American Airlines Group Inc. (American Airlines) (Dallas/Fort Worth) today reported its third quarter 2015 results:
- Reported record quarterly net profit of $1.9 billion excluding net special charges, a 54 percent increase versus the third quarter 2014. This is the highest quarterly profit in the Company’s history
- Reported quarterly GAAP net profit of $1.7 billion, an 80 percent increase versus last year’s third quarter
- Repurchased $1.56 billion of common stock, or 38.4 million shares, during the third quarter and authorized a new $2.0 billion share repurchase program to be completed by the end of 2016
- Passed a critical merger milestone earlier this week by successfully integrating its passenger reservations system with no operational impact
American Airlines Group’s third quarter 2015 net profit, excluding net special charges, was a record $1.9 billion, or $2.77 per diluted share versus a third quarter 2014 net profit excluding net special charges of $1.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share. This is the highest quarterly profit in the Company’s history. The Company’s third quarter 2015 pretax margin excluding net special charges was a record 17.7 percent, up 6.7 percentage points from the same period last year.
On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net profit of $1.7 billion, or $2.49 per diluted share. This compares to a GAAP net profit of $942 million in the third quarter 2014, or $1.28 per diluted share.
The Company continues to make significant investments in the airline through its extensive fleet renewal program, giving it the youngest fleet of the U.S. network airlines. In the third quarter, the Company took delivery of 16 new mainline and 15 new regional aircraft and retired 36 mainline and nine regional aircraft.
In the third quarter, the Company recognized $192 million in net special charges, including:
- $165 million in operating special charges, primarily including $198 million in merger related integration expenses and a $38 million special charge in connection with the Company’s dissolution of its Texas Aero Engine Service joint venture. These charges were offset in part by a $66 million credit related to proceeds received from a legal settlement
- $21 million in nonoperating special charges, principally related to non-cash write offs of unamortized debt discount and debt issuance costs associated with the remarketing of the special facility revenue bonds discussed above
- $6 million in tax special charges related to certain indefinite-lived assets
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. American is gradually phasing out its aging McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82s and DC-9-83s including some that have been donated to aviation schools. The MD-80s are expected to be gone by late 2017. None will be repainted in the new 2013 flag livery. Ex-TWA DC-9-83 (MD-83) N965TW (msn 53615) departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).