First Quarter 2007 Highlights
Summary of Financial Results
STAMFORD, Conn., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aircastle Limited (the
"Company" or "Aircastle") (NYSE: AYR) reported first quarter net income of
$21.5 million (including non-cash charges of $23.7 million for depreciation
and share-based compensation expense), or $0.36 per diluted common share.
Income from continuing operations was $20.9 million, and income from
discontinued operations of $684,000 reflects one aircraft being designated as
held for sale during the quarter.
First quarter revenue of $70.0 million increased 17.5% versus the fourth
quarter 2006, and 123% over first quarter 2006. Income from continuing
operations grew 9.4% over fourth quarter 2006 and 181% year over year. The
increases in both revenues and income from continuing operations reflect the
continued growth in our portfolio of aviation assets compared to the prior
Investments in Aviation Assets
As of March 31, 2007 Aircastle owned aviation assets having an aggregate
purchase price of $2.24 billion, including 77 aircraft all of which are on
lease or subject to binding lease commitments, and one aircraft designated as
held for sale. Aircastle also has outstanding commitments to acquire $1.43
billion in aviation assets as of March 31, 2007, which combined with its owned
portfolio aggregates to $3.67 billion including 115 aircraft leased to 47
lessees located in 27 countries, with one aircraft designated as held for
On January 22, 2007 Aircastle entered into a definitive purchase agreement
with Guggenheim Aviation Investment Fund L.P. ("GAIF") to purchase 38 aircraft
for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.6 billion. The aircraft
are scheduled to be delivered through February 2009, with 28 of these aircraft
scheduled for delivery in 2007.
During the first quarter of 2007 Aircastle acquired $469.3 million of
aviation assets including nine aircraft for $454.0 million and secured debt
investments of $15.3 million. First quarter 2007 acquisitions included six
aircraft for $265.5 million as part of the GAIF transaction.
Joe Adams, Deputy Chairman of Aircastle, commented, "We had an
exceptionally strong first quarter in terms of investment activity --
committing to $1.7 billion and closing $469.3 million of new investments.
Overall, we are very pleased with the pace of growth of the business, having
sourced over $1.4 billion in investments closed or expected to close in 2007.
This significant level of investment activity puts us in a great position to
continue to grow our dividend."
Aircastle's CEO, Ron Wainshal, added, "I am excited about the growth of
our business and our ability to source a broad range of new investments in a
competitive marketplace. In the first five months of 2007, we already
committed and closed more assets than 2006 and I anticipate we will continue
to build on this success while focusing on efficiently financing and managing
the integration of aircraft in our portfolio."
Capital Markets Activity
In conjunction with the Guggenheim acquisition agreement, Aircastle
increased its capacity under its senior secured warehouse facility and its
senior secured revolving credit facility to $1.25 billion and $450.0 million,
respectively, and successfully completed a follow-on equity offering which
generated $512.3 million in gross proceeds during February 2007. After
completion of the follow-on equity offering, borrowing capacity under the
revolving credit facility was reduced to $250.0 million.
In connection with this earnings release, management will host an earnings
conference call on Monday, May 14, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. Eastern time. All
interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call. The conference
call can be accessed by dialing (877) 704-5379 (from within the U.S.) or (913)
312-1293 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start
and referencing the "Aircastle First Quarter Earnings Call."
A webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a
listen-only basis at www.aircastle.com. Please allow extra time prior to the
call to visit the site and download the necessary software required to listen
to the internet broadcast. A replay of the webcast will be available for three
months following the call.
For those who are not available to listen to the live call, a replay will
be available until 11:59 P.M. Eastern time on Monday, May 21, 2007 by dialing
(888) 203-1112 (from within the U.S.) or (719) 457-0820 (from outside of the
U.S.); please reference passcode "7195493."
About Aircastle Limited
Aircastle Limited is a global aviation company that acquires and leases
high-utility commercial jet aircraft to airlines throughout the world. As of
April 30, 2007, Aircastle had acquired and committed to acquire aviation
assets having an aggregate purchase price equal to $2.5 billion and $1.4
billion, respectively, for a total of approximately $3.9 billion.
Certain items in this press release may constitute forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995 including, but not necessarily limited to, statements relating to our
ability to acquire and lease aircraft, pay and grow dividends, realize gains
or income from our debt investments, secure financing and increase revenues
and earnings. Words such as "anticipate(s)", "expect(s)", "intend(s)",
"plan(s)", "target(s)", "project(s)", "believe(s)", "will", "would",
"seek(s)", "estimate(s)" and similar expressions are intended to identify such
forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current
expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors that could
lead to actual results materially different from those described in the
forward-looking statements; Aircastle Limited can give no assurance that its
expectations will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to
differ materially from Aircastle Limited's expectations include, but are not
limited to, our significant customer concentration; our continued ability to
obtain additional capital to finance our growth; our continued ability to
acquire aircraft at attractive prices; our continued ability to obtain
favorable tax treatment in Bermuda and other jurisdictions; our ability to pay
or maintain dividends; our ability to lease aircraft at favorable rates and
maintain the value of our aircraft; our ability to realize gains or income
from our debt investments; general economic conditions and economic conditions
in the markets in which we operate; competitive pressures within the industry
and/or markets in which we operate; the creditworthiness of our airline
customers; interest rate fluctuations; our ability to obtain certain required
licenses and approvals; the impact of future terrorist attacks or wars on the
airline industry; our concentration of leases in certain geographical regions;
and other risks detailed from time to time in Aircastle's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission ('SEC"), including its Annual Report on
Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 22, 2007. Such forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Aircastle
expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or
revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any
change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or change in events,
conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.
Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Income (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 2007 Revenues Lease rentals $29,752 $67,358 Interest income 1,641 2,588 Other revenue - 58 Total revenues 31,393 70,004 Expenses Depreciation 9,076 21,633 Interest (net of interest income of $1,035 and $1,761 for 2006 and 2007, respectively) 7,364 16,730 Selling, general and administrative (including non-cash share based payment expense of $1,292 and $1,258 for 2006 and 2007, respectively) 5,874 8,497 Other expenses 640 382 Total expenses 22,954 47,242 Income from continuing operations before income taxes 8,439 22,762 Income tax provision 1,004 1,905 Income from continuing operations 7,435 20,857 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 3,745 684 Net income $11,180 $21,541 Basic earnings per share: Income from continuing operations $.18 $.35 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes .09 .01 Net income per share $.27 $.36 Diluted earnings per share: Income from continuing operations $.18 $.35 Earnings from discontinued operations, net of income taxes .09 .01 Net income per share $.27 $.36 Dividends declared per share $- $.50 Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets (Dollars in thousands, except share data) December 31, March 31, 2006 2007 (unaudited) ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $58,118 $49,008 Accounts receivable 7,696 3,516 Debt securities 121,273 124,532 Restricted cash and cash equivalents 106,069 121,442 Flight equipment held for sale 31,280 30,462 Flight equipment held for lease, net of accumulated depreciation of $64,111 and $85,593 1,559,364 1,991,768 Leasehold improvements, furnishings and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $694 and $842 1,506 1,340 Fair value of derivative assets 313 163 Aircraft purchase deposits 4,650 13,250 Other assets 28,434 34,767 Total assets $1,918,703 $2,370,248 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY LIABILITIES Borrowings under credit facilities $442,660 $376,283 Borrowings from securitization 549,400 544,000 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 31,384 34,440 Dividends payable 22,584 33,640 Lease rentals received in advance 11,068 14,044 Repurchase agreements 83,694 80,044 Security deposits 39,767 48,734 Maintenance payments 82,914 102,472 Fair value of derivative liabilities 18,035 29,425 Total liabilities 1,281,506 1,263,082 Commitments and Contingencies SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Preference shares, $.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2006 and March 31, 2007 - - Common shares, $.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 51,621,279 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2006; and 67,268,329 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2007 516 670 Additional paid-in capital 630,154 1,124,103 Dividends in excess of earnings (3,382) (15,475) Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 9,909 (2,132) Total shareholders' equity 637,197 1,107,166 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,918,703 $2,370,248 Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 2007 Cash flows from Operating activities Net income $11,180 $21,541 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities (inclusive of amounts related to discontinued operations) Depreciation 9,915 22,394 Amortization of deferred financing costs 793 1,514 Amortization of lease premiums and discounts, and other related lease items (163) (1,701) Deferred income taxes 155 1,892 Accretion of purchase discounts on debt securities (266) (208) Non-cash share based payment expense 1,292 1,258 Cash flow hedges reclassified into earnings - (1,007) Ineffective portion of cash flow hedges (253) 42 Gain on the sale of flight equipment (2,240) - Changes in certain assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (377) 4,180 Restricted cash and cash equivalents (31,689) (15,373) Other assets (222) (458) Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities (570) (5,056) Lease rentals received in advance 920 2,976 Security deposits and maintenance payments 25,429 28,525 Net cash provided by operating activities 13,904 60,519 Cash flows from investing activities Acquisition and improvement of flight equipment (200,456) (446,390) Disposition of flight equipment held for sale 57,157 - Restricted cash from disposition of flight equipment held for sale (20,325) - Purchase of debt securities (92,726) (15,251) Margin call on derivative - (5,660) Leasehold improvements, furnishings and equipment (199) - Aircraft purchase deposits (1,716) (8,600) Principal repayments on debt securities 3,106 12,664 Net cash used in investing activities (255,159) (463,237) Cash flows from financing activities Issuance of common shares, net 36,932 493,056 Repurchase of shares from employee - (210) Credit facility borrowings 114,937 486,584 Securitization repayments - (5,400) Credit facility repayments (36,666) (552,961) Deferred financing costs (2,106) (1,227) Proceeds from repurchase agreements 75,968 140 Principal repayment on repurchase agreement (199) (3,790) Dividends paid - (22,584) Net cash provided by financing activities 188,866 393,608 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (52,389) (9,110) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 79,943 58,118 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $27,554 $49,008
SOURCE Aircastle Limited
CONTACT: Julia Hallisey, Investor Relations of Aircastle Limited,
Web site: http://www.aircastle.com