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Form 8-K DELTA AIR LINES INC /DE/ For: Jul 12

July 12, 2018 7:01 AM EDT

 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 12, 2018

 

DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware 001-05424 58-0218548

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

(Commission

File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

P.O. Box 20706, Atlanta, Georgia 30320-6001

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (404) 715-2600

 

Registrant’s Web site address: www.delta.com

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR 240.12b-2).

  Emerging growth company

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

   

 

 

Item 2.02Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

 

Delta Air Lines, Inc. today issued a press release reporting financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1. The information furnished in this Form 8-K shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any other filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)  Exhibits.

 

Exhibit 99.1     Press Release dated July 12, 2018 titled “Delta Air Lines Announces June Quarter Profit”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

 

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

  DELTA AIR LINES, INC.
 

 

 

 

  By:   /s/ Paul A. Jacobson
Date:  July 12, 2018 Paul A. Jacobson
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit Number Description
   
Exhibit 99.1 Press Release dated July 12, 2018 titled “Delta Air Lines Announces June Quarter Profit”
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

 

 

CONTACT:    Investor Relations Corporate Communications
  404-715-2170 404-715-2554, [email protected]

 

Delta Air Lines Announces June Quarter Profit

 

  June quarter 2018 GAAP pre-tax income of $1.4 billion, net income of $1.0 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.47 on record revenue of $11.8 billion

 

  June quarter 2018 adjusted pre-tax income of $1.6 billion, adjusted net income of $1.2 billion and adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.77

 

  Delta returned $813 million to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases

 

  Board of Directors approved 15% increase in dividend and declared $0.35 dividend for September quarter

 

ATLANTA, July 12, 2018 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported financial results for the June quarter 2018. Highlights of those results, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are below and incorporated here.

 

Adjusted pre-tax income for the June quarter 2018 was $1.6 billion, a $183 million decrease from the June 2017 quarter, as record revenues partially offset the approximately $600 million impact of higher fuel prices.

 

“With an expected $2 billion higher fuel bill for 2018, we are now forecasting our full-year earnings to be $5.35 to $5.70 per share. We have seen early success in addressing the fuel cost increase and offset two-thirds of the impact in the June quarter,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive officer. “With strong revenue momentum, an improving cost trajectory, and a reduction of 50-100 bps of underperforming capacity from our fall schedule, we have positioned Delta to return to margin expansion by year end.”

 

Revenue Environment

 

Delta’s adjusted operating revenue of $11.6 billion for the June quarter improved 8 percent, or $880 million versus the prior year. This quarterly revenue result marks a record for the company, driven by improvements across Delta’s business, including double-digit increases in both cargo and loyalty revenue.

 

Total unit revenues excluding refinery sales (TRASM) increased 4.6 percent during the period driven by strong demand across all entities and improving yields. Foreign exchange drove a nearly one point benefit to the quarter.

 

 

 

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“The great service of the Delta people, strong demand for our product, and momentum across our business allowed Delta to deliver the highest quarterly revenue in our history and increase our revenue premium to the industry,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s president. “While we are pleased with our revenue performance in the quarter, accelerating the recapture of the recent fuel price increases is the number one focus for our commercial team. We expect total unit revenue growth of 3.5 to 5.5 percent for the September quarter as we benefit from our commercial initiatives and recapture higher fuel costs.”

 

        Increase (Decrease)
        2Q18 versus 2Q17
        Change Unit    
Revenue 2Q18 ($M)   YoY Revenue Yield Capacity
  Domestic 7,413   7.6  % 2.0  % 2.5  % 5.5  %
  Atlantic 1,782   13.9  % 11.2  % 11.1  % 2.4  %
  Latin America 709   (0.8) % 0.6  % 2.4  % (1.3) %
  Pacific 642   6.9  % 10.4  % 8.0  % (3.1) %
Total Passenger 10,546   8.0  % 4.4  % 4.6  % 3.5  %
Cargo Revenue 223   19.1  %      
Other Revenue 1,006   27.1  %      
Total Revenue 11,775   9.6  % 5.9  %    
  Third Party Refinery Sales (216)          
Total Revenue, adjusted 11,559   8.2  % 4.6  %    

 

September 2018 Quarter and Full Year Guidance

 

Delta expects solid top-line growth, an improving cost trajectory, and a return to margin expansion.

 

  3Q18 Forecast FY18 Forecast
Earnings per share $1.65 - $1.85 $5.35 - $5.70
Pre-tax margin 12 - 14%
Fuel price, including taxes and refinery impact $2.32 - $2.37 $2.20 - $2.30
Total revenue growth (year-over-year) Up 7% - 8%
Total unit revenue excluding refinery sales (year-over-year) Up 3.5% - 5.5%
CASM-Excluding fuel and profit sharing (year-over-year) ~ Flat Up 1 - 2%
System capacity (year-over-year) Up 3% - 4% Up ~3%

See Note A for information about reconciliation of projected non-GAAP financial measures

 

Cost Performance

 

Total adjusted operating expenses for the June quarter increased $1.1 billion versus the prior year quarter, with more than half of the increase driven by higher fuel prices.

 

Adjusted fuel expense increased $578 million, or 33 percent, relative to June quarter 2017. Delta’s adjusted fuel price per gallon for the June quarter was $2.17, which includes $45 million of benefit from the refinery.

 

CASM-Ex increased 2.9 percent for the June 2018 quarter compared to the prior year period, a one point improvement from the March quarter. Cost pressures were driven by higher revenue-related costs and increased aircraft rent and depreciation associated with Delta’s fleet initiatives.

 

 

 

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“We expect the sequential improvement in cost trends to continue in the second half of the year as we see additional benefits from our fleet restructuring, our One Delta initiatives, and annualization of accelerated depreciation as well as prior investments in our product,” said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer. “Our cost structure is an essential component of sustainable performance, and by keeping our cost growth below two percent for the year, we are positioning the company to expand margins by year end.”

 

Adjusted non-operating expense improved by $43 million versus the prior year, driven primarily by pension expense favorability. Adjusted tax expense declined $255 million for the June quarter primarily due to the reduction in Delta’s book tax rate from 34 percent to 23 percent.

 

Cash Flow and Shareholder Returns

 

Delta generated $2.8 billion of operating cash flow and $1.4 billion of free cash flow during the quarter, after the investment of $1.4 billion into the business primarily for aircraft purchases and improvements.

 

For the June quarter, Delta returned $813 million to shareholders, comprised of $600 million of share repurchases and $213 million in dividends.

 

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.35 per share, an increase of 15% over previous levels. This change will bring the total annualized dividend commitment to approximately $950 million, consistent with the company’s target of returning 20 to 25 percent of free cash flow to owners over the long-term. The September quarter dividend will be payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 26, 2018, to be paid on August 16, 2018.

 

Strategic Highlights

 

In the June quarter, Delta achieved a number of milestones across its five key strategic pillars.

 

Culture and People

Accrued an additional $400 million in profit sharing and paid out $23 million in Shared Rewards as a testament to the outstanding performance made possible by Delta’s more than 80,000 employees around the world.
Ranked number one corporate blood donor by the American Red Cross for the most recent year at 11,085 units of blood from 214 Delta sponsored blood drives.
Became a National Signature Partner of Junior Achievement’s 3DE program with a $2 million contribution over the next five years.

 

Operational Reliability

Delivered 58 days of zero system cancellations on a year-to-date basis, up 23 days from 2017.
Achieved mainline on-time performance (A0) of 71.7% year-to-date, up 1.4% from the prior year.

 

Network and Partnerships

Launched a joint venture with Korean Air on May 1, expanded reciprocal codeshare flying to more than 50 Korean Air-operated markets and 400 Delta-operated markets, and announced new service from Seattle to Osaka and Minneapolis/St. Paul to Seoul in partnership with Korean Air to begin in 2019.

 

 

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Continued Delta’s global expansion with the launch of new service including Los Angeles to Paris and Amsterdam; Indianapolis to Paris; and Atlanta to Lisbon. Delta also announced plans to begin nonstop flights between the United States and Mumbai, India in 2019.

 

Customer Experience and Loyalty

Debuted the first refreshed 777-200ER aircraft featuring the award-winning Delta One suite, the popular Delta Premium Select cabin and 9-abreast seating in the Main Cabin in addition to all new interior features and in-flight entertainment.
Launched new uniforms for 64,000 Delta employees worldwide, created by acclaimed designer Zac Posen and built with Lands' End quality. The designs embrace innovative fit, form and function, and carry Delta into the future in style.
Opened the newly renovated Delta Sky Club at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) with an additional 1,800 square feet of space for guests to enjoy. ​

 

Investment Grade Balance Sheet

Completed a $1.6 billion unsecured debt offering through a mix of three-, five-, and 10-year notes at a blended yield of 3.85 percent. The proceeds from this offering were used to refinance secured debt and will lower Delta's overall interest expense by $20 million annually on a run-rate basis.
Increased revolver capacity by $635 million, to a total of $3.1 billion in undrawn revolving credit facilities.

 

June Quarter Results

 

Special items for the quarter consist primarily of mark-to-market adjustments on refinery fuel hedges and unrealized gains/losses on investments.

 

  GAAP Adjusted
($ in millions except per share and unit costs) 2Q18 2Q17 2Q18 2Q17
Pre-tax income   1,372     1,831     1,612     1,795
Net income     1,025     1,186     1,235     1,163
Diluted earnings per share      1.47      1.62      1.77      1.59
Operating revenue   11,775   10,747   11,559   10,679
Operating expense   10,095     8,765     9,856     8,750
Fuel expense     2,341     1,687     2,317     1,739
Average fuel price per gallon      2.19      1.61       2.17      1.66
Consolidated unit cost (CASM/CASM-Ex)     14.73     13.23     10.02      9.73
Non-operating expense       308       151          92       135
Total unit revenues (TRASM/TRASM-Ex)     17.19     16.23      16.87     16.13

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Delta

 

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2018, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the seventh time in eight years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented seven consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 324 destinations in 57 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, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, 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 and Facebook.com/delta.

 

Forward Looking Statements

 

Statements in this press release 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 fuel hedging activity including 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 performance of our significant investments in airlines in other parts of the world; the possible effects of accidents involving our aircraft; breaches or security lapses in our information technology systems; disruptions in our information technology infrastructure; our dependence on technology in our operations; the restrictions that financial covenants in our financing agreements could have on our financial and business operations; labor issues; 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 senior management and key employees; damage to our reputation and brand if we are exposed to significant adverse publicity through social media; the effects of terrorist attacks or geopolitical conflict; competitive conditions in the airline industry; interruptions or disruptions in service at major airports at which we operate; the effects of extensive government regulation on our business; the sensitivity of the airline industry to prolonged periods of stagnant or weak economic conditions; uncertainty in economic conditions and regulatory environment in the United Kingdom related to the likely exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union; 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 December 31, 2017 and our Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of July 12, 2018, and which we have no current intention to update.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

  Three Months Ended         Six Months Ended      
June 30,         June 30,      
(in millions, except per share data) 2018  2017  $ Change  % Change   2018  2017  $ Change  % Change
Operating Revenue:                              
Passenger $10,546   9,768   778  8%   $19,311   17,946   1,365  8%
Cargo  223   187   36  19%    425   350   75  21%
Other  1,006   792   214  27%    2,007   1,552   455  29%
Total operating revenue  11,775   10,747   1,028  10%    21,743   19,848   1,895  10%
                               
Operating Expense:                              
Salaries and related costs  2,668   2,521   147  6%    5,252   4,906   346  7%
Aircraft fuel and related taxes  2,341   1,687   654  39%    4,195   3,169   1,026  32%
Regional carriers expense, excluding fuel  883   838   45  5%    1,739   1,702   37  2%
Depreciation and amortization  590   531   59  11%    1,200   1,068   132  12%
Contracted services  540   525   15  3%    1,084   1,029   55  5%
Ancillary businesses and refinery  494   296   198  67%    987   588   399  68%
Passenger commissions and other selling expenses  511   467   44  9%    938   872   66  8%
Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs  427   392   35  9%    862   824   38  5%
Landing fees and other rents  407   373   34  9%    780   734   46  6%
Profit sharing  400   338   62  18%    583   489   94  19%
Passenger service  300   284   16  6%    563   518   45  9%
Aircraft rent  97   86   11  13%    191   170   21  12%
Other  437   427   10  2%    849   798   51  6%
Total operating expense  10,095   8,765   1,330  15%    19,223   16,867   2,356  14%
                               
Operating Income  1,680   1,982   (302) (15)%    2,520   2,981   (461) (15)%
                               
Non-Operating Expense:                              
Interest expense, net  (89)  (103)  14  (14)%    (191)  (197)  6  (3)%
Unrealized gain/(loss) on investments, net  (238)     (238) NM    (220)     (220) NM
Miscellaneous, net  19   (48)  67  NM    (19)  (104)  85  (82)%
Total non-operating expense, net  (308)  (151)  (157) NM    (430)  (301)  (129) 43%
                               
Income Before Income Taxes  1,372   1,831   (459) (25)%    2,090   2,680   (590) (22)%
                               
Income Tax Provision  (347)  (645)  298  (46)%    (518)  (933)  415  (44)%
                               
Net Income $1,025  $1,186   (161) (14)%   $1,572  $1,747   (175) (10)%
                               
Basic Earnings Per Share $1.47  $1.63          $2.25  $2.40       
Diluted Earnings Per Share $1.47  $1.62           $2.24  $2.39       
                               
Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  695   728           699   728       
Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  697   731           701   731       

 

Note: The prior periods presented here have been recast to reflect adoption of new accounting standards. 

 

 

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Passenger Revenue

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,
        Six Months Ended
June 30,
       
(in millions) 2018  2017  $ Change  % Change  2018  2017  $ Change  % Change 
Ticket $9,308  $8,606  $702   8%  $16,961  $15,711  $1,250   8% 
Loyalty travel awards  680   622   58   9%   1,298   1,204   94   8% 
Travel-related services  558   540   18   3%   1,052   1,031   21   2% 
Total passenger revenue $10,546  $9,768  $778   8%  $19,311  $17,946  $1,365   8% 

 

 

 

 

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Other Revenue

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,
        Six Months Ended
June 30,
       
(in millions) 2018  2017  $ Change  % Change  2018  2017  $ Change  % Change 
Ancillary businesses and refinery $522  $320  $202   63%  $1,042  $632  $410   65% 
Loyalty program  358   316   42   13%   705   621   84   14% 
Miscellaneous  126   156   (30)  (19)%   260   299   (39)  (13)% 
Total other revenue $1,006  $792  $214   27%  $2,007  $1,552  $455   29% 

 

 

Note: The prior periods presented here have been recast to reflect adoption of new accounting standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Statistical Summary

(Unaudited)

 

  Three Months Ended
June 30,
     Six Months Ended
June 30,
    
  2018  2017  Change  2018  2017  Change 
Revenue passenger miles (millions)  59,406   57,575   3.2%   108,682   105,527   3.0% 
Available seat miles (millions)  68,514   66,227   3.5%   127,967   124,098   3.1% 
Passenger mile yield (cents)  17.75   16.97   4.6%   17.77   17.01   4.5% 
Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)  15.39   14.75   4.4%   15.09   14.46   4.4% 
Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)  17.19   16.23   5.9%   16.99   15.99   6.3% 
TRASM, adjusted- see Note A (cents)  16.87   16.13   4.6%   16.66   15.89   4.8% 
Operating cost per available seat mile (cents)  14.73   13.23   11.3%   15.02   13.59   10.5% 
CASM-Ex - see Note A (cents)  10.02   9.73   2.9%   10.52   10.17   3.4% 
Passenger load factor  86.7%   86.9%   (0.2) pts   84.9%   85.0%   (0.1) pts 
Fuel gallons consumed (millions)  1,067   1,047   2.0%   2,003   1,965   1.9% 
Average price per fuel gallon $2.19  $1.61   36.0%  $2.10  $1.61   30.4% 
Average price per fuel gallon, adjusted - see Note A $2.17  $1.66   30.7%  $2.10  $1.68   24.7% 
Number of aircraft in fleet, end of period  1,031   986   45             

 

Note: The prior periods presented here have been recast to reflect adoption of new accounting standards. Except for number of aircraft in fleet, consolidated data presented includes operations under Delta’s contract carrier arrangements.

 

 

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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

 

  Three Months Ended 
  June 30, 
(in millions)  2018   2017 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:          
Net income  $1,025   $1,186 
Depreciation and amortization   590    531 
Deferred income taxes   334    629 
Pension, postretirement and postemployment payments greater than expense   (62)   (602)
Changes in air traffic liability   127    (31)
Changes in profit sharing liability   400    337 
Other working capital changes, net   393    319 
Net cash provided by operating activities   2,807    2,369 
           
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:          
Property and equipment additions:          
Flight equipment, including advance payments   (1,272)   (697)
Ground property and equipment, including technology   (308)   (291)
Net redemptions (purchases) of short-term investments   4    (4)
Other, net   31    34 
Net cash used in investing activities   (1,545)   (958)
           
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:          
Payments on long-term debt and capital lease obligations   (1,848)   (275)
Repurchases of common stock   (600)   (600)
Cash dividends   (213)   (148)
Proceeds from long-term obligations   3,124     
Other, net   53    (51)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   516    (1,074)
           
Net Increase in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash   1,778    337 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   1,482    1,968 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period  $3,260   $2,305 

 

The following table provides a reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash reported within the Consolidated Balance Sheets to the total of the same such amounts shown above:

 

Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $1,886   $2,241 
Restricted cash included in prepaid expenses and other   48    64 
Other assets:          
Cash restricted for airport construction   1,326     
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash  $3,260   $2,305 

 

Note: The prior periods presented here have been recast to reflect adoption of new accounting standards.

 

 

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Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

 

  June 30,   December 31, 
(in millions)  2018   2017 
ASSETS        
Current Assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents  $1,886   $1,814 
Short-term investments   520    825 
Accounts receivable, net   2,427    2,377 
Fuel inventory   1,149    916 
Expendable parts and supplies inventories, net   440    413 
Prepaid expenses and other   1,219    1,499 
Total current assets   7,641    7,844 
           
Property and Equipment, Net:          
Property and equipment, net   28,124    26,563 
           
Other Assets:          
Goodwill   9,794    9,794 
Identifiable intangibles, net   4,839    4,847 
Cash restricted for airport construction   1,326     
Deferred income taxes, net   804    1,354 
Other noncurrent assets   3,268    3,309 
Total other assets   20,031    19,304 
Total assets  $55,796   $53,711 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Current Liabilities:          
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases  $1,342   $2,242 
Air traffic liability   6,360    4,364 
Accounts payable   3,749    3,674 
Accrued salaries and related benefits   2,436    3,022 
Frequent flyer deferred revenue   2,799    2,762 
Fuel card obligation   1,062    1,067 
Other accrued liabilities   1,521    1,868 
Total current liabilities   19,269    18,999 
           
Noncurrent Liabilities:          
Long-term debt and capital leases   8,562    6,592 
Pension, postretirement and related benefits   9,052    9,810 
Frequent flyer deferred revenue   3,692    3,559 
Other noncurrent liabilities   2,365    2,221 
Total noncurrent liabilities   23,671    22,182 
           
Commitments and Contingencies          
Stockholders' Equity   12,856    12,530 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $55,796   $53,711 

 

Note: The prior periods presented here have been recast to reflect adoption of new accounting standards.

 

 

 

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Note A: The following tables show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures. The reasons Delta uses these measures are described below. Reconciliations may not calculate due to rounding.

 

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 is not able to reconcile certain forward looking non-GAAP financial measures because the adjusting items such as those used in the reconciliations below will not be known until the end of the period and could be significant.

 

Pre-tax Income and Net Income, adjusted. We adjust pre-tax income and net income for mark-to-market ("MTM") adjustments and settlements on fuel hedge contracts, the MTM adjustments recorded by our equity method investees, Virgin Atlantic and Aeroméxico, and unrealized gains/losses on our investments in GOL, China Eastern and Air France-KLM, to determine pre-tax income and net income, adjusted. We include the income tax effect of adjustments when presenting net income, adjusted.

 

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.

 

Equity investment MTM adjustments. We record our proportionate share of earnings/loss from our equity investments in Virgin Atlantic and Aeroméxico in non-operating expense. We adjust for our equity method investees' MTM adjustments to allow investors to better understand and analyze our core operational performance in the periods shown.

 

Unrealized gain/loss on investments. We record the unrealized gains/losses on our investments in GOL, China Eastern and Air France-KLM in non-operating expense. Adjusting for these gains/losses allows investors to better understand and analyze our core operational performance in the periods shown.

 

   Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended 
   June 30, 2018   June 30, 2018 
   Pre-Tax   Income   Net   Net Income 
(in millions, except per share data)  Income   Tax   Income   Per Diluted Share 
GAAP  $1,372   $(347)  $1,025   $1.47 
Adjusted for:                    
MTM adjustments and settlements   24    (6)   18      
Equity investment MTM adjustments   (22)   5    (17)     
Unrealized gain/loss on investments   238    (29)   209      
Total adjustments   240    (30)   210    0.30 
Non-GAAP  $1,612   $(376)  $1,235   $1.77 
Year-over-year change  $(183)  $(255)          

 

 

   Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended 
   June 30, 2017   June 30, 2017 
   Pre-Tax   Income   Net   Net Income 
(in millions, except per share data)  Income   Tax   Income   Per Diluted Share 
GAAP  $1,831   $(645)  $1,186   $1.62 
Adjusted for:                    
MTM adjustments and settlements   (52)   19    (33)     
Equity investment MTM adjustments   15    (5)   10      
Total adjustments   (37)   14    (23)   (0.03)
Non-GAAP  $1,795   $(631)  $1,163   $1.59 

 

 

 

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Operating Revenue, adjusted and Total Revenue Per Available Seat Mile "TRASM", adjusted. We adjust operating revenue and TRASM for refinery sales to third parties to determine operating revenue, adjusted and TRASM, adjusted because refinery sales to third parties are not related to our airline segment. Operating revenue, adjusted and TRASM, adjusted therefore provide a more meaningful comparison of revenue from our airline operations to the rest of the airline industry.

 

   Three Months Ended     
(in millions)  June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017   Change 
Operating revenue  $11,775   $10,747    9.6% 
Adjusted for:               
Third-party refinery sales   (216)   (67)     
Operating revenue, adjusted  $11,559   $10,679    8.2% 
Year-over-year change  $880           

 

   Three Months Ended     
   June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017   Change 
TRASM (cents)   17.19    16.23    5.9% 
Adjusted for:               
Third-party refinery sales   (0.32)   (0.10)     
TRASM, adjusted   16.87    16.13    4.6% 

 

  Six Months Ended     
  June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017   Change 
TRASM (cents)   16.99    15.99    6.3% 
Adjusted for:               
Third-party refinery sales   (0.33)   (0.11)     
TRASM, adjusted   16.66    15.89    4.8% 

 

 

Operating Expense, adjusted. We adjust operating expense for MTM adjustments and settlements and third-party refinery sales for the same reasons described above under the headings pre-tax income and net income, adjusted and operating revenue and TRASM, adjusted to determine operating expense, adjusted.

 

  Three Months Ended 
  June 30, 
(in millions)  2018   2017 
Operating expense  $10,095   $8,765 
Adjusted for:          
MTM adjustments and settlements   (24)   52 
Third-party refinery sales   (216)   (67)
Operating expense, adjusted  $9,856   $8,750 
Year-over-year change  $1,106      

 

 

 

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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 airline segment hedging on fuel expense and average price per gallon. We then adjust for MTM adjustments and settlements for the same reason described under the heading pre-tax income and net income, adjusted:

 

 

          Average Price Per Gallon 
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended 
  June 30,   June 30, 
(in millions, except per gallon data)  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Fuel purchase cost  $2,361   $1,676   $2.21   $1.60 
Airline segment fuel hedge impact   25    17    0.02    0.02 
Refinery segment impact   (45)   (6)   (0.04)   (0.01)
Total fuel expense  $2,341   $1,687   $2.19   $1.61 
MTM adjustments and settlements   (24)   52    (0.02)   0.05 
Total fuel expense, adjusted  $2,317   $1,739   $2.17   $1.66 
Year-over-year change  $578                
Year-over-year % change   33%                

 

  Six Months Ended   Six Months Ended 
  June 30,   June 30, 
(in millions, except per gallon data)  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Fuel purchase cost  $4,289   $3,207   $2.14   $1.63 
Airline segment fuel hedge impact   (5)   12        0.01 
Refinery segment impact   (89)   (50)   (0.04)   (0.03)
Total fuel expense  $4,195   $3,169   $2.10   $1.61 
MTM adjustments and settlements   4    136    0.00    0.07 
Total fuel expense, adjusted  $4,199   $3,305   $2.10   $1.68 

 

 

 

 

 

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Non-Fuel Unit Cost or Cost per Available Seat Mile, ("CASM-Ex"). We adjust CASM for the following items to determine CASM-Ex 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 allows investors to understand and analyze our non-fuel costs and year-over-year financial performance.

 

Ancillary businesses and refinery. These 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 areas to provide a more meaningful comparison of the costs of our airline operations to the rest of the airline industry.

 

Profit sharing. We adjust for profit sharing because this adjustment 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.

 

   Three Months Ended     
   June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017   Change 
CASM (cents)   14.73    13.23      
Adjusted for:               
Aircraft fuel and related taxes   (3.41)   (2.55)     
Ancillary businesses and refinery   (0.72)   (0.44)     
Profit sharing   (0.58)   (0.51)     
CASM-Ex   10.02    9.73    2.9% 
Improvement from March quarter             (1)% 

 

             
   Three Months Ended     
   March 31, 2018   March 31, 2017   Change 
CASM (cents)   15.35    14.00      
Adjusted for:               
Aircraft fuel and related taxes   (3.12)   (2.56)     
Ancillary businesses and refinery   (0.83)   (0.51)     
Profit sharing   (0.30)   (0.26)     
CASM-Ex   11.10    10.67    3.9% 

 

   Six Months Ended     
   June 30, 2018   June 30, 2017   Change 
CASM (cents)   15.02    13.59      
Adjusted for:               
Aircraft fuel and related taxes   (3.28)   (2.55)     
Ancillary businesses and refinery   (0.76)   (0.48)     
Profit sharing   (0.46)   (0.39)     
CASM-Ex   10.52    10.17    3.4% 

 

Non-operating Expense, adjusted. We adjust for equity investment MTM adjustments and unrealized gain/loss on investments to determine non-operating expense, adjusted for the same reasons described above in the heading pre-tax income and net income, adjusted.

 

  Three Months Ended 
  June 30, 
(in millions)  2018   2017 
Non-operating expense  $(308)  $(151)
Adjusted for:          
Equity Investment MTM adjustments   (22)   15 
Unrealized gain/loss on investments   238     
Non-operating expense, adjusted  $(92)  $(135)
Year-over-year change  $43      

 

 

 

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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:

 

Net purchases (redemptions) of short-term investments. Net purchases (redemptions) of short-term investments represent the net purchase and sale activity of investments and marketable securities in the period, including gains and losses. We adjust free cash flow for this activity, net, to provide investors a better understanding of the company's free cash flow position core to operations.

 

Reimbursements from third parties related to build-to-suit facilities and other. Management believes investors should be informed that these reimbursements for build-to-suit leased facilities effectively reduce net cash provided by operating activities and related capital expenditures.

 

  Three Months Ended 
(in millions)  June 30, 2018 
Net cash provided by operating activities  $2,807 
Net cash used in investing activities   (1,545)
Adjustments:     
Net redemptions of short term investments   (4)
Reimbursements from third parties related to build-to-suit facilities and other   134 
Total free cash flow  $1,392 

 

 

Capital Expenditures, net. We present net capital expenditures because management believes investors should be informed that a portion of these capital expenditures are reimbursed by a third party.

 

  Three Months Ended 
(in millions)  June 30, 2018 
Flight equipment, including advance payments  $1,272 
Ground property and equipment, including technology   308 
Reimbursements from third parties related to build-to suit-facilities and other   (166)
Capital expenditures, net  $1,414 

 

 

 

 

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