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JetBlue Announces Second Quarter Results

NEW YORK,NY--(Marketwired - July 24, 2014) - JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) today reported its results for the second quarter 2014:

  • Pre-tax income excluding special items1 of $103 million in the second quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $60 million in the second quarter of 2013.
  • Gain of $242 million from the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV.
  • On a GAAP basis, pre-tax income of $345 million in the second quarter.
  • Net income excluding special items1 for the second quarter was $61 million, or $0.19 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue's second quarter 2013 net income of $36 million, or $0.11 per diluted share.
  • On a GAAP basis, net income for the second quarter was $230 million, or $0.68 per diluted share.

"Today, we are pleased to report record second quarter earnings and our seventeenth consecutive quarter of profitability," said Dave Barger, JetBlue's Chief Executive Officer. "We saw improved profitability across our network, reflecting the success of ongoing efforts to adapt our products and services to meet our customers' ever-changing needs. I would like to thank our 15,500 crewmembers for their dedication to running a safe airline and delivering outstanding service to our customers."

Operational Performance

JetBlue reported record second quarter operating revenues of $1.5 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the second quarter increased 5.7% to 9.6 billion on a capacity increase of 6.0%, resulting in a second quarter load factor of 84.6%, a decrease of 0.3 points year over year. 

Yield per passenger mile in the second quarter was 14.25 cents, up 6.3% compared to the second quarter of 2013. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the second quarter 2014 increased 6.0% year over year to 12.05 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 5.6% year over year to 13.12 cents. The shift of the Easter and Passover holidays from March last year to April this year positively impacted second quarter year over year PRASM by approximately two points.

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 9.8%, or $119 million, over the prior year period. Interest expense for the quarter declined 7.5%, or $3 million, due to JetBlue's focus on debt reduction. JetBlue's operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the second quarter increased 3.5% year over year to 11.88 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM2 increased 5.1% to 7.51 cents.

"We improved margin performance while expanding our network, demonstrating the core strength of our business," said Robin Hayes, JetBlue's President. "We remain focused on providing a differentiated product and culture in high-value geography while maintaining competitive costs. We believe this focus will drive improved returns for our shareholders."

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue continued to hedge fuel to manage price volatility. Specifically, in the second quarter JetBlue had in place hedges for approximately 15% of its fuel consumption and managed approximately 7% of its fuel consumption using fixed forward price agreements (FFPs). This resulted in a realized fuel price of $3.09 per gallon, a 0.9% increase over second quarter 2013 realized fuel price of $3.06. JetBlue recorded $2 million in losses on fuel hedges that settled during the second quarter. 

JetBlue has managed approximately 30% of its third quarter projected fuel requirements using a combination of FFPs, jet fuel swaps and caps. Based on the fuel curve as of July 17th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges, FFPs and fuel taxes, of $3.08 in the third quarter. 

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $797 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments. In addition, JetBlue maintains $550 million in lines of credit. 

During the second quarter, JetBlue repaid approximately $44 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations. In addition, JetBlue pre-paid approximately $300 million in debt with the proceeds from the sale of LiveTV. JetBlue plans to repay approximately $185 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations in the remainder of 2014, including approximately $58 million in the third quarter.

"We continued to strengthen the balance sheet by paying down debt while enhancing access to liquidity by increasing the number of unencumbered aircraft," said Mark Powers, JetBlue's Chief Financial Officer. "We believe these actions will help us maintain a relatively flat invested capital base this year while growing assets, which we expect will help us meet our return on invested capital goal."

Third Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the third quarter of 2014, CASM is expected to increase between 0.5% and 2.5% versus the year-ago period. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in the third quarter is expected to increase between 1.0% and 3.0% year over year. 

CASM for the full year is expected to increase between 1.0% and 3.0% over full year 2013. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in 2014 is expected to increase between 2.5% and 4.5% year over year. Relative to JetBlue's previous cost outlook, this full year guidance reflects approximately a one point reduction in unit costs excluding fuel and profit sharing primarily due to a reduction of operating expenses in the second half of the year as a result of the sale of LiveTV. 

Capacity is expected to increase between 3.0% and 5.0% in the third quarter. For the full year, capacity is expected to increase between 4.0% and 6.0%.

JetBlue will conduct a conference call to discuss its quarterly earnings today, July 24, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available via the internet at http://investor.jetblue.com.

About JetBlue

JetBlue is the largest carrier in Boston, and a leading carrier in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), New York, Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 30 million customers a year to 86 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 850 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, an overnight stay is never required and the first checked bag is free (subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines). For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

Notes

Pre-tax and net income excluding special items are non-GAAP financial measures that we use to measure our core performance. Note A provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel and profit sharing (CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing) is a non-GAAP financial measure that we use to measure our core performance. Note A provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. When used in this document and in documents incorporated herein by reference, the words "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "targets" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including, without limitation, our extremely competitive industry; volatility in financial and credit markets which could affect our ability to obtain debt and/or lease financing or to raise funds through debt or equity issuances; increases and volatility in fuel prices, maintenance costs and interest rates; our ability to implement our growth strategy; our significant fixed obligations and substantial indebtedness; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and maintain our culture as we grow; our reliance on high daily aircraft utilization; our dependence on the New York metropolitan market and the effect of increased congestion in this market; our reliance on automated systems and technology; our being subject to potential unionization, work stoppages, slowdowns or increased labor costs; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers; our presence in some international emerging markets that may experience political or economic instability or may subject us to legal risk; reputational and business risk from information security breaches; changes in or additional government regulation; changes in our industry due to other airlines' financial condition; a continuance of the economic recessionary conditions in the U.S. or a further economic downturn leading to a continuing or accelerated decrease in demand for domestic and business air travel; and external geopolitical events and conditions. Further information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to, the Company's 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

 
 
JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in millions, except share and per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended          
    June 30,    Percent      June 30,    Percent   
    2014     2013     Change       2014     2013     Change    
OPERATING REVENUES                                                
  Passenger   $ 1,372     $ 1,222     12.4       $ 2,602     $ 2,408     8.1    
  Other     121       113     7.0         240       226     6.5    
    Total operating revenues     1,493       1,335     11.9         2,842       2,634     7.9    
                                                 
OPERATING EXPENSES                                                
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes     497       465     6.9         961       932     3.1    
  Salaries, wages and benefits     316       279     13.2         645       559     15.4    
  Landing fees and other rents     83       80     5.0         160       150     6.7    
  Depreciation and amortization     77       71     9.8         155       139     11.8    
  Aircraft rent     31       33     (4.8 )       62       65     (4.0 )  
  Sales and marketing     69       53     27.3         123       103     18.5    
  Maintenance materials and repairs     102       111     (7.7 )       196       225     (12.8 )  
  Other operating expenses     177       141     25.2         358       300     19.7    
    Total operating expenses     1,352       1,233     9.8         2,660       2,473     7.6    
                                                 
OPERATING INCOME     141       102               182       161          
                                                 
  Operating margin     9.4 %     7.6 %   1.8   pts.     6.4 %     6.1 %   0.3   pts.
                                                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)                                                
  Interest expense     (39 )     (42 )   (7.5 )       (76 )     (83 )   (7.9 )  
  Capitalized interest     4       4     (6.2 )       7       7     (8.6 )  
  Interest income and other     (3 )     (4 )   (25.4 )       (3 )     (2 )   (9.9 )  
  Gain on sale of subsidiary     242       -     100.0         241       -     100.0    
    Total other income (expense)     204       (42 )   (595.2 )       169       (78 )   (319.8 )  
                                                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES     345       60               351       83          
                                                 
  Pre-tax margin     23.1 %     4.5 %   18.6   pts.     12.4 %     3.2 %   9.2   pts.
                                                 
  Income tax expense     115       24               117       33          
                                                 
NET INCOME   $ 230     $ 36             $ 234     $ 50          
                                                 
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:                                                
  Basic   $ 0.79     $ 0.13             $ 0.80     $ 0.18          
  Diluted   $ 0.68     $ 0.11             $ 0.69     $ 0.16          
                                                 
  Weighted average shares outstanding (thousands):
    Basic   293,511    280,621            294,165     280,194          
    Diluted   343,866    342,993            344,710     342,498          
                                 
                                 
     
     
JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORPORATION    
COMPARATIVE OPERATING STATISTICS    
(unaudited)    
     
    Three Months Ended             Six Months Ended          
    June 30,     Percent       June 30,     Percent    
    2014     2013     Change       2014     2013     Change    
                                                 
Revenue passengers (thousands)     8,179       7,753     5.5         15,512       15,053     3.1    
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     9,632       9,115     5.7         18,294       17,621     3.8    
Available seat miles (ASMs) (millions)     11,386       10,741     6.0         21,805       20,881     4.4    
Load factor     84.6 %     84.9 %   (0.3 ) pts.     83.9 %     84.4 %   (0.5 ) pts.
Aircraft utilization (hours per day)     12.0       12.2     (1.9 )       11.8       12.0     (1.9 )  
                                                 
Average fare   $ 167.80     $ 157.51     6.5       $ 167.75     $ 159.95     4.9    
Yield per passenger mile (cents)     14.25       13.40     6.3         14.22       13.66     4.1    
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)     12.05       11.37     6.0         11.93       11.53     3.5    
Operating revenue per ASM (cents)     13.12       12.42     5.6         13.04       12.61     3.4    
Operating expense per ASM (cents)     11.88       11.48     3.5         12.20       11.84     3.0    
Operating expense per ASM, excluding fuel (cents)     7.51       7.15     5.1         7.79       7.38     5.6    
Operating expense per ASM, excluding fuel and profit sharing (cents) (a)     7.51       7.15     5.1         7.79       7.38     5.6    
Airline operating expense per ASM (cents) (b)     11.73       11.36     3.3         12.03       11.70     2.8    
                                                 
Departures     74,917       70,722     5.9         143,069       137,495     4.1    
Average stage length (miles)     1,088       1,088     (0.0 )       1,091       1,090     0.1    
Average number of operating aircraft during period     193.9       183.1     5.9         193.4       181.7     6.5    
Average fuel cost per gallon, including fuel taxes   $ 3.09     $ 3.06     0.9       $ 3.11     $ 3.17     (1.8 )  
Fuel gallons consumed (millions)     161       152     6.0         309       294     5.0    
Full-time equivalent employees at period end (b)                             13,162       12,743     3.3    
     
   
(a)
 
Refer to Note A, Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel & profit sharing, at the end of our Earnings Release for more information on this non-GAAP measure.
(b) Excludes operating expenses and employees of LiveTV, LLC, which are unrelated to our airline operations and no longer part of JetBlue as at June 30, 2014.    
             
             

 

         
         
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
         
(in millions)
         
    June 30,   December 31,
    2014   2013
    (unaudited)    
             
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 454   $ 225
Total investment securities     470     516
Total assets     7,657     7,350
Total debt     2,386     2,585
Stockholders' equity     2,315     2,134
             
SOURCE: JetBlue Airways Corporation      
 
 

Note A - Non-GAAP Financial Measures

JetBlue sometimes uses non-GAAP measures that are derived from the Consolidated Financial Statements, but that are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). JetBlue believes these metrics provide a meaningful comparison of our results to others in the airline industry and our prior year results. Under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules, non-GAAP financial measures may be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. The tables below show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. It should be noted as well that our non-GAAP information may be different from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies. 

Forward Looking Projections JetBlue is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking projections to GAAP as the nature or amount of special items cannot be estimated at this time.

Net Income and Pre-Tax Income, excluding special items. JetBlue excludes special items from net income and pre-tax income because management believes the exclusion of these items is helpful to investors to evaluate the company's recurring core operational performance in the periods shown. Therefore, we adjust for these amounts. Special items excluded in the tables below showing reconciliation of net income and pre-tax income include the gain on the sale of JetBlue's wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV, LLC due to the non-recurring nature of this item.

 
 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME, INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EPS EXCLUDING SPECIAL ITEMS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
    $   $   $   $
                         
Income before income taxes   $ 345   $ 60   $ 351   $ 83
Less: Gain on sale of subsidiary     242     -     241     -
Income before income taxes excluding special items     103     60     110     83
Less: Income tax expense     115     24     117     33
Add back: Income tax relating to gain on sale of subsidiary (c)     73     -     73     -
Net Income excluding special items   $ 61   $ 36   $ 66   $ 50
                         
Earnings per common share excluding special items:                        
Basic   $ 0.21   $ 0.13   $ 0.23   $ 0.18
Diluted   $ 0.19   $ 0.11   $ 0.21   $ 0.16
                         
   
(c)  The capital gain generated from the sale of LiveTV allowed JetBlue to utilize a capital loss carryforward which resulted in the release of a valuation allowance related to the capital loss deferred tax asset of $19 million.
 
   
   

Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel and profit sharing ("CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing"). CASM is a common metric used in the airline industry. We exclude aircraft fuel and related taxes and profit sharing from operating cost per available seat mile to determine CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing. We believe that CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing provides investors the ability to measure financial performance excluding items beyond our control, such as (i) fuel costs, which are subject to many economic and political factors beyond our control, and (ii) profit sharing, which is sensitive to volatility in earnings. We believe this measure is more indicative of our ability to manage costs and is more comparable to measures reported by other major airlines.

 
 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING EXPENSE PER ASM, EXCLUDING FUEL AND PROFIT SHARING
(dollars in millions, per ASM data in cents)
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
    $   per ASM   $   per ASM   $   per ASM   $   per ASM
                                         
Total operating expenses   $ 1,352   11.88   $ 1,233   11.48   $ 2,660   12.20   $ 2,473   11.84
Less: Aircraft fuel and related taxes     497   4.37     465   4.33     961   4.41     932   4.46
Operating expenses, excluding fuel     855   7.51     768   7.15     1,699   7.79     1,541   7.38
Less: Profit sharing     -   -     -   -     -   -     -   -
Operating expense, excluding fuel and profit sharing   $ 855   7.51   $ 768   7.15   $ 1,699   7.79   $ 1,541   7.38