ATSG Reports Record 2019 Results

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATSG), the leading provider of medium wide-body aircraft leasing, contracted air transportation and related services, today reported consolidated financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.

ATSG's fourth quarter 2019 results, as compared with the fourth quarter of 2018 include:

  • Customer revenues up 44 percent to $403.4 million, and up 63 percent to $1.45 billion for the year.

Both of ATSG's principal business segments, aircraft leasing and air transport, reported higher revenues for the fourth quarter and year.

  • GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations was a loss of $41.1 million, or $0.70 per share basic, versus a loss of $5.2 million, or $0.09 per share. For all of 2019, GAAP earnings were $60.0 million, or $1.02 per share basic, versus $67.9 million, or $1.16 per share.

The unrealized effect of the quarterly re-measurement of financial instrument values decreased ATSG's fourth quarter 2019 after-tax earnings by $70.0 million ($8.1 million for 2019), and fourth-quarter 2018 after-tax earnings by $20.0 million (a $7.1 million gain for 2018). Warrant losses for 2019 were a result of an increase in the probabilities of additional warrants related to customer leases, and three and twelve percent increases in the traded value of ATSG shares during the quarter and year. Increases in interest expense, depreciation and amortization expense, and in retiree benefit costs were also significant factors.

ATSG's combined federal and state effective tax rate from continuing operations for the fourth quarter and full year 2019 was 6% and 16%, respectively. The effective tax rate for 2019 reflects a re-measurement of deferred state taxes using lower tax rates than previously estimated which resulted in a tax benefit of $4.9 million.

  • Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations (non-GAAP) rose 73 percent, to $39.0 million. Adjusted Earnings Per Share (non-GAAP) were $0.56 diluted, up $0.23. Adjusted Earnings Per Share for 2019 was $1.51, up $0.35 from 2018.

Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations and Adjusted EPS exclude elements from GAAP results that differ distinctly in predictability among periods or are not closely related to operations. Adjustments from GAAP include financial instrument revaluations, amortization of aircraft lease incentives, retiree benefit costs, losses of non-consolidated ATSG affiliates, and acquisition-related expenses. Adjusted EPS for the fourth quarter and year of 2019 included seven cents per diluted share for the non-recurring deferred tax benefit adjustments in state tax rates.

  • Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations (non-GAAP) increased 29 percent, or $28.1 million, to $124.3 million. Annual Adjusted EBITDA rose 45 percent, or $140.0 million, to $452.1 million.

Contributions from Omni Air, and from the increase in externally leased 767 freighters, drove the majority of the increase in Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted Earnings per Share, Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations and Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations are non-GAAP financial measures and are defined in the non-GAAP reconciliation tables at the end of this release.

  • Capital spending for 2019 was $453.5 million, up $160.6 million, or 55 percent.

Capital expenditures included $328.0 million for the purchase of eleven Boeing 767 aircraft, including two in the fourth quarter, and for freighter modification costs.

Joe Hete, Chief Executive Officer of ATSG, said, "2019 was very productive and profitable for ATSG and its family of companies, excluding warrant effects. We successfully integrated Omni Air, our November 2018 acquisition, and expanded its passenger fleet, leading to better than expected returns from that investment. Demand for our cargo aircraft and flight operations was strong, due in large part to more aircraft and more flight operations for Amazon. We are optimistic that 2020 will be just as good, and project a strong increase in Adjusted EBITDA as we expect to deploy 8-10 more 767 converted freighters for customers."

In 2019, ATSG completed several significant milestones, including:

  • Revenues of $1.45 billion, excluding reimbursable amounts, were the highest in ATSG's history. The total included more than $500 million in revenues and a greater than expected contribution from Omni Air, which ATSG acquired in 2018.
  • Boeing 767-300 deployments included eight more 767 freighters, including six to Amazon, plus one passenger 767 to Omni Air.
  • Leased two 767-300s to United Parcel Service, ATSG's newest 767 freighter lease customer. Three more will be delivered in 2020, the first of which was delivered in January.
  • Continued strong growth in earnings and cash flow, as both Adjusted Earnings Per Share and Adjusted EBITDA reached record levels.
  • Amended the senior secured bank credit facilities to provide a more favorable tiered rate structure, leading in January 2020 to $500 million private offering of eight-year unsecured senior notes, which priced at 4.75% (see Credit Amendment and Notes offering, below). The new unsecured notes increased ATSG's access to additional growth capital.

Segment Results

Cargo Aircraft Management (CAM)

CAM

Fourth Quarter

Year

($ in thousands)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Aircraft leasing and related revenues

$

78,967

$

67,643

$

301,984

$

245,860

Lease incentive amortization

(4,301

)

(4,226

)

(16,708

)

(16,904

)

Total CAM revenues

74,666

63,417

285,276

228,956

Depreciation expense

41,683

35,801

158,470

126,856

Allocated interest expense

9,462

8,144

38,300

21,819

Segment earnings, pretax

18,358

15,684

68,643

65,576

Significant Developments:

  • CAM's fourth quarter revenues, net of warrant-related lease incentives, increased 18 percent versus the prior year. Revenues benefited primarily from a full year of results from the eleven Omni Air passenger aircraft that CAM acquired and leased back to Omni Air in November 2018, and from seven more converted 767 freighters added during 2019. CAM's external customer revenues increased eight percent to $44.5 million during the fourth quarter.
  • CAM owned ninety-four aircraft in service at December 31, 2019, versus eighty-eight on December 31, 2018. It owned ten others in cargo conversion or staging for lease, versus six the year before. That in-service fleet of CAM-owned aircraft included eighty-two cargo and twelve passenger aircraft. Sixty-two cargo aircraft were leased to external customers, three more than were leased as of the same date last year, and four more than on September 30, 2019.
  • CAM leased four additional 767 freighters during the fourth quarter, two to Amazon and two to United Parcel Service. The first of those UPS placements occurred in October. A third 767 was leased to UPS in January; two more are due this year.
  • Ten 767s were undergoing conversion or awaiting deployment as freighters at year end, including two 767s acquired during the fourth quarter. CAM purchased eleven 767s during 2019.
  • CAM’s pretax earnings for the quarter were $18.4 million, $2.7 million more than the prior-year's fourth quarter. Fourth-quarter earnings reflected $1.3 million more in quarterly allocated interest expense and $5.9 million more for depreciation expense, due to both organic and acquired fleet growth, versus the year-ago quarter. CAM's annual interest and D&A expense increased $16.5 million and $31.6 million, respectively. The timing of new aircraft lease deliveries and transitioning of aircraft between lessees also had a larger effect on CAM’s 2019 results for the quarter and year.

ACMI Services

ACMI Services

Fourth Quarter

Year

($ in thousands)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues

$

293,206

$

193,635

$

1,078,288

$

548,839

Allocated interest expense

5,430

4,850

24,950

6,269

Segment earnings, pretax

14,397

7,874

32,055

11,448

Significant Developments:

  • Fourth-quarter revenues for ACMI Services increased 51 percent from the prior-year period, stemming mainly from a full quarter of Omni Air's operations compared to a partial quarter in 2018. Seasonal expanded flight operations for Amazon, and more ACMI flying for UPS during peak season also contributed.
  • ATSG's airlines operated seventy-one aircraft at the end of 2019, up four from the third quarter and nine more than a year earlier. Two of those seventy-one aircraft are leased-in and two others were provided by a customer. Total block hours increased 47 percent for the fourth quarter and 40 percent for 2019, principally due to the contribution from Omni Air's ACMI and charter operations, and growth in flight operations for Amazon.
  • Pretax earnings for the quarter were $14.4 million versus $7.9 million a year ago, up 83 percent. Higher revenues from our airline operations, including Omni Air, were the principal factor. Interest expense allocated to ACMI Services for the fourth quarter increased $0.6 million, primarily related to debt associated with the Omni Air acquisition.

Other Activities

Other

Fourth Quarter

Year

($ in thousands)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Total Revenues

$

87,786

$

79,843

$

314,014

$

286,579

Revenues from external customers

$

65,664

$

45,901

$

205,934

$

187,025

Pretax Earnings

4,574

1,362

13,422

11,170

Significant Developments:

  • Total fourth-quarter revenues from other activities of $87.8 million increased by 10 percent due to growth in maintenance services and ground services for external customers. Revenues from external customers increased $19.8 million versus the prior-year period, driven by additional revenue for ground services and fuel sales.
  • Pretax earnings for the fourth quarter increased by $3.2 million to $4.6 million. Higher earnings were from increased aircraft maintenance and gateway services.

Credit Amendment and Notes Offering

Following the previously announced November 2019 amendments to its senior credit facility, ATSG in January completed a private offering of senior unsecured notes that increased its financial flexibility while lowering its projected interest expense over the next eight years. The offering of $500 million in unsecured fixed-rate senior notes due in 2028 was used to reduce revolver balance and lowered the leverage ratio used to determine the effective borrowing rates on the secured credit facility.

CAM was the listed issuer for the notes offering, and ATSG and its other businesses are guarantors. ATSG received favorable first-time debt-issuer ratings from Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor's and a strong response from investors, leading to a $100 million increase in the proposed $400 million offering as well as an attractive 4.75 percent coupon rate.

Outlook

ATSG currently projects that its Adjusted EBITDA will increase to a range of $487 to 492 million in 2020 from $452 million in 2019.

Hete said that "We are looking forward to another year of good growth in 2020. Our plan now includes commitments to lease nine more 767 freighters, four of which we would operate for Amazon, and three we will lease to United Parcel Service. We also project continued improvement overall from our airlines including revenue growth from more leased aircraft and additional flying for Amazon driven by their one-day delivery commitments, plus growth in operations for our military and other government customers."

Rich Corrado, president of ATSG, noted that, "Demand for Boeing 767 freighters remains very strong. Amazon's 2018 commitment to lease four more 767 freighters this year will absorb more of the feedstock aircraft we have agreed to purchase. Ongoing discussions with existing and new customers indicate significant interest in freighter deployments for 2021, which would place all of our 767-300s available at the end of 2020 into service by the end of next year. At the same time, some of those new 2020 leases of 767-300s may replace existing leases of other 767-200s. DHL does not intend to renew ACMI agreements expiring in March for the 757-200 freighters we have operated for them. We are working hard to redeploy or otherwise realize value for all of those transitioning aircraft."

2020 capital expenditures, principally to purchase and modify Boeing 767 aircraft for freighter deployment, are now projected to be approximately $420 million, down about $30 million from 2019. That would include purchases of eight more 767s during 2020, versus eleven in 2019.

Hete added that "Our customers continue to focus on the role that our midsize cargo and passenger aircraft can play in the logistics networks they will operate five and ten years from now. That's our focus as well. We will be ready to meet their expanding needs, even as we anticipate decreasing capital expenditures and debt leverage over the next several years."

The company expects its adjusted effective tax rate for the full year 2020 to be 24 percent, after excluding the impact of warrant re-measurements and amortizations of aircraft lease incentives. ATSG did not pay U.S. federal income taxes during 2019 and does not expect to pay significant U.S. federal taxes until 2024 or later.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release, including the attached tables, contains non-GAAP financial measures that management uses to evaluate historical results and project future results. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures assist in highlighting operational trends, facilitate period-over-period comparisons, and provide additional clarity about events and trends affecting core operating performance. Disclosing these non-GAAP measures provides insight to investors about additional metrics that management uses to evaluate past performance and prospects for future performance. Non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP. The historical non-GAAP financial measures included in this release are reconciled to GAAP earnings in tables included later in this release. The Company does not provide a reconciliation of projected Adjusted EBITDA because it is unable to predict with reasonable accuracy the value of certain adjustments. Certain adjustments can be significantly impacted by the re-measurements of financial instruments including stock warrants issued to a customer. The Company’s earnings on a GAAP basis and the non-GAAP adjustments for gain and losses resulting from the re-measurement of stock warrants, will depend on the future prices of ATSG stock, interest rates and other assumptions which are highly uncertain.

Conference Call

ATSG will host a conference call on March 3, 2020, at 10 a.m. Eastern time to review its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2019. Participants should dial (800) 708-4539 and international participants should dial (847) 619-6396 ten minutes before the scheduled start of the call and ask for conference pass code 49418860. The call will also be webcast live (in listen-only mode) via a link at www.atsginc.com. A replay of the conference call will be available by phone on March 3, 2020, beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing through March 10, 2020, at (888) 843-7419 (international callers (630) 652-3042; use pass code 49418860#). The webcast replay will remain available via www.atsginc.com for 30 days.

About ATSG

ATSG is a leading provider of aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world's largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. Through its principal subsidiaries, including three airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, passenger ACMI and charter services, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services. ATSG's subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc.; Airborne Global Solutions, Inc.; Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc., including its subsidiary, Pemco World Air Services, Inc.; Air Transport International, Inc.; Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc.; and Omni Air International, LLC. For more information, please see www.atsginc.com.

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause Air Transport Services Group's (ATSG's) actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in market demand for our assets and services, including potential reduced flight operations arising from the outbreak of COVID-19; our operating airlines' ability to maintain on-time service and control costs; the cost and timing with respect to which we are able to purchase and modify aircraft to a cargo configuration; fluctuations in ATSG's traded share price and in interest rates, which may result in mark-to-market charges on certain financial instruments; the number, timing and scheduled routes of our aircraft deployments to customers; our ability to remain in compliance with our agreements with key customers and lenders; changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions; and other factors that are contained from time to time in ATSG's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers should carefully review this release and should not place undue reliance on ATSG's forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements were based on information, plans and estimates as of the date of this release. Except as may be required by applicable law, ATSG undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, new information, future events or other changes.

AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

REVENUES

$

403,351

$

280,779

$

1,452,183

$

892,345

OPERATING EXPENSES

Salaries, wages and benefits

125,621

84,341

433,518

300,514

Depreciation and amortization

67,480

54,070

257,532

178,895

Maintenance, materials and repairs

44,650

39,540

170,151

146,692

Fuel

44,722

21,611

155,033

39,293

Contracted ground and aviation services

16,757

9,176

64,076

16,640

Travel

24,592

13,620

90,993

34,443

Landing and ramp

3,206

2,298

11,184

5,968

Rent

4,146

3,635

16,006

13,899

Insurance

1,741

1,639

7,342

6,112

Transaction fees

5,264

373

5,264

Other operating expenses

18,215

12,935

68,978

33,607

351,130

248,129

1,275,186

781,327

OPERATING INCOME

52,221

32,650

176,997

111,018

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)

Net gain (loss) on financial instruments

(72,868

)

(21,411

)

(12,302

)

7,296

Interest expense

(15,738

)

(12,463

)

(66,644

)

(28,799

)

Non-service component of retiree benefit (costs) credits

(2,351

)

2,045

(9,404

)

8,180

Loss from non-consolidated affiliates

(4,986

)

(2,868

)

(17,445

)

(10,468

)

Interest income

115

107

370

251

(95,828

)

(34,590

)

(105,425

)

(23,540

)

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(43,607

)

(1,940

)

71,572

87,478

INCOME TAX EXPENSE

2,503

(3,256

)

(11,589

)

(19,595

)

EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

(41,104

)

(5,196

)

59,983

67,883

EARNINGS FROM DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS, NET OF TAX

914

866

1,219

1,402

NET EARNINGS

$

(40,190

)

$

(4,330

)

$

61,202

$

69,285

EARNINGS PER SHARE - CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Basic

$

(0.70

)

$

(0.09

)

$

1.02

$

1.16

Diluted

$

(0.70

)

$

(0.09

)

$

0.78

$

0.89

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES - CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Basic

58,929

58,740

58,899

58,765

Diluted

58,929

58,740

69,348

68,356

Certain historical expenses have been reclassified to conform to the presentation above.

AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share data)

 

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

46,201

$

59,322

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $975 in 2019 and $1,444 in 2018

162,870

147,755

Inventory

37,397

33,536

Prepaid supplies and other

20,323

18,608

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

266,791

259,221

Property and equipment, net

1,766,020

1,555,005

Customer incentive

146,678

63,780

Goodwill and acquired intangibles

527,654

535,359

Operating lease assets

44,302

Other assets

68,733

57,220

TOTAL ASSETS

$

2,820,178

$

2,470,585

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

Accounts payable

$

141,094

$

109,843

Accrued salaries, wages and benefits

59,429

50,932

Accrued expenses

17,586

19,623

Current portion of debt obligations

14,707

29,654

Current portion of lease obligations

12,857

Unearned revenue

17,566

19,082

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

263,239

229,134

Long term debt

1,469,677

1,371,598

Stock warrant obligations

383,073

203,782

Post-retirement obligations

36,744

64,485

Long term lease obligations

30,334

Other liabilities

49,293

51,905

Deferred income taxes

127,476

113,243

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

Preferred stock, 20,000,000 shares authorized, including 75,000 Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 59,329,431 and 59,134,173 shares issued and outstanding in 2019 and 2018, respectively

593

591

Additional paid-in capital

475,720

471,158

Retained earnings

45,895

56,051

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(61,866

)

(91,362

)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

460,342

436,438

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

2,820,178

$

2,470,585

AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

PRETAX EARNINGS AND ADJUSTED PRETAX EARNINGS SUMMARY

FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(In thousands)

 

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues

CAM

Aircraft leasing and related revenues

$

78,967

$

67,643

$

301,984

$

245,860

Lease incentive amortization

(4,301

)

(4,226

)

(16,708

)

(16,904

)

Total CAM

74,666

63,417

285,276

228,956

ACMI Services

293,206

193,635

1,078,288

548,839

Other Activities

87,786

79,843

314,014

286,579

Total Revenues

455,658

336,895

1,677,578

1,064,374

Eliminate internal revenues

(52,307

)

(56,116

)

(225,395

)

(172,029

)

Customer Revenues

$

403,351

$

280,779

$

1,452,183

$

892,345

Pretax Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations

CAM, inclusive of interest expense

18,358

15,684

68,643

65,576

ACMI Services, inclusive of interest expense

14,397

7,874

32,055

11,448

Other Activities

4,574

1,362

13,422

11,170

Net, unallocated interest expense

(731

)

638

(3,024

)

(460

)

Net gain (loss) on financial instruments

(72,868

)

(21,411

)

(12,302

)

7,296

Other non-service components of retiree benefit (costs) credits, net

(2,351

)

2,045

(9,404

)

8,180

Transaction fees

(5,264

)

(373

)

(5,264

)

Non-consolidated affiliates

(4,986

)

(2,868

)

(17,445

)

(10,468

)

Earnings from Continuing Operations before Income Taxes (GAAP)

$

(43,607

)

$

(1,940

)

$

71,572

$

87,478

Adjustments to Pretax Earnings

Add non-service components of retiree benefit costs (credits), net

2,351

(2,045

)

9,404

(8,180

)

Add loss from non-consolidated affiliates

4,986

2,868

17,445

10,468

Add transaction fees

5,264

373

5,264

Add customer incentive amortization

4,593

4,226

17,178

16,904

Add net loss (gain) on financial instruments

72,868

21,411

12,302

(7,296

)

Adjusted Pretax Earnings (non-GAAP)

$

41,191

$

29,784

$

128,274

$

104,638

Adjusted Pretax Earnings excludes certain items included in GAAP based pretax earnings (loss) from continuing operations because they are distinctly different in their predictability among periods or not closely related to our operations. Presenting this measure provides investors with a comparative metric of fundamental operations, while highlighting changes to certain items among periods. Adjusted Pretax Earnings should not be considered an alternative to Earnings from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP.

AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

ADJUSTED EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(In thousands)

 

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Earnings (loss) from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes

$

(43,607

)

$

(1,940

)

$

71,572

$

87,478

Interest Income

(115

)

(107

)

(370

)

(251

)

Interest Expense

15,738

12,463

66,644

28,799

Depreciation and Amortization

67,480

54,070

257,532

178,895

EBITDA from Continuing Operations (non-GAAP)

$

39,496

$

64,486

$

395,378

$

294,921

Add non-service components of retiree benefit costs (credits), net

2,351

(2,045

)

9,404

(8,180

)

Add losses for non-consolidated affiliates

4,986

2,868

17,445

10,468

Add acquisition related transaction fees

5,264

373

5,264

Add customer incentive amortization

4,593

4,226

17,178

16,904

Add net (gain) loss on financial instruments

72,868

21,411

12,302

(7,296

)

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)

$

124,294

$

96,210

$

452,080

$

312,081

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA to assess the performance of its operating results among periods. It is a metric that facilitates the comparison of financial results of underlying operations. Additionally, these non-GAAP adjustments are similar to the adjustments used by lenders in the Company’s senior secured credit facility to assess financial performance and determine the cost of borrowed funds. The adjustments also exclude the non-service cost components of retiree benefit plans because they are not closely related to ongoing operating activities. Management presents EBITDA from Continuing Operations, a commonly referenced metric, as a subtotal toward computing Adjusted EBITDA.

EBITDA from Continuing Operations is defined as Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes plus net interest expense, depreciation, and amortization expense. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA from Continuing Operations less financial instrument revaluation gains or losses, non-service components of retiree benefit costs including pension plan settlements, amortization of warrant-based customer incentive costs recorded in revenue, and costs from non-consolidated affiliates.

Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA from Continuing Operations are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be considered as alternatives to Earnings from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA from Continuing Operations should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP, or as alternative measures of liquidity.

AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(In thousands)

Management presents Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations, both non-GAAP measures, to provide additional information regarding earnings per share without the volatility otherwise caused by the items below. Management uses Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations to compare the performance of its operating results among periods.

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2018

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2018

$

$ Per
Share

$

$ Per
Share

$

$ Per
Share

$

$ Per
Share

Earnings (loss) from Continuing Operations - basic (GAAP)

$

(41,104

)

$

(5,196

)

$

59,983

$

67,883

Gain from warrant revaluation, net tax1

(6,219

)

(7,118

)

Earnings (loss) from Continuing Operations - diluted (GAAP)

(41,104

)

$

(0.70

)

(5,196

)

$

(0.09

)

53,764

$

0.78

60,765

$

0.89

Adjustments, net of tax

Loss from warrant revaluation 1

71,694

1.12

17,156

0.24

6,594

0.10

Customer incentive amortization2

3,647

0.06

3,094

0.05

13,258

0.19

12,910

0.19

Non-service component of retiree benefits 3

1,873

0.03

(1,562

)

(0.03

)

7,258

0.10

(6,248

)

(0.09

)

Loss from affiliates4

4,405

0.08

2,110

0.04

16,176

0.23

7,993

0.11

Omni acquisition fees5

4,020

0.07

285

4,020

0.06

Derivative revaluation6

(1,547

)

(0.03

)

2,881

0.05

7,687

0.11

6

Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations (non-GAAP)

$

38,968

$

0.56

$

22,503

$

0.33

$

105,022

$

1.51

$

79,446

$

1.16

Shares

Shares

Shares

Shares

Weighted Average Shares - diluted

58,929

58,740

69,348

68,356

Additional weighted average shares1

10,318

8,806

Adjusted Shares (non-GAAP)

69,247

67,546

69,348

68,356

Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations and Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be considered as alternatives to Earnings from Continuing Operations, Weighted Average Shares - diluted or Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings Per Share from Continuing Operations should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP.

  1. Under U.S. GAAP, certain warrants are reflected as a liability and unrealized warrant gains are typically removed from diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) calculations while unrealized warrant losses are not removed because they are dilutive to EPS. As a result, the Company’s EPS, as calculated under U.S. GAAP, can vary significantly among periods due to unrealized mark-to-market losses created by an increased trading value for the Company's shares. Adjustment removes the unrealized gains for a large grant of stock warrants granted to a customer as a lease incentive.
  2. Adjustment removes the amortization of the warrant-based customer incentives which are recorded against revenue over the term of the related aircraft leases and customer contracts.
  3. Removes the non-service component of post-retirement costs and credits.
  4. Adjustment removes losses for the Company's non-consolidated affiliates.
  5. Adjustment removes the fees incurred for the acquisition of Omni Air International.
  6. Adjustment removes gains and losses from derivative interest rate instruments revaluations.

AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

AIRCRAFT FLEET

 

Aircraft Types

December 31,

December 31,

December 31, 2020

2018

2019

Projected

Freighter

Passenger

Freighter

Passenger

Freighter

Passenger

B767-200

34

3

33

3

32

3

B767-300

33

7

42

8

50

10

B777-200

3

3

3

B757-200

4

4

3

B757 Combi

4

4

4

B737-400

2

1

1

Total Aircraft in Service

73

17

80

18

86

20

B767-300 in or awaiting cargo conversion

5

1

7

8

B767-200 staging for lease

1

2

2

Total Aircraft

74

22

83

25

88

28

Aircraft in Service Deployments

December 31,

December 31,

December 31, 2020

2018

2019

Projected

Dry leased without CMI

28

27

34

Dry leased with CMI

31

35

40

Customer provided for CMI2

2

2

ACMI/Charter1

31

34

30

  1. Includes three Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft and one 767-200ER passenger aircraft leased from external companies.
  2. Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2019, two aircraft provided by a customer were operated under a CMI agreement by a Company airline.

Contacts:

Quint Turner, ATSG Inc. Chief Financial Officer
937-366-2303

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