Spirit Airlines, Inc.
Feb 10, 2015

Spirit Airlines Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results; Capacity Growth of 17.9 Percent Contributes to Adjusted Net Income Growth of 33.3 Percent for Full Year 2014

MIRAMAR, Fla., Feb. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Nasdaq:SAVE) today reported fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results.

"I want to thank our team members that contributed to our solid operational and financial performance in 2014. During 2014, we improved our customers' understanding of our Bare Fare™ plus Frill Control™ product design, which led to increased customer satisfaction, improved our financial results, and maintained a very high completion rate while improving our on-time performance by 600 basis points," said Ben Baldanza, Spirit's Chief Executive Officer. "We have the right team, resources, and business model to continue to successfully grow our business. I'm pleased to be a part of the Spirit team and am excited about bringing our ultra-low fares to even more people in more places."

Revenue Performance

For the fourth quarter 2014, Spirit's total operating revenue was $474.5 million, an increase of 13.0 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2013, driven by an increase in flight volume.

Total revenue per available seat mile ("RASM") for the fourth quarter 2014 decreased 5.1 percent compared to the fourth quarter 2013 on a capacity increase of 18.9 percent. The decrease was driven by a mix of lower passenger yields and a 1.4 point decline in load factor.

Total revenue per passenger flight segment ("PFS") for the fourth quarter 2014 decreased 3.7 percent year over year to $127.91, driven by a 6.1 percent decrease in ticket revenue per PFS and a 0.3 percent decrease in non-ticket revenue per PFS. During the fourth quarter, the Company transitioned its onboard catering to a third-party provider under a revenue share agreement. As a result of this change, in the fourth quarter 2014, the Company recorded lower non-ticket revenue and correspondingly lower costs than it would have otherwise.

Cost Performance

Total operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2014, excluding $4.5 million of special items3, increased 6.9 percent to $380.0 million. Including special items, total operating expenses increased 9.3 percent year over year to $384.5 million.

Spirit reported fourth quarter 2014 cost per available seat mile ("ASM") excluding special items and fuel ("Adjusted CASM ex-fuel")3 of 5.61 cents, a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to the same period last year driven in part by lower distribution expense, maintenance expense, and aircraft rent per ASM. Distribution expense per ASM in the fourth quarter 2014 was lower compared to the same period last year primarily due to a one-time litigation settlement gain of approximately $2.9 million and a larger percentage of tickets being booked directly through spirit.com, the Company's lowest cost distribution channel. The decrease in maintenance expense per ASM year over year was driven by an expense reversal in the fourth quarter 2014 associated with an insurance claim, along with a one-time $750,000 insurance deductible expense in the fourth quarter 2013. The decrease in aircraft rent per ASM was driven by a change in the mix of leased (rent recorded under aircraft rent) and purchased (amortization recorded under depreciation and amortization) aircraft.

"I am extremely proud of the cost improvements our team continues to deliver. Full year 2014 Adjusted CASM ex-fuel decreased 0.5 percent despite 200 basis points of pressure from depreciation and amortization related to the amortization of heavy maintenance events, and increases in pilot costs as a result of FAR 117," said Ted Christie, Spirit's Chief Financial Officer. "Our team's dedication and commitment to improve our ultra-low cost structure positions us well to deliver a step function change in our cost structure for 2015 and to further increase our competitive cost advantage."

Fleet

In the fourth quarter 2014, Spirit took delivery of seven new A320 aircraft, ending the year with 65 aircraft in its fleet.

Full Year 2014 Highlights

Conference Call/Webcast Detail

Spirit will conduct a conference call to discuss these results today, February 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. ET. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at http://ir.spirit.com. An archive of the webcast will be available under Webcasts & Presentations for 60 days.

About Spirit Airlines:

Spirit Airlines (Nasdaq:SAVE) is committed to offering the lowest total price to the places we fly, on average much lower than other airlines. Our customers start with an unbundled, stripped-down Bare Fare™ and get Frill Control™ which allows them to pay only for the options they choose - like bags, seat assignments and refreshments - the things other airlines bake right into their ticket prices. We help people save money and travel more often, create new jobs and stimulate business growth in the communities we serve. With our modern and fuel-efficient all-Airbus fleet, we operate more than 325 daily flights to 57 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Come save with us at www.spirit.com.

Investors are encouraged to read the Company's periodic and current reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K, for additional information regarding the Company.

End Notes

(1) See "Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income to GAAP Net Income" table below for more details.

(2) See "Calculation for Return on Invested Capital" table below for more details.

(3) See "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Income" table below for more details.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release and certain oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company contain various forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. The words "expects," "estimates," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "targets" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's objectives, plans or goals, or actions the Company may take in the future, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's intentions and expectations regarding revenues, cost of operations, the delivery schedule of aircraft on order, and announced new service routes. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to the Company at the time the statement is made. The Company has no intent, nor undertakes any obligation, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by law. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations, including the competitive environment in the airline industry; the Company's ability to keep costs low; changes in fuel costs; the impact of worldwide economic conditions on customer travel behavior; the Company's ability to generate non-ticket revenues; and government regulation. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K. 

SPIRIT AIRLINES, INC.
Statement of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
             
 Three Months Ended  Year Ended  
 December 31,PercentDecember 31,Percent
 20142013Change20142013Change
Operating revenues:            
Passenger  $ 271,569  $ 246,503 10.2  $ 1,144,972  $ 986,018 16.1
Non-ticket 202,918 173,481 17.0 786,608 668,367 17.7
Total operating revenues474,487419,98413.01,931,5801,654,38516.8
             
Operating expenses:            
Aircraft fuel 138,002 139,843 (1.3) 612,909 551,746 11.1
Salaries, wages and benefits 81,212 69,392 17.0 313,988 262,150 19.8
Aircraft rent 51,209 44,616 14.8 195,827 169,737 15.4
Landing fees and other rents 27,533 22,096 24.6 105,115 83,604 25.7
Distribution 15,893 16,607 (4.3) 74,823 67,481 10.9
Maintenance, materials and repairs 17,515 16,253 7.8 73,956 60,143 23.0
Depreciation and amortization 13,168 9,544 38.0 46,971 31,947 47.0
Other operating 38,630 33,787 14.3 149,675 144,586 3.5
Loss on disposal of assets 1,350 99 na 3,008 525 na
Special charges (credits) (314) na 45 174 na
Total operating expenses384,512351,9239.31,576,3171,372,09314.9
             
Operating income89,97568,06132.2355,263282,29225.8
             
Other (income) expense:            
Interest expense 1,659 74 na 2,747 214 na
Capitalized interest (1,659) (74) na (2,747) (214) na
Interest income (101) (93) 8.6 (336) (401) (16.2)
Other expense 1,048 31 na 2,605 283 na
Total other (income) expense947(62)na2,269(118)na
             
Income before income taxes89,02868,12330.7352,994282,41025.0
Provision for income taxes 33,119 24,930 32.8 127,530 105,492 20.9
Net income $ 55,909  $ 43,193 29.4 $ 225,464  $ 176,918 27.4
Basic earnings per share $ 0.77  $ 0.59 30.5 $ 3.10  $ 2.44 27.0
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.76  $ 0.59 28.8 $ 3.08  $ 2.42 27.3
             
Weighted average shares, basic 72,776 72,658 0.2 72,739 72,593 0.2
Weighted average shares, diluted 73,324 73,195 0.2 73,294 72,999 0.4
 
 
SPIRIT AIRLINES, INC.
Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands) 
     
 December 31,December 31,
 20142013
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 632,784  $ 530,631
Accounts receivable, net 22,685 23,246
Deferred income taxes 9,643 16,243
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 66,029 78,955
Total current assets731,141649,075
     
Property and equipment:    
Flight equipment 204,462 12,744
Ground and other equipment 57,012 48,090
Less accumulated depreciation (36,099) (25,221)
  225,375 35,613
Deposits on flight equipment purchase contracts 242,881 157,669
Aircraft maintenance deposits 213,147 161,484
Deferred heavy maintenance, net 123,108 125,288
Other long-term assets 67,329 51,636
Total assets $ 1,602,981  $ 1,180,765
     
Liabilities and shareholders' equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 13,402  $ 23,104
Air traffic liability 188,870 167,627
Current maturities of long-term debt 10,431
Other current liabilities 152,921 145,262
Total current liabilities365,624335,993
     
Long-term debt less current maturities 135,817
Long-term deferred income taxes 76,010 48,916
Deferred gains and other long-term liabilities 22,455 26,739
Shareholders' equity:    
Common stock: Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 240,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively;
72,992,498 and 72,670,673 issued and 72,860,356 and 72,566,426 outstanding as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively
7 7
Additional paid-in-capital 526,173 515,331
Treasury stock, at cost: 132,142 and 104,247 shares as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively (3,921) (2,291)
Retained earnings 481,534 256,070
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (718)
Total shareholders' equity1,003,075769,117
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,602,981  $ 1,180,765
 
 
SPIRIT AIRLINES, INC.
Statement of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)
     
 Year Ended December 31,
 20142013
Operating activities:    
Net income  $ 225,464  $ 176,918
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:    
Unrealized (gains) losses on open fuel hedge contracts 265
Non-cash restructuring credit charges, net    
Equity-based compensation, net 8,797 5,689
Allowance for doubtful accounts (recoveries) (45) 143
Amortization of deferred gains and losses and debt issuance costs (185) (558)
Depreciation and amortization 46,971 31,947
Deferred income tax 34,118 12,047
Loss on disposal of assets 3,008 525
Gain on slot sale    
Capitalized interest (2,747) (214)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable 606 (461)
Prepaid maintenance reserves (31,925) (24,058)
Long-term deposits and other assets (48,382) (65,654)
Accounts payable (10,034) (1,674)
Air traffic liability 21,135 36,226
Other liabilities 13,731 24,235
Net cash provided by operating activities260,512195,376
     
Investing activities:    
Pre-delivery deposits for flight equipment, net of refunds (115,802) (70,288)
Purchase of property and equipment (186,569) (19,812)
Net cash used in investing activities(302,371)(90,100)
Financing activities:    
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 148,000
Proceeds from stock options exercised 174 852
Payments on debt and capital lease obligations (1,233)
Proceeds from sale and leaseback transactions 7,200 6,900
Payments to pre-IPO shareholders pursuant to tax receivable agreement (5,643)
Excess tax benefits from equity-based compensation 1,871 1,927
Repurchase of common stock (1,630) (1,140)
Debt issuance costs (4,727)
Net cash provided by financing activities144,0128,539
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 102,153 113,815
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period530,631416,816
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 632,784  $ 530,631
Supplemental disclosures    
Cash payments for:    
Interest  $ 1,318  $ 29
Taxes  $ 89,104  $ 85,705

 

SPIRIT AIRLINES, INC.
Selected Operating Statistics (unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended December 31,  
Operating Statistics20142013Change
Available seat miles (ASMs) (thousands) 4,372,511 3,675,972 18.9%
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) (thousands) 3,707,271 3,167,376 17.0%
Load factor (%) 84.8 86.2 (1.4) pts
Passenger flight segments (thousands) 3,709 3,161 17.3%
Block hours 70,730 60,596 16.7%
Departures 27,167 22,957 18.3%
Operating revenue per ASM (RASM) (cents) 10.85 11.43 (5.1)%
Average yield (cents) 12.80 13.26 (3.5)%
Average ticket revenue per passenger flight segment ($) 73.21 77.98 (6.1)%
Average non-ticket revenue per passenger flight segment ($) 54.70 54.88 (0.3)%
Total revenue per passenger flight segment ($) 127.91 132.86 (3.7)%
CASM (cents) 8.79 9.57 (8.2)%
Adjusted CASM (cents) (1) 8.69 9.67 (10.1)%
Adjusted CASM ex-fuel (cents) (2) 5.61 5.78 (2.9)%
Fuel gallons consumed (thousands) 52,732 45,100 16.9%
Average economic fuel cost per gallon ($) 2.56 3.17 (19.2)%
Aircraft at end of period 65 54 20.4%
Average daily aircraft utilization (hours) 12.5 12.5 —%
Average stage length (miles) 983 998 (1.5)%
Airports served in the period 53 53 —%
       
 Year Ended December 31, 
Operating Statistics20142013Change
Available seat miles (ASMs) (thousands) 16,340,142 13,861,393 17.9%
Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) (thousands) 14,159,860 12,001,088 18.0%
Load factor (%) 86.7 86.6 0.1 pts
Passenger flight segments (thousands) 14,294 12,414 15.1%
Block hours 267,305 231,148 15.6%
Departures 102,594 90,284 13.6%
Operating revenue per ASM (RASM) (cents) 11.82 11.94 (1.0)%
Average yield (cents) 13.64 13.79 (1.1)%
Average ticket revenue per passenger flight segment ($) 80.11 79.43 0.9%
Average non-ticket revenue per passenger flight segment ($) 55.03 53.84 2.2%
Total revenue per passenger flight segment ($) 135.14 133.27 1.4%
CASM (cents) 9.65 9.90 (2.5)%
Adjusted CASM (cents) (1) 9.55 9.89 (3.4)%
Adjusted CASM ex-fuel (cents) (2) 5.88 5.91 (0.5)%
Fuel gallons consumed (thousands) 200,498 171,931 16.6%
Average economic fuel cost per gallon ($) 2.99 3.21 (6.9)%
Average daily aircraft utilization (hours) 12.7 12.7 —%
Average stage length (miles) 980 958 2.3%
  
(1) Excludes special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table below.
(2) Excludes economic fuel expense and special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table below.

The Company is providing a reconciliation of GAAP financial information to non-GAAP financial information as it believes that non-GAAP financial measures provide management and investors the ability to measure the performance of the Company on a consistent basis. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool. Because of these limitations, determinations of the Company's operating performance excluding unrealized gains and losses or special items should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense
(unaudited)
 
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
(in thousands, except CASM data in cents)2014201320142013
Operating special items include the following:        
Prior years' additional federal excise tax $ — $ — $ 9,278 $ —
Unrealized (gains) and losses arising from mark-to-market adjustments to outstanding fuel derivatives (3,224) 265
Loss on disposal of assets 1,350 99 3,008 525
Special charges (credits) (314) 45 174
Expense recognized related to premiums paid on fuel option contracts 3,963 4,876
Fuel option premium realized in the period (845) (995)
Total special items: $ 4,468 $ (3,439) $ 16,212 $ 964
         
Total operating expenses, as reported $ 384,512 $ 351,923 $ 1,576,317 $ 1,372,093
Less special items (1) 4,468 (3,439) 16,212 964
Adjusted operating expenses, non-GAAP (2) 380,044 355,362 1,560,105 1,371,129
Less: Economic fuel expense 134,884 143,067 599,750 551,481
Adjusted operating expenses excluding fuel, non-GAAP (3) $ 245,160 $ 212,295 $ 960,355 $ 819,648
         
Available seat miles 4,372,511 3,675,972 16,340,142 13,861,393
         
CASM (cents) 8.79 9.57 9.65 9.90
Adjusted CASM (cents) (2) 8.69 9.67 9.55 9.89
Adjusted CASM ex-fuel (cents) (3) 5.61 5.78 5.88 5.91
 
(1) Special items include additional federal excise tax on a minority of fuel volume for the period beginning July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2013, unrealized gains and losses arising from mark-to-market adjustments to outstanding fuel derivatives, loss on disposal of assets, special charges (credits), premium expense recognized related to fuel option contracts, and realized fuel option premium expense related to options settling in the period.
(2) Excludes special items as referred to above.
(3) Excludes economic fuel expense as described in the "Reconciliation of Economic Fuel Expense to GAAP Fuel Expense" table below and special items as referred to above.

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income to GAAP Net Income
(unaudited)
 
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
(in thousands, except per share data)2014201320142013
Net income, as reported$ 55,909$ 43,193$ 225,464$ 176,918
Add: Provision for income taxes 33,119 24,930 127,530 105,492
Income before income taxes, as reported 89,028 68,123 352,994 282,410
Pre-tax margin, GAAP18.8%16.2%18.3%17.1%
Add special items (1) 4,468 (3,439) 16,212 964
Add: Non-operating special charges (2) 1,388
Income before income taxes, non-GAAP (3) 93,496 64,684 370,594 283,374
Pre-tax margin, non-GAAP (3)19.7%15.4%19.2%17.1%
Provision for income taxes (4) 34,781 23,671 133,889 105,852
Adjusted net income, non-GAAP (3) $ 58,715 $ 41,013 $ 236,705 $ 177,522
         
Weighted average shares, diluted 73,324 73,195 73,294 72,999
         
Adjusted net income per share, diluted$0.80$0.56$3.23$2.43
 
(1) See special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table above for more details.
(2) Non-operating special charges relate to the settlement paid to the Pre-IPO Stockholders in excess of the liability the Company had previously estimated related to the Company's Tax Receivable Agreement.
(3) Excludes special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table above and non-operating special charges.
(4) Assumes same marginal tax rate as is applicable to GAAP net income. 

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Income to GAAP Operating Income
(unaudited)
 
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
(in thousands)2014201320142013
Operating income, as reported$ 89,975$ 68,061$ 355,263$ 282,292
Operating margin, GAAP19.0%16.2%18.4%17.1%
Add special items (1) 4,468 (3,439) 16,212 964
Operating income, non-GAAP (2)$ 94,443$ 64,622$ 371,475$ 283,256
Operating margin (2)19.9%15.4%19.2%17.1%
 
(1) See special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table above for more details.
(2) Excludes special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table above.

The Company believes economic fuel expense is the best measure of the effect fuel prices are currently having on our business, because it most closely approximates the net cash outflow associated with purchasing fuel used for our operations during the period. Economic fuel expense is defined as into-plane fuel expense, realized gains or losses on derivative contracts, plus the economic premium expense related to fuel option contracts in the period the option is benefiting. The key difference between aircraft fuel expense as recorded in our statement of operations and economic fuel expense is unrealized mark-to-market changes in the value of aircraft fuel derivatives outstanding and the timing of premium gain or loss recognition on our outstanding fuel option contracts. Many industry analysts evaluate airline results using economic fuel expense, and it is used in our internal management reporting. 

Reconciliation of Economic Fuel Expense to GAAP Fuel Expense
(unaudited)
 
 Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31,December 31,
(in thousands, except per gallon data)2014201320142013
Fuel Expense        
Aircraft fuel, as reported $ 138,002 $ 139,843 $ 612,909 $ 551,746
Less:        
Prior years' additional federal excise tax 9,278
Impact on fuel expense from unrealized (gains) and losses arising from mark-to-market adjustments to our outstanding fuel derivatives (3,224) 265
Expense recognized related to premiums paid on fuel option contracts 3,963 4,876
Add: Fuel option premium realized in the period 845 995
Economic fuel expense, non-GAAP$ 134,884$ 143,067$ 599,750$ 551,481
         
Fuel gallons consumed 52,732 45,100 200,498 171,931
         
Economic fuel cost per gallon, non-GAAP$ 2.56$ 3.17$ 2.99$ 3.21
 
 
Calculation of Return on Invested Capital
(unaudited)
 
 Twelve Months Ended
(in thousands)December 31, 2014
Operating Income $ 355,263
Add special items (1) 16,212
Adjustment for aircraft rent 195,827
Adjusted Operating Income (2) 567,302
Tax (36.1%) (3) 204,796
Adjusted Operating Income, after-tax 362,506
Invested Capital  
Total debt $ 146,248
Book equity 1,003,075
Less: Unrestricted cash 632,784
Add: Capitalized aircraft operating leases (7x Aircraft Rent) 1,370,789
Total Invested Capital 1,887,328
   
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC), pre-tax 30.1%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC), after-tax 19.2%
 
(1) See special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table above for more details.
(2) Excludes special items as described in the "Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Expense to GAAP Operating Expense" table above.
(3) Assumes same marginal tax rate as is applicable to GAAP net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2014. 
CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:

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