VANCOUVER, BC (August 5, 2011) Dominion Lending Centres Clearlease Reports FLY Leasing Limited (NYSE: FLY) (“FLY”), a global lessor of modern, fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft, announced August 4, 2011 its financial results for the second quarter of 2011.
Second Quarter 2011 Highlights
Entered into an agreement to purchase $1.4 billion portfolio of 49 aircraft
Adjusted net income of $5.5 million, EPS of $0.21, excluding share-based compensation
Net income of $4.1 million, EPS of $0.16
Available Cash Flow of $30.8 million, $1.19 per share
Unrestricted cash of $187.5 million at June 30th
Initiated a new $30 million share repurchase program
Declared 15th consecutive quarterly dividend on July 15th
“FLY has grown its unrestricted cash balance to $188 million at the end of the second quarter, which will allow the company to complete the acquisition of 49 aircraft, which was announced separately, out of its cash balance,” said Colm Barrington, CEO of FLY Leasing. “We are providing strong value for shareholders by utilizing a portion of our unrestricted cash balance and assuming existing debt previously on the aircraft to be acquired, to complete a transformational acquisition for the company, growing our portfolio by 80 percent to 109 aircraft. Please see our separate announcement for full details.”
“In connection with the acquisition, we expensed $1.6 million ($0.06 per share) in respect of due diligence and structuring expenses,” said Barrington.
“FLY declared a dividend of $0.20 per share for the second quarter, which will be paid on August 19th to shareholders of record on July 29th,” said Barrington. “This is our 15th consecutive quarterly dividend. FLY remains strongly committed to its policy of returning capital to shareholders in the form of a quarterly cash dividend.”
“We remain optimistic about the continuing and increasing strength of the aircraft leasing industry, which is reinforced by recent significant orders for new aircraft from airlines in both Asia and North America. We will continue to opportunistically pursue attractive one-off and portfolio acquisitions,” concluded Barrington.
Second Quarter Financial Results
FLY’s net income and basic and diluted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2011 were $4.1 million and $0.16 per share compared to $13.2 million and $0.46 per share in the same period of 2010. The decrease in net income is primarily due to a reduction in end of lease revenue recognized during the second quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in the previous year and costs incurred in the second quarter of 2011 related to the portfolio acquisition that was separately announced and readying aircraft for delivery to their new lessees during the quarter.
Net income and diluted earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2011 were $6.9 million and $0.26 per share compared to $29.8 million and $1.01 per share in the same period in 2010. The 2010 results benefited from a gain of $12.5 million from the sale of an option to purchase our notes payable. The 2011 results were impacted by a reduction in the recognition of end of lease revenue and the expenses recorded in the second quarter of 2011 associated with the portfolio acquisition announced earlier and preparing aircraft for delivery to their new lessees. SG&A expense for 2010 includes $2.2 million of expenses associated with our separation from Babcock & Brown.
Available Cash Flow
Available Cash Flow (“ACF”), which FLY defines as net income plus depreciation, lease incentive amortization, amortization of debt issue costs, non-cash equity based compensation, the deferred tax provision and other one-time, non-cash items, was $30.8 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $42.5 million for the same period in the previous year. The decrease is primarily due to the decline in net income. ACF per share was $1.19 for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $1.47 in the same period of 2010.
For the six months ended June 30, 2011, ACF was $59.0 million or $2.26 per share. This compares to $87.5 million or $2.95 per share for the same period of 2010.
ACF should be used as a supplement to and not as a substitute for financial measures determined in accordance with Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States.
Dividends and Share Repurchases
On July 15, 2011, FLY declared a dividend of $0.20 per share in respect of the second quarter of 2011. This dividend will be paid on August 19, 2011 to shareholders of record on July 29, 2011.
In May 2011, FLY initiated a $30 million, one year share repurchase program. Under this program, FLY may make share repurchases from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The timing of repurchases under the program will depend upon a variety of factors, including market conditions, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time. No shares were purchased under this program during the 2nd quarter of 2011. At June 30, 2011, there are 25.6 million shares outstanding.
At June 30, 2011, FLY’s total assets were $2.0 billion, including flight equipment with a net book value of $1.6 billion. Restricted and unrestricted cash at June 30, 2011 totaled $344.1 million, of which $187.5 million was unrestricted. These amounts compare to total cash of $329.0 million and unrestricted cash of $164.1 million at December 31, 2010.
At June 30, 2011 FLY’s aircraft were on lease to 34 lessees in 22 countries. All aircraft are on lease. The table below shows the aircraft in FLY’s portfolio on June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010. The table does not include the four B767 aircraft owned by the joint venture in which FLY has a 57% interest or the 49 aircraft in the portfolio to be acquired.