JetBlue Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

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By Dino D'Amore January 29, 2016 21:54

JetBlue Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

JetBlue Airways Corporation has reported operating income of $330 million in the fourth quarter. This compares to operating income of $169 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year 2015, JetBlue reported operating income of $1.2 billion. This compares to operating income of $515 million in 2014.

Pre-tax income of $303 million in the fourth quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $140 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year 2015, JetBlue reported pre-tax income of $1.1 billion. This compares to pre-tax income excluding special items of $382 million in 2014. On a GAAP basis, pre-tax income was $623 million in 2014, which included the gain on sale of JetBlue’s wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV.

Net income of $190 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter. This compares to JetBlue’s fourth quarter 2014 net income excluding special items of $87 million, or $0.26 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, net income was $88 million in the fourth quarter 2014, or $0.26 per diluted share, which included income tax relating to the gain on sale of JetBlue’s wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV. For the full year 2015, JetBlue reported net income of $677 million, or $1.98 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s 2014 net income excluding special items1 of $232 million, or $0.70 per diluted share. On a GAAP basis, net income was $401 million in 2014, or $1.19 per diluted share, which included the gain on sale of JetBlue’s wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV.

JetBlue reported record fourth quarter operating revenues of $1.6 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the fourth quarter increased 12.4% to 10.6 billion on a capacity increase of 10.4%, resulting in a fourth quarter load factor of 83.6%, an increase of 1.5 points year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the fourth quarter was 13.62 cents, down 3.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the fourth quarter 2015 decreased 1.9% year over year to 11.39 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) decreased 0.2% year over year to 12.62 cents.
Operating expenses for the quarter decreased 1.1%, or $13 million, from the prior year period. Interest expense for the quarter declined 14.7%, or $5 million, as JetBlue continued to reduce its debt. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the fourth quarter decreased 10.4% year over year to 10.01 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, fourth quarter CASM2 increased 0.7% to 7.29 cents.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore January 29, 2016 21:54