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Delta Air Lines Announces June Quarter Profit

- June 2016 quarter GAAP pre-tax income of $2.4 billion, adjusted pre-tax income1 of $1.7 billion - GAAP earnings per share of $2.03 and adjusted earnings of $1.47 per diluted share - $1.6 billion free cash flow used in part for $1.1 billion in dividends and share repurchases

ATLANTA, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported financial results for the June 2016 quarter.  Highlights of Delta's June 2016 quarter results, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are below and incorporated here. 

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com.

Adjusted pre-tax income for the June 2016 quarter was $1.7 billion, a $42 million increase over June 2015 quarter.  Adjusted net income was $1.1 billion or $1.47 per diluted share.

"The Delta people again delivered another quarter of solid profitability, superior operational performance and great customer service, continuing to strengthen our brand and our foundation for the future," said Ed Bastian, Delta's chief executive officer.  "As we look to the remainder of the year, the large year-on-year savings driven by lower fuel are largely behind us and it is important to achieving our long-term financial targets that we get unit revenues back to a positive trajectory."

Revenue Environment
Delta's operating revenue for the June quarter decreased 2 percent, or $260 million, of which $65 million was due to foreign currency pressures.  Passenger unit revenues declined 4.9 percent, including 1 point of impact from foreign currency, on a 3.2 percent increase in capacity. 

Capacity Actions In Response to Global Events
With the additional foreign currency pressure from the steep drop in the British pound and the economic uncertainty from Brexit, Delta has decided to reduce 6 points of U.S.-U.K. capacity from its winter schedule.  These changes, in combination with other network actions, will reduce system capacity by approximately one point in the December 2016 quarter and the company now expects to grow its system capacity by 1 percent year over year during this period.

"While the revenue environment remains challenging, with persistent headwinds from close-in domestic yields and geopolitical uncertainty, we remain focused on achieving our goal of positive unit revenues by year end," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's president.  "We'll continue to move quickly and aggressively with all our commercial levers, including an incremental 1 point reduction in our December quarter capacity levels, to make sure we create the momentum we need to achieve this goal."

 




Increase (Decrease)




2Q16 versus 2Q15




Change

Unit



Passenger Revenue

2Q16 ($M)


YOY

Revenue

Yield

Capacity

   Mainline

4,721


0.2  %

(5.2) %

(4.4) %

5.6  %

   Regional

1,499


(3.4) %

(6.4) %

(5.4) %

3.2  %

Total Domestic

6,220


(0.7) %

(5.6) %

(4.8) %

5.2  %

   Atlantic

1,511


(2.6) %

(4.4) %

(3.6) %

2.0  %

   Pacific

662


(8.3) %

(5.1) %

(7.0) %

(3.4) %

   Latin America

577


(4.0) %

(4.9) %

(7.8) %

0.9  %

Total Passenger

8,970


(1.8) %

(4.9) %

(4.7) %

3.2  %

Cargo Revenue

165


(20.3) %




Other Revenue

1,312


(3.6) %




Total Revenue

10,447


(2.4) %




 

September 2016 Quarter Guidance

Following are Delta's projections for the September 2016 quarter:


3Q16 Forecast

Operating margin

19% - 21%

Passenger unit revenue (compared to 3Q15)

Down 4% - 6%

Fuel price, including taxes and refinery impact

$1.52 - $1.57

CASM – Ex including profit sharing (compared to 3Q15)*

~ Flat

System Capacity (compared to 3Q15)

Up 1% - 2%

*See note A for information about reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures

Cost Performance
Adjusted fuel expense2 declined $408 million compared to the same period in 2015, on 28 percent lower market fuel prices.  Hedge losses for the quarter totaled $614 million, including $455 million of early settlements. Delta has no hedge book remaining for 2016.

CASM-Ex3 including profit sharing, was flat for the June 2016 quarter compared to the prior year period driven by strong operational performance and productivity savings realized during the quarter.  

Non-operating expense declined by $35 million driven by $34 million of lower interest expense.

"Our commitment to cost productivity is a key part of achieving our long-term financial goals while continuing to make investments in our people, product and service," said Paul Jacobson, Delta's chief financial officer.  "Our solid cost performance, combined with our industry-leading revenue premium, helped to produce $2.6 billion of operating cash flow this quarter.  We invested a portion of this cash in the business, resulting in the $1.6 billion in free cash flow used to further reduce our debt levels and also return $1.1 billion to our owners through dividends and share repurchases."

Cash Flow, Shareholder Returns, and Adjusted Net Debt 

Delta generated $2.6 billion of adjusted operating cash flow and $1.6 billion of free cash flow during the quarter.  The company used this strong cash generation to invest $1.0 billion into the business, including roughly $880 million in fleet investments. 

Delta made a $135 million contribution to its pension plan during the quarter, completing its planned $1.3 billion in pension contributions for the year.   

For the June quarter, the company returned $1.1 billion to shareholders, comprised of $103 million of dividends and $1 billion of share repurchases.  At its May analyst meeting, the company announced its third consecutive 50 percent increase to its dividend, which will increase to $0.81 per share annually beginning in the September quarter.  In addition, the company announced its plan to complete its existing $5 billion share repurchase authorization by May 2017, ahead of schedule. 

Adjusted net debt4 at the end of the quarter stood at $6.8 billion.  In recognition of its improved financial strength, Delta's corporate credit rating was upgraded during the quarter by FitchRatings to BBB-, an investment grade rating. This is the second ratings agency to recognize the company with investment grade status.

June 2016 Quarter Results


GAAP

Adjusted

($ in millions except per share and unit costs)

2Q16

2Q15

2Q16

2Q15

Pre-tax income

2,350

2,366

1,682

1,640

Net income

1,546

1,485

1,124

1,027

Diluted earnings per share

2.03

1.83

1.47

1.27

Fuel Expense (including regional carriers)

1,447

1,752

2,064

2,472

Consolidated unit cost

12.16

12.88

9.54

9.55

Operating cash flow

3,215

2,745

2,615

2,476

Total debt and capital leases (adjusted net debt)

7,804

9,157

6,777

7,141

 

Special Items

Special items, net of taxes, in the June 2016 quarter totaled $422 million, including $390 million in mark-to-market adjustments and settlements on fuel hedges.

Special items, net of taxes, in the June 2015 quarter totaled $458 million, including $454 million for mark-to-market adjustments and settlements on fuel hedges.

About Delta

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 337 destinations in 62 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.

End Notes

(1)

Note A to the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the comparable GAAP metric and provides the reasons management uses those measures.



(2)

Adjusted fuel expense reflects, among other things, the impact of mark-to-market ("MTM") adjustments and settlements. MTM adjustments are defined as fair value changes recorded in periods other than the settlement period. Such fair value changes are not necessarily indicative of the actual settlement value of the underlying hedge in the contract settlement period. Settlements represent cash received or paid on hedge contracts settled during the period. These items adjust fuel expense to show the economic impact of hedging, including cash received or paid on hedge contracts during the period. See Note A for a reconciliation of adjusted fuel expense and average fuel price per gallon to the comparable GAAP metric.



(3)

CASM - Ex, including profit sharing: In addition to fuel expense, Delta believes adjusting for certain other expenses is helpful to investors because other expenses are not related to the generation of a seat mile. These expenses include aircraft maintenance and staffing services Delta provides to third parties, Delta's vacation wholesale operations and refinery cost of sales to third parties. The amounts excluded were $284 million and $346 million for the June 2016 and June 2015 quarters, and $597 million and $639 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Management believes this methodology provides a more consistent and comparable reflection of Delta's airline operations.



(4)

Adjusted net debt includes $22 million of hedge margin receivable, which is cash that we have posted with counterparties as hedge margin.  See Note A for additional information about our calculation of adjusted net debt.

 

Forward Looking Statements Statements in this investor update that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections or strategies for the future, may be "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections and strategies reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the cost of aircraft fuel; the impact of rebalancing our hedge portfolio, recording mark-to-market adjustments or posting collateral in connection with our fuel hedge contracts; the availability of aircraft fuel; the effects of terrorist attacks or geopolitical conflict; the possible effects of accidents involving our aircraft; the restrictions that financial covenants in our financing agreements will have on our financial and business operations; labor issues; interruptions or disruptions in service at one of our hub or gateway airports; disruptions or security breaches of our information technology infrastructure; our dependence on technology in our operations; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; the effects of an extended disruption in services provided by third party regional carriers; failure or inability of insurance to cover a significant liability at Monroe's Trainer refinery; the impact of environmental regulation on the Trainer refinery, including costs related to renewable fuel standard regulations; our ability to retain management and key employees; competitive conditions in the airline industry; the effects of extensive government regulation on our business; the sensitivity of the airline industry to prolonged periods of stagnant or weak economic conditions including the effects of Brexit; and the effects of the rapid spread of contagious illnesses. 

Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that could cause differences between actual results and forward-looking statements is contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2015.  Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of Jul. 14, 2016, and which we have no current intention to update.

 

DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)
















Three Months 




Six Months 






Ended June 30,




Ended June 30,



(in millions, except per share data)

2016

2015

$ Change

% Change


2016

2015

$ Change

% Change

Operating Revenue:











Passenger:












        Mainline

$         7,471

$         7,587

$        (116)

(2)%


$       13,915

$       14,136

$          (221)

(2)%



        Regional carriers

1,499

1,552

(53)

(3)%


2,817

2,926

(109)

(4)%



Total passenger revenue

8,970

9,139

(169)

(2)%


16,732

17,062

(330)

(2)%


Cargo

165

207

(42)

(20)%


327

424

(97)

(23)%


Other

1,312

1,361

(49)

(4)%


2,639

2,609

30

1%



Total operating revenue

10,447

10,707

(260)

(2)%


19,698

20,095

(397)

(2)%













Operating Expense:











Salaries and related costs

2,391

2,195

196

9%


4,702

4,287

415

10%


Aircraft fuel and related taxes

1,228

1,457

(229)

(16)%


2,455

3,292

(837)

(25)%


Regional carrier expense












        Fuel

219

295

(76)

(26)%


386

559

(173)

(31)%



        Other

877

802

75

9%


1,716

1,591

125

8%


Contracted services

484

457

27

6%


960

898

62

7%


Depreciation and amortization

470

448

22

5%


956

918

38

4%


Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

446

499

(53)

(11)%


895

951

(56)

(6)%


Passenger commissions and other selling expenses

437

421

16

4%


825

807

18

2%


Landing fees and other rents

376

388

(12)

(3)%


724

761

(37)

(5)%


Profit sharing

324

411

(87)

(21)%


596

547

49

9%


Passenger service

221

227

(6)

(3)%


410

417

(7)

(2)%


Aircraft rent

66

60

6

10%


132

120

12

10%


Other

485

573

(88)

(15)%


978

1,075

(97)

(9)%



Total operating expense

8,024

8,233

(209)

(3)%


15,735

16,223

(488)

(3)%













Operating Income

2,423

2,474

(51)

(2)%


3,963

3,872

91

2%













Non-Operating Expense:











Interest expense, net

(93)

(127)

34

(27)%


(200)

(258)

58

(22)%


Miscellaneous, net

20

19

1

5%


21

(62)

83

NM



Total non-operating expense, net

(73)

(108)

35

(32)%


(179)

(320)

141

(44)%













Income Before Income Taxes

2,350

2,366

(16)

(1)%


3,784

3,552

232

7%













Income Tax Provision

(804)

(881)

77

(9)%


(1,292)

(1,321)

29

(2)%













Net Income

$         1,546

$         1,485

$            61

4%


$         2,492

$         2,231

$            261

12%













Basic Earnings Per Share

$           2.04

$           1.85




$           3.25

$           2.75



Diluted Earnings Per Share

$           2.03

$           1.83




$           3.23

$           2.72















Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

758

803




766

811



Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

763

811




772

819



 

 

 

DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Statistical Summary

(Unaudited)










Three Months Ended
June 30,



Six Months Ended
June 30,



2016

2015

Change


2016

2015

Change

Consolidated:








Revenue passenger miles (millions)

56,415

54,755

3.0%


104,140

100,976

3.1%

Available seat miles (millions)

65,979

63,937

3.2%


124,124

120,534

3.0%

Passenger mile yield (cents)

15.90

16.69

(4.7)%


16.07

16.90

(4.9)%

Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

13.59

14.29

(4.9)%


13.48

14.16

(4.8)%

Operating cost per available seat mile (cents)

12.16

12.88

(5.6)%


12.68

13.46

(5.8)%

CASM-Ex, including profit sharing - see Note A (cents)

9.54

9.55

(0.1)%


9.91

9.70

2.1%

Passenger load factor

85.5%

85.6%

(0.1) pts


83.9%

83.8%

0.1 pts

Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

1,046

1,029

1.7%


1,976

1,947

1.5%

Average price per fuel gallon

$1.38

$1.70

(18.8)%


$1.44

$1.98

(27.3)%

Average price per fuel gallon, adjusted - see Note A

$1.97

$2.40

(17.9)%


$1.67

$2.65

(37.0)%

Number of aircraft in fleet, end of period

944

916

28





Full-time equivalent employees, end of period

84,791

83,247

1.9%













Mainline:








Revenue passenger miles (millions)

50,847

49,304

3.1%


93,633

90,608

3.3%

Available seat miles (millions)

59,173

57,341

3.2%


110,883

107,512

3.1%

Operating cost per available seat mile (cents)

11.60

12.32

(5.8)%


12.18

12.86

(5.3)%

CASM-Ex, including profit sharing - see Note A (cents)

9.10

9.22

(1.3)%


9.49

9.27

2.4%

Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

891

878

1.5%


1,675

1,650

1.5%

Average price per fuel gallon

$1.37

$1.65

(17.0)%


$1.46

$1.99

(26.6)%

Average price per fuel gallon, adjusted - see Note A

$2.06

$2.47

(16.6)%


$1.74

$2.78

(37.4)%

Number of aircraft in fleet, end of period

822

800

22













Note: except for full-time equivalent employees and number of aircraft in fleet, consolidated data presented includes operations under Delta's contract carrier arrangements.

 

 

DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended



June 30, 

(in millions)

2016


2015

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:




Net income 

$                 1,546


$               1,485

Depreciation and amortization

470


448

Hedge derivative contracts

(414)


(556)

Deferred income taxes

791


868

Pension, postretirement and postemployment payments greater than expense

(61)


(245)

Changes in:





Hedge margin

427


249


Air traffic liability

(33)


173


Profit sharing

324


411

Other working capital changes, net

165


(88)


Net cash provided by operating activities

3,215


2,745






Cash Flows From Investing Activities:




Property and equipment additions:





Flight equipment, including advance payments

(880)


(726)


Ground property and equipment, including technology

(166)


(193)

Net purchases of short-term investments

(80)


(50)

Other, net

14


14


Net cash used in investing activities

(1,112)


(955)






Cash Flows From Financing Activities:




Payments on long-term debt and capital lease obligations

(690)


(333)

Repurchases of common stock

(1,026)


(925)

Cash dividends

(103)


(72)

Fuel card obligation

(137)


(288)

Payments on hedge derivative contracts

(170)


-

Other, net

(23)


(1)


Net cash used in financing activities

(2,149)


(1,619)






Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents

(46)


171

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

1,708


2,122

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$                 1,662


$               2,293






 

 



DELTA AIR LINES, INC.



Consolidated Balance Sheets



(Unaudited)










June 30,


December 31,

(in millions)

2016


2015



ASSETS

Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$               1,662


$               1,972


Short-term investments

1,289


1,465


Accounts receivable, net

2,102


2,020


Fuel inventory

455


379


Expendable parts and supplies inventories, net

340


318


Hedge derivatives asset

773


1,987


Prepaid expenses and other

1,017


915



Total current assets

7,638


9,056







Property and Equipment, Net:





Property and equipment, net

23,975


23,039







Other Assets:





Goodwill

9,794


9,794


Identifiable intangibles, net

4,852


4,861


Deferred income taxes, net

3,797


4,956


Other noncurrent assets

1,578


1,428



Total other assets

20,021


21,039

Total assets

$             51,634


$             53,134









LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:





Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases

$               1,115


$               1,563


Air traffic liability

5,955


4,503


Accounts payable

2,956


2,743


Accrued salaries and related benefits

2,237


3,195


Hedge derivatives liability

895


2,581


Frequent flyer deferred revenue

1,589


1,635


Other accrued liabilities

1,503


1,306



Total current liabilities

16,250


17,526







Noncurrent Liabilities:





Long-term debt and capital leases

6,689


6,766


Pension, postretirement and related benefits

12,576


13,855


Frequent flyer deferred revenue

2,294


2,246


Other noncurrent liabilities

2,015


1,891



Total noncurrent liabilities

23,574


24,758







Commitments and Contingencies










Stockholders' Equity:





Common stock 



Additional paid-in capital

9,361


10,875


Retained earnings

10,000


7,623


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(7,279)


(7,275)


Treasury stock

(272)


(373)



Total stockholders' equity

11,810


10,850

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$             51,634


$             53,134







 

Note A: The following tables show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures. The reasons Delta uses these measures are described below.

Delta sometimes uses information ("non-GAAP financial measures") that is derived from the Consolidated Financial Statements, but that is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules, non-GAAP financial measures may be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. The tables below show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Forward Looking Projections. The Company does not reconcile forward looking non-GAAP financial measures because MTM adjustments and settlements will not be known until the end of the period and could be significant.  

Pre-Tax Income and Net Income, adjusted. We adjust for the following items to determine pre-tax income and net income, adjusted, for the reasons described below:

MTM adjustments and settlements. MTM adjustments are defined as fair value changes recorded in periods other than the settlement period. Such fair value changes are not necessarily indicative of the actual settlement value of the underlying hedge in the contract settlement period. Settlements represent cash received or paid on hedge contracts settled during the period. These items adjust fuel expense to show the economic impact of hedging, including cash received or paid on hedge contracts during the period. Adjusting for these items allows investors to better understand and analyze our core operational performance in the periods shown.

Restructuring and other. Because of the variability in restructuring and other, the adjustment for this item is helpful to investors to analyze the company's recurring core performance in the period shown.

Virgin Atlantic MTM adjustments. We record our proportionate share of earnings from our equity investment in Virgin Atlantic in non-operating expense. We adjust for Virgin Atlantic's MTM adjustments to allow investors to better understand and analyze the company's core financial performance in the periods shown.

Income tax. We included the income tax effect of adjustments when presenting net income, adjusted. We believe that presenting the income tax effect of adjustments allows investors to better understand and analyze the company's core financial performance in the periods shown.

 


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


June 30, 2016


June 30, 2016


Pre-Tax


Income


Net


Net Income

(in millions, except per share data)

Income


Tax


Income


Per Diluted Share

GAAP

$               2,350


$       (804)


$            1,546


$                         2.03

Adjusted for:








     MTM adjustments and settlements

(617)


227


(390)



     Virgin Atlantic MTM adjustments

(51)


19


(32)



Total adjustments

(668)


246


(422)


(0.56)

Non-GAAP

$               1,682


$       (558)


$            1,124


$                         1.47

Year-over-year change

$                   42
























Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


June 30, 2015


June 30, 2015


Pre-Tax


Income


Net


Net Income

(in millions, except per share data)

Income


Tax


Income


Per Diluted Share

GAAP

$               2,366


$       (881)


$            1,485


$                         1.83

Adjusted for:








     MTM adjustments and settlements

(720)


266


(454)



     Restructuring and other

25


(9)


16



     Virgin Atlantic MTM adjustments

(31)


11


(20)



Total adjustments

(726)


268


(458)


(0.56)

Non-GAAP

$               1,640


$       (613)


$            1,027


$                         1.27









Fuel expense, adjusted and Average fuel price per gallon, adjusted. The tables below show the components of fuel expense, including the impact of the refinery segment and hedging on fuel expense and average price per gallon. We then adjust for MTM adjustments and settlements for the reason described below:

MTM adjustments and settlements. MTM adjustments are defined as fair value changes recorded in periods other than the settlement period. Such fair value changes are not necessarily indicative of the actual settlement value of the underlying hedge in the contract settlement period. Settlements represent cash received or paid on hedge contracts settled during the period. These items adjust fuel expense to show the economic impact of hedging, including cash received or paid on hedge contracts during the period. Adjusting for these items allows investors to better understand and analyze our core operational performance in the periods shown.

Fuel expense, adjusted and Average fuel price per gallon, adjusted (cont.)

Consolidated:












Average Price Per Gallon




Three Months Ended



Three Months Ended




June 30,



June 30,

(in millions, except per gallon data)


2016

2015



2016

2015

Fuel purchase cost


$                   1,440

$                   1,968



$1.37

$1.91

Airline segment fuel hedge gains


(3)

(126)



-

(0.12)

Refinery segment impact


10

(90)



0.01

(0.09)

Total fuel expense


$                   1,447

$                   1,752



$1.38

$1.70

MTM adjustments and settlements


617

720



0.59

0.70

Total fuel expense, adjusted


$                   2,064

$                   2,472



$1.97

$2.40

Change year-over-year


$                     (408)


















Six Months Ended



Six Months Ended




June 30,



June 30,

(in millions, except per gallon data)


2016

2015



2016

2015

Fuel purchase cost


$                   2,533

$                   3,686



$            1.28

$          1.89

Airline segment fuel hedge gains


270

341



0.14

0.18

Refinery segment impact


38

(176)



0.02

(0.09)

Total fuel expense


$                   2,841

$                   3,851



$            1.44

$          1.98

MTM adjustments and settlements


462

1,309



0.23

0.67

Total fuel expense, adjusted


$                   3,303

$                   5,160



$            1.67

$          2.65









Mainline:




















Three Months Ended



Six Months Ended




June 30,



June 30,




2016

2015



2016

2015

Mainline average price per gallon


$                    1.37

$                    1.65



$           1.46

$         1.99

MTM adjustments and settlements


0.69

0.82



0.28

0.79

Mainline average price per gallon, adjusted


$                    2.06

$                    2.47



$           1.74

$         2.78










Non-Fuel Unit Cost or Cost per Available Seat Mile, Including Profit Sharing ("CASM-Ex"). We adjust CASM for the following items to determine CASM-Ex, including profit sharing for the reasons described below:

Aircraft fuel and related taxes. The volatility in fuel prices impacts the comparability of year-over-year financial performance. The adjustment for aircraft fuel and related taxes (including our regional carriers) allows investors to better understand and analyze our non-fuel costs and year-over-year financial performance.

Restructuring and other. Because of the variability in restructuring and other, the adjustment for this item is helpful to investors to analyze our recurring core performance in the periods shown.

Other expenses. Other expenses include aircraft maintenance and staffing services we provide to third parties, our vacation wholesale operations, and refinery cost of sales to third parties. Because these businesses are not related to the generation of a seat mile, we adjust for the costs related to these sales to provide a more meaningful comparison of the costs of our airline operations to the rest of the airline industry.

 

Consolidated CASM-Ex:













Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended





June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015


June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015

CASM (cents)



12.16


12.88


12.68


13.46

Adjusted for:










   Aircraft fuel and related taxes

(2.19)


(2.74)


(2.29)


(3.19)

   Restructuring and other


-


(0.04)


-


(0.03)

   Other expenses


(0.43)


(0.55)


(0.48)


(0.54)

CASM-Ex

9.54


9.55


9.91


9.70

Year-over-year change



          ~Flat





























Mainline CASM-Ex:














Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended





June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015


June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015

Mainline CASM (cents)



11.60


12.32


12.18


12.86

Adjusted for:










   Aircraft fuel and related taxes

(2.08)


(2.54)


(2.21)


(3.06)

   Other expenses


(0.42)


(0.56)


(0.48)


(0.53)

Mainline CASM-Ex

9.10


9.22


9.49


9.27












 

Operating Cash Flow, adjusted. We adjusted operating cash flow because management believes this metric is helpful to investors to evaluate the company's ability to generate cash that is available for use for capital expenditures, debt service or general corporate initiatives. Adjustments include:

Hedge deferral settlements. During the June 2016 quarter, we early terminated certain of our outstanding deferral transactions and made cash payments of $170 million, including normal settlements. Operating cash flow is adjusted to include these deferral settlements in order to allow investors to better understand the total net impact of hedging activities in the period shown.

Hedge margin and other. Operating cash flow is adjusted for hedge margin as we believe this adjustment removes the impact of current market volatility on our unsettled hedges and allows investors to better understand and analyze the company's core operational performance in the periods shown.




Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended

(in billions)


June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015

Net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP)


$                       3,215


$                         2,745

Adjustments:





     Hedge deferral settlements


(170)


     Hedge margin and other


(430)


(269)

Net cash provided by operating activities, adjusted


$                       2,615


$                         2,476







Free Cash Flow. We present free cash flow because management believes this metric is helpful to investors to evaluate the company's ability to generate cash that is available for use for debt service or general corporate initiatives. Adjustments include:

Hedge deferral settlements. During the June 2016 quarter, we early terminated certain of our outstanding deferral transactions and made cash payments of $170 million, including normal settlements. Free cash flow is adjusted to include these deferral settlements in order to allow investors to better understand the total net impact of hedging activities in the period shown.

Hedge margin and other. Free cash flow is adjusted for hedge margin as we believe this adjustment removes the impact of current market volatility on our unsettled hedges and allows investors to better understand and analyze the company's core operational performance in the period shown.




Three Months Ended

(in billions)


June 30, 2016

Net cash provided by operating activities


$                       3,215

Net cash used in investing activities


(1,112)

Adjustments:



     Hedge deferral settlements


(170)

     Hedge margin and other


(430)

     Net purchases of short-term investments and other


80

Total free cash flow


$                       1,583





 

Adjusted Net Debt. Delta uses adjusted total debt, including aircraft rent, in addition to long-term adjusted debt and capital leases, to present estimated financial obligations. Delta reduces adjusted debt by cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and hedge margin receivable, resulting in adjusted net debt, to present the amount of assets needed to satisfy the debt. Management believes this metric is helpful to investors in assessing the company's overall debt profile. Management has reduced adjusted debt by the amount of hedge margin receivable, which reflects cash posted to counterparties, as we believe this removes the impact of current market volatility on our unsettled hedges and is a better representation of the continued progress we have made on our debt initiatives.

(in billions)


June 30, 2016


June 30, 2015

Debt and capital lease obligations


$         7,804



$         9,157


Plus: unamortized discount, net and debt issuance costs


112



183


Adjusted debt and capital lease obligations



$        7,916



$        9,340

Plus: 7x last twelve months' aircraft rent



1,834



1,722

Adjusted total debt



9,750



11,062

Less: cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments



(2,951)



(3,787)

Less: hedge margin receivable



(22)



(134)

Adjusted net debt



$        6,777



$        7,141









 

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