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 second quarter ended September 30, 2021:
● Revenues totaled $43.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, an increase of $7.6 million, or 21% from the prior year’s comparable quarter.
● Operating income was $0.7 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to last year’s second quarter Operating loss of $3.7 million.
● Adjusted EBITDA* profit of $1.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA* loss of $2.7 million in the same quarter a year ago.
● Income per share of $2.62 for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to a loss per share of $1.01 for the same quarter last year.
● Total Equity increased from $14.7 million as of March 31, 2021 to $23 million as of September 30, 2021, an increase of $8.3 million, or 56.5%.
*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:
“We are pleased to report incremental progress. While the normally stalwart GGS experienced sluggishness from COVID-19, the relatively strong results at Contrail and continued strength at Mountain Air Cargo carried us to good results. I am optimistic about various Air T initiatives and look forward to their development over the next two years. The next two years will be fun and exciting to experience! Within our “Corporate and Other” segment are the results of two businesses that have recently launched exciting new product. Go to https://ambryhill.com/ to experience the latest in aviation software from Ambry Hill—get your job done in 2-3 clicks! And go to https://www.delphaxsolutions.com/ for the latest in commercial inkjet technologies from Delphax Solutions.
As we’ve previously discussed, we have added an interactive Q&A capability, through Slido.com (https://app.sli.do/event/j8drfixw). Questions submitted through Slido will be answered “live” at our Annual Meeting and via a written response on a periodic basis. Note that legal and pragmatic requirements restrict us from answering every question posted, yet we intend to address all reasonable and relevant questions. We aspire to provide the right level of information and to deliver insight to shareholders, without noise and distraction.”
Business Segment Results
Overnight Air Cargo
● This segment provides air express delivery services, substantially all for FedEx.
● Revenues for this segment increased 9% to $18.9 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2021, compared to $17.3 million in the prior year quarter. The increase was principally attributable to higher maintenance revenue from customers outside of FedEx.
● Adjusted EBITDA* for this segment was $0.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, an increase of $0.3 million when compared to the same quarter a year ago, primarily due to the revenue increase noted above.
Aviation ground equipment manufacturing and sales (“GGS”)
● This segment, which includes 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 $9.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, down 24% versus $12.1 million in the same quarter in 2020. The decrease was primarily driven by a lower volume of ultimate deicers this quarter compared to prior year comparable quarter.
● Adjusted EBITDA* for this segment was $74 thousand in the quarter ended September 30, 2021, a decrease of $0.9 million compared to the prior year quarter, due primarily to the revenue decrease noted above.
● As of September 30, 2021 this segment’s order backlog was $10.9 million versus $36.8 million on September 30, 2020.
● On October 22, 2021, GGS was awarded a new contract valued at approximately $34 million to supply deicing trucks to the United States Air Force (“USAF”). The contract award is for two years with four additional one-year extension options that may be exercised by the USAF.
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 $14.9 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, an increase of $8.8 million versus the previous year’s second fiscal quarter. The increase is primarily attributable to the fact that all the companies within this segment had higher component sales as the aviation industry started to see more activity in the current year quarter as COVID-19 related restrictions continued to loosen.
● Adjusted EBITDA* for this segment was $2.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 compared to an Adjusted EBITDA* loss of $1.6 million in the prior year’s quarter due to the increased activity in the current quarter as COVID-19 restrictions have continued to loosen.
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 September 30, 2021 represented a loss of $2 million in the quarter, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA* loss of $2.7 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 $18.3 thousand and $0.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, 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, the most directly comparable amounts reported under GAAP.
The tables below provide a reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA by segment for the periods ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 (in thousands):
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, as well as the following:
● Economic conditions in the Company’s markets, particularly the aviation industry;
● 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 GGS customers will defer or reduce significant orders for deicing and other equipment;
● Mild winter weather conditions reducing the demand for deicing equipment.
● The impact of any terrorist activities on United States soil or abroad;
● 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;
● The Company’s ability to manage its cost structure for operating expenses, or unanticipated capital requirements, and match them to shifting customer service requirements and production volume levels;
● The Company’s ability to meet debt service covenants and to refinance existing debt obligations;
● The ability of the Company and its business segments to generate sufficient cash flows from operations or through financings.
● 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;
● Market acceptance and operational success of the Company’s new aircraft asset management business and related new aircraft capital joint venture;
● 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; and
● The length and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Air T, Inc.
Brian Ochocki, CFO