• Ongoing Market Strength, Customer Demand, Core Business Development Drove Record Volumes 
  • Reported Results Reflect Impact of Warrant Accounting
  • Adjusted Income and Adjusted EBITDA Increased Sharply
  • 2018 Adjusted Earnings Now Expected to Grow Near or Above 50%*  

PURCHASE, N.Y., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAWW) today announced strong third-quarter earnings growth and raised its outlook for full-year 2018, driven by ongoing market strength, customer demand and business development.

“We continue to leverage the scale and scope of our enterprise and our leadership in global aviation outsourcing,” said President and Chief Executive Officer William J. Flynn.

“We are in a good place to deliver quality results today and in the future. We have the aircraft and provide the services that customers want. We are focused on the right markets. And we are executing on strategic initiatives to grow and diversify our fleet, expand our customer base and enhance our business mix.

“Secular trends are driving opportunities and growth in airfreight. And our focus is on express, e-commerce and fast-growing regions where efficient, time-definite, freighter networks are essential to meet the growing demands of businesses and consumers.

“Looking to the full year, we continue to expect our revenue to exceed $2.6 billion. We project adjusted EBITDA to increase to more than $525 million. And we anticipate our full-year adjusted net income to grow near or above 50% compared with 2017.”

Mr. Flynn continued: “Our full-year outlook reflects our expectations for another great fourth quarter. We see solid peak-season yields and volumes, including the additional seasonal flying we do for express and e-commerce operators. And we anticipate record fourth-quarter block hours, revenue, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income.

“The fourth quarter will also benefit from our second 747-400 freighter for Asiana Cargo, which began flying in September, and our first 747-400 freighter for SF Express, China’s leading express operator, which began service in October. In addition, we expect to add two more 767-300 converted freighters for Amazon before Thanksgiving, which will bring us to 20 aircraft in line with the schedule we announced in May 2016.”

He concluded: “While tariffs and trade are important topics, neither we nor our customers, with whom we are in close contact, have seen a material impact on airfreight demand. Airfreight tonnage continues to grow from record levels, and airfreight demand is growing in line with its longer-term rate of about 4% per year, with express and e-commerce growing much more than that.”    

Third-Quarter Results

Volumes in the third quarter of 2018 increased 14% to a record 73,672 block hours, with revenue growing 23% to $656.6 million.

Reported income from continuing operations, net of taxes, totaled $71.1 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, during the period compared with a reported loss of $24.2 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017. Reported results in the third quarter of 2018 included an unrealized gain on outstanding warrants of $46.1 million compared with an unrealized loss on outstanding warrants of $44.8 million in the year-ago period. 

On an adjusted basis, income from continuing operations, net of taxes, in the third quarter of 2018 increased $14.1 million to $43.8 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, from $29.7 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA increased $25.3 million over the year-ago period to $124.8 million.

ACMI segment contribution in the third quarter of 2018 increased slightly compared with the prior-year period, primarily due to a significant increase in block-hour volumes partially offset by the impact of unscheduled maintenance; higher crew costs, including enhanced wages and work rules resulting from an interim labor agreement with our Southern Air pilots; and the redeployment of 747-400 VIP-configured passenger aircraft to Charter after acquisition from a former CMI customer. Block hours grew 13% during the period, reflecting increased 767 flying for Amazon and the start-up of 747-400 flying for several new customers. Revenue per block hour during the quarter was relatively in line with the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to a mix effect reflecting an increase in widebody 747-400F ACMI flying that was offset by an increase in smaller-gauge 767 CMI flying.

Higher Charter segment contribution during the period was primarily driven by an increase in military and commercial cargo demand and higher yields excluding fuel, partially offset by an increase in heavy maintenance. Higher average block-hour rates during the quarter primarily reflected higher fuel prices and higher yields excluding fuel. 

In Dry Leasing, higher segment contribution primarily reflected the placement of additional 767-300 converted freighter aircraft throughout the second half of 2017 and first three quarters of 2018, as well as the placement of one 777-200 freighter in February 2018 and a second one in July 2018.

Higher unallocated income and expenses, net during the quarter primarily reflected a ratification bonus related to an interim agreement to enhance the terms and conditions of employment of our Southern Air, Inc. pilots; fleet growth initiatives; amortization of a customer incentive asset; and an increase in unallocated interest expense.

Reported earnings in the third quarter of 2018 also included an effective income tax rate of 0.0%, due mainly to nondeductible or nontaxable changes in the value of outstanding warrants as well as a deferred income tax benefit of approximately $8.7 million related to the renewal of our Titan dry-leasing subsidiary’s participation in an aircraft-leasing incentive program in Singapore. On an adjusted basis, our results reflected an effective income tax rate of 0.0%.

Nine-Month Results

Reported income from continuing operations, net of taxes, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, totaled $59.6 million, or $2.27 per diluted share, which included an unrealized loss on financial instruments of $11.7 million related to outstanding warrants and a special charge of $9.4 million related to engines held for sale. Results for the first nine months compared with income from continuing operations of $14.9 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, which included an unrealized loss on financial instruments of $36.2 million, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

On an adjusted basis, income from continuing operations, net of taxes, in the first nine months of 2018 totaled $117.3 million, or $4.17 per diluted share, compared with $67.1 million, or $2.48 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA in the first nine months of 2018 increased $78.2 million to $344.1 million.   

Cash and Short-Term Investments

At September 30, 2018, our cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash totaled $244.7 million, compared with $305.5 million at December 31, 2017.

The change in position resulted from cash used for investing activities, partially offset by cash provided by operating and financing activities.

Net cash used for investing activities during the first nine months of 2018 primarily related to capital expenditures and payments for flight equipment and modifications, including the acquisition of 777-200 aircraft, 767-300 passenger aircraft and related freighter-conversion costs, spare engines and GEnx engine performance upgrade kits.

Net cash provided by financing activities during the period primarily reflected proceeds from our financings of 777-200 and 767-300 aircraft, partially offset by payments on debt obligations. 

Enhanced 2018 Outlook

Consistent with our strong year-to-date performance and our fourth-quarter expectations, we expect our full-year 2018 revenue to exceed $2.6 billion; our adjusted EBITDA to increase to more than $525 million; and our adjusted net income to increase near or above 50% compared with 2017 adjusted net income of $133.7 million.

We see volumes for the year rising approximately 17% to around 297,000 block hours, with about 75% of the hours in ACMI and the balance in Charter.

Aircraft maintenance expense in 2018 is expected to total approximately $335 million, mainly reflecting an increase in daily line maintenance due to the growth in block hours. Depreciation and amortization is expected to total approximately $215 million. In addition, core capital expenditures, which exclude aircraft and engine purchases, are expected to total approximately $105 to $115 million, mainly for parts and components for our fleet.

We also expect our full-year 2018 adjusted effective income tax rate to be approximately 15%. 

We provide guidance on an adjusted basis because we are unable to predict, with reasonable certainty, the effects of outstanding warrants and other items that could be material to our reported results.*

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss Atlas Air Worldwide’s third-quarter 2018 financial and operating results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Interested parties are invited to listen to the call live over the Internet at www.atlasair.com (click on “Investor Information,” click on “Presentations” and on the link to the third-quarter call) or at the following Web address:

https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/9hco3uij  

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be archived on the above websites following the call. A replay will also be available through November 8 by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S. Toll Free) or (404) 537-3406 (from outside the U.S.) and using Access Code 8787259#.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we present certain non-GAAP financial measures to assist in the evaluation of our business performance. These non-GAAP measures include Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes; Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes; Adjusted effective tax rate; and Free Cash Flow, which exclude certain noncash income and expenses, and items impacting year-over-year comparisons of our results. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes; Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes; Effective tax rate; and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities, which are the most directly comparable measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the performance of the company’s ongoing operations and in planning and forecasting future periods. We believe that these adjusted measures, when considered together with the corresponding U.S. GAAP financial measures and the reconciliations to those measures, provide meaningful supplemental information to assist investors and analysts in understanding our financial results and assessing our prospects for future performance. For example:

  • Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes; and Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes, provide a more comparable basis to analyze operating results and earnings and are measures commonly used by shareholders to measure our performance. In addition, management’s incentive compensation is determined, in part, by using Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes.
     
  • Adjusted effective tax rate provides improved insight into the tax effects of our ongoing business operations.
     
  • Free Cash Flow helps investors assess our ability, over the long term, to create value for our shareholders as it represents cash available to execute our capital allocation strategy.

*We provide guidance on an adjusted basis and are unable to provide forwarding-looking guidance on a U.S. GAAP basis or a reconciliation to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measures because we are unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of certain significant items. The principal item is the impact on our results of our outstanding warrants, which are highly dependent on the change in our stock price during the period reported. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on our U.S. GAAP results.

About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., Southern Air Holdings, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers a broad array of Boeing 747, 777, 767, 757 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

Atlas Air Worldwide’s press releases, SEC filings and other information may be accessed through the company’s home page, www.atlasair.com.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect Atlas Air Worldwide’s current views with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Those statements are based on management’s beliefs, plans, expectations and assumptions, and on information currently available to management. Generally, the words “will,” “may,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “continue,” “believe,” “seek,” “project,” “estimate,” and similar expressions used in this release that do not relate to historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. They are and will be, as the case may be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environments of Atlas Air Worldwide and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “companies”) that may cause the actual results of the companies to be materially different from any future results, express or implied, in such forward-looking statements. 

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to effectively operate the network service contemplated by our agreements with Amazon, including the cost and timing of securing any aircraft necessary to fulfill our agreements; the risk that the anticipated benefits of our agreements with Amazon will not be realized when expected, or at all; the possibility that Amazon may terminate its agreements with the companies; the ability of the companies to operate pursuant to the terms of their financing facilities; the ability of the companies to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers; the companies’ ability to maintain contracts that are critical to their operations; the ability of the companies to fund and execute their business plan; the ability of the companies to attract, motivate and/or retain key executives, pilots and associates; the ability of the companies to attract and retain customers; the continued availability of our wide-body aircraft; demand for cargo services in the markets in which the companies operate; economic conditions; the effects of any hostilities or act of war (in the Middle East or elsewhere) or any terrorist attack; failure or disruption of our information technology systems; labor costs and relations, work stoppages and service slowdowns; the outcome of pending negotiations with our pilots’ union; financing costs; the cost and availability of war risk insurance; our ability to maintain adequate internal controls over financial reporting; aviation fuel costs; security-related costs; competitive pressures on pricing (especially from lower-cost competitors); volatility in the international currency markets; weather conditions; government legislation and regulation; changes to our provisional estimates of the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; consumer perceptions of the companies’ products and services; anticipated and future litigation; and other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in Atlas Air Worldwide’s reports to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

For additional information, we refer you to the risk factors set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q filed by Atlas Air Worldwide with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other factors and assumptions not identified above may also affect the forward-looking statements, and these other factors and assumptions may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed.

Except as stated in this release, Atlas Air Worldwide is not providing guidance or estimates regarding its anticipated business and financial performance for 2018 or thereafter. 

Atlas Air Worldwide assumes no obligation to update such statements contained in this release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law and expressly disclaims any obligation to revise or update publically any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended
 For the Nine Months Ended
 
 September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017  September 30, 2018
  September 30, 2017  
                
Operating Revenue$656,607  $535,748  $1,912,766  $1,528,508 
               
Operating Expenses              
Salaries, wages and benefits 138,345   114,505   392,603  330,080 
Aircraft fuel 119,604   74,048   345,613  239,966 
Maintenance, materials and repairs 88,136   74,457   261,251  212,042 
Depreciation and amortization 55,417   42,033   155,881  120,913 
Travel 41,605   38,260   123,810  105,510 
Aircraft rent 39,973   33,873   119,778   103,738 
Navigation fees, landing fees and other rent 43,258   33,468   116,553   77,258 
Passenger and ground handling services 28,716   28,491   86,980   77,187 
Loss on disposal of aircraft -   211   -   64 
Special charge -   -   9,374   - 
Transaction-related expenses 765   1,092   1,275   3,403 
Other 46,318   42,598   143,663   123,121 
Total Operating Expenses 602,137   483,036   1,756,781   1,393,282 
                
Operating Income 54,470   52,712   155,985   135,226 
                
Non-operating Expenses (Income)               
Interest income (1,592)  (1,688  (4,704)  (4,286)
Interest expense 31,115   26,553   87,639   72,747 
Capitalized interest (1,120)  (1,922  (4,335)  (5,633)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt -   167   -   167 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments (46,080)  44,775   11,691   36,225 
Other expense (income) 975   (1,165  (10,777)  (357)
Total Non-operating Expenses (Income) (16,702)  66,720   79,514   98,863 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 71,172   (14,008  76,471   36,363 
Income tax expense 34   10,187   16,828   21,479 
                
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes 71,138   (24,195  59,643   14,884 
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes (7)  33   (50)  (859)
                
Net Income (Loss)$71,131  $(24,162 $59,593  $14,025 
Earnings (loss) per share from continuing operations:               
Basic$2.78  $(0.96 $2.34  $0.59 
Diluted$0.84  $(0.96 $2.27  $0.58 
Loss per share from discontinued operations:               
Basic$(0.00) $0.00  $(0.00) $(0.03)
Diluted$(0.00) $0.00  $(0.00) $(0.03)
Earnings (loss) per share:               
Basic$2.78  $(0.96 $2.33  $0.56 
Diluted$0.84  $(0.96 $2.27  $0.54 
Weighted average shares:               
Basic 25,575   25,262   25,526   25,229 
Diluted 28,747   25,262   26,274   25,822 


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)

  September 30, 2018  December 31, 2017 
Assets        
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents $214,961  $280,809 
Short-term investments  18,511   13,604 
Restricted cash  11,194   11,055 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $1,381 and $1,494, respectively  254,425   194,478 
Prepaid maintenance  30,988   13,346 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  70,568   74,294 
Total current assets  600,647   587,586 
Property and Equipment        
Flight equipment  5,085,594   4,447,097 
Ground equipment  78,389   70,951 
Less:  accumulated depreciation  (821,203)  (701,249)
Flight equipment modifications in progress  107,290   186,302 
Property and equipment, net  4,450,070   4,003,101 
Other Assets        
Long-term investments and accrued interest  1,722   15,371 
Deferred costs and other assets  324,740   242,919 
Intangible assets, net and goodwill  99,860   106,485 
Total Assets $5,477,039  $4,955,462 
         
Liabilities and Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable $81,682  $65,740 
Accrued liabilities  482,085   454,843 
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease  256,184   218,013 
Total current liabilities  819,951   738,596 
Other Liabilities        
Long-term debt and capital lease  2,280,790   2,008,986 
Deferred taxes  231,673   214,694 
Financial instruments and other liabilities  292,840   203,330 
Total other liabilities  2,805,303   2,427,010 
Commitments and contingencies        
Equity        
Stockholders’ Equity        
Preferred stock, $1 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued  -   - 
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 30,582,571 and 30,104,648 shares issued, 25,590,293 and 25,292,454 shares outstanding (net of treasury stock), as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively  306   301 
Additional paid-in-capital  731,106   715,735 
Treasury stock, at cost; 4,992,278 and 4,812,194 shares, respectively  (204,501)  (193,732)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (4,108)  (3,993)
Retained earnings  1,328,982   1,271,545 
Total equity  1,851,785   1,789,856 
Total Liabilities and Equity $5,477,039  $4,955,462 

1  Balance sheet debt at September 30, 2018 totaled $2,537.0 million, including the impact of $89.5 million of unamortized discount and debt issuance costs of $47.7 million.
The face value of our debt at September 30, 2018 totaled $2,674.2 million, compared with $2,378.8 million on December 31, 2017.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

  For the Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017 
         
Operating Activities:        
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes $59,643  $14,884 
Less: Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes  (50)  (859)
Net Income  59,593   14,025 
         
Adjustments to reconcile Net Income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  189,682   142,042 
Accretion of debt securities discount  (719)  (892)
Provision for allowance for doubtful accounts  40   304 
Special charge, net of cash payments  9,374   - 
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   167 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  11,691   36,225 
Loss on disposal of aircraft  -   64 
Deferred taxes  16,453   21,106 
Stock-based compensation  15,376   17,030 
Changes in:        
Accounts receivable  (59,058)  (12,004)
Prepaid expenses, current assets and other assets  (34,483)  (53,343)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  56,174   30,382 
Net cash provided by operating activities  264,123   195,106 
Investing Activities:        
Capital expenditures  (84,819)  (66,395)
Payments for flight equipment and modifications  (543,342)  (338,524)
Proceeds from investments  9,461   3,247 
Net cash used for investing activities  (618,700)  (401,672)
Financing Activities:        
Proceeds from debt issuance  400,471   447,865 
Payment of debt issuance costs  (6,632)  (11,146)
Payments of debt  (180,722)  (153,292)
Proceeds from revolving credit facility  135,000   150,000 
Payment of revolving credit facility  (60,000)  (150,000)
Customer maintenance reserves and deposits received  11,520   22,006 
Customer maintenance reserves paid  -   (18,538)
Proceeds from sale of convertible note warrants  -   38,148 
Payments for convertible note hedges  -   (70,140)
Purchase of treasury stock  (10,769)  (10,307)
Net cash provided by financing activities  288,868   244,596 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  (65,709)  38,030 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of period  291,864   138,250 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of period $226,155  $176,280 
         
Noncash Investing and Financing Activities:        
         
Acquisition of flight equipment included in Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $42,826  $61,734 
Acquisition of flight equipment under capital lease $-  $32,380 


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Direct Contribution

(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 20171  September 30, 2018  September 30, 20171 
Operating Revenue:                
ACMI $288,602  $258,109  $832,777  $687,982 
Charter  322,750   243,583   954,725   743,302 
Dry Leasing  44,487   30,804   120,837   86,120 
Customer incentive asset amortization  (4,124)  (1,531)  (10,010)  (2,873)
Other  4,892   4,783   14,437   13,977 
Total Operating Revenue $656,607  $535,748  $1,912,766  $1,528,508 
                 
Direct Contribution:                
ACMI $51,672  $51,185  $145,251  $139,858 
Charter  44,370   34,510   129,738   87,911 
Dry Leasing  12,645   10,245   36,195   29,629 
Total Direct Contribution for Reportable Segments  108,687   95,940   311,184   257,398 
                 
Unallocated income and expenses, net  (82,830)  (63,703)  

(212,373
)  (181,176)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   (167)  -   (167
Unrealized gain (loss) on financial instruments  46,080   (44,775)  (11,691)  (36,225)
Special charge  -   -   (9,374)  - 
Transaction-related expenses  (765)  (1,092)  (1,275)  (3,403)
Loss on disposal of aircraft  -   (211)  -   (64)
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes  71,172   (14,008)  76,471   36,363 
                 
Add back (subtract):                
Interest income  (1,592)  (1,688)  (4,704)  (4,286)
Interest expense  31,115   26,553   87,639   72,747 
Capitalized interest  (1,120)  (1,922)  (4,335)  (5,633)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt  -   167   -   167 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  (46,080)  44,775   11,691   36,225 
Other expense (income)  975   (1,165)  (10,777)  (357)
Operating Income $54,470  $52,712  $155,985  $135,226 

1   The direct contribution amounts for the ACMI and Charter segments and the unallocated income and expenses, net above have been revised to reflect immaterial adjustments. The Company does not believe the impact to the previously issued consolidated financial statements was material.

Atlas Air Worldwide uses an economic performance metric, Direct Contribution, to show the profitability of each of its segments after allocation of direct ownership costs. Atlas Air Worldwide currently has the following reportable segments: ACMI, Charter, and Dry Leasing. Each segment has different commercial and economic characteristics, which are separately reviewed by our chief operating decision maker.

Direct Contribution consists of income (loss) from continuing operations before taxes, excluding special charges, transaction-related expenses, nonrecurring items, losses (gains) on the disposal of aircraft, losses on early extinguishment of debt, unrealized losses (gains) on financial instruments, and unallocated income and expenses, net.

Direct operating and ownership costs include crew costs, maintenance, fuel, ground operations, sales costs, aircraft rent, interest expense on the portion of debt used for financing aircraft, interest income on debt securities, and aircraft depreciation.

Unallocated income and expenses, net include corporate overhead, nonaircraft depreciation, noncash expenses and income, interest expense on the portion of debt used for general corporate purposes, interest income on nondebt securities, capitalized interest, foreign exchange gains and losses, other revenue and other nonoperating costs.  


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

   For the Three Months Ended 
   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017  Percent Change 
               
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes  $71,138   $(24,195)  NM 
Impact from:              
Loss on disposal of aircraft   -    211     
Costs associated with transactions1   9,979    1,355     
Accrual for legal matters and professional fees   373    1,264     
Noncash expenses and income, net2   8,369    5,474     
Charges associated with refinancing debt   -    167     
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments   (46,080)   44,775     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   47    643     
Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $43,826   $29,694   47.6%
               
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   28,747    25,262     
Add: dilutive warrant3   -    1,501     
dilutive convertible notes   -    109     
effect of convertible notes hedges4   (269)   (109)    
dilutive restricted stock   -    636     
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   28,478    27,399     
               
Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes  $1.54   $1.08   42.6%
               
   For the Nine Months Ended 
   September 30, 2018   September 30, 2017  Percent Change 
               
Income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $59,643   $14,884   NM 
Impact from:              
Loss on disposal of aircraft   -    64     
Special charge   9,374    -     
Costs associated with transactions1   10,489    3,666     
Accrual for legal matters and professional fees   936    1,600     
Noncash expenses and income, net2   22,499    11,537     
Charges associated with refinancing debt   -    167     
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments   11,691    36,225     
Income tax effect of reconciling items   2,699    (1,061)    
Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes  $117,331   $67,082   74.9%
               
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding   26,274    25,822     
Add: dilutive warrant3   2,129    1,230     
effect of convertible notes hedges4   (240)   (36)    
Adjusted weighted average diluted shares outstanding   28,163    27,016     
               
Adjusted Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes  $4.17   $2.48   68.1%

1   Costs associated with transactions include a ratification bonus related to an interim agreement with Southern Air pilots and other costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air.
2   Noncash expenses and income, net in 2018 and 2017 primarily related to amortization of debt discount on the convertible notes and amortization of the customer incentive asset related to the outstanding warrants.
3   Dilutive warrants represent potentially dilutive common shares related to the outstanding warrants. These shares were excluded from Diluted EPS from continuing operations, net of taxes, prepared in accordance with GAAP when they would have been antidilutive.
4   Impact of the economic benefit from the convertible notes hedges in offsetting dilution from the convertible notes.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017 
         
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $88,212  $82,299 
Less:        
Capital expenditures  30,028   21,158 
Capitalized interest  1,120   1,922 
Free Cash Flow1 $57,064  $59,219 
         
         
         
  For the Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017 
         
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $264,123  $195,106 
Less:        
Capital expenditures  84,819   66,395 
Capitalized interest  4,335   5,633 
Free Cash Flow1 $174,969  $123,078 

1   Free Cash Flow = Cash Flows from Operations minus Base Capital Expenditures and Capitalized Interest.

   Base Capital Expenditures excludes purchases of aircraft.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Reconciliation to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  For the Nine Months Ended 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017 
                 
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes $71,138  $(24,195) $59,643  $14,884 
Income tax expense  34   10,187   16,828   21,479 
Income (loss)from continuing operations before income taxes  71,172   (14,008)  76,471   36,363 
Noncash expenses and income, net1  8,369   5,474   22,499   11,537 
Loss on disposal of aircraft  -   211   -   64 
Special charge2  -   -   9,374   - 
Costs associated with transactions3  9,979   1,355   10,489   3,666 
Accrual for legal matters and professional fees  373   1,264   936   1,600 
Charges associated with refinancing debt  -   167   -   167 
Unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments  (46,080)  44,775   11,691   36,225 
                 
Adjusted pretax income  43,813   39,238   131,460   89,622 
                 
Interest expense, net4  24,631   19,473   67,530   55,707 
Other non-operating expenses (income)  975   (1,165)  (10,777)  (357)
                 
Adjusted operating income  69,419   57,546   188,213   144,972 
                 
Depreciation and amortization  55,417   42,033   155,881   120,913 
                 
EBITDA, as adjusted5 $124,836  $99,579  $344,094  $265,885 
                 
Income tax expense $34  $10,187  $16,828  $21,479 
Income tax effect of reconciling items6  47   643   2,699   (1,061)
Adjusted income tax expense (benefit)  (13)  9,544   14,129   22,540 
Adjusted pretax income $43,813  $39,238  $131,460  $89,622 
Adjusted effective tax rate  0.0%  24.3%  10.7%  25.2%

1   Reflects impact of noncash expenses and income related to convertible notes, debt and investments, and amortization of customer incentive related to outstanding warrants.

2  Special charge in 2018 primarily represented a loss on engines held for sale.

3  Costs associated with transactions include a ratification bonus related to an interim agreement with the Southern Air pilots and other costs associated with our acquisition of Southern Air.

4   Reflects impact of noncash expenses and income related to convertible notes, debt and investments.

5   Adjusted EBITDA: Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, noncash interest expenses and income, net, loss on disposal of aircraft, special charge, costs associated with transactions, accrual for legal matters and professional fees, charges associated with refinancing debt, and unrealized loss (gain) on financial instruments, as applicable.

6   See Non-GAAP reconciliation of Adjusted income from continuing operations, net of taxes.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Operating Statistics and Traffic Results

(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  Increase/  For the Nine Months Ended  Increase/ 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017  (Decrease)  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017  (Decrease) 
                         
Block Hours                        
ACMI  56,571   50,243   6,328   159,662   133,978   25,684 
Charter                        
Cargo  12,690   8,680   4,010   37,968   30,908   7,060 
Passenger  3,952   5,447   (1,495)  13,717   14,903   (1,186)
Other  459   467   (8)  1,480   1,452   28 
Total Block Hours  73,672   64,837   8,835   212,827   181,241   31,586 
                         
Revenue Per Block Hour                        
ACMI $5,102  $5,137  $(35) $5,216  $5,135  $81 
Charter $19,394  $17,242  $2,152  $18,472  $16,225  $2,247 
Cargo $19,180  $17,660  $1,520  $18,569  $16,258  $2,311 
Passenger $20,079  $16,577  $3,502  $18,204  $16,159  $2,045 
                         
Average Utilization (block hours per day)                        
ACMI1  8.4   9.0   (0.6)  8.5   8.9   (0.4)
Charter                        
Cargo  9.8   9.9   (0.1)  10.2   9.6   0.6 
Passenger  5.7   8.8   (3.1)  7.7   8.0   (0.3)
All Operating Aircraft1,2  8.5   9.1   (0.6)  8.7   9.0   (0.3)
                         
Fuel                        
Charter                        
Average fuel cost per gallon $2.43  $1.84  $0.59  $2.34  $1.85  $0.49 
Fuel gallons consumed (000s)  49,206   40,275   8,931   147,664   129,420   18,244 

1 ACMI and All Operating Aircraft averages in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018 reflect the impact of increases in the number of CMI aircraft and amount of CMI flying compared with the same periods of 2017.

2 Average of All Operating Aircraft excludes Dry Leasing aircraft, which do not contribute to block-hour volumes.


Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Operating Statistics and Traffic Results
(Unaudited)

  For the Three Months Ended  Increase/  For the Nine Months Ended  Increase/ 
  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017  (Decrease)  September 30, 2018  September 30, 2017  (Decrease) 
                         
Segment Operating Fleet  (average aircraft equivalents during the period)                        
ACMI1                        
747-8F Cargo  8.9   9.5   (0.6)  9.0   8.1   0.9 
747-400 Cargo  16.8   15.1   1.7   16.2   14.0   2.2 
747-400 Dreamlifter  3.0   3.1   (0.1)  3.1   3.1   - 
777-200 Cargo  5.9   5.0   0.9   5.3   5.0   0.3 
767-300 Cargo  23.3   12.2   11.1   20.0   8.7   11.3 
767-200 Cargo  9.0   9.0   -   9.0   9.0   - 
737-400 Cargo  5.0   5.0   -   5.0   5.0   - 
747-400 Passenger  -   1.0   (1.0)  0.3   1.0   (0.7)
767-200 Passenger  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
Total  72.9   60.9   12.0   68.9   54.9   14.0 
Charter                        
747-8F Cargo  1.1   0.5   0.6   1.0   1.9   (0.9)
747-400 Cargo  13.0   9.0   4.0   12.4   9.9   2.5 
767-300 Cargo  -   -   -   0.3   -   0.3 
747-400 Passenger  3.5   1.9   1.6   2.5   2.0   0.5 
767-300 Passenger  4.0   4.8   (0.8)  4.0   4.8   (0.8)
Total  21.6   16.2   5.4   20.2   18.6   1.6 
Dry Leasing                        
777-200 Cargo  7.9   6.0   1.9   7.1   6.0   1.1 
767-300 Cargo  17.7   8.6   9.1   15.8   6.0   9.8 
757-200 Cargo  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
737-300 Cargo  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
737-800 Passenger  1.0   1.0   -   1.0   1.0   - 
Total  28.6   17.6   11.0   25.9   15.0   10.9 
Less: Aircraft Dry Leased to CMI customers  (19.6)  (8.6)  (11.0)  (16.9)  (6.0)  (10.9)
Total Operating Average Aircraft Equivalents  103.5   86.1   17.4   98.1   82.5   15.6 
                         
Out of Service2  -   -   -   -   -   - 

1 ACMI average fleet excludes spare aircraft provided by CMI customers.

2 Out of service aircraft temporarily parked during the period.


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