Hawaiian Holdings Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

Jan 26, 2016, 16:01 ET from Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

HONOLULU, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA) ("Holdings" or the "Company"), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. ("Hawaiian"), today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2015.

  • GAAP net income in the fourth quarter grew to $37.9 million or $0.66 per diluted share, a year-over-year increase of $26.8 million or $0.49 per diluted share. For the full year, GAAP net income grew to $182.6 million or $2.98 per diluted share, a year-over-year increase of $113.7 million or $1.88 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted net income in the fourth quarter grew to $48.5 million or $0.85 per diluted share, an increase of $22.4 million or $0.45 cents per diluted share year-over-year. For the full year, adjusted net income grew to $189.3 million or $3.09 per diluted share compared to $97.1 million or $1.55 per diluted share in the prior year.
  • GAAP pre-tax margin increased to 10.7% and 12.7% for the fourth quarter and full year 2015, respectively.
  • Adjusted pre-tax margin increased to 13.8% and 13.2% for the fourth quarter and full year 2015, respectively.
  • The Company lowered its leverage ratio to 2.7x in 2015 while maintaining a strong cash position of $560 million in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments.

"Our fourth quarter results finish off a great year for Hawaiian," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer.  "The low cost of fuel, robust demand in all of our major geographies, manageable industry capacity growth between the US mainland and Hawai'i in the second half of the year, and the wonderful customer service delivered by my colleagues on the ground and in the air have combined for a record setting 2015. The strong financial results validate the decision we made to grow rapidly in the last five years.  The cash flow we generated in 2015 was used to pay down a portion of the debt we took on to finance our growth and for the further strengthening of our balance sheet.  Looking forward, our outlook is for these positive trends to continue and the headwind of a strong US dollar in our international markets to decelerate, giving us a measure of confidence that 2016 will be an even better year for our business."

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2015 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $560 million.
  • Outstanding debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $772 million consisting of the following:
    • $559 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 9 Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
    • $118 million outstanding under secured loan agreements to finance a portion of the purchase price for 15 Boeing 717-200 aircraft.
    • $95 million in capital lease obligations to finance the acquisition of an Airbus A330-200, two Boeing 717-200 aircraft and aircraft-related equipment.
    • $0.3 million of outstanding Convertible Senior Notes.

The Company early retired $124 million (principal balance) of existing debt in the fourth quarter.  Early debt repurchases and debt retirement for the full year 2015 totaled $195 million (principal balance).

In addition, the Company repurchased 0.1 million shares or $2.5 million of common stock in the fourth quarter.  Full year repurchases totaled 1.7 million shares or $40.2 million of common stock under its current $100 million stock repurchase program.

2015 Highlights

Operational

  • Ranked as one of the top domestic airlines by Travel + Leisure for 2015.
  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance for the 12-months ended November 2015 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report.
  • Flew a record 10.7 million passengers in 2015, a 4.7% increase over the previous year.
  • Ratified two agreements for five-year contracts with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), increasing compensation for 2,200 employees.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • Expanded summer seasonal service from California (Los Angeles and Oakland) to Kaua'i and Kona in 2015 and announced the return of seasonal service in 2016 with an increase to daily service between Los Angeles and Kaua'i.
  • Announced expanded service to Japan with a fourth non-stop destination from Honolulu with daily non-stop service between Honolulu and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT) beginning July 22, 2016.

Product and loyalty

  • Announced a new A330 premium cabin with 180-degree lie-flat seats beginning in 2016.
  • Completed the comprehensive interior retrofit for the Boeing 717-200 aircraft fleet.
  • Debuted a new on-board safety video featuring Hawaiian Airlines crew members and their families taking guests on a journey to their favorite locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Official airline of the Oakland Raiders for the 2015 National Football League season.

Fleet and financing

  • Added three A330-200 aircraft under lease financing and retired two Boeing 767-300 aircraft at the end of their leases.
  • Entered into a six-year lease agreement for one A330-200 aircraft with a delivery date of summer 2016.
  • Purchased three ATR 72 turbo-prop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration for expansion of Hawaiian's cargo service.

First Quarter and Full Year 2016 Outlook

The table below summarizes the Company's expectations for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016 and the full year ending December 31, 2016, expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 or the year ended December 31, 2015, as applicable (the results for which are presented for reference).



First Quarter



Item


2015


First Quarter 2016 Guidance

Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents)


8.46


Up 3% to up 6%

Operating Revenue Per ASM (cents)


12.77


Down 1.5% to up 1.5%

ASMs (millions)


4,229.7


Up 2.5% to up 4.5%

Gallons of jet fuel consumed (millions)


57.0


Up 1% to up 3%

Economic fuel cost per gallon (a)


$2.21


$1.50 to $1.60








Full Year



Item


2015


Full Year 2016 Guidance

Cost per ASM Excluding Fuel (cents)


8.31


Up in the low single digit range

ASMs (millions)


17,726.3


Up 2.5% to up 5.5%

Gallons of jet fuel consumed (millions)


234.2


Up 1.5% to up 4.5%

Economic fuel cost per gallon (a)


$2.04


$1.35 to $1.45


(a) Economic fuel cost per gallon estimates are based on the January 25, 2016 fuel forward curve.

Investor Conference Call

Hawaiian Holdings' quarterly and full year earnings conference call is scheduled to begin today (January 26, 2016) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (USA).  The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Investors may listen to the live audio webcast on the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.HawaiianAirlines.com. For those who are not available for the live webcast, the call will be archived and available for 90 days on the Company's investor website.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for 11 years (2004-2014) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.

Now in its 87th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow updates on Twitter about Hawaiian (@HawaiianAir) and its special fare offers (@HawaiianFares), and become a fan on its Facebook page.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance.  Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company's expectations regarding cost per available seat mile excluding fuel, available seat miles, gallons of jet fuel consumed and economic fuel cost per gallon, each for the quarter ending March 31, 2016 and full year ending December 31, 2016; the Company's expectations regarding operating revenue per available seat mile for the quarter ending March 31, 2016; the statement of the Company's CEO regarding expectations for 2016; and statements as to other matters that do not relate strictly to historical facts or statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.  Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words, and similar expressions are also intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company's operations and business environment, all of which may cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from any future results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the Company's ability to accurately forecast quarterly and annual results; economic volatility; the price and availability of aircraft fuel; fluctuations in demand for transportation in the markets in which the Company operates; the Company's dependence on tourist travel; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the Company's ability to implement its growth strategy and related cost reduction goals.

The risks, uncertainties and assumptions referred to above that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements also include the risks, uncertainties and assumptions discussed from time to time in the Company's other public filings and public announcements, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as other documents that may be filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof.  The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied herein will not be realized.

 

Table 1.

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except for per share data) (unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,




Twelve Months Ended December 31,





2015


2014


% Change


2015


2014


% Change



(unaudited)







Operating Revenue:













Passenger


$

500,149



$

503,257



(0.6)

%


$

2,025,610



$

2,045,052



(1.0)

%

Other


74,005



71,582



3.4

%


291,857



269,827



8.2

%

Total


574,154



574,839



(0.1)

%


2,317,467



2,314,879



0.1

%

Operating Expenses:













Aircraft fuel, including taxes and delivery


88,399



150,756



(41.4)

%


417,728



678,253



(38.4)

%

Wages and benefits


129,631



113,005



14.7

%


499,506



447,446



11.6

%

Aircraft rent


28,921



27,324



5.8

%


115,653



106,422



8.7

%

Maintenance materials and repairs


56,136



57,617



(2.6)

%


224,648



225,619



(0.4)

%

Aircraft and passenger servicing


29,501



29,851



(1.2)

%


117,449



122,780



(4.3)

%

Commissions and other selling


28,529



28,395



0.5

%


119,746



122,518



(2.3)

%

Depreciation and amortization


26,804



25,414



5.5

%


105,581



96,374



9.6

%

Other rentals and landing fees


24,248



22,047



10.0

%


95,055



87,902



8.1

%

Purchased services


21,294



17,568



21.2

%


81,838



73,386



11.5

%

Other


31,845



25,530



24.7

%


114,160



109,047



4.7

%

Total


465,308



497,507



(6.5)

%


1,891,364



2,069,747



(8.6)

%

Operating Income


108,846



77,332



40.8

%


426,103



245,132



73.8

%

Nonoperating Income (Expense):













Interest expense and amortization of debt discounts and issuance costs


(12,936)



(16,129)





(55,678)



(64,240)




Interest income


759



596





2,811



1,684




Capitalized interest


295



1,440





3,261



8,024




Losses on fuel derivatives


(31,261)



(34,965)





(59,931)



(63,471)




Loss on extinguishment of debt


(4,762)



(3,885)





(12,058)



(3,885)




Other, net


505



(5,993)





(8,820)



(9,797)




Total


(47,400)



(58,936)





(130,415)



(131,685)




Income Before Income Taxes


61,446



18,396





295,688



113,447




Income tax expense


23,546



7,297





113,042



44,521




Net Income


$

37,900



$

11,099





$

182,646



$

68,926




Net Income Per Common Stock Share:













Basic


$

0.71



$

0.20





$

3.38



$

1.29




Diluted


$

0.66



$

0.17





$

2.98



$

1.10




Weighted Average Number of Common Stock Shares Outstanding:













Basic


53,335



54,282





54,031



53,591




Diluted


57,591



66,225





61,256



62,822




 

Table 2.

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Selected Statistical Data (unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,




Twelve Months Ended December 31,





2015


2014


% Change


2015


2014


% Change



(in thousands, except as otherwise indicated)



Scheduled Operations (c) :













Revenue passengers flown


2,655



2,554



4.0

%


10,665



10,191



4.7

%

Revenue passenger miles (RPM)


3,634,033



3,508,723



3.6

%


14,450,564



13,910,804



3.9

%

Available seat miles (ASM)


4,383,706



4,266,924



2.7

%


17,710,309



17,062,264



3.8

%

Passenger revenue per RPM (Yield)


13.76

¢


14.34

¢


(4.0)

%


14.02

¢


14.70

¢


(4.6)

%

Passenger load factor (RPM/ASM)


82.9

%


82.2

%


0.7

pt


81.6

%


81.5

%


0.1

pt

Passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM)


11.41

¢


11.79

¢


(3.2)

%


11.44

¢


11.99

¢


(4.6)

%

Total Operations (c) :













Revenue passengers flown


2,658



2,554



4.1

%


10,673



10,195



4.7

%

RPM


3,639,219



3,510,682



3.7

%


14,462,191



13,921,147



3.9

%

ASM


4,391,792



4,269,031



2.9

%


17,726,322



17,073,630



3.8

%

Passenger load factor (RPM/ASM)


82.9

%


82.2

%


0.7

pt


81.6

%


81.5

%


0.1

pt

Operating revenue per ASM (RASM)


13.07

¢


13.47

¢


(3.0)

%


13.07

¢


13.56

¢


(3.6)

%

Operating cost per ASM (CASM)


10.59

¢


11.65

¢


(9.1)

%


10.67

¢


12.12

¢


(12.0)

%

CASM excluding aircraft fuel (b)


8.58

¢


8.12

¢


5.7

%


8.31

¢


8.15

¢


2.0

%

Aircraft fuel expense per ASM (a)


2.01

¢


3.53

¢


(43.1)

%


2.36

¢


3.97

¢


(40.6)

%

Revenue block hours operated


42,488



42,350



0.3

%


173,546



166,362



4.3

%

Gallons of jet fuel consumed


58,008



57,865



0.2

%


234,183



230,199



1.7

%

Average cost per gallon of jet fuel (actual) (a)


$

1.52



$

2.61



(41.8)

%


$

1.78



$

2.95



(39.7)

%

Economic fuel cost per gallon (a)(d)


$

1.80



$

2.84



(36.6)

%


$

2.04



$

3.03



(32.7)

%



(a)

Includes applicable taxes and fees.

(b)

Represents adjusted unit costs, a non-GAAP measure.  The Company believes this is a useful measure because it better reflects its controllable costs.  See Table 4 for a reconciliation of operating expenses excluding aircraft fuel.

(c)

Includes the operations of the Company's contract carrier under a capacity purchase agreement.

(d)

See Table 3 for a reconciliation of economic fuel costs.

 

Table 3.

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Economic Fuel Expense

(in thousands, except per-gallon amounts) (unaudited)


The Company believes that economic fuel expense is the best measure of the effect of fuel prices on its business as it most closely approximates the net cash outflow associated with the purchase of fuel for its operations in a period.  The Company defines economic fuel expense as GAAP fuel expense plus (gains)/losses realized through actual cash (receipts)/payments received from or paid to hedge counterparties for fuel hedge derivative contracts settled during the period.




Three Months Ended December 31,




Twelve Months Ended December 31,





2015


2014


Change


2015


2014


Change



(in thousands, except per-gallon amounts)




(in thousands, except per-gallon amounts)



Aircraft fuel expense, including taxes and delivery


$

88,399



$

150,756



(41.4)

%


$

417,728



$

678,253



(38.4)

%

Realized losses on settlement of fuel derivative contracts


16,025



13,835



15.8

%


60,946



20,365



199.3

%

Economic fuel expense


$

104,424



$

164,591



(36.6)

%


$

478,674



$

698,618



(31.5)

%

Fuel gallons consumed


58,008



57,865



0.2

%


234,183



230,199



1.7

%

Economic fuel costs per gallon


$

1.80



$

2.84



(36.6)

%


$

2.04



$

3.03



(32.7)

%

 

Table 4.

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation

(in thousands, except per-share and CASM data) (unaudited)


The Company evaluates its financial performance utilizing various GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, including net income, diluted net income per share, CASM, PRASM, RASM, Passenger Revenue per RPM and EBITDAR.  Pursuant to Regulation G, the Company has included the following reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to comparable financial measures reported on a GAAP basis.  The adjustments are described below:


Changes in fair value of derivative contracts, net of tax, are based on market prices for open contracts as of the end of the reporting period. This line item includes the unrealized amounts of fuel and interest rate derivatives (not designated as hedges) that will settle in future periods and the reversal of prior period unrealized amounts.  Excluding the impact of these derivative adjustments allows investors to better analyze the Company's operational performance and compare the Company's results to other airlines in the periods presented below.



Loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax, is excluded to allow investor to better analyze the Company's core operational performance and more readily compare its results to other airlines in the periods presented below.




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2015


2014


2015


2014



Net Income


Diluted Net Income Per Share


Net Income


Diluted Net Income Per Share


Net Income


Diluted Net Income Per Share


Net Income


Diluted Net Income Per Share

As reported—GAAP


$

37,900



$

0.66



$

11,099



$

0.17



$

182,646



$

2.98



$

68,926



$

1.10


Add: changes in fair value of derivative contracts, net of tax


7,781



0.14



12,679



0.19



(609)



(0.01)



25,864



0.41


Add: loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax


2,857



0.05



2,331



0.04



7,235



0.12



2,331



0.04


Adjusted net income


$

48,538



$

0.85



$

26,109



$

0.40



$

189,272



$

3.09



$

97,121



$

1.55


 



Three months ended December 31,


Twelve months ended December 31,



2015


2014


2015


2014

Income Before Income Taxes, as reported


$

61,446



$

18,396



$

295,688



$

113,447


Add: changes in fair value of derivative contracts


12,968



21,131



(1,015)



43,107


Add: loss on extinguishment of debt


4,762



3,885



12,058



3,885


Adjusted Income Before Income Taxes


$

79,176



$

43,412



$

306,731



$

160,439


 

Operating Costs per Available Seat Mile (CASM)

The Company has separately listed in the table below its fuel costs per ASM and non-GAAP unit costs, excluding fuel.  These amounts are included in CASM, but for internal purposes the Company consistently uses cost metrics that exclude fuel and non-recurring items (if applicable) to measure and monitor its costs.



Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2015


2014


2015


2014



(in thousands, except as otherwise indicated)

GAAP operating expenses


$

465,308



$

497,507



$

1,891,364



$

2,069,747


Less: aircraft fuel, including taxes and delivery


(88,399)



(150,756)



(417,728)



(678,253)


Adjusted operating expenses—excluding aircraft fuel


$

376,909



$

346,751



$

1,473,636



$

1,391,494


Available Seat Miles


4,391,792



4,269,031



17,726,322



17,073,630


CASM—GAAP


10.59

¢


11.65

¢


10.67

¢


12.12

¢

Less: aircraft fuel


(2.01)



(3.53)



(2.36)



(3.97)


CASM—excluding aircraft fuel


8.58

¢


8.12

¢


8.31

¢


8.15

¢

 

Pre-tax margin

The Company excludes unrealized gains from fuel derivative contracts and losses on extinguishment of debt from pre-tax margin for the same reasons as described above.



Three months ended December 31,


Twelve months ended December 31,



2015


2014


2015


2014

Pre-Tax Margin, as reported


10.7

%


3.2

%


12.7

%


4.9

%

Add: changes in fair value of derivative contracts


2.3

%


3.7

%


%


1.8

%

Add: loss on extinguishment of debt


0.8

%


0.7

%


0.5

%


0.2

%

Adjusted Pre-Tax Margin


13.8

%


7.6

%


13.2

%


6.9

%

 

Leverage ratio

The Company uses adjusted total debt, including aircraft rent, in addition to long-term adjusted debt and capital leases, to represent long-term financial obligations. The Company excludes unrealized (gains) losses from fuel derivative contracts, the interest rate derivative contract and losses on extinguishment of debt from earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent (EBITDAR) for the reasons as described above.  Management believes this metric is helpful to investor in assessing the Company's overall debt.



Twelve months ended



December 31, 2015

Debt and capital lease obligations


$

772,144


Plus: Aircraft leases capitalized at 7x last twelve months' aircraft rent


809,571


Adjusted debt and capital lease obligations


$

1,581,715





EBITDAR:



Income Before Income Taxes


$

295,688


Add back:



Interest and amortization of debt expense


55,678


Depreciation and amortization


105,581


Aircraft rent


115,653


EBITDAR


$

572,600





Adjustments:



Add: changes in fair value of derivative contracts


(1,015)


Add: Loss on extinguishment of debt


12,058


Adjusted EBITDAR


$

583,643





Leverage Ratio


2.7

x

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