STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
- Income from continuing operations of $32.5 million in Q3 2007 increased
by 121% compared to Q3 2006 and by 20% from Q2 2007.
- Total revenues of $105.3 million increased by 105% over Q3 2006 and by
24% from Q2 2007.
- Completed $381.7 million in acquisitions for the quarter and $1.52
billion during the first three quarters of 2007.
- Declared a third quarter dividend of $0.65 per common share.
- Successfully completed a follow-on public equity offering on October
10, 2007, raising $349.3 million in gross proceeds for Aircastle.
- Aircastle had outstanding commitments to acquire an additional $2.1
billion of aviation assets as of November 7, 2007.
Aircastle Limited (the "Company" or "Aircastle") (NYSE: AYR) reported third quarter net income of $32.5 million, including non-cash charges of $36.2 million for depreciation and share-based compensation expense, or $0.49 per diluted common share. Income from continuing operations for the third quarter was also $32.5 million, or $0.49 per diluted common share.
Third quarter revenue of $105.3 million increased 105% over third quarter 2006 and 24% versus the second quarter 2007. Income from continuing operations grew 121% year over year and 20% over second quarter 2007. The increases in both revenues and income from continuing operations primarily reflect the continued growth in our portfolio of aviation assets compared to the prior periods.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2007, net income was $92.1 million, including non-cash charges of $89.7 million for depreciation and share-based compensation expense, or $1.43 of net income per diluted common share. Income from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2007 was $80.5 million, or $1.25 per diluted common share, while income from discontinued operations was $11.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted common share.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2007, total revenue was $260.4 million, an increase of 111% compared to the first nine months of 2006. For the same period, income from continuing operations grew 200% year over year, to $80.5 million.
Investments in Aviation Assets
As of September 30, 2007, Aircastle owned aviation assets having an aggregate purchase price of $3.3 billion, including 109 aircraft, all of which are on lease. In addition, as of November 7, 2007 the Company has acquired an additional 8 aircraft for $368 million and had outstanding commitments to acquire an additional $2.1 billion in aviation assets, which, combined with its owned portfolio, would aggregate to $5.7 billion, including 156 aircraft.
During the third quarter, Aircastle acquired 9 aircraft for approximately $381.7 million, bringing the total for the first three quarters of 2007 to 41 aircraft for approximately $1.5 billion. Of the aircraft acquired through the third quarter of 2007, 26 aircraft representing $950.4 million were part of the GAIF transaction.
Joe Adams, Deputy Chairman of Aircastle, commented, "Aircastle's dividend growth of 86% since IPO underscores the Company's ability to execute individual aircraft acquisitions, complete opportunistic portfolio transactions and lease aircraft. In 2007 we completed and committed to $2.3 billion in investments and 41 leases -- an outstanding result. Despite the current financial market instability, global air traffic growth and demand for aircraft continue to strengthen and support Aircastle's excellent asset performance. We think this could represent an attractive investment environment for new acquisitions and are well positioned with our successful follow on equity offering in October."
Aircastle's CEO, Ron Wainshal, added, "With nearly $382 million in acquisitions completed during the third quarter and more than $600 million expected during the fourth quarter, the Company is continuing to demonstrate solid, accretive growth. The strong financial performance during the third quarter, not only reflected the growth in our investment portfolio but also the success we've been having in placing aircraft coming off lease. Secondary market investment activity is very healthy and our pipeline of new investment opportunities is robust as restrictions on liquidity could potentially be impacting some competitors."
Capital Markets Activity
In October 2007, Aircastle successfully completed a follow-on public offering of 10,000,000 primary common shares, as well as the offering of 10,000,000 secondary common shares by certain funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC, at a public offering price of $31.75 per share. The underwriters in the offering exercised their option to purchase 1,000,000 additional common shares from the Company and 1,000,000 additional common shares from the selling Fortress funds to cover over-allotments, resulting in gross proceeds from the offering of $698.5 million, of which the Company received $349.25 million in gross proceeds.
In June 2007, we closed our second securitization ("Securitization No. 2") involving the issuance of a single tranche of $1.17 billion of Class G-1 Floating Rate Asset Backed Certificates (the "Certificates"). Securitization No. 2 is comprised of 59 aircraft of which 26 aircraft were purchased during 2006 and 33 aircraft were acquired during 2007. As of September 30, 2007, all 59 aircraft had been transferred into the securitization.
In connection with this earnings release, management will host an earnings conference call on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. Eastern time. All interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (888) 686-9705 (from within the U.S.) or (913) 312-9309 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start and referencing the "Aircastle Third 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, November 16, 2007 by dialing (888) 203-1112 (from within the U.S.) or (719) 457-0820 (from outside of the U.S.); please reference passcode "2603948."
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 November 7, 2007, Aircastle had acquired and committed to acquire aviation assets having an aggregate purchase price equal to $3.6 billion and $2.1 billion, respectively, for a total of approximately $5.7 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 and lease aircraft, pay and grow dividends, realize gains or income from our debt investments, secure financing and increase revenues and earnings. Words such as "anticipate(s)", "expect(s)", "intend(s)", "plan(s)", "target(s)", "project(s)", "believe(s)", "will", "would", "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. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Aircastle Limited's expectations include, but are not limited to, our significant customer concentration; our continued ability to obtain additional capital to finance our growth; our continued ability to acquire aircraft at attractive prices; our continued ability to obtain favorable tax treatment in Bermuda and other jurisdictions; our ability to pay or maintain dividends; our ability to lease aircraft at favorable rates and maintain the value of our aircraft; our ability to realize gains or income from our debt investments; 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; the creditworthiness of our airline customers; interest rate fluctuations; our ability to obtain certain required licenses and approvals; the impact of future terrorist attacks or wars on the airline industry; our concentration of leases in certain geographical regions; and other risks detailed from time to time in Aircastle's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ('SEC"), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 22, 2007 and updated in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 14, 2007. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Aircastle expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets (Dollars in thousands, except share data) December 31, September 30, 2006 2007 (unaudited) ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $58,118 $26,867 Accounts receivable 7,696 4,365 Debt investments 121,273 114,717 Restricted cash and cash equivalents 106,069 125,362 Flight equipment held for sale 31,280 -- Flight equipment held for lease, net of accumulated depreciation of $64,111 and $147,937 1,559,365 3,029,686 Aircraft purchase deposits and progress payments 4,650 226,167 Leasehold improvements, furnishings and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $694 and $1,160 1,506 1,320 Fair value of derivative assets 313 2,007 Other assets 28,433 44,615 Total assets $1,918,703 $3,575,106 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY LIABILITIES Borrowings under credit facilities $442,660 $336,165 Borrowings from securitizations 549,400 1,693,232 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 31,384 64,224 Dividends payable 22,584 43,822 Lease rentals received in advance 11,068 17,736 Repurchase agreements 83,694 67,506 Security deposits 39,767 66,645 Maintenance payments 82,914 153,432 Fair value of derivative liabilities 18,035 55,105 Total liabilities 1,281,506 2,497,867 Commitments and Contingencies - Note 13 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Preference shares, $.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2006 and September 30, -- -- Common shares, $.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 51,621,279 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2006; and 67,417,321 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2007 516 674 Additional paid-in capital 630,154 1,129,179 Dividends in excess of earnings (3,382) (29,220) Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 9,909 (23,394) Total shareholders' equity 637,197 1,077,239 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,918,703 $3,575,106 Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Income (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2006 2007 2006 2007 Revenues: Lease rentals $48,796 $102,863 $ 116,557 $ 252,147 Interest income 2,487 2,367 6,588 7,683 Other revenue 153 34 153 553 Total revenues 51,436 105,264 123,298 260,383 Expenses: Depreciation 15,502 34,980 35,740 84,378 Interest, net - Note 17 14,069 27,074 34,147 63,151 Selling, general and administrative (including non-cash share based payment expense of $1,044 and $1,230 for the three months ended and $7,729 and $5,276 for the nine months ended September 30, 2006 and 2007, respectively) 5,107 8,380 20,976 27,324 Other expense 304 503 1,200 110 Total expenses 34,982 70,937 92,063 174,963 Income from continuing operations before income taxes 16,454 34,327 31,235 85,420 Income tax provision 1,742 1,857 4,380 4,935 Income from continuing operations 14,712 32,470 26,855 80,485 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 470 - 4,557 11,594 Net income $15,182 $32,470 $31,412 $92,079 Basic earnings per share: Income from continuing operations $0.31 $ 0.49 $0.61 $1.26 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 0.01 -- 0.11 0.18 Net income per share $0.32 $ 0.49 $0.72 $1.44 Diluted earnings per share: Income from continuing operations $0.31 $ 0.49 $0.60 $1.25 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 0.01 -- 0.11 0.18 Net income per share $0.32 $ 0.49 $0.71 $1.43 Dividends declared per share $0.506 $ 0.65 $0.506 $1.75 Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) Nine Months Ended September 30, 2006 2007 Cash flows from operating activities Net income $31,412 $ 92,079 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities (inclusive of amounts related to discontinued operations): Depreciation 38,182 85,139 Amortization of deferred financing costs 5,827 5,150 Amortization of lease premiums and discounts, and other related lease (2,846) (6,673) Deferred income taxes 2,239 (3,652) Accretion of purchase discounts on debt investments (619) (627) Non-cash share based payment expense 7,729 5,276 Capitalized interest - (2,733) Cash flow hedges reclassified into earnings (1,197) (3,481) Realized gain on derivative contract - (1,154) Ineffective portion of cash flow hedges (815) 52 Gain on the sale of flight equipment (2,240) (10,219) Changes in certain assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (2,374) 3,331 Restricted cash and cash equivalents (53,244) (19,130) Other assets (818) (6,413) Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 922 6,440 Lease rentals received in advance 3,992 6,668 Security deposits and maintenance payments 74,101 103,621 Net cash provided by operating activities 100,251 253,674 Cash flows from investing activities Acquisition and improvement of flight equipment (746,081) (1,494,683) Disposition of flight equipment held for sale 57,157 34,946 Aircraft purchase deposits and progress payments (40,997) (153,657) Leasehold improvements, furnishings and equipment (347) (280) Margin deposits (1,555) 3,688 Purchase of debt investments (92,726) (15,251) Principal repayments on debt investments 3,589 20,262 Net cash used in investing activities (820,960) (1,604,975) Cash flows from financing activities Issuance of common shares 258,547 493,056 Issuance, net of repurchases, of common shares to employees - 851 Repurchase of shares from affiliate (36,932) - Proceeds from securitizations 560,000 1,170,000 Securitization repayments (5,267) (26,168) Restricted cash and cash equivalents related to unreleased securitization borrowings (12,818) (163) Deferred financing costs (14,978) (11,174) Credit facility borrowings 660,302 1,330,962 Credit facility repayments (799,664) (1,533,383) Proceeds from repurchase agreements 76,007 894 Principal repayments on repurchase agreements (833) (17,082) Proceeds from terminated cash flow hedges 16,142 8,936 Dividends paid (20,770) (96,679) Net cash provided by financing activities 679,736 1,320,050 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (40,973) (31,251) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 79,943 58,118 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $38,970 $ 26,867
SOURCE Aircastle Limited -0- 11/09/2007 /CONTACT: Julia Hallisey, Investor Relations, Aircastle Limited, +1-203-504-1063/ /Web site: http://www.aircastle.com / (AYR)