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United Airlines Announces Third-Quarter Profit

CHICAGO, Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today reported third-quarter 2015 financial results. 

  • UAL reported third-quarter net income of $1.7 billion, or $4.53 per diluted share, excluding special items.
  • Including special items, UAL reported third-quarter net income of $4.8 billion. These results include a nonrecurring $3.2 billion non-cash gain associated with the reversal of the company's income tax valuation allowance.

"I want to thank all of our employees for their hard work, professionalism and contributions to another successful quarter. The United family has had a challenging few weeks, but we have never felt more unified and are committed to making the right investments in our people and providing them the tools they need to deliver excellent service to our customers," said Brett Hart, acting CEO of United. "With Oscar Munoz on medical leave, this leadership team and I are working to push forward the agenda we laid out over the past six weeks by focusing on our employees, improving our processes and investing in our systems to further improve our margins."

Third-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the third quarter of 2015, total revenue was $10.3 billion, a decrease of 2.4 percent year-over-year. In the quarter, the company amended its co-branded credit card marketing services agreement, which led to approximately $100 million of incremental revenue. This was more than offset by the declines in passenger revenue. 

Third-quarter 2015 consolidated PRASM decreased 5.8 percent and consolidated yield decreased 5.6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2014. The declines in PRASM and yield were driven largely by a strong U.S. dollar, lower surcharges, travel reductions from corporate customers in the energy sector and softening in domestic yields. "Fourth-quarter pre-tax margin is expected to be between 9.5 and 11.5 percent, excluding special items," Hart added.

Passenger revenue for the third quarter of 2015 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics for UAL's mainline and regional operations are included in the tables in the back of this document.   

Third-Quarter Costs

Total operating expense excluding special items was $8.3 billion in the third quarter, down 10.7 percent year-over-year. Including special charges, total operating expense was $8.4 billion, a 10.3 percent decrease year-over-year. The decrease was driven by lower oil prices and good non-fuel cost performance as a result of a strong U.S. dollar, improved operational performance and the company's Project Quality efficiency and quality initiative. Consolidated unit cost (CASM), excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing decreased 1.5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2014. Consolidated CASM including those items decreased 12.1 percent year-over-year.

Liquidity and Capital Allocation

In the third quarter, UAL generated $1.3 billion in operating cash flow, $627 million in free cash flow, and ended the quarter with $6.9 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.35 billion of undrawn commitments under its revolving credit facility. During the third quarter, the company continued to invest in its business through gross capital expenditures of approximately $716 million, excluding fully reimbursable projects. These investments include new aircraft purchases, aircraft refurbishments and investments in the company's hubs at New York/Newark, San Francisco, Houston and Chicago.

The company spent $230 million to complete its initial $1 billion share buyback program in the quarter and spent an additional $32 million toward its new $3 billion authorization, bringing the total returned to shareholders in the quarter to $262 million

UAL earned a 19.8 percent return on invested capital for the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. 

For more information on UAL's fourth-quarter 2015 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company's investor update.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 352 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. Approximately 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements included in this release are forward-looking and thus reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be subject to many risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Words such as "expects," "will," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "goals" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Additionally, forward-looking statements include statements that do not relate solely to historical facts, such as statements which identify uncertainties or trends, discuss the possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties or which indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed or assured. All forward-looking statements in this report are based upon information available to us on the date of this report. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, without limitation, the following: our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; our ability to execute our operational plans, including optimizing our revenue; our ability to control our costs, including realizing benefits from our resource optimization efforts, cost reduction initiatives and fleet replacement programs; our ability to utilize our net operating losses; our ability to attract and retain customers; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; demand for travel and the impact that global economic conditions have on customer travel patterns; excessive taxation and the inability to offset future taxable income; general economic conditions (including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, investment or credit market conditions, crude oil prices, costs of aircraft fuel and energy refining capacity in relevant markets); our ability to cost-effectively hedge against increases in the price of aircraft fuel; any potential realized or unrealized gains or losses related to fuel or currency hedging programs; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the ability of other air carriers with whom we have alliances or partnerships to provide the services contemplated by the respective arrangements with such carriers; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including open skies agreements and environmental regulations); the impact of regulatory, investigative and legal proceedings and legal compliance risks; the impact of any management changes; labor costs; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and the results of the collective bargaining agreement process with our union groups; any disruptions to operations due to any potential actions by our labor groups; weather conditions; and other risks and uncertainties set forth under Item 1A., Risk Factors, of UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC.

-tables attached-

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 AND 2014
















Three Months Ended




Nine Months Ended





September 30,


%


September 30,


%


(In millions, except per share data)

2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


Operating revenue:













Passenger:













Mainline

$7,254


$7,414


(2.2)


$20,153


$20,410


(1.3)


Regional

1,706


1,900


(10.2)


4,903


5,269


(6.9)


Total passenger revenue

8,960


9,314


(3.8)


25,056


25,679


(2.4)


Cargo

235


237


(0.8)


706


678


4.1


Other operating revenue

1,111


1,012


9.8


3,066


3,231


(5.1)


Total operating revenue

10,306


10,563


(2.4)


28,828


29,588


(2.6)















Operating expense:













Salaries and related costs

2,534


2,344


8.1


7,289


6,684


9.1


Aircraft fuel (A)

1,934


3,127


(38.2)


5,904


9,145


(35.4)


Regional capacity purchase

572


597


(4.2)


1,725


1,747


(1.3)


Landing fees and other rent

551


567


(2.8)


1,647


1,706


(3.5)


Depreciation and amortization

469


422


11.1


1,343


1,248


7.6


Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

424


435


(2.5)


1,252


1,364


(8.2)


Distribution expenses

366


375


(2.4)


1,026


1,039


(1.3)


Aircraft rent

185


222


(16.7)


580


668


(13.2)


Special charges (B)

76


43


NM


195


264


NM


Other operating expenses

1,296


1,240


4.5


3,782


3,975


(4.9)


Total operating expense

8,407


9,372


(10.3)


24,743


27,840


(11.1)















Operating income

1,899


1,191


59.4


4,085


1,748


133.7















Nonoperating income (expense):













Interest expense

(164)


(186)


(11.8)


(504)


(559)


(9.8)


Interest capitalized

13


13


-


38


40


(5.0)


Interest income

5


8


(37.5)


16


17


(5.9)


Miscellaneous, net (B)

(147)


(106)


38.7


(321)


(141)


127.7


Total nonoperating expense

(293)


(271)


8.1


(771)


(643)


19.9















Income before income taxes

1,606


920


74.6


3,314


1,105


199.9


Income tax expense (benefit) (C)

(3,210)


(4)


NM


(3,203)


1


NM


Net income

$4,816


$924


421.2


$6,517


$1,104


490.3















Earnings per share, basic

$12.83


$2.50


413.2


$17.19


$2.98


476.8


Earnings per share, diluted

$12.82


$2.37


440.9


$17.15


$2.84


 NM















Weighted average shares, basic

375


370


1.4


379


370


2.4


Weighted average shares, diluted

376


393


(4.3)


380


395


(3.8)















NM Not meaningful












 

 


UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NOTES (UNAUDITED)


UAL's results of operations include fuel expense for both mainline and regional operations.



(A)


















Three Months Ended




Nine Months Ended





September 30,


%


September 30,


%


(In millions, except per gallon)

2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


Mainline fuel expense excluding hedge impacts

$1,483


$2,534


(41.5)


$4,527


$7,426


(39.0)


Hedge losses reported in fuel expense (a)

(150)


-


 NM


(429)


(4)


 NM


Total mainline fuel expense

1,633


2,534


(35.6)


4,956


7,430


(33.3)


Regional fuel expense

301


593


(49.2)


948


1,715


(44.7)


Consolidated fuel expense

1,934


3,127


(38.2)


5,904


9,145


(35.4)


Cash received (paid) on settled hedges that did not qualify for hedge accounting (b)

(100)


1


 NM


(214)


13


 NM


Fuel expense including all gains (losses) from settled hedges

$2,034


$3,126


(34.9)


$6,118


$9,132


(33.0)















Mainline fuel consumption (gallons)

862


846


1.9


2,432


2,414


0.7


Mainline average aircraft fuel price per gallon excluding hedge losses recorded in fuel expense

$1.72


$3.00


(42.7)


$1.86


$3.08


(39.6)


Mainline average aircraft fuel price per gallon

$1.89


$3.00


(37.0)


$2.04


$3.08


(33.8)


Mainline average aircraft fuel price per gallon including cash received (paid) on settled hedges that did not qualify for hedge accounting

$2.01


$2.99


(32.8)


$2.13


$3.07


(30.6)


Regional fuel consumption (gallons)

173


191


(9.4)


503


543


(7.4)


Regional average aircraft fuel price per gallon

$1.74


$3.10


(43.9)


$1.88


$3.16


(40.5)















Consolidated fuel consumption (gallons)

1,035


1,037


(0.2)


2,935


2,957


(0.7)


Consolidated average aircraft fuel price per gallon excluding hedge losses recorded in fuel expense 

$1.72


$3.02


(43.0)


$1.87


$3.09


(39.5)


Consolidated average aircraft fuel price per gallon

$1.87


$3.02


(38.1)


$2.01


$3.09


(35.0)


Consolidated average aircraft fuel price per gallon including cash received (paid) on settled hedges that did not qualify for hedge accounting

$1.97


$3.01


(34.6)


$2.08


$3.09


(32.7)



(a) Includes losses from settled hedges that were designated for hedge accounting. UAL allocates 100 percent of hedge accounting gains (losses) to mainline fuel expense.


(b) Includes ineffectiveness gains (losses) on settled hedges and gains (losses) on settled hedges that were not designated for hedge accounting. Ineffectiveness gains (losses) and gains (losses) on hedges that do not qualify for hedge accounting are recorded in Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net.


 


UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NOTES (UNAUDITED)










(B) Special items include the following:

Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2015


2014


2015


2014


(In millions)









Operating:









Severance and benefits

$28


$6


$103


$58


Integration-related costs

15


28


47


79


Costs associated with permanently grounding Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft

-


-


-


66


(Gains) losses on sale of assets and other special charges

33


9


45


61


    Special charges

76


43


195


264


Nonoperating:









       Loss on extinguishment of debt and Venezuela currency loss

61


-


195


21


          Income tax benefit

-


(3)


-


(4)


            Total operating and nonoperating special charges, net of income taxes

137


40


390


281


               Income tax valuation allowance release (C)

(3,218)


-


(3,218)


-


Mark-to-market (MTM) losses from fuel derivative contracts settling in future periods

36


95


28


57


Prior period gains (losses) on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period

(69)


16


(173)


63


       Total special items, net of income taxes

$ (3,114)


$151


$ (2,973)


$401










 



2015 - Special items




Severance and benefits: During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, the company recorded $28 million and $103 million, respectively, of severance and benefits primarily related to a voluntary early-out program for its flight attendants. In 2014, more than 2,500 flight attendants elected to voluntarily separate from the company and will receive a severance payment, with a maximum value of $100,000 per participant, based on years of service, with retirement dates through the end of 2016.






Integration-related costs: Integration-related costs include compensation costs related primarily to systems integration and training for employees.




(Gains) losses on sale of assets and other special charges: During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, the company recorded $33 million and $45 million, respectively, for losses on the sale of one aircraft, the impairment of several engines held for sale and discontinued internal software projects.






Loss on extinguishment of debt: During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the company recorded $134 million of losses as part of Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net due to the write-off of the unamortized non-cash debt discount related to the extinguishment of the 6% Notes due 2026 and 6% Notes due 2028.




Venezuela currency loss: During the third quarter of 2015, the company recorded a $61 million foreign exchange loss related to its cash holdings in Venezuela. The Venezuelan government has maintained currency controls and fixed official exchange rates (i.e. Sistema Complementario de Administracion de Divisas, or SICAD, and Sistema Marginal de Divisas, or SIMADI) for many years. Previously, airlines were permitted to use the more favorable SICAD rate (currently 13.5 Venezuelan bolivars to one U.S. dollar) if repatriating profits and for payments of local goods and services in Venezuela. During 2015, many of the payments for local goods and services have transitioned to utilizing the SIMADI rate (currently 200 Venezuelan bolivars to one U.S. dollar) or have been required to be paid in U.S. dollars. Furthermore, the Venezuelan government has not permitted the exchange and repatriations of local currency since mid-2014. As a result, the Company has decided to change the exchange rate from historical SICAD rates to a combination of SIMADI and SICAD rates based on projections of future cash payments. Including this adjustment, the company's resulting cash balance held in Venezuelan bolivars at September 30, 2015 is approximately $15 million.




MTM losses from fuel derivative contracts settling in future periods and prior period gains (losses) on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period: The company uses certain combinations of derivative contracts that are economic hedges but do not qualify for hedge accounting under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Additionally, the company may enter into contracts at different times and later combine those contracts into structures designated for hedge accounting. As with derivatives that qualify for hedge accounting, the economic hedges and individual contracts are part of the company's program to mitigate the adverse financial impact of potential increases in the price of fuel. The company records changes in the fair value of these various contracts that are not designated for hedge accounting to Nonoperating income (expense):

Miscellaneous, net in the statements of consolidated operations. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, the company recorded $36 million and $28 million, respectively, in MTM losses on fuel derivative contracts that will settle in future periods. For fuel derivative contracts that settled in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, the company recorded MTM losses of $69 million and $173 million, respectively, in prior periods. The figures above also include an insignificant amount of ineffectiveness on hedges that are designated for hedge accounting.




2014 - Special items




Severance and benefits: During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded $58 million of severance and benefits primarily related to reductions of management and front-line employees, including from Hopkins International Airport (Cleveland), as part of its cost savings initiatives. The company reduced its average daily departures from Cleveland by over 60 percent during the second quarter of 2014. The company is currently evaluating its options regarding its long-term contractual commitments at Cleveland. The capacity reductions at Cleveland may result in further special charges, which could be significant, related to our contractual commitments.




Integration-related costs: Integration-related costs included compensation costs related to systems integration, training, severance and relocation for employees.




Costs associated with permanently grounding Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft: During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded $66 million for the permanent grounding of 21 of the company's Embraer ERJ 135 regional aircraft under lease through 2018, which included an accrual for remaining lease payments and an amount for maintenance return conditions. The company decided to permanently ground these 21 Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft as a result of new Embraer E175 regional jet deliveries, the impact of pilot shortages at regional carriers and fuel prices.




(Gains)/losses on sale of assets and other special charges: During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded $33 million for charges related primarily to the impairment of its flight equipment held for disposal associated with its Boeing 737-300 and 737-500 fleets and incurred losses on sales of aircraft and other assets and other special losses totaling $28 million.




Venezuela currency loss: During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded $21 million of losses due to exchange rate changes in Venezuela applicable to funds held in local currency.




MTM losses from fuel derivative contracts settling in future periods and prior period gains on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period: The company utilizes certain derivative instruments that are economic hedges but do not qualify for hedge accounting under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The company records changes in the fair value of these economic hedges to Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net in the statements of consolidated operations. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded $95 million and $57 million, respectively, in MTM losses on economic hedges that will settle in future periods. For economic hedges that settled in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, the company recorded MTM gains of $16 million and $63 million, respectively, in prior periods. The figures above also include an insignificant amount of ineffectiveness on hedges that are designated for hedge accounting.




(C)

The company's income tax benefit was $3.2 billion for both the third quarter of 2015 and nine months ended September 30, 2015. This compares to an income tax benefit of $4 million in the third quarter of 2014 and a $1 million tax provision for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. A discrete tax benefit of $3.1 billion for the reduction to the U.S. net federal deferred tax asset valuation allowance and an approximately $100 million tax benefit related to a reduction to the net state deferred tax asset valuation allowance was included in the income tax benefit for the third quarter of 2015 and nine months ended September 30, 2015.







 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.


STATISTICS

















Three Months Ended





Nine Months Ended





September 30,


%


September 30,

%



2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)

Mainline:














Passengers (thousands)

25,922


24,307


6.6


72,158


69,388


4.0

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

50,653


48,968


3.4


139,172


136,406


2.0

Available seat miles (millions)

59,002


56,919


3.7


166,175


161,908


2.6

Cargo ton miles (millions)

640


624


2.6


1,935


1,813


6.7















Passenger load factor:














Mainline

85.8 %


86.0 %


(0.2)

pts.


83.8 %


84.2 %


(0.4)

pts.

Domestic

87.7 %


87.1 %


0.6

pts.


86.3 %


86.6 %


(0.3)

pts.

International

84.1 %


85.0 %


(0.9)

pts.


81.3 %


82.0 %


(0.7)

pts.













Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

12.29


13.03


(5.7)


12.13


12.61


(3.8)

Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

14.32


15.14


(5.4)


14.48


14.96


(3.2)















Average aircraft fuel price per gallon excluding hedge losses recorded in fuel expense (a)

$1.72


$3.00


(42.7)


$1.86


$3.08


(39.6)

Average aircraft fuel price per gallon (a)

$1.89


$3.00


(37.0)


$2.04


$3.08


(33.8)

Average aircraft fuel price per gallon including cash received (paid) on settled hedges that did not qualify for hedge accounting (a)

$2.01


$2.99


(32.8)


$2.13


$3.07


(30.6)

Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

862


846


1.9


2,432


2,414


0.7













Aircraft in fleet at end of period

717


698


2.7


717


698


2.7

Average stage length (miles) (b)

1,960


2,002


(2.1)


1,939


1,965


(1.3)

Average daily utilization of each aircraft (hours)

10:47


10:49 


(0.3)


10:32 


10:31 


0.2



























Regional:













Passengers (thousands)

11,542


12,428


(7.1)


33,059


35,084


(5.8)

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

6,507


7,097


(8.3)


18,721


19,942


(6.1)

Available seat miles (millions)

7,743


8,459


(8.5)


22,524


23,900


(5.8)

Passenger load factor

84.0 %


83.9 %


0.1

pts.


83.1 %


83.4 %


(0.3)

pts.

Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

22.03


22.46


(1.9)


21.77


22.05


(1.3)

Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

26.22


26.77


(2.1)


26.19


26.42


(0.9)

Aircraft in fleet at end of period

527


562


(6.2)


527


562


(6.2)

Average stage length (miles) (b)

555


563


(1.4)


558


559


(0.2)

 


UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

STATISTICS (Continued)


















Three Months Ended





Nine Months Ended






September 30,


%


September 30,


%



2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)

Consolidated (Mainline and Regional):















Passengers (thousands)

37,464


36,735


2.0


105,217


104,472


0.7


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

57,160


56,065


2.0


157,893


156,348


1.0


Available seat miles (millions)

66,745


65,378


2.1


188,699


185,808


1.6


Passenger load factor

85.6 %


85.8 %


(0.2)

pts.


83.7 %


84.1 %


(0.4)

pts.

















Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

13.42


14.25


(5.8)


13.28


13.82


(3.9)


Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)

15.44


16.16


(4.5)


15.28


15.92


(4.0)


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

15.68


16.61


(5.6)


15.87


16.42


(3.3)















Average aircraft fuel price per gallon excluding hedge losses recorded in fuel expense (a)

$1.72


$3.02


(43.0)


$1.87


$3.09


(39.5)


Average aircraft fuel price per gallon (a)

$1.87


$3.02


(38.1)


$2.01


$3.09


(35.0)


Average aircraft fuel price per gallon including cash received (paid) on settled hedges that did not qualify for hedge accounting (a)

$1.97


$3.01


(34.6)


$2.08


$3.09


(32.7)


Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

1,035


1,037


(0.2)


2,935


2,957


(0.7)


Average full-time equivalent employees (thousands)

82.4


81.9


0.6


82.1


82.5


(0.5)



(a)

Fuel price per gallon includes aircraft fuel and related taxes.

(b)

Average stage length equals the average distance a flight travels weighted for size of aircraft.



 


Consolidated Revenue

3Q 2015

Passenger Revenue

 (millions)


Passenger

Revenue vs.

3Q 2014

PRASM vs.

3Q 2014

Yield vs.

3Q 2014

Available Seat Miles

vs. 3Q 2014









Domestic


$3,616


1.7%

(1.6%)

(2.2%)

3.3%


Atlantic


1,793


(3.2%)

(6.9%)

(5.8%)

4.0%

Pacific


1,199


(9.6%)

(11.6%)

(10.8%)

2.3%

Latin America


646


(5.1%)

(11.6%)

(10.6%)

7.3%

International


3,638


(5.7%)

(9.3%)

(8.4%)

4.0%


Mainline


7,254


(2.2%)

(5.7%)

(5.4%)

3.7%

Regional


1,706


(10.2%)

(1.9%)

(2.1%)

(8.5%)


Consolidated


$8,960


(3.8%)

(5.8%)

(5.6%)

2.1%

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION


UAL evaluates its financial performance utilizing various accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) and Non-GAAP financial measures, including income (loss) before income taxes excluding special items, net income (loss) excluding special items, net earnings (loss) per share excluding special items, and CASM, among others. CASM is a common metric used in the airline industry to measure an airline's cost structure and efficiency. Pursuant to SEC Regulation G, UAL has included the following reconciliation of reported Non-GAAP financial measures to comparable financial measures reported on a GAAP basis. UAL believes that adjusting for special items is useful to investors because special charges are non-recurring charges not indicative of UAL's ongoing performance. In addition, the company believes that adjusting for MTM gains and losses from fuel derivative contracts settling in future periods and prior period gains and losses on fuel derivative contracts settled in the current period is useful because the adjustments allow investors to better understand the cash impact of settled fuel derivative contracts in a given period. UAL also believes that excluding third-party business expenses, such as maintenance, ground handling and catering services for third parties, fuel sales and non-air mileage redemptions, provides more meaningful disclosure because these expenses are not directly related to UAL's core business. UAL also believes that excluding fuel costs from certain measures is useful to investors because it provides an additional measure of management's performance excluding the effects of a significant cost item over which management has limited influence. UAL excludes profit sharing because this exclusion allows investors to better understand and analyze our recurring cost performance and provides a more meaningful comparison of our core operating costs to the airline industry. UAL also believes that adjusting capital expenditures for fully reimbursable projects is useful to investors in order to appropriately reflect the non-reimbursable funds spent on capital expenditures.



Three Months Ended






Nine Months Ended





(in millions)

September 30,


$


%


September 30,


$


%


2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


Increase/ (Decrease)


2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


Increase/ (Decrease)

Operating expenses

$8,407


$9,372


$(965)


(10.3)


$24,743


$27,840


$(3,097)


(11.1)

Less: Special charges (B)

76


43


33


NM


195


264


(69)


NM

Operating expenses, excluding special charges

8,331


9,329


(998)


(10.7)


24,548


27,576


(3,028)


(11.0)

















Less: Third-party business expenses

70


61


9


14.8


205


469


(264)


(56.3)

Less: Fuel expense

1,934


3,127


(1,193)


(38.2)


5,904


9,145


(3,241)


(35.4)

Less: Profit sharing, including taxes

277


129


148


114.7


545


182


363


199.5

Operating expenses, excluding fuel, profit sharing, special charges and third-party business expenses

$6,050


$6,012


$38


0.6


$17,894


$17,780


$114


0.6

















Income before income taxes

$1,606


$920


$686


74.6


$3,314


$1,105


$2,209


199.9

Less: Special items before income tax benefit

104


154


(50)


NM


245


405


(160)


NM

Income before income taxes and excluding special items

$1,710


$1,074


$636


59.2


$3,559


$1,510


$2,049


135.7

















Net income

$4,816


$924


$3,892


421.2


$6,517


$1,104


$5,413


490.3

Less: Special items, net of tax (B)

(3,114)


151


(3,265)


NM


(2,973)


401


(3,374)


NM

Net income, excluding special items

$1,702


$1,075


$627


58.3


$3,544


$1,505


$2,039


135.5

















Diluted earnings per share

$12.82


$2.37


$10.45


440.9


$17.15


$2.84


$14.31


NM

Add back: Special items, net of tax

(8.29)


0.38


(8.67)


NM


(7.83)


1.02


(8.85)


NM

Diluted earnings per share, excluding special items

$4.53


$2.75


$1.78


64.7


$9.32


$3.86


$5.46


141.5

 


UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.


NON-GAAP FINANCIAL RECONCILIATION (Continued)
















Three Months Ended




Nine Months Ended





September 30,


%


September 30,


%



2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


2015


2014


Increase/ (Decrease)


CASM Mainline Operations (cents)













Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

11.97


13.51


(11.4)


12.43


14.14


(12.1)


Less: Special charges (B)

0.13


0.07


NM


0.12


0.17


NM


CASM, excluding special charges

11.84


13.44


(11.9)


12.31


13.97


(11.9)


Less: Third-party business expenses

0.12


0.11


9.1


0.12


0.29


(58.6)


CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expenses

11.72


13.33


(12.1)


12.19


13.68


(10.9)


Less: Fuel expense

2.77


4.45


(37.8)


2.98


4.59


(35.1)


CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses and fuel

8.95


8.88


0.8


9.21


9.09


1.3


Less: Profit sharing per available seat mile

0.47


0.23


104.3


0.33


0.11


200.0


CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel, and profit sharing

8.48


8.65


(2.0)


8.88


8.98


(1.1)




























CASM Consolidated Operations (cents)













Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

12.60


14.34


(12.1)


13.11


14.98


(12.5)


Less: Special charges (B)

0.12


0.07


NM


0.10


0.14


NM


CASM, excluding special charges

12.48


14.27


(12.5)


13.01


14.84


(12.3)


Less: Third-party business expenses

0.10


0.09


11.1


0.11


0.25


(56.0)


CASM, excluding special charges and third-party business expenses

12.38


14.18


(12.7)


12.90


14.59


(11.6)


Less: Fuel expense

2.90


4.79


(39.5)


3.13


4.92


(36.4)


CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses and fuel

9.48


9.39


1.0


9.77


9.67


1.0


Less: Profit sharing per available seat mile

0.42


0.19


121.1


0.29


0.10


190.0


CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel, and profit sharing

9.06


9.20


(1.5)


9.48


9.57


(0.9)

 


UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES AND FREE CASH FLOW


Capital Expenditures

(in millions)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2015

Capital expenditures - GAAP

$673

Property and equipment acquired through the issuance of debt

70

Airport construction financing

5

Fully reimbursable projects

(32)

Adjusted capital expenditures – Non-GAAP

$716

















Free Cash Flow

(in millions)

Three Months Ended

September 30, 2015

Net cash provided by operating activities

$1,300

Less capital expenditures

673

Free cash flow

$627

 

UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.

RETURN ON INVESTED CAPITAL (ROIC)



ROIC is a Non-GAAP financial measure that we believe provides useful supplemental information for management and investors by measuring the effectiveness of our operations' use of invested capital to generate profits.




(in millions)

Twelve Months Ended

September 30, 2015


Net Operating Profit After Tax (NOPAT)



Pre-tax income excluding special items (a)

$4,022


NOPAT adjustments (b)

1,138


NOPAT

$5,160





Effective tax rate

0.4%





Invested Capital (five-quarter average)



Total assets

$39,138


Invested capital adjustments (c)

13,080


Average Invested Capital

$26,058





Return on Invested Capital

19.8%








Notes:

Twelve Months Ended

September 30, 2015


(a) Non-GAAP Financial Reconciliation



Pre-tax income

$3,337


Add: Special items

685


Pre-tax income excluding special items

$4,022








(b) NOPAT adjustments include: adding back (net of tax shield) interest expense, the interest component of capitalized aircraft rent, and net interest on pension while removing interest tax expense.




(c) Invested capital adjustments include: adding back capital aircraft rent (at 7.0X) and deferred income taxes, less advance ticket sales, frequent flyer deferred revenue, tax valuation allowance, and other non-interest bearing liabilities.

 

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