JetBlue Announces Second Quarter Results

Jul 26, 2016
JetBlue Announces Second Quarter Results

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) today reported its results for the second quarter 2016:

  • Operating income of $313 million in the second quarter, an increase of 11.0% over the second quarter of 2015.
  • Pre-tax income of $289 million in the second quarter, an increase of 15.7% over the second quarter of 2015.
  • Net income of $180 million, or $0.53 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s second quarter 2015 net income of $152 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.

Financial Performance

JetBlue reported second quarter operating revenues of $1.6 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the second quarter increased 10.3% to 11.6 billion on a capacity increase of 11.1%, resulting in a second quarter load factor of 85.0%, a 0.6 point decrease year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the second quarter was 12.87 cents, down 9.9% compared to the second quarter of 2015. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the second quarter 2016 decreased 10.5% year over year to 10.94 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) decreased 8.2% year over year to 12.09 cents.

Compared with last year, operating expenses for the quarter were essentially flat. Interest expense for the quarter declined 12.8%, or $4 million, as JetBlue continued to reduce its debt. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the second quarter decreased 9.9% year over year to 9.78 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, second quarter CASM1 decreased 1.0% to 7.48 cents.

“I would like to thank our crewmembers for delivering another great quarter. Looking ahead, we are excited about our growth opportunity in the transcontinental market, where Mint has a successful track record of delivering a great product, amazing service, stimulating premium demand and meaningfully improving unit revenue” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO.


JetBlue announced today it intends to further expand its highly successful Mint experience by amending its purchase agreement with Airbus to bring 30 additional A321 aircraft into its fleet over seven years. The additional aircraft will allow JetBlue to capture an opportunity to position itself as the carrier of choice in transcontinental markets with a targeted approach that leverages its east coast strength. Specifically, Airbus is scheduled to deliver 15 incremental A321ceos starting in 2017. Further, JetBlue expects to also take delivery of 15 incremental A321neos starting in 2020. Starting in 2019, JetBlue would have the option to take all of its A321neo deliveries with the Long Range configuration, the A321-LR.

Since Mint launched in 2014 it has boosted JetBlue’s transcontinental franchise and become a driver for long-term shareholder value. Since 2014 RASM on Mint routes has grown by over 20 percent.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue had no fuel hedges in place covering second quarter 2016 consumption. The realized fuel price in the quarter was $1.43 per gallon, a 32.8% decrease versus second quarter 2015 realized fuel price of $2.13.

JetBlue has hedged approximately 24% of its third quarter 2016 projected fuel consumption using jet fuel swaps. Based on the fuel curve as of July 15th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges and fuel taxes, of $1.52 in the third quarter. For the fourth quarter, JetBlue has hedged approximately 26% of projected fuel consumption.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the quarter with $1.5 billion in unrestricted cash and short term investments, or about 23% of trailing twelve month revenue. In addition, JetBlue maintains approximately $600 million in undrawn lines of credit.

During the second quarter, JetBlue repaid $36 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations. JetBlue anticipates paying approximately $367 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations during the remainder of 2016 and plans to continue to opportunistically prepay other debt and leases. JetBlue expects to pay approximately $61 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations in the third quarter of 2016. Given the strength of its cash from operations, JetBlue anticipates it will pay cash for its remaining six 2016 deliveries from Airbus.

“We posted strong second quarter results driven by a remarkable cost performance. Our strong balance sheet and improved returns provide the confidence to invest in RASM and EPS accretive initiatives such as Mint to continue to drive long term shareholder value” said Mark Powers, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer.

Third Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the third quarter of 2016, year over year CASM excluding fuel and profit sharing is expected to grow between 1% and 3%. For the full year 2016, JetBlue continues to expect year over year CASM excluding fuel and profit sharing to grow between zero and 1.5%.

In the third quarter 2016, capacity is expected to increase between 5.5% and 7.5%. For the full year 2016, JetBlue continues to expect capacity to increase between 8.0% and 9.5%.

JetBlue will conduct a conference call to discuss its quarterly earnings today, July 26, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available via the internet at

About JetBlue

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 96 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 925 daily flights. For more information please visit



(1)   Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel and profit sharing and related taxes (CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing) is a non-GAAP financial measure that we use to measure our core performance. Note A provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and provides the reasons management uses those measures.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. When used in this document and in documents incorporated herein by reference, the words “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “indicates,” “believes,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “targets” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including, without limitation, our extremely competitive industry; volatility in financial and credit markets which could affect our ability to obtain debt and/or lease financing or to raise funds through debt or equity issuances; volatility in fuel prices, maintenance costs and interest rates; our ability to implement our growth strategy; our significant fixed obligations and substantial indebtedness; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and maintain our culture as we grow; our reliance on high daily aircraft utilization; our dependence on the New York and Boston metropolitan markets and the effect of increased congestion in these markets; our reliance on automated systems and technology; our being subject to potential unionization, work stoppages, slowdowns or increased labor costs; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers; our presence in some international emerging markets that may experience political or economic instability or may subject us to legal risk; reputational and business risk from information security breaches or cyber-attacks; changes in or additional government regulation; changes in our industry due to other airlines' financial condition; acts of war or terrorist attacks; global economic conditions or an economic downturn leading to a continuing or accelerated decrease in demand for domestic and business air travel; the spread of infectious diseases; adverse weather conditions or natural disasters; and external geopolitical events and conditions. It is routine for our internal projections and expectations to change as the year or each quarter in the year progresses, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections, beliefs and assumptions upon which we base our expectations may change prior to the end of each quarter or year.

Given the risks and uncertainties surrounding forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on these statements. You should understand that many important factors, in addition to those discussed or incorporated by reference in this press release, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Potential factors that could affect our results include, in addition to others not described in this press release, those described in Item 1A of our 2015 Form 10-K under "Risks Related to JetBlue" and "Risks Associated with the Airline Industry". In light of these risks and uncertainties, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release might not occur.

(in millions, except per share amounts)
Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
June 30,PercentJune 30,Percent
Passenger $ 1,487 $ 1,496 (0.6 ) $ 2,965 $ 2,904 2.1
Other   156     116   35.2   295     231   27.6
Total operating revenues 1,643 1,612 2.0 3,260 3,135 4.0
Aircraft fuel and related taxes 274 371 (26.1 ) 489 706 (30.7 )
Salaries, wages and benefits 415 375 10.6 850 750 13.3
Landing fees and other rents 92 90 3.2 177 173 2.6
Depreciation and amortization 96 81 18.2 188 168 11.2
Aircraft rent 28 31 (9.5 ) 56 62 (9.8 )
Sales and marketing 72 70 3.7 137 130 5.0
Maintenance, materials and repairs 140 126 10.9 274 239 14.6
Other operating expenses   213     186   14.7   427     372   15.2
Total operating expenses 1,330 1,330 0.1 2,598 2,600 (0.1 )
OPERATING INCOME 313 282 11.0 662 535 23.7
Operating margin19.1%17.5% 1.6 pts. 20.3%17.1% 3.2 pts.
Interest expense (28 ) (32 ) (12.8 ) (57 ) (66 ) (14.0 )
Capitalized interest 2 2 (13.8 ) 4 4 (12.3 )
Interest income (expense) and other   2     (2 ) (255.3 )   3     (1 ) (512.9 )
Total other income (expense) (24 ) (32 ) (24.9 ) (50 ) (63 ) (20.1 )
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 289 250 15.7 612 472 29.6
Pre-tax margin17.6%15.5% 2.1 pts. 18.8%15.1% 3.7 pts.
Income tax expense   109     98   11.2   232     183   26.7
NET INCOME $ 180   $ 152   18.5 $ 380   $ 289   31.4
Basic $ 0.56   $ 0.48   $ 1.18   $ 0.92  
Diluted $ 0.53   $ 0.44   $ 1.11   $ 0.84  
Basic 323.2 316.9 322.4 313.6
Diluted 342.6 347.6 342.1 347.0
Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
June 30,PercentJune 30,Percent
Revenue passengers (thousands) 9,660 8,858 9.1 18,778 16,953 10.8
Revenue passenger miles (millions) 11,553 10,472 10.3 22,529 20,093 12.1
Available seat miles (ASMs) (millions) 13,597 12,237 11.1 26,626 23,656 12.6
Load factor 85.0 % 85.6 % (0.6 ) pts. 84.6 % 84.9 % (0.3 ) pts.
Aircraft utilization (hours per day) 12.3 12.0 2.5 12.2 11.8 3.4
Average fare $ 153.94 $ 168.85 (8.8 ) $ 157.88 $ 171.29 (7.8 )
Yield per passenger mile (cents) 12.87 14.28 (9.9 ) 13.16 14.45 (8.9 )
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents) 10.94 12.22 (10.5 ) 11.13 12.28 (9.3 )
Revenue per ASM (cents) 12.09 13.17 (8.2 ) 12.24 13.25 (7.6 )
Operating expense per ASM (cents) 9.78 10.86 (9.9 ) 9.76 10.99 (11.2 )
Operating expense per ASM, excluding fuel and related taxes (cents) 7.76 7.83 (0.8 ) 7.92 8.00 (1.1 )
Operating expense per ASM, excluding fuel and profit sharing and related taxes (cents)(1) 7.48 7.56 (1.0 ) 7.57 7.75 (2.3 )
Departures 85,285 79,558 7.2 166,524 153,381 8.6
Average stage length (miles) 1,097 1,085 1.1 1,103 1,091 1.1
Average number of operating aircraft during period 218.2 206.0 5.9 216.8 205.0 5.8
Average fuel cost per gallon, including fuel taxes $ 1.43 $ 2.13 (32.8 ) $ 1.31 $ 2.10 (37.8 )
Fuel gallons consumed (millions) 191 174 9.9 374 337 11.3
Average number of full-time equivalent crewmembers 15,297 14,223 7.6
(1)   Refer to Note A, Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel, profit sharing and related taxes, at the end of our Earnings Release for more information on this non-GAAP measure.

(in millions)

June 30,December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents $ 935 $ 318
Total investment securities 605 607
Total assets 9,458 8,644
Total debt 1,746 1,827
Stockholders' equity 3,644 3,210

SOURCE: JetBlue Airways Corporation

Note A – Non-GAAP Financial Measures

JetBlue sometimes uses non-GAAP measures that are derived from the Consolidated Financial Statements, but that are not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). JetBlue believes these metrics provide a meaningful comparison of our results to others in the airline industry and our prior year results. 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 table below shows a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. It should be noted as well that our non-GAAP information may be different from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies.

Consolidated operating cost per available seat mile, excluding fuel, profit sharing and related taxes (“CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing”). CASM is a common metric used in the airline industry. We exclude aircraft fuel, profit sharing and related taxes from operating cost per available seat mile to determine CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing. We believe CASM Ex-Fuel and Profit Sharing provides investors the ability to measure financial performance excluding items beyond our control such as (i) fuel costs, which are subject to many economic and political factors beyond our control and (ii) profit sharing, which is sensitive to volatility in earnings. We believe this measure is more indicative of our ability to manage costs and is more comparable to measures reported by other major airlines.


(in millions, per ASM data in cents)

Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
June 30,June 30,
$per ASM$per ASM$per ASM$per ASM
Total operating expenses $ 1,330 $ 9.78 $ 1,330 $ 10.86 $ 2,598 $ 9.76 $ 2,600 $ 10.99
Less: Aircraft fuel and related taxes   274   2.02   371   3.03   489   1.84   706   2.99
Operating expenses, excluding fuel and related taxes 1,056 7.76 959 7.83 2,109 7.92 1,894 8.00
Less: Profit sharing and related taxes   38   0.28   33   0.27   92   0.35   60   0.25
Operating expense, excluding fuel, profit sharing and related taxes $ 1,018 $ 7.48 $ 926 $ 7.56 $ 2,017 $ 7.57 $ 1,834 $ 7.75

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