Q4 2018.

 

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