US Airways Reports Highest Annual Profit In Company History Net Income excluding special items up 384 percent versus 2011

Highlights of US Airways Group, Inc.'s (the Company) fourth quarter and 2012 results:

- Full year 2012 net profit excluding net special items was a record $537 million, or $2.79 per diluted share. This is a 384 percent improvement over the Company's 2011 net profit of $111 million excluding net special items, or $0.68 per diluted share.

- Fourth quarter net profit excluding net special items was $46 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. This compares to a fourth quarter 2011 net profit excluding net special items of $21 million, or $0.13 per diluted share.

- The airline's employees earned approximately $61 million in profit sharing for the full year results, up 408 percent versus 2011, and an additional $19 million in operational incentive payouts through November.

TEMPE, Ariz., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) today reported its fourth quarter and 2012 financial results. For full year 2012, the Company reported a record net profit of $537 million, or $2.79 per diluted share, which excludes net special items totaling a credit of $100 million. This compares to a full year 2011 net profit of $111 million excluding net special items, or $0.68 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a record net profit of $637 million, or $3.28 per diluted share for 2012, up 797 percent over the 2011 net profit of $71 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.

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For the fourth quarter 2012, net profit excluding net special items was $46 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. Net profit excluding net special items for the fourth quarter 2011 was $21 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a record net profit of $37 million for its fourth quarter 2012, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to a net profit of $18 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. As previously disclosed, the Company's fourth quarter and full year results were negatively impacted by approximately $35 million due to Hurricane Sandy. See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP financial information.

US Airways Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Doug Parker stated, "We couldn't be happier with the performance of US Airways in 2012. Our 32,000 hard-working team members did a phenomenal job of running a safe and reliable airline for our customers and these record financial results are the result of their efforts.

"Our team members produced the best operating reliability performance in our history -which is no easy feat since US Airways led all network carriers in on-time performance from 2008-2011. But in 2012, we did even better with record highs in on-time performance, completion factor and baggage handling. This helped lead to our best ever annual results in total revenue, total traffic, mainline load factor, mainline yield and mainline revenue.

"These outstanding operating and revenue results combined with strong cost discipline led to record net income excluding special items of $537 million, up nearly 400 percent versus last year. Our shareholders were rewarded for their confidence in our team as US Airways stock increased 166 percent in 2012, the largest increase of any company in the Fortune 500.

"We enter 2013 with great momentum and enthusiasm and are well positioned for whatever may lie ahead," concluded Parker.

Revenue and Cost Comparisons

A strong demand environment and record passenger yields led to improved revenue performance. Total revenues in the fourth quarter were a record $3.3 billion, up 3.9 percent versus the fourth quarter 2011 on a 1.4 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Total revenue per ASM was a record 15.58 cents, up 2.5 percent versus the same period last year driven by a two point increase in passenger load factor.

For the full year 2012, total revenues were a record $13.8 billion, up 5.9 percent versus 2011. Total revenue per ASM increased 3.9 percent to a record 15.64 cents, driven by a 3.5 percent increase in passenger yield and a record load factor of 82.9 percent, up from 82.3 percent in 2011.

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $3.2 billion, up 3.5 percent over the same period last year. Mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 13.55 cents, up 2.8 percent on a 0.7 percent increase in mainline ASMs. Excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM was 8.73 cents, up 2.9 percent versus the same period last year. Express CASM excluding special items and fuel was 14.54 cents, down 2.7 percent on a 4.8 percent increase in ASMs. 

For the full year 2012, total operating expenses were $13.0 billion, up 2.7 percent versus 2011. Excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM increased 0.5 percent to 8.39 cents. Express CASM excluding special items and fuel decreased 1.5 percent to 14.49 cents.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $2.71 billion in total cash and investments, of which $336 million was restricted, up from $2.31 billion, of which $365 million was restricted on December 31, 2011.

Special Items

The Company recognized approximately $9 million of net special items in the fourth quarter, which are primarily related to corporate transaction and auction rate securities arbitration costs.

Notable Accomplishments

Marketing and Customer Enhancements

  • Announced the return of seasonal service between the Company's international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport and Shannon, Ireland.
  • Announced new service from Charlotte, N.C. to London's Heathrow Airport and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Launched a new codeshare agreement with Avianca, expanding access for customers throughout Colombia. The Company also expanded its current codeshare with TACA International Airlines and launched a new codeshare with South African Airways.
  • Completed the installation of Gogo® inflight Wi-Fi internet service on Embraer E170 and E175 aircraft. Wi-Fi is now on more than 80 percent of US Airways' Embraer and Airbus narrow-body aircraft. 

Operational Achievements

  • Achieved new monthly baggage performance records for 12 consecutive months since Dec. 2011.
  • Wholly-owned subsidiary PSA Airlines became the first regional airline to achieve the highest level of the Federal Aviation Administration's Safety Management System.

Financial Accomplishments

  • Completed an enhanced equipment trust certificate offering in the aggregate face amount of $546 million. The proceeds will primarily be used to finance the purchase of eleven Airbus aircraft scheduled to be delivered from May 2013 to October 2013.
  • Recognized by Institutional Investor Magazine as one of its most honored companies in 2013, including the top investor relations department in the airline industry.

Corporate Citizenship

  • Raised a record $1.46 million for United Way with annual "Hope Takes Flight" campaign.
  • Launched BE PINK partnership with American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) and raised $200,000 through uniform and merchandise sales and MSABC walks.
  • Awarded $170,000 in US Airways Education Foundation Grants to non-profits in Washington, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix.
  • Honored 85 top flight attendants for exceptional customer service and recognized the contributions of three with more than 50 years of service at the annual "InFlight Service Champions" dinner in Phoenix.

Analyst Conference Call/Webcast Details

US Airways will conduct a live audio webcast of its earnings call today at 11:30 a.m. ET, which will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at www.usairways.com under the Company Info >>Investor Relations tab. An archive of the call/webcast will be available in the Investor Relations portion of the website through Feb. 23.

2013 Investor Guidance

The Company will provide its investor relations guidance on its website (www.usairways.com) immediately following its 11:30 a.m. ET conference call. The Company typically provides guidance related to cost per available seat mile (CASM) excluding special charges, fuel and profit sharing, fuel prices, other revenues and estimated interest expense/income on its investor relations update page on its web site. This update will also include the airline's capacity, fleet plan and estimated capital spending for 2013.

About US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city in Washington, D.C. at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best of Vets employer in 2011 and 2012. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCF)

Forward Looking Statements

Certain of the statements contained or referred to herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "plan," "project," "could," "should," "would," "continue" and similar terms used in connection with statements regarding, among others, the outlook, expected fuel costs, revenue and pricing environment, and expected financial performance and liquidity position of the Company. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, the Company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual results and financial position to differ materially from these statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact of significant operating losses in the future; downturns in economic conditions and their impact on passenger demand, booking practices and related revenues; the impact of the price and availability of fuel and significant disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel; competitive practices in the industry, including the impact of industry consolidation; increased costs of financing, a reduction in the availability of financing and fluctuations in interest rates; the Company's high level of fixed obligations and ability to fund general corporate requirements, obtain additional financing and respond to competitive developments; any failure to comply with the liquidity covenants contained in financing arrangements; provisions in credit card processing and other commercial agreements that may affect the Company's liquidity; the impact of union disputes, employee strikes and other labor-related disruptions; the inability to maintain labor costs at competitive levels; interruptions or disruptions in service at one or more of the Company's hub airports or focus city; regulatory changes affecting the allocation of slots; the Company's reliance on third-party regional operators or third-party service providers; the Company's reliance on and costs, rights and functionality of third-party distribution channels, including those provided by global distribution systems, conventional travel agents and online travel agents; changes in government regulation; the impact of changes to the Company's business model the loss of key personnel or inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the impact of conflicts overseas or terrorist attacks, and the impact of ongoing security concerns; the Company's ability to operate and grow its route network; the impact of environmental regulation; the Company's reliance on technology and automated systems and the impact of any failure or disruption of, or delay in, these technologies or systems; costs of ongoing data security compliance requirements and the impact of any significant data security breach; the impact of any accident involving the Company's aircraft or the aircraft of its regional operators; delays in scheduled aircraft deliveries or other loss of anticipated fleet capacity; the Company's dependence on a limited number of suppliers for aircraft, aircraft engines and parts; the Company's ability to operate profitably out of Philadelphia International Airport; the impact of weather conditions and seasonality of airline travel; the impact of possible future increases in insurance costs or reductions in available insurance coverage; the impact of global events that affect travel behavior, such as an outbreak of a contagious disease; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the Company's ability to use NOLs and certain other tax attributes; and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the Company's reports to and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). There may be other factors not identified above of which the Company is not currently aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements, and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law. Additional factors that may affect the future results of the Company are set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and in the Company's other filings with the SEC, which are available at www.usairways.com.

 

US Airways Group, Inc.

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 

(In millions, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)














3 Months Ended
December 31,


Percent


12 Months Ended
December 31,


Percent


2012


2011


Change


2012


2011


Change













Operating revenues:












    Mainline passenger

$            2,098


$            2,054


2.2


$             8,979


$             8,501


5.6

    Express passenger

803


745


7.7


3,326


3,061


8.7

    Cargo

41


43


(3.9)


155


170


(8.4)

    Other

336


313


7.3


1,371


1,323


3.6

    Total operating revenues

3,278


3,155


3.9


13,831


13,055


5.9













Operating expenses:












    Aircraft fuel and related taxes

830


813


2.1


3,489


3,400


2.6

    Salaries and related costs

600


546


9.9


2,488


2,272


9.5

    Express expenses:












         Fuel

268


254


5.7


1,098


1,056


3.9

         Other

508


498


1.9


2,064


2,071


(0.4)

    Aircraft rent

159


159


0.1


643


646


(0.5)

    Aircraft maintenance

166


171


(3.3)


672


679


(1.0)

    Other rent and landing fees

137


137


0.1


556


555


0.3

    Selling expenses

107


110


(2.3)


466


454


2.8

    Special items, net

9


2


 nm 


34


24


41.4

    Depreciation and amortization

63


60


4.3


245


237


3.1

    Other

306


297


3.1


1,220


1,235


(1.2)

    Total operating expenses

3,153


3,047


3.5


12,975


12,629


2.7













    Operating income

125


108


15.9


856


426


 nm 













Nonoperating income (expense):












    Interest income

1


-


4.7


2


4


(62.3)

    Interest expense, net

(87)


(86)


(0.1)


(343)


(327)


4.8

    Other, net

(3)


(6)


(44.8)


122


(13)


 nm 

    Total nonoperating expense, net

(89)


(92)


(3.1)


(219)


(336)


(34.7)













Income before income taxes

36


16


 nm 


637


90


 nm 













Income tax provision (benefit)

(1)


(2)


(32.9)


-


19


 nm 













    Net income

$                37


$                18


 nm 


$                637


$                  71


 nm 

























Earnings per common share












    Basic 

$             0.23


$              0.11




$               3.92


$               0.44



    Diluted

$             0.22


$              0.11




$               3.28


$               0.44















Shares used for computation (in thousands):












    Basic

162,467


162,115




162,331


162,028



    Diluted

205,115


163,222




203,978


163,743















Note: Percent change may not recalculate due to rounding.