JetBlue Announces Third Quarter Results JetBlue reports record net income

NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) today reported its results for the third quarter 2013:

  • Operating income for the quarter was $152 million, resulting in a 10.5% operating margin.  This compares to operating income of $113 million and an 8.6% operating margin in the third quarter of 2012. 
  • Pre-tax income for the quarter was $119 million.  This compares to pre-tax income of $73 million in the third quarter of 2012. 
  • Net income for the third quarter was $71 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.  This compares to JetBlue's third quarter 2012 net income of $45 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.

"We are pleased to report our highest ever quarterly earnings and our fourteenth consecutive quarter of profitability," said Dave Barger, JetBlue's CEO.  "These results reflect the success of our network strategy in high value geography and our focus on offering customers a differentiated product while maintaining competitive costs.  I would like to thank our 15,000 crewmembers for their hard work and continued dedication to serving our 30 million customers."

Operational Performance

JetBlue reported record third quarter operating revenues of $1.4 billion.  Revenue passenger miles for the third quarter increased 5.4% to 9.56 billion on a capacity increase of 5.1%, resulting in a third quarter load factor of 85.0%, an increase of 0.2 points year over year. 

Yield per passenger mile in the third quarter was 13.83 cents, up 5.1% compared to the third quarter of 2012.  Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the third quarter 2013 increased 5.4% year over year to 11.75 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 5.0% year over year to 12.82 cents

"Our record revenue results demonstrate the strength of our network in our hometown of New York and throughout the rest of our core network," said Robin Hayes, JetBlue's Chief Commercial Officer. "We are also very pleased with the success of our focused growth strategy in Boston, Fort Lauderdale and the Caribbean & Latin America. The combination of our strong brand and unique JetBlue Experience once again allowed JetBlue to generate a revenue premium versus our competitors in many of our key markets."

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 8.1%, or $95 million, over the prior year period.  JetBlue's operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the third quarter increased 2.8% year over year to 11.47 cents.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM increased 4.9% to 6.95 cents.  

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue continued to hedge fuel to manage price volatility.  During the third quarter JetBlue hedged approximately 29% of its fuel consumption and managed approximately 14% of its fuel consumption using fixed forward price agreements (FFPs), resulting in a realized fuel price of $3.14 per gallon, a 1.1% decrease over third quarter 2012 realized fuel price of $3.17.  JetBlue recorded $3 million in losses on fuel hedges that settled during the third quarter. 

JetBlue has managed approximately 39% of its fourth quarter projected fuel requirements using a combination of FFPs, collars, swaps and call options.  Based on the fuel curve as of October 24th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges, FFPs and fuel taxes, of $3.03 in the fourth quarter. 

Balance Sheet Update

JetBlue ended the third quarter with approximately $954 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments.  In addition, JetBlue maintains a $200 million line of credit and a revolving credit facility for up to $350 million.

"We remain focused on strengthening the balance sheet," said Mark Powers, JetBlue's Chief Financial Officer.  "We believe strong cash from operations will allow us to continue to grow sustainably as we increase our asset base and continue paying down debt, enhancing long term shareholder value."

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2013, CASM is expected to be between negative 1.0% and positive 1.0% compared to the year-ago period.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in the fourth quarter is expected to be between negative 0.5% and positive 1.5% year over year.

CASM for the full year is expected to increase between 1.0% and 3.0% over full year 2012.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in 2013 is expected to increase between 2.5% and 4.5% year over year. 

Capacity is expected to increase between 7.0% and 9.0% in the fourth quarter and to increase between 5.5% and 7.5% for the full year. 

JetBlue will conduct a conference call to discuss its quarterly earnings today, October 29, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  A live broadcast of the conference call will be available via the internet at http://investor.jetblue.com.

About JetBlue

As New York's Hometown Airline and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando and San Juan, JetBlue carries approximately 30 million customers a year to 79 cities in the US, Caribbean and Latin America with more than 750 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. JetBlue's fleet totals 190 aircraft, comprising 130 Airbus A320s, 1 Airbus A321 and 59 EMBRAER 190s. Upcoming destinations include Detroit, Mich., Savannah, Ga., and Worcester, Mass. as well as Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; and Lima, Peru, subject to receipt of government approval. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. When used in this document and in documents incorporated herein by reference, the words "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "targets" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including, without limitation, our extremely competitive industry; volatility in financial and credit markets which could affect our ability to obtain debt and/or lease financing or to raise funds through debt or equity issuances; increases in fuel prices, maintenance costs and interest rates; our ability to implement our growth strategy, including the ability to operate reliably the EMBRAER 190 aircraft and our new terminal at JFK; our significant fixed obligations; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and maintain our culture as we grow; our reliance on high daily aircraft utilization; our dependence on the New York metropolitan market and the effect of increased congestion in this market; our reliance on automated systems and technology; our being subject to potential unionization; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers; changes in or additional government regulation; changes in our industry due to other airlines' financial condition; a continuance of the economic recessionary conditions in the U.S. or a further economic downturn leading to a continuing or accelerated decrease in demand for domestic and business air travel; and external geopolitical events and conditions. Further information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to, the Company's 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

 

JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORPORATION



















CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS



















(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

























Three Months Ended




Nine Months Ended










September 30,


Percent


September 30,


Percent








2013


2012


Change


2013


2012


Change


OPERATING REVENUES















Passenger


$    1,321


$    1,194


10.8


$    3,729


$    3,461


7.8



Other


121


114


6.1


347


327


5.9




Total operating revenues


1,442


1,308


10.4


4,076


3,788


7.6




















OPERATING EXPENSES















Aircraft fuel and related taxes


501


481


4.2


1,433


1,364


5.1



Salaries, wages and benefits


283


262


8.0


842


782


7.7



Landing fees and other rents


81


73


11.8


231


211


9.6



Depreciation and amortization


73


66


12.6


212


190


12.1



Aircraft rent


32


32


(1.4)


97


98


(2.1)



Sales and marketing


60


51


16.8


163


152


7.4



Maintenance materials and repairs


109


85


28.0


334


258


29.5



Other operating expenses


151


145


4.2


451


401


12.5




Total operating expenses


1,290


1,195


8.1


3,763


3,456


8.9




















OPERATING INCOME


152


113


34.8


313


332


(5.8)





















Operating margin


10.5

%

8.6

%

1.9

pts.

7.7

%

8.8

%

(1.1)

pts.



















OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)















Interest expense


(40)


(44)


(8.9)


(123)


(133)


(7.8)



Capitalized interest


4


2


95.5


11


6


96.2



Interest income and other


3


2


18.7


1


3


(71.1)




Total other income (expense)


(33)


(40)


(15.2)


(111)


(124)


(10.7)




















INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES


119


73




202


208























Pre-tax margin


8.2

%

5.6

%

2.6

pts.

4.9

%

5.5

%

(0.6)

pts.




















Income tax expense 


48


28




81


81






















NET INCOME


$        71


$        45




$      121


$      127






















EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:

































Basic


$     0.25


$     0.16




$     0.43


$     0.45























Diluted


$     0.21


$     0.14




$     0.38


$     0.39























Weighted average shares outstanding (thousands):
















Basic


280,935


282,880




280,443


282,196
























Diluted


343,745


344,792




342,918


343,804




 



















JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORPORATION



















COMPARATIVE OPERATING STATISTICS



















(unaudited)

























Three Months Ended





Nine Months Ended









September 30,


Percent



September 30,


Percent







2013


2012


Change



2013


2012


Change

Revenue passengers (thousands)


8,059


7,747


4.0



23,112


21,938


5.4

Revenue passenger miles (millions)


9,561


9,075


5.4



27,182


25,480


6.7

Available seat miles (ASMs) (millions)


11,252


10,704


5.1



32,133


30,201


6.4

Load factor


85.0

%

84.8

%

0.2

pts.


84.6

%

84.4

%

0.2

Aircraft utilization (hours per day)


12.2


12.4


(1.2)



12.1


11.9


1.2



















Average fare


$            164.02


$          154.04


6.5



$       161.37


$     157.73


2.3

Yield per passenger mile (cents)


13.83


13.15


5.1



13.72


13.58


1.0

Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)


11.75


11.15


5.4



11.61


11.46


1.3

Operating revenue per ASM (cents) 


12.82


12.21


5.0



12.68


12.54


1.1

Operating expense per ASM (cents) 


11.47


11.16


2.8



11.71


11.44


2.4

Operating expense per ASM, excluding fuel (cents) 


7.02


6.67


5.3



7.25


6.93


4.7

Operating expense per ASM, excluding fuel and profit sharing (cents) (a)

6.95


6.63


4.9



7.23


6.89


4.9

Airline operating expense per ASM (cents) (b)


11.33


10.99


3.1



11.57


11.30


2.4



















Departures


74,206


69,925


6.1



211,701


199,538


6.1

Average stage length (miles)


1,085


1,094


(0.9)



1,088


1,084


0.4

Average number of operating aircraft during period


187.1


175.0


6.9



183.5


172.6


6.3

Average fuel cost per gallon


$               3.14


$              3.17


(1.1)



$           3.16


$         3.21


(1.6)

Fuel gallons consumed (millions)


160


152


5.4



454


425


6.8

Full-time equivalent employees at period end (b)









12,124


11,797


2.8





































(a) Refer to our "Regulation G Reconciliation" note at the end of our Earnings Release for more information on this non-GAAP measure.

(b) Excludes operating expenses and employees of LiveTV, LLC, which are unrelated to our airline operations.

 

SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA










(in millions)
















September 30,


December 31,







2013


2012







(unaudited)
















Cash and cash equivalents


$ 373


$ 182





Total investment securities


667


685





Total assets


7,444


7,070





Total debt


2,842


2,851





Stockholders' equity


2,018


1,888










SOURCE: JetBlue Airways Corporation



 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE (a)


















RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING EXPENSE PER ASM, EXCLUDING FUEL AND PROFIT SHARING


















(dollars in millions, per ASM data in cents)

(unaudited)




















 Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2013


2012


2013


2012



$


per

ASM


$


per

ASM


$


per

ASM


$


per

ASM


















Total operating expenses

$     1,290


11.47


$     1,195


11.16


$       3,763


11.71


$     3,456


$     11.44

Less:  Aircraft fuel and related taxes

501


4.45


481


4.49


1,433


4.46


1,364


4.51

Operating expenses, excluding fuel

789


7.02


714


6.67


2,330


7.25


2,092


6.93

Less:  Profit sharing 

7


0.07


4


0.04


7


0.02


11


0.04

Operating expense, excluding fuel & profit sharing

$       782


$      6.95


$       710


$      6.63


$     2,323


$      7.23


$     2,081


$      6.89



































(a) Refer to our "Regulation G Reconciliation" note at the end of our Earnings Release for more information on this non-GAAP measure.

 

 

SOURCE JetBlue Airways



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