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Aircastle Q4 net income $48.4 million

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AircastleAircastle Limited reported fourth quarter 2013 net income of $48.4 million, or $0.60 per diluted common share and adjusted net income of $54.9 million, or $0.68 per diluted common share.


Net income for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $29.8 million, or $0.40 per diluted common share, and adjusted net income was $59.3 million, or $0.80 per diluted common share. The fourth quarter results included total revenues of $192.0 million, an increase of 9%, versus $176.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full year 2013, total revenues were $708.6 million, up 3% versus $686.6 million in 2012.

Lease rental and finance lease revenues for the fourth quarter were $173.3 million, up $11.3 million or 7% year over year, due primarily to the impact of new aircraft acquisitions of $33.5 million, partially offset by lower revenue due to aircraft sales of $16.8 million and the net year over year impact of lease extensions, transitions and terminations and other changes of $5.5 million.

Total revenues for the fourth quarter were $192.0 million, an increase of $15.4 million, or 9% from the previous year, reflecting higher lease rental and finance lease revenue of $11.3 million and higher maintenance revenue of $9.2 million associated with a year over year increase in lease transitions.

These increases were partially offset by a decline in other revenues of $4.7 million reflecting early lease termination fees earned in the fourth quarter of 2012 and the maturity of a debt investment in the first quarter of 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $196.0 million, up $23.7 million, or 14% from the fourth quarter of 2012, due primarily to higher total revenues excluding amortization of net lease discounts and incentives of $15.8 million and higher gains from aircraft sales of $8.9 million. These improvements were partially offset by an increase in net operating expenses of $1.2 million.

Adjusted net income for the quarter was $54.9 million, up $18.5 million or 51%, year over year. The change reflects higher total revenues of $15.4 million, higher gains from the sale of aircraft of $8.9 million and lower aircraft impairment charges of $2.7 million. These improvements were partially offset by higher adjusted interest expense of $5.2 million, higher depreciation of $2.6 million and higher net operating expenses of $1.2 million.

Lease rental and finance lease revenues for the full year were $661.1 million, up $29.2 million, or 5% year over year, reflecting the net impact of 41 aircraft acquisitions made during 2013 and 2012 totaling $103.0 million and higher full year finance lease revenues of $7.8 million.

These increases were offset by lower lease rentals due to aircraft sales and disposals of $52.7 million and the impact of transitions, extensions and terminations and other changes totaling $28.8 million.

Total revenues for 2013 were $708.6 million, an increase of $22.1 million, up 3% from the previous year. The increase reflects higher lease rental and finance lease revenue of $29.2 million and higher maintenance revenue from lease terminations of $15.0 million. These increases were partially offset by an increase in the amortization of net lease discounts and lease incentives of $19.6 million associated with fleet expansion, and $2.6 million of lower other revenue, primarily from a debt investment which matured in the first quarter of 2013.

During the year, we recorded maintenance revenue from seven scheduled lease terminations of $20.6 million versus $18.4 million for five scheduled lease terminations in 2012. In addition, we recorded $47.7 million of maintenance revenue from ten aircraft returned ahead of schedule in 2013, versus $34.9 million from ten aircraft that were returned early in 2012.

The company recorded total non-cash impairment charges of $117.3 million in 2013 versus $96.5 million in 2012. The year over year increase was primarily driven by impairment charges taken during the third quarter 2013 annual fleet review, where we wrote down the value of six 747-400 converted freighters coming off lease in 2014. To date, three of these six converted freighters have been placed.

Adjusted EBITDA for the full year was $717.2 million, up $69.6 million or 11% versus 2012, due primarily to higher total revenues excluding amortization of net lease discounts and incentives of $41.6 million and higher gains from aircraft sales of $31.5 million. These improvements were partially offset by an increase in net operating expenses of $3.7 million.

Adjusted net income for the full year was $59.3 million compared to $57.0 million in 2012, an increase of $2.3 million. Higher total revenues of $22.1 million, higher gains from sale of aircraft of $31.5 million and higher other net income of $5.5 million were partially offset by higher aircraft impairment charges of $20.9 million, higher adjusted interest expense of $15.9 million, higher depreciation of $15.0 million, and higher SG&A, taxes and other expenses, net of $5.1 million.

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