• 4Q Reported Net Income Up 1% to $211.0 Million, 2018 Up 21% to $270.6 Million
  • Reported Results Reflect Impact of Warrant Accounting
  • 4Q Adjusted Net Income Rose 31% to $87.0 Million, 2018 Grew 53% to $204.3 Million
  • Record Volumes and Earnings Expected in 2019

PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced record fourth-quarter and full-year volumes, revenue and earnings in 2018, and an outlook for continued growth in 2019.

“2018 was another great year for Atlas, with substantial growth in the scale, diversity and profitability of our business,” said President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Flynn.

“Going forward, we are excited about Atlas’ future and the future of airfreight. We expect record Atlas volumes and earnings in 2019 driven by our multiyear initiatives, which enable us to serve a greater range of customers and provide a solid platform for future growth initiatives.

“Our focus is on express and e-commerce, and fast-growing markets in Asia and elsewhere, such as South America, where we had the strongest year in the company’s history. As airfreight tonnage continues to grow, further globalization will require time-definite air networks to facilitate the flow of goods.”

He added: “We are well-positioned to capitalize on the scale and scope of our domestic and worldwide operations, to drive record volume, revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income this year, and to further reduce our net leverage ratio.*

“We expect to benefit from a full-year of flying by the aircraft we added in 2018 for customers such as Asiana, DHL Express, Inditex and SF Express. We will see our first year of flying twenty 767-300s for Amazon. We look forward to operating three incremental 747-400 freighters for Nippon Cargo Airlines, which will increase our near-term fleet to 115 aircraft. And we anticipate that the flying we do for the military will be higher than the flying we did in 2018.

“As a result of the momentum that we see, we anticipate that our adjusted net income in 2019 will grow by a mid- to upper-single-digit percentage this year.”*

Mr. Flynn continued: “These opportunities build on the growth in our business mix, customer base, fleet and operational capabilities.

“In addition to delivering record results in 2018, we added 16 aircraft to our operating fleet in response to customer demand, with more than 100 planes for the first time. We ended the year with 112 aircraft across five fleet types that are well-suited to our growing domestic and regional cargo and passenger operations, as well as our long-haul, international operations.

“We also ramped up for Amazon as scheduled, which included successfully managing multiple station openings throughout the U.S. We implemented continuous improvement initiatives and tax planning that enhanced our bottom line. We also enhanced our balance sheet by lowering our net leverage ratio.

“Thanks to our strong and experienced team, we executed our peak-season operations extremely well. Overlapping the end of peak, we also operated 32 flights during the college football bowl season for 15 universities.”

Fourth-Quarter Results

Volumes in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 17% to 83,437 block hours, with revenue growing 22% to a record $765.0 million.

Reported income from continuing operations, net of taxes, during the period increased 1% to $211.0 million, or $2.73 per diluted share, compared with $209.5 million, or $6.71 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017. Reported results in the latest quarter included an unrealized gain on outstanding warrants of $134.8 million compared with a $130.0 million benefit related to the revaluation of deferred tax liabilities as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and an unrealized gain on outstanding warrants of $23.7 million in the year-ago period.

On an adjusted basis, income from continuing operations, net of taxes, in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 31% to a record $87.0 million, or $3.12 per diluted share, from adjusted income of $66.6 million, or $2.43 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% over the year-ago period to $196.5 million.

ACMI segment contribution in the fourth quarter of 2018 increased slightly compared with the prior-year period, primarily due to increases in 747-400F revenue per block hour and volumes. These were partially offset by higher heavy maintenance costs, including an increase in the proportion of heavy maintenance costs attributed to the segment due to our volume-based allocation methodology and the higher levels of ACMI flying during the December ACMI peak flying period; amortization of deferred maintenance costs; and higher crew costs, including enhanced wages and work rules resulting from an interim labor agreement with our Southern Air pilots. Block hours grew 19% during the period, reflecting the start-up of 747-400 flying for several new customers and increased 767 flying for Amazon. Overall revenue per block hour during the quarter was relatively in line with the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to a mix effect reflecting the increase in smaller-gauge 767 CMI flying.

Higher Charter segment contribution during the period was primarily driven by increases in military and commercial cargo yields excluding fuel and higher military cargo demand, partially offset by higher heavy maintenance costs.

Both ACMI and Charter segment contribution during the quarter reflected the redeployment of two 747-400 VIP-configured passenger aircraft from ACMI to Charter following our acquisition of these aircraft from a former CMI customer. We have used the aircraft to grow our VIP charter business and earnings.

In Dry Leasing, higher segment contribution primarily reflected the placement of eight additional 767-300 converted aircraft throughout 2018, as well as the placement of one 777-200 freighter in February 2018 and a second one in July 2018.

Higher unallocated income and expenses, net during the quarter primarily reflected fleet growth initiatives; increases in unallocated interest expense and amortization of a customer incentive asset; and a ratification bonus related to an interim agreement with our Southern Air pilots.

Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2018 also included an effective income tax rate of 9.4%, due mainly to nondeductible or nontaxable changes in the value of outstanding warrants. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax rate of 20.5%.

Full-Year Results

Volumes in 2018 increased 17% to 296,264 block hours, with revenue growing 24% to a record $2.7 billion.

Reported income from continuing operations, net of taxes, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, increased 21% to $270.6 million, or $5.22 per diluted share, which included an unrealized gain on financial instruments of $123.1 million related to outstanding warrants. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, our reported income from continuing operations totaled $224.3 million, or $8.68 per diluted share, which included $130.0 million of benefit related to the revaluation of deferred tax liabilities as a result of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, partially offset by an unrealized loss on financial instruments of $12.5 million related to outstanding warrants.

On an adjusted basis, income from continuing operations, net of taxes, in 2018 increased 53% to a record $204.3 million, or $7.27 per diluted share, compared with $133.7 million, or $4.93 per diluted share, in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA in 2018 rose 26% to $540.6 million.

Reported earnings in 2018 also included an effective income tax rate of 12.5%, primarily due to nondeductible and nontaxable changes in the value of outstanding warrants as well as a deferred income tax benefit related to the renewal of our Titan dry-leasing subsidiary’s participation in an aircraft leasing incentive program in Singapore. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax rate of 15.2%.

Cash and Short-Term Investments

At December 31, 2018, our cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $248.4 million, compared with $305.5 million at December 31, 2017.

The change in position resulted from cash used for investing activities, partially offset by cash provided by operating and financing activities.

Net cash used for investing activities during 2018 primarily related to capital expenditures and payments for flight equipment and modifications, including the acquisition of 777-200 aircraft, 767-300 passenger aircraft and related freighter-conversion costs, spare engines and GEnx engine performance upgrade kits.

Net cash provided by financing activities during 2018 primarily reflected proceeds from our financings of 777-200 and 767-300 aircraft, partially offset by payments on debt obligations.

2019 Outlook*

We expect continued solid business and earnings growth in 2019.

In addition to the essential building blocks we have set in place, we will have a full year of flying by the aircraft we added to our fleet in 2018. We also see opportunities to grow with existing customers, such as the incremental flying we will begin to do for Nippon Cargo Airlines, and to add new ones.

Global economic activity and airfreight demand are expected to expand at a moderate pace, while airfreight tonnage continues to grow from record levels.

As a result, we expect to generate higher volumes, revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income in 2019. We see volumes rising to around 340,000 block hours (with over 75% in ACMI and the balance in Charter), revenue of approximately $3.0 billion, and adjusted EBITDA of about $600 million.

We also anticipate that our adjusted net income will grow by a mid- to upper-single-digit percentage compared with 2018. We expect our full-year 2019 adjusted income tax rate to be approximately 20%.

Similar to historical patterns, we anticipate over three-quarters of our adjusted net income in 2019 occurring in the second half.

In addition, we expect to fly approximately 75,000 block hours (over 75% in ACMI) in the first quarter of 2019, with revenue of approximately $680 million, adjusted EBITDA of about $110 million, and adjusted net income similar to our adjusted net income of $23.8 million in the first quarter of 2018. Our first-quarter 2019 outlook includes revenue in our Dry Leasing segment from maintenance payments related to the scheduled return of a 777-200 cargo aircraft, which we expect to receive late in the quarter, partially offset by higher heavy maintenance expense compared with the year-ago first quarter.

Aircraft maintenance expense in 2019 is expected to total approximately $420 million. The increase from 2018 mainly reflects an increase in daily line maintenance driven by the growth of our fleet and the anticipated growth in our block hours this year. Similar to 2018, we expect line maintenance to comprise about two-thirds of our total maintenance expense for the year.

Depreciation and amortization is expected to total approximately $260 million. In addition, core capital expenditures, which exclude aircraft and engine purchases, are expected to total approximately $135 to $145 million, mainly for parts and components for our fleet.

We provide guidance on an adjusted basis because we are unable to predict, with reasonable certainty, the effects of outstanding warrants and other items that could be material to our reported results.*

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss Atlas Air Worldwide’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 financial and operating results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Interested parties may listen to the call live over the Internet at www.atlasairworldwide.com (click on “Investors,” click on “Presentations” and on the link to the fourth-quarter call) or at the following Web address:

https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/ytrz2pp3

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be archived on the above websites following the call. A replay will also be available through February 27 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S. Toll Free) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside the U.S.) and using Access Code 5889507#.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we present certain non-GAAP financial measures to assist in the evaluation of our business performance. These non-GAAP measures include Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes; Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes; Adjusted effective tax rate; and Free Cash Flow, which exclude certain noncash income and expenses, and items impacting year-over-year comparisons of our results. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes; Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes; Effective tax rate; and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, which are the most directly comparable measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of the company’s ongoing operations and in planning and forecasting future periods. We believe that these adjusted measures, when considered together with the corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations to those measures, provide meaningful supplemental information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance. For example:

  • Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes; and Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes, provide a more comparable basis to analyze operating results and earnings and are measures commonly used by shareholders to measure our performance. In addition, management’s incentive compensation is determined, in part, by using Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes.
     
  • Adjusted effective tax rate provides improved insight into the tax effects of our ongoing business operations.
     
  • Free Cash Flow helps investors assess our ability, over the long term, to create value for our shareholders as it represents cash available to execute our capital allocation strategy.

*We provide guidance on an adjusted basis and are unable to provide forwarding-looking guidance on a U.S. GAAP basis or a reconciliation to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures because we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of certain significant items. The principal item is the impact on our results of our outstanding warrants, which are highly dependent on the change in our stock price during the period reported. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on our U.S. GAAP results.

About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., Southern Air Holdings, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers the broadest array of Boeing 747, 777, 767, 757 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

Atlas Air Worldwide’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company’s home page, www.atlasairworldwide.com.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect Atlas Air Worldwide’s current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Those statements are based on management’s beliefs, plans, expectations and assumptions, and on information currently available to management. Generally, the words “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “continue,” “believe,” “seek,” “project,” “estimate,” and similar expressions used in this release that do not relate to historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. They are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environments of Atlas Air Worldwide and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “companies”) that may cause the actual results of the companies to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, in such forward-looking statements. 

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to effectively operate the network service contemplated by our agreements with Amazon, including the risk that the anticipated benefits of our agreements with Amazon will not be realized; the possibility that Amazon may terminate its agreements with the companies; the ability of the companies to operate pursuant to the terms of their financing facilities; the ability of the companies to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the companies’ ability to maintain contracts that are critical to their operations; the ability of the companies to fund and execute their business plan; the ability of the companies to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives, pilots and associates; the ability of the companies to attract and retain customers; the continued availability of our wide-body aircraft; demand for cargo services in the markets in which the companies operate; economic conditions; the effects of any hostilities or act of war (in the Middle East or elsewhere) or any terrorist attack; significant data breach or disruption of our information technology systems; labor costs and relations, work stoppages and service slowdowns; the outcome of pending negotiations with our pilots’ union; financing costs; the cost and availability of war risk insurance; aviation fuel costs; security-related costs; competitive pressures on pricing (especially from lower-cost competitors); volatility in the international currency markets; weather conditions; government legislation and regulation; additional regulatory guidance or changes in interpretations and assumptions with respect to the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; consumer perceptions of the companies’ products and services; anticipated and future litigation; and other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in Atlas Air Worldwide’s reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

For additional information, we refer you to the risk factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q filed by Atlas Air Worldwide with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other factors and assumptions not identified above may also affect the forward-looking statements, and these other factors and assumptions may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed.

Except as stated in this release, Atlas Air Worldwide is not providing guidance or estimates regarding its anticipated business and financial performance for 2019 or thereafter. 

Atlas Air Worldwide assumes no obligation to update such statements contained in this release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law and expressly disclaims any obligation to revise or update publically any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.

 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
 
                 
Operating Revenue $764,958  $627,952  $2,677,724  $2,156,460 
                 
Operating Expenses                
Salaries, wages and benefits  143,517   125,995   536,120   456,075 
Aircraft fuel  121,956   93,080   467,569   333,046 
Maintenance, materials and repairs  98,049   61,634   359,300   273,676 
Depreciation and amortization  61,459   45,800   217,340   166,713 
Travel  42,677   39,189   166,487   144,699 
Aircraft rent  42,666   39,207   162,444   142,945 
Navigation fees, landing fees and other rent  42,358   39,060   158,911   116,318 
Passenger and ground handling services  31,993   30,600   118,973   107,787 
Gain on disposal of aircraft  -   (95)  -   (31)
Special charge  -   106   9,374   106 
Transaction-related expenses  836   1,106   2,111   4,509 
Other  51,890   45,522   195,553   168,643 
Total Operating Expenses  637,401   521,204   2,394,182   1,914,486 
                 
Operating Income  127,557   106,748   283,542   241,974 
                 
Non-operating (Income) Expenses                
Interest income  (2,006)  (1,723)  (6,710)  (6,009)
Interest expense  31,739   26,940   119,378   99,687 
Capitalized interest  (392)  (1,756)  (4,727)  (7,389)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   -   -   167 
Unrealized (gain) loss on financial instruments  (134,805)  (23,692)  (123,114)  12,533 
Other (income) expense  118   (30)  (10,659)  (387)
Total Non-operating (Income) Expenses  (105,346)  (261)  (25,832)  98,602 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes  232,903   107,009   309,374   143,372 
Income tax expense (benefit)  21,899   (102,445)  38,727   (80,966)
                 
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes  211,004   209,454   270,647   224,338 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes  (30)  (6)  (80)  (865)
                 
Net Income $210,974  $209,448  $270,567  $223,473 
Earnings per share from continuing operations:                
Basic $8.25  $8.28  $10.60  $8.89 
Diluted $2.73  $6.71  $5.22  $8.68 
Loss per share from discontinued operations:                
Basic $(0.00) $(0.00) $(0.00) $(0.03)
Diluted $(0.00) $(0.00) $(0.00) $(0.03)
Earnings per share:                
Basic $8.25  $8.28  $10.60  $8.85 
Diluted $2.73  $6.71  $5.22  $8.64 
Weighted average shares:                
Basic  25,588   25,282   25,542   25,241 
Diluted  27,911   27,435   28,281   25,854 


 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
 
Assets        
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents $221,501  $280,809 
Short-term investments  15,624   13,604 
Restricted cash  11,240   11,055 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $1,563 and $1,494, respectively  269,320   194,478 
Prepaid maintenance  1,040   13,346 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  111,106   74,294 
Total current assets  629,831   587,586 
Property and Equipment        
Flight equipment  5,213,734   4,447,097 
Ground equipment  75,939   70,951 
Less: accumulated depreciation  (860,354)  (701,249)
Flight equipment modifications in progress  32,916   186,302 
Property and equipment, net  4,462,235   4,003,101 
Other Assets        
Long-term investments and accrued interest  635   15,371 
Deferred costs and other assets  344,402   242,919 
Intangible assets, net and goodwill  97,689   106,485 
Total Assets $5,534,792  $4,955,462 
         
Liabilities and Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable $87,229  $65,740 
Accrued liabilities  465,669   454,843 
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease  264,835   218,013 
Total current liabilities  817,733   738,596 
Other Liabilities        
Long-term debt and capital lease  2,205,005   2,008,986 
Deferred taxes  256,970   214,694 
Financial instruments and other liabilities  187,120   203,330 
Total other liabilities  2,649,095   2,427,010 
Commitments and contingencies        
Equity        
Stockholders’ Equity        
Preferred stock, $1 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued  -   - 
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;
  30,582,571 and 30,104,648 shares issued, 25,590,293 and 25,292,454
  shares outstanding (net of treasury stock), as of December 31, 2018
  and December 31, 2017, respectively
  306   301 
Additional paid-in-capital  736,035   715,735 
Treasury stock, at cost; 4,992,278 and 4,812,194 shares, respectively  (204,501)  (193,732)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (3,832)  (3,993)
Retained earnings  1,539,956   1,271,545 
Total stockholders’ equity  2,067,964   1,789,856 
Total Liabilities and Equity $5,534,792  $4,955,462 

1   Balance sheet debt at December 31, 2018 totaled $2,469.8 million, including the impact of $85.5 million of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs of $46.0 million.
2   The face value of our debt at December 31, 2018 totaled $2,601.3 million, compared with $2,378.8 million on December 31, 2017.

 
 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
 
Operating Activities:        
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes $270,647  $224,338 
Less: Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes  (80)  (865)
Net Income  270,567   223,473 
         
Adjustments to reconcile Net Income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  265,553   197,463 
Accretion of debt securities discount  (888)  (1,172)
Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts  12   198 
Special charge, net of cash payments  9,374   106 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   167 
Unrealized (gain) loss on financial instruments  (123,114)  12,533 
Gain on disposal of aircraft  -   (31)
Deferred taxes  42,580   (81,330)
Stock-based compensation  20,305   22,319 
Changes in:        
Accounts receivable  (74,038)  (33,201)
Prepaid expenses, current assets and other assets  (57,081)  (67,341)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  72,310   58,535 
Net cash provided by operating activities  425,580   331,719 
Investing Activities:        
Capital expenditures  (114,415)  (87,555)
Payments for flight equipment and modifications  (599,401)  (458,464)
Investment in joint venture  (1,050)  - 
Proceeds from investments  13,604   4,462 
Net cash used for investing activities  (701,262)  (541,557)
Financing Activities:        
Proceeds from debt issuance  471,625   620,568 
Payment of debt issuance costs  (9,622)  (14,664)
Payments of debt  (250,015)  (207,093)
Proceeds from revolving credit facility  135,000   150,000 
Payment of revolving credit facility  (135,000)  (150,000)
Customer maintenance reserves and deposits received  15,590   25,784 
Customer maintenance reserves paid  (250)  (18,538)
Proceeds from sale of convertible note warrants  -   38,148 
Payments for convertible note hedges  -   (70,140)
Purchase of treasury stock  (10,769)  (10,613)
Net cash provided by financing activities  216,559   363,452 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  (59,123)  153,614 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of period  291,864   138,250 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of period $232,741  $291,864 
         
Noncash Investing and Financing Activities:        
Acquisition of flight equipment included in Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $23,498  $68,732 
Acquisition of flight equipment under capital lease $-  $30,419 


 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Direct Contribution
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
1
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
1
 
Operating Revenue:                
ACMI $359,927  $300,759  $1,192,704  $988,741 
Charter  358,759   291,261   1,313,484   1,034,562 
Dry Leasing  47,633   33,699   168,470   119,820 
Customer incentive asset amortization  (6,166)  (2,387)  (16,176)  (5,261)
Other  4,805   4,620   19,242   18,598 
Total Operating Revenue $764,958  $627,952  $2,677,724  $2,156,460 
                 
Direct Contribution:                
ACMI $90,455  $89,641  $235,706  $229,498 
Charter  81,923   62,233   211,661   150,144 
Dry Leasing  12,708   10,310   48,904   39,939 
Total Direct Contribution for Reportable Segments  185,086   162,184   496,271   419,581 
                 
Unallocated income and expenses, net  (86,152)  (77,750)  (298,526)  (258,925)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   -   -   (167)
Unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments  134,805   23,692   123,114   (12,533)
Special charge  -   (106)  (9,374)  (106)
Transaction-related expenses  (836)  (1,106)  (2,111)  (4,509)
Loss on disposal of aircraft  -   95   -   31 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes  232,903   107,009   309,374   143,372 
                 
Add back (subtract):                
Interest income  (2,006)  (1,723)  (6,710)  (6,009)
Interest expense  31,739   26,940   119,378   99,687 
Capitalized interest  (392)  (1,756)  (4,727)  (7,389)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   -   -   167 
Unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments  (134,805)  (23,692)  (123,114)  12,533 
Other (income) expense  118   (30)  (10,659)  (387)
Operating Income $127,557  $106,748  $283,542  $241,974 

The direct contribution amounts for the ACMI and Charter segments and the unallocated income and expenses, net above have been revised to reflect immaterial adjustments. The Company does not believe the impact to the previously issued consolidated financial statements was material.

Atlas Air Worldwide uses an economic performance metric, Direct Contribution, to show the profitability of each of its segments after allocation of direct ownership costs. Atlas Air Worldwide currently has the following reportable segments: ACMI, Charter, and Dry Leasing. Each segment has different commercial and economic characteristics, which are separately reviewed by our chief operating decision maker.

Direct Contribution consists of income from continuing operations before taxes, excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt, unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments, special charge, transaction-related expenses, loss on the disposal of aircraft, nonrecurring items, and unallocated income and expenses, net.

Direct operating and ownership costs include crew costs, maintenance, fuel, ground operations, sales costs, aircraft rent, interest expense on the portion of debt used for financing aircraft, interest income on debt securities, and aircraft depreciation.

Unallocated income and expenses, net include corporate overhead, nonaircraft depreciation, noncash expenses and income, interest expense on the portion of debt used for general corporate purposes, interest income on nondebt securities, capitalized interest, foreign exchange gains and losses, other revenue and other nonoperating costs.

 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
   For the Three Months Ended 
   December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  Percent Change 
              
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $211,004  $209,454   0.7%
Impact from:             
U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bonus1   -   3,684     
Gain on disposal of aircraft   -   (95)    
Special charge   -   106     
Costs associated with transactions2   836   1,106     
Accrual for legal matters and professional fees   27   2,529     
Noncash expenses and income, net3   10,529   6,397     
Unrealized gain on financial instruments   (134,805)  (23,692)    
Income tax effect of reconciling items4   (595)  (2,901)    
Income tax effect of U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act5   -   (129,977)    
Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $86,996  $66,611   30.6%
              
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   27,911   27,435     
Add: dilutive warrant6   -   -     
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   27,911   27,435     
              
Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes  $3.12  $2.43   28.4%
              
   For the Twelve Months Ended 
   December 31, 2018  December 31, 2017  Percent Change 
              
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $270,647  $224,338   20.6%
Impact from:             
U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bonus1   -   3,684     
Gain on disposal of aircraft   -   (31)    
Special charge   9,374   106     
Costs associated with transactions2   11,325   4,772     
Accrual for legal matters and professional fees   963   4,129     
Noncash expenses and income, net3   33,028   17,934     
Charges associated with refinancing debt   -   167     
Unrealized (gain) loss on financial instruments   (123,114)  12,533     
Income tax effect of reconciling items4   2,103   (3,962)    
Income tax effect of U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act5   -   (129,977)    
Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $204,326  $133,693   52.8%
              
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   28,281   25,854     
Add: dilutive warrant6   -   1,293     
     effect of convertible notes hedges7   (180)   (27)    
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   28,101   27,120     
              
Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes  $7.27  $4.93   47.5%

1   U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bonus was granted to eligible personnel below the officer level following enactment.
2   Costs associated with transactions include a ratification bonus related to an interim agreement with Southern Air pilots and other costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air.
3   Noncash expenses and income, net primarily related to amortization of debt discount on outstanding convertible notes and amortization of the customer incentive asset related to the outstanding warrants.
4   Income tax effect of reconciling items in 2018 and 2017 is primarily impacted by a nondeductible customer incentive.
5  Income tax effect of U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is due to the revaluation of our U.S. net deferred tax liability.
6   Dilutive warrants represent potentially dilutive common shares related to the outstanding warrants. These shares were excluded from Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes, prepared in accordance with GAAP when they would have been antidilutive.
7   Impact of the economic benefit from convertible note hedges in offsetting dilution from convertible notes.

 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended
  December 31, 2018  December 31, 2017
        
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $161,457  $136,613
Less:       
Capital expenditures  29,596   21,160
Capitalized interest $392  $1,756
Free Cash Flow1 $131,469  $113,697
        
        
        
  For the Twelve Months Ended
  December 31, 2018  December 31, 2017
        
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $425,580  $331,719
Less:       
Capital expenditures  114,415   87,555
Capitalized interest $4,727  $7,389
Free Cash Flow1 $306,438  $236,775

1   Free Cash Flow = Cash Flows from Operations minus Base Capital Expenditures and Capitalized Interest.

Base Capital Expenditures excludes purchases of aircraft.

 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
 
                 
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes $211,004  $209,454  $270,647  $224,338 
Income tax expense (benefit)  21,899   (102,445)  38,727   (80,966)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes  232,903   107,009   309,374   143,372 
U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bonus1  -   3,684   -   3,684 
Gain on disposal of aircraft  -   (95)  -   (31)
Special charge2  -   106   9,374   106 
Costs associated with transactions3  836   1,106   11,325   4,772 
Accrual for legal matters and professional fees  27   2,529   963   4,129 
Noncash expenses and income net4  10,529   6,397   33,028   17,934 
Charges associated with refinancing debt  -   -   -   167 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  (134,805)  (23,692)  (123,114)  12,533 
                 
Adjusted pretax income  109,490   97,044   240,950   186,666 
                 
Interest expense, net5  25,451   19,924   92,981   75,631 
Other non-operating expenses (income)  118   (30)  (10,659)  (387)
                 
Adjusted operating income  135,059   116,938   323,272   261,910 
                 
Depreciation and amortization  61,459   45,800   217,340   166,713 
                 
Adjusted EBITDA6 $196,518  $162,738  $540,612  $428,623 
                 
Income tax expense (benefit) $21,899  $(102,445) $38,727  $(80,966)
Income tax effect of reconciling items7  (595)  (2,901)  2,103   (3,962)
Income tax effect of U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act  -   (129,977)  -   (129,977)
Adjusted income tax expense  22,494   30,433   36,624   52,973 
Adjusted pretax income $109,490  $97,044  $240,950  $186,666 
Adjusted effective tax rate  20.5%  31.4%  15.2%  28.4%

1  U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bonus was granted to eligible personnel below the officer level following enactment.
2  Special charge in 2018 primarily represented a loss on engines held for sale.
3  Costs associated with transactions include a ratification bonus related to an interim agreement with the Southern Air pilots and other costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air.
4   Reflects impact of noncash expenses and income related to convertible notes, debt and investments, and amortization of customer incentive related to outstanding warrants.
5  Reflects impact of noncash expenses and income related to convertible notes, debt and investments.
6   Adjusted EBITDA: Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, noncash interest expenses and income, net, gain on disposal of aircraft, special charge, costs associated with transactions, accrual for legal matters and professional fees, charges associated with refinancing debt, and unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments, as applicable.
7   See Non-GAAP reconciliation of Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes.

 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Operating Statistics and Traffic Results

(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended Increase/  For the Twelve Months Ended Increase/ 
  December 31,
2018
 December 31,
2017
 (Decrease)  December 31,
2018
 December 31,
2017
 (Decrease) 
                     
Block Hours                    
ACMI  66,003  55,271  10,732   225,665  189,248  36,417 
Charter                    
Cargo  12,831  11,718  1,113   50,798  42,625  8,173 
Passenger  3,966  4,009  (43)  17,683  18,912  (1,229)
Other  637  565  72   2,118  2,017  101 
Total Block Hours  83,437  71,563  11,874   296,264  252,802  43,462 
                     
Revenue Per Block Hour                    
ACMI $5,453 $5,442 $11  $5,285 $5,225 $60 
Charter $21,359 $18,520 $2,839  $19,180 $16,812 $2,368 
Cargo $20,815 $19,013 $1,802  $19,136 $17,015 $2,121 
Passenger $23,118 $17,079 $6,039  $19,306 $16,354 $2,952 
                     
Average Utilization (block hours per day)                    
ACMI1  9.2  9.2  -   8.7  9.0  (0.3)
Charter                    
Cargo  10.4  12.2  (1.8)  10.2  10.2  - 
Passenger  4.8  7.0  (2.2)  6.8  7.7  (0.9)
All Operating Aircraft1,2  9.0  9.5  (0.5)  8.8  9.2  (0.4)
                     
Fuel                    
Charter                    
Average fuel cost per gallon $2.42 $1.99 $0.43  $2.36 $1.89 $0.47 
Fuel gallons consumed (000s)  50,485  46,666  3,819   198,150  176,093  22,057 

1  ACMI and All Operating Aircraft averages in the fourth quarter and 12 months of 2018 reflect the impact of increases in the number of CMI aircraft and amount of CMI flying compared with the same periods of 2017.

2  Average of All Operating Aircraft excludes Dry Leasing aircraft, which do not contribute to block-hour volumes.


 
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Operating Statistics and Traffic Results
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended  Increase/  For the Twelve Months Ended  Increase/ 
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  (Decrease)  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2017
  (Decrease) 
                         
Segment Operating Fleet (average aircraft equivalents during the period)                        
ACMI1                        
747-8F Cargo  8.7   8.7   -   8.9   8.2   0.7 
747-400 Cargo  20.0   17.4   2.6   17.2   14.8   2.4 
747-400 Dreamlifter  2.9   2.9   -   3.0   3.0   - 
777-200 Cargo  6.0   5.0   1.0   5.5   5.0   0.5 
767-300 Cargo  25.6   15.2   10.4   21.4   10.4   11.0 
767-200 Cargo  9.0   9.0   -   9.0   9.0   - 
737-400 Cargo  5.0   5.0   -   5.0   5.0   - 
747-400 Passenger  -   1.0   (1.0)  0.3   1.0   (0.7)
767-200 Passenger  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
Total  78.2   65.2   13.0   71.3   57.4   13.9 
Charter                        
747-8F Cargo  1.3   1.3   -   1.1   1.8   (0.7)
747-400 Cargo  12.1   9.1   3.0   12.3   9.7   2.6 
767-300 Cargo  -   -   -   0.2   -   0.2 
747-400 Passenger  4.0   2.0   2.0   2.9   2.0   0.9 
767-300 Passenger  4.9   4.2   0.7   4.2   4.7   (0.5)
Total  22.3   16.6   5.7   20.7   18.2   2.5 
Dry Leasing                        
777-200 Cargo  8.0   6.0   2.0   7.3   6.0   1.3 
767-300 Cargo  21.2   12.1   9.1   17.2   7.5   9.7 
757-200 Cargo  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
737-300 Cargo  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
737-800 Passenger  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
Total  32.2   21.1   11.1   27.5   16.5   11.0 
Less: Aircraft Dry Leased to CMI customers  (23.2)  (12.1)  (11.1)  (18.5)  (7.5)  (11.0)
Total Operating Average Aircraft Equivalents  109.5   90.8   18.7   101.0   84.6   16.4 
                         
Out of Service2 -  -  -  -  -  - 

1 ACMI average fleet excludes spare aircraft provided by CMI customers.

2 Out-of-service aircraft temporarily parked during the period.

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