STAMFORD, Conn., May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aircastle Limited (the "Company" or "Aircastle") (NYSE: AYR) reported first quarter total revenues of $135.0 million and net income of $31.6 million, or $0.41 per diluted share. Income from continuing operations for the first quarter was also $31.6 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, and included expenses of approximately $3.3 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, comprised of $3.0 million of charges related to the termination and ineffective portion of certain interest rate hedge agreements and a $0.3 million loss on the sale of certain debt investments.
First quarter revenue of $135.0 million increased 92.8% over first quarter 2007. Income from continuing operations grew 51.7% year over year. The year over year increases in revenues and income from continuing operations primarily reflect the growth in our aviation assets to $4.2 billion at March 31, 2008 from $2.1 billion at March 31, 2007 and the corresponding higher weighted average debt balance compared to the prior period.
As of March 31, 2008 Aircastle owned aviation assets having an aggregate purchase price of $4.2 billion, including 136 aircraft.
Owned Aircraft as of March 31, 2008(A) 121 Passenger Aircraft 77% 15 Freighter Aircraft 23% Number of Lessees 59 Number of Countries 31 Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term (years) 5.2 Percentage of Aircraft Leased Outside U.S. 92% Percentage of "Latest Generation" Aircraft 86% (A) Calculated using net book value. Capital Markets Activity
On May 2, 2008, Aircastle announced that two of its subsidiaries entered into and funded a $786.1 million, seven year term debt facility on a portfolio of 28 aircraft. The facility was arranged by Calyon New York Branch acting as Sole Bookrunner with HSH Nordbank AG, New York Branch, KfW Ipex-Bank GmbH and DVB Bank AG acting as Joint Lead Arrangers. Proceeds from the financing will be used to repay related outstanding amounts for the aircraft under Aircastle's existing credit facilities. The loans will bear interest on a floating rate basis at a rate of one-month LIBOR plus 1.75%.
Aircastle's CEO Ron Wainshal commented, "Our financial results during the first quarter of 2008 were strong, with $119.9 million in EBITDA and $1.07 per diluted share of adjusted income from continuing operations plus depreciation. We believe global aircraft lease market demand remains healthy and our aircraft portfolio continues to perform extremely well, generating a run rate revenue yield on aviation assets of more than 13.7%(2) with an average remaining lease term of 5.2 years.
Looking ahead, I believe there will continue to be excellent opportunities for asset-based, value-oriented investors and we intend to capitalize on our extensive experience acquiring and managing aviation assets. In addition, we continue to look for ways to grow our earnings, including through managed funds to invest in additional aircraft."
Aircastle discloses certain non-GAAP financial information, which management believes provides a meaningful basis for comparison among present and future periods. The following are non-GAAP measures used in the accompanying financial information:
-- EBITDA -- Adjusted income from continuing operations -- Adjusted income from continuing operations plus depreciation -- Adjusted shareholders' equity
We urge you to read the reconciliation of such data to the related GAAP measures appearing later in this release.
In connection with this earnings release, management will host an earnings conference call on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 12:00 P.M. Eastern time. A copy of the earnings release will be posted to the Investors section of the Aircastle Limited website provided below. All interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (866) 510-4578 (from within the U.S.) or (706) 634-9537 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start and referencing the "Aircastle First Quarter Earnings Call."
A webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at www.aircastle.com. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the necessary software required to listen to the internet broadcast. A replay of the webcast will be available for three months following the call.
For those who are not available to listen to the live call, a replay will be available until 11:59 P.M. Eastern time on Friday, May 16, 2008 by dialing (800) 642-1687 (from within the U.S.) or (706) 645-9291 (from outside of the U.S.); please reference passcode "43220638."
About Aircastle Limited
Aircastle Limited is a global aviation company that acquires and leases high-utility commercial jet aircraft to airlines throughout the world. As of May 6, 2008, Aircastle had acquired and committed to acquire aviation assets having an aggregate purchase price equal to $4.3 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively, for a total of approximately $5.6 billion.
Certain items in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not necessarily limited to, statements relating to our ability to acquire, sell and lease aircraft, issue aircraft lease-backed securities or raise other long-term debt, pay and grow dividends, extend, modify or replace existing financing and increase revenues, earnings and EBITDA. Words such as "anticipate(s)," "expect(s)," "intend(s)," "plan(s)," "target(s)," "project(s)," "predict(s)," "believe(s)," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seek(s)," "estimate(s)" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors that could lead to actual results materially different from those described in the forward-looking statements; Aircastle Limited can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Factors that could have a material adverse effect on our operations and future prospects or that could cause actual results to differ materially from Aircastle Limited's expectations include, but are not limited to, our continued ability to obtain additional capital to finance our working capital needs and our growth and to refinance our short-term debt financings with longer-term debt financings; our ability to acquire aircraft at attractive prices; our ability to find new ways to raise capital, including managing investment funds; our continued ability to obtain favorable tax treatment in Bermuda, Ireland and other jurisdictions; our ability to pay or maintain dividends; our ability to lease aircraft at favorable rates; an adverse change in the value of our aircraft; the possibility that conditions to closing of certain transactions will not be satisfied; general economic conditions and economic conditions in the markets in which we operate; competitive pressures within the industry and/or markets in which we operate; high fuel prices and other factors affecting the creditworthiness of our airline customers; interest rate fluctuations; margin calls and termination payments on our interest rate hedges; our ability to obtain certain required licenses and approvals; the impact of future terrorist attacks or wars on the airline industry; our concentration of customers, including geographical concentration; and other risks detailed from time to time in Aircastle Limited's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( the "SEC"), including "Risk Factors" as previously disclosed in Aircastle's 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in our other filings with the SEC, press releases and other communications. In addition, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Aircastle to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Aircastle Limited expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
(1) Refer to the selected financial information accompanying this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP numbers. (2) The run rate revenue yield is calculated by dividing the annualized month end lease rental run rate by the flight equipment held for lease net of accumulated depreciation. Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets (Dollars in thousands, except share data) December 31, March 31, 2007 2008 (unaudited) ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $13,546 $17,351 Accounts receivable 4,957 5,899 Debt investments 113,015 22,374 Restricted cash and cash equivalents 161,317 179,289 Flight equipment held for lease, net of accumulated depreciation of $189,737 and $237,708 3,807,116 3,980,634 Aircraft purchase deposits and progress payments 245,331 170,638 Leasehold improvements, furnishings and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,335 and $1,526 1,391 1,390 Other assets 80,969 122,648 Total assets $ 4,427,642 $ 4,500,223 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY LIABILITIES Borrowings under credit facilities $798,186 $981,592 Borrowings from securitizations 1,677,736 1,662,044 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 65,967 73,302 Dividends payable 55,004 19,640 Lease rentals received in advance 31,016 26,669 Repurchase agreements 67,744 2,283 Security deposits 74,661 72,398 Maintenance payments 208,363 230,585 Fair value of derivative liabilities 154,388 248,365 Total liabilities 3,133,065 3,316,878 Commitments and Contingencies SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Preference shares, $.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding - - Common shares, $.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 78,574,657 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2007; and 78,559,976 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2008 786 786 Additional paid-in capital 1,468,140 1,468,840 Dividends in excess of earnings (48,960) (36,963) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (125,389) (249,318) Total shareholders' equity 1,294,577 1,183,345 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 4,427,642 $ 4,500,223 Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Income (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2008 Revenues: Lease rentals $ 67,358 $ 133,627 Interest income 2,588 1,291 Other revenue 58 38 Total revenues 70,004 134,956 Expenses: Depreciation 21,633 48,215 Interest, net 16,730 41,011 Selling, general and administrative (including non-cash share based payment expense of $1,258 and $1,598, respectively) 8,497 11,489 Other expenses 382 890 Total expenses 47,242 101,605 Income from continuing operations before income taxes 22,762 33,351 Income tax provision 1,905 1,714 Income from continuing operations 20,857 31,637 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 684 - Net income $ 21,541 $31,637 Basic earnings per share: Income from continuing operations $0.35 $0.41 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 0.01 - Net income per share $0.36 $0.41 Diluted earnings per share: Income from continuing operations $0.35 $0.41 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 0.01 - Net income per share $0.36 $0.41 Dividends declared per share $0.50 $0.25 Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2008 Cash flows from Operating activities: Net income $21,541 $31,637 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities (inclusive of amounts related to discontinued operations) Depreciation 22,394 48,162 Amortization of deferred financing costs 1,514 2,584 Amortization of lease premiums and discounts, and other related lease items (1,701) (2,713) Deferred income taxes 1,892 1,061 Accretion of purchase discounts on debt investments (208) (149) Non-cash share based payment expense 1,258 1,598 Cash flow hedges reclassified into earnings (1,007) (139) Ineffective portion of cash flow hedges 42 1,998 Loss on sale of investments - 245 Changes in certain assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable 4,215 (942) Restricted cash and cash equivalents (15,373) (17,972) Other assets (458) 574 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities (5,056) (2,081) Payable to affiliates (35) (185) Lease rentals received in advance 2,976 (4,347) Security deposits and maintenance payments 28,525 19,959 Net cash provided by operating activities 60,519 79,290 Cash flows from investing activities: Acquisition and improvement of flight equipment (446,390) (117,027) Aircraft purchase deposits and progress payments (8,600) (5,312) Purchase of debt investments (15,251) - Proceeds from sale of debt investments - 65,335 Principal repayments on debt investments 12,664 11,224 Margin call payments on derivatives and repurchase agreements (5,660) (198,882) Margin call receipts on derivatives and repurchase agreements - 158,244 Leasehold improvements, furnishings and equipment - (190) Net cash used in investing activities (463,237) (86,608) Cash flows from financing activities: Issuance of common shares in public offerings, net 493,056 - Repurchase of shares from directors and employees (210) (898) Securitization repayments (5,400) (15,692) Deferred financing costs (1,227) (2,571) Credit facility borrowings 486,584 325,608 Credit facility repayments (552,961) (142,202) Proceeds from repurchase agreements 140 - Principal repayments on repurchase agreement (3,790) (65,461) Payments for terminated cash flow hedges - (32,657) Dividends paid (22,584) (55,004) Net cash provided by financing activities 393,608 11,123 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (9,110) 3,805 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 58,118 13,546 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $49,008 $17,351 Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Supplement Financial Information (Amount in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, Percent 2007 2008 Increase Revenues $ 70,004 $ 134,956 92.8% Annualized month end lease rental run rate at period end $292,397 $ 546,549 86.9% EBITDA $ 59,466 $ 119,931 101.7% Adjusted Income from continuing operations $ 20,899 $34,901 67.0% Basic earnings per share $0.36 $0.45 25.0% Diluted earnings per share $0.35 $0.45 28.6% Adjusted Income from continuing operations plus depreciation $ 42,532 $83,116 95.4% Basic earnings per share $0.72 $1.07 48.6% Diluted earnings per share $0.72 $1.07 48.6% Basic Shares Outstanding 58,864 77,720 Diluted Shares Outstanding 59,156 77,720
Refer to the selected information accompanying this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP information.
Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures EBITDA Reconciliation (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2008 Net income $ 21,541 $31,637 Depreciation 21,633 48,215 Amortization (1,659) (2,646) Interest, net 16,730 41,011 Income tax provision 1,905 1,714 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (684) - EBITDA $ 59,466 $ 119,931
We define EBITDA as income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expense, and depreciation and amortization. We use EBITDA to assess our consolidated financial and operating performance, and we believe this non-GAAP measure is helpful in identifying trends in our performance. Using EBITDA assists us in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest charges on our outstanding debt) and asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) from our operating results.
Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations plus Depreciation Reconciliation
(Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2008 Income from continuing operations $ 20,857 $31,637 Termination of cash flow hedge - 1,021 Ineffective portion of cash flow hedges 42 1,998 Loss on sale of debt investments - 245 Adjusted income from continuing operations 20,899 34,901 Depreciation 21,633 48,215 Adjusted income from continuing operations plus depreciation $42,532 $83,116
We adjust income from continuing operations for termination of cash flow hedges, ineffective portion of cash flow hedges and loss on sale of debt investments. We use adjusted income from continuing operations to assess our consolidated financial and operating performance, and we believe this non-GAAP measure is helpful in identifying trends in our performance net of non- recurring items.
We use adjusted income from continuing operations plus depreciation to assess our consolidated financial and operating performance, and we believe this non-GAAP measure is helpful in identifying trends in our performance on an operating cash flow basis after taking into account interest expense on our outstanding indebtedness.
Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted Shareholders' Equity Reconciliation (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) December 31, March 31, 2007 2008 Shareholders' equity $1,294,577 $1,183,345 Fair value of derivative liability 154,388 248,365 Adjusted shareholders' equity $1,448,965 $1,431,171
We define adjusted shareholders' equity as shareholders' equity less the fair value of our derivative contracts. We believe this non-GAAP measure provides us with a consistent basis to evaluate and measure our operating performance net of mark to market (i.e., unrealized) fluctuations in our derivative contracts.
SOURCE Aircastle Limited
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