Copa reports Q3 net income

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com November 19, 2018 22:43

Copa reports Q3 net income

Copa Holdings reported net income of US$57.7 million for 3Q18 or earnings per share (EPS) of US$1.36, as compared to net income of US$105.3 million or earnings per share of US$2.48 in 3Q17.

Operating income for 3Q18 came in at US$74.3 million, representing a 38.4% decrease over operating income of US$120.7 million in 3Q17, mainly as a result of a 4.3% increase in unit costs (CASM) due to higher fuel prices, and a 4.2% decrease in unit revenues (RASM) mostly due to weakness of the Brazilian and Argentinian currencies. Operating margin for 3Q18 came in at 11.0%, compared to an operating margin of 18.3% in 3Q17.

For 3Q18, consolidated passenger traffic grew 4.8% while consolidated capacity grew 6.6%. As a result, consolidated load factor for the quarter decreased 1.4 percentage points to 84.3%.

Total revenues for 3Q18 increased 2.1% to US$672.4 million. Yield per passenger mile decreased 3.3% to 11.6 cents and RASM came in at 10.1 cents, or 4.2% below 3Q17.

Operating cost per available seat mile (CASM) increased 4.3% from 8.6 cents in 3Q17 to 9.0 cents in 3Q18, driven by a 31.6% increase in the effective price of jet fuel. CASM excluding fuel costs decreased 5.5% from 6.3 cents in 3Q17 to 6.0 cents in 3Q18, mainly as a result of timing of expenses, fewer operational disruptions and cost reduction efforts.

Cash, short-term and long-term investments ended the quarter at US$915.8 million, representing 36.0% of the last twelve months’ revenues.

Copa Holdings ended the quarter with a consolidated fleet of 102 aircraft – one Boeing 737 MAX9, 68 Boeing 737-800s, 14 Boeing 737-700s, and 19 Embraer-190s.

For 3Q18, Copa Airlines had an on-time performance of 88.3% and a flight-completion factor of 99.8%, maintaining its position among the best in the industry.

Copa Holdings will pay its fourth quarterly dividend of $0.87 per share on December 14, to all Class A and Class B shareholders on record as of November 30, 2018.

In October and November, Copa Airlines took delivery of its 2nd and 3rd Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft, bringing Copa Holdings’ consolidated fleet to 104 aircraft.

As a result of the company’s continuing fleet optimisation and efficiency efforts, in October the Company signed a letter of intent with Azorra Aviation for the sale of up to six Embraer-190 aircraft, five of which are expected to exit the fleet in 2019. In connection with the transaction an impairment of our entire Embraer-190 fleet and related spare parts will be caused. This impairment will generate a one-time non-cash loss of US$162.9 million, which will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com November 19, 2018 22:43