Aircastle Limited
Feb 19, 2015
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Aircastle Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

Board Declares First Quarter 2015 Dividend of $0.22 per Common Share

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Key Financial Metrics

  • Total revenues were $238.3 million for the fourth quarter and $818.6 million for the full year, up 24% and 16% year over year, respectively
  • Net income was $72.8 million, or $0.90 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter, and $100.8 million, or $1.25 per diluted common share, for the full year
  • Adjusted net income was $80.1 million, or $0.99 per diluted common share for the fourth quarter, and $167.6 million, or $2.07 per diluted common share, for the full year
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $233.2 million for the fourth quarter and $792.3 million for the full year, up 19% and 10% year over year, respectively
  • Full year 2014 cash ROE was 11.7% and net cash interest margin was 10.0%

Highlights

  • Upgraded our portfolio during 2014 through $1.8 billion in acquisitions and the sale of 49 aircraft for $833 million
  • Reduced our average interest cost in 2014 to 4.69% from 5.37% the prior year
  • 35th consecutive quarterly dividend declared by Aircastle's Board of Directors
  • Grew our joint venture with Ontario Teachers' to $545 million in assets at year end

Aircastle Limited (the "Company" or "Aircastle") (NYSE: AYR) reported fourth quarter 2014 net income of $72.8 million, or $0.90 per diluted common share and adjusted net income of $80.1 million, or $0.99 per diluted common share.  Net income for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $100.8 million, or $1.25 per diluted common share, and adjusted net income was $167.6 million, or $2.07 per diluted common share.  The fourth quarter results included total revenues of $238.3 million, an increase of 24%, versus $192.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.  For the full year 2014, total revenues were $818.6 million, up 16% versus $708.6 million in 2013. 

Commenting on the results, Ron Wainshal, Aircastle's CEO, stated "2014 was a year full of significant activity in which we solidified Aircastle's position as the leading value investor in the aircraft leasing industry.  Aircastle's strategy is differentiated from that of our competitors, and we saw the merits of this approach in the great progress we made over the past year in growing our business and improving our financial metrics while simultaneously improving the quality of our portfolio despite a very competitive and fluid business environment." 

Mr. Wainshal continued, "We plan to continue demonstrating the competitive advantages of our leading position as a value investor, supported by our world-class team, our flexible capital structure and our key long term shareholders.  We are gratified and energized by the steady progress we are making.  We are intent on driving further improvements in our financial performance, and I believe achieving an investment grade credit rating will bring us closer to realizing the company's full potential." 

Financial Results

(in thousands, except share data)

Three Months Ended

December 31,


Twelve Months Ended

December 31,


2013


2014


2013


2014









Total Revenues

$ 191,988


$ 238,257


$ 708,645


$ 818,602









Adjusted EBITDA

$ 195,965


$ 233,200


$ 717,209


$ 792,283









Net income

$   48,421


$   72,764


$  29,781


$ 100,828

      Per common share - Diluted

$       0.60


$       0.90


$      0.40


$       1.25









Adjusted net income

$   54,899


$   80,145


$  59,260


$ 167,642

      Per common share - Diluted

$       0.68


$       0.99


$      0.80


$       2.07

Fourth Quarter Results

Total revenues for the fourth quarter were $238.3 million, an increase of $46.3 million, or 24% from the previous year, driven by higher maintenance revenues of $27.6 million reflecting the early return of several aircraft on lease with Russia-based airlines and higher lease rentals of $8.9 million

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $233.2 million, up $37.2 million, or 19% from the fourth quarter of 2013, due primarily to higher total revenues, excluding amortization of net lease discounts and incentives, of $38.3 million.        

Adjusted net income for the quarter was $80.1 million, up $25.2 million or 46%, year over year.  The increase was due primarily to higher total revenues of $46.3 million partially offset by higher non-cash impairment charges of $22.0 million primarily related to the early return and exit of aircraft.

Full Year Results

Total revenues for 2014 were $818.6 million, an increase of $110.0 million, up 16% from the previous year.  The increase reflects higher lease rental and finance lease revenue of $64.5 million, higher maintenance revenue of $19.7 million and lower amortization of lease premiums, discounts and lease incentive amortization of $26.2 million.      

Adjusted EBITDA for the full year was $792.3 million, up $75.1 million or 10% versus 2013, reflecting higher total revenues excluding amortization of net lease discounts and lease incentives of $83.7 million, partially offset by lower gains from the sale of flight equipment of $14.1 million.   

Adjusted net income for the full year was $167.6 million compared to $59.3 million in 2013, an increase of $108.4 million.  Higher total revenues of $110.0 million and lower adjusted operating expenses of $15.4 million were partially offset by lower gains from the sale of flight equipment of $14.1 million

Aviation Assets

During 2014, we acquired 35 aircraft for $1.8 billion, including 21 aircraft for $749.2 million during the fourth quarter.  Most of our 2014 acquisitions by value were aircraft less than five years old that are on long term leases with relatively strong operators.  Additionally, we also acquired $467.4 million in mid-aged narrow-body aircraft, including twelve aircraft through a purchase and lease-back transaction with a major European flag carrier.  In many cases, we believe we were successful in winning business due to our ability to move quickly and reliably given our cash reserves and team strengths.     

During 2014, we sold 49 aircraft for net proceeds of $833.0 million, resulting in a pre-tax impact of $40.2 million.  Three of these aircraft were sold to our joint venture with Ontario Teachers', which grew to $545 million in total assets at year end 2014.  We continue to use the joint venture to pursue larger transactions and help us manage exposure concentrations. 

The other 46 sold aircraft had an average age of 19 years and consisted of a mix of "exit" and "opportunistic" sales.  Exit sales aircraft are generally nearing the end of their economic lives and are, in most cases, older technology models.  Consistent with our strategy to reduce exposure to the air cargo market, our sales in this category include five freighter aircraft.  Opportunistic sales entail situations where we sought to capture strong market demand and have enabled us to realize gains. 

($ in thousands)


Number of
Aircraft


Maintenance
Revenue


Lease
Incentive
Revenue


Gain (Loss) on
Sale of Flight
Equipment


Impairment


Pre-tax
Impact




















Opportunistic sales


28


$

3,171


$


$

38,363


$


$

41,534

Exit Sales


19


56,129


776


(15,217)


(24,940)


16,748

  Total Sales


47


59,300


776


23,146


(24,940)


58,282

Freighters Held for Sale1


2


9,137


$

3,626



(30,877)


(18,114)

   Total


49


$

68,437


$

4,402


$

23,146


$

(55,817)


$

40,168

 

1

Includes two 747-400 converted freighter aircraft which were designated for sale. One of these aircraft was sold in January, 2015 while the other is under a consignment contract and is in the process of being parted out.

Given the sharp deterioration of business conditions and a significantly weakened home currency since the start of the fourth quarter, we reduced our passenger aircraft exposure to Russia-based airlines from ten to three aircraft today.  One of these aircraft was sold during the fourth quarter for a modest profit and another has been leased.  We are in the process of remarketing the other aircraft, which we expect to have on lease by the end of the second quarter of 2015.    

As of December 31, 2014, Aircastle owned 148 aircraft having a net book value of $5.7 billion.


Owned

Aircraft as of

December 31

2012(1)


Owned

Aircraft as of

December 31

2013(1)


Owned

Aircraft as of

December 31

2014(1)

Total Flight Equipment Held for Lease ($ mils.)

$

4,783



$

5,190



$

5,686


Unencumbered Flight Equipment Held for Lease ($ mils.)

$

2,092



$

2,655



$

3,341


Number of Aircraft

159



162



148


Number of Unencumbered Aircraft

72



80



95


Passenger Aircraft (% of NBV)

71%



81%



86%


Freighter Aircraft (% of NBV)

29%



19%



14%


Weighted Average Fleet Age (years)(2)

10.7



9.9



8.4


Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term (years)(3)

5.0



5.0



5.4


Weighted Average Fleet Utilization for the year ended(4)

98.8%



98.7%



99.6%


Portfolio Yield for the year ended(5)

13.8%



13.6%



13.3%


Net Cash Interest Margin(6)

10.0%



9.7%



10.0%


 

(1)

Calculated using net book value of flight equipment held for lease and net investment in finance leases at period end.

(2)

Weighted average age (years) by net book value.

(3)

Weighted average remaining lease term (years) by net book value.

(4)

Aircraft on-lease days as a percent of total days in period weighted by net book value.

(5)

Lease rental revenue for the period as a percent of the average net book value of flight equipment held for lease for the period.

(6)

Net Cash Interest Margin = Lease rental yield minus interest on borrowings, net of settlements on interest rate derivatives, and other liabilities  / average NBV of flight equipment for the period calculated on a quarterly basis, annualized.

Marubeni Shareholder Agreement Update

On February 18, 2015, Aircastle Limited and The Marubeni Corporation of Japan ("Marubeni") modified the terms of the existing Shareholder Agreement dated as of June 6, 2013.  Under the existing Shareholder Agreement, Marubeni was restricted to holding a maximum of 21.0% of the voting power of the Company until July 12, 2016, and 27.5% thereafter until the agreement expired on July 12, 2023.   The amendment permits Marubeni to acquire up to 27.5% of the voting power in the Company through secondary market purchases.  In return, the term of the standstill provision of the Shareholder Agreement will be extended from July 12, 2023 until January 12, 2025.

Financing Activity

During 2014, we raised more than $900 million of senior debt which reduced the average interest cost to 4.69% from 5.37% while maintaining our average remaining debt term at 4.2 years.  This activity included issuing $500 million of 5.125% senior unsecured notes due in 2021 in March and using the proceeds to redeem $450 million of 9.75% senior unsecured notes that were due in 2018.  In connection with the redemption of the 9.75% notes, we recorded a $36.6 million debt extinguishment expense, which included a $32.8 million call premium paid to the noteholders during the second quarter.  We also completed $303 million of secured borrowings related to various aircraft and increased the size and duration of our unsecured revolving credit facility.

Thus far in 2015, we issued $500 million in unsecured 5.50% Senior Notes due 2022, and further increased the size of our unsecured revolving credit facility to $600 million.  This additional capital provides us with increased resources to pursue aircraft acquisitions while also enhancing our financial flexibility.

Common Dividend

On February 17, 2015, Aircastle's Board of Directors declared a first quarter 2015 cash dividend on its common shares of $0.22 per share, payable on March 13, 2015 to shareholders of record on March 6, 2015.  This is our 35th consecutive dividend.  During 2014, Aircastle increased the dividend to common shareholders to the current quarterly rate of $0.22 per share, a 10% increase over the quarterly rate at the end of 2013. 

Conference Call

In connection with this earnings release, management will host an earnings conference call on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern time.  All interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call.  The conference call can be accessed by dialing (800) 210-9006 (from within the U.S. and Canada) or (719) 325-2168 (from outside of the U.S. and Canada) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start and referencing the passcode "9750029".

A simultaneous 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 one month following the call.  In addition to this earnings release an accompanying power point presentation has been posted to the Investor Relations section of Aircastle's website.

For those who are not available to listen to the live call, a replay will be available until 1:00 P.M. Eastern time on Saturday, March 21, 2015 by dialing (888) 203-1112 (from within the U.S. and Canada) or (719) 457-0820  (from outside of the U.S. and Canada); please reference passcode "9750029".

About Aircastle Limited

Aircastle Limited acquires, leases and sells commercial jet aircraft to airlines throughout the world.  As of December 31, 2014, Aircastle's aircraft portfolio consisted of 148 aircraft on lease with 54 customers located in 34 countries.

Safe Harbor

Certain items in this press release and other information we provide from time to time, 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, sell, lease or finance aircraft, raise capital, pay dividends, and increase revenues, earnings, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Cash ROE and Net Cash Interest Margin and the global aviation industry and aircraft leasing sector. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seeks," "estimates" and variations on these words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on our historical performance and that of our subsidiaries and on our current plans, estimates and expectations 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 can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this report. Factors that could have a material adverse effect on our operations and future prospects or that could cause actual results to differ materially from Aircastle's expectations include, but are not limited to, capital markets disruption or volatility which could adversely affect our continued ability to obtain additional capital to finance new investments or our working capital needs; government fiscal or tax policies, general economic and business conditions or other factors affecting demand for aircraft or aircraft values and lease rates; our continued ability to obtain favorable tax treatment in Bermuda, Ireland and other jurisdictions; our ability to pay dividends; high or volatile fuel prices, lack of access to capital, reduced load factors and/or reduced yields, operational disruptions caused by political unrest and other factors affecting the creditworthiness of our airline customers and their ability to continue to perform their obligations under our leases, and other risks detailed from time to time in Aircastle's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including as described in Item 1A. "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in this report. In addition, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for Aircastle to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report. Aircastle expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except share data)



December 31,


2013


2014

ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$

654,613



$

169,656


Accounts receivable

2,825



3,334


Restricted cash and cash equivalents

122,773



98,884


Restricted liquidity facility collateral

107,000



65,000


Flight equipment held for lease, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,430,325 and $1,294,063

5,044,410



5,579,718


Net investment in finance leases

145,173



106,651


Unconsolidated equity method investment

21,123



46,453


Other assets

153,976



157,317


Total assets

$

6,251,893



$

6,227,013








LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






LIABILITIES






Borrowings from secured financings (including borrowings of ACS Ireland VIEs of $152,545 and $64,183, respectively)

$

1,586,835



$

1,396,454


Borrowings from unsecured financings

2,150,527



2,400,000


Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

111,661



137,984


Lease rentals received in advance

49,235



53,216


Liquidity facility

107,000



65,000


Security deposits

118,804



117,689


Maintenance payments

442,432



333,456


Fair value of derivative liabilities

39,992



2,879


Total liabilities

4,606,486



4,506,678








Commitments and Contingencies












SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Preference shares, $.01 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding




Common shares, $.01 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized, 80,806,975 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013; and 80,983,249 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2014

808



810


Additional paid-in capital

1,562,106



1,565,180


Retained earnings

158,398



192,805


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(75,905)



(38,460)


Total shareholders' equity

1,645,407



1,720,335


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

6,251,893



$

6,227,013


 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2013


2014


2013


2014

Revenues:












Lease rental revenue

$

169,273



$

178,202



$

644,929



$

714,654


Finance lease revenue

4,045



1,559



16,165



10,906


Amortization of lease premiums, discounts and lease incentives

(6,884)



1,080



(32,411)



(6,172)


Maintenance revenue (including contra maintenance revenue of $0 and $6,217 for the three months ended and $0 and $31,254 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively)

25,359



52,971



68,342



88,006


Total lease revenue

191,793



233,812



697,025



807,394


Other revenue

195



4,445



11,620



11,208


Total revenues

191,988



238,257



708,645



818,602














Operating expenses:












Depreciation

72,476



74,135



284,924



299,365


Interest, net

60,106



56,827



243,757



238,378


Selling, general and administrative (including non-cash share based payment expense of $1,638 and $1,077 for the three months ended and $4,569 and $4,244 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 and 2014, respectively)

14,139



13,955



53,436



55,773


Impairment of Aircraft

4,971



26,988



117,306



93,993


Maintenance and other costs

2,167



2,017



13,631



7,239


Total expenses

153,859



173,922



713,054



694,748














Other income (expense):












Gain on sale of flight equipment

11,619



9,762



37,220



23,146


Loss on extinguishment of debt







(36,570)


Other

1,116



449



6,132



1,207


Total other income (expense)

12,735



10,211



43,352



(12,217)














Income from continuing operations before income taxes

50,864



74,546



38,943



111,637


Income tax provision

2,496



2,938



9,215



13,863


Earnings of unconsolidated equity method investment, net of tax

53



1,156



53



3,054


Net income

$

48,421



$

72,764



$

29,781



$

100,828














Earnings per common share — Basic:












Net income per share

$

0.60



$

0.90



$

0.40



$

1.25














Earnings per common share — Diluted:












Net income per share

$

0.60



$

0.90



$

0.40



$

1.25














Dividends declared per share

$

0.20



$

0.22



$

0.695



$

0.82


 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollars in thousands)



Years Ended December 31,


2013


2014

Cash flows from operating activities:






Net income

$

29,781



$

100,828


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:






Depreciation

284,924



299,365


Amortization of deferred financing costs

14,719



13,961


Amortization of net lease discounts and lease incentives

32,411



6,172


Deferred income taxes

4,416



2,863


Non-cash share based payment expense

4,569



4,244


Cash flow hedges reclassified into earnings

33,265



34,979


Security deposits and maintenance payments included in earnings

(60,112)



(107,031)


Gain on the sale of flight equipment

(37,220)



(23,146)


Loss on extinguishment of debt



36,570


Impairment of aircraft

117,306



93,993


Other

(5,323)



(878)


Changes on certain assets and liabilities:






Accounts receivable

3,397



(509)


Restricted cash and cash equivalents related to operating activities




Other assets

1,164



(11,146)


Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

3,016



1,345


Lease rentals received in advance

(2,276)



7,176


Net cash provided by operating activities

424,037



458,786


Cash flows from investing activities:






Acquisition and improvement of flight equipment

(1,263,706)



(1,672,460)


Proceeds from sale of flight equipment

568,045



832,961


Restricted cash and cash equivalents related to sale of flight equipment




Aircraft purchase deposits and progress payments, net of returned deposits and aircraft sales deposits

(6,094)




Net investment in finance leases

(11,595)



(14,258)


Collections on finance leases

9,508



10,312


Unconsolidated equity method investment and associated costs

(20,189)



(18,255)


Distributions from unconsolidated equity method investment in excess of earnings



667


Purchase of debt investment




Principal repayments on debt investment

42,001




Other

(903)



(569)


Net cash used in investing activities

(682,933)



(861,602)


Cash flows from financing activities:






Issuance of shares net of repurchases

197,437



(2,092)


Proceeds from notes and term debt financings

563,230



1,003,200


Securitization and term debt financing repayments

(510,162)



(984,517)


Deferred financing costs

(10,865)



(15,843)


Restricted secured liquidity facility collateral



42,000


Secured liquidity facility collateral



(42,000)


Restricted cash and cash equivalents related to financing activities

(10,831)



23,889


Debt extinguishment costs



(32,835)


Security deposits and maintenance payments received

200,678



178,805


Security deposits and maintenance payments returned

(82,137)



(152,900)


Payments for terminated cash flow hedges and payment for option



(33,427)


Dividends paid

(52,058)



(66,421)


Net cash provided by financing activities

295,292



(82,141)


Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

36,396



(484,957)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

618,217



654,613


Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

$

654,613



$

169,656


 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Supplemental Financial Information

(Amount in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

December 31,


Twelve Months Ended

December 31,


2013


2014


2013


2014









Revenues

$ 191,988


$ 238,257


$ 708,645


$ 818,602









EBITDA

$ 190,383


$ 205,584


$ 600,088


$ 658,606









Adjusted EBITDA

$ 195,965


$ 233,200


$ 717,209


$ 792,283









Adjusted net income

$   54,899


$   80,145


$  59,260


$ 167,642









Adjusted net income allocable to common shares

$   54,433


$   79,545


$  58,786


$ 166,425

Per common share - Basic

$       0.68


$       0.99


$      0.80


$       2.07

Per common share - Diluted

$       0.68


$       0.99


$      0.80


$       2.07









Basic common shares outstanding

80,154


80,390


73,653


80,389

Diluted common shares outstanding

80,154


80,390


73,653


80,389

Refer to the selected information accompanying this press release for a reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP information.

 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2013


2014


2013


2014


(Dollars in thousands)

Net income (loss)

$

48,421



$

72,764



$

29,781



$

100,828


Depreciation

72,476



74,135



284,924



299,365


Amortization of net lease discounts and lease incentives

6,884



(1,080)



32,411



6,172


Interest, net

60,106



56,827



243,757



238,378


Income tax provision

2,496



2,938



9,215



13,863


     EBITDA

$

190,383



$

205,584



$

600,088



$

658,606


Adjustments:












  Impairment of aircraft

4,971



26,988



117,306



93,993


  Loss on extinguishment of debt







36,570


  Non-cash share based payment expense

1,638



1,077



4,569



4,244


  Gain on mark to market of interest rate derivative contracts

(1,027)



(449)



(4,754)



(1,130)


     Adjusted EBITDA

$

195,965



$

233,200



$

717,209



$

792,283


We define EBITDA as income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expense, and depreciation and amortization. We use EBITDA to assess our consolidated financial and operating performance, and we believe this non-US GAAP measure is helpful in identifying trends in our performance.

This measure provides an assessment of controllable expenses and affords management the ability to make decisions which are expected to facilitate meeting current financial goals as well as achieving optimal financial performance. It provides an indicator for management to determine if adjustments to current spending decisions are needed.

EBITDA provides us with a measure of operating performance because it assists us in comparing our operating performance on a consistent basis as it removes the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest charges on our outstanding debt) and asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) from our operating results. Accordingly, this metric measures our financial performance based on operational factors that management can impact in the short-term, namely the cost structure, or expenses, of the organization. EBITDA is one of the metrics used by senior management and the board of directors to review the consolidated financial performance of our business.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA (as defined above) further adjusted to give effect to adjustments required in calculating covenant ratios and compliance as that term is defined in the indenture governing our senior unsecured notes.  Adjusted EBITDA is a material component of these covenants.

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,


2013


2014


2013


2014


(Dollars in thousands)

Net income

$

48,421



$

72,764



$

29,781



$

100,828


Loss on extinguishment of debt(2)







36,570


Loan termination fee(1)





2,954




Ineffective portion and termination of hedges(1)

171



619



2,393



660


Gain on mark to market of interest rate derivative contracts(2)

(1,027)



(449)



(4,754)



(1,130)


Write-off of deferred financing fees(1)





3,975




Non-cash share based payment expense(3)

1,638



1,077



4,569



4,244


        Term Financing No. 1 hedge loss amortization charges(1)

4,365



3,310



17,843



14,854


        Securitization No. 1 hedge loss amortization charges (1)

1,331



2,824



2,499



11,616


Adjusted net income

$

54,899



$

80,145



$

59,260



$

167,642


 

(1)

Included in Interest, net.

(2)

Included in Other income (expense).

(3)

Included in Selling, general and administrative expenses.

 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

Cash Return on Equity Calculation

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)


Quarter
Ending


Cash Flow
from
Operations


Collections on
Finance Leases


Gain/(Loss) on
Sale of Flight
Equipment


Depreciation


Distributions
from Joint
Venture


Cash Earnings


Cash Earnings
Trailing 12
Months


LTM Average
Shareholders'
Equity


Cash ROE




















3/31/2012


$72,966




$196


($64,514)




$8,648


$151,436


$1,391,290


10.9%

6/30/2012


$119,142


$1,476


$2,855


($67,097)




$56,376


$156,313


$1,407,491


11.1%

9/30/2012


$113,848


$565


$11


($68,413)




$46,011


$161,569


$1,413,218


11.4%

12/31/2012


$121,321


$1,811


$2,685


($69,896)




$55,921


$166,956


$1,425,658


11.7%

3/31/2013


$92,747


$1,845


$1,192


($69,900)




$25,884


$184,192


$1,431,146


12.9%

6/30/2013


$100,692


$2,207


$21,317


($72,079)




$52,137


$179,953


$1,436,324


12.5%

9/30/2013


$125,874


$2,606


$3,092


($70,469)




$61,103


$195,045


$1,462,886


13.3%

12/31/2013


$104,724


$2,850


$11,619


($72,476)




$46,717


$185,841


$1,513,156


12.3%

3/31/2014


$102,991


$2,773


$1,110


($73,927)


$388


$33,335


$193,292


$1,558,848


12.4%

6/30/2014


$111,014


$3,446


$884


($75,784)


$263


$39,823


$180,978


$1,600,660


11.3%

9/30/2014


$151,970


$1,877


$11,390


($75,519)


$346


$90,064


$209,939


$1,637,202


12.8%

12/31/2014


$92,811


$2,216


$9,762


($74,135)


($330)


$30,324


$193,546


$1,661,240


11.7%

 

Note:  LTM Average Shareholders' Equity is the average of the most recent five quarters period end Shareholders' Equity.  Management believes that the cash return on equity metric (Cash ROE) when viewed in conjunction  with the Company's results under US GAAP and the above reconciliation, provide useful information about operating and period-over-period performance, and provide additional information that is useful for evaluating the underlying operating performance of our business without regard to periodic reporting impacts related to non-cash revenue and expense items and interest rate derivative accounting, while recognizing the depreciating nature of our assets. 

 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures 

Net Cash Interest Margin Calculation 

(Dollars in thousands) 

(Unaudited) 




Average NBV
of Flight Equipment


Quarterly
Lease Rental Revenue


Cash Interest1


Annualized Net
Cash Interest
Margin

Q1:12


$        4,388,008


$           152,242


$                 44,969


9.8%

Q2:12


$        4,516,973


$           153,624


$                 48,798


9.3%

Q3:12


$        4,602,185


$           159,546


$                 41,373


10.3%

Q4:12


$        4,605,783


$           158,090


$                 43,461


10.0%

Q1:13


$        4,619,204


$           156,590


$                 48,591


9.4%

Q2:13


$        4,711,790


$           157,918


$                 47,869


9.3%

Q3:13


$        4,717,877


$           161,148


$                 47,682


9.6%

Q4:13


$        4,972,040


$           169,274


$                 49,080


9.7%

Q1:14


$        5,168,851


$           174,335


$                 51,684


9.5%

Q2:14


$        5,582,359


$           183,231


$                 48,173


9.7%

Q3:14


$        5,412,299


$           178,886


$                 44,820


9.9%

Q4:14


$        5,373,733


$           178,202


$                 44,459


10.0%

 

1.

Excludes loan termination payments of $3.2 million and $3.0 million in the second quarter of 2011 and 2013 respectively.

 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Selected Financial Guidance Elements for the First Quarter of 2015

($ in millions, except for percentages)

(Unaudited)


Guidance Item

Q1:15

Lease rental revenue1

$177 - $180

Finance lease revenue

$1 - $2

Maintenance revenue

$15 - $17

Amortization of net lease discounts and lease incentives

$4 - $5

SG&A

$13 - $14

Depreciation

$75 - $77

Interest, net 2

$62 - $64

Gain on sale

$0 - $8

Full year effective tax rate

12%-13%

 

1.

Reflects no rental revenue for five mid-aged 737-800 aircraft that were removed from Russia and an unusual level of lease extension and transition activity in late Q4:14 and early Q1:15.  These will have a combined effect of $5-6 million per quarter.

2.

Includes non-cash hedge loss amortization charges related to the payoff of Term Financing No.1 and Securitization No.1 of $5.9 million.

 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures


Reconciliation of Net Income Allocable to Common Shares


(In thousands)


(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended

December 31, 2014


Twelve Months Ended

December 31, 2014


Weighted-average shares:

Shares


Percent(2)


Shares


Percent(2)


Common shares outstanding - Basic

80,390



99.25%



80,389



99.27%


Unvested restricted common shares

606



0.75%



588



0.73%


Total weighted-average shares outstanding

80,996



100.00%



80,977



100.00%














Net income allocation












Net income

$72,764



100.00%



$100,828



100.00%


Distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to unvested restricted shares

(544)



(0.75%)



(732)



(0.73%)


Earnings available to common shares

$72,220



99.25%



$100,096



99.27%














Adjusted net income allocation












Adjusted net income

$80,145



100.00%



$167,642



100.00%


Amounts allocated to unvested restricted shares

(600)



(0.75%)



(1,217)



(0.73%)


Amounts allocated to common shares

$79,545



99.25%



$166,425



99.27%














 

(1)

For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014 the company had no dilutive shares.

(2)

Percentages rounded to two decimal places.

 

 

Aircastle Limited and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

Reconciliation of Net Income Allocable to Common Shares

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

December 31, 2013


Twelve Months Ended

December 31, 2013


Weighted-average shares:

Shares


Percent(2)


Shares


Percent(2)


Common shares outstanding - Basic

80,154



99.15%



73,653



99.20%


Unvested restricted common shares

686



0.85%



594



0.80%


Total weighted-average shares outstanding

80,839



100.00%



74,247



100.00%














Net income allocation












Net income

$48,421



100.00%



$29,781



100.00%


Distributed and undistributed earnings allocated to unvested restricted shares

(411)



(0.85%)



(238)



(0.80%)


Earnings available to common shares

$48,010



99.15%



$29,543



99.20%














Adjusted net income allocation












Adjusted net income

$54,899



100.00%



$59,260



100.00%


Amounts allocated to unvested restricted shares

(466)



(0.85%)



(474)



(0.80%)


Amounts allocated to common shares

$54,433



99.15%



$58,786



99.20%


























 


(1)

For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013 the company had no dilutive shares.

(2)

Percentages rounded to two decimal places.

 

Contact:
Frank Constantinople, SVP Investor Relations
Tel: +1-203-504-1063
fconstantinople@aircastle.com

The IGB Group
Leon Berman
Tel: +1-212-477-8438
lberman@igbir.com

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