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AeroCentury Corp. Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

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BURLINGAME, Calif., May 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AeroCentury Corp. (“AeroCentury” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported a first quarter 2021 net loss of $5.4 million, or ($3.50) per share, compared to a net loss of $10.2 million, or ($6.58) per share, for the first quarter of 2020.

Revenues and other income decreased by 47% to $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily a result of a 43% decrease in operating lease revenues to $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of reduced rent income from the sale of aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021 and reduced rent for two assets in the 2021 quarter as a result of lease amendments related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 also reflected reduced depreciation expense compared to the first quarter of 2020, primarily as a result of aircraft sales, and increased professional fees and other expenses, primarily due to higher legal expenses. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company recorded a bad debt allowance of $821,000 related to one of its sales-type finance leases. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company recorded an impairment loss of $1,940,400 on its two assets held for sale, based on expected sales proceeds, which had an aggregate fair value of $347,400.

The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 included impairment losses totaling $6.7 million, arising from estimated sales proceeds for three regional jet aircraft and an older turboprop aircraft that is being sold in parts. Results also included a $1.2 million bad debt allowance related to two of the Company’s aircraft that are subject to finance leases and a $1.9 million non-cash charge related to the Company’s interest rate swaps, which is included in interest expense.

As previously reported, the Company and its subsidiaries, JetFleet Holding Corp. and JetFleet Management Corp. (“the Debtors”) filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on March 29, 2021. After the bankruptcy filing, the Company has continued to operate its businesses in the ordinary course as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code. The Bankruptcy Court has granted the Company’s motions designed primarily to minimize the effect of bankruptcy on the Company’s operations, customers and employees and make it possible for the Company to continue existing operations without interruption during the pendency of the Chapter 11 Case.

The Bankruptcy Court also approved the conduct of a process to market and sell the Company’s assets as part of the Chapter 11 proceeding in order to permit the Company to satisfy the Company’s obligations to its creditors, including its sole secured creditor, Drake Asset Management Jersey Limited (“Drake”). The Company entered into a stalking horse agreement with Drake for the sale of certain of the aircraft assets securing the Drake Indebtedness (the “Drake Collateral”), which if approved by the Bankruptcy Court as the best and/or highest offer for the Drake Collateral, will, upon consummation, lead to full satisfaction of the Company’s obligations to Drake under the Drake Indebtedness.

No third party qualified bids were received for the Company’s assets in the Court-approved marketing and sale process, so the proposed auction for assets will not be conducted, and the Company anticipates that the sale of the Drake Collateral will proceed under the terms of the stalking horse agreement. There were non-qualified third party bids received by the Company for certain subsets of the Company’s aircraft assets, and the Company is currently reviewing and evaluating those offers. With respect to any asset purchases proposed in such non-qualified bids that include Drake Collateral, the Company is consulting with Drake.

First Quarter 2021 Highlights and Comparative Data

  • Net loss was $5.4 million compared to a loss of $14.5 million in the preceding quarter and a loss of $10.2 million a year ago.

  • EBITDA(1) was ($2.7) million compared to ($9.8) million in the preceding quarter and $(4.7) million a year ago.

  • Average portfolio utilization was 86% during the first quarter of 2021 and 87% during the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 85% in the first quarter of 2020.

  • Total revenues decreased 28% to $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2021, compared to $3.5 million in the preceding quarter, and decreased 47% from $4.8 million in the first quarter a year ago.

    • Operating lease revenue decreased 11% to $2.7 million for the first quarter of 2021 from $3.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and decreased 43% from $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of reduced rent income from the sale of aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021 and reduced rent for two assets in the 2021 quarter as a result of lease amendments related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Total operating expenses decreased 56% to $7.9 million from $18.1 million in the preceding quarter, and decreased 55% from $17.7 million in the first quarter a year ago.

    • During the first quarter of 2021, the Company recorded an impairment loss of $1,940,400 on its two assets held for sale, based on expected sales proceeds, which had an aggregate fair value of $347,400. During the first quarter of 2020, the Company recorded impairment charges totaling $6.7 million on four assets held for sale, based on expected sales proceeds.

    • Depreciation expense decreased by 54% to $0.7 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $1.5 million in the preceding quarter and decreased by 68% from $2.2 million in the first quarter a year ago, primarily as a result of the reclassification of three aircraft from held for lease to held for sale during the fourth quarter of 2020, as well as a decrease in depreciation for two aircraft that were written down to their estimated sale values during the second quarter of 2020 and were sold during the fourth quarter.

    • Interest expense decreased by 42% to $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and decreased 68% from $6.0 million in the first quarter of 2020, primarily as a result of a lower average interest rate and lower interest expense related to the Company’s interest rate swaps in the 2021 period.

    • As a result of payment delinquencies during the first quarter of 2020 by two of the Company’s customers under its two sales-type leases and decreases in the appraised values of the underlying assets, the Company recorded a bad debt expense of $1.2 million. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company recorded a bad debt allowance of $0.8 million related to one of its sales-type finance leases as a result of its May 2021 agreement to sell the aircraft to the customer, which requires the approval of the Bankruptcy Court and which the Company expects to occur in the second quarter of 2021.

    • Professional fees and other expenses increased by 298% to $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $0.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and increased 76% from $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to increased amortization of legal fees related to the Company’s Drake Indebtedness and legal fees related to the Company’s Chapter 11 filing.

  • Book value per share was ($14.89) as of March 31, 2021, compared to ($11.40) at December 31, 2020 and $8.84 a year ago.

(1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See below for its method of calculation and reconciliation to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as well as other information about the use of non-GAAP measures generally, at the end of this press release.

Aircraft and Engine Portfolio

AeroCentury’s portfolio currently consists of twelve aircraft, spread over four different aircraft types: (i) four regional jets and two turboprops that are on lease to three customers operating in three countries; (ii) two turboprops that are financed under sales-type leases (iii) one turboprop and three regional jets that are off lease and (iv) two turboprop aircraft that are being sold in parts and are held for sale. The off-lease aircraft were reclassified from held for sale to held for lease during the first quarter of 2021 as a result of the Company’s Chapter 11 filing and the Company’s consequent lack of authority to sell certain assets without the approval of the Bankruptcy Court.

About AeroCentury: AeroCentury is an independent global aircraft operating lessor and finance company specializing in leasing regional jet and turboprop aircraft and related engines. The Company's aircraft are leased to regional airlines and commercial users worldwide.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this press release other than statements that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding the Company’s continuation of operations during the pendency of its bankruptcy proceeding, the sale of the Drake Collateral pursuant to the terms of a stalking horse agreement; and anticipated sale of one of is turboprops. The forward-looking statements in this press release and the Company’s future results of operations are subject to additional risks and uncertainties set forth under the heading “Factors that May Affect Future Results and Liquidity” in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and the Company’s latest annual report on Form 10-K, and are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. The Company does not intend, and assumes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements made in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except share and per share data) (Unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

2021

2020

2020

Operating lease revenue

$

2,737

$

3,072

$

4,768

Finance lease revenue

-

-

56

Net (loss)/gain on disposal of assets

(202

)

124

(24

)

Other (loss)/income

(1

)

302

(23

)

2,534

3,498

4,777

Impairment

1,940

11,931

6,655

Interest

1,915

3,326

6,013

Professional fees and other

1,869

470

1,063

Bad debt expense

821

333

1,170

Depreciation

699

1,512

2,170

Salaries and employee benefits

506

510

517

Maintenance costs

145

56

80

7,895

18,138

17,668

Loss before income tax provision/(benefit)

(5,361

)

(14,640

)

(12,891

)

Income tax provision/(benefit)

49

(174

)

(2,713

)

Net loss

$

(5,410

)

$

(14,466

)

$

(10,178

)

Loss per share:

Basic

$

(3.50

)

$

(9.36

)

$

(0.85

)

Diluted

$

(3.50

)

$

(9.36

)

$

(0.85

)

Shares used in per share computations:

Basic

1,545,884

1,545,884

1,545,884

Diluted

1,545,884

1,545,884

1,545,884


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands) (Unaudited)

ASSETS

March 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

Cash and cash equivalents

$

4,225

$

2,409

Cash and cash equivalents held for sale

-

346

Restricted cash held for sale

-

2,346

Accounts receivable

310

257

Finance leases receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

1,626

2,547

Aircraft, net of accumulated depreciation

56,085

45,763

Assets held for sale

347

38,147

Property, equipment and furnishings, net of accumulated depreciation

12

15

Office lease right of use, net of accumulated amortization

126

142

Deferred tax asset

4

1,151

Taxes receivable

1,161

-

Prepaid expenses and other assets

539

255

Total assets

$

64,435

$

93,378

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

215

$

368

Accrued payroll

222

190

Notes payable and accrued interest, net of unamortized debt issuance costs

-

88,793

Notes payable and accrued interest held for sale, net of unamortized debt issuance costs

-

13,837

Derivative liability held for sale

-

768

Derivative termination liability

-

3.075

Lease liability

151

172

Maintenance reserves

2,100

2,001

Accrued maintenance costs

-

46

Security deposits

466

716

Unearned revenues

549

1,027

Income taxes payable

1

1

Total liabilities not subject to compromise

3,704

110,994

Liabilities subject to compromise

83,755

-

Total liabilities

87,459

110.994

Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value

-

-

Common stock, $0.001 par value

2

2

Paid-in capital

16,783

16,783

Accumulated deficit

(36,772

)

(31,362

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

-

(2

)

19,987

14,579

Treasury stock

(3,037

)

(3,037

)

Total stockholders’ deficit

(23,024

)

(17,616

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

$

64,435

$

93,378


Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA. The Company defines EBITDA as net (loss)/income, plus depreciation expense, plus interest expense and plus/(minus) income tax provision/(benefit). The table below provides a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures such as net (loss)/income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Rather, the Company presents this measure as supplemental information because it believes it provides meaningful additional information about the Company’s performance for the following reasons: (1) this measure allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management, as management uses this measure to assess the Company’s operating performance and for financial and operational decision-making; (2) this measure excludes the impact of items management believes are not directly attributable to the Company’s core operating performance and may obscure trends in the business; and (3) this measure may be used by institutional investors and the analyst community to help analyze the Company’s business. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies because they may not calculate such measures in the same manner as the Company does.

For the Three Months Ended
(in thousands)

March 31,

December 31,

March 31,

2021

2020

2020

Reconciliation of Net loss to EBITDA:

Net loss

$

(5,410

)

$

(14,466

)

$

(10,178

)

Depreciation

699

1,512

2,170

Interest

1,915

3,326

6,013

Income tax provision/(benefit)

49

(174

)

(2,713

)

EBITDA

(2,747

)

(9,802

)

(4,708

)

Hal Lyons
Chief Financial Officer
(650) 340-1888