PHOENIX, Aug. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesa Air Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESA) today reported third quarter fiscal 2023 financial and operating results.
Fiscal Third Quarter Update:
- Total operating revenues of $114.7 million
- Pre-tax loss of $50.3 million, net loss of $47.6 million or $(1.17) per diluted share
- Adjusted net loss1 of $27.2 million or $(0.67) per diluted share
- Adjusted net loss excludes $21.2 million, primarily a $30.5 million impairment loss on assets
- Paid down $27 million of debt with engine sale proceeds
Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and CEO, said, “As expected, Fiscal 2023 has been a transformative year as we ended our agreement with American Airlines and transitioned all of our regional capacity to United. While we are pleased with the progress we have made in some areas, we have more work to do in others. One of our key initiatives remains the disposition of excess CRJ-900 aircraft and related assets. To date, we have entered into agreements to sell 18 excess CRJ-900s, four of which we closed earlier this year, with the remaining 14 expected to close by calendar-year end. We are currently in active negotiations for the sale of additional aircraft. We also continue to focus on maximizing aircraft utilization with our existing pilot resources through more productive scheduling of our fleet in cooperation with United.”
Mr. Ornstein continued, “The CRJ-900 transition from American to United was a complex process and our people have done an amazing job. With little incremental regional capacity available industry-wide, we were pleased to fly almost half a million passengers for United on our CRJ fleet during our third quarter. With United’s continued support, we believe, based on current pilot staffing outlook, we will be at United’s target block-hour utilization rate by the end of fiscal-year 2024.
“Mesa has been a long-time Express carrier for United, and we believe United will ensure we remain an integral part of their regional portfolio. While Mesa’s primary service to United is providing valuable feed traffic, we also assist in the creation of future United pilots through our participation in Aviate, help maintain competitiveness among their regional portfolio, and share co-investments in advanced aviation technology and electric aircraft. In return, United has been an invaluable partner, helping us create additional liquidity through a number of initiatives, which we expect will continue through to the completion of our transformation and return to profitability.”
Fiscal Third Quarter Details:
Total operating revenues in Q3 2023 were $114.7 million, a decrease of $19.7 million, or 14.7%, from $134.4 million for Q3 2022. Contract revenue decreased $24.5 million, or 20.6%. These decreases were primarily driven by a 50% reduction in CRJ-900 block hours and fewer aircraft under contract, partially offset by higher United block-hour rates for new pilot payscales. Pass-through revenue, driven by higher pass-through maintenance expense, increased by $4.8 million. Mesa’s Q3 2023 results include, per GAAP, the recognition of $2.0 million of previously deferred revenue, versus the recognition of $6.8 million of previously deferred revenue in Q3 2022. The remaining deferred revenue balance of $22.7 million will be recognized as flights are completed over the remaining term of the United contract.
Total operating expenses in Q3 2023 were $154.9 million, an increase of $20.7 million, or 15.5%, versus Q3 2022. This increase was primarily due to a $30.5 million impairment on assets held for sale. Adjusted operating expenses were $131.2 million, 2.3% lower vs. Q3 2022, reflecting an $8.4 million decrease in aircraft rent attributable to the reclassification from operating lease to finance lease for certain CRJ-900s, and a $4.8 million decrease in depreciation and amortization primarily driven by the lower depreciable base from the CRJ-900 asset impairment charge in Q4 2022. This decrease was partially offset by a $8.3 million increase in flight operations expense to $51.6 million, primarily reflecting higher pilot pay scales.
Mesa’s Q3 2023 results reflect a net loss of $47.6 million, or $(1.17) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $10.0 million, or $(0.28) per diluted share for Q3 2022. Mesa’s Q3 2023 adjusted net loss1 was $27.2 million, or $(0.67) per diluted share, versus an adjusted net loss of $7.1 million, or $(0.20) per diluted share, in Q3 2022.
Mesa’s Adjusted EBITDA1 loss for Q3 2023 was $1.8 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $20.1 million in Q3 2022. Adjusted EBITDAR1 loss was $0.9 million for Q3 2023, compared to Adjusted EBITDAR of $29.4 million in Q3 2022.
Operationally, the Company reported a controllable completion factor of 98.8% for United and 100.0% for American during Q3 2023. As a reminder, Mesa completed its final flight for American in early April 2023. This is compared to a controllable completion factor of 99.8% for United and 98.8% for American during Q3 2022. This excludes cancellations due to weather and air traffic control.
With respect to a total completion factor that includes all cancellations, Mesa reported a total completion factor of 96.4% for United and 97.0% for American during Q3 2023. This is compared to a total completion factor of 98.8% for United and 97.7% for American during Q3 2022.
For Q3 2023, approximately 96% of the Company’s total revenue was derived from our contract with United. Our CPA with United provides for 80 large (70/76 seats) jets, comprising a mix of E-175s and CRJ-900s. In Q3, our fleet mix comprised 56 E-175s and 24 CRJ-900s, as well as four 737 cargo aircraft.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow:
Mesa ended the quarter at $48.3 million in unrestricted cash and equivalents. As of June 30, 2023, the Company had $566.3 million in total debt secured primarily with aircraft and engines. The Company made $40.6 million of debt payments in the quarter and $4.2 million in finance lease payments.
During the quarter, Mesa closed on the sales of the remaining 20 engines that the Company previously agreed to sell to United, using the proceeds to pay down $19.1 million of debt. Going forward, Mesa plans to close on the remaining 7 CRJ-900s that the Company previously agreed to sell to a third party. Separately, the Company is in the process of closing on the sale of 7 excess CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft. Once completed, these transactions will reduce debt by approximately $74.3 million.
Conference Call Details:
Mesa Air Group will host a conference call with analysts on August 9th at 4:30 pm EDT. The conference call number is 800-857-9792 (Passcode: Phoenix (7463649)). The conference call can also be accessed live via the web by visiting https://investor.mesa-air.com.
A recorded version will be available on Mesa's website approximately two hours after the call for approximately 14 days.
About Mesa Air Group, Inc.
Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Mesa Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Mesa Airlines, a regional air carrier providing scheduled passenger service to 89 cities in 40 states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, and Mexico as well as cargo services out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. As of June 30, 2023, Mesa operated a fleet of 80 aircraft with approximately 277 daily departures and four 737 cargo aircraft. The Company had approximately 2,300 employees. Mesa operates all its flights as either United Express or DHL Express flights pursuant to the terms of a capacity purchase agreement entered into with United Airlines, Inc. and a flight service agreement with DHL.
Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are subject to the “safe harbor” created by those sections. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seek,” “approximate” or “plan,” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, involve estimates, projections, goals, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. For more information on risk factors for Mesa Air Group, Inc.’s business, please refer to the periodic reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. These forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as predictions of future events. Mesa Air Group, Inc. expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, to reflect any change in Mesa Air Group, Inc.’s expectations with regard thereto, or any other change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.
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Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive (Loss) Income
(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)
|Three Months Ended|
|Nine Months Ended|
|Contract revenue (2023—$88,415 and $200,184 and 2022—$48,295 and $158,876 from related party)||$||94,356||$||118,899||$||326,588||$||367,781|
|Pass-through and other revenue||20,335||15,498||57,111||37,586|
|Total operating revenues||114,691||134,397||383,699||405,367|
|General and administrative||11,346||11,112||38,872||31,550|
|Depreciation and amortization||15,316||20,103||47,060||61,878|
|(Gain) on sale of assets||(6,722||)||—||(7,271||)||—|
|Other operating expenses||999||722||2,358||3,379|
|Total operating expenses||154,921||134,184||447,803||453,895|
|Operating income (loss)||(40,230||)||213||(64,104||)||(48,528||)|
|Other income (expense), net:|
|Gain on investments, net||2,859||(3,926||)||3,275||(12,649||)|
|Other income, net||(946||)||(73||)||(540||)||(203||)|
|Total other expense, net||(10,094||)||(12,691||)||(33,458||)||(37,501||)|
|Income (loss) before taxes||(50,324||)||(12,478||)||(97,562||)||(86,029||)|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||(2,764||)||(2,493||)||(5,791||)||(18,987||)|
|Net income (loss)||$||(47,560||)||$||(9,985||)||$||(91,771||)||$||(67,042||)|
|Net income (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders|
|Weighted-average common shares outstanding|
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Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except shares) (Unaudited)
|June 30, |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||48,349||$||57,683|
|Receivables, net ($493 and $85 from related party)||3,582||3,978|
|Expendable parts and supplies, net||28,731||26,715|
|Assets held for sale||90,954||—|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||6,364||6,616|
|Total current assets||181,126||98,334|
|Property and equipment, net||709,694||865,254|
|Intangible assets, net||—||3,842|
|Lease and equipment deposits||1,172||6,085|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets||11,416||43,090|
|Deferred heavy maintenance, net||8,753||9,707|
|Assets held for sale||21,000||73,000|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt and finance leases ($2,622 and $0 from related party)||$||124,341||$||97,218|
|Current portion of deferred revenue||6,398||385|
|Current maturities of operating leases||4,380||17,233|
|Other accrued expenses||26,721||29,000|
|Total current liabilities||222,114||214,477|
|Long-term debt and finance leases, excluding current portion ($30,630 and $0 from related party)||441,941||502,517|
|Noncurrent operating lease liabilities||8,966||16,732|
|Deferred credits ($4,498 and $2,193 from related party)||4,489||3,082|
|Deferred income taxes||11,561||17,719|
|Deferred revenue, net of current portion||16,327||23,682|
|Other noncurrent liabilities||28,706||29,219|
|Total noncurrent liabilities||511,990||592,951|
|Common stock of no par value and additional paid-in capital, 125,000,000 shares authorized; 40,619,274 (2023) and 36,376,897 (2022) shares and 4,899,497 (2023) and 4,899,497 (2022) warrants issued and outstanding||270,673||259,177|
|Retained earnings/(Accumulated deficit)||(42,775||)||48,997|
|Total stockholders' equity||227,898||308,174|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY||$||962,002||$||1,115,602|
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Operating Highlights (unaudited)
|Three months ended|
|Available seat miles (thousands)||1,002,945||1,553,616||(35.4)%|
|Average stage length (miles)||555||619||(10.3)%|
|Controllable completion factor*|
|Total completion factor**|
*Controllable completion factor excludes cancellations due to weather and air traffic control
**Total completion factor includes all cancellations
1Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures
Although these financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"), certain non-GAAP financial measures may provide investors with useful information regarding the underlying business trends and performance of Mesa's ongoing operations and may be useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. The tables below reflect supplemental financial data and reconciliations to GAAP financial statements for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2023 and June 30, 2022. Readers should consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, not a substitute for, financial reporting measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude some, but not all items that may affect the Company's net income or loss. Additionally, these calculations may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies.
1Reconciliation of GAAP versus non-GAAP Disclosures
(In thousands, except for per diluted share) (Unaudited)
|Three Months Ended June 30, 2023||Three Months Ended June 30, 2022|
|GAAP income (loss)|
|Adjusted income (loss)||(29,085||)||1,880||(27,205||)||$||(0.67||)||(8,687||)||1,629||(7,058||)||$||(0.20||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||15,316||20,103|
(1) $0.1 million true-up adjustment recorded during the three months ended June 30, 2022 related to the termination loss previously recorded in Q2 2022 pertaining to the abandonment of one of our leased facilities.
(2) $3.9 million loss resulting from changes in the fair value of the Company's investments in equity securities for the three months ended June 30, 2022.
(3) $30.5 million impairment loss on held for Sale accounting treatment on seven (7) CRJ 900 aircraft during the three months ended June 30, 2023.
(4) $0.3 million loss on deferred financing costs related to retirement of debts during the three months ended June 30, 2023.
(5) $2.9 million gain resulting from changes in the fair value of the Company's investments in equity securities for the three months ended June 30, 2023.
(6) $6.7 million gain from the sale of 20 engines during the three months ended June 30, 2023.
|Nine Months Ended June 30, 2023||Nine Months Ended June 30, 2022|
|GAAP income (loss)|
|Adjusted income (loss)||(56,164||)||3,332||(52,832||)||$||(1.36||)||(33,672||)||7,034||(26,638||)||$||(0.74||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||47,060||61,878|
(1) $0.2 million impairment loss on operating lease right of use asset related to the abandonment of one the Company's leased facilities during the nine months ended June 30, 2022.
(2) $39.5 million impairment loss on held for sale accounting treatment on twelve (12) CRJ 900 aircraft during the nine months ended June 30, 2022.
(3) $12.6 million loss resulting from changes in the fair value of the Company's investments in equity securities for the nine months ended June 30, 2022.
(4) $47.2 million impairment loss on held for Sale accounting treatment on fourteen (14) CRJ 900 aircraft during the nine months ended June 30, 2023.
(5) $3.7 million impairment loss on intangible asset during the nine months ended June 30, 2023.
(6) $1.0 million loss on deferred financing costs related to retirement of debts during the nine months ended June 30, 2023.
(7) $3.4 million gain resulting from changes in the fair value of the Company's investments in equity securities for the nine months ended June 30, 2023.
(8) $7.3 million gain from the sale of 30 engines during the nine months ended June 30, 2023.
Source: Mesa Air Group, Inc.
1 See Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures