U.S. Markets closed

Hawaiian Holdings Reports 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

HONOLULU , Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA) (the "Company"), parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. ("Hawaiian"), today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019.

(PRNewsfoto/Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.)

Fourth Quarter 2019 - Key Financial Metrics



GAAP


YoY Change


Adjusted


YoY Change

Net Income


$49.7M


+$18.1M


$45.9M


$(3.3)M

Diluted EPS


$1.07


+$0.43


$0.99


$(0.01)

Pre-tax Margin


9.6%


+3.6 pts.


8.9%


(0.4) pts.


Full Year 2019 - Key Financial Metrics



GAAP


YoY Change


Adjusted


YoY Change

Net Income


$224.0M


$(9.2)M


$218.9M


$(55.9)M

Diluted EPS


$4.71


+$0.09


$4.60


$(0.84)

Pre-tax Margin


10.8%


+0.2 pts.


10.5%


(2.1) pts.

"Hawaiian delivered another year of strong financial results in 2019, despite the heightened competitive capacity environment we faced throughout the year," said Peter Ingram , Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO.  "These results are a testament to the competitive advantages we have built and give me great confidence in our ability to continue to execute well in the years ahead.  My thanks, as always, go out to the 7,400 outstanding professionals both in the day-to-day operation and in the back office, for keeping us competition-fit, running the best operation in the business, and delivering aloha to our guests day-in and day-out."

Statistical data, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company returned $91.6 million to shareholders in 2019 through $68.8 million in share repurchases and $22.8 million in dividends.

On January 24, 2020 the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12 cents per share to be paid on February 28, 2020 to all shareholders of record as of February 14, 2020 .

As of December 31, 2019 the Company had:

  • Unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $619 million .
  • Outstanding debt and finance lease obligations of $764 million .

2019 Highlights

Operational

  • Carried 11.8 million passengers in 2019.
  • Ranked #1 nationally for on-time performance year-to-date through November 2019 , as reported in the U.S. Department of Transportation Air Travel Consumer Report, adding to its record of 15 consecutive years as the most punctual airline.
  • Opened a new 15,000 square-foot Information Technology Center in Tempe, Arizona .
  • Announced the expansion of its in-house pilot training capabilities with its planned purchase of a Boeing 787-9 flight simulator.

Customer Experience

  • Debuted newly designed lobbies at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Kona International Airport (KOA), Hilo International Airport (ITO), and Lihue Airport (LIH), as part of its ongoing initiative to improve the day-of travel experience for its guests.

New routes and increased frequencies

  • North America
  • International

Product and loyalty

  • Launched sales of Main Cabin Basic fares in all North American markets, enhancing Hawaiian's product portfolio with a fare option that appeals to the most price-conscious travelers.
  • Launched a new Hawaiian Airlines mobile app with features designed to improve guests' day-of-travel experience.

Partnerships

  • Expanded its codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia that offers travelers in more than a dozen Australian and New Zealand cities a broader and more convenient network of flights to Hawai'i.

Fleet and financing

  • Took delivery of six Airbus A321neo aircraft, increasing the size of its Airbus A321neo fleet to seventeen aircraft.
  • Retired the last of its Boeing 767 aircraft.
  • Completed two Japanese Yen -denominated debt financings, collateralized by four Airbus A330 aircraft and two Airbus A321neo aircraft.
  • Extended the leases on three Airbus A330 and five Boeing 717 aircraft, enabling cost savings while maintaining fleet flexibility for future growth.

People

  • Celebrated its 90th year of service in the Hawaiian Islands with festivities in the air and on the ground to thank the customers and local communities who supported its evolution from pioneer interisland carrier to global airline.

First Quarter and Full Year 2020 Outlook

The table below summarizes the Company's expectations for the first quarter ending March 31, 2020 and the full year ending December 31, 2020 expressed as an expected percentage change compared to the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 or the year ended December 31, 2019, as applicable.

The Company expects its effective tax rate for the full year ending December 31, 2020 to be in the range of 26 percent to 28 percent.

Item


First Quarter

2020 Guidance


GAAP Equivalent


GAAP First Quarter

2020 Guidance

ASMs


Up 7.5 - 10.5%





Operating revenue per ASM


Down 4.5 - 7.5%





Cost per ASM excluding fuel and non-recurring items (a)


Down 1.5 - 4.5%


Cost per ASM (a)


Down 1.8 - 4.3%

Gallons of jet fuel consumed


Up 4.5 - 7.5%





Economic fuel cost per gallon (b)(c)


$1.97


Fuel cost per gallon (b)


$1.93








Item


Full Year

2020 Guidance


GAAP Equivalent


GAAP Full Year

2020 Guidance

ASMs


Up 5.5 - 8.5%





Cost per ASM excluding fuel and non-recurring items (a)


Up 0.5% - Down 2.5%


Cost per ASM (a)


Down 2.0 - 4.4%

Gallons of jet fuel consumed


Up 2.5 - 5.5%





Economic fuel cost per gallon (b)(c)


$1.85


Fuel cost per gallon (b)


$1.83



(a)

See Table 4 for a reconciliation of GAAP operating expenses to operating expenses excluding aircraft fuel and non-recurring items.

(b)

Economic fuel cost per gallon estimates are based on the January 28, 2020 fuel forward curve.

(c)

See Table 3 for a reconciliation of GAAP fuel costs to economic fuel costs.

Investor Conference Call

Hawaiian Holdings' quarterly and full year earnings conference call is scheduled to begin today ( January 30, 2020 ) at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time ( USA ).  The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet. Investors may listen to the live audio webcast on the investor relations section of the Company's website at HawaiianAirlines.com . For those who are not available for the live webcast, the call will be archived and available for 90 days on the investor relations section of the Company's website.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian® led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance from 2004-2018 as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.  U.S. DOT results for 2019 will be reported in February.  Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.

Now in its 91st year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (13) than any other airline, along with service from Japan , South Korea , Australia , New Zealand , American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides, on average, more than 170 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, and over 260 daily flights system-wide.

Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).  Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com .  Follow Hawaiian's Twitter updates ( @HawaiianAir ), become a fan on Facebook ( Hawaiian Airlines ), and follow us on Instagram ( hawaiianairlines ).  For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian's LinkedIn page.

For media inquiries, please visit Hawaiian Airlines' online newsroom .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect the Company's current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance.  Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company's expectations regarding available seat miles, cost per available seat mile, cost per available seat mile excluding fuel, gallons of jet fuel consumed, fuel cost per gallon, and economic fuel cost per gallon each for the quarter ending March 31, 2020 and for the full year ending December 31, 2020 ; the Company's expectations regarding operating revenue per available seat mile for the quarter ending March 31, 2020 ; the Company's expected tax rate for 2020; and statements as to other matters that do not relate strictly to historical facts or statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.  Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words, and similar expressions are also intended to identify such forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to the Company's operations and business environment, all of which may cause the Company's actual results to be materially different from any future results, expressed or implied, in these forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the Company's ability to accurately forecast quarterly and annual results; economic volatility; macroeconomic developments; political developments; the price and availability of aircraft fuel; fluctuations in demand for transportation in the markets in which the Company operates, including due to the occurrence of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis; the Company's dependence on tourist travel; labor negotiations and related developments; competitive pressures, including the potential impact of rising industry capacity in the markets in which the Company competes; the Company's ability to continue to generate sufficient cash flow to support the payment of a quarterly dividend; changes in the Company's future capital needs; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the Company's ability to implement its growth strategy.

The risks, uncertainties and assumptions referred to above that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements also include the risks, uncertainties and assumptions discussed from time to time in the Company's other public filings and public announcements, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as other documents that may be filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All forward-looking statements included in this document are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof.  The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date hereof even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied herein will not be realized.

Table 1.

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except for per share data) (unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018


% Change


2019


2018


% Change



(in thousands, except per share data)

Operating Revenue:













Passenger


$

648,782



$

638,799



1.6

%


$

2,597,772



$

2,602,793



(0.2)

%

Other


59,355



58,666



1.2

%


234,456



234,618



(0.1)

%

Total


708,137



697,465



1.5

%


2,832,228



2,837,411



(0.2)

%

Operating Expenses:













Wages and benefits


185,659



167,813



10.6

%


723,656



684,719



5.7

%

Aircraft fuel, including taxes and delivery


137,283



150,140



(8.6)

%


542,573



599,544



(9.5)

%

Aircraft rent


27,131



32,428



(16.3)

%


118,904



125,961



(5.6)

%

Maintenance materials and repairs


67,233



63,530



5.8

%


249,772



239,759



4.2

%

Aircraft and passenger servicing


43,972



40,589



8.3

%


164,275



157,796



4.1

%

Commissions and other selling


33,618



32,833



2.4

%


130,216



129,315



0.7

%

Depreciation and amortization


39,632



38,329



3.4

%


158,906



139,866



13.6

%

Other rentals and landing fees


33,845



31,677



6.8

%


129,622



126,903



2.1

%

Purchased services


33,261



36,547



(9.0)

%


131,567



131,651



(0.1)

%

Contract terminations expense






%




35,322



(100.0)

%

Other


37,219



34,230



8.7

%


155,260



152,207



2.0

%

Total


638,853



628,116



1.7

%


2,504,751



2,523,043



(0.7)

%

Operating Income


69,284



69,349



(0.1)

%


327,477



314,368



4.2

%

Nonoperating Income (Expense):













Interest expense and amortization of debt discounts and issuance costs


(6,596)



(8,373)





(27,864)



(33,001)




Interest income


3,378



2,713





12,583



9,242




Capitalized interest


779



1,473





4,492



7,887




Gains (losses) on fuel derivatives


494



(21,474)





(6,709)



5,590




Other components of net periodic benefit cost


(920)



(282)





(3,864)



(825)




Other, net


1,490



(1,887)





(1,119)



(2,103)




Total


(1,375)



(27,830)





(22,481)



(13,210)




Income Before Income Taxes


67,909



41,519





304,996



301,158




Income tax expense


18,192



9,883





81,012



67,958




Net Income


$

49,717



$

31,636





$

223,984



$

233,200




Net Income Per Common Stock Share:













Basic


$

1.07



$

0.65





$

4.72



$

4.63




Diluted


$

1.07



$

0.64





$

4.71



$

4.62




Weighted Average Number of Common Stock Shares Outstanding:













Basic


46,402



48,946





47,435



50,338




Diluted


46,658



49,163





47,546



50,488




Cash Dividends Declared Per Common Share


$

0.12



$

0.12





$

0.48



$

0.48




 

...

Table 2.

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.

Selected Statistical Data

(in thousands, except as otherwise indicated) (unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018


% Change


2019


2018


% Change



(in thousands, except as otherwise indicated)

Scheduled Operations (a) :













Revenue passengers flown


2,893



2,887



0.2

%


11,737



11,830



(0.8)

%

Revenue passenger miles (RPM)


4,520,090



4,280,809



5.6

%


17,808,913



17,198,985



3.5

%

Available seat miles (ASM)


5,242,919



5,059,708



3.6

%


20,568,476



20,158,139



2.0

%

Passenger revenue per RPM (Yield)


14.35

¢


14.92

¢


(3.8)

%


14.59

¢


15.13

¢


(3.6)

%

Passenger load factor (RPM/ASM)


86.2

%


84.6

%


1.6

pt.


86.6

%


85.3

%


1.3

pt.

Passenger revenue per ASM (PRASM)


12.37

¢


12.63

¢


(2.1)

%


12.63

¢


12.91

¢


(2.2)

%

Total Operations (a) :













Revenue passengers flown


2,898



2,891



0.2

%


11,751



11,840



(0.8)

%

RPM


4,526,797



4,285,036



5.6

%


17,826,887



17,206,703



3.6

%

ASM


5,255,202



5,067,412



3.7

%


20,596,711



20,171,911



2.1

%

Passenger load factor (RPM/ASM)


86.1

%


84.6

%


1.5

pt.


86.6

%


85.3

%


1.3

pt.

Operating revenue per ASM (RASM)


13.47

¢


13.76

¢


(2.1)

%


13.75

¢


14.07

¢


(2.3)

%

Operating cost per ASM (CASM)


12.16

¢


12.40

¢


(1.9)

%


12.16

¢


12.51

¢


(2.8)

%

CASM excluding aircraft fuel and non-recurring items (b)


9.54

¢


9.46

¢


0.8

%


9.54

¢


9.36

¢