SkyWest, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Annual 2020 Results

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --

Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

  • Q4 2020 pre-tax loss of $59 million, net loss of $46 million, or $0.93 loss per share
  • Full year 2020 pre-tax loss of $7 million, net loss of $9 million, or $0.17 loss per share
  • Full year 2020 revenue of $2.1 billion, down 28% from 2019 due to COVID-19
  • As previously announced:
    • Acquired 21 used CRJ700 aircraft and placed the aircraft under lease with a United Express operator during Q4
    • Took delivery of four new E175 aircraft during Q4 under a flying contract with Delta Air Lines

SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported financial and operating results for Q4 2020, including a net loss of $46 million, or $0.93 loss per share, compared to net income of $73 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for Q4 2019. SkyWest also reported a net loss of $9 million, or $0.17 loss per share, for the 2020 year, compared to net income of $340 million, or $6.62 per diluted share, for the 2019 year. The primary factor in SkyWest's lower results in 2020 compared to 2019 was reduced flight schedules and lower demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer of SkyWest, said, "The past year has challenged our industry, our business, and our people beyond what anyone could have anticipated, and we responded quickly and aggressively to protect our people, our partners, and our business. I'm incredibly proud of the SkyWest team's great work and the flexibility they continue to demonstrate. We believe we're in a strong position to play a key role in the industry's recovery and we remain committed to positioning SkyWest for future success."

Financial Results
Revenue was $590 million in Q4 2020, down from $744 million in Q4 2019, or 21%, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused a significant reduction in the number of scheduled flights SkyWest operated under its flying agreements compared to the same period last year. Sequentially, revenue in Q4 2020 was up from $457 million Q3 2020, or 29%, due to improvements in demand for our scheduled flights. Total block hours in Q4 2020 were down 27% from Q4 2019 and up 20% from Q3 2020.

SkyWest deferred recognizing revenue on $12 million of fixed monthly payments received during Q4 2020, down from $30 million and $69 million that was deferred in Q3 2020 and Q2 2020, respectively. SkyWest will recognize the deferred revenue from the fixed monthly payments on a per completed flight basis over the remaining contract term.

Operating expenses were $617 million in Q4 2020, relatively flat from $618 million in Q4 2019. The reduction in direct operating costs associated with fewer flights operated compared to the same period last year was offset by an increase in maintenance expense on our CRJ200 and CRJ700 fleets and depreciation expense on our CRJ200 fleet. Operating expenses in Q4 2020 were up from $383 million in Q3 2020. The Q3 2020 operating expenses reflected a reduction of $190 million in connection with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act") payroll support grant received by SkyWest compared to $3 million in Q4 2020.

Capital and Liquidity
SkyWest had $826 million in cash and marketable securities at December 31, 2020, up from $822 million at September 30, 2020 and $520 million at December 31, 2019.

SkyWest has $665 million available under its $725 million, five-year secured loan facility with the U.S. Treasury Department ("Treasury") under the CARES Act. SkyWest has until May 28, 2021 to borrow additional amounts under the facility.

SkyWest has a $75 million line of credit facility with approximately $35 million of letters of credit issued under the facility and $40 million available under the line at December 31, 2020.

As previously announced, SkyWest entered into a payroll support program extension agreement with Treasury in January 2021 to receive a total of approximately $233 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. SkyWest received half of the $233 million in January 2021 and expects to receive the second half in February 2021. In consideration for the funding, approximately $40 million will be in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan, and SkyWest will issue to Treasury warrants to purchase approximately 98,815 shares of SkyWest common stock at a strike price of $40.41.

During 2020, SkyWest received $450 million under the payroll support program with Treasury under the CARES Act. In consideration for the funding, $105 million was in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan. SkyWest recognized the $345 million in grant proceeds as a reduction to expense during the 2020 year, of which $3 million was recognized in Q4 2020.

Total debt at December 31, 2020 was $3.2 billion, up from $3.1 billion at September 30, 2020 and $3.0 billion at December 31, 2019. Capital expenditures during Q4 2020 included $230 million for the purchase of four new E175 aircraft and 22 used CRJ700 aircraft and $28 million for other maintenance assets. SkyWest issued $205 million in debt to acquire the E175 and CRJ700 aircraft in Q4 2020.

Status Update on Previously Announced Deals
SkyWest is coordinating with its major airline partners to optimize the timing of upcoming fleet deliveries under previously announced deals in response to COVID-19 schedule reductions. The anticipated future delivery dates summarized below are based on currently available information and are subject to change.

Flying contract with Delta Air Lines ("Delta")

  • Four new E175 aircraft financed by SkyWest were delivered in Q4 2020
  • One new CRJ900 aircraft to be financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest is scheduled for delivery in 2021

Flying contract with American Airlines ("American") for 20 E175 aircraft

  • 18 aircraft deliveries are anticipated in the second half of 2021 and two deliveries are expected in 2022. The aircraft are scheduled to be placed into service in 2022.
  • SkyWest anticipates financing the aircraft through debt

Flying contract with American for CRJ700 aircraft

  • SkyWest has 65 CRJ700 aircraft in service with American as of December 31, 2020
  • SkyWest anticipates placing 25 additional CRJ700 aircraft into service with American ratably throughout 2021
  • SkyWest anticipates using its own aircraft not currently under contract with a partner to fulfill this agreement

Flying contract with Delta for CRJ200 aircraft
SkyWest's capacity purchase agreement with Delta for CRJ200 aircraft expired at the end of 2020 and was not extended. SkyWest has no outstanding financing obligations on the CRJ200 aircraft removed from the Delta contract and these aircraft are fully depreciated. SkyWest's prorate flying arrangement for CRJ200 aircraft with Delta did not terminate as of December 31, 2020.

About SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for SkyWest Airlines and SkyWest Leasing, an aircraft leasing company. SkyWest Airlines has a fleet of over 400 aircraft connecting passengers to over 250 destinations throughout North America. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines carrying more than 21 million passengers in 2020 and 43 million passengers in 2019.

SkyWest will host its conference call to discuss its fourth quarter 2020 results today, February 4, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The conference call number is 1-877-418-5293 for domestic callers, 1-866-605-3852 for Canada callers and 1-412-717-9593 for other international callers. Please call up to ten minutes in advance to ensure you are connected prior to the start of the call. The conference call will also be available live on the Internet at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1088/39619. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest, including access information for the digital rebroadcast of the fourth quarter 2020 results call, participation at investor conferences and investor presentations can be accessed at inc.skywest.com.

Forward Looking-Statements

In addition to historical information, this release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "forecasts," "expects," "intends," "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "should," "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected terms, timing and benefits of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 funding, the ability to draw down loan amounts under its facility pursuant to the CARES Act and its line of credit, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on SkyWest's business, financial condition and results of operations, the scheduled aircraft deliveries for SkyWest Airlines in upcoming years, and related removal from service and/or placement into service of certain aircraft, SkyWest's coordination with major airline partners to optimize the delivery of aircraft under previously announced deals, the expected terms, timing and benefits related to SkyWest's leasing and joint venture transactions, as well as SkyWest's future financial and operating results, plans, objectives, expectations, estimates, intentions and outlook, and other statements that are not historical facts. All forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof and are based on information available to SkyWest as of such date. SkyWest assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements unless required by law. Readers should note that many factors could affect the future operating and financial results of SkyWest and could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements set forth in this release. These factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding the impact of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 funding and CARES Act funding and loans on SkyWest's business and operations, the uncertainty of the duration, scope and impact of COVID-19, a further spread or worsening of COVID-19, the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak to economic conditions, the travel industry and our major partners in general and the financial condition and operating results of SkyWest in particular, the prospects of entering into agreements with existing or other carriers to fly new aircraft, ongoing negotiations between SkyWest and its major partners regarding their contractual obligations, uncertainties regarding operation of new aircraft, the ability to attract and retain qualified pilots, the impact of regulatory issues such as pilot rest rules and qualification requirements, and the ability to obtain aircraft financing.

Actual operational and financial results of SkyWest will likely also vary, and may vary materially, from those anticipated, estimated, projected or expected for a number of other reasons, including, in addition to those identified above: the existing global COVID-19 pandemic and the outbreak of any other disease or similar public health threat that affects travel demand or travel behavior; the challenges of competing successfully in a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry; developments associated with fluctuations in the economy and the demand for air travel, including related to the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and related decreases in customer demand and spending; the financial stability of SkyWest's major partners and any potential impact of their financial condition on the operations of SkyWest; fluctuations in flight schedules, which are determined by the major partners for whom SkyWest conducts flight operations; variations in market and economic conditions; significant aircraft lease and debt commitments; estimated useful life of long-lived assets, residual aircraft values and related impairment charges; labor relations and costs; the impact of global instability; rapidly fluctuating fuel costs, and potential fuel shortages; the impact of weather-related or other natural disasters on air travel and airline costs; aircraft deliveries; and other unanticipated factors. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions which could cause SkyWest's actual results to differ materially from management's current expectations are contained in SkyWest's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Additionally, the risks, uncertainties and other factors set forth above or otherwise referred to in the reports that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission may be further amplified by the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars and Shares in Thousands, Except per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

December 31,


Twelve Months Ended

December 31,



2020


2019


2020


2019


OPERATING REVENUES









  Flying agreements

$          569,889


$        725,092


$        2,060,801


$        2,889,265


  Lease, airport services and other

19,748


18,499


66,305


82,698


   Total operating revenues

589,637


743,591


2,127,106


2,971,963











OPERATING EXPENSES









  Salaries, wages and benefits

212,214


248,978


826,109


1,001,746


  Aircraft maintenance, materials and repairs      

187,335


137,741


618,989


514,313


  Depreciation and amortization

110,146


95,168


474,959


368,098


  Airport-related expenses

23,694


29,600


93,886


118,837


  Aircraft rentals

15,779


16,158


65,316


71,998


  Aircraft fuel

15,864


31,546


61,739


119,115


  CARES Act payroll support grant

(3,353)


-


(345,491)


-


  Special items

-


-


-


21,869


  Other operating expenses

55,627


59,095


222,797


243,729


   Total operating expenses

617,306


618,286


2,018,304


2,459,705


OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

(27,669)


125,305


108,802


512,258


 

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE)









  Interest income

227


3,051


5,879


14,131


  Interest expense

(31,893)


(30,871)


(123,173)


(127,755)


  Other income (expense), net

(40)


304


1,165


47,671


  Total other income (expense), net

(31,706)


(27,516)


(116,129)


(65,953)











INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

(59,375)


97,789


(7,327)


446,305


PROVISION (BENEFIT) FOR INCOME TAXES

(12,925)


25,262


1,188


106,206


NET INCOME (LOSS)

$         (46,450)


$         72,527


$           (8,515)


$         340,099











BASIC EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE

$            (0.93)


$             1.44


$             (0.17)


$             6.68


DILUTED EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE

$            (0.93)


$             1.43


$             (0.17)


$             6.62











Weighted average common shares









  Basic

50,181


50,395


50,195


50,932


  Diluted

50,181


50,796


50,195


51,375


 

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Summary of Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in Thousands)

(Unaudited)



December 31,

2020


December 31,

2019

Cash and marketable securities

$          825,908


$         520,172

Other current assets

156,894


240,174

Total current assets

982,802


760,346


Property and equipment, net

5,330,423


5,345,823

Deposit on aircraft

31,625


48,858

Other long-term assets

542,772


502,102

Total assets

$         6,887,622


$      6,657,129





Current portion, long-term debt

$          402,158


$         364,126

Other current liabilities

539,564


560,550

Total current liabilities

941,722


924,676





Long-term debt, net of current maturities

2,801,538


2,628,989

Other long-term liabilities

1,004,817


928,450

Stockholders' equity

2,139,545


2,175,014

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$         6,887,622


$      6,657,129

 

SkyWest, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Additional Operational Information (unaudited)


SkyWest's fleet in scheduled service by aircraft type:



December 31,
2020

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

E175 aircraft

193

189

156

CRJ900 aircraft

39

39

43

CRJ700 aircraft

90

86

94

CRJ200 aircraft

130

134

190

Total aircraft in service

452

448

483


As of December 31, 2020, SkyWest leased two CRJ200s, 34 CRJ700s and five CRJ900s to third parties (these aircraft are excluded from the table above). 

 

Selected operational data:



Three months ended December 31,


Twelve months ended December 31,


2020

2019

Change


2020

2019

Change

Block hours by aircraft type:








E175s

124,081

133,232

(6.9)%


435,557

529,008

(17.7)%

CRJ900s

21,426

30,872

(30.6)%


66,640

124,860

(46.6)%

CRJ700s

56,313

74,151

(24.1)%


200,860

298,599

(32.7)%

CRJ200

65,708

130,046

(49.5)%


270,281

511,938

(47.2)%

Total block hours

267,528

368,301

(27.4)%


973,338

1,464,405

(33.5)%









Departures

157,726

214,299

(26.4)%


585,257

842,098

(30.5)%

Adjusted flight completion

99.9%

99.9%

NC


99.9%

99.9%

NC

Raw flight completion

99.3%

98.4%

0.9 pts


97.8%

97.9%

(0.1) pts

Passengers carried

5,672,695

11,093,800

(48.9)%


21,255,931

43,660,766

(51.3)%

Passenger load factor

55.5%

82.2%

(26.7) pts


56.4%

82.3%

(25.9) pts

Average trip length

515

496

3.9%


500

500

NC


Adjusted flight completion percent excludes weather cancellations. Raw flight completion includes weather cancellations.

 

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