Allegiant reports a net profit of $66.3 million in the third quarter, new routes from Akron/Canton

Allegiant Travel Company today reported the following financial results for the third quarter 2021, as well as comparisons to the prior years:

Consolidated Three Months Ended September 30, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Total operating revenue $ 459.5 $ 201.0 $ 436.5 128.6 % 5.3 %
Total operating expense 393.2 234.1 364.4 68.0 7.9
Operating income (loss) 66.3 (33.1) 72.1 300.4 (8.1)
Income (loss) before income taxes 50.2 (44.7) 56.9 212.4 (11.7)
Net income (loss) 39.3 (29.1) 43.9 234.7 (10.6)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 2.18 $ (1.82) $ 2.70 219.8 (19.3)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Total operating revenue $ 1,211.0 $ 743.5 $ 1,379.9 62.9 % (12.2) %
Total operating expense 981.3 1,000.8 1,108.6 (2.0) (11.5)
Operating income (loss) 229.7 (257.3) 271.3 189.3 (15.3)
Income (loss) before income taxes 181.5 (321.9) 222.6 156.4 (18.5)
Net income (loss) 141.2 (155.3) 171.6 190.9 (17.7)
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 8.18 $ (9.75) $ 10.54 183.9 (22.4)

 

Consolidated – adjusted Three Months Ended September 30, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Adjusted operating expense (1) (2) $ 428.0 $ 278.4 $ 364.4 53.7 % 17.5 %
Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) (2) 31.5 (77.4) 72.1 140.7 (56.3)
Adjusted income (loss) before income taxes (1) (2) 15.4 (89.0) 56.9 117.3 (72.9)
Adjusted net income (loss) (1) (2) 11.9 (68.5) 43.9 117.4 (72.9)
Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share (1) (2) $ 0.66 $ (4.28) $ 2.70 115.4 (75.6)

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, Percent Change
(unaudited) (in millions, except per share amounts) 2021 2020 2019 YoY Yo2Y
Adjusted operating expense (1) (2) $ 1,144.7 $ 872.3 $ 1,108.6 31.2 % 3.3 %
Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) (2) 66.3 (128.8) 271.3 151.5 (75.6)
Adjusted income (loss) before income taxes (1) (2) 18.1 (166.8) 222.6 110.9 (91.9)
Adjusted net income (loss) (1) (2) 14.0 (128.4) 171.6 110.9 (91.8)
Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share (1) (2) $ 0.82 $ (8.07) $ 10.54 110.2 (92.2)
(1) Adjusted numbers exclude COVID related special charges, the net benefit from the payroll support programs (PSPs), and bonus accruals
(2) Denotes a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the Non-GAAP Presentation section within this document for further information

We finished the quarter with earnings per share of $2.18, our second consecutive quarter of profitability since the onset of the pandemic,” stated Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Allegiant Travel Company. “Third quarter total operating revenue was up 5.3 percent year over two-year making us one of the only domestic carriers to grow revenue from pre-pandemic levels. While demand was strong during our peak summer travel period, we experienced a slowdown as the delta variant spiked, but have since seen the demand curve ramp back up. Yields held up nicely, considering the effects of the delta variant, down less than six percent on scheduled service capacity increases of 17 percent. Third-party revenue continues to outperform, up 32.0 percent on a per passenger basis compared with 2019.

“Despite the favorable revenue environment, the operation continues to present challenges, as noted by several of our peers as well. Prior to COVID, the operation was a well-oiled machine – things ran smoothly. Fast forward to today, and we are operating in a different environment. The over-heated economy, continuing impacts of COVID, plus difficult labor environment created a perfect storm of challenges, including cancellations and delays over the past several months. We have a strong compensation approach for our interrupted passengers. We reimburse our customers for the inconvenience we have caused via prepaid credit cards or ACH deposits. Given the volume of our interruptions this past quarter, this was a meaningful amount. As a result, our third quarter adjusted CASM, excluding fuel, was 6.97 cents, 4.3 percent higher year over two-year. Excluding these costs for irregular operations, I was pleased that our adjusted CASM, excluding fuel was below the third quarter of 2019. As we head into the holiday season, job one is managing our operational integrity. We’ve scaled back on some peak day travel to mitigate the risk of cancellations. We now expect fourth quarter capacity to be up 12 percent from 2019.

“In regards to 2022 growth plans, it’s too early to provide specific numbers. At a minimum, growth will mirror our historical low, double-digit rate. However, if fuel continues to increase, we will moderate capacity accordingly. Uncertainty around the labor market is another growth factor we are watching. In the coming months, we will closely monitor the operational environment and our personnel availability. The flexibility of our model will continue to be vital as we respond to these differing environmental factors. We will have more insights at our next call.

“Although we have faced recent operational challenges, the business is in great shape. The balance sheet is stronger than ever with total liquidity of $1.1 billion and net debt of roughly $500 million. We’ve proven the resiliency of the model in both good times and bad, including high fuel cost environments. I am optimistic about the future. Our runway of potential routes continues to exceed 1,000. We’ve identified untapped revenue potential within third-party sales and are pleased to see positive trends from our newly launched loyalty program, Allways Rewards – both will contribute bottom line results in the coming years. Additionally, we resumed construction on Sunseeker Resorts with an anticipated opening date during the first quarter of 2023 as well as closed on $350 million of construction financing. We are excited to see this project come to fruition.

“The last several months have been challenging for our team members. The operational environment has created added stress, yet they have continued to work hard, putting our customers’ needs and safety first. I cannot thank them enough for their efforts. Relief is on the horizon as we are aggressively hiring more frontline employees. The future for Allegiant is very bright. We would not be in the favorable position we find ourselves in today without our team members’ hard work and dedication.”

Third Quarter 2021 Results

  • GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.18
    • Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) (2) (3) of $0.66
  • Consolidated EBITDA(2) (3) of $112.5 million yielding an EBITDA margin of 24.5 percent
    • Adjusted EBITDA(1) (2) (3) of $77.7 million yielding an adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.9 percent
  • Total operating revenue was $459.5 million, up 5.3 percent when compared with the third quarter of 2019
    • One of the first domestic carriers to achieve year over two-year revenue increases since the onset of the pandemic
    • Yield remained strong throughout the quarter down only 5.9 percent year over two-year on scheduled service capacity increases of 17.0 percent
  • Total average fare of $116.91, up 7.2 percent year over two-year
    • Total ancillary average fare of $64.85, up 18.2 percent from 2019 driven primarily by air ancillary bundles, website redesign, rental car rate strength, and increased cobrand activity
  • Continued sequential improvement in load factor, which came in at 76.6 percent, up 6 percentage points from the second quarter
    • Third quarter peak period load factor exceeded 80 percent
    • TRASM of 10.40 cents, down 6.3 percent year over two-year on scheduled service capacity increases of 17.0 percent
  • Adjusted operating CASM, excluding fuel of 6.97 cents, up 4.3 percent when compared with the third quarter of 2019, driven primarily by costs related to increased irregular operations

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Expanded the network by adding 25 new routes with one new city, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and two new bases, Appleton and Flint, bringing total routes served to 598 and 132 cities
    • List of potential incremental routes to add to the network continues to exceed 1,000
  • Allegiant World Mastercard voted USA Today Readers’ Choice Best Airline Co-Branded Credit Card for the third consecutive year
    • Full-year 2021 total revenue related to the cobrand program on track to outpace 2019
    • Two months during the third quarter ranked in the top five highest cardholder acquisition months since the inception of the program in 2016
    • Completed the quarter with nearly 275 thousand active cardholders, up 49 percent from the third quarter of 2019
    • Average annual spend for cardholders is more than twice that of non-cardholders
  • Launched the Allways Rewards program during the quarter with over 13 million active members
  • Partnered with Women In Aviation Las Vegas to sponsor Girls in Aviation Day at McCarran International Airport
  • Resumed providing in-kind travel for Make-A-Wish kids and their families during the third quarter

(1) Adjusted numbers exclude COVID related special charges, the net benefit from the payroll support programs, and bonus accruals
(2) Denotes a non-GAAP financial measure.
(3) Refer to the Non-GAAP Presentation section within this document for further information

Balance Sheet, Cash and Liquidity

  • Total cash and investments at September 30, 2021 were $1.1 billion
  • Received $21 million federal tax refund related to 2020 net operating losses
    • Received $116 million in federal tax refunds in October related to 2020 net operating losses
  • Debt principal payments of $40 million during the quarter
  • $40 million used for cash capital expenditures
  • Third quarter interest expense of $17 million, down 15 percent year over two-year
  • Air traffic liability at September 30, 2021 was $352 million
    • Balance related to future scheduled flights is $246 million
    • Balance related to travel vouchers issued for future use is $106 million, a 19 percent reduction from June 30, 2021

Capital Expenditures

  • Third quarter capital expenditures related to aircraft, engines and induction costs were $9 million and $18 million in other airline capital expenditures
    • $9 million related primarily to aircraft induction costs
  • Third quarter expenditures related to deferred heavy maintenance were $15 million

Sunseeker Resort

  • Resumed construction with an anticipated completion date of the first quarter of 2023
  • Secured financing with Castlelake, L.P. to fund up to $350 million of construction with $175 million expected to be drawn by the end of October
  • Third quarter capital expenditures related to the project were $13 million

 

Guidance, subject to revision Previous Current
Fourth Quarter 2021 guidance
System ASMs – year over two-year change(1) 10.0 to 14.0%
Scheduled Service  ASMs – year over two-year change(1) 12.0 to 16.0%
Total operating revenue – year over two-year change (1)  0.5% to 4.0%
Fuel cost per gallon 2.55
Full year 2021 guidance
Airline CAPEX
Aircraft, engines and induction costs (millions) $115 to $125 $115 to $125
Capitalized deferred heavy maintenance (millions) $50 to $60 $50 to $60
Other airline capital expenditures (millions) $40 to $50 $60 to $70
Sunseeker Resorts Project 
2021 project spend (millions) $50 to $55
Interest expense $65 to $70 $65 to $70
Recurring principal payments(2) $170 to $180 $170 to $180
(1) Year over two-year percentage changes compare 2021 to 2019
(2) Excludes $111 million of principal repayments related to the maturity of our revolving credit facility and the refinancing of three A320 aircraft during the first quarter 2021

Aircraft Fleet Plan by End of Period

Aircraft – (seats per AC) 1Q21 2Q21 3Q21 YE21
A319 (156 seats) 35 35 35 35
A320 (177 seats) 26 23 23 22
A320 (186 seats) 39 45 48 51
Total 100 103 106 108

The table above is provided based on the company’s current plans and is subject to change

In other news, the airline announced new routes from Akron/Canton: