Copa Holdings reports first quarter net income of $113.1 million, down 25.3% from $151.4 million

Copa Holdings, S.A. (Copa Airlines and Copa Airlines Colombia) (Panama City) has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15):

Copa Holdings reported net income of $113.1 million (all amounts in US dollars) for 1Q15, or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.57. Excluding special items, Copa Holdings would have reported an adjusted net income of $106.0 million, or EPS of $2.41 per share, a 30.4% decrease over adjusted net income of $153.6 million and $3.46 per share for 1Q14.

Operating income for 1Q15 came in at $127.3 million, a 28.1% decrease over operating income of $177.0 million in 1Q14. Operating margin for the period came in at 20.1%, compared to 24.8% in 1Q14, as a result of lower unit revenues partially offset by lower unit costs.

Total revenues decreased 11.5% to $631.8 million. Yield per passenger mile decreased 16.2% to 14.8 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) decreased 18.3% to 11.6 cents. Adjusting for an 8.5% increase in length of haul, yields and RASM decreased 12.7% and 14.9%, respectively.

For 1Q14, passenger traffic (RPMs) grew 5.8% on a 8.3% capacity expansion. Consolidated load factor came in at 76.3%, 1.8 percentage points below 1Q14.

Operating cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 13.2%, from 10.7 cents in 1Q14 to 9.3 cents in 1Q15 mainly due to lower jet fuel costs. CASM, excluding fuel, decreased 3.4% to 6.3 cents mainly due to lower sales related expenses and lower overhead expenses.

Cash, short-term and long-term investments ended 1Q15 at US$1.16 billion, representing 44% of the last twelve months’ revenues. Of this amount, 41% or US$470.1 million was in Venezuela pending repatriation due to government currency controls.

During the first quarter, Copa Airlines took delivery of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and returned a leased Boeing 737-700. As a result, Copa Holdings ended the quarter with a consolidated fleet of 98 aircraft.

On April 10, 2015, Copa Holdings signed an order with Boeing to purchase 61 737-MAX aircraft, worth US$6.6 billion at Boeing list prices. The aircraft are expected to be delivered between 2018 and 2024.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/ Copa Airlines is proud to be the official airline of the “Legend Series,” an annual event arranged by Major League Baseball in conjunction with Panamanian business people and with the support of the Panamanian Government. Copa Airlines decorated this Boeing 737-8V3 registered as HP-1533CMP (msn 35067) as the “Official Airlines of Major League Baseball” showing the logos of the National League on this side. On the other side is the American League teams.

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