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Delta Air Lines Announces June Quarter 2022 Profit

·16 min read

Good progress in restoring operational reliability to Delta's leading standards in July

Generated double digit June quarter operating margin

Expect double digit operating margin in September quarter and meaningful full year profitability

On track to achieve 2024 targets of over $7 adj. EPS and $4 billion of free cash flow

ATLANTA, July 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today reported financial results for the June quarter 2022 and provided its outlook for the September quarter 2022.  Highlights of the June quarter 2022 results, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are on page five and are incorporated here.

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)
Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

"I would like to thank our entire team for their outstanding work during a challenging operating environment for the industry as we work to restore our best-in-class reliability.  Their performance coupled with strong demand drove nearly $2 billion of free cash flow as well as profitability in the first half of the year, and we are accruing profit sharing, marking a great milestone for our people," said Ed Bastian, Delta's chief executive officer.  "For the September quarter, we expect an adjusted operating margin of 11 to 13 percent, supporting our outlook for meaningful full year profitability."

June Quarter 2022 GAAP Financial Results 

  • Operating revenue of $13.8 billion

  • Operating income of $1.5 billion with operating margin of 11.0 percent

  • Earnings per share of $1.15

  • Operating cash flow of $2.5 billion

  • Total debt and finance lease obligations of $24.8 billion

June Quarter 2022 Adjusted Financial Results 

  • Operating revenue of $12.3 billion, 99 percent recovered versus June quarter 2019 on 82 percent capacity restoration

  • Operating income of $1.4 billion with operating margin of 11.7 percent, the first quarter of double-digit margin since 2019

  • Earnings per share of $1.44

  • Free cash flow of $1.6 billion after investing $864 million into the business

  • Payments on debt and finance lease obligations of $1.0 billion

  • $13.6 billion in liquidity* and adjusted net debt of $19.6 billion

*Includes cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and undrawn revolving credit facilities

September Quarter Outlook1


3Q22 Forecast

Capacity2

Down 15% - 17%

Total Revenue2

Up 1% - 5%

CASM-Ex2

Up ~22%

Fuel Price ($/gal)

$3.45 - $3.60

Operating Margin

11% - 13%

Gross Capital Expenditures

~$1.8 billion

Adjusted Net Debt

~$20 billion



1

Non-GAAP measures, except for Capacity; Refer to Non-GAAP reconciliations for 3Q19 comparison figures

  2

Compared to September quarter 2019

Fuel price guidance is based on prices as of July 8th, including Brent at $107 per barrel, cracks at $41 per barrel and $0.27 per gallon refinery contribution.  Additional metrics for financial modeling can be found in the Supplemental Information section under Quarterly Results on ir.delta.com.

June Quarter Revenue Environment and Outlook

"With growing demand across our network in the June quarter, we recaptured higher fuel prices and delivered adjusted revenue recovery of 99 percent with unit revenues up 20.5 percent versus 2019.  We also delivered another record quarter of American Express co-brand remuneration, up 35 percent from the June quarter 2019, reflecting growing brand preference and further diversification of our revenue base," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's president.  "With sustained strength in bookings, we expect September quarter revenue to be up 1 to 5 percent compared to 2019 with total unit revenue growth improving sequentially."

  • Domestic continues to lead recovery with international accelerating: Domestic passenger revenue was 3 percent higher and international passenger revenue was 81 percent recovered compared to the June quarter 2019. Revenue in Latin America and Transatlantic both exceeded 2019 levels in the month of June and the pace of recovery in the Pacific saw meaningful improvement, driven by Korea and Australia re-openings and the easing of restrictions in Japan.

  • Business recovery progressing: Domestic corporate sales* for the quarter were ~80 percent recovered versus 2019, up 25 points compared to the March quarter. International corporate sales* for the quarter were ~65 percent recovered versus 2019, up 30 points compared to the March quarter, driven by outsized improvement in Transatlantic. Recent corporate survey results show positive expectations for business travel in the September quarter, including optimism around international travel given the elimination in June of the pre-departure test requirement for flights to the U.S.

  • Premium products outperforming Main Cabin: Premium product revenue recovery outpaced Main Cabin across all markets. Premium and other diversified revenue streams, including Loyalty, Cargo and MRO, comprised 54 percent of total revenues.

  • Strong American Express remuneration: Received $1.4 billion in the quarter, up 35 percent compared to the June quarter 2019 and on track to surpass $5 billion for the full year. Co-brand spend was up 43 percent and co-brand card acquisitions were up 15 percent compared to the June quarter 2019.

  • Cargo records best ever June quarter performance; MRO approaches 2019 levels: Cargo revenue was $272 million, a 46 percent increase compared to the same period in 2019. MRO revenue in the June quarter was $178 million, restored to 85 percent of 2019 levels.

*Corporate sales include tickets sold to corporate contracted customers, including tickets for travel during and beyond the referenced time period

June Quarter Cost Performance and Outlook

"Our June quarter non-fuel unit cost performance of up 22 percent compared to 2019 was impacted by lower capacity, higher selling-related expenses and investments in operational reliability," said Dan Janki, Delta's chief financial officer.  "We remain confident in our ability to meaningfully improve our unit costs as we fully scale the network and return our operations to Delta's high standards. In the near-term, as we prioritize restoring reliability, our full year non-fuel unit cost will remain higher than our previous plan by approximately 8 points on 5 points less capacity."

  • Operating expense of $12.3 billion and total adjusted operating expense of $10.9 billion in the June quarter, both increased 21 percent sequentially

  • Adjusted non-fuel costs of $7.5 billion were up 10 percent sequentially, primarily driven by higher capacity

  • Compared to the June quarter 2019, adjusted non-fuel CASM was 22 percent higher on 18 percent less capacity

  • Adjusted fuel price of $3.82 per gallon was up 37 percent sequentially. Compared to the June quarter 2019, market prices were up 94 percent

  • Refinery operating income of $269 million resulted in a 31¢ per gallon benefit to our adjusted fuel price per gallon

  • Fuel efficiency, defined as gallons per 1,000 ASMs, was 14.6, a 4.2 percent improvement versus 2019

June Quarter Balance Sheet, Cash and Liquidity

"In the June quarter, we repaid $1 billion of gross debt after delivering strong profitability and generating free cash flow ahead of our expectations," Janki said.  "We remain committed to achieving investment-grade metrics and a return on invested capital in the mid-teens over the next 3 years."

  • Adjusted net debt of $19.6 billion; Weighted average interest rate of 4.3 percent with 84 percent fixed rate debt and 16 percent variable rate debt

  • Payments on debt and finance lease obligations of $1.0 billion, bringing the first half total to $2.4 billion

  • Free cash flow of $1.6 billion with operating cash flow of $2.5 billion and gross capital expenditures of $864 million

  • Air Traffic Liability ended June at $9.9 billion, up $805 million compared to March

  • Liquidity of $13.6 billion, including $2.8 billion in undrawn revolver capacity

Other June Quarter Highlights

Operational Reliability

  • Took decisive action to improve resilience and restore operational reliability for our customers and employees, including schedule adjustments for the remainder of the year, implementation of earlier boarding procedures and addition of operational buffers

  • July performance is off to a good start, with an average month-to-date completion factor of 99.2 percent and 84 percent of flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time

  • Updated airport procedures, including earlier domestic boarding and schedule modifications at the company's largest hubs to help drive more on-time departures and successful connections

  • Reactivated Peach Corps, providing employees from the corporate offices the opportunity to step away from daily work routines to assist frontline colleagues while supporting Delta's operation and customers

Culture and People

  • To reward Delta people for their dedication and excellence, implemented a 4 percent base pay increase for eligible scale and merit employees globally on May 1

  • Recorded a profit-sharing accrual, which is expected to pay out to Delta employees in February 2023 to recognize their commitment to serving our people, customers and communities

  • Introduced industry-only boarding premium pay for flight attendants, marking continued investment in our operational performance

  • Recognized as the No. 1 corporate blood drive sponsor with the American Red Cross for the fifth consecutive year

  • Resumed The Delta Air Lines Foundation Matching Gifts to Education program, matching Delta employee and retiree donations to accredited, eligible educational institutions

Customer Experience and Loyalty

  • Welcomed record number of new SkyMiles and American Express co-brand cardholders to our programs

  • Celebrated the openings of Delta's Terminal 3 at LAX in April followed by Terminal C at LGA in June, featuring the company's two largest Delta Sky Clubs in the system, part of Delta's $12 billion investment in multi-year transformation projects at airport hubs across the country

  • In partnership with American Express, launched a first-of-its-kind, limited-edition Reserve credit card made with airplane metal of a retired Boeing 747

  • Welcomed the first A321neo into service while taking delivery of two additional A321neos, one A220-300, one A330-900 and five gently used 737-900ERs

  • Enhanced premium offering with new domestic First Class seat on the A321neo, with larger, improved privacy space, more stowage for personal items and enhanced memory-foam seat cushions in all cabins

  • In partnership with Misapplied Sciences, launched PARALLEL REALITY™ beta experience at DTW, a groundbreaking technology allowing customers to simultaneously see personalized content tailored to their unique journey on a single digital screen

  • As part of Delta's commitment to create a values-led experience, added onboard snack and beverage options from small businesses, global suppliers, and woman- and LGBTQ+-led brands

  • Introduced new in-flight entertainment from MasterClass, a streaming platform offering exclusive access to select classes, alongside hit movies, bingeable TV shows and curated audio playlists

Environmental, Social and Governance

  • Published our 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, sharing the latest data and insight into the company's efforts to advance its purpose of connecting people with opportunity while expanding the understanding of the planet and the people within it

  • Leveraged existing infrastructure to accept a batch of sustainable aviation fuel for a Delta flight from New York's LGA and support the scaling of lower carbon intensity fuels

  • Participated in the SkyTeam Alliance's Sustainable Flight Challenge, an initiative where partner airlines share learnings and innovations with the common goal of reducing the industry's carbon footprint

  • Launched new skills-first career development program establishing a long-term goal of filling 25 percent of corporate management roles with talent in frontline roles and removing career barriers of four-year degrees, supporting economic equity through access to higher-earning jobs across the company

  • Joined forces with the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ) to launch Unlock Potential, a program that helps drive economic and social mobility for young people disconnected from education or employment, to create meaningful career opportunities for at-risk young adults

June Quarter Results

June quarter results have been adjusted primarily for the unrealized losses on investments, loss on extinguishment of debt and third-party refinery sales as described in the reconciliations in Note A.


GAAP

$
Change

%
Change

($ in millions except per share and unit costs)

2Q22

2Q19

Operating income

1,519

2,128

(609)

(29) %

Pre-tax income

1,033

1,907

(874)

(46) %

Net income

735

1,443

(708)

(49) %

Diluted earnings per share

1.15

2.21

(1.06)

(48) %

Operating margin

11.0 %

17.0 %

       (6.0) pts

(35) %

Operating revenue

13,824

12,536

1,288

10 %

Total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) (cents)

23.47

17.47

6.00

34 %

Operating expense

12,305

10,408

1,897

18 %

Operating cash flow

2,535

3,268

(733)

(22) %

Capital expenditures

958

1,559

(601)

(39) %

Cost per available seat mile (CASM) (cents)

20.89

14.51

6.38

44 %

Fuel expense

3,223

2,291

932

41 %

Average fuel price per gallon

3.74

2.08

1.66

80 %

Total debt and finance lease obligations

24,839

9,990

14,849

NM



Adjusted

$
Change

%
Change

($ in millions except per share and unit costs)

2Q22

2Q19

Operating income

1,445

2,140

(695)

(32) %

Pre-tax income

1,222

1,998

(776)

(39) %

Net income

921

1,533

(612)

(40) %

Diluted earnings per share

1.44

2.35

(0.91)

(39) %

Operating margin

11.7 %

17.2 %

       (5.5) pts

(32) %

Operating revenue

12,311

12,448

(137)

(1) %

TRASM (cents)

20.90

17.35

3.55

20 %

Operating expense

10,866

10,308

558

5 %

Free cash flow

1,608

2,175

(567)

(26) %

Gross capital expenditures

864

1,618

(754)

(47) %

Non-fuel cost

7,516

7,516

— %

Non-fuel unit cost (CASM-Ex) (cents)

12.76

10.47

2.29

22 %

Fuel expense

3,296

2,274

1,022

45 %

Average fuel price per gallon

3.82

2.07

1.75

85 %

Adjusted net debt

19,578

9,347

10,231

NM

About Delta Air Lines  More than 4,000 Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) flights take off every day, connecting people across more than 275 destinations on six continents with a commitment to industry-leading customer service, safety and innovation. As the leading global airline, Delta's mission is to create opportunities, foster understanding and expand horizons by connecting people and communities to each other and their potential.

Delta's more than 80,000 employees believe our customers should not have to choose between seeing the world and saving the planet. Delta is working toward more sustainable aviation by leveraging existing solutions and technologies, investing in the future of sustainable aviation fuel and actively engaging with next-generation solutions.

Our people lead the way in delivering a world-class customer experience, and we're continuing to ensure the future of travel is personalized, enjoyable and stress-free. Our people's genuine and enduring motivation is to make every customer feel welcomed and respected across every point of their journey with us.

Forward Looking Statements
Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections, goals, aspirations, commitments or strategies for the future, should be considered "forward-looking statements" under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are not guarantees or promised outcomes and should not be construed as such. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections, goals, aspirations, commitments and strategies reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the material adverse effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our business; the impact of incurring significant debt in response to the pandemic; failure to comply with the financial and other covenants in our financing agreements; the possible effects of accidents involving our aircraft or aircraft of our airline partners; breaches or lapses in the security of technology systems on which we rely and of the data stored within them, as well as compliance with ever-evolving global privacy and security regulatory obligations; disruptions in our information technology infrastructure; our dependence on technology in our operations; our commercial relationships with airlines in other parts of the world and the investments we have in certain of those airlines; the effects of a significant disruption in the operations or performance of third parties on which we rely; failure to realize the full value of intangible or long-lived assets; labor issues; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; changes in the cost of aircraft fuel; extended disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel, including from Monroe Energy, LLC ("Monroe"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta; failure or inability of insurance to cover a significant liability at Monroe's Trainer refinery; failure to comply with existing and future environmental regulations to which Monroe's refinery operations are subject, including costs related to compliance with renewable fuel standard regulations; our ability to retain senior management and other key employees, and to maintain our company culture; significant damage to our reputation and brand, including from exposure to significant adverse publicity or inability to achieve certain sustainability goals; the effects of terrorist attacks, geopolitical conflict or security events; competitive conditions in the airline industry; extended interruptions or disruptions in service at major airports at which we operate or significant problems associated with types of aircraft or engines we operate; the effects of extensive government regulation we are subject to; the impact of environmental regulation, including but not limited to increased regulation to reduce emissions and other risks associated with climate change, and the cost of compliance with more stringent environmental regulations; and unfavorable economic or political conditions in the markets in which we operate or volatility in currency exchange rates.

Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that could cause differences between actual results and forward-looking statements is contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2022. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of the date of this press release, and which we undertake no obligation to update except to the extent required by law.

DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended




Six Months Ended




June 30,




June 30,



(in millions, except per share data)

2022

2019

$ Change

% Change


2022

2019

$ Change

% Change

Operating Revenue:










Passenger

$      10,958

$      11,368

$          (410)

(4) %


$     17,865

$     20,622

$      (2,757)

(13) %

Cargo

272

186

86

46 %


561

378

183

48 %

Other

2,594

982

1,612

NM


4,747

2,008

2,739

NM

  Total operating revenue

13,824

12,536

1,288

10 %


23,173

23,008

165

1 %











Operating Expense:










Salaries and related costs

2,955

2,847

108

4 %


5,782

5,579

203

4 %

Aircraft fuel and related taxes

3,223

2,291

932

41 %


5,315

4,269

1,046

25 %

Ancillary businesses and refinery

1,718

316

1,402

NM


3,100

667

2,433

NM

Contracted services

791

731

60

8 %


1,544

1,440

104

7 %

Depreciation and amortization

510

713

(203)

(28) %


1,016

1,328

(312)

(23) %

Landing fees and other rents

546

548

(2)

— %


1,050

1,072

(22)

(2) %

Regional carrier expense

528

542

(14)

(3) %


1,018

1,079

(61)

(6) %

Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

522

434

88

20 %


988

910

78

9 %

Passenger commissions and other selling expenses

526

597

(71)

(12) %


838

1,071

(233)

(22) %

Passenger service

369

340

29

9 %


644

628

16

3 %

Aircraft rent

127

107

20

19 %


249

209

40

19 %

Profit sharing

54

518

(464)

(90) %


54

739

(685)

(93) %

Other

436

424

12

3 %


840

869

(29)

(3) %

     Total operating expense

12,305

10,408

1,897

18 %


22,438

19,860

2,578

13 %











Operating Income

1,519

2,128

(609)

(29) %


735

3,148

(2,413)

(77) %











Non-Operating Expense:










Interest expense, net

(269)

(75)

(194)

NM


(543)

(158)

(385)

NM

Equity method results

(12)

(17)

5

(29) %


(12)

(71)

59

(83) %

Gain/(loss) on investments, net

(221)

(82)

(139)

NM


(368)

18

(386)

NM

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(41)

(41)

NM


(66)

(66)

NM

Pension and related benefit/(expense)

73

(17)

90

NM


145

(32)

177

NM

Miscellaneous, net

(16)

(30)

14

(47) %


(58)

(52)

(6)

12 %

     Total non-operating expense, net

(486)

...