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Previous Close11.19
Open11.30
Bid10.84 x 900
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Day's Range10.50 - 11.60
52 Week Range0.89 - 38.04
Volume814,447
Avg. Volume2,821,275
Market Cap17.314M
Beta (5Y Monthly)3.35
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-22.53
Earnings DateApr 14, 2021
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  • AeroCentury Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2020 and Fiscal Year 2020 Results
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    AeroCentury Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2020 and Fiscal Year 2020 Results

    BURLINGAME, Calif., April 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AeroCentury Corp. (“AeroCentury” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported a fourth quarter 2020 net loss of $14.5 million, or ($9.36) per share, compared to a net loss of $7.0 million, or ($4.55) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2019. For the full year 2020, the Company reported a net loss of $42.2 million, or ($27.33) per share, compared to a net loss of $16.7 million, or ($10.78) per share, for the full year 2019. During 2020, the Company sold two aircraft that had been leased under operating leases. In addition, two lessees that had leased four aircraft pursuant to sales-type or direct financing leases exercised purchase options for the aircraft. Results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2020 included impairment losses on most of the Company’s aircraft totaling $11.9 million and $28.8 million, respectively, based on third-party appraised or expected sales proceeds. During the same periods, the Company recorded bad debt expense of $0.3 million and $1.5 million, respectively, as a result of payment delinquencies and reductions in the appraised value of the Company’s two remaining aircraft subject to sales-type leases. In the third quarter of 2019, the Company terminated the leases for, and repossessed, four aircraft from one of the Company’s lessees (“Repossessed Aircraft”), which had a substantial adverse impact on the Company’s 2019 and 2020 results. As a result of those events, the Company recognized maintenance reserves revenue of $17.0 million at the time of repossession, but also recorded impairment losses for the Repossessed Aircraft of $28.4 million during 2019, based on third-party appraised values or expected sales proceeds. In 2020, the loss of operating lease revenues from those aircraft and an additional $10.9 million of impairment losses also negatively impacted earnings. Results for the year ended December 31, 2019 also included impairment losses totaling $2.6 million, based on third-party appraised values or expected sales proceeds, for three older turboprop aircraft, a spare engine and an older turboprop aircraft that has been sold in parts. The results for the year ended December 31, 2019 included a $2.9 million bad debt allowance related to three finance leases secured by three aircraft, one of which aircraft was purchased by the lessee in January 2020. Although the Company recorded a bad debt allowance of $3.9 million during the third quarter of 2019, the Company reduced its allowance by $1.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2019 as a result of cash received during the quarter and anticipated cash that the Company received from the lessees in the first quarter of 2020. Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights and Comparative Data Net loss was $14.5 million compared to a loss of $4.1 million in the preceding quarter and a loss of $7.0 million a year ago.EBITDA1(1) was ($9.8) million compared to $0.9 million in the preceding quarter and ($2.9) million a year ago.Average portfolio utilization was 87% during the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to 89% in the preceding quarter and 83% in the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease from the third quarter of 2020 was due to an aircraft that was on lease in the third quarter, but off lease in the fourth quarter. The increase from the year-ago quarter was due to assets that were off lease in the 2019 period and were sold in late 2019 or early 2020.Revenues in the fourth quarter and full year of 2020 consisted primarily of operating lease revenue. Operating lease revenue of $3.1 million in the fourth quarter was 5% less than the $3.2 million in revenue recorded in the third quarter as a result of a decrease in rent revenue for two assets that were sold in October 2020. The results for the third and fourth quarter of 2020 reflected reduced rent for two aircraft due to rent reduction concessions granted to one of the Company’s customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fourth quarter operating lease revenue in 2020 of $3.1 million was 36% lower than the $4.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 primarily due to (i) decreased rent associated with the two aircraft that were sold in October 2020, (ii) rent reduction concessions granted to one of the Company’s customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and (iii) reduced rent for an aircraft that was on lease in the 2019 quarter but off lease in the fourth quarter of 2020.Total operating expenses increased by 160% to $18.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 from $7.0 million in the preceding quarter, and increased 32% from $13.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The principal cause for the increase in operating expenses was a substantial increase in asset impairments in the fourth quarter of 2020 when compared to either the third quarter of 2020 or the fourth quarter of 2019. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company recognized asset impairments of $11.9 million, based on third-party appraised or expected sales proceeds. During the third quarter of 2020, the Company recognized asset impairments of $0.3 million, which were recognized as a result of a write-down of the fair value, based on estimated future cash flow, with respect to two regional jet aircraft that were held for lease at September 30, 2020 and which were subsequently sold in October 2020. The Company also recorded a $0.1 million write-down of an older turboprop aircraft that is held for sale. During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company recognized asset impairments of $6.1 million, based on third-party appraised values or expected sales proceeds.Depreciation expense increased by 13% to $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 from $1.3 million in the preceding quarter, as a result of a change in the expected holding period for three aircraft and the related residual values. Depreciation expense decreased by 38% from $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, due to the reclassification of several aircraft from held for lease to held for sale during the third quarter of 2019 and because the Company did not record depreciation in the third or fourth quarters of 2020 for two aircraft that were written down to the net sale value at June 30, 2020.Interest expense increased by 10% to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 from $3.0 million in the preceding quarter, primarily due to interest related to the Company’s expectation that it would dispose of its remaining interest rate swaps. Interest expense decreased 7% from $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, primarily as a result of lower debt costs amortization.Bad debt expense in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $0.3 million, related to the Company’s two sales-type finance leases. The Company did not record bad debt expense in the third quarter of 2020. In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company reversed $1.0 million of bad debt expense related to the same sales-type finance leases previously recorded.Salaries, employee benefits and professional fees and other expenses decreased 53% to $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 from $2.1 million in preceding quarter, primarily due to lower legal fees related to litigation related to an activist shareholder during the third quarter and the reversal of legal fees related to the Company’s debt that were accrued in the third quarter but subsequently paid by the Company’s lenders, as well as lower lender-required consulting expenses. Such expenses decreased by 56% from $2.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, primarily due to decreased legal expenses related to the debt modification and activist shareholder, as well as decreased amortization of the right of use of the Company’s office lease.Book value per share was ($11.40) as of December 31, 2020, compared to ($2.35) at September 30, 2020 and $15.05 as of December 31, 2019. Aircraft and Engine Portfolio AeroCentury’s portfolio currently consists of eight aircraft, spread over four different aircraft types. Six of the aircraft, comprised of four regional jets and two turboprops, are held for lease. Two additional turboprops are financed under sales-type leases. The Company also has three turboprop aircraft, two of which are being sold in parts, and three regional jet aircraft that are held for sale. The current customer base includes five customers operating in four countries. 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. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (in thousands, except share and per share data) (Unaudited) For the Three Months EndedFor the Year Ended December 31,September 30, December 31,December 31,December 31, 2020 2020 2019 2020 2019 Operating lease revenue$3,072 $3,249 $4,789 $15,468 $25,609 Maintenance reserves revenue - 221 - 221 16,968 Finance lease revenue - - 88 56 853 Net gain on disposal of assets 124 20 5 133 327 Loss on sales-type finance leases - - - - (171)Other income 302 - 1 278 13 3,498 3,490 4,883 16,156 43,599 Provision for impairment 11,931 439 6,084 28,752 31,007 Depreciation 1,512 1,342 2,447 7,027 11,588 Interest 3,326 3,020 3,559 16,819 11,303 Salaries and employee benefits 510 499 618 2,044 2,368 Professional fees and other 470 1,588 1,614 5,518 4,740 Bad debt expense 333 - (1,009) 1,503 2,909 Maintenance costs 56 78 478 302 851 18,138 6,966 13,791 61,965 64,766 Loss before income tax (benefit)/provision (14,640) (3,476) (8,908) (45,809) (21,167) Income tax (benefit)/provision (174) 605 (1,867) (3,565) (4,508) Net loss$(14,466)$(4,081)$(7,041)$(42,244)$(16,659) Loss per share: Basic$(9.36)$(2.64)$(4.55)$(27.33)$(10.78)Diluted$ (9.36)$(2.64)$(4.55)$(27.33)$(10.78) Shares used in per share computations: Basic 1,545,884 1,545,884 1,545,884 1,545,884 1,545,884 Diluted 1,545,884 1,545,884 1,545,884 1,545,884 1,545,884 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(in thousands) (Unaudited) ASSETS December 31,December 31, 2020 2019 Cash and cash equivalents$2,409 $2,350 Cash and cash equivalents held for sale 346 - Restricted cash - 1,077 Restricted cash held for sale 2,346 Accounts receivable 257 1,140 Finance leases receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 2,547 8,802 Aircraft, net of accumulated depreciation 45,763 108,369 Assets held for sale 38,147 26,036 Property, equipment and furnishings, net of accumulated depreciation 15 63 Office lease right of use, net of accumulated amortization 142 948 Deferred tax asset 1,151 518 Prepaid expenses and other assets 255 293 Total assets$93,378 $149,596 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ (DEFICIT)/EQUITYLiabilities: Accounts payable and accrued expenses$368 $736 Accrued payroll 190 164 Notes payable and accrued interest, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 88,793 111,638 Notes payable and accrued interest held for sale, net of unamortized debt issuance costs 13,837 - Derivative liability - 1,825 Derivative liability held for sale 768 - Derivative termination liability 3,075 - Lease liability 172 337 Maintenance reserves 2,001 4,413 Accrued maintenance costs 46 446 Security deposits 716 1,034 Unearned revenues 1,027 3,039 Deferred income taxes - 2,530 Income taxes payable 1 175 Total liabilities 110,994 126,337 Stockholders’ (deficit)/equity: Preferred stock, $0.001 par value - - Common stock, $0.001 par value 2 2 Paid-in capital 16,783 16,783 (Accumulated deficit)/retained earnings (31,362) 10,882 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2) (1,371)Treasury stock (3,037) (3,037)Total stockholders’ (deficit)/equity (17,616) 23,259 Total liabilities and stockholders’ (deficit)/equity$93,378 $149,596 Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures To supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA. The Company defines EBITDA as net (loss)/income, plus depreciation expense, plus interest expense and plus/(minus) income tax provision/(benefit). The table below provides a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures such as net (loss)/income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Rather, the Company presents this measure as supplemental information because it believes it provides meaningful additional information about the Company’s performance for the following reasons: (1) this measure allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management, as management uses this measure to assess the Company’s operating performance and for financial and operational decision-making; (2) this measure excludes the impact of items management believes are not directly attributable to the Company’s core operating performance and may obscure trends in the business; and (3) this measure may be used by institutional investors and the analyst community to help analyze the Company’s business. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies because they may not calculate such measures in the same manner as the Company does. For the Three Months Ended(in thousands) December 31,September 30,December 31, 2020 2020 2019 Reconciliation of Net loss to EBITDA: Net loss$(14,466)$(4,081)$(7,041)Depreciation 1,512 1,342 2,447 Interest 3,326 3,020 3,559 Income tax provision/(benefit) (174) 605 (1,867)EBITDA (9,802) 886 (2,902) (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. Harold M. LyonsChief Financial Officer(650) 340-1888

  • AeroCentury Corp. Files Petition for Chapter 11 Reorganization
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    AeroCentury Corp. Files Petition for Chapter 11 Reorganization

    BURLINGAME, Calif., March 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AeroCentury Corp. (the "Company") today announced it and certain of its subsidiaries commenced a voluntary case (the “Chapter 11 Case”) under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (“Chapter 11”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”). The Company has determined that the Chapter 11 process is the most effective next step to resolve the Company’s outstanding indebtedness and to progress toward the Company’s goal of continuing in the regional aircraft business in order to preserve enterprise value for the Company’s stakeholders. The Company will continue to operate its business as “debtor-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and the orders of the Bankruptcy Court. The Company’s management of its portfolio assets and operations with respect to its aircraft and communications and interaction with lessees will remain unchanged, and the Company intends to pay vendors and suppliers under customary terms for goods and services received on or after the filing date and pay its employees in the usual manner. To ensure its ability to continue operating in the ordinary course of business, the Company has filed with the Bankruptcy Court motions seeking a variety of “first day” relief, including authority to continue utilizing and maintaining its existing cash management system and authority to pay its employees in the ordinary course of business. Business operations across the AeroCentury platform are continuing without interruption. The Company has proposed in one of its Chapter 11 motions an auction sale (“Auction Sale”) for its assets in order to fund repayment of its indebtedness to its sole secured lender, Drake Asset Management Jersey Limited (“Drake”). The Company has entered into a stalking horse agreement with Drake to acquire the aircraft collateral securing the Drake indebtedness, subject to higher and better bids. In the event Drake is the successful bidder, the closing of the purchase will resolve all of the Company’s outstanding indebtedness to Drake. As of the filing date, the Company believes it has sufficient cash on hand to support its ongoing operations. Depending upon the length of the COVID-19 induced crisis and its impact on revenue, the Company may seek access to additional capital as the reorganization progresses. “We hope that following final resolution of the Drake indebtedness through the Chapter 11 sale process, we will get speedy approval for a reorganization plan and will be able to promptly emerge from Chapter 11,” explained Michael Magnusson, the Company’s CEO. “AeroCentury intends to remain a public company focusing on the regional aircraft industry. With a clean balance sheet, we will be primed for immediate execution of a recapitalization plan that will allow us to resume and build upon our asset leasing, finance and management business,” Mr. Magnusson continued. “We believe such a re-emergent, recapitalized, and re-energized AeroCentury Corp., built upon the foundation of our quarter century brand history and strong reputation in the regional aircraft space, and equipped with renewed ability to take advantage of many opportunities as the recovery of the travel and aviation industry heats up and the headwinds from the COVID pandemic ease, could present a compelling story to investors. Uncertainty, however, remains as to how quickly the air passenger industry will recover and if and when financial markets will be willing to re-invest substantial equity and/or debt capital into regional aircraft. Nevertheless, management is steadfast in its commitment to bringing the Company through this unprecedented financial and industry turmoil.” As of March 29, 2021, the Company owned twelve aircraft. Ten of those aircraft are encumbered by a first priority lien securing the Company’s approximately $83.2 million of secured indebtedness of the Company held by Drake, while two are on lease to lessees in Kenya and not subject to the first priority lien of Drake. Additional Information Morrison & Foerster LLP and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP are serving as legal advisor, and B Riley Securities, Inc. is serving as financial advisor and investment banker. The Bankruptcy Court filings and additional information regarding the Company’s restructuring, and the claims process for suppliers and vendors are available at http://www.kccllc.net/aerocentury, or can be requested from the Company's claims agent at (866) 967-1783 (U.S./Canada) or (310) 751-2683 (International) or emailing AeroInfo@kccllc.com. CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS The statements herein regarding the Company’s plans to resolve its outstanding indebtedness through the Auction Sale, the Company’s plan to maintain operations in the ordinary course, the Company’s continuation of the operation of its business as a “debtor-in-possession”, the Company’s plan to continue utilizing its existing cash management system and pay its employees in the ordinary course, the Company’s anticipation that it has sufficient cash to meet its obligations; the Company’s desire for speedy approval of a reorganization plan and emergence from Chapter 11, the Company’s plan to remain a publicly-traded company, the Company’s plans to resume and build upon its regional aircraft leasing business and the Company’s plans to raise additional capital constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on projections and assumptions made by management of the Company, are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict or control. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested can be found in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company. Harold M. LyonsChief Financial Officer(650) 340-1888

  • AeroCentury Corp. Listing Standards Compliance Update
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    AeroCentury Corp. Listing Standards Compliance Update

    BURLINGAME, Calif., Dec. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After the receipt on September 11, 2020 of a deficiency letter from NYSE American LLC (the “NYSE American”) notifying AeroCentury Corp. (the “Company”) of its non-compliance with the NYSE American’s stockholders’ equity listing standards as set forth in Section 1003(a)(i) – (iii) of the NYSE American Company Guide, the Company submitted a plan to the NYSE American to bring the Company into compliance with such listing standards within 18 months of receipt of the deficiency letter, as disclosed in its report on Form 8-K filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on September 16, 2020. On November 25, 2020, the Company received a letter from the NYSE American notifying the Company of its acceptance of the Company’s plan and continuing the Company’s listing pursuant to an extension with a target completion date of March 11, 2022. AeroCentury is an aircraft operating lessor and finance company specializing in leasing regional aircraft and engines utilizing triple net leases. The Company’s aircraft and engines are leased to regional airlines and commercial users worldwide.Forward Looking StatementsThe statements herein regarding the Company’s plan to bring the Company into compliance with the listing standards of the NYSE American constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on projections and assumptions made by management of the Company, are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict or control. For example, the Company’s ability to regain compliance with the stockholders’ equity listing standards of the NYSE American depends upon the Company’s ability to raise additional capital through the issuance of additional shares of stock, which in turn depends upon market conditions that are beyond the Company’s control. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested can be found in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available from the SEC or may be obtained upon request from the Company.Harold M. Lyons Chief Financial Officer (650) 340-1888