Atlas Air Worldwide Reports Record 2021 Results

Thursday, 17. February 2022 14:06

Strong Outlook for 1Q22

All New 747-8F Deliveries Placed Under Long-Term Agreements

Announces $200 Million Share Repurchase Program
Including $100 Million Accelerated Share Repurchase

Full-Year 2021 Results

  • Reported Net Income of $493.3 Million
  • Adjusted Net Income of $551.0 Million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.1 Billion

Fourth-Quarter 2021 Results

  • Reported Net Income of $176.7 Million
  • Adjusted Net Income of $211.6 Million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $361.8 Million

PURCHASE, N.Y., Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced record 2021 results, including revenue that rose to $4.0 billion, and net income that increased to $493.3 million, or $16.16 per diluted share, compared with $3.2 billion in revenue, and net income of $360.3 million, or $13.50 per diluted share, in 2020.

On an adjusted basis, EBITDA increased to a record $1.1 billion in 2021 compared with $844.2 million in 2020. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, adjusted net income rose to a record $551.0 million, or $18.51 per diluted share, compared with $379.0 million, or $13.67 per diluted share, in 2020.

“2021 was another outstanding year with excellent financial and operating performance. Our greatest strength is our people and I’d like to thank everyone at Atlas for working together to deliver these very strong results. We are also very pleased to have achieved a long-term labor agreement with our pilots that recognizes their significant contributions to Atlas. With the strength, flexibility and resiliency of our global business model, our experienced and dedicated team delivered high-quality service to our customers in an operating environment with persistent pandemic-related obstacles,” said Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Dietrich.

“We are leveraging our world-class fleet and global operating capabilities to increase aircraft utilization and capitalize on strong demand for our services and dedicated freighters, as well as on higher airfreight yields.”

He continued: “We have now placed our new 747-8Fs under long-term agreements, enhanced numerous long-term contracts with strategic customers and further diversified our customer base. In 2021, we deepened relationships with valued customers, including Cainiao, CEVA Logistics, DB Schenker, DHL, DSV, FedEx, Flexport, Geodis, HP Inc., Icelandair, JAS, Kuehne+Nagel, SF Group and UPS.  

“We take a disciplined and balanced approach to capital allocation. We have strengthened our balance sheet, made significant investments in our fleet, including new 747-8 and 777 freighter aircraft, and are returning capital to our shareholders. Consistent with our balanced capital allocation approach, our Board has authorized a new $200 million share repurchase program, and we are starting by implementing $100 million in accelerated repurchases.

“Atlas is very well positioned for the future. We have a dedicated and talented team of employees, a strong balance sheet, a formidable fleet of aircraft, an unparalleled network of customers and unrivaled global operating capabilities. We also have a strong position and look forward to growing our Titan dry leasing business. And our strategic focus on express, e-Commerce and fast-growing markets will continue to drive our business forward.”

Mr. Dietrich added: “We expect strong performance in the first quarter of 2022, with adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income similar to the first quarter of 2021. We also anticipate revenue of about $1.0 billion from flying approximately 85,000 block hours.

“This outlook reflects higher yields, including the contribution from numerous new or enhanced long-term customer contracts, as well as higher pilot costs from our new joint collective bargaining agreement that went into effect in September 2021.

“Due to the uncertainty related to the pandemic, ongoing supply chain disruptions and other factors, we are not providing additional guidance at this time.”

Full-Year Results

Volumes in 2021 grew to 364,061 block hours compared with 344,821 in 2020, with revenue increasing to $4.0 billion in 2021 from $3.2 billion in 2020.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, our reported net income rose to $493.3 million, or $16.16 per diluted share, compared with $360.3 million, or $13.50 per diluted share, in 2020.

On an adjusted basis, EBITDA grew to $1.1 billion in 2021 compared with $844.2 million in 2020. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2021, adjusted net income increased to $551.0 million, or $18.51 per diluted share, compared with $379.0 million, or $13.67 per diluted share, in 2020.

Reported results in 2021 included an effective income tax rate of 23.8%. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax rate of 22.0%.

Fourth-Quarter Results

Volumes in the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled 91,985 block hours compared with 96,079 in the fourth quarter of 2020, with revenue rising to $1.2 billion compared with $932.5 million in the prior-year quarter.

For the three months ended December 31, 2021, our reported net income totaled $176.7 million, or $5.55 per diluted share, compared with net income of $184.0 million, or $6.15 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2020.

On an adjusted basis, EBITDA was $361.8 million in the fourth quarter this year compared with $279.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted net income in the fourth quarter of 2021 totaled $211.6 million, or $7.05 per diluted share, compared with $143.2 million, or $4.83 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

Reported earnings in the fourth quarter of 2021 also included an effective income tax rate of 24.3%. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax rate of 21.7%.

Higher Airline Operations revenue primarily reflected an increase in the average rate per block hour. The higher average rate per block hour was primarily due to an increased proportion of higher-yielding flying, including the impact of new and extended long-term contracts, the ongoing reduction of available cargo capacity in the market, the continued disruption of global supply chains, as well as higher fuel costs. Block-hour volumes during the period reflected a reduction in less profitable smaller gauge CMI service flying, partially offset by our ability to increase the utilization of our current fleet to meet strong customer demand. Block-hour volumes benefited from the operation of a 747-400 freighter we reactivated during the fourth quarter of 2020.

Higher Airline Operations segment contribution in the fourth quarter of 2021 was primarily driven by the positive factors benefiting segment revenue mentioned above as well as lower heavy maintenance expense. These improvements were partially offset by higher pilot costs related to our new joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA).

In Dry Leasing, segment revenue and contribution in the fourth quarter of 2021 were relatively unchanged compared with the prior-year period.

Unallocated income and expenses, net, increased during the quarter, primarily due to $67.2 million in CARES Act grant income in 2020 and a $14.1 million increase related to adjustments to paid time-off benefits in our new JCBA in 2021 (both of which were excluded from our adjusted results), as well as a $6.6 million reduction in refunds of aircraft rent paid in previous years.

Fleet Management

We have now placed all four of our new and incoming 747-8Fs under long-term agreements. We expect delivery of these aircraft between May and October this year.

In addition, we look forward to the deliveries and placements of the four new 777-200LRFs we recently announced, for which there is very strong demand. We expect one to be delivered late in the fourth quarter of this year and three more throughout 2023.

As previously disclosed, we purchased six of our existing 747-400Fs during 2021 that were formerly on lease to us. We are also purchasing another five of our other 747-400Fs at the end of their leases during the course of this year, which range from February to December.

Acquiring these widebody freighters underscores our confidence in the demand for dedicated international airfreight capacity, particularly in express, e-Commerce and fast-growing global markets. These investments are consistent with our long-term strategic growth plan and will provide customers with modern and environmentally-efficient aircraft, which will drive strong returns for Atlas in the years ahead.

Cash

At December 31, 2021, our cash, including cash equivalents and restricted cash, totaled $921.0 million compared with $856.3 million at December 31, 2020.

The increase resulted from cash provided by operating activities, partially offset by cash used for investing and financing activities.

Net cash used for investing activities during 2021 primarily related to payments for flight equipment and modifications, including all pre-delivery payments for 747-8F aircraft, as well as capital expenditures, spare engines and GEnx performance upgrade kits.

Net cash used for financing activities during the period primarily related to payments on debt obligations, partially offset by proceeds from debt issuance.

Share Repurchases

In February 2022, our Board of Directors approved the establishment of a new share repurchase program authorizing up to $200.0 million of our common stock. Purchases may be made at our discretion in the form of accelerated share repurchase programs, open market repurchase programs, privately negotiated transactions, or a combination of these methods.

As part of the share repurchase program, the company will enter into a $100.0 million accelerated share repurchase program (ASR). Purchases under the ASR are expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter.

Outlook*

We expect strong performance in the first quarter of 2022, with adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income similar to the first quarter of 2021. We anticipate revenue of about $1.0 billion from flying approximately 85,000 block hours.

This outlook reflects higher yields, including the contribution from numerous new or enhanced long-term customer contracts, as well as higher pilot costs from our new JCBA.

We expect first-quarter results to continue to be impacted by ongoing pandemic-related expenses, including premium pay for employees flying into locations significantly impacted by COVID-19 and other operational costs, including for regulatory compliance and providing a safe working environment for our employees.

For the full year in 2022, we expect aircraft maintenance expense to be similar to 2021, and depreciation and amortization to total about $300 million. In addition, core capital expenditures, which exclude aircraft and engine purchases, are projected to total approximately $135 to $145 million, mainly for parts and components for our fleet.

Due to the uncertainty related to the pandemic, ongoing supply chain disruptions and other factors, we are not providing additional guidance at this time.

Other than with regard to revenue, we provide guidance on an adjusted basis because we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty and without unreasonable effort the effects on future gains and losses on asset sales, special charges and other unanticipated items that could be material to our reported results.*

Conference Call

As previously announced, management will host a conference call to discuss Atlas Air Worldwide’s fourth-quarter and full-year 2021 financial and operating results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, February 17, 2022.

Interested parties may listen to the call live at Atlas Air Worldwide’s Investor site or at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/whtitre6.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be archived on the Investor site following the call. A replay will also be available through February 24 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S. Toll Free) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside the U.S.) and using Access Code 9953709#.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we present certain non-GAAP financial measures to assist in the evaluation of our business performance. These non-GAAP measures include Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted net income; Adjusted Diluted EPS; Adjusted effective tax rate; and Free Cash Flow, which exclude certain noncash income and expenses, and items impacting year-over-year comparisons of our results. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for Net income; Diluted EPS; Effective tax rate; and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, which are the most directly comparable measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP, respectively.

Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of the company’s ongoing operations and in planning and forecasting future periods. We believe that these adjusted measures, when considered together with the corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations to those measures, provide meaningful supplemental information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance. For example:

  • Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted net income; and Adjusted Diluted EPS provide a more comparable basis to analyze operating results and earnings and are measures commonly used by shareholders to measure our performance. In addition, management’s incentive compensation is determined, in part, by using Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income.

  • Adjusted effective tax rate provides insight into the tax effects of our ongoing business operations.

  • Free Cash Flow helps investors assess our ability, over the long term, to create value for our shareholders as it represents cash available to execute our capital allocation strategy.

*Other than with regard to revenue, we provide guidance only on an adjusted basis and are unable to provide forward-looking guidance on a U.S. GAAP basis or a reconciliation to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures because we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty and without unreasonable effort, the ultimate outcome of certain significant items, including future gains and losses on asset sales, special charges and other unanticipated items. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on our U.S. GAAP results.

About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers the broadest array of Boeing 747, 777, 767 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

Atlas Air Worldwide’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company’s home page, www.atlasairworldwide.com.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect Atlas Air Worldwide’s current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Those statements are based on management’s beliefs, plans, expectations and assumptions, and on information currently available to management. Generally, the words “will,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “continue,” “believe,” “seek,” “project,” “estimate,” and similar expressions used in this release that do not relate to historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. They are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environments of Atlas Air Worldwide and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “companies”) that may cause the actual results of the companies to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, in such forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to effectively operate the network service contemplated by our agreements with Amazon; the possibility that Amazon may terminate its agreements with the companies; the ability of the companies to operate pursuant to the terms of their financing facilities; the ability of the companies to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the companies’ ability to maintain contracts that are critical to their operations; the ability of the companies to fund and execute their business plan; the ability of the companies to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives, pilots and associates; the ability of the companies to attract and retain customers; the continued availability of our wide-body aircraft; demand for cargo services in the markets in which the companies operate; changes in U.S. and non-U.S. government trade and tax policies; economic conditions; the impact of geographical events or health epidemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of COVID-19 vaccine mandates; our compliance with the requirements and restrictions under the Payroll Support Program; the effects of any hostilities or act of war (in the Middle East or elsewhere) or any terrorist attack; significant data breach or disruption of our information technology systems; labor costs and relations, work stoppages and service slowdowns; financing costs; the cost and availability of war risk insurance; aviation fuel costs; security-related costs; competitive pressures on pricing (especially from lower-cost competitors); volatility in the international currency markets; geopolitical events; weather conditions; natural disasters; government legislation and regulation; border restrictions; consumer perceptions of the companies’ products and services; anticipated and future litigation; and other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in Atlas Air Worldwide’s reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

For additional information, we refer you to the risk factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q filed by Atlas Air Worldwide with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other factors and assumptions not identified above may also affect the forward-looking statements, and these other factors and assumptions may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed.

Except as stated in this release, Atlas Air Worldwide is not providing guidance or estimates regarding its anticipated business and financial performance for 2022 or thereafter.

Atlas Air Worldwide assumes no obligation to update such statements contained in this release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law and expressly disclaims any obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 
31, 2021
  December 31,
2020
  December
31, 2021
  December 31,
2020
 
                 
Operating Revenue $1,162,997  $932,475  $4,030,829  $3,211,116 
                 
Operating Expenses                
Salaries, wages and benefits  282,023   203,363   924,440   737,963 
Aircraft fuel  230,470   130,976   824,928   440,649 
Maintenance, materials and repairs  116,038   127,211   472,537   506,297 
Depreciation and amortization  73,291   68,667   281,209   257,672 
Navigation fees, landing fees and other rent  45,142   45,198   184,060   155,107 
Travel  42,401   40,043   162,986   154,792 
Passenger and ground handling services  35,125   40,467   156,962   138,822 
Aircraft rent  13,817   24,343   67,745   96,865 
Loss (gain) on disposal of aircraft  -   (370)  (794)  (7,248)
Special charge  -   (216)  -   16,265 
Transaction-related expenses  515   494   1,001   2,780 
Other  61,095   58,455   244,461   216,384 
Total Operating Expenses  899,917   738,631   3,319,535   2,716,348 
                 
Operating Income  263,080   193,844   711,294   494,768 
                 
Non-operating Expenses (Income)                
Interest income  (164)  (147)  (723)  (1,076)
Interest expense  26,147   27,886   107,492   114,635 
Capitalized interest  (2,860)  (397)  (8,316)  (925)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  6,042   -   6,042   81 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  -   (2,298)  113   71,053 
Other (income) expense, net  469   (73,661)  (40,705)  (185,742)
Total Non-operating Expenses (Income)  29,634   (48,617)  63,903   (1,974)
                 
Income before income taxes  233,446   242,461   647,391   496,742 
Income tax expense  56,707   58,494   154,074   136,456 
                 
Net Income  $176,739  $183,967  $493,317  $360,286 
                 
Earnings per share:                
Basic $6.07  $6.72  $17.06  $13.64 
Diluted $5.55  $6.15  $16.16  $13.50 
                 
Weighted average shares:                
Basic  29,107   27,395   28,910   26,408 
Diluted  31,821   29,666   30,543   26,690 

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)

  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
 
Assets        
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents $910,965  $845,589 
Restricted cash  10,052   10,692 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $4,003 and $1,233, respectively  305,905   265,521 
Prepaid expenses, assets held for sale and other current assets  99,100   95,919 
Total current assets  1,326,022   1,217,721 
Property and Equipment        
Flight equipment  5,449,100   5,061,387 
Ground equipment  101,824   86,670 
Less: accumulated depreciation  (1,319,636)  (1,147,613)
Flight equipment purchase deposits and modifications in progress  352,422   110,150 
Property and equipment, net  4,583,710   4,110,594 
Other Assets        
Operating lease right-of-use assets  138,744   255,805 
Deferred costs and other assets  329,971   374,242 
Intangible assets, net and goodwill  64,796   70,826 
Total Assets $6,443,243  $6,029,188 
         
Liabilities and Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable $82,885  $107,604 
Accrued liabilities  641,978   583,160 
Current portion of long-term debt and finance leases  639,811   298,690 
Current portion of long-term operating leases  55,383   157,732 
Total current liabilities  1,420,057   1,147,186 
Other Liabilities        
Long-term debt and finance leases  1,655,075   2,020,451 
Long-term operating leases  166,022   318,850 
Deferred taxes  354,798   203,586 
Financial instruments and other liabilities  37,954   77,576 
Total other liabilities  2,213,849   2,620,463 
Commitments and contingencies        
Equity        
Stockholders’ Equity        
Preferred stock, $1 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued  -   - 
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;
34,707,860 and 32,877,533 shares issued, 29,215,702 and 27,517,297
shares outstanding (net of treasury stock), as of December 31, 2021
and December 31, 2020, respectively
  347   329 
Additional paid-in capital  934,516   873,874 
Treasury stock, at cost; 5,492,158 and 5,360,236 shares, respectively  (225,461)  (217,889)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (511)  (1,904)
Retained earnings  2,100,446   1,607,129 
Total stockholders’ equity  2,809,337   2,261,539 
Total Liabilities and Equity $6,443,243  $6,029,188 

1  Balance sheet debt at December 31, 2021 totaled $2,294.9 million, including the impact of $31.5 million of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs of $22.7 million, compared with $2,319.1 million, including the impact of $50.6 million of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs of $29.3 million at December 31, 2020.
2  The face value of our debt at December 31, 2021 totaled $2,349.1 million, compared with $2,399.0 million on December 31, 2020.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
 
         
Operating Activities:        
Net Income $493,317  $360,286 
         
Adjustments to reconcile Net Income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  357,330   328,101 
Accretion of debt securities discount  -   (2)
Provision for (reversal of) expected credit losses  (378)  463 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  6,042   81 
Special charge, net of cash payments  -   16,265 
Unrealized loss on financial instruments  113   71,053 
Gain on disposal of aircraft  (794)  (7,248)
Deferred taxes  152,399   133,598 
Stock-based compensation  14,014   21,997 
Changes in:        
Accounts receivable  (37,800)  26,132 
Prepaid expenses, current assets and other assets  (49,763)  (56,716)
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other liabilities  (11,496)  115,532 
Net cash provided by operating activities  922,984   1,009,542 
Investing Activities:        
Capital expenditures  (90,288)  (78,933)
Purchase deposits and payments for flight equipment and modifications  (407,684)  (184,273)
Investment in joint ventures  (4,893)  (9,298)
Proceeds from investments  -   881 
Proceeds from disposal of aircraft  9,470   126,335 
Net cash used for investing activities  (493,395)  (145,288)
Financing Activities:        
Proceeds from debt issuance  212,717   417,733 
Payment of debt issuance costs  (9,541)  (6,100)
Payments of debt and finance lease obligations  (542,594)  (429,749)
Proceeds from revolving credit facility  -   75,000 
Payment of revolving credit facility  -   (175,000)
Customer maintenance reserves and deposits received  17,745   15,168 
Customer maintenance reserves paid  (35,608)  (14,437)
Treasury shares withheld for payment of taxes  (7,572)  (4,018)
Net cash used for financing activities  (364,853)  (121,403)
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  64,736   742,851 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of period  856,281   113,430 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of period $921,017  $856,281 
         
Noncash Investing and Financing Activities:        
Acquisition of property and equipment included in Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $38,985  $36,619 
Acquisition of property and equipment acquired under operating leases $16,117  $91,538 
Acquisition of flight equipment under finance leases $191,994  $18,476 
Customer maintenance reserves settled with sale of aircraft $-  $6,497 
Issuance of shares related to settlement of warrant liability $31,583  $49,545 

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Direct Contribution
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
 
Operating Revenue:                
Airline Operations $1,125,786  $896,936  $3,888,601  $3,066,399 
Dry Leasing  41,671   41,609   163,365   165,181 
Customer incentive asset amortization  (10,906)  (10,676)  (44,162)  (39,090)
Other  6,446   4,606   23,025   18,626 
Total Operating Revenue $1,162,997  $932,475  $4,030,829  $3,211,116 
                 
Direct Contribution:                
Airline Operations $354,684  $256,624  $1,020,887  $739,619 
Dry Leasing  10,822   11,023   42,587   41,070 
Total Direct Contribution for Reportable Segments  365,506   267,647   1,063,474   780,689 
                 
Unallocated income and (expenses), net  (125,503)  (27,576)  (409,721)  (201,016)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  (6,042)  -   (6,042)  (81)
Unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments  -   2,298   (113)  (71,053)
Special charge  -   216   -   (16,265)
Transaction-related expenses  (515)  (494)  (1,001)  (2,780)
Gain on disposal of aircraft  -   370   794   7,248 
Income before income taxes  233,446   242,461   647,391   496,742 
                 
Add back (subtract):                
Interest income  (164)  (147)  (723)  (1,076)
Interest expense  26,147   27,886   107,492   114,635 
Capitalized interest  (2,860)  (397)  (8,316)  (925)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  6,042   -   6,042   81 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  -   (2,298)  113   71,053 
Other (income) expense, net  469   (73,661)  (40,705)  (185,742)
Operating Income $263,080  $193,844  $711,294  $494,768 

Atlas Air Worldwide uses an economic performance metric, Direct Contribution, to show the profitability of each of its segments after allocation of direct operating and ownership costs. Atlas Air Worldwide currently has the following reportable segments: Airline Operations and Dry Leasing.

Direct Contribution consists of income (loss) before taxes, excluding loss on early extinguishment of debt, unrealized loss on financial instruments, special charge, transaction-related expenses, loss (gain) on disposal of aircraft, nonrecurring items, and unallocated expenses and (income), net.

Direct operating and ownership costs include crew costs, maintenance, fuel, ground operations, sales costs, aircraft rent, interest expense on the portion of debt used for financing aircraft, interest income on debt securities, and aircraft depreciation.

Unallocated expenses and (income), net include corporate overhead, nonaircraft depreciation, noncash expenses and income, interest expense on the portion of debt used for general corporate purposes, interest income on nondebt securities, capitalized interest, foreign exchange gains and losses, other revenue, other nonoperating costs and CARES Act grant income.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

   For the Three Months Ended 
   December 31,
2021
   December 31,
2020
  Percent
Change
 
               
Net Income   $176,739   $183,967   (3.9)%
Impact from:              
CARES Act grant income1   -    (67,212)    
Customer incentive asset amortization   10,906    10,676     
Adjustments to JCBA paid time-off benefits2   14,061    -     
Special charge   -    (216)    
Noncash expenses and income, net3   4,897    4,599     
Unrealized gain on financial instruments   -    (2,298)    
Other, net4   6,931    294     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (6,018)   13,406     
Special tax item7   4,041    -     
Adjusted Net Income   $211,557   $143,216   47.7%
               
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   31,821    29,666     
   effect of convertible notes hedges6   (1,802)   -     
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   30,019    29,666     
               
Adjusted Diluted EPS   $7.05   $4.83   46.0%
               
   For the Twelve Months Ended 
   December 31,
2021
   December 31,
2020
  Percent
Change
 
               
Net Income  $493,317   $360,286   36.9%
Impact from:              
CARES Act grant income1   (40,944)   (151,590)    
Customer incentive asset amortization   44,162    39,090     
Adjustments to JCBA paid time-off benefits2   29,211    -     
Special charge   -    16,265     
Noncash expenses and income, net3   19,136    17,971     
Unrealized loss on financial instruments   113    71,053     
Other, net4   7,752    2,382     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (5,795)   23,580     
Special tax item7   4,041    -     
Adjusted Net Income   $550,993   $379,037   45.4%
               
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   30,543    26,690     
Add: dilutive warrant5   -    1,040     
   effect of convertible notes hedges6   (782)   -     
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   29,761    27,730     
               
Adjusted Diluted EPS   $18.51   $13.67   35.4%

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

   For the Three Months Ended 
   December 31,
2021
   December 31,
2020
  Percent
Change
 
               
Income before taxes  $233,446   $242,461   (3.7)%
Impact from:              
CARES Act grant income1   -    (67,212)    
Customer incentive asset amortization   10,906    10,676     
Adjustments to JCBA paid time-off benefits2   14,061    -     
Special charge   -    (216)    
Noncash expenses and income, net3   4,897    4,599     
Unrealized gain on financial instruments   -    (2,298)    
Other, net4   6,931    294     
Adjusted income before income taxes   270,241    188,304   43.5%
Interest (income) expense, net   18,226    22,743     
Other (income) expense, net   469    (6,449)    
Adjusted operating income  $288,936   $204,598   41.2%
               
Income tax expense   $56,707   $58,494     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (6,018)   13,406     
Special tax item7   4,041    -     
Adjusted income tax expense   58,684    45,088     
Adjusted income before income taxes  $270,241   $188,304     
Effective tax expense rate   24.3%   24.1%    
Adjusted effective tax expense rate   21.7%   23.9%    
     
   For the Twelve Months Ended 
   December 31,
2021
   December 31,
2020
  Percent
Change
 
               
Income before taxes   $647,391   $496,742   30.3%
Impact from:              
CARES Act grant income1   (40,944)   (151,590)    
Customer incentive asset amortization   44,162    39,090     
Adjustments to JCBA paid time-off benefits2   29,211    -     
Special charge   -    16,265     
Noncash expenses and income, net3   19,136    17,971     
Unrealized loss on financial instruments   113    71,053     
Other, net4   7,752    2,382     
Adjusted income before income taxes   706,821    491,913   43.7%
Interest (income) expense, net   79,317    94,663     
Other (income) expense, net   239    (34,071)    
Adjusted operating income  $786,377   $552,505   42.4%
               
Income tax expense  $154,074   $136,456     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (5,795)   23,580     
Special tax item7   4,041    -     
Adjusted income tax expense   155,828    112,876     
Adjusted income before income taxes  $706,821   $491,913     
Effective tax expense rate   23.8%   27.5%    
Adjusted effective tax expense rate   22.0%   22.9%    
               

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

   For the Three Months Ended 
   December 31,
2021
   December 31,
2020
  Percent
Change
 
               
Net Income   $176,739   $183,967   (3.9)%
Interest expense, net   23,123    27,342     
Depreciation and amortization   73,291    68,667     
Income tax expense   56,707    58,494     
EBITDA   329,860    338,470     
CARES Act grant income1   -    (67,212)    
Customer incentive asset amortization   10,906    10,676     
Adjustments to JCBA paid time-off benefits2   14,061    -     
Special charge   -    (216)    
Unrealized gain on financial instruments   -    (2,298)    
Other, net4    6,931    294     
Adjusted EBITDA  $361,758   $279,714   29.3%
               
               
   For the Twelve Months Ended 
   December 31,
2021
   December 31,
2020
  Percent
Change
 
               
Net Income   $493,317   $360,286   36.9%
Interest expense, net   98,453    112,634     
Depreciation and amortization   281,209    257,672     
Income tax expense   154,074    136,456     
EBITDA   1,027,053    867,048     
CARES Act grant income1   (40,944)   (151,590)    
Customer incentive asset amortization   44,162    39,090     
Adjustments to JCBA paid time-off benefits2   29,211    -     
Special charge   -    16,265     
Unrealized loss on financial instruments   113    71,053     
Other, net4    7,752    2,382     
Adjusted EBITDA  $1,067,347   $844,248   26.4%
               

1 CARES Act grant income in 2021 and 2020 related to income associated with the Payroll Support Program.

2 Adjustments to JCBA paid time-off benefits in 2021 are related to our new JCBA.

3 Noncash expenses and income, net in 2021 and 2020 primarily related to amortization of debt discount on the convertible notes.

4 Other, net in 2021 primarily related to $6.0 million of costs associated with the refinancing of debt, as well as leadership transition costs and costs associated with our acquisition of an airline, partially offset by a gain on the sale of aircraft. Other, net in 2020 primarily related to a $7.2 million net gain on the sale of aircraft, as well as costs associated with the Payroll Support Program, costs associated with the refinancing of debt, costs associated with our acquisition of an airline and accrual for legal matters and professional fees.

5 Dilutive warrants represent potentially dilutive common shares related to warrants issued to a customer. These warrants are excluded from Diluted EPS prepared in accordance with GAAP when they would have been antidilutive.

6 Represents the economic benefit from our convertible notes hedges in offsetting dilution from our convertible notes as we concluded in no event would economic dilution result from conversion of each of the convertible notes when our stock price is below the exercise price of the respective convertible note warrants.

7 Special tax item in 2021 represents the income tax expense from the integration of a previously-acquired airline.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended 
  December 31, 2021  December 31, 2020 
         
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $314,051  $226,834 
Less:        
Capital expenditures  26,156   33,799 
Capitalized interest  2,860  $397 
Free Cash Flow1 $285,035  $192,638 
         
         
         
  For the Twelve Months Ended 
  December 31, 2021  December 31, 2020 
         
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $922,984  $1,009,542 
Less:        
Capital expenditures  90,288   78,933 
Capitalized interest  8,316  $925 
Free Cash Flow1 $824,380  $929,684 

1 Free Cash Flow = Net Cash from Operations minus Core Capital Expenditures and Capitalized Interest.

Core Capital Expenditures excludes purchases of aircraft.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Operating Statistics and Traffic Results
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  Increase/  For the Twelve Months Ended  Increase/ 
  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
  (Decrease)  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
  (Decrease) 
                         
Block Hours                        
Airline Operations  91,092   95,161   (4,069)  359,862   340,294   19,568 
Cargo  88,661   90,704   (2,043)  343,957   323,385   20,572 
Passenger  2,431   4,457   (2,026)  15,905   16,909   (1,004)
Other  893   918   (25)  4,199   4,527   (328)
Total Block Hours  91,985   96,079   (4,094)  364,061   344,821   19,240 
                         
Revenue Per Block Hour                        
Airline Operations $12,359  $9,425  $2,934  $10,806  $9,011  $1,795 
Cargo $12,153  $8,950  $3,203  $10,413  $8,522  $1,891 
Passenger $19,862  $19,109  $753  $19,290  $18,372  $918 
                         
Average Utilization (block hours per day)                        
Airline Operations                        
Cargo  11.2   10.5   0.7   10.7   9.3   1.4 
Passenger  2.9   4.5   (1.6)  4.4   4.3   0.1 
All Operating Aircraft1  10.5   9.9   0.6   10.2   8.9   1.3 
                         
Fuel                        
Charter                        
Average fuel cost per gallon $2.32  $1.37  $0.95  $2.00  $1.41  $0.59 
Fuel gallons consumed (000s)  99,183   95,921   3,262   411,845   313,428   98,417 

1 Average of All Operating Aircraft excludes Dry Leasing aircraft, which do not contribute to block-hour volumes.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Operating Statistics and Traffic Results
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  Increase/  For the Twelve Months Ended  Increase/ 
  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
  (Decrease)  December 31,
2021
  December 31,
2020
  (Decrease) 
                         
Segment Operating Fleet
(average aircraft equivalents
during the period)
                        
Airline Operations1                        
747-8F Cargo  10.0   10.0   -   10.0   10.0   - 
747-400 Cargo  34.5   33.8   0.7   34.5   32.6   1.9 
747-400 Dreamlifter  0.3   1.7   (1.4)  0.8   2.4   (1.6)
747-400 Passenger  4.2   5.0   (0.8)  4.8   5.0   (0.2)
777-200 Cargo  9.0   9.0   -   9.0   8.7   0.3 
767-300 Cargo  24.0   24.0   -   24.0   24.0   - 
767-300 Passenger  4.9   4.8   0.1   4.9   4.8   0.1 
767-200 Cargo  -   7.9   (7.9)  2.0   8.7   (6.7)
767-200 Passenger  -   1.0   (1.0)  0.1   1.0   (0.9)
737-800 Cargo  8.0   7.8   0.2   8.0   5.8   2.2 
737-400 Cargo  -   -   -   -   2.6   (2.6)
Total  94.9   105.0   (10.1)  98.1   105.6   (7.5)
Dry Leasing                        
777-200 Cargo  7.0   7.0   -   7.0   7.0   - 
767-300 Cargo  21.0   21.0   -   21.0   21.0   - 
757-200 Cargo  -   -   -   -   0.1   (0.1)
737-300 Cargo  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
737-800 Passenger  -   -   -   -   0.2   (0.2)
Total  29.0   29.0   -   29.0   29.3   (0.3)
Less: Aircraft Dry Leased to
CMI customers
  (21.0)  (21.0)  -   (21.0)  (21.0)  - 
Total Operating Average Aircraft Equivalents  102.9   113.0   (10.1)  106.1   113.9   (7.8)
                         
Out-of-Service2  -   0.7   (0.7)  -   2.2   (2.2)

1 Airline Operations average fleet excludes spare aircraft provided by CMI customers.
                
2 Out-of-service includes aircraft that are temporarily parked.

Contacts:  
Investors – InvestorRelations@atlasair.com         
Media – CorpCommunications@atlasair.com

 


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