Allegiant Travel Company Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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Third quarter 2021 GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.18

Third quarter 2021 consolidated diluted earnings per share, excluding COVID related special charges and net benefit from the payroll support programs of $0.66(1)(2)

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) 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

  • Consolidated EBITDA(2) (3) of $112.5 million yielding an EBITDA margin of 24.5 percent

  • Total operating revenue was $459.5 million, up 5.3 percent when compared with the third quarter of 2019

  • Total average fare of $116.91, up 7.2 percent year over two-year

  • Continued sequential improvement in load factor, which came in at 76.6 percent, up 6 percentage points from the second quarter

  • 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

  • Allegiant World Mastercard voted USA Today Readers' Choice Best Airline Co-Branded Credit Card for the third consecutive year

  • 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

  • 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

Capital Expenditures

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

  • 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

Allegiant Travel Company will host a conference call with analysts at 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, October 27 to discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available via the Company's Investor Relations website homepage at http://ir.allegiantair.com. The webcast will also be archived in the "Events & Presentations" section of the website.

Allegiant Travel Company

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with the people, places and experiences that matter most. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares. Today, Allegiant's all-Airbus fleet serves communities across the nation, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. For more information, visit us at Allegiant.com. Media information, including photos, is available at http://gofly.us/iiFa303wrtF

Media Inquiries: mediarelations@allegiantair.com

Investor Inquiries: ir@allegiantair.com

Under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are only estimates or predictions based on our management's beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to our management. Forward-looking statements include our statements regarding future airline operations, revenue and expenses, available seat mile growth, expected capital expenditures, the timing of aircraft acquisitions and retirements, the number of contracted aircraft to be placed in service in the future, as well as other information concerning future results of operations, business strategies, financing plans, industry environment and potential growth opportunities. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as the words "believe," "expect," "guidance," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate", "project", "hope" or similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Important risk factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements generally may be found in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. These risk factors include, without limitation, the impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic on airline travel and the economy, liquidity issues resulting from the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, restrictions imposed on us as a result of accepting grants and loans under the payroll support programs, an accident involving, or problems with, our aircraft, public perception of our safety, our reliance on our automated systems, our reliance on third parties to deliver aircraft under contract to us on a timely basis, risk of breach of security of personal data, volatility of fuel costs, labor issues and costs, the ability to obtain regulatory approvals as needed , the effect of economic conditions on leisure travel, debt covenants and balances, the ability to finance aircraft to be acquired, terrorist attacks, risks inherent to airlines, our competitive environment, our reliance on third parties who provide facilities or services to us, the possible loss of key personnel, economic and other conditions in markets in which we operate, the ability to successfully develop and finance a resort in Southwest Florida, governmental regulation, increases in maintenance costs and cyclical and seasonal fluctuations in our operating results.

Any forward-looking statements are based on information available to us today and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise.

Detailed financial information follows:

Allegiant Travel Company

Consolidated Statements of Income

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended September 30,


Percent Change


2021


2020


2019


YoY


Yo2Y

OPERATING REVENUES:










Passenger

$

423,796



$

181,916



$

391,222



133.0

%


8.3

%

Third party products

24,541



11,337



18,207



116.5



34.8


Fixed fee contracts

11,117



5,284



19,797



110.4



(43.8)


Other

15



2,447



7,283



(99.4)



(99.8)


Total operating revenues

459,469



200,984



436,509



128.6



5.3


OPERATING EXPENSES:










Salary and benefits

125,799



95,829



107,586



31.3



16.9


Aircraft fuel

118,370



52,540



104,583



125.3



13.2


Station operations

70,943



39,954



43,522



77.6



63.0


Depreciation and amortization

46,399



45,291



39,436



2.4



17.7


Maintenance and repairs

30,451



14,038



24,768



116.9



22.9


Sales and marketing

22,047



7,967



17,591



176.7



25.3


Aircraft lease rental

5,670



3,015





88.1




Other

22,379



19,755



26,907



13.3



(16.8)


Payroll Support Programs grant recognition

(49,210)



(77,909)





36.8




Special charges

332



33,585





(99.0)




Total operating expenses

393,180



234,065



364,393



68.0



7.9


OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

66,289



(33,081)



72,116



300.4



(8.1)


OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSES:










Interest expense

16,595



11,943



19,506



39.0



(14.9)


Interest income

(375)



(868)



(3,335)



56.8



88.8


Capitalized interest

(401)





(903)





55.6


Other, net

239



552



(57)



(56.7)



519.3


...

Total other expenses

16,058



11,627



15,211



38.1



5.6


INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

50,231



(44,708)



56,905



212.4



(11.7)


INCOME TAX PROVISION (BENEFIT)

10,977



(15,565)



12,976



170.5



(15.4)


NET INCOME (LOSS)

$

39,254



$

(29,143)



$

43,929



234.7


...

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