• 4Q Net Loss of $410.2 Million Reflects Noncash Special Charge of $485.2 Million
  • 4Q Adjusted EBITDA Totals $204.7 Million, Adjusted Net Income $98.2 million
  • 2019 Net Loss of $293.1 Million Reflects Noncash Special Charge of $503.1 Million
  • 2019 Adjusted EBITDA Totals $504.8 Million, Adjusted Net Income $139.6 Million
  • Solid Fourth-Quarter Peak Season
  • Expects 2020 Earnings Growth

PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 results that reflected a peak season with a pickup in customer demand and improved yields compared with the middle of the year.

In addition, the results reflected an impairment charge as well as actions taken to improve operating efficiencies and align resources with the company’s strategic priorities. The impairment resulted in lower aircraft rent and depreciation expense, which added to already higher than anticipated fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 adjusted results. The impact of lower aircraft rent and depreciation expense, coupled with actions to improve our business, are expected to benefit earnings in 2020 and beyond.

Reported results in the fourth quarter and full year of 2019 primarily reflected a noncash special charge associated with the write-down of the company’s 747-400 freighter fleet due to global airfreight and macroeconomic conditions resulting in lower 747-400 commercial cargo yields and utilization, as well as the disposition of certain nonessential Dry Leasing aircraft and engines.  

“Our fourth-quarter reported results were certainly impacted by the one-time impairment. However, our solid adjusted results were driven by our team coming together to deliver the high-quality service that our customers appreciate,” said President and Chief Executive Officer John Dietrich.

As expected, reported and adjusted fourth-quarter results benefited from a refund of excess aircraft rent paid in previous years, lower heavy maintenance expense and aircraft ownership costs, an increase in military passenger and cargo flying, and the peak-season flying we do for express customers. Results were also impacted by the global airfreight environment and macroeconomic conditions, which reflected the effects of tariffs, global trade tensions and geopolitical unrest in certain countries in South America, and certain labor-related service disruptions.  

Mr. Dietrich continued: “The airfreight industry, like most others, is experiencing the impacts of the unfortunate coronavirus outbreak. The effects are yet to be fully determined, and therefore our visibility into the full year ahead is evolving.

“In these unprecedented circumstances, we are playing a key role in our customers’ operating networks as they navigate this challenging time. We are also currently accommodating special charter demand, and we are well-prepared for the anticipated surge of volumes once manufacturing resumes in full force.”

He concluded: “Our focus remains on express, e-commerce, the U.S. military and faster-growing markets, where the demand for our aircraft and services is solid. As the global supply chain rebalances, we will continue to leverage our significant commercial charter business to capitalize on customer demand. Looking ahead, we anticipate that our financial performance in 2020 will be an improvement over 2019.”

The company’s 2020 outlook includes benefits from lower aircraft rent and depreciation, as well as a further refund in 2020 of excess aircraft rent paid in previous years. It also includes the impact in 2020 from an increase in the amortization of deferred maintenance; the absence in 2020 of return conditions income realized in the first quarter of 2019; and improved operating efficiencies and cost savings.

As a result, adjusted EBITDA is anticipated to grow by a mid-teens percentage in 2020, and adjusted net income is expected to increase by a high-30% to low-40% level compared with 2019.*

Fourth-Quarter Results

Volumes in the fourth quarter of 2019 totaled 84,488 block hours compared with 83,437 in the fourth quarter of 2018, with operating revenue of $747.0 million versus $765.0 million in 2018.

Reported results for the three months ended December 31, 2019, reflected a loss from continuing operations, net of taxes, of $410.2 million, or $15.86 per diluted share, which included a noncash special charge of $616.2 million ($485.2 million after tax) and an unrealized loss on financial instruments of $3.8 million. For the three months ended December 31, 2018, our reported income from continuing operations, net of taxes, totaled $211.0 million, or $2.73 per diluted share, which included an unrealized gain on financial instruments of $134.8 million.

On an adjusted basis, EBITDA totaled $204.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with $196.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Also on an adjusted basis, income from continuing operations, net of taxes, totaled $98.2 million, or $3.80 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with $87.0 million, or $3.12 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018. Adjusted net income in the fourth quarter of 2019 included $7.6 million (after tax) of lower aircraft rent and $2.9 million (after tax) of lower depreciation as a result of the impairment.

Lower operating revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with the fourth quarter of 2018 was primarily due to the impact of tariffs and global trade tensions on average Charter segment revenue per block hour and on ACMI segment volumes, and certain labor-related service disruptions, partially offset by an increase in Charter segment volumes.

Lower ACMI segment revenue during the period reflected a decline in 747-400 ACMI flying due to the impact of tariffs and global trade tensions on customer demand, partially offset by growth in 747-400, 777 and 737 CMI cargo flying.  

Higher ACMI segment contribution during the quarter reflected a reduction in heavy maintenance expense, a decrease in aircraft rent and lower depreciation, and growth in 747-400, 777 and 737 CMI cargo flying.

Charter segment revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 was relatively in line with the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by increases in cargo and passenger flying that were mainly offset by a decline in commercial cargo yields (excluding fuel) due to the impact of tariffs and global trade tensions, as well as geopolitical unrest in certain South American countries and certain labor-related service disruptions. Block-hour volume growth during the period primarily reflected increases in passenger and cargo demand by the military, as well as an increase in commercial cargo flying.

Lower Charter segment contribution was primarily driven by a decrease in commercial cargo yields and lower 747 freighter utilization. This impact was partially offset by increased military passenger and cargo flying, a reduction in heavy maintenance expense, and lower aircraft rent and depreciation.

In Dry Leasing, lower segment revenue and contribution during the quarter primarily reflected the scheduled return of a 777-200 freighter in 2019.

Lower unallocated income and expenses, net, during the quarter primarily reflected a $27.6 million refund of aircraft rent paid in previous years, partially offset by fleet-growth initiatives, leadership transition costs and increased amortization of a customer incentive asset.

Reported results in the fourth quarter of 2019 also included an effective income tax benefit rate of 21.4%, due mainly to nontaxable changes in the value of outstanding warrants. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax expense rate of 17.7%.

Full-Year Results

Volumes in 2019 totaled 321,140 block hours compared with 296,264 in 2018, with operating revenue increasing to $2.74 billion in 2019 from $2.68 billion in 2018.

Reported results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, reflected a loss from continuing operations, net of taxes, of $293.1 million, or $11.35 per diluted share, which included a noncash special charge of $638.4 million ($503.1 million after tax), partially offset by an unrealized gain on financial instruments of $75.1 million. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, our reported income from continuing operations totaled $270.6 million, or $5.22 per diluted share, which included an unrealized gain on financial instruments of $123.1 million.

On an adjusted basis, EBITDA totaled $504.8 million in 2019 compared with $551.3 million in 2018. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes, totaled $139.6 million, or $5.24 per diluted share, compared with $204.3 million, or $7.27 per diluted share, in 2018. Adjusted net income in 2019 included $7.6 million (after tax) of lower aircraft rent and $2.9 million (after tax) of lower depreciation as a result of the impairment.

Reported results in 2019 also included an effective income tax benefit rate of 38.0%, primarily due to proactive tax planning resulting in the favorable completion of an IRS examination of our 2015 income tax return and, to a lesser extent, a tax benefit from nontaxable changes in the value of outstanding warrants. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax expense rate of 12.5%.

Cash and Short-Term Investments

At December 31, 2019, our cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $114.3 million, compared with $248.4 million at December 31, 2018.

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

Net cash used for investing activities during 2019 primarily related to capital expenditures and payments for flight equipment and modifications, including the acquisition of 747-400 passenger aircraft, 767-300 aircraft and related freighter conversion costs, spare engines and GEnx engine performance upgrade kits.

Net cash used for financing activities during the period primarily reflected payments on debt obligations.

2020 Outlook*

Based on global economic conditions and our current expectations, and subject to coronavirus developments, we expect to fly approximately 325,000 block hours this year, with about 75% of the hours in ACMI and the balance in Charter. We also anticipate full-year 2020 revenue of approximately $2.8 billion.

Including the impact in 2019 and the expected impact in 2020 of lower aircraft rent and depreciation resulting from the impairment charge in 2019, we expect adjusted EBITDA to grow by a mid-teen percentage in 2020 compared with adjusted EBITDA of $504.8 million in 2019. We also expect adjusted net income to increase by a high-30% to low-40% level in 2020 compared with adjusted net income of $139.6 million in 2019. Excluding the impact of lower aircraft rent and depreciation in both years, we anticipate that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income in 2020 will be comparable to or slightly higher than their 2019 levels.*

Our outlook reflects an expected refund in 2020 of excess aircraft rent paid in previous years; an increase in amortization of deferred maintenance compared with 2019; the absence in 2020 of return conditions income that we realized in 2019; and improved operating efficiencies and cost savings.

It also reflects the parking of four less-efficient 747-400 converted freighters since the beginning of 2020. We also plan to return one 747-400 freighter to its lessor in the first half of this year. In addition, we have sold a 757 freighter and expect to sell a 777 freighter and a 737 passenger aircraft.

Similar to historical patterns, we anticipate that more than three-quarters of our adjusted net income in 2020 will occur in the second half of the year.

Aircraft maintenance expense in 2020 is expected to total approximately $380 million. Depreciation and amortization is expected to total about $250 million. In addition, core capital expenditures, which exclude aircraft and engine purchases, are projected to total approximately $90 to $100 million, significantly lower than $134 million in 2019, mainly for parts and components for our fleet.

We also expect our full-year 2020 adjusted effective income tax rate will be approximately 21.0%. 

Depending on developments related to the coronavirus, we expect to fly approximately 75,000 block hours (about 75% in ACMI) in the first quarter of 2020, with revenue of approximately $640 million. We also anticipate adjusted EBITDA of about $90 million, and adjusted net income ranging from approximately breakeven to a modest profit.

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 2019 financial and operating results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

Interested parties may listen to the call live at Atlas Air Worldwide’s Investor site or at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/f7kdxxxq.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be archived on the Investor site following the call. A replay will also be available through February 28 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S. Toll Free) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside the U.S.) and using Access Code 9016708#.

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. Effective during the three months ended September 30, 2019, we changed our method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA to include Other Non-operating expenses (income) to enhance the usefulness for investors and analysts, and the comparability of the calculation to that of other companies. Prior period amounts have been adjusted for comparability.

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 forward-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 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; our ability to coordinate with Amazon to accept newly converted aircraft; 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; changes in U.S. and foreign government trade policies; economic conditions; the impact of geographical events or health epidemics; 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; 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 2020 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.

Dan Loh (Investors) – (914) 701-8200
Debbie Coffey (Media) –  (914) 701-8951


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,
2019
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2019
  December 31,
2018
 
                 
Operating Revenue $747,049  $764,958  $2,739,189  $2,677,724 
                 
Operating Expenses                
Salaries, wages and benefits  166,900   143,517   599,811   536,120 
Aircraft fuel  132,216   121,956   483,827   467,569 
Maintenance, materials and repairs  76,370   98,049   381,701   359,300 
Depreciation and amortization  60,428   61,459   251,097   217,340 
Travel  48,698   42,677   189,211   166,487 
Aircraft rent  33,368   42,666   155,639   162,444 
Navigation fees, landing fees and other rent  34,341   42,358   144,809   158,911 
Passenger and ground handling services  33,560   31,993   130,698   118,973 
Loss on disposal of aircraft  5,309   -   5,309   - 
Special charge  616,243   -   638,373   9,374 
Transaction-related expenses  579   836   4,164   2,111 
Other  54,973   51,890   215,521   195,553 
Total Operating Expenses  1,262,985   637,401   3,200,160   2,394,182 
                 
Operating Income (Loss)  (515,936)  127,557   (460,971)  283,542 
                 
Non-operating Expenses (Income)                
Interest income  (321)  (2,006)  (4,296)  (6,710)
Interest expense  29,815   31,739   120,330   119,378 
Capitalized interest  (331)  (392)  (2,274)  (4,727)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   -   804   - 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  3,791   (134,805)  (75,109)  (123,114)
Other (income) expense, net  (27,072)  118   (27,668)  (10,659)
Total Non-operating Expenses (Income)  5,882   (105,346)  11,787   (25,832)
Income (loss) from continuing operations before
income taxes
  (521,818)  232,903   (472,758)  309,374 
Income tax (benefit) expense  (111,573)  21,899   (179,645)  38,727 
                 
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes  (410,245)  211,004   (293,113)  270,647 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes  -   (30)  -   (80)
                 
Net Income (Loss) $(410,245) $210,974  $(293,113) $270,567 
Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations:                
Basic $(15.86) $8.25  $(11.35) $10.60 
Diluted $(15.86) $2.73  $(11.35) $5.22 
Loss per share from discontinued operations:                
Basic $-  $(0.00) $-  $(0.00)
Diluted $-  $(0.00) $-  $(0.00)
Earnings (loss) per share:                
Basic $(15.86) $8.25  $(11.35) $10.60 
Diluted $(15.86) $2.73  $(11.35) $5.22 
Weighted average shares:                
Basic  25,869   25,588   25,828   25,542 
Diluted  25,869   27,911   25,828   28,281 


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)

   December 31,
2019
  December 31,
2018
 
Assets        
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents $103,029  $221,501 
Short-term investments  879   15,624 
Restricted cash  10,401   11,240 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $1,822 and $1,563, respectively  290,119   269,320 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  228,103   112,146 
Total current assets  632,531   629,831 
Property and Equipment        
Flight equipment  4,880,424   5,213,734 
Ground equipment  83,584   75,939 
Less: accumulated depreciation  (977,883)  (860,354)
Flight equipment modifications in progress  67,101   32,916 
Property and equipment, net  4,053,226   4,462,235 
Other Assets        
Operating lease right-of-use assets  231,133   - 
Deferred costs and other assets  391,895   345,037 
Intangible assets, net and goodwill  76,856   97,689 
Total Assets $5,385,641  $5,534,792 
         
Liabilities and Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable $79,683  $87,229 
Accrued liabilities  481,725   465,669 
Current portion of long-term debt and finance leases  395,781   264,835 
Current portion of long-term operating leases  141,973   - 
Total current liabilities  1,099,162   817,733 
Other Liabilities        
Long-term debt and finance leases  1,984,902   2,205,005 
Long-term operating leases  392,832   - 
Deferred taxes  74,040   256,970 
Financial instruments and other liabilities  42,526   187,120 
Total other liabilities  2,494,300   2,649,095 
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;
  31,048,842 and 30,582,571 shares issued, 25,870,876 and 25,590,293
  shares outstanding (net of treasury stock), as of December 31, 2019
  and December 31, 2018, respectively
  310   306 
Additional paid-in-capital  761,715   736,035 
Treasury stock, at cost; 5,177,966 and 4,992,278 shares, respectively  (213,871)  (204,501)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2,818)  (3,832)
Retained earnings  1,246,843   1,539,956 
Total stockholders’ equity  1,792,179   2,067,964 
Total Liabilities and Equity $5,385,641  $5,534,792 

1   Balance sheet debt at December 31, 2019 totaled $2,380.7 million, including the impact of $68.6 million of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs of $35.1 million, compared with $2,469.8 million, including the impact of $85.5 million of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs of $46.0 million at December 31, 2018.
2   The face value of our debt at December 31, 2019 totaled $2,484.4 million, compared with $2,601.3 million on December 31, 2018.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

   For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2019
  December 31,
2018
 
Operating Activities:        
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes $(293,113) $270,647 
Less: Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes  -   (80)
Net Income (Loss)  (293,113)  270,567 
         
Adjustments to reconcile Net Income (Loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  316,821   265,553 
Accretion of debt securities discount  (244)  (888)
Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts  41   12 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  804   - 
Special charge, net of cash payments  638,373   9,374 
Unrealized gain on financial instruments  (75,109)  (123,114)
Loss on disposal of aircraft  5,309   - 
Deferred taxes  (180,553)  42,580 
Stock-based compensation  25,189   20,305 
Changes in:        
Accounts receivable  (22,524)  (74,038)
Prepaid expenses, current assets and other assets  (66,843)  (57,081)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  (47,807)  72,310 
Net cash provided by operating activities  300,344   425,580 
Investing Activities:        
Capital expenditures  (133,554)  (114,415)
Payments for flight equipment and modifications  (214,236)  (599,401)
Investment in joint ventures  (2,028)  (1,050)
Proceeds from insurance  38,133   - 
Proceeds from investments  15,624   13,604 
Proceeds from disposal of engines  10,300   - 
Net cash used for investing activities  (285,761)  (701,262)
Financing Activities:        
Proceeds from debt issuance  115,992   471,625 
Payment of debt issuance costs  (2,404)  (9,622)
Payments of debt and finance lease obligations  (344,674)  (250,015)
Proceeds from revolving credit facility  100,000   135,000 
Payment of revolving credit facility  -   (135,000)
Customer maintenance reserves and deposits received  14,736   15,590 
Customer maintenance reserves paid  (8,174)  (250)
Purchase of treasury stock  (9,370)  (10,769)
Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities  (133,894)  216,559 
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  (119,311)  (59,123)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of period  232,741   291,864 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of period $113,430  $232,741 
         
Noncash Investing and Financing Activities:        
Acquisition of flight equipment included in Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 37,390   $23,498 
Acquisition of property and equipment acquired under operating leases $28,827  $- 
Acquisition of flight equipment under finance lease $10,825  $- 


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Direct Contribution
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2019
  December 31,
2018
  December 31,
2019
  December 31,
2018
 
Operating Revenue:                
ACMI $344,901  $359,927  $1,247,770  $1,192,704 
Charter  361,021   358,759   1,305,860   1,313,484 
Dry Leasing  43,453   47,633   200,781   168,470 
Customer incentive asset amortization  (7,117)  (6,166)  (33,135)  (16,176)
Other  4,791   4,805   17,913   19,242 
Total Operating Revenue $747,049  $764,958  $2,739,189  $2,677,724 
                 
Direct Contribution:                
ACMI $104,412  $90,455  $218,459  $235,706 
Charter  69,817   81,923   149,372   211,661 
Dry Leasing  11,740   12,708   70,386   48,904 
Total Direct Contribution for Reportable Segments  185,969   185,086   438,217   496,271 
                 
Unallocated (income), net  (81,865)  (86,152)  (337,434)  (298,526)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   -   (804)  - 
Unrealized (loss) gain on financial instruments  (3,791)  134,805   75,109   123,114 
Special charge  (616,243)  -   (638,373)  (9,374)
Transaction-related expenses  (579)  (836)  (4,164)  (2,111)
Loss on disposal of aircraft  (5,309)  -   (5,309)  - 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before  income taxes  (521,818)  232,903   (472,758)  309,374 
                 
Add back (subtract):                
Interest income  (321)  (2,006)  (4,296)  (6,710)
Interest expense  29,815   31,739   120,330   119,378 
Capitalized interest  (331)  (392)  (2,274)  (4,727)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   -   804   - 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  3,791   (134,805)  (75,109)  (123,114)
Other (income) expense, net  (27,072)  118   (27,668)  (10,659)
Operating Income (Loss) $(515,936) $127,557  $(460,971) $283,542 

Atlas Air Worldwide uses an economic performance metric, Direct Contribution, to show the profitability of each of its segments after allocation of direct operating and 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 (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt, unrealized (loss) gain on financial instruments, special charge, transaction-related expenses, loss on disposal of aircraft, 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,
2019
   December 31,
2018
  Percent Change 
               
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes  $(410,245)  $211,004    (294.4)%
Impact from:              
Customer incentive asset amortization   7,117    6,166      
Special charge   616,243    -      
Costs associated with transactions1   578    836      
Leadership transition costs   3,343    -      
Certain contract start-up costs2   34    -      
Noncash expenses and income, net3   4,524    4,363      
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments   3,791    (134,805     
Other, net4   5,565    27      
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (132,754)   (595     
Special tax item5   (3)   -      
Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $98,193   $86,996    12.9%
               
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   25,869    27,911      
Add: dilutive warrant6   -    -      
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   25,869    27,911      
               
Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes  $3.80   $3.12    21.8%
               
   For the Twelve Months Ended 
   December 31,
2019
   December 31,
2018
  Percent Change 
               
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes  $(293,113)  $270,647    (208.3)%
Impact from:              
Customer incentive asset amortization   33,135    16,176      
Special charge   638,373    9,374      
Costs associated with transactions1   4,163    11,325      
Leadership transition costs   6,736    -      
Certain contract start-up costs2   3,497    -      
Noncash expenses and income, net3   18,267    16,852      
Unrealized (gain) loss on financial instruments   (75,109)   (123,114     
Other, net4   3,170    963      
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (145,295)   2,103      
Special tax item5   (54,272)   -      
Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $139,552   $204,326    (31.7)%
               
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   25,828    28,281      
Add: dilutive warrant6   758    -      
  dilutive restricted stock   64    -      
  effect of convertible notes hedges7   -    (180)     
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   26,650    28,101      
               
Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes  $5.24   $7.27    (27.9)%


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

   For the Three Months Ended 
   December 31,
2019
   December 31,
2018
  Percent Change 
               
Income (loss) from continuing operations, before income taxes  $(521,818   $232,903   (324.0)%
Impact from:              
Customer incentive asset amortization   7,117     6,166     
Special charge   616,243     -     
Costs associated with transactions1   578     836     
Leadership transition costs   3,343     -     
Certain contract start-up costs2   34     -     
Noncash expenses and income, net3   4,524     4,363     
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments   3,791     (134,805)    
Other, net4   5,565     27     
Adjusted income from continuing operations, before income taxes  $119,377    $109,490   9.0%
               
Income tax (benefit) expense  $(111,573   $21,899     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (132,754    (595)    
Special tax item5   (3    -     
Adjusted income tax expense   21,184     22,494     
Adjusted income from continuing operations, before income taxes  $119,377    $109,490     
Adjusted effective tax expense rate   17.7    20.5%    
     
   For the Twelve Months Ended 
   December 31,
2019
   December 31,
2018
  Percent Change 
               
Income (loss) from continuing operations, before income taxes  $(472,758   $309,374   (252.8)%
Impact from:              
Customer incentive asset amortization   33,135     16,176     
Special charge   638,373     9,374     
Costs associated with transactions1   4,163     11,325     
Leadership transition costs   6,736     -     
Certain contract start-up costs2   3,497     -     
Noncash expenses and income, net3   18,267     16,852     
Unrealized (gain) loss on financial instruments   (75,109)    (123,114)    
Other, net4   3,170     963     
Adjusted income from continuing operations, before income taxes  $159,474    $240,950   (33.8)%
               
Income tax (benefit) expense  $(179,645   $38,727     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (145,295    2,103     
Special tax item5   (54,272)    -     
Adjusted income tax (benefit) expense   19,922     36,624     
Adjusted income from continuing operations, before income taxes  $159,474    $240,950     
Adjusted effective tax expense rate   12.5    15.2%    
               

Costs associated with transactions in 2019 primarily related to a customer transaction with warrants and other costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air. Costs associated with transactions in 2018 primarily related to costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air.

2 Certain contract start-up costs represent unique training-aircraft costs required for a new customer contract.
Noncash expenses and income, net in 2019 and 2018 primarily related to amortization of debt discount on the convertible notes.

Other, net in 2019 primarily related to a loss on the sale of a GEnx engine, a net insurance recovery, loss on early extinguishment of debt and accrual for legal matters and professional fees. Other, net in 2018 primarily related to loss on early extinguishment of debt and accrual for legal matters and professional fees.

Special tax item represents an income tax benefit from the completion of a 2015 IRS examination that is not related to ongoing operations.

Dilutive warrants represent potentially dilutive common shares related to the outstanding warrants. These warrants were excluded from Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes prepared in accordance with GAAP when they would have been antidilutive.

Economic benefit from the convertible notes hedges in offsetting dilution from the convertible notes.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

   For the Three Months Ended 
   December 31,
2019
   December 31,
2018
  Percent Change 
               
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes  $(410,245)  $211,004   (294.4)%
Interest expense, net   29,163    29,341     
Depreciation and amortization   60,428    61,459     
Income tax (benefit) expense   (111,573)   21,899     
EBITDA   (432,227)   323,703     
Customer incentive asset amortization   7,117    6,166     
Special charge   616,243    -     
Costs associated with transactions1   578    836     
Leadership transition costs   3,343    -     
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments   3,791    (134,805)    
Other, net2   5,809    500     
Adjusted EBITDA  $204,654    196,400   4.2%
               
               
   For the Twelve Months Ended 
   December 31,
2019
   December 31,
2018
  Percent Change 
               
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes  $(293,113)  $270,647   (208.3)%
Interest expense, net   113,760    107,941     
Depreciation and amortization   251,097    217,340     
Income tax (benefit) expense   (179,645)   38,727     
EBITDA   (107,901)   634,655     
Customer incentive asset amortization   33,135    16,176     
Special charge   638,373    9,374     
Costs associated with transactions1   4,163    11,325     
Leadership transition costs   6,736    -     
Unrealized gain on financial instruments   (75,109)   (123,114)    
Other, net2   5,379    2,855     
Adjusted EBITDA  $504,776    551,271   (8.4)%
               

Costs associated with transactions in 2019 primarily related to a customer transaction with warrants and other costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air. Costs associated with transactions in 2018 primarily related to costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air.
2  Other, net in 2019 primarily related to a loss on the sale of a GEnx engine, net insurance recovery, loss on early extinguishment of debt and accrual for legal matters and professional fees. Other, net in 2018 primarily related to loss on early extinguishment of debt and accrual for legal matters and professional fees.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended 
  December 31, 2019  December 31, 2018 
         
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $107,054  $161,457 
Less:        
  Capital expenditures  25,960   29,596 
  Capitalized interest $331  $392 
Free Cash Flow1 $80,763  $131,469 
         
         
         
  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31, 2019  December 31, 2018 
         
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $300,344  $425,580 
Less:        
  Capital expenditures  133,554   114,415 
  Capitalized interest $2,274  $4,727 
Free Cash Flow1 $164,516  $306,438 

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.
Operating Statistics and Traffic Results

(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  Increase/  For the Twelve Months Ended  Increase/ 
  December 31, 2019  December 31, 2018  (Decrease)  December 31, 2019  December 31, 2018  (Decrease) 
                         
Block Hours                        
ACMI  63,647   66,003   (2,356)  245,706   225,665   20,041 
Charter  20,084   16,797   3,287   72,547   68,481   4,066 
Cargo  14,898   12,831   2,067   51,982   50,798   1,184 
Passenger  5,186   3,966   1,220   20,565   17,683   2,882 
Other  757   637   120   2,887   2,118   769 
Total Block Hours  84,488   83,437   1,051   321,140   296,264   24,876 
                         
Revenue Per Block Hour                        
ACMI $5,419  $5,453  $(34) $5,078  $5,285  $(207)
Charter $17,976  $21,359  $(3,383) $18,000  $19,180  $(1,180)
Cargo $16,630  $20,815  $(4,185) $17,164  $19,136  $(1,972)
Passenger $21,841  $23,118  $(1,277) $20,113  $19,306  $807 
                         
Average Utilization (block hours per day)                        
ACMI1  8.6   9.2   (0.6)  8.5   8.7   (0.2)
Charter                        
Cargo  8.5   10.4   (1.9)  8.1   10.2   (2.1)
Passenger  5.7   4.8   0.9   6.1   6.8   (0.7)
All Operating Aircraft1,2  8.4   9.0   (0.6)  8.3   8.8   (0.5)
                         
Fuel                        
Charter                        
Average fuel cost per gallon $2.22  $2.42  $(0.20) $2.27  $2.36  $(0.09)
Fuel gallons consumed (000s)  59,487   50,485   9,002   213,253   198,150   15,103 

1 ACMI and All Operating Aircraft averages in the fourth quarter and 12 months of 2019 reflect the impact of increases in the number of CMI aircraft and amount of CMI flying compared with the same periods of 2018.

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, 2019  December 31, 2018  (Decrease)  December 31, 2019  December 31, 2018  (Decrease) 
                         
Segment Operating Fleet  (average aircraft equivalents  during the period)                        
ACMI1                        
747-8F Cargo  8.9   8.7   0.2   8.5   8.9   (0.4)
747-400 Cargo  17.2   20.0   (2.8)  17.9   17.2   0.7 
747-400 Dreamlifter  3.4   2.9   0.5   3.5   3.0   0.5 
777-200 Cargo  8.0   6.0   2.0   7.1   5.5   1.6 
767-300 Cargo  24.0   25.6   (1.6)  24.9   21.4   3.5 
767-200 Cargo  9.0   9.0   -   9.0   9.0   - 
737-800 Cargo  4.2   -   4.2   2.4   -   2.4 
737-400 Cargo  5.0   5.0   -   5.0   5.0   - 
747-400 Passenger  -   -   -   -   0.3   (0.3)
767-200 Passenger  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
Total  80.7   78.2   2.5   79.3   71.3   8.0 
Charter                        
747-8F Cargo  1.0   1.3   (0.3)  1.5   1.1   0.4 
747-400 Cargo  18.0   12.1   5.9   16.0   12.3   3.7 
767-300 Cargo  -   -   -   -   0.2   (0.2)
747-400 Passenger  5.0   4.0   1.0   4.3   2.9   1.4 
767-300 Passenger  4.9   4.9   -   4.9   4.2   0.7 
Total  28.9   22.3   6.6   26.7   20.7   6.0 
Dry Leasing                        
777-200 Cargo  7.0   8.0   (1.0)  7.3   7.3   - 
767-300 Cargo  21.0   21.2   (0.2)  21.1   17.2   3.9 
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  31.0   32.2   (1.2)  31.4   27.5   3.9 
Less: Aircraft Dry Leased to CMI
  customers
   

(21.0
)  (23.2)  2.2    

(22.6
)  (18.5)  (4.1)
Total Operating Average Aircraft Equivalents  119.6   109.5   10.1   114.8   101.0   13.8 
                         

1 ACMI average fleet excludes spare aircraft provided by CMI customers and Dry Leasing average fleet excludes aircraft awaiting placement.