Second Quarter Results
- Net loss of $26 million, pre-tax loss of $33 million, or $0.51 loss per share
- SkyWest took delivery of 21 used E175 aircraft under a previously-announced agreement with United Airlines
- SkyWest took delivery of two new E175 aircraft and three used E175 aircraft under a previously-announced agreement with Delta Air Lines
SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported financial and operating results for Q2 2020, including net loss of $26 million, or $0.51 per share, compared to net income of $88 million, or $1.71 per diluted share, for Q2 2019. The primary factor in SkyWest's lower results in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 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, "COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented disruption across the airline industry. The safety and well-being of our people and passengers remains our main focus. Maintaining strong liquidity and working collaboratively with our partners are our other priorities. I want to thank our 14,000 employees for their dedication to our passengers, each other and our mission during this pandemic."
Revenue was $350 million in Q2 2020, down from $744 million in Q2 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused a significant reduction in the number of scheduled flights SkyWest operated under its flying contracts compared to the same period last year. SkyWest deferred recognizing revenue on $69 million of fixed monthly payments received during Q2 2020. Under GAAP, the fixed monthly payments are recognized as revenue ratably based on completed flights over the contract term. Due to the significantly lower than normal number of flights completed during Q2 2020, the amount of cash received exceeded the revenue recognized based on the number of flights completed during the quarter. SkyWest will recognize the deferred revenue based on completed flights over the remaining contract term.
SkyWest additionally experienced reduced passenger demand on flights operated under its prorate agreements compared to the same period last year, also driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Total block hours, including flights operated under SkyWest's contract and prorate agreements, were down 66% in Q2 2020 from Q2 2019.
Operating expenses were $354 million in Q2 2020, down from $600 million in Q2 2019 due to fewer flights operated compared to the same period last year, and $152 million in CARES Act payroll support (described under "Capital and Liquidity" below) recognized as an offset to salaries and wages expense in Q2 2020.
Operational 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 United Airlines ("United")
Twenty-five used E175 aircraft financed by United and operated by SkyWest:
- 21 used E175s were delivered during Q2 2020
- All 25 used aircraft have been delivered under this agreement as of June 30, 2020
Flying contract with Delta Air Lines ("Delta")
Six new E175 aircraft to be financed and operated by SkyWest:
- Two new E175 aircraft were delivered during Q2 2020
- Four new E175 aircraft are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2020
- Normal cash down-payments are already covered by deposits paid last year
Six used E175s and one new CRJ900 aircraft financed by Delta and operated by SkyWest:
- Three used E175 aircraft were delivered during Q2 2020
- All six used E175 aircraft have been delivered under this agreement as of June 30, 2020
- One new CRJ900 aircraft is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2020
SkyWest still anticipates removing four CRJ900 aircraft and one CRJ700 aircraft from its flying agreement with Delta by the end of 2020.
Flying contract with American Airlines ("American")
Twenty new E175 aircraft to be financed and operated by SkyWest:
- Aircraft deliveries are anticipated from Q4 2021 through mid-2022
- SkyWest anticipates financing the aircraft through debt
Fleet changes under the American flying agreements
SkyWest has a flying contract with American to operate a total of 70 CRJ700 aircraft, of which 61 aircraft were in-service at June 30, 2020. SkyWest anticipates placing the remaining nine aircraft in-service from late 2020 through the first half of 2021. SkyWest and American also terminated the prorate flying agreement for seven CRJ200 aircraft during Q2 2020.
Delta flying contract for CRJ200 aircraft
As previously announced, SkyWest's capacity purchase agreement with Delta for CRJ200 aircraft is scheduled to expire in 2020. SkyWest removed 19 Delta leased CRJ200 aircraft from the contract during Q2 2020. SkyWest owns the remaining 36 CRJ200 aircraft under contract and has no outstanding financing obligations on these aircraft. SkyWest anticipates removing the remaining 36 CRJ200s from the contract by the end of 2020.
Lease agreement with a third party for CRJ700 aircraft
As of June 30, 2020, SkyWest had 13 CRJ700 aircraft under a previously-announced lease agreement with a third party under a ten-year lease term. Due to the demand disruption from COVID-19, the parties have suspended placement of additional CRJ700 aircraft under this lease agreement.
Capital and Liquidity
SkyWest had $762 million in cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2020, up from $578 million at March 31, 2020. As previously announced, SkyWest entered into a Payroll Support Program Agreement ("PSP Agreement") with the U.S. Treasury Department under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") in April 2020. Pursuant to the PSP Agreement, SkyWest expects to receive from Treasury installments totaling approximately $438 million, including approximately $337 million in the form of direct grants and approximately $101 million in the form of unsecured debt. During Q2 2020, SkyWest received $307 million in payroll support under the PSP Agreement, of which $62 million was unsecured debt. SkyWest anticipates receiving the remaining payroll support amount of $131 millionduring Q3 2020, of which $39 million will be unsecured debt.
Capital expenditures during Q2 2020 included $43 million for the acquisition of two new E175 aircraft that were financed through debt and previously-made deposits and $50 million for spare engines and other maintenance assets.
Total debt at June 30, 2020 was $3.0 billion, up from $2.9 billion as of March 31, 2020. The higher debt was driven by an increase of $62 million from the CARES Act payroll support unsecured loan, and $36 million from the two newly-delivered E175s. SkyWest expects the CARES Act payroll support unsecured loan will increase by $39 million to a total of $101 million by the end of Q3 2020. As of June 30, 2020, SkyWest had a $75 million line of credit facility. SkyWest had approximately $9 million of letters of credit issued under the facility and $66 million available under the line.
In July 2020, SkyWest executed a non-binding letter of intent with the U.S. Treasury Department for approximately $497 million in secured loans under the CARES Act. SkyWest is currently evaluating the timing and level of participation in this loan program.