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FLY Leasing Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FLY Leasing Reports Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results07:00 EDT Wednesday, July 25, 2012DUBLIN, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FLY Leasing Limited (NYSE: FLY) ("FLY"), a global lessor of modern, fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft, today announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2012.Second Quarter 2012 HighlightsAdjusted net income of $30.9 million, $1.19 per share Net income of $25.7 million, EPS of $0.99 Sold three aircraft for a pre-tax gain of $8.5 million Launched a $395 million term loan to refinance near-term debt maturities Q2 dividend increased to $0.22 per share, $0.88 annually "FLY is reporting a very strong second quarter, following an equally positive March quarter result," said Colm Barrington, CEO of FLY. "The acquisition of a portfolio of 49 aircraft which was completed in late 2011 is now being reflected in increased operating income from our leasing activities. Our second quarter EPS of $0.99 brings our six month earnings to $1.77 per share, as compared to $0.26 per share in the same period last year. Due to these strong results, FLY has increased its quarterly dividend to $0.22 per share." "We were particularly pleased to have sold three older aircraft from our larger portfolio for a pre-tax gain of $8.5 million," added Barrington. "These sales demonstrate the inherent value in FLY's fleet and the strong investor interest in aviation assets.""FLY has also launched a $395 million term loan which we expect to complete in early August. Proceeds from the term loan will be used to repay our warehouse facility and other debt, and we will not have any material debt repayment obligations until 2018.  This refinancing will reduce our leverage and is the first step towards our goal of reducing the overall leverage on our portfolio over the next two to three years."Second Quarter Financial Results FLY's net income and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2012 were $25.7 million and $0.99 per share compared to $4.1 million and $0.16 per share in the same period of 2011. The increases in operating lease revenue and net income is primarily due to the growth in the aircraft portfolio following the aircraft acquisitions completed in late 2011.  End of lease income and gains on the sale of three aircraft also contributed to the increase in net income as compared to the second quarter of 2011.Net income and diluted earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $46.1 million and $1.77 per share compared to $6.9 million and $0.26 per share in the same period in 2011. FLY's net debt to total shareholders' equity ratio was 4.4x at June 30, 2012 compared to 5.1x at December 31, 2011.  Net debt is defined as book value of secured borrowings, less unrestricted cash and cash equivalents.  Adjusted Net IncomeAdjusted Net Income was $30.9 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $7.3 million in the same period in the previous year.  On a per share basis, Adjusted Net Income was $1.19 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $0.28 for the same period in the previous year.  For the six-months ended June 30, 2012, Adjusted Net Income was $57.7 million, or $2.23 per share compared to $11.0 million and $0.42 per share for the same period in the previous year.A reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income to net income determined in accordance with GAAP is shown below.Dividends  On July 13, 2012, FLY declared a dividend of $0.22 per share in respect of the second quarter of 2012, a 10% increase from the quarterly dividend of $0.20 that FLY has paid since 2009. This dividend will be paid on August 20, 2012 to shareholders of record on July 30, 2012.  Financial PositionAt June 30, 2012, FLY's total assets were $3.2 billion, including flight equipment with a net book value of $2.7 billion. Restricted and unrestricted cash at June 30, 2012 totaled $480.0 million, of which $189.3 million was unrestricted. These amounts compare to total cash of $380.5 million and unrestricted cash of $82.1 million at December 31, 2011.  During the first quarter of 2012, FLY sold securitization notes with a face value of $106.7 million, generating net cash proceeds of $52.8 million after repayment of associated debt.  Aircraft PortfolioAt June 30, 2012, FLY's 108 aircraft were on lease to 53 lessees in 29 countries. The table below shows the aircraft in FLY's portfolio on June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011.  The table does not include the four B767 aircraft owned by a joint venture in which FLY has a 57% interest.  Portfolio atJun 30,2012Dec 31,2011Airbus A3192020Airbus A3202729Airbus A33011Airbus A34033Boeing 71766Boeing 7373837Boeing 74711Boeing 7571111Boeing 76711    Total108109At June 30, 2012, the average age of FLY's portfolio was 8.9 years weighted by the net book value of each aircraft. The average remaining lease term was 3.3 years, also weighted by net book value. At June 30, 2012, the leases were generating annualized revenues of approximately $345 million. For the second quarter of 2012, FLY's lease utilization factor was 97% and for the six months ended June 30, 2012 the lease utilization factor was 98%.Conference Call and WebcastFLY's senior management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 2, 2012.  Participants should call +1-706-758-4339 (International) or 877-309-0213 (North America) and enter confirmation code 94429047 or ask an operator for the FLY Leasing earnings call. A replay will be available shortly after the call. To access the replay, please dial +1-404-537-3406 (International) or 855-859-2056 (North America) and enter confirmation code 94429047. The replay recording will be available until August 16, 2012.A live webcast of the conference call will be also available in the investor section of FLY's website at An archived webcast will be available for one year.About FLY FLY acquires and leases modern, high-demand and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft under multi-year operating lease contracts to a diverse group of airlines throughout the world. FLY is managed and serviced by BBAM LP, one of the world's leading aircraft lease managers with more than 20 years of experience. For more information about FLY, please visit our website at Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains certain "forward - looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "will," or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for FLY's future business and financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially due to global political, economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors and risks. FLY expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether because of future events, new information, a change in its views or expectations, or otherwise.Contact:Matt DallasFLY Leasing Limited+1 FLY Leasing LimitedConsolidated Statements of Income(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)Three monthsendedJune 30,2012 (Unaudited)Three monthsendedJune 30,2011(Unaudited)Six monthsendedJune 30, 2012(Unaudited)Six monthsended June 30,2011(Unaudited)Revenues   Operating lease revenue$   98,935$   54,194$  201,357$  101,762   Equity earnings from unconsolidated joint ventures2,2731214,1281,337   Gain on sale of aircraft8,489?8,489?   Interest and other income1,2138561,4431,741Total revenues110,91055,171215,417104,840Expenses   Depreciation34,31820,92468,49341,565   Interest expense36,62818,32773,65036,896   Selling, general and administrative9,3618,21218,77813,897   Ineffective cash flow hedges(1,208)?(1,227)?   Maintenance and other costs1,7822,6062,6603,919Total expenses80,88150,069162,35496,277Net income before provision for income taxes30,0295,10253,0638,563   Provision for income taxes4,3001,0046,9471,702Net income$   25,729$   4,098$  46,116$   6,861Weighted average number of shares-   Basic25,769,11525,648,92825,741,55926,035,817-   Diluted25,924,96425,791,84425,885,18226,156,264Earnings per share-   Basic $     1.00$    0.16$    1.78$    0.26-   Diluted$     0.99$    0.16$    1.77$    0.26Dividends declared and paid per share$     0.20$    0.20$    0.40$    0.40 FLY Leasing LimitedConsolidated Balance Sheets(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)June 30, 2012(Unaudited)Dec. 31,    2011(Audited)Assets   Cash and cash equivalents$    189,336$      82,105   Restricted cash and cash equivalents290,686298,404   Rent receivables1,4923,186   Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures16,78815,141   Flight equipment held for operating leases, net2,679,4872,762,289   Deferred tax asset, net?5,329   Fair market value of derivative asset1,2204,023   Other assets, net20,50528,021Total assets3,199,5143,198,498Liabilities   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities12,05210,429   Rentals received in advance14,90915,297   Payable to related parties3,2474,863   Security deposits47,20050,672   Maintenance payment liabilities221,004231,793   Secured borrowings, net2,307,6362,326,110   Deferred tax liability, net1,555?   Fair market value of derivative liabilities88,57198,487   Other liabilities16,88017,814Total liabilities2,713,0542,755,465Shareholders' equityCommon shares, $0.001 par value, 499,999,900 shares authorized; 25,769,115 and 25,685,527 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively 26 26   Manager shares, $0.001 par value; 100 shares authorized, issued and outstanding??   Additional paid in capital456,832455,186   Retained earnings93,52857,982   Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net(63,926)(70,161)Total shareholders' equity486,460443,033Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$ 3,199,514$ 3,198,498 FLY Leasing LimitedReconciliation of Adjusted Net Income, a Non-GAAP Financial Measure, to Net Income(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)Three monthsendedJune 30,2012 (Unaudited)Three monthsended June 30,       2011(Unaudited)Six monthsended June 30,2012(Unaudited)Six monthsended June 30,    2011(Unaudited)Net Income$       25,729$         4,098$     46,116$       6,861Add (less):   Ineffective portion of cash flow hedges(1,208)?(1,227)?   Non-cash share based compensation8041,4121,6462,364   Adjustments related to GAAM Portfolio  acquisition:        Amortization of fair value adjustments  recorded in purchase accounting6,130?12,552?       Acquisition transaction fees and expenses?1,747?1,747   Income tax effects(581)?(1,421)?Adjusted Net Income$       30,874$         7,257$     57,666$     10,972Weighted average diluted shares outstanding25,924,96425,791,84425,885,18226,156,264Adjusted Net Income per share$            1.19$            0.28$          2.23$           0.42 Adjusted Net Income Plus Depreciation and Amortization, a Non-GAAP Financial Measure, to Net Income(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)Three months endedJune 30,       2012 (Unaudited)Three months ended June 30,       2011 (Unaudited)Six monthsended June 30, 2012(Unaudited)Six monthsended June 30,    2011(Unaudited)Adjusted Net Income$     30,874$     7,257$   57,666$ 10,972Add:   Depreciation34,31820,92468,49341,565   Other amortization3,6613,7507,4467,469   Provision for deferred income taxes4,3627547,3811,090Adjusted Net Income Plus Depreciation and Amortization$     73,215$   32,685$ 140,986$ 61,096FLY defines Adjusted Net Income as net income plus or minus the after-tax impacts of the ineffective portion of cash flow hedges, non-cash share-based compensation, and adjustments related to the GAAM portfolio acquisition comprised of amortization of fair value adjustments recorded in purchase accounting and acquisition transaction fees and expenses. FLY believes that Adjusted Net Income provides useful information about operating performance and period over period comparisons.  It also provides additional information that is useful for evaluating the underlying operating performance of our business without regard to the impacts of fair-value adjustments of debt that the company has assumed, acquired leases and derivative instruments and other non-recurring items of income and expense affecting current period results.  Adjusted Net Income should be used as a supplement to and not as a substitute for financial measures determined in accordance with Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States.  Adjusted Net Income Plus Depreciation and Amortization is a cash flow measure that provides investors with an additional measure for evaluating FLY's ongoing cash earnings, from which capital investments are made, debt is serviced and dividends are paid.  However, adjusted net income plus depreciation and amortization excludes certain positive and negative cash items, including principal payments, and has certain important limitations as an indicator of FLY's ability to pay dividends and reinvest in its business.  Management uses Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Plus Depreciation and Amortization as a measure for assessing FLY's performance.  These measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for net income or other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.  Finally, FLY's definitions may be different than those used by other companies.SOURCE FLY Leasing Limited