|Allegiant Travel Company First Quarter 2014 Financial Results|
LAS VEGAS. April 23, 2014 -Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today reported the following financial results for the first quarter 2014, as well as comparisons to prior year equivalents:
* - see appendix for calculation
"We are very proud to report our 45th consecutive profitable quarter," stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. "We are pleased to produce another profitable quarter despite significant operational challenges and unusually high one-time costs that impacted our overall financial performance. This was a very difficult operational quarter as we navigated through significant flight crew availability issues stemming from external factors that occurred last year. I am happy to report that our Team Members overcame this adversity and pulled together another solidly profitable quarter."
Notable company highlights
First quarter 2014 revenue performance
ASMs = available seat miles
Third party products performance
* - Includes payment expenses and travel agency commissions.
First quarter 2014 cost performance
* - Total system includes scheduled service, fixed-fee contract and non-revenue flying.
Second quarter 2014 cost trends
Balance sheet highlights
* - Unrestricted cash includes investments in marketable securities.
At this time, Allegiant Travel Company provides the following guidance to investors, subject to revision.
CASM ex fuel - cost per available seat mile excluding fuel expense
Aircraft listed in table above include only in service aircraft
Allegiant Travel Company will host a conference call with analysts at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 23, 2014 to discuss its first quarter 2014 financial results. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available via the Company's Investor Relations website homepage at http://ir.allegiant.com. The webcast will also be archived in the "Events & Presentations" section of the website.
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Under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are only estimates or predictions based on our management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Forward-looking statements include our statements regarding future unit revenue, future operating expense, ASM growth, departure growth, fixed-fee and other revenues, expected capital expenditures, number of contracted aircraft to be placed in service in the future, as well as other information concerning future results of operations, business strategies, financing plans, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, the effects of future regulation and the effects of competition. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "believe," "expect," "guidance," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate", "project", "hope" or similar expressions.
Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Important risk factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements generally may be found in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov . These risk factors include, without limitation, volatility of fuel costs, labor issues, the effect of the economic downturn on leisure travel, terrorist attacks, risks inherent to airlines, our introduction of an additional aircraft type, demand for air services to our leisure destinations from the markets served by us, our dependence on our leisure destination markets, our competitive environment, problems with our aircraft, our reliance on our automated systems, economic and other conditions in markets in which we operate, aging aircraft and other governmental regulation, increases in maintenance costs and cyclical and seasonal fluctuations in our operating results.
Any forward-looking statements are based on information available to us today and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise.
Detailed financial information follows:
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(1) The Company's unvested restricted stock awards are considered participating securities as they receive non-forfeitable rights to cash dividends at the same rate as common stock. The Basic and Diluted earnings per share for the periods presented reflect the two-class method mandated by accounting guidance for the calculation of earnings per share. The two-class method adjusts both the net income and shares used in the calculation. Application of the two-class method did not have a significant impact on the Basic and Diluted earnings per share for the periods presented.
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* Except load factor and percent of sales through website, which is percentage point change.
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"EBITDA" represents earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDAR is EBITDA less aircraft lease rentals expense. Neither EBITDA nor EBITDAR is a calculation based on generally accepted accounting principles and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or operating income as indicators of our financial performance or to cash flow as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA and EBITDAR are included as supplemental disclosures because we believe they are useful indicators of our operating performance. Further, both EBITDA and EBITDAR are well-recognized performance measurements that are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in comparing the operating performance of companies. We believe EBITDA and EBITDAR are useful in evaluating our operating performance compared to our competitors because their calculation generally eliminates the effects of financing and income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending and acquisitions and lease versus purchase decisions, which items may vary between periods and for different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. The following represents the reconciliation of EBITDA and EBITDAR to net income for the periods indicated below.
The SEC has adopted rules (Regulation G) regulating the use of non-GAAP financial measures. Because of our use of the non-GAAP financial measures EBITDA and EBITDAR to supplement our consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, Regulation G requires us to include in this press release a presentation of the most directly comparable GAAP measure, which is net income, and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the most comparable GAAP measure. Our utilization of non-GAAP measurements is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Neither EBITDA nor EBITDAR is a GAAP measurement and our use of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies in the airline and travel industry. The reconciliations to GAAP net income follow.
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To provide more transparency into operating expenses for the quarter, the company experienced the following non-cash expense items in the first quarter of 2014.