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AeroCentury Corp. Reports First Quarter 2018 Earnings of $317,300, or $0.22 Per Share

BURLINGAME, Calif., May 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AeroCentury Corp. (NYSE American:ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported first quarter earnings of $0.3 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to $6.02 million, or $4.25 per share for the fourth quarter of 2017 and $0.6 million, or $0.41 per share, for the first quarter of 2017. 

First quarter 2018 included $1.1 million of other income resulting from cash received from the previous lessee of three aircraft that were returned to the Company during 2017.  Such payments were for unpaid maintenance reserves as well as amounts due pursuant to the unsatisfied return conditions of the applicable leases and were not accrued by the Company at the time of lease termination based on management’s evaluation of the creditworthiness of the lessee.  Therefore, the Company is accounting for payments as they are received and recorded in other income.  Fourth quarter 2017 results included a $5.4 million tax benefit arising from the revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax liability prompted by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 

“In the first quarter, we continued on our path of modernizing our portfolio.  As a result of the sale of two older turboprop aircraft, the average age of aircraft we are holding for lease is currently approximately 11 years,” said Michael Magnusson, President.

Mr. Magnusson also commented on the progress on the proposed acquisition by the Company of JetFleet Holding Corp. (JHC), the corporation that has managed the Company’s operations and aircraft portfolio since the Company’s founding in 1997.  “We have already received the permit for the issuance of shares of the Company’s stock in the transaction from the California Department of Business Oversight, and the shareholders of JHC have approved the transaction.  Our next step will be obtaining the consent of the AeroCentury stockholders at a special meeting to be held in the coming weeks.  The Company’s stockholder approval is not required under Delaware or California corporate law and will be obtained solely to comply with the NYSE American stock exchange listing regulations for the shares of the Company’s stock issued in the Merger.  Although the consummation of the Merger of the Company and JHC has taken somewhat more time than we originally anticipated, both parties are fully committed to the transaction, and are both proceeding expeditiously to complete the necessary steps to consummate the acquisition,” stated Mr. Magnusson.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Sale of two older turboprop aircraft at or near book value
  • Operating lease revenue of $6.5 million
  • Operating margin1 of 6%
  • EBITDA2 of $5.7 million
  • Book value per share of $33.66 as of March 31, 2018
  • 90% portfolio utilization during the quarter
  • $47 million unused credit facility amount as of March 31, 2018

/EIN News/ -- First Quarter 2018 Comparative Data (at or for the periods ended March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017, and March 31, 2017):

  • Average portfolio utilization was 90% during the first quarter of 2018, 91% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 96% in the first quarter of 2017 primarily due to asset sales during late 2017 and 2018, as well as the return of several aircraft at lease end in 2017.
  • Total revenue and other income decreased 29% to $7.9 million for the first quarter of 2018, compared to $11.2 million in the preceding quarter, and decreased 1% from $8.0 million in the first quarter a year ago.
    • Operating lease revenues decreased 8% to $6.5 million in the first quarter of 2018 from $7.0 million in the preceding quarter and decreased 12% from $7.3 million in the year-ago quarter, reflecting assets sales during 2017.
    • Operating lease revenues accounted for 82% of total revenues in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 63% in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 92% in the year-ago quarter.
    • The Company recorded no maintenance reserve revenue in the first quarters of 2018 and 2017.  Such revenue contributed $2.9 million to fourth quarter 2017 revenues.
    • During the first quarter of 2018, the Company recognized $8,200 in losses from disposal of assets, compared to gains of $922,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 and gains of $311,000 in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Total expenses decreased 26% to $7.4 million from $10.0 million in the preceding quarter, primarily due to lower maintenance costs and the fourth quarter provision for impairment.  Total expenses increased 7% from $6.9 million in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to higher interest expense.   

AeroCentury's portfolio currently consists of twenty-one aircraft and one engine that are held for lease and nine aircraft that are held under sales-type or direct finance leases.  The Company also has two turboprop aircraft that are held for sale, which are being sold in parts.

The Company's portfolio consists of eleven different aircraft types.  The current customer base comprises ten customers operating in eight countries.

The following table shows the status of the Company's portfolio of aircraft and engines held for lease as of March 31, 2018, December 31, 2017, and March 31, 2017.

AIRCRAFT AND ENGINES HELD FOR LEASE
  March 31,
 2018
% of net
book
value
December 31,
 2017
% of net
book
value
March 31,
 2017
% of net
book
value
 
Turboprop aircraft:              
  On lease 2 5 % 2 4 % 9 21 %  
 Off lease 6 11 % 8 13 % 2 2 %  
 Total turboprop aircraft   8 16 % 10 17 % 11 23 %  
Regional jet aircraft:              
  On lease 13 83 % 13 82 % 12 74 %  
  Off lease - - % - - % - - %  
 Total regional jet aircraft 13 83 % 13 82 % 12 74 %  
Engines:              
  On lease 1 1 % 1 1 % 2 - %  
  Off lease3 0 - % 0 0 % 1 3 %  
Total engines 1 1 % 1 1 % 3 3 %  
               
 

About AeroCentury: AeroCentury is an independent global aircraft operating lessor and finance company specializing in leasing regional jet and turboprop aircraft and related engines. The Company's aircraft and engines are leased to regional airlines and commercial users worldwide.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this press release other than statements that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding (a) the Company’s modernizing its portfolio by replacing older aircraft with younger aircraft, and (b) the Company's acquisition of JHC. The Company's beliefs, expectations, forecasts, objectives and strategies for the future are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to (a) the inability of the Company to dispose of older aircraft on attractive terms, acquire younger aircraft on attractive terms, or the ability of the Company to generate greater revenues from a portfolio of younger aircraft, and (b) the failure of the Company’s acquisition of JHC to be consummated, as a result of the failure of conditions precedent or otherwise. The forward-looking statements in this press release and the Company's future results of operations are subject to additional risks and uncertainties set forth under the heading "Factors that May Affect Future Results" in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and the Company's latest annual report on Form 10-K, and are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. The Company does not intend, and assumes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements made in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

Selected Financial Information

(in thousands, except share and per share data) (Unaudited)

     
   For the Three Months Ended  
   March 31,  December 31,  March 31,  
    2018     2017     2017  
             
Operating lease revenue $ 6,463   $ 7,007   $ 7,317  
Finance lease revenue    379      398      325  
Loss/gain on disposal of assets    (8 )    922      14  
Gain on sales-type finance leases    -       -       297  
Maintenance reserves revenue4    -      2,851       -   
Other income    1,051      2      1  
Total revenue and other income    7,885      11,180      7,954  
         
Depreciation    2,942      2,988      2,936  
Interest    2,254      2,257      1,610  
Management fees    1,447      1,520      1,507  
Provision for impairment    -      479      -   
Maintenance costs    91      2,094      256  
Professional fees and other    680      685      602  
Total expenses    7,414      10,023      6,911  
         
Income before income taxes    471      1,157      1,043  
         
Income tax provision/(benefit)   154      (4,861 )    401  
         
Net income $  317   $  6,018   $  642  
         
Earnings per share:        
Basic $  0.22   $  4.25   $ 0,41  
Diluted $  0.22   $  4.25   $ 0.41  
         
Shares used in per share computations:        
Basic    1,416,699      1,416,699      1,550,032  
Diluted    1,416,699      1,416,699      1,550,032  
         
   March 31,  December 31,  March 31,  
    2018     2017     2017  
 

Total assets
$ 226,188   $ 236,410   $ 222,032  
Total liabilities $ 178,504   $ 189,043   $ 181,423  
Shareholders' equity $  47,684   $  47,367   $  40,609  
Book value per share $  33.66    $  33.43    $28.66   
             


Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures 

This press release includes the non-GAAP financial measures of Operating margin, Net margin and EBITDA.  The accompanying schedules provide a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures such as net income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies because they may not calculate such measures in the same manner as the Company does.

Additional Financial Information (Unaudited)

   
  For the Three Months Ended
  March 31, December 31, March 31,
    2018     2017     2017  
Reconciliation of Net income to EBITDA:      
Net income $  317   $  6,018   $ 642  
Depreciation   2,942     2,988     2,936  
Interest   2,254     2,257     1,610  
Taxes   154     (4,861 )   401  
EBITDA:   5,667     6,402     5,589  
       
Operating margin:      
Income before taxes   471     1,157     1,043  
Divided by Total revenue   7,885     11,180     7,954  
Operating margin:   6%     10%     13%  
       
Net margin:      
Net income   317     6,018     642  
Divided by Total revenue   7,885     11,180     7,954  
Net margin:   4%     54%     8%  
                   

_________

1 Operating margin is a non-GAAP measure.  Operating margin is calculated by dividing “Income before income taxes” by “Total revenue.”    See Additional Financial Information at the end of this press release for a reconciliation to its most directly comparable GAAP measure.

2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure.  See Additional Financial Information below for its method of calculation and reconciliation to its most directly comparable GAAP measure at the end of this press release.

3 3/31/18 and 12/31/17 includes one engine that had previously been installed on an aircraft that is now being parted out.

4 Maintenance reserves revenue is dependent upon the amount of reserves retained upon lease terminations.

Toni Perazzo
Chief Financial Officer
(650) 340-1888   

 

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