Allegiant loses $29.1 million in the third quarter

Allegiant Travel Company today reported the following financial results for the third quarter 2020, as well as comparisons to the prior year:

 

Consolidated Three Months Ended
September 30,
Percent Change Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per
share amounts)
2020 2019 2020 2019
Total operating revenue $ 201.0 $ 436.5 (54.0) % $ 743.5 $ 1,379.9 (46.1) %
Operating income (loss) (33.1) 72.1 (145.9) (257.3) 271.3 (194.9)
Income (loss) before income taxes (44.7) 56.9 (178.6) (321.9) 222.6 (244.6)
Net income (loss) (29.1) 43.9 (166.3) (155.3) 171.6 (190.5)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ (1.82) $ 2.70 (167.4) $ (9.75) $ 10.54 (192.5)
Consolidated – adjusted Three Months Ended
September 30,
Percent Change Nine Months Ended
September 30,
Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2020 2019 2020 2019
Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) (2) $ (77.4) $ 72.1 (207.4) % $ (128.8) $ 271.3 (147.5) %
Adjusted income (loss) before income taxes(1) (2) (89.0) 56.9 (256.4) (166.8) 222.6 (174.9)
Adjusted net income (loss)(1) (2) (68.5) 43.9 (256.0) (128.4) 171.6 (174.8)
Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share (1) (2) $ (4.28) $ 2.70 (258.5) $ (8.07) $ 10.54 (176.6)
(1) Adjusted to exclude COVID related special charges, the benefit from the CARES Act payroll support program, and the portion of the tax benefit (as applicable) attributable to the CARES Act.
(2) Denotes a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the Non-GAAP Presentation section within this document for further information.

“As we continue to navigate through the pandemic we have been encouraged by the modest, yet consistent improvements during the third quarter and into the fourth,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “Consumer confidence towards air travel is improving as seen in our quarterly performance. We completed the quarter beating consensus with a loss per share of $4.28, excluding one-time, special items, and the benefit from the CARES Act. Our scheduled capacity year-over-year was down less than seven percent, perhaps the best showing in the industry. Revenue is also trending in the right direction with September totals down 43 percent versus prior year. Although we still have a long road ahead of us, the progress we’ve seen is a direct reflection of the quality of our people and the nimbleness of the model.

“As we move into the fourth quarter, we remain focused on cash management. Our cash preservation strategy continues to center around maintaining a broad selling presence as well as stripping costs from the business. Our revenue and planning teams have done an exceptional job optimizing our schedule available for sale. We’ve seen average daily gross bookings increase from just over $2 million per day during the third quarter to over $3 million per day thus far in the fourth quarter. On the cost front, we successfully reduced variable operating expenses by nearly 30 percent, excluding the CARES Act payroll support benefit and one-time special items, which outpaces our reduction in capacity more than threefold. These savings are important in paving the way to cash break-even. Our cash preservation strategies coupled with strategic capital raises over the last several weeks have contributed to our pro forma cash balance of $850 million.

“Even though we’re pleased with recent progress, we remain cautious. We have had to make tough decisions the past few months, including a reduction in our workforce. Although difficult, these steps were necessary to right size our organization to better align with demand. This environment has been difficult for our team members, and I cannot thank them enough for their continued hard work and dedication during this trying time. Their efforts to prioritize health and safety for our passengers, and our leadership efforts to bolster the financial health of the company have laid a solid foundation for our recovery. This has been and will continue to be a slow climb out of this abyss known as COVID. At this point, I believe we are leading the way out towards light ahead in the coming months and year.”

Covid-19 Responses – Update

  • Ranked by Safe Travel Barometer as #1 airline among North American carriers and among the top five worldwide for best COVID-19 Traveler Safety Measures, with results based on an independent audit of more than 150 airlines
  • Prioritizing the health and safety of our passengers and crew members by upholding the principles of our Going the Distance for Health and Safety program, which include enhanced cleaning protocols, air purity guidelines, and new service practices and boarding procedures designed to provide additional distancing between customers whenever possible
  • Accommodating travel flexibility by waiving change and cancellation fees for all customers with future travel through the end of 2020, extending the expiry on credit vouchers to two years, and offering an opt-in option within the booking path to alert customers if their flight has reached 65 percent capacity allowing the option to re-book or receive a refund
  • Reduced management and support teams by roughly 300 positions, which includes voluntary leaves
    • 25 percent reduction in these work groups
    • Includes 220 positions previously disclosed
    • Anticipated annual savings of roughly $20 million
  • Furloughed roughly 130 pilots, a 13 percent reduction
    • 100 furloughed as of October 1, with an additional 30 expected November 1

Third Quarter 2020 Results

  • Recorded positive cash inflows for the month of September, excluding a $5 million payment in connection with terminating the loan agreement intended to finance the development of Sunseeker Resorts Charlotte Harbor
  • Reduced scheduled third quarter capacity by 6.5 percent
    • Completed the quarter with load factor in the month of September of 57.4 percent, the highest month since the onset of the pandemic in March
  • Recognized total special charges related to COVID-19 of $33.6 million during the third quarter
  • Anticipate fourth quarter capacity to be reduced by 15 percent from prior year but will continue to adjust based on demand trends
  • Minimal close-in cancellations during the third quarter and anticipate the fourth quarter will be similar
  • Total revenue for the quarter was $201.0 million, down 54.0 percent year over year
    • September total revenue down 42.8 percent, the lowest monthly reduction since the onset of the pandemic
    • Average total ancillary revenue per passenger (includes air-related charges and third party products) remains strong, despite current yield pressure, at $55.70 per passenger, up 1.5 percent year-over-year
  • Operating expense was $234.1 million, down 35.8 percent year-over-year on reduced system-wide capacity of 9.4 percent
    • Variable operating expense, defined as total operating expense excluding the benefit of the CARES Act, one-time special items, aircraft leases, and depreciation and amortization, down 29.2 percent versus prior year
  • Advertising spend down 75 percent year-over-year, yet website visitors derived by either directly typing www.allegiant.com or by clicking on a marketing email promotional link are up 17 percent versus prior year
    • Customer conversion rate is up 36 percent from pre-pandemic levels
  • Named #1 airline co-branded credit card two years in a row by USA Today

Balance Sheet, Cash and Liquidity

  • Total cash and investments at September 30th was $709.8 million 
  • Total sources of liquidity received during the third quarter around $184.9 million
    • Obtained $84 million in financings secured by A320 aircraft and CFM engines
    • Entered into a sale leaseback transaction, which included the sale of four A320-series aircraft, three of which closed in the third quarter generating $30 million
      • Fourth sale closed in October, generating $10 million
    • Federal income tax refund of $48.7 million related to tax net operating losses from 2018
      • Expect a federal income tax refund in excess of $125 million related to 2020 net operating losses to be received during the first half of 2021
    • Additional payroll support related to the CARES Act of $22.2 million
  • In early October, issued $150 million of senior secured notes backed by collateral pledged to existing Term Loan
    • Cash balance pro forma for this financing in excess of $850 million
  • Debt, net of liquidity, as of September 30th was $840 million, down roughly $100 million from December 31, 2019
  • Third quarter interest expense down 38.8 percent versus prior year
  • 3Q20 daily cash burn averaged $1.3 million (1)                       
    • Gross bookings averaged just above $2.0 million per day during the quarter
    • Includes $15 million of payments to Sixth Street Partners (formerly TSSP) to terminate loan agreement intended to finance the development of Sunseeker Resorts Charlotte Harbor
  • As of September 30th, have 22 unencumbered aircraft and 4 unencumbered spare engines
  • Air traffic liability at September 30th was $334 million
    • Balance related to future scheduled flights is $116 million
    • Balance related to travel vouchers issued for future use is $218 million

(1) Daily cash burn defined as cash from operations less scheduled debt and rent payments and capital expenditure outflows excluding aircraft and engine acquisitions as they are expected to be financed. Excludes benefits received from CARES Act such as Payroll Support Program funding and tax refunds from net operating loss carry-backs.

Capital Expenditures

  • Remaining 2020 spend related to capital expenditures is roughly $130 million
    • Includes five previously executed purchase commitments for aircraft
    • Roughly $10 million of deferred heavy maintenance
  • Full year 2021 capital expenditures, including deferred heavy maintenance, expected to be roughly $125 million
    • Includes two previously executed purchase commitments for aircraft
  • Expect to have 93 operating aircraft at year end 2020
    • Does not include owned aircraft currently in storage programs