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AeroCentury Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

BURLINGAME, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AeroCentury Corp. (NYSE Amex: ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported its preliminary, unaudited operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

For the third quarter ended September 30, 2009, the Company reported total revenues of $8.7 million compared with total revenues of $8.2 million for the same period a year ago. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company reported total revenues of $25.0 million compared with revenues of $23.7 million for the same period in 2008.

The Company reported net income of $1,146,000, or $0.73 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009, compared to net income of $1,571,000, or $1.00 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2008 and net income of $3,752,000, or $2.42 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2009, compared to net income of $3,453,000, or $2.16 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2008.

Operating lease revenue increased by approximately $0.5 million and $1.8 million in the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2008, primarily because of additional lease revenue from aircraft and aircraft engines purchased in June 2008 and August 2009, as well as additional revenue related to re-leases of aircraft that were off lease for part of the 2008 periods. The effect of these increases was partially offset by a decrease in revenue related to aircraft that were off lease for all or part of the 2009 periods.

Maintenance reserves income is comprised of non-refundable reserves and is earned based on lessee aircraft usage. Maintenance reserves income decreased by approximately $0.3 million and $0.8 million in the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2008, primarily as a result of lower average aircraft usage by some the Company's lessees. There were also more aircraft off lease in the nine-month 2009 period compared to the 2008 period.

Other income increased by $0.2 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2009, compared to the same period in 2008, principally because the 2009 period included a gain on expected insurance proceeds for damage to a spare engine. Other income increased by $0.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2009, compared to the same period in 2008, for the same reason, as well as interest income related to a federal tax refund. The nine-month 2008 period included compensation paid by a lessee for canceling a potential re-lease transaction.

Total expenses increased by approximately $1.2 million and $0.9 million in the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively, as compared to the same periods in 2008.

Depreciation was approximately $0.4 million higher in the nine months ended September 30, 2009, compared to the 2008 period as a result of aircraft purchases in June 2008 and August 2009.

Maintenance expense increased by approximately $1.8 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2009, compared to the same period in 2008, due to higher expenses related to both the Company's maintenance of off-lease aircraft and maintenance performed by lessees using non-refundable reserves. Maintenance expense increased by approximately $1.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2009, compared to the same period in 2008, due to the net effect of higher expenses related to off-lease aircraft and lower expenses related to maintenance performed by lessees using non-refundable reserves.

Interest expense decreased by approximately $0.5 million and $0.9 million in the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2008, primarily because of lower average interest rates and balances on the Company's senior debt and a greater gain in fair value related to the Company's interest rate swap, the effects of which were partially offset by an increase in net settlement interest related to the swap and an increase in subordinated notes fee amortization. The nine-month period of 2009 also included an increase in subordinated notes interest as a result of a higher average balance compared to the nine-month period of 2008.

AeroCentury is an aircraft operating lessor and finance company specializing in leasing regional aircraft and engines utilizing triple net leases. The Company's aircraft and engines are leased to regional airlines and commercial users worldwide.

(see tables following)

                                 AeroCentury Corp.
                          Selected Financial Information
                                   (Unaudited)
                  (in thousands, except share and per share data)

                                   For the Three Months   For the Nine Months
                                    Ended September 30,    Ended September 30,
                                    2009         2008       2009        2008
                                    ----         ----       ----        ----
    Revenues and other income:

    Operating lease revenue        $6,852       $6,342    $19,763     $17,995
    Maintenance reserves income     1,597        1,884      4,708       5,534
    Other income                      224           10        488         215
                                      ---           --        ---         ---

                                    8,673        8,236     24,959      23,744
                                    -----        -----     ------      ------
    Expenses:

    Maintenance costs               2,702          921      5,917       4,556
    Depreciation                    1,912        1,877      5,728       5,326
    Interest                        1,276        1,750      4,067       4,980
    Management fees                   918          957      2,758       2,730
    Professional fees and other       113          219        773         780
                                      ---          ---        ---         ---

                                    6,921        5,724     19,243      18,372
                                    -----        -----     ------      ------

    Income before income tax
     provision                      1,752        2,512      5,716       5,372

    Income tax provision              606          941      1,964       1,919
                                      ---          ---      -----       -----

    Net income                     $1,146       $1,571     $3,752      $3,453
                                   ======       ======     ======      ======

    Earnings per share:
      Basic                         $0.74        $1.02      $2.43       $2.24
                                    =====        =====      =====       =====
      Diluted                       $0.73        $1.00      $2.42       $2.16
                                    =====        =====      =====       =====

    Weighted average shares used
     in earnings per share
     computations:
      Basic                     1,543,257    1,543,257  1,543,257   1,543,257
                                =========    =========  =========   =========
      Diluted                   1,567,073    1,572,420  1,547,647   1,596,850
                                =========    =========  =========   =========



    Summary Balance Sheet:  September 30,  December 31,    September 30,
                                2009           2008            2008
                                ----           ----            ----
                             (Unaudited)     (Audited)      (Unaudited)

    Total assets              $131,117       $131,733        $134,384
    Total liabilities          $92,530        $96,898         $99,389
    Shareholders' equity       $38,587        $34,835         $34,995

SOURCE AeroCentury Corp.



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