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Aircastle Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Aircastle Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results07:30 EDT Thursday, August 02, 2012Board Declares Third Quarter Dividend on Common Shares of $0.15 Highlights -- Lease rental revenue of $153.6 million and EBITDA(1) of $146.8 million -- Net income of $16.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share -- Adjusted net income(1) of $25.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted common share -- Invested $490 million to date in 2012 and signed commitments for more than $200 million in additional aircraft investments -- Issued $800 million of unsecured notes and repaid Term Financing No. 1, increasing our unencumbered asset base to $2.0 billion -- Fleet utilization was 98% while our aircraft portfolio yield remained at 14% -- 25th consecutive quarterly dividend declared by Aircastle's Board of DirectorsSTAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aircastle Limited (the "Company" or "Aircastle") (NYSE: AYR) reported second quarter 2012 net income of $16.3 million, or $0.23 per diluted common share, and adjusted net income of $25.8 million, or $0.36 per diluted common share.  The second quarter results included lease rental revenues of $153.6 million versus $143.4 million in the second quarter of 2011.  Commenting on the results, Ron Wainshal, Aircastle's CEO, stated: "We are executing our business plan effectively.  During the second quarter, we were very successful in acquiring attractive investments as shrinking bank market capacity is making it more difficult for many of our competitors to source financing.  At the same time and in conjunction with the issuance of $800 million in unsecured notes, we increased our unencumbered asset base to $2.0 billion, or 42% of our fleet, enhancing our profile with capital markets investors.  Operationally, we are continuing to manage our portfolio well and have made good progress with lease placements despite challenging market conditions."  (1). Refer to Supplemental Financial Information accompanying this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP numbers.Second Quarter ResultsLease rental revenues for the second quarter were $153.6 million, up $10.3 million, or 7%, year over year, due primarily to an increase of $27.0 million from aircraft acquisitions, partially offset by lower revenues from aircraft sold of $8.5 million and lease extensions, transitions and terminations of $8.2 million.Total revenues for the second quarter were $172.2 million, an increase of $23.3 million, or 16%, versus the previous year.  This increase primarily reflects higher lease rental revenue as discussed above, as well as $5.4 million of higher maintenance revenues and $5.1 million of lower amortization of net lease premiums, discounts and incentives.Following Cimber Sterling's bankruptcy in May, we repossessed three aircraft.  In the second quarter, we recorded $7.7 million of maintenance revenue and reversed $6.9 million of lease incentive amortization for work we had anticipated being completed prior to the return of these aircraft that was not performed.  These aircraft have all been successfully placed with new lessees.  EBITDA for the second quarter was $146.8 million, up $4.5 million, or 3%, from the second quarter of 2011, as higher lease rental revenues of $10.3 million and higher maintenance and other revenues totaling $8.0 million were partially offset by lower gains from the sale of aircraft of $7.4 million, higher aircraft impairment charges of $4.9 million and higher maintenance expenses of $1.9 million.   During the second quarter, we recorded a $2.9 million gain reflecting an insurance settlement associated with a Boeing 767-300ER that had been leased to LOT Polish Airlines.  Additionally, after evaluating future revenues and higher than expected aircraft-specific maintenance costs relating to one Boeing 767-300ER, which came off lease during the quarter, we recorded an impairment charge of $8.0 million.  This was partially offset by maintenance and other revenue of $2.4 million.  We also sold one Boeing 757-200 during the quarter which resulted in an impairment charge of $2.1 million. Net income for the second quarter was $16.3 million, down $7.0 million, or 30%, as the $23.3 million increase in total revenues was offset by higher interest, net of $8.2 million, higher depreciation of $8.5 million, lower gains on the sale of flight equipment of $7.4 million and higher aircraft impairment charges of $4.9 million.  Adjusted net income for the quarter was $25.8 million, down $6.4 million year over year, and reflects higher total revenues of $23.3 million offset by higher depreciation of $8.5 million, higher adjusted interest expense of $7.4 million, lower gains on sale of flight equipment of $7.4 million, higher aircraft impairment charges of $4.9 million and higher maintenance costs of $1.9 million.Aviation AssetsThus far in 2012, we have invested $490 million in aircraft and aircraft-secured debt investments consisting of 14 aircraft and one secured loan.  More than $400 million of these investments were completed during the second quarter.  In addition, we have entered into commitments to acquire more than $200 million in aircraft which we expect to close during the second half of 2012. With respect to aircraft sales, during the second quarter we disposed of two aircraft:  the Boeing 767-300ER leased to LOT Polish Airlines as mentioned above, and one Boeing 757-200 aircraft that had been scheduled to come off lease later this year and that we sold to the lessee.  As of June 30, 2012, Aircastle owned 155 aircraft having a net book value of $4.7 billion.  Of these, 67 aircraft with a net book value of $2.0 billion are unencumbered. Owned Aircraftas ofJune 30,2012(A)129 Passenger Aircraft70%26 Freighter Aircraft30%Number of Lessees67Number of Countries36Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term (years)(B)4.9Weighted Average Fleet Utilization during the three months ended June 30, 2012(C)98%Portfolio Yield for the Second Quarter 2012(D)14%(A) Percentages calculated using net book value of flight equipment held for lease and net investment in finance      leases as of June 30, 2012.(B) Weighted average remaining lease term (years) by net book value.(C) Aircraft on-lease days as a percent of total days in period weighted by net book value, excluding aircraft in       freighter conversion.(D) Lease rental revenue for the period as a percent of average net book value of flight equipment held for lease      for the period; quarterly information is annualized.Financing UpdateIn April 2012, we closed an $800 million unsecured notes offering, consisting of $500 million of 6.75% senior notes due 2017 and $300 million of 7.625% senior notes due in 2020, both of which were issued at par.  Aircastle used the net proceeds from the offering to repay outstanding indebtedness under its Term Financing No. 1 and the termination of associated interest rate derivatives, with the balance used for general corporate purposes, including the purchase of aviation assets.In June 2012, our new five-year interest rate swap arrangement became effective for Securitization No. 2, resulting in a new fixed pay interest rate of 1.58%.  The new swap arrangement provides a significant reduction in interest costs compared to the previous equivalent rate of 5.56% with estimated savings of approximately $30 million over the next twelve months.  The new swap arrangement was structured to hedge approximately 75% of the expected debt balance of Securitization No. 2 and matures in June of 2017.   Also in April 2012, we delivered a new Airbus A330-200 aircraft on long-term lease to Virgin Australia Airlines, one of Australia's leading carriers.  Debt financing for this purchase was arranged and provided by The Bank of Tokyo ? Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) and supported by a guarantee from Compagnie Francaise d'Assurance pour le Commerce Exterieur (COFACE), the French export credit agency. This debt bears interest at a fixed rate of 3.81% per annum and will be repaid over twelve years.Common DividendOn August 1, 2012, Aircastle's Board of Directors declared a third quarter 2012 cash dividend on its common shares of $0.15 per share, payable on September 14, 2012 to shareholders of record on August 31, 2012.  Share Repurchase AuthorizationOn May 24, 2012 the Company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $50 million of the Company's common shares. Under the program, the Company may purchase its common shares from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The amount and timing of the purchases will depend on a number of factors including the price and availability of the Company's common shares, trading volume and general market conditions. The Company may also from time to time establish a trading plan under Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to facilitate purchases of its common shares under this authorization.   Conference CallIn connection with this earnings release, management will host an earnings conference call on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern time.  All interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call.  The conference call can be accessed by dialing (877) 857-6151 (from within the U.S. and Canada) or (719) 325-4940 (from outside of the U.S. and Canada) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start and referencing the "Aircastle Second Quarter Earnings Call."A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at www.aircastle.com.  Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the necessary software required to listen to the internet broadcast.  A replay of the webcast will be available for three months following the call.  In addition to this earnings release an accompanying power point presentation has been posted to the Investor Relations section of Aircastle's website.For those who are not available to listen to the live call, a replay will be available until 11:59 P.M. Eastern time on Thursday, August 30, 2012 by dialing (888) 203-1112 (from within the U.S. and Canada) or (719) 457-0820 (from outside of the U.S. and Canada); please reference passcode "5002334."About Aircastle LimitedAircastle Limited is a global company that acquires, leases and sells high-utility commercial jet aircraft to airlines throughout the world.  As of June 30, 2012, Aircastle's aircraft portfolio consisted of 155 aircraft on lease with 67 customers located in 36 countries.Safe HarborCertain items in this press release and other information we provide from time to time, may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not necessarily limited to, statements relating to our ability to acquire, sell, lease or finance aircraft, raise capital, pay dividends, and increase revenues, earnings, EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income and the global aviation industry and aircraft leasing sector. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seeks," "estimates" and variations on these words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors that could lead to actual results materially different from those described in the forward-looking statements; Aircastle Limited can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Factors that could have a material adverse effect on our operations and future prospects or that could cause actual results to differ materially from Aircastle Limited's expectations include, but are not limited to, significant capital markets disruption and volatility, and the significant contraction in the availability of bank financing which may adversely affect our continued ability to obtain additional capital to finance new investments or our working capital needs; volatility in the value of our aircraft; general economic conditions and business conditions affecting demand for aircraft and lease rates; our continued ability to obtain favorable tax treatment in Bermuda, Ireland and other jurisdictions; our ability to pay dividends; high or volatile fuel prices, lack of access to capital, reduced load factors and/or reduced yields, operational disruptions caused by political unrest in North Africa, the Middle East or elsewhere, uncertainties in the Eurozone arising from the sovereign debt crisis and other factors affecting the creditworthiness of our airline customers and their ability to continue to perform their obligations under our leases; termination payments on our interest rate hedges; and other risks detailed from time to time in Aircastle Limited's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including as previously disclosed in Aircastle's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in our other filings with the SEC, press releases and other communications. In addition, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Aircastle to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Aircastle Limited expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesConsolidated Balance Sheets(Dollars in thousands, except share data) December 31, 2011June 30, 2012(Unaudited)ASSETSCash and cash equivalents$295,522$291,062Accounts receivable3,6463,129Restricted cash and cash equivalents247,452137,803Restricted liquidity facility collateral110,000107,000Flight equipment held for lease, net of accumulated depreciation of $981,932 and $1,094,2444,387,9864,604,493Net investment in finance leases?90,024Aircraft purchase deposits and progress payments89,8065,150Other assets90,047162,876Total assets$5,224,459$5,401,537LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYLIABILITIESBorrowings from secured financings (including borrowings of ACS Ireland VIEs of $295,952 and $231,242, respectively)$2,535,759$1,924,435Borrowings from unsecured financings450,7571,250,700Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities105,432104,852Lease rentals received in advance46,10548,061Liquidity facility110,000107,000Security deposits83,03782,032Maintenance payments347,122349,125Fair value of derivative liabilities141,63967,939Total liabilities3,819,8513,934,144Commitments and ContingenciesSHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYPreference shares, $.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding??Common shares, $.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 72,258,472 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2011; and 72,249,408 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2012723722Additional paid-in capital1,400,0901,400,443Retained earnings191,476218,690Accumulated other comprehensive loss(187,681)(152,462)Total shareholders' equity1,404,6081,467,393Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$5,224,459$5,401,537 Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesConsolidated Statements of Income(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,2011201220112012Revenues:Lease rental revenue$143,355$153,624$284,471$305,866Amortization of lease premiums, discounts and lease incentives(3,030)2,044(6,132)446Maintenance revenue8,16213,53525,00626,182Total lease rentals148,487169,203303,345332,494Other revenue3512,9783,4074,602Total revenues148,838172,181306,752337,096Expenses:Depreciation58,57667,097118,167131,611Interest, net55,89364,121101,512113,102Selling, general and administrative (including non-cash share based payment expense of $1,178 and $929 for the three months ended, and $3,073 and $2,105 for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2012,  respectively)11,57811,51124,10924,709Impairment of Aircraft5,20010,1115,20010,111Maintenance and other costs3,3695,2436,8998,017Total expenses134,616158,083255,887287,550Other income (expense):Gain on sale of flight equipment10,2992,85519,9613,051Other323717(36)604Total other income (expense)10,6223,57219,9253,655Income from continuing operations before income taxes24,84417,67070,79053,201Income tax provision1,5351,3464,8044,275Net income$23,309$16,324$65,986$48,926Earnings per common share ? Basic:Net income per share$0.30$0.23$0.84$0.68Earnings per common share ? Diluted:Net income per share$0.30$0.23$0.84$0.68Dividends declared per share$0.125$0.150$0.225$0.300Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesConsolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,2011201220112012Net income$23,309$16,324$65,986$48,926Other comprehensive income, net of tax:Net change in fair value of derivatives, net of tax          expense of $128 and $139 for the three months         ended, and $528 and $428 for the six months ended          June 30, 2011 and 2012, respectively5785,79924,04622,282Net derivative loss reclassified into earnings5,3918,8668,22612,937Other comprehensive income5,96914,66532,27235,219Total comprehensive income$29,278$30,989$98,258$84,145 Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesConsolidated Statements of Cash Flows(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)Six Months Ended June 30,20112012Cash flows from operating activities:Net income$65,986$48,926Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation118,167131,611Amortization of deferred financing costs9,4177,691Amortization of net lease discounts and lease incentives6,132(446)Deferred income taxes2,7122,457Non-cash share based payment expense3,0732,105Cash flow hedges reclassified into earnings8,22612,937Ineffective portion of cash flow hedges(598)366Security deposits and maintenance payments included in earnings(25,282)(25,818)Gain on sale of flight equipment(19,961)(3,051)Impairment of Aircraft5,20010,111Other566(1,222)Changes in certain assets and liabilities:Accounts receivable(1,366)(4,434)Restricted cash and cash equivalents related to operating activities9,379?Other assets(1,276)(1,970)Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities(11,861)12,183Lease rentals received in advance(5,231)662Net cash provided by operating activities163,283192,108Cash flows from investing activities:Acquisition and improvement of flight equipment and lease incentives(196,132)(324,831)Proceeds from sale of flight equipment151,57736,013Restricted cash and cash equivalents related to sale of flight equipment?4,762Aircraft purchase deposits and progress payments(76,897)(23,955)Net investment in finance leases?(91,500)Collections on finance leases?1,476Purchase of debt investment?(43,626)Principal repayments on debt investment?3,245Other(10)(126)Net cash used in investing activities(121,462)(438,542)Cash flows from financing activities:Repurchase of shares(61,403)(2,129)Proceeds from term debt financings230,333877,100Securitization and term debt financing repayments(252,912)(688,424)Deferred financing costs(11,253)(17,710)Restricted secured liquidity facility collateral(37,000)3,000Secured liquidity facility collateral37,000(3,000)Restricted cash and cash equivalents related to financing activities(3,572)104,887Security deposits received10,3178,310Security deposits returned(7,764)(3,067)Maintenance payments received57,57162,496Maintenance payments returned(43,257)(27,020)Payments for terminated cash flow hedges?(50,757)Dividends paid(15,821)(21,712)Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities(97,761)241,974Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(55,940)(4,460)Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period239,957295,522Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$184,017$291,062 Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesSupplemental Financial Information(Amount in thousands, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)Three Months Ended June 30,Six Months Ended June 30,2011201220112012(Dollars in thousands)Revenues$148,838$172,181$306,752$337,096EBITDA$142,343$146,844$296,601$297,468Adjusted Net Income$32,120$25,756$76,576$58,128Adjusted net income allocable to common shares$31,694$25,546$75,640$57,638Per common share ? Basic$0.42$0.36$0.98$0.80Per common share ? Diluted$0.42$0.36$0.98$0.80Basic common shares outstanding75,70171,72377,23571,710Diluted common shares outstanding75,70171,72377,23571,710 Refer to the selected information accompanying this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP information. Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesReconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP MeasuresEBITDA Reconciliation(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedJune 30,Six Months EndedJune 30,2011201220112012(Dollars in thousands)Net income$23,309$16,324$65,986$48,926Depreciation58,57667,097118,167131,611Amortization of net lease discounts and lease incentives3,030(2,044)6,132(446)Interest, net55,89364,121101,512113,102Income tax provision1,5351,3464,8044,275EBITDA$142,343$146,844$296,601$297,468 We define EBITDA as income from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expense, and depreciation and amortization. We use EBITDA to assess our consolidated financial and operating performance, and we believe this non-GAAP measure is helpful in identifying trends in our performance. Using EBITDA assists us in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest charges on our outstanding debt) and asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) from our operating results.  Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesReconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP MeasuresAdjusted Net Income Reconciliation(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedJune 30,Six Months EndedJune 30,2011201220112012(Dollars in thousands)Net income$23,309$16,324$65,986$48,926Ineffective portion and termination of hedges(1)1,7241,8851,249366Mark to market of interest rate derivative contracts(2)257(712)616(599)         Loan termination payment(1)3,196?3,196?         Write-off of deferred financing fees(1)2,4562,9142,4562,914Stock compensation expense(3)1,1789293,0732,105        Term Financing No. 1 hedge loss amortization charges(1)?4,416?4,416Adjusted net income$32,120$25,756$76,576$58,128 (1)  Included in Interest, net.(2)  Included in Other income (expense).(3)  Included in Selling, general and administrative expenses.Beginning with the quarter ended March 31, 2012, management, to be more consistent with reporting practices of peer aircraft leasing companies, has revised the calculation of Adjusted Net Income ("ANI") to no longer exclude gains (losses) on sales of assets, and to exclude non-cash share based payment expense in the calculation of ANI. Beginning with our Quarterly Report for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, we also excluded Term Financing No. 1 hedge loss amortization charges which will be reported in Interest, net on our consolidated statement of income from the calculation of ANI. The calculation of ANI for the three months ended June 30, 2011 has been revised to be comparable with the current period presentation. Management believes that ANI, when viewed in conjunction with the Company's results under GAAP and the above reconciliation, provide useful information about operating and period-over-period performance, and provide additional information that is useful for evaluating the underlying operating performance of our business without regard to periodic reporting elements related to interest rate derivative accounting and non-cash share based compensation. However, ANI is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or cash flow from operating activities as indicators of operating performance or liquidity.  Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesReconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP MeasuresReconciliation of Net Income Allocable to Common Shares(In thousands)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedJune 30, 2012Six Months EndedJune 30, 2012Weighted-average shares:SharesPercent(2)SharesPercent(2)Common shares outstanding - Basic71,72399.19%71,71099.16%Unvested restricted common shares589.81%610.84%Total weighted-average shares outstanding72,312100.00%72,320100.00%Net income allocationNet income$16,324100.00%$48,926100.00%Distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to unvested restricted shares(133)(.81%)(412)(.84%)Earnings available to common shares$16,19199.19%$48,51499.16%Adjusted net income allocationAdjusted net income$25,756100.00%$58,128100.00%Amounts allocated to unvested restricted shares(210)(.81%)(490)(.84%)Amounts allocated to common shares$25,54699.19%$57,63899.16% (1)    The Company had no dilutive common share equivalents for the periods presented.(2)    Percentages rounded to two decimal places. Aircastle Limited and SubsidiariesReconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP MeasuresReconciliation of Net Income Allocable to Common Shares(In thousands)(Unaudited)Three Months EndedJune 30, 2011Six Months EndedJune 30, 2011Weighted-average shares:SharesPercent(2)SharesPercent(2)Common shares outstanding - Basic75,70198.67%77,23598.78%Unvested restricted common shares1,0181.33%9561.22%Total weighted-average shares outstanding76,719100.00%78,191100.00%Net income allocationNet income$23,309100.00%$65,986100.00%Distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to unvested restricted shares(309)(1.33%)(807)(1.22%)Earnings available to common shares$23,00098.67%$65,17998.78%Adjusted net income allocationAdjusted net income$32,120100.00%$76,576100.00%Amounts allocated to unvested restricted shares(426)(1.33%)(936)(1.22%)Amounts allocated to common shares$31,69498.67%$75,64098.78%(1)    The Company had no dilutive common share equivalents for the periods presented.(2)    Percentages rounded to two decimal places.  Contact: Frank Constantinople, SVP Investor RelationsTel: +1-203-504-1063fconstantinople@aircastle.com  The IGB GroupLeon BermanTel: +1-212-477-8438lberman@igbir.comSOURCE Aircastle Limited