Republic Airways reports net income of $21.3 million in the third quarter

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (Indianapolis) reported operating revenues of $711.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, a 97.9% increase, compared to $359.6 million for the same period last year. The increase in revenues is primarily due to the acquisition of Frontier Airlines (2nd) and Midwest Airlines during 2009. The Company also reported net income of $21.3 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, compared to $3.3 million of net income, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the same period last year. The diluted share count for the third quarter of 2010 includes 2.5 million shares for the $25 million of convertible debt at the Company, which decreases earnings per share by $0.04.

During the third quarter of 2010, the Company’s GAAP pre-tax income of $35.1 million was negatively impacted by a total of $7.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, of items: $4.7 million of expenses related to the integration of the branded business; $2.9 million of disposal costs for A318 and DHC-8-400 (Q400) aircraft; and $0.2 million in negative adjustments for fuel hedges.

Excluding the dilutive effect of the convertible debt ($0.04) and the negative impact on earnings of the integration expense items during the quarter ($0.14), the Company is reporting earnings per share of $0.76 for the third quarter of 2010.

The Company’s “Branded” business segment includes all operations at Frontier Airlines (2nd), Lynx Airlines, and Midwest Airlines, collectively referred to as “Frontier”. Total revenues on Frontier were $445.8 million for the quarter. Load factor was 87.4% for the quarter and total revenue per ASM (TRASM) was 11.15¢. Frontier posted income before taxes of $11.6 million for the third quarter. However, excluding the items outlined in the table above, Frontier produced a pre-tax profit of $19.4 million for the third quarter. Operating cost per ASM (CASM), excluding fuel, was 7.17¢ for the third quarter of 2010. Excluding integration and aircraft return expenses, the unit cost for Frontier, excluding fuel, was 6.98¢ for the quarter.

During the quarter the Company removed three Airbus A318 aircraft, one Bombardier DHC-8-400 (Q400) aircraft, and one Embraer ERJ 170 aircraft from service. The total operational fleet was 277 aircraft as of September 30, 2010 compared to 282 aircraft as of June 30, 2010.

On July 1, 2010, the Company announced that it would remove four 120-seat A318 aircraft and one 76-seat E170 aircraft from scheduled service for Frontier in September 2010. Three of these aircraft have been sold to third parties and two were returned to their lessors. Beginning in January 2011, Frontier will accept the first of seven new 162-seat A320 aircraft. All seven aircraft have firm lease financing arranged and will be delivered during the first two quarters of 2011. The Company will also be leasing three additional 136-seat A319 aircraft that are scheduled for delivery between February and April 2011.

On July 21, 2010, the Company announced it had signed a non-binding letter of intent with Embraer to acquire 24 ERJ 190 or ERJ 195 aircraft with deliveries beginning in the mid 2011. On November 5, 2010, the Company announced it had placed a firm order for 6 E190 aircraft with Embraer for delivery in 2011 starting in August. The Company also has conditional firm orders for 18 E190 or E195 aircraft. Both aircraft types would be configured with STRETCH seating. These aircraft will be used to replace smaller regional jets in the Company as well as provide flexibility for growth at Frontier through 2013.

All ERJ 170 aircraft operating for Frontier will be reconfigured with STRETCH seating by November 30, 2010, enabling its guests to take advantage of 5 extra inches of legroom. Also, all 32 E-Jet aircraft operating for Frontier will have Gogo WiFi installed by the end of 2010.

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