FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 financial results, including these highlights:

  • Fourth-quarter 2019 earnings were $0.95 per diluted share. Excluding net special items1, earnings were $1.15 per diluted share, up 19% year over year.
  • Full-year 2019 earnings were $3.79 per diluted share. Excluding net special items2, earnings were $4.90 per diluted share, up 8% year over year.
  • Accrued $213 million for the company’s profit-sharing program in 2019, including $74 million in the fourth quarter.
  • Returned $1.3 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases in 2019.

“During the fourth quarter, we made important progress to address the issues that impacted our business in 2019, and, thanks to our incredible team, we ended the year with our strongest operational quarter on record,” said American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.

“While our results for the quarter reflect this progress, we know there is more work to be done. Looking to 2020, we are focused on three key areas. First, we will continue to deliver operational excellence and build on our strong fourth-quarter results. Our team has done a tremendous job, and we will keep driving improvement in key operational metrics in the year ahead. Second, we will deliver those results while growing where we have a competitive advantage in our most profitable hubs. And third, these initiatives combined with our capital plan will enable us to drive significant free cash flow in 2020 and beyond.”

Fourth-Quarter Revenue and Expenses

Pre-tax earnings were $571 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Pre-tax earnings excluding net special items for the fourth quarter of 2019 were $679 million, a $90 million increase from the fourth quarter of 2018, or 15.1% year-over-year increase from the same period last year.

 GAAP Non-GAAP1 GAAP Non-GAAP2 
 4Q19 4Q18  4Q19 4Q18  FY19 FY18  FY19 FY18  
             
Operating income ($ mil) 729  571   876  749   3,065  2,656   3,706  3,449  
             
Pre-tax income ($ mil) 571  394   679  589   2,256  1,884   2,900  2,790  
Pre-tax margin 5.0%  3.6%   6.0%  5.4%   4.9%  4.2%   6.3%  6.3%  
             
Net income ($ mil) 414  325   502  448   1,686  1,412   2,179  2,117  
             
Earnings per diluted share$0.95 $0.70  $1.15 $0.97  $3.79 $3.03  $4.90 $4.55  
             

Continued strength in passenger demand and a record passenger load factor drove a 3.4% year-over-year increase in fourth-quarter 2019 total revenue to a record $11.3 billion. Driven by a 2.4% increase in passenger load factor, passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) grew 0.9% to 14.72 cents, a record for the fourth quarter. Cargo revenue was down 18.3% to $216 million due primarily to a 15.6% decline in cargo volume. Other revenue was up 5.4% to $750 million due primarily to higher loyalty revenue. Fourth-quarter total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) increased by 0.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 on a 2.9% increase in total available seat miles.

Total fourth-quarter 2019 operating expenses were $10.6 billion, up 2.1% year over year, driven primarily by higher salaries and benefits, maintenance, and regional expenses. Total fourth-quarter 2019 cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 15.06 cents, down 0.8% from fourth-quarter 2018. Excluding fuel and net special items, consolidated fourth-quarter CASM was 11.59 cents, up 2% year over year.1

2020 Priorities             

In 2020, American is focused on operational excellence, efficient and profitable growth, and generating significant free cash flow.

  • Operational excellence: Running a reliable operation is a significant driver of customers’ likelihood to recommend and American’s goal is to become customers’ airline of choice.
  • Efficient and profitable growth: Grow in high-revenue markets that produce at or above average unit revenues, largely due to new gates in Dallas-Fort Worth and Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Generating significant free cash flow3: Use free cash flow to naturally de-lever the company’s balance sheet and return capital to American’s shareholders.

Operational Excellence

Over the past several months, American’s operational performance has shown significant improvement, including the company’s best-ever performance for both the holiday peak travel period and the entire fourth quarter of 2019. American achieved record results for combined mainline and regional on-time departures, on-time arrivals and completion factor.

“We are very pleased with the trajectory of our operation and are well on our way to delivering operational excellence,” said American Airlines President Robert Isom. “As we look ahead to 2020, we will continue to strengthen our operation and expect to see continued improvements in our reliability metrics.”

Efficient and Profitable Growth

American is committed to growing its network efficiently and profitably. In 2019, the company added 15 new gates at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. This growth resulted in a 21% increase in city pairs served and strong unit revenue. The company also added four new gates at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, with plans for three additional gates beginning in 2020. In addition, the company expects to upgauge 14 gates at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with dual-class regional jets when the new regional concourse opens in 2021.

Significant Free Cash Flow, Share Repurchases and Dividends

With American’s historic fleet renewal program winding down, the company’s level of capital investment is expected to decline. The company is committed to generating significant free cash flow for its shareholders in 2020 and beyond and presently expects to generate approximately $6 billion in free cash flow3 over the next two years. 

In the fourth quarter of 2019, American returned $285 million to shareholders through the repurchase of 9.9 million shares of common stock and also paid $44 million in dividends. As of Dec. 31, 2019, the company had $565 million remaining of its existing $2 billion share repurchase authorization.4 In aggregate, American has returned more than $13.5 billion to shareholders over the past five years through share repurchases and dividends, including $1.3 billion in 2019.

American declared a dividend of $0.10 per share to be paid Feb. 19, 2020, to stockholders of record as of Feb. 5, 2020.

Fleet Update

On March 13, 2019, a directive from the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all U.S.-registered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. American’s fleet currently includes 24 MAX aircraft with an additional 76 aircraft on order. As a result of this directive, American canceled approximately 10,000 flights in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The company has removed all MAX flying from its flight schedule through June 3, 2020, and will continue to asses this timeline.

Guidance and Investor Update

American expects its first-quarter 2020 pre-tax margin excluding net special items to be approximately flat year over year.5 Based on today’s guidance, the company expects its 2020 diluted earnings per share excluding net special items to be between $4.00 and $6.00.5

For additional financial forecasting detail, please refer to the company’s investor update, furnished with this release with the SEC on Form 8-K. This filing will be available at aa.com/investorrelations.

Conference Call / Webcast Details

The company will conduct a live audio webcast of its earnings call today at 7:30 a.m. CT, which will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at aa.com/investorrelations. An archive of the webcast will be available on the website through Feb. 23.

Notes

See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for further explanation, including a reconciliation of all GAAP to non-GAAP financial information.             

  1. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the company recognized $108 million in net special items before the effect of income taxes. The 2019 fourth quarter mainline operating special items, net principally included $85 million of merger integration expenses and $39 million of fleet restructuring expenses. These were partially offset by nonoperating net special items of $39 million primarily related to mark-to-market net unrealized gains associated with certain equity and other investments.
  2. For the full year 2019, the company recognized $644 million in net special items before the effect of income taxes. Total operating special items totaled a net charge of $641 million, which principally included $271 million of fleet restructuring expenses, a $213 million non-cash impairment charge principally related to the planned retirement of the company's Embraer E190 fleet, and $191 million of merger integration expenses, offset in part by a $53 million credit to reduce certain litigation reserves. The company also recognized $3 million of nonoperating net special items.
  3. Free cash flow is defined as operating cash flow minus total capital expenditures plus proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions.
  4. Share repurchases under the company’s repurchase programs may be made through a variety of methods, which may include open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, block trades or accelerated share repurchase transactions. Any such repurchases that may be made from time to time will be subject to market and economic conditions, applicable legal requirements and other relevant factors. The company is not obligated to repurchase any specific number of shares and its repurchase of AAG common stock may be limited, suspended or discontinued at any time at its discretion and without prior notice.
  5. American is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking projections to GAAP, as the nature or amount of special items cannot be determined at this time.

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life's journey, American's 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually. Since 2013, American has invested more than $30 billion in its product and people and now flies the youngest fleet among U.S. network carriers, equipped with industry-leading high-speed Wi-Fi, lie-flat seats, and more inflight entertainment and access to power. American also has enhanced food and beverage options in the air and on the ground in its world-class Admirals Club and Flagship lounges. American was recently named a Five Star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. American is a founding member of oneworld®, whose members serve 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company's stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what's happening at American by visiting news.aa.com and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

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American Airlines 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
   2019   2018  Change  2019   2018  Change
             
Operating revenues:            
Passenger $10,347  $9,962  3.9  $42,010  $40,676  3.3 
Cargo  216   264  (18.3)  863   1,013  (14.8)
Other  750   712  5.4   2,895   2,852  1.5 
Total operating revenues  11,313   10,938  3.4   45,768   44,541  2.8 
             
Operating expenses:            
Aircraft fuel and related taxes  1,816   1,953  (7.0)  7,526   8,053  (6.5)
Salaries, wages and benefits  3,100   3,007  3.0   12,609   12,251  2.9 
Regional expenses:            
Fuel  475   474  0.2   1,869   1,843  1.4 
Depreciation and amortization  90   77  15.9   336   318  5.5 
Other  1,355   1,259  7.7   5,296   4,972  6.5 
Maintenance, materials and repairs  635   550  15.3   2,380   2,050  16.1 
Other rent and landing fees  487   437  11.6   2,055   1,900  8.2 
Aircraft rent  330   326  1.4   1,326   1,264  4.9 
Selling expenses  407   383  6.2   1,602   1,520  5.4 
Depreciation and amortization  513   474  8.4   1,982   1,839  7.7 
Special items, net  147   173  (14.5)  635   787  (19.4)
Other  1,229   1,254  (2.0)  5,087   5,088  - 
Total operating expenses  10,584   10,367  2.1   42,703   41,885  2.0 
             
Operating income  729   571  27.6   3,065   2,656  15.4 
             
Nonoperating income (expense):            
Interest income  24   34  (29.4)  127   118  7.1 
Interest expense, net  (265)  (270) (1.0)  (1,095)  (1,056) 3.7 
Other income, net  83   59  43.5   159   166  (3.8)
Total nonoperating expense, net  (158)  (177) (10.2)  (809)  (772) 4.8 
             
Income before income taxes  571   394  44.4   2,256   1,884  19.7 
             
Income tax provision  157   69  nm  570   472  20.7 
             
Net income $414  $325  27.5  $1,686  $1,412  19.4 
             
             
Earnings per common share:            
Basic $0.95  $0.71    $3.80  $3.04   
Diluted $0.95  $0.70    $3.79  $3.03   
             
Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands):            
Basic  434,578   460,589     443,363   464,236   
Diluted  435,659   461,915     444,269   465,660   
             
             
Note: Percent change may not recalculate due to rounding.          
             



American Airlines Group Inc.
Consolidated Operating Statistics
(Unaudited)
               
  3 Months Ended December 31,    12 Months Ended December 31,   
  2019 2018 Change  2019 2018 Change 
               
Mainline              
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 51,675 49,143 5.2 % 212,859 205,451 3.6 %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions) 60,985 59,852 1.9 % 248,833 248,562 0.1 %
Passenger load factor (percent) 84.7 82.1 2.6 pts 85.5 82.7 2.8 pts
               
Passenger enplanements (thousands) 38,757 36,581 5.9 % 155,821 148,228 5.1 %
Departures (thousands) 279 273 2.3 % 1,115 1,098 1.6 %
Aircraft at end of period 942 956 (1.5)% 942 956 (1.5)%
               
Block hours (thousands) 847 846 0.1 % 3,456 3,493 (1.1)%
Average stage length (miles) 1,177 1,198 (1.8)% 1,202 1,236 (2.7)%
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions) 895 877 2.0 % 3,667 3,644 0.6 %
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon) 2.03 2.23 (8.9)% 2.05 2.21 (7.1)%
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period 104,200 102,900 1.3 % 104,200 102,900 1.3 %
               
Regional (1)              
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 7,242 6,427 12.7 % 28,393 25,709 10.4 %
Available seat miles (millions) 9,287 8,446 10.0 % 36,255 33,492 8.3 %
Passenger load factor (percent) 78.0 76.1 1.9 pts 78.3 76.8 1.5 pts
               
Passenger enplanements (thousands) 15,096 13,902 8.6 % 59,361 55,517 6.9 %
Aircraft at end of period 605 595 1.7 % 605 595 1.7 %
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions) 222 203 9.3 % 870 803 8.3 %
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon) 2.14 2.34 (8.4)% 2.15 2.30 (6.4)%
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period (2) 29,500 26,000 13.5 % 29,500 26,000 13.5 %
               
Total Mainline & Regional              
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 58,917 55,570 6.0 % 241,252 231,160 4.4 %
Available seat miles (millions) 70,272 68,298 2.9 % 285,088 282,054 1.1 %
Passenger load factor (percent) 83.8 81.4 2.4 pts 84.6 82.0 2.6 pts
Yield (cents) 17.56 17.93 (2.0)% 17.41 17.60 (1.0)%
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents) 14.72 14.59 0.9 % 14.74 14.42 2.2 %
Total revenue per ASM (cents) 16.10 16.02 0.5 % 16.05 15.79 1.7 %
Cargo ton miles (millions) 599 710 (15.6)% 2,489 2,908 (14.4)%
Cargo yield per ton mile (cents) 36.03 37.25 (3.3)% 34.67 34.81 (0.4)%
               
Passenger enplanements (thousands) 53,853 50,483 6.7 % 215,182 203,745 5.6 %
Aircraft at end of period (3) 1,547 1,551 (0.3)% 1,547 1,551 (0.3)%
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions) 1,117 1,080 3.4 % 4,537 4,447 2.0 %
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon) 2.05 2.25 (8.7)% 2.07 2.23 (6.9)%
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period 133,700 128,900 3.7 % 133,700 128,900 3.7 %
               
Operating cost per ASM (cents) 15.06 15.18 (0.8)% 14.98 14.85 0.9 %
Operating cost per ASM excluding net special items (cents) 14.85 14.92 (0.5)% 14.75 14.57 1.3 %
Operating cost per ASM excluding net special items and fuel (cents) 11.59 11.37 2.0 % 11.46 11.06 3.6 %
               
               
(1) Regional includes wholly-owned regional airline subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase carriers.       
(2) Regional full-time equivalent employees only include our wholly-owned regional airline subsidiaries.
(3) Includes aircraft owned and leased by American as well as aircraft operated by third-party regional carriers under capacity purchase agreements. Excludes 12 Embraer 140 regional aircraft that are in temporary storage.
               
Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.              
               



American Airlines Group Inc.
Consolidated Revenue Statistics by Region
(Unaudited)
                
   3 Months Ended December 31,    12 Months Ended December 31,   
   2019 2018 Change  2019 2018 Change 
                
Domestic (1)              
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 40,436 38,096 6.1 % 161,580 154,746 4.4 %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions) 48,068 45,932 4.7 % 189,221 184,901 2.3 %
Passenger load factor (percent) 84.1 82.9 1.2 pts 85.4 83.7 1.7 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions) 7,833 7,502 4.4 % 30,881 29,573 4.4 %
Yield (cents) 19.37 19.69 (1.6)% 19.11 19.11 - %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents) 16.30 16.33 (0.2)% 16.32 15.99 2.0 %
                
Latin America (2)              
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 7,235 7,229 0.1 % 31,029 30,628 1.3 %
Available seat miles (millions) 8,476 9,085 (6.7)% 36,653 38,493 (4.8)%
Passenger load factor (percent) 85.4 79.6 5.8 pts 84.7 79.6 5.1 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions) 1,218 1,186 2.6 % 5,047 5,125 (1.5)%
Yield (cents) 16.83 16.41 2.6 % 16.27 16.73 (2.8)%
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents) 14.37 13.06 10.0 % 13.77 13.31 3.4 %
                
Atlantic               
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 7,639 6,652 14.8 % 34,152 30,282 12.8 %
Available seat miles (millions) 9,372 8,624 8.7 % 42,010 39,178 7.2 %
Passenger load factor (percent) 81.5 77.1 4.4 pts 81.3 77.3 4.0 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions) 947 905 4.6 % 4,624 4,376 5.7 %
Yield (cents) 12.40 13.61 (8.9)% 13.54 14.45 (6.3)%
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents) 10.11 10.50 (3.7)% 11.01 11.17 (1.5)%
                
Pacific               
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 3,607 3,593 0.4 % 14,491 15,504 (6.5)%
Available seat miles (millions) 4,356 4,657 (6.5)% 17,204 19,482 (11.7)%
Passenger load factor (percent) 82.8 77.1 5.7 pts 84.2 79.6 4.6 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions) 349 369 (5.3)% 1,458 1,602 (9.0)%
Yield (cents) 9.68 10.26 (5.7)% 10.06 10.33 (2.6)%
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents) 8.02 7.92 1.3 % 8.47 8.22 3.1 %
                
Total International              
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 18,481 17,474 5.8 % 79,672 76,414 4.3 %
Available seat miles (millions) 22,204 22,366 (0.7)% 95,867 97,153 (1.3)%
Passenger load factor (percent) 83.2 78.1 5.1 pts 83.1 78.7 4.4 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions) 2,514 2,460 2.2 % 11,129 11,103 0.2 %
Yield (cents) 13.60 14.08 (3.4)% 13.97 14.53 (3.9)%
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents) 11.32 11.00 2.9 % 11.61 11.43 1.6 %
                
(1) Domestic results include Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
(2) Latin America results include the Caribbean.
                
Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.            
                



Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Information to Non-GAAP Financial Information       
             
American Airlines Group Inc. (the company) sometimes uses financial measures that are derived from the condensed consolidated financial statements but that are not presented in accordance with GAAP to understand and evaluate its current operating performance and to allow for period-to-period comparisons. The company believes these non-GAAP financial measures may also provide useful information to investors and others. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures of other companies, and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance, cash flow or liquidity prepared in accordance with GAAP. The company is providing a reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable financial measures on a GAAP basis.

The tables below present the reconciliations of the following GAAP measures to their non-GAAP measures:

- Pre-Tax Income (GAAP measure) to Pre-Tax Income Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Pre-Tax Margin (GAAP measure) to Pre-Tax Margin Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Net Income (GAAP measure) to Net Income Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share (GAAP measure) to Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Operating Income (GAAP measure) to Operating Income Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the company's current operating performance and to allow for period-to-period comparisons. As net special items may vary from period-to-period in nature and amount, the adjustment to exclude net special items allows management an additional tool to understand the company’s core operating performance.

Additionally, the tables below present the reconciliations of total operating costs (GAAP measure) to total operating costs excluding net special items and fuel (non-GAAP measure). Management uses total operating costs excluding net special items and fuel to evaluate the company's current operating performance and for period-to-period comparisons. The price of fuel, over which the company has no control, impacts the comparability of period-to-period financial performance. The adjustment to exclude aircraft fuel and net special items allows management an additional tool to understand and analyze the company’s non-fuel costs and core operating performance.
             
  3 Months Ended
December 31,
 Percent Change 12 Months Ended
December 31,
 Percent Change
Reconciliation of Pre-Tax Income Excluding Net Special Items  2019   2018    2019   2018  
  (in millions, except per share amounts)   (in millions, except per share amounts)  
             
Pre-tax income as reported $571  $394    $2,256  $1,884   
Pre-tax net special items:            
Mainline operating special items, net (1)  147   173     635   787   
  Regional operating special items, net  -   5     6   6   
Nonoperating special items, net (2)  (39)  17     3   113   
Total pre-tax net special items  108   195     644   906   
             
Pre-tax income excluding net special items $679  $589  15.1% $2,900  $2,790  3.9%
             
             
Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin            
             
Pre-tax income as reported $571  $394    $2,256  $1,884   
             
Total operating revenues as reported $11,313  $10,938    $45,768  $44,541   
             
Pre-tax margin  5.0%  3.6%    4.9%  4.2%  
             
             
Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin Excluding Net Special Items            
             
Pre-tax income excluding net special items $679  $589    $2,900  $2,790   
             
Total operating revenues as reported $11,313  $10,938    $45,768  $44,541   
             
Pre-tax margin excluding net special items  6.0%  5.4%    6.3%  6.3%  
             
             
Reconciliation of Net Income Excluding Net Special Items            
             
Net income as reported $414  $325    $1,686  $1,412   
Net special items:            
Total pre-tax net special items (1), (2)  108   195     644   906   
Income tax special items, net (3)  -   (22)    -   18   
  Net tax effect of net special items  (20)  (50)    (151)  (219)  
Net income excluding net special items $502  $448  12.2% $2,179  $2,117  2.9%
             
             
Reconciliation of Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share Excluding Net Special Items          
             
Net income excluding net special items $502  $448    $2,179  $2,117   
             
Shares used for computation (in thousands):            
  Basic  434,578   460,589     443,363   464,236   
  Diluted  435,659   461,915     444,269   465,660   
             
Earnings per share excluding net special items:            
  Basic $1.15  $0.97    $4.91  $4.56   
  Diluted $1.15  $0.97    $4.90  $4.55   
             
  3 Months Ended
December 31,
   12 Months Ended
December 31,
  
Reconciliation of Operating Income Excluding Net Special Items  2019   2018     2019   2018   
  (in millions)   (in millions)  
             
Operating income as reported $729  $571    $3,065  $2,656   
             
Operating net special items:            
Mainline operating special items, net (1)  147   173     635   787   
  Regional operating special items, net  -   5     6   6   
Operating income excluding net special items $876  $749    $3,706  $3,449   
             
             
Reconciliation of Total Operating Cost per ASM Excluding Net Special Items and Fuel          
             
Total operating expenses as reported $10,584  $10,367    $42,703  $41,885   
             
Operating net special items:            
Mainline operating special items, net (1)  (147)  (173)    (635)  (787)  
  Regional operating special items, net  -   (5)    (6)  (6)  
Total operating expenses, excluding net special items  10,437   10,189     42,062   41,092   
             
Fuel:            
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - mainline  (1,816)  (1,953)    (7,526)  (8,053)  
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - regional  (475)  (474)    (1,869)  (1,843)  
Total operating expenses, excluding net special items and fuel $8,146  $7,762    $32,667  $31,196   
             
  (in cents)   (in cents)  
             
Total operating expenses per ASM as reported  15.06   15.18     14.98   14.85   
             
Operating net special items per ASM:            
Mainline operating special items, net (1)  (0.21)  (0.25)    (0.22)  (0.28)  
  Regional operating special items, net  -   (0.01)    -   -   
Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding net special items  14.85   14.92     14.75   14.57   
             
Fuel per ASM:            
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - mainline  (2.58)  (2.86)    (2.64)  (2.86)  
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - regional  (0.68)  (0.69)    (0.66)  (0.65)  
Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding net special items and fuel  11.59   11.37     11.46   11.06   
             
Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.            
             
FOOTNOTES:            
             
(1) The 2019 fourth quarter mainline operating special items, net principally included $85 million of merger integration expenses and $39 million of fleet restructuring expenses. The 2019 twelve month period mainline operating special items, net principally included $271 million of fleet restructuring expenses, a $213 million non-cash impairment charge principally related to the planned retirement of the company's Embraer E190 fleet and $191 million of merger integration expenses, offset in part by a $53 million credit to reduce certain litigation reserves.

The 2018 fourth quarter mainline operating special items, net principally included $94 million of fleet restructuring expenses, $81 million of merger integration expenses, $37 million in severance costs associated with reductions of management and support staff team members, offset in part by a $37 million net credit resulting from mark-to-market adjustments on bankruptcy obligations. The 2018 twelve month period mainline operating special items, net principally included $422 million of fleet restructuring expenses, $268 million of merger integration expenses, $58 million in severance costs as described above, a $45 million litigation settlement, a $26 million non-cash charge to write off the company's Brazil route authority intangible asset as a result of the U.S.-Brazil open skies agreement, offset in part by a $76 million net credit resulting from mark-to-market adjustments on bankruptcy obligations.

Fleet restructuring expenses principally included accelerated depreciation and rent expense for aircraft and related equipment grounded or expected to be grounded earlier than planned. Merger integration expenses included costs associated with integration projects, principally the company's technical operations, flight attendant, human resources and payroll systems.
             
(2) Principally included mark-to-market net unrealized gains and losses associated with certain equity and other investments.
             
(3) The 2018 fourth quarter income tax special credit of $22 million was the result of the reversal of the valuation allowance previously recognized in the 2018 first quarter related to the company's estimated refund for Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) credits, which was no longer subject to sequestration. The 2018 twelve month period income tax special charge of $18 million is related to an international income tax matter.
             



     
American Airlines Group Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
(In millions) 
  
     
 December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018 
 (unaudited)   
Assets    
     
Current assets    
Cash$280  $275  
Short-term investments 3,546   4,485  
Restricted cash and short-term investments 158   154  
Accounts receivable, net 1,750   1,706  
Aircraft fuel, spare parts and supplies, net 1,851   1,522  
Prepaid expenses and other 621   495  
Total current assets 8,206   8,637  
     
Operating property and equipment    
Flight equipment 42,537   41,499  
Ground property and equipment 9,443   8,764  
Equipment purchase deposits 1,674   1,278  
Total property and equipment, at cost 53,654   51,541  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (18,659)  (17,443) 
Total property and equipment, net 34,995   34,098  
     
Operating lease right-of-use assets 8,737   9,151  
     
Other assets    
Goodwill 4,091   4,091  
Intangibles, net 2,084   2,137  
Deferred tax asset 645   1,145  
Other assets 1,237   1,321  
Total other assets 8,057   8,694  
     
Total assets$59,995  $60,580  
     
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)    
     
Current liabilities    
Current maturities of long-term debt and finance leases$2,861  $3,294  
Accounts payable 2,062   1,773  
Accrued salaries and wages 1,541   1,427  
Air traffic liability 4,808   4,339  
Loyalty program liability 3,193   3,267  
Operating lease liabilities 1,708   1,654  
Other accrued liabilities 2,138   2,342  
Total current liabilities 18,311   18,096  
     
Noncurrent liabilities    
Long-term debt and finance leases, net of current maturities 21,454   21,179  
Pension and postretirement benefits 6,052   6,907  
Loyalty program liability 5,422   5,272  
Operating lease liabilities 7,421   7,902  
Other liabilities 1,453   1,393  
Total noncurrent liabilities 41,802   42,653  
     
Stockholders' equity (deficit)    
Common stock 4   5  
Additional paid-in capital 3,945   4,964  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (6,331)  (5,896) 
Retained earnings 2,264   758  
Total stockholders' deficit (118)  (169) 
     
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)$59,995  $60,580