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Spirit Airlines Revises View Post Pilot Contract Ratification

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Spirit Airlines Revises View Post Pilot Contract Ratification

Spirit Airlines (SAVE) increases guidance for first-quarter and 2018 costs on higher expenses associated with the recently ratified five-year pilot contract.

Spirit Airlines, Inc. SAVE has recently provided an update on first-quarter 2018 and full-year guidance. The revised view comprises the estimated increased costs pertaining to the recently ratified pilot contract.

Capacity measured in available seat miles (ASMs) is projected at an approximate rise of 21.7% in the first quarter, up from the previous outlook of 21.5% growth. Full-year outlook for the metric remains unchanged at an expansion of around 23%.

Adjusted cost per available seat mile (CASM) excluding fuel is anticipated to fall 3% in the quarter under review from the prior projection of a decline between 5.5% and 6.5%. While for 2018, the metric is predicted in the range of flat to down 1%. Preceding forecast had called for a 3-5% decrease in the same.

Apart from the higher expenses associated with pay-related deal with its pilots, the surge in fuel costs are also expected to weigh on the bottom line, going forward.  Fuel cost (economic) is projected at $2.17 per gallon in the first quarter, slightly higher than $2.16, anticipated earlier.

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The view for total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM), effective tax rate and capital expenditures remains unchanged. While TRASM is expected to deteriorate between 1% and 2.5%, capital expenditures for 2018 are estimated to be $649 million. Effective tax rate is pegged at 25.5% in the first quarter and 24% this year.

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