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American Airlines Reports First-Quarter 2022 Financial Results

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American Airlines, Inc.
American Airlines, Inc.

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported its first-quarter 2022 financial results, including:

  • First-quarter revenue of $8.9 billion, representing a recovery to 84% of comparable period revenue in 2019.

  • First-quarter net loss of $1.6 billion, or ($2.52) per share. Excluding net special items1, first-quarter net loss of $1.5 billion, or ($2.32) per share.

  • Company was profitable excluding net special items in March and expects to be profitable in the second quarter based on the current demand trends and fuel price forecast.

  • Ended the first quarter with $15.5 billion of total available liquidity.

  • Company continues to execute on its plan to pay down approximately $15 billion of debt by the end of 2025.

“Our priorities for this year are clear: Run a reliable operation and return to profitability,” said American’s CEO Robert Isom. “The outstanding progress we’ve made is only possible because of the amazing efforts of the American Airlines team and we’re optimistic about the continued recovery in the second quarter and beyond. The demand environment is very strong, and as a result, we expect to be profitable in the second quarter based on our current fuel price assumptions. The work we have accomplished over the past two years — simplifying our fleet, modernizing our facilities, fine-tuning our network, developing new partnerships, rolling out new tools for customers and team members, and hiring thousands of new team members — has us very well-positioned as the industry continues to rebound.”

Running a reliable operation
In the first quarter, American led major U.S. airlines in on-time departures and finished a close second in on-time arrivals while flying a schedule that was considerably larger than its closest competitor as measured by available seat miles. Additionally, American delivered its best-ever combined mainline and regional completion factor for the month of March.

The airline has taken steps to ensure it is prepared to deliver for customers during the busy summer travel season. The airline’s summer preparations began last year as demand returned and American has 12,000 more team members in place to support the operation this summer than the summer of 2021.

Returning to profitability
American produced revenues of $8.9 billion in the first quarter, including industry-leading passenger revenues of $7.8 billion, and cargo revenues of $364 million. The airline also produced record sales in March, and it was the first month since the onset of the pandemic that total revenue was above 2019 levels.

Demand for domestic business travel has steadily improved as offices have reopened and travel restrictions have been lifted. Revenue from small- to medium-size businesses and customers traveling for a mix of business and leisure remains very strong and is approaching a full recovery, and corporate bookings are the highest they have been since the start of the pandemic. Demand for international travel has also picked up considerably as travel restrictions have been lifted in certain parts of the world.

American’s continued progress on the path to profitability is driven by the strength of its global network and creating value for customers through consistency, simplicity and transparency. American is proud to offer customers the largest network of any U.S. airline this summer, with an average of more than 5,800 peak daily departures.

Liquidity and balance sheet
American ended the first quarter with $15.5 billion of total available liquidity. Deleveraging its balance sheet remains a top priority for American, and the company is committed to significant debt reduction in the years ahead. The company remains on track to reduce overall debt levels by $15 billion by the end of 2025. In the first quarter, the Company completed $317 million of open market repurchases of its $750 million unsecured senior notes maturing in June. To date, American has reduced its overall debt by $4.1 billion from peak levels in the second quarter of 2021. Additionally, the airline has cost-effective financing in place for all aircraft deliveries through the third quarter of 2022 and is beginning to evaluate financing options for the fourth quarter of 2022 and first half of 2023.

Guidance and investor update
American will continue to match its forward capacity with observed bookings trends. Based on current trends, the company expects its second-quarter capacity to be approximately 92% to 94% of what it was in the second quarter of 2019. American expects its second-quarter total revenue to be 6% to 8% higher than the second quarter of 2019.

For additional financial forecasting detail, please refer to the company’s investor update, filed with this press release with the SEC on Form 8-K. This filing will also be available at aa.com/investorrelations.

Conference call and webcast details
The company will conduct a live audio webcast of its financial results conference call at 7:30 a.m. CDT today. The call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at aa.com/investorrelations. An archive of the webcast will be available on the website through May 21.

Notes
See the accompanying notes in the financial tables section of this press release for further explanation, including a reconciliation of all GAAP to non-GAAP financial information.

  1. The company recognized $160 million of pre-tax net special items in the first quarter of 2022, which principally included a non-cash impairment charge to write down the carrying value of the company’s retired Airbus A330 fleet to the estimated fair value due to current market conditions for certain used aircraft. The company retired its Airbus A330 fleet in 2020 as a result of the decline in demand for air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About American Airlines Group
To Care for People on Life’s Journey®. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what’s happening at American by visiting news.aa.com and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

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Certain of the statements contained in this report should be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “continue,” “seek,” “target,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “if current trends continue,” “optimistic,” “forecast” and other similar words. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the company’s plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, estimates and strategies for the future, the continuing availability of borrowings under revolving lines of credit, and other statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are based on the company’s current objectives, beliefs and expectations, and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and financial position and timing of certain events to differ materially from the information in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those set forth herein as well as in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 (especially in Part I, Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and Part II, Item 1A. Risk Factors), and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak to economic conditions and the travel industry in general and the financial position and operating results of the company in particular have been material, are changing rapidly, and cannot be predicted. Additionally, there may be other factors of which the company is not currently aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. The company does not assume any obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements other than as required by law. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the statement.

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American Airlines Group Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In millions, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

3 Months Ended March 31,

Percent Increase

2022

2021

(Decrease)

Operating revenues:

Passenger

$

7,818

$

3,179

nm

(1)

Cargo

364

315

15.4

Other

717

514

39.6

Total operating revenues

8,899

4,008

nm

Operating expenses:

Aircraft fuel and related taxes

2,502

1,034

nm

Salaries, wages and benefits

3,154

2,730

15.5

Regional expenses:

Regional operating expenses

972

544

78.8

Regional depreciation and amortization

80

81

(1.9

)

Maintenance, materials and repairs

617

376

64.0

Other rent and landing fees

678

570

18.9

Aircraft rent

353

351

0.7

Selling expenses

332

151

nm

Depreciation and amortization

492

478

2.8

Special items, net

157

(1,708

)

nm

Other

1,285

716

79.5

Total operating expenses

10,622

5,323

99.6

Operating loss

(1,723

)

(1,315

)

31.0

Nonoperating income (expense):

Interest income

8

4

nm

Interest expense, net

(463

)

(371

)

25.1

Other income, net

92

109

(14.5

)

Total nonoperating expense, net

(363

)

(258

)

40.5

Loss before income taxes

(2,086

)

(1,573

)

32.6

Income tax benefit

(451

)

(323

)

39.6

Net loss

$

(1,635

)

$

(1,250

)

30.8

Loss per common share:

Basic and diluted

$

(2.52

)

$

(1.97

)

Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands):

Basic and diluted

649,503

634,609

Note: Percent change may not recalculate due to rounding.

(1) Not meaningful or greater than 100% change.



American Airlines Group Inc.

Consolidated Operating Statistics (1)

(Unaudited)

3 Months Ended March 31,

Increase

2022

2021

(Decrease)

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

44,290

22,464

97.2

%

Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)

59,533

37,764

57.6

%

Passenger load factor (percent)

74.4

59.5

14.9

pts

Yield (cents)

17.65

14.15

24.7

%

Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)

13.13

8.42

56.0

%

Total revenue per ASM (cents)

14.95

10.61

40.8

%

Cargo ton miles (millions)

536

532

0.7

%

Cargo yield per ton mile (cents)

67.81

59.18

14.6

%

Fuel consumption (gallons in millions)

894

608

47.0

%

Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon)

2.80

1.70

64.7

%

Operating cost per ASM (cents)

17.84

14.09

26.6

%

Operating cost per ASM excluding net special items (cents)

17.58

19.19

(8.4

)

%

Operating cost per ASM excluding net special items and fuel (cents)

13.38

16.45

(18.7

)

%

Passenger enplanements (thousands)

42,722

24,238

76.3

%

Departures (thousands):

Mainline

241

153

58.1

%

Regional

231

186

24.1

%

Total

472

339

39.4

%

Average stage length (miles):

Mainline

1,158

1,205

(3.9

)

%

Regional

484

505

(4.2

)

%

Total

828

821

0.9

%

Aircraft at end of period:

Mainline (2)

881

851

3.5

%

Regional (3)

572

548

4.4

%

Total

1,453

1,399

3.9

%

Full-time equivalent employees at end of period:

Mainline

100,500

88,500

13.6

%

Regional (4)

26,500

24,700

7.3

%

Total

127,000

113,200

12.2

%

Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.

(1) Unless otherwise noted, operating statistics include mainline and regional operations. Regional includes wholly-owned regional airline subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase carriers.

(2) Excludes 29 Boeing 737-800 mainline aircraft that are in temporary storage at March 31, 2022.

(3) Includes aircraft owned and leased by American as well as aircraft operated by third-party regional carriers under capacity purchase agreements. Excludes 11 Embraer 145 and one Embraer 170 regional aircraft that are in temporary storage at March 31, 2022.

(4) Regional full-time equivalent employees only include our wholly-owned regional airline subsidiaries.



American Airlines Group Inc.

Consolidated Revenue Statistics by Region

(Unaudited)

3 Months Ended March 31,

Increase

2022

2021

(Decrease)

Domestic (1)

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

32,632

18,538

76.0

%

Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)

41,873

27,952

49.8

%

Passenger load factor (percent)

77.9

66.3

11.6

pts

Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)

6,060

2,655

nm

%

Yield (cents)

18.57

14.32

29.7

%

Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)

14.47

9.50

52.3

%

Latin America (2)

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

7,652

3,576

nm

%

Available seat miles (millions)

10,310

7,865

31.1

%

Passenger load factor (percent)

74.2

45.5

28.7

pts

Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)

1,227

482

nm

%

Yield (cents)

16.04

13.47

19.1

%

Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)

11.90

6.12

94.4

%

Atlantic

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

3,605

199

nm

%

Available seat miles (millions)

6,380

1,151

nm

%

Passenger load factor (percent)

56.5

17.4

39.1

pts

Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)

466

22

nm

%

Yield (cents)

12.94

11.10

16.6

%

Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)

7.31

1.93

nm

%

Pacific

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

401

151

nm

%

Available seat miles (millions)

970

796

21.9

%

Passenger load factor (percent)

41.4

18.9

22.5

pts

Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)

65

20

nm

%

Yield (cents)

16.13

13.53

19.2

%

Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)

6.67

2.56

nm

%

Total International

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

11,658

3,926

nm

%

Available seat miles (millions)

17,660

9,812

80.0

%

Passenger load factor (percent)

66.0

40.0

26.0

pts

Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)

1,758

524

nm

%

Yield (cents)

15.08

13.35

13.0

%

Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)

9.96

5.34

86.4

%

Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.

(1) Domestic results include Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

(2) Latin America results include the Caribbean.


Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Information to Non-GAAP Financial Information

American Airlines Group Inc. (the Company) sometimes uses financial measures that are derived from the condensed consolidated financial statements but that are not presented in accordance with GAAP to understand and evaluate its current operating performance and to allow for period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures may also provide useful information to investors and others. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures of other companies, and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance, cash flow or liquidity prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company is providing a reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable financial measures on a GAAP basis.

The tables below present the reconciliations of the following GAAP measures to their non-GAAP measures:

- Pre-Tax Loss (GAAP measure) to Pre-Tax Loss Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)

- Pre-Tax Margin (GAAP measure) to Pre-Tax Margin Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)

- Net Loss (GAAP measure) to Net Loss Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)

- Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share (GAAP measure) to Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)

- Operating Loss (GAAP measure) to Operating Loss Excluding Net Special Items (non-GAAP measure)

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the Company's current operating performance and to allow for period-to-period comparisons. As net special items may vary from period-to-period in nature and amount, the adjustment to exclude net special items allows management an additional tool to understand the Company’s core operating performance.

Additionally, the tables below present the reconciliations of total operating costs (GAAP measure) to total operating costs excluding net special items and fuel (non-GAAP measure) and total operating costs per ASM (CASM) to CASM excluding net special items and fuel. Management uses total operating costs excluding net special items and fuel and CASM excluding net special items and fuel to evaluate the Company's current operating performance and for period-to-period comparisons. The price of fuel, over which the Company has no control, impacts the comparability of period-to-period financial performance. The adjustment to exclude fuel and net special items allows management an additional tool to understand and analyze the Company’s non-fuel costs and core operating performance.

3 Months Ended March 31,

Percent Increase

Reconciliation of Pre-Tax Loss Excluding Net Special Items

2022

2021

(Decrease)

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

Pre-tax loss as reported

$

(2,086

)

$

(1,573

)

Pre-tax net special items:

Mainline operating special items, net (1)

157

(1,708

)

Regional operating special items, net (2)

-

(215

)

Nonoperating special items, net (3)

3

(23

)

Total pre-tax net special items

160

(1,946

)

Pre-tax loss excluding net special items

$

(1,926

)

$

(3,519

)

(45.3

%)

Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin

Pre-tax loss as reported

$

(2,086

)

$

(1,573

)

Total operating revenues as reported

$

8,899

$

4,008

Pre-tax margin

(23.4%)

(39.3%)

Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin Excluding Net Special Items

Pre-tax loss excluding net special items

$

(1,926

)

$

(3,519

)

Total operating revenues as reported

$

8,899

$

4,008

Pre-tax margin excluding net special items

(21.6%)

(87.8%)

Reconciliation of Net Loss Excluding Net Special Items

Net loss as reported

$

(1,635

)

$

(1,250

)

Net special items:

Total pre-tax net special items (1), (2), (3)

160

(1,946

)

Net tax effect of net special items

(35

)

453

Net loss excluding net special items

$

(1,510

)

$

(2,743

)

(45.0

%)

Reconciliation of Basic and Diluted Loss Per Share Excluding Net Special Items

Net loss excluding net special items

$

(1,510

)

$

(2,743

)

Shares used for computation (in thousands):

Basic and diluted

649,503

634,609

Loss per share excluding net special items:

Basic and diluted

$

(2.32

)

$

(4.32

)

3 Months Ended March 31,

Reconciliation of Operating Loss Excluding Net Special Items

2022

2021

(in millions)

Operating loss as reported

$

(1,723

)

$

(1,315

)

Operating net special items:

Mainline operating special items, net (1)

157

(1,708

)

Regional operating special items, net (2)

-

(215

)

Operating loss excluding net special items

$

(1,566

)

$

(3,238

)

Reconciliation of Total Operating Cost per ASM Excluding Net Special Items and Fuel

Total operating expenses as reported

$

10,622

$

5,323

Operating net special items:

Mainline operating special items, net (1)

(157

)

1,708

Regional operating special items, net (2)

-

215

Total operating expenses, excluding net special items

10,465

7,246

Aircraft fuel and related taxes

(2,502

)

(1,034

)

Total operating expenses, excluding net special items and fuel

$

7,963

$

6,212

(in cents)

Total operating expenses per ASM as reported

17.84

14.09

Operating net special items per ASM:

Mainline operating special items, net (1)

(0.26

)

4.52

Regional operating special items, net (2)

-

0.57

Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding net special items

17.58

19.19

Aircraft fuel and related taxes per ASM

(4.20

)

(2.74

)

Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding net special items and fuel

13.38

16.45

Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.

FOOTNOTES:

(1)

The 2022 first quarter mainline operating special items, net principally included a non-cash impairment charge to write down the carrying value of the Company's retired Airbus A330 fleet to the estimated fair value due to current market conditions for certain used aircraft. The Company retired its Airbus A330 fleet in 2020 as a result of the decline in demand for air travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 first quarter mainline operating special items, net principally included $1.9 billion of Payroll Support Program (PSP) financial assistance, offset in part by $168 million of salary and medical costs associated with certain team members who opted into voluntary early retirement programs offered as a result of reductions to the Company's operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cash payments for salary and medical costs associated with the Company's voluntary early retirement programs were approximately $90 million and $170 million for the 2022 first quarter and 2021 first quarter, respectively.

(2)

The 2021 first quarter regional operating special items, net principally included $244 million of PSP financial assistance, offset in part by a $27 million non-cash impairment charge to write down regional aircraft resulting from the retirement of the remaining Embraer 140 fleet earlier than planned.

(3)

Principally included mark-to-market net unrealized gains and losses associated with certain equity and other investments as well as non-cash charges associated with debt refinancings and extinguishments.


American Airlines Group Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions)(Unaudited)

3 Months Ended March 31,

2022

2021

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

1,185

$

174

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures, net of aircraft purchase deposit returns

(807

)

19

Airport construction projects, net of reimbursements

(62

)

(42

)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

8

108

Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions

-

99

Sales of short-term investments

7,089

1,415

Purchases of short-term investments

(7,035

)

(8,557

)

Decrease (increase) in restricted short-term investments

36

(194

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(771

)

(7,152

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payments on long-term debt and finance leases

(661

)

(4,054

)

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

367

10,861

Shares withheld for taxes pursuant to employee stock plans

(14

)

(13

)

Proceeds from issuance of equity

-

316

Deferred financing costs

-

(162

)

Other financing activities

(2

)

65

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(310

)

7,013

Net increase in cash and restricted cash

104

35

Cash and restricted cash at beginning of period

408

399

(1)

Cash and restricted cash at end of period

$

512

$

434

(1)

The following table provides a reconciliation of cash and restricted cash to amounts reported within the condensed consolidated balance sheets:

Cash

$

376

$

277

Restricted cash included in restricted cash and short-term investments

136

157

Total cash and restricted cash

$

512

$

434



American Airlines Group Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions, except shares)

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

(unaudited)

Assets

Current assets

Cash

$

376

$

273

Short-term investments

12,108

12,158

Restricted cash and short-term investments

952

990

Accounts receivable, net

1,537

1,505

Aircraft fuel, spare parts and supplies, net

2,002

1,795

Prepaid expenses and other

787

615

Total current assets

17,762

17,336

Operating property and equipment

Flight equipment

38,359

37,856

Ground property and equipment

9,418

9,335

Equipment purchase deposits

545

517

Total property and equipment, at cost

48,322

47,708

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

(18,464

)

(18,171

)

Total property and equipment, net

29,858

29,537

Operating lease right-of-use assets

7,745

7,850

Other assets

Goodwill

4,091

4,091

Intangibles, net

1,970

1,988

Deferred tax asset

4,000

3,556

Other assets

1,975

2,109

Total other assets

12,036

11,744

Total assets

$

67,401

$

66,467

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)

Current liabilities

Current maturities of long-term debt and finance leases

$

2,382

$

2,489

Accounts payable

2,546

1,772

Accrued salaries and wages

1,369

1,489

Air traffic liability

8,346

6,087

Loyalty program liability

3,110

2,896

Operating lease liabilities

1,490

1,507

Other accrued liabilities

2,623

2,766

Total current liabilities

21,866

19,006

Noncurrent liabilities

Long-term debt and finance leases, net of current maturities

35,461

35,571

Pension and postretirement benefits

4,913

5,053

Loyalty program liability

6,194

6,239

Operating lease liabilities

6,529

6,610

Other liabilities

1,378

1,328

Total noncurrent liabilities

54,475

54,801

Stockholders' equity (deficit)

Common stock, 649,497,768 shares outstanding at March 31, 2022

6

6

Additional paid-in capital

7,243

7,234

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(5,916

)

(5,942

)

Retained deficit

(10,273

)

(8,638

)

Total stockholders' deficit

(8,940

)

(7,340

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit)

$

67,401

$

66,467


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