US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways) (Phoenix) today reported its fourth quarter and 2012 financial results. For full year 2012, the Company reported a record net profit of $537 million, or $2.79 per diluted share, which excludes net special items totaling a credit of $100 million. This compares to a full year 2011 net profit of $111 million excluding net special items, or $0.68 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a record net profit of $637 million, or $3.28 per diluted share for 2012, up 797 percent over the 2011 net profit of $71 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.
For the fourth quarter 2012, net profit excluding net special items was $46 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. Net profit excluding net special items for the fourth quarter 2011 was $21 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a record net profit of $37 million for its fourth quarter 2012, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to a net profit of $18 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011. As previously disclosed, the Company’s fourth quarter and full year results were negatively impacted by approximately $35 million due to Hurricane Sandy. See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP financial information.
US Airways Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Doug Parker stated, “We couldn’t be happier with the performance of US Airways in 2012. Our 32,000 hard-working team members did a phenomenal job of running a safe and reliable airline for our customers and these record financial results are the result of their efforts.
A strong demand environment and record passenger yields led to improved revenue performance. Total revenues in the fourth quarter were a record $3.3 billion, up 3.9 percent versus the fourth quarter 2011 on a 1.4 percent increase in total available seat miles (ASMs). Total revenue per ASM was a record 15.58 cents, up 2.5 percent versus the same period last year driven by a two point increase in passenger load factor.
For the full year 2012, total revenues were a record $13.8 billion, up 5.9 percent versus 2011. Total revenue per ASM increased 3.9 percent to a record 15.64 cents, driven by a 3.5 percent increase in passenger yield and a record load factor of 82.9 percent, up from 82.3 percent in 2011.
Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $3.2 billion, up 3.5 percent over the same period last year. Mainline cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 13.55 cents, up 2.8 percent on a 0.7 percent increase in mainline ASMs. Excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM was 8.73 cents, up 2.9 percent versus the same period last year. Express CASM excluding special items and fuel was 14.54 cents, down 2.7 percent on a 4.8 percent increase in ASMs.
For the full year 2012, total operating expenses were $13.0 billion, up 2.7 percent versus 2011. Excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing, mainline CASM increased 0.5 percent to 8.39 cents. Express CASM excluding special items and fuel decreased 1.5 percent to 14.49 cents.
As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $2.71 billion in total cash and investments, of which $336 million was restricted, up from $2.31 billion, of which $365 million was restricted on December 31, 2011.
The Company recognized approximately $9 million of net special items in the fourth quarter, which are primarily related to corporate transaction and auction rate securities arbitration costs.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The remaining Boeing 737-400s will be the next type to be retired by US Airways. Boeing 737-4B7 N439US (msn 24781) climbs away from the runway at Charlotte.