Our core segments are overnight air cargo; aviation ground equipment manufacturing and sales; commercial jet engines and parts; and corporate and other.
Today the Company is announcing results for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2020:
● Revenues from Continuing Operations totaled $55.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, a decrease of $17.5 million, or 23.9% from the prior year comparable quarter.
● Operating Income from Continuing Operations was $1.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, a decrease of $2.6 million from last year’s third quarter Operating Income from Continuing Operations of $3.7 million.
● Adjusted EBITDA* profit of $1.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA* profit of $4.1 million in the same quarter a year ago.
● Income per share of $0.73 for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, compared to a loss per share of $0.14 for the same quarter last year.
● Total Equity decreased from $25.0 million as of March 31, 2020 to $21.9 million as of December 31, 2020, a decrease of 12.4%.
*Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure; see below for further explanation and reconciliation to GAAP measure.
Company Chairman and CEO Nick Swenson commented:
“While AIRT’s businesses continue to be pressured from COVID-, we believe that we are starting to see the beginning of the end of this downcycle; although we may bounce along the bottom and final outcomes may be widely variable. We hope to continue to capitalize on the COVID-19 related opportunities within each of our businesses.
We believe that we are making steady progress toward closing a fund transaction through which Contrail will be facilitating the acquisition and management of aircraft assets for third-party investors. We presently hope to complete formation of the fund prior to March 31, 2021. We believe that this development, once complete, will be a great step along Contrail’s 20 Year growth trajectory. Contrail’s proven ability to value and manage commercial engines in all phases is respected by outside parties. And the aircraft portfolio we expect to build should have synergistic impacts across the AIRT platform.
Steady growth and development over many years at Global Ground Support is once again showing itself in excellent quarterly financial results. We view GGS’ products as reliable and innovative and delivering the customer what they need to do the job. GGS’ customers have been responding with large and repeated orders, even during COVID-19. Mike Moore and his team are outstanding examples of professionals who know what they are doing, and who act on their instinct for quality workmanship every day. Thank you Mike and Team!
Long-time shareholders understand that AIRT works to make space for dynamos and dynamic teams. These individuals and groups make a difference by producing a product or service that is valued by others. While we don’t have the space or inclination in this press release to highlight developments at all of our ten (10) business units, we want to give a shout-out to everyone that is making things happen day to day, because someday we expect that they will exit from the COVID-19 fog and have a breakout moment.
Long-time AIRT shareholders will have noticed that we have added an interactive Q&A capability, through Slido.com, to our annual meeting process. We intend to keep that link (https://app.sli.do/event/j8drfixw) open and available for shareholder questions. Questions submitted through Slido will be answered “live” and in writing at our Annual Meeting; and via a written response on a quarterly basis, ideally, shortly following our Form 10-Q filings. Note that legal and pragmatic requirements restrict us from answering every question posted, yet we intend to address all reasonable and relevant questions with a written answer. We hope that quarterly Q&A, along with enhanced reporting brought to us by our CFO, Brian Ochocki, will be welcome improvements. We aspire to provide the right level of information and delivering insight to shareholders, without noise and distraction. Your participation in an ongoing Q&A with management will help this process along. Thank you in advance. We anticipate posting Answers to our first set of Slido questions shortly after March 31, 2021.”
Business Segment Results
- Overnight Air Cargo
● This segment provides air express delivery services, substantially all for FedEx.
● Revenues for this segment decreased 13% to $16.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to $18.7 million in the prior year quarter, primarily due to a reduction in third-party maintenance revenue.
● Adjusted EBITDA* for this segment was $0.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, a decrease of $0.2 million when compared to the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to the revenue decrease noted above.
- Aviation ground equipment manufacturing and sales (“GGS”)
● This segment, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of aircraft de-icing equipment, manufactures and provides mobile deicers and other specialized equipment products to passenger and cargo airlines, airports, and military and industrial customers.
● Revenues for this segment totaled $20.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, up 30% versus $15.9 million in the same quarter in 2019. The increase was primarily driven by a higher volume of truck sales to the U.S. Air Force during the three months ended December 31, 2020.
● Adjusted EBITDA* for this segment was $4.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2020, an increase of $2.6 million compared to the prior year quarter, due primarily to the revenue increase noted above.
● As of December 31, 2020 this segment’s order backlog was $17.3 million versus $29.1 million on December 31, 2019.
- Commercial Jet Engines and Parts
● This segment leases commercial jet engines and aircraft; buys, sells and trades in surplus and aftermarket commercial jet engines, engine parts, airframes, and airframe parts, avionics, and other; then delivers the related documents and logistics.
● Revenues for this segment totaled $18.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020, a decrease of $20.5 million versus the previous year’s third fiscal quarter. The decrease was primarily attributed to the fact that all companies within this segment experienced lower engine and component sales and lower lease income due to the impact of COVID-19.
● Adjusted EBITDA* for this segment was a loss of $1.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 compared to an Adjusted EBITDA* profit of $3.5 million in the prior year’s quarter due to the revenue slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Corporate and Other
• This segment includes expenses attributable to core Corporate functions, investment research, and specialized resources that are available to business units.
• This segment’s Adjusted EBITDA* for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 represented a loss of $2.0 million in the quarter, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA* loss of $1.8 million in the same quarter a year ago.
*Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure; see below for further explanation and reconciliation to GAAP measure.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company uses adjusted earnings before taxes, interest, and depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”), a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by the SEC, to evaluate the Company’s financial performance. This performance measure is not defined by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States and should be considered in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP financial measures.
Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before taxes, interest, and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for specified items. The Company calculates Adjusted EBITDA by removing the impact of specific items and adding back the amounts of interest expense and depreciation and amortization to earnings before income taxes. When calculating Adjusted EBITDA, the Company does not add back depreciation expense for aircraft engines that are on lease, as the Company believes this expense matches with the corresponding revenue earned on engine leases. Depreciation expense for leased engines totaled $0.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019. Depreciation expense for leased engines totaled $1.7 million and $3.6 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure of the Company’s performance because it provides investors additional information about the Company’s operations allowing better evaluation of underlying business performance and better period-to-period comparability. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to replace or be an alternative to operating income from continuing operations, the most directly comparable amounts reported under GAAP.
The tables below provide a reconciliation of operating income from continuing operations to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA by segment for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 (in thousands):
The following table shows the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA by segment for the three and nine month periods ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Established in 1980, Air T Inc. is a portfolio of powerful businesses and financial assets, each of which is independent yet interrelated. Its core segments are overnight air cargo, aviation ground support equipment manufacturing, and commercial aircraft asset management and logistics. We seek to expand, strengthen and diversify Air T’s after-tax cash flow per share. Our goal is to build Air T’s core businesses, and when appropriate, to expand into adjacent and other industries. We seek to activate growth and overcome challenges while delivering meaningful value for all stakeholders. For more information, visit www.airt.net.
Certain matters discussed in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about our operations and the investments we make, including, among other things, factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2020, as well as the following:
● Conditions in the Company’s markets;
● The ability of the Company and its business segments to generate sufficient cash flows from operations or through financings.
● The risk that contracts with FedEx could be terminated or adversely modified;
● The risk that the number of aircraft operated for FedEx could be reduced;
● The risks faced by commercial aircraft operators and maintenance, repair and overhaul companies because they are our customers.
● Our engine values and lease rates, which are dependent on the status of the types of aircraft on which engines are installed, and other factors.
● The Company and its customers operate in a highly regulated industry and changes in economic conditions, laws or regulations may adversely affect our ability to lease or sell our engines or aircraft.
● We may experience losses and delays in connection with repossession of engines or aircraft when a lessee defaults.
● The risk that customers or potential customers will defer significant orders for deicing equipment under contracts with GGS;
● The impact of any terrorist activities or protests on United States soil or abroad;
● The Company’s ability to manage its cost structure and operating expenses, or unanticipated capital requirements, and match them to shifting customer service requirements and production or equipment volume levels;
● The risk of injury or other damage arising from accidents involving the Company’s overnight air cargo operations, equipment or parts sold and/or services provided;
● Market acceptance of the Company’s commercial and military equipment and services;
● Competition from other providers of similar equipment and services;
● Changes in government regulation and technology;
● Changes in the value of marketable securities held as investments;
● Mild winter weather conditions reducing the demand for deicing equipment.
● The Company’s ability to meet debt service covenants, obtain additional financing and to refinance existing debt obligations
● The length, severity and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
● The risks and uncertainties related to business acquisitions (including the ability to successfully achieve anticipated benefits), inflation rates, competition, changes in technology or government regulation, debt covenants, information technology disruptions, and the impact of future terrorist activities in the United States and abroad.
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Air T, Inc.
Brian Ochocki, CFO