ST. GEORGE, Utah, Feb. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --

Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

  • Q4 2020 pre-tax loss of $59 million, net loss of $46 million, or $0.93 loss per share
  • Full year 2020 pre-tax loss of $7 million, net loss of $9 million, or $0.17 loss per share
  • Full year 2020 revenue of $2.1 billion, down 28% from 2019 due to COVID-19
  • As previously announced:
  • Acquired 21 used CRJ700 aircraft and placed the aircraft under lease with a United Express operator during Q4
  • Took delivery of four new E175 aircraft during Q4 under a flying contract with Delta Air Lines

SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported financial and operating results for Q4 2020, including a net loss of $46 million, or $0.93 loss per share, compared to net income of $73 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for Q4 2019. SkyWest also reported a net loss of $9 million, or $0.17 loss per share, for the 2020 year, compared to net income of $340 million, or $6.62 per diluted share, for the 2019 year. The primary factor in SkyWest's lower results in 2020 compared to 2019 was reduced flight schedules and lower demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer of SkyWest, said, "The past year has challenged our industry, our business, and our people beyond what anyone could have anticipated, and we responded quickly and aggressively to protect our people, our partners, and our business. I'm incredibly proud of the SkyWest team's great work and the flexibility they continue to demonstrate. We believe we're in a strong position to play a key role in the industry's recovery and we remain committed to positioning SkyWest for future success."

Financial Results
Revenue was $590 million in Q4 2020, down from $744 million in Q4 2019, or 21%, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused a significant reduction in the number of scheduled flights SkyWest operated under its flying agreements compared to the same period last year. Sequentially, revenue in Q4 2020 was up from $457 million Q3 2020, or 29%, due to improvements in demand for our scheduled flights. Total block hours in Q4 2020 were down 27% from Q4 2019 and up 20% from Q3 2020.

SkyWest deferred recognizing revenue on $12 million of fixed monthly payments received during Q4 2020, down from $30 million and $69 million that was deferred in Q3 2020 and Q2 2020, respectively. SkyWest will recognize the deferred revenue from the fixed monthly payments on a per completed flight basis over the remaining contract term.

Operating expenses were $617 million in Q4 2020, relatively flat from $618 million in Q4 2019. The reduction in direct operating costs associated with fewer flights operated compared to the same period last year was offset by an increase in maintenance expense on our CRJ200 and CRJ700 fleets and depreciation expense on our CRJ200 fleet. Operating expenses in Q4 2020 were up from $383 million in Q3 2020. The Q3 2020 operating expenses reflected a reduction of $190 million in connection with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act") payroll support grant received by SkyWest compared to $3 million in Q4 2020.

Capital and Liquidity
SkyWest had $826 million in cash and marketable securities at December 31, 2020, up from $822 million at September 30, 2020 and $520 million at December 31, 2019.

SkyWest has $665 million available under its $725 million, five-year secured loan facility with the U.S. Treasury Department ("Treasury") under the CARES Act. SkyWest has until May 28, 2021 to borrow additional amounts under the facility.

SkyWest has a $75 million line of credit facility with approximately $35 million of letters of credit issued under the facility and $40 million available under the line at December 31, 2020.

As previously announced, SkyWest entered into a payroll support program extension agreement with Treasury in January 2021 to receive a total of approximately $233 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. SkyWest received half of the $233 million in January 2021 and expects to receive the second half in February 2021. In consideration for the funding, approximately $40 million will be in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan, and SkyWest will issue to Treasury warrants to purchase approximately 98,815 shares of SkyWest common stock at a strike price of $40.41.

During 2020, SkyWest received $450 million under the payroll support program with Treasury under the CARES Act. In consideration for the funding, $105 million was in the form of a ten-year, low interest unsecured term loan. SkyWest recognized the $345 million in grant proceeds as a reduction to expense during the 2020 year, of which $3 million was recognized in Q4 2020.

Total debt at December 31, 2020 was $3.2 billion, up from $3.1 billion at September 30, 2020 and $3.0 billion at December 31, 2019. Capital expenditures during Q4 2020 included $230 million for the purchase of four new E175 aircraft and 22 used CRJ700 aircraft and $28 million for other maintenance assets. SkyWest issued $205 million in debt to acquire the E175 and CRJ700 aircraft in Q4 2020.

Status Update on Previously Announced Deals
SkyWest is coordinating with its major airline partners to optimize the timing of upcoming fleet deliveries under previously announced deals in response to COVID-19 schedule reductions. The anticipated future delivery dates summarized below are based on currently available information and are subject to change.

Flying contract with Delta Air Lines ("Delta")

  • Four new E175 aircraft financed by SkyWest were delivered in Q4 2020
  • One new CRJ900 aircraft to be financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest is scheduled for delivery in 2021

Flying contract with American Airlines ("American") for 20 E175 aircraft

  • 18 aircraft deliveries are anticipated in the second half of 2021 and two deliveries are expected in 2022. The aircraft are scheduled to be placed into service in 2022.
  • SkyWest anticipates financing the aircraft through debt

Flying contract with American for CRJ700 aircraft

  • SkyWest has 65 CRJ700 aircraft in service with American as of December 31, 2020
  • SkyWest anticipates placing 25 additional CRJ700 aircraft into service with American ratably throughout 2021
  • SkyWest anticipates using its own aircraft not currently under contract with a partner to fulfill this agreement

Flying contract with Delta for CRJ200 aircraft
SkyWest's capacity purchase agreement with Delta for CRJ200 aircraft expired at the end of 2020 and was not extended. SkyWest has no outstanding financing obligations on the CRJ200 aircraft removed from the Delta contract and these aircraft are fully depreciated. SkyWest's prorate flying arrangement for CRJ200 aircraft with Delta did not terminate as of December 31, 2020.