Southwest Airlines Reports Record First Quarter Profit

Apr 24, 2014

/C O R R E C T I O N -- Southwest Airlines Co./

In the news release, Southwest Airlines Reports Record First Quarter Profit, issued 24-Apr-2014 by Southwest Airlines Co. over PR Newswire, in the table titled "Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)", under Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2014, "Adjusted average invested capital" should read "11,596" rather than "1,596" as incorrectly transmitted by PR Newswire. The complete, corrected release follows:

Southwest Airlines Reports Record First Quarter Profit

DALLAS, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) (the "Company") today reported its first quarter 2014 results: 

  • Record first quarter net income, excluding special items*, of $126 million, or $.18 per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2013 net income, excluding special items, of $53 million, or $.07 per diluted share.  This exceeded the First Call consensus estimate of $.16 per diluted share.
  • Record first quarter net income of $152 million, or $.22 per diluted share, which included $26 million (net) of favorable special items, compared to net income of $59 million, or $.08 per diluted share, in first quarter 2013, which included $6 million (net) of favorable special items. 
  • Record first quarter operating income of $215 million; $242 million excluding special items.
  • Return on invested capital*, before taxes and excluding special items (ROIC), for the 12 months ended March 31, 2014, of 14.2 percent, as compared to 8.3 percent for the 12 months ended March 31, 2013.

Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "I am delighted to report record first quarter earnings, which increased significantly year-over-year, despite the disruption caused by more than 7,500 of our flights canceled due to extreme weather conditions and the impact of the shift in timing of the Easter and Passover holidays.  This outstanding performance was driven by record first quarter operating revenues of $4.2 billion, and a 1.2 percent year-over-year decline in total operating costs, excluding special items, driven largely by lower fuel prices and our ongoing fleet modernization.  Our record first quarter operating income of $242 million, excluding special items, was very strong, especially considering an estimated $50 million unfavorable impact from winter storms.  Operationally, our Employees did an outstanding job in difficult conditions taking care of our Customers, and I thank them again for their efforts. 

"Our first quarter 2014 earnings performance is a superb start to the year and on plan to achieve a 15 percent pre-tax return on invested capital for the year, excluding special items.  Second quarter 2014, benefiting from the Easter and Passover holidays, also is off to a great start, with strong bookings, favorable revenue trends, and stable fuel prices.

"Our balance sheet, liquidity, and cash flows remain strong.  We are actively managing our debt and total invested capital, while making strategic investments that have already contributed significantly to our record profitability.  We were pleased to return $371 million to Shareholders during first quarter 2014 through the payment of $56 million in dividends and the repurchase of $315 million in common stock.  Since August 2011, we have returned $1.6 billion to our Shareholders through share repurchases and dividend payments.

"Our five strategic initiatives are on track and meeting or exceeding expectations.  In January, we deployed our international reservation system and began selling Southwest's inaugural international service to Aruba, The Bahamas, and Jamaica, scheduled to begin July 1, 2014.  We quickly followed with selling Southwest service to Cancun and Los Cabos, scheduled to begin August 10, 2014.  By the end of this year, we intend to fully convert AirTran's seven international markets, along with its remaining domestic markets, to the Southwest route network.  We have converted 21 of the 52 AirTran Boeing 737-700s to the Southwest Evolve configuration, and plan to convert the remaining 31 -700s this year.   This will complete the AirTran integration and retire the brand by the end of 2014. 

"We have a significant amount of fleet activity planned this year, as we wind down the AirTran brand and continue to modernize our fleet, resulting in a larger than normal number of aircraft out of scheduled service.  Accordingly, we expect relatively flat 2014 available seat miles, year-over-year.

"Our network development and optimization results, to date, have been excellent.  We are excited about the opportunity to add new service to New York LaGuardia, Washington Reagan National, and Dallas Love Field this year, as well as to the international terminal under construction at Houston Hobby next year.  Looking ahead to 2015, while we have not finalized our fleet and capacity plans, we have been managing to a baseline of 695 aircraft, which was our combined fleet at the time of the AirTran acquisition.  We are planning year-over-year growth in our available seat miles derived from increased fleet utilization resulting from the completion of the AirTran integration and the increase in seats from the upgauging of our fleet.  Of course, this will drive significant unit cost benefits."

Financial Results and Outlook
The Company's first quarter 2014 total operating revenues increased 2.0 percent, year-over-year, to $4.2 billion, despite an estimated $45 million reduction to revenues from weather-related cancellations.  Operating unit revenues increased 3.1 percent, on a 1.1 percent decrease in available seat miles and a 2.6 percent increase in average seats per trip, all as compared to first quarter 2013.  While the shift in the timing of the Easter and Passover holidays impacted March results, April bookings and revenue trends, thus far, are strong.  Based on April's trends and current bookings for the remainder of the second quarter, the Company expects another solid year-over-year increase in its second quarter 2014 operating unit revenues.

Total operating expenses in first quarter 2014 decreased 1.6 percent to $4.0 billion, as compared to first quarter 2013.  First quarter 2014 total operating expenses included an estimated $5 million in net costs associated with winter storms.  The Company incurred costs (before profitsharing and taxes) associated with the acquisition and integration of AirTran, which are special items, of $18 million during first quarter 2014, compared to $13 million in first quarter 2013.  Cumulative costs associated with the acquisition and integration of AirTran, as of March 31, 2014, totaled $428 million (before profitsharing and taxes).  The Company expects total acquisition and integration costs to be no more than $550 million (before profitsharing and taxes).  Excluding special items in both periods, total operating expenses in first quarter 2014 decreased 1.2 percent to $3.9 billion, as compared to $4.0 billion in first quarter 2013.  

First quarter 2014 profitsharing expense was $29 million, compared to $15 million in first quarter 2013.  Profitsharing expense in first quarter 2014 was impacted by acquisition and integration costs incurred during that period.  In addition, in accordance with the Company's ProfitSharing Plan (the Plan), first quarter 2014 operating profit, as defined in the Plan, was reduced by a portion of the acquisition and integration costs incurred from April 1, 2011, through December 31, 2013, which will be amortized from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2018.

First quarter 2014 economic fuel costs were $3.08 per gallon, including $.06 per gallon in favorable cash settlements from fuel derivative contracts, compared to $3.29 per gallon in first quarter 2013, including $.05 per gallon in unfavorable cash settlements from fuel derivative contracts.  Based on the Company's fuel derivative contracts and market prices as of April 21, 2014, second quarter 2014 economic fuel costs are expected to be comparable to second quarter 2013's economic fuel costs of $3.06 per gallon.  As of April 21, 2014, the fair market value of the Company's hedge portfolio through 2017 was a net asset of approximately $252 million.  Additional information regarding the Company's fuel derivative contracts is included in the accompanying tables.

Excluding economic fuel and oil expense, profitsharing, and special items in both periods, first quarter 2014 operating costs increased 2.4 percent from first quarter 2013, and increased 3.5 percent on a unit basis.  Based on current cost trends, the Company expects both second quarter 2014 and full year 2014 unit costs, excluding fuel and oil expense, profitsharing, and special items, to increase, year-over-year, in the two to three percent range.  

Operating income for first quarter 2014 was $215 million, compared to $70 million in first quarter 2013.  Excluding special items, operating income was $242 million in first quarter 2014, compared to $112 million in the same period last year.  

Other income in first quarter 2014 was $29 million, compared to $24 million in first quarter 2013.  The $5 million increase primarily resulted from $53 million in other gains recognized in first quarter 2014, compared to $46 million recognized in first quarter 2013.  In both periods, these gains primarily resulted from unrealized mark-to-market net gains associated with a portion of the Company's fuel hedging portfolio, which are special items.  Excluding these special items, first quarter 2014 had $16 million in other losses, compared to $5 million in first quarter 2013, primarily attributable to the premium costs associated with the Company's fuel derivative contracts.  Second quarter 2014 premium costs related to fuel derivative contracts are currently estimated to be in the $15 million to $20 million range, compared to $12 million in second quarter 2013.  Net interest expense in first quarter 2014 was $24 million, compared to $22 million in first quarter 2013.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flows
As of April 23, 2014, the Company had approximately $3.5 billion in cash and short-term investments, and a fully available unsecured revolving credit line of $1 billion.  Net cash provided by operations during first quarter 2014 was $1.1 billion, and capital expenditures were $407 million, which included the payment for slots acquired at Washington's Reagan National Airport.  The Company repaid $46 million in debt and capital lease obligations during the first quarter 2014, and intends to repay approximately $500 million in debt and capital lease obligations during the remainder of 2014, which includes $35 million paid on April 1, 2014, associated with eight of the Company's Fixed-rate B717 Aircraft Notes due in 2017.

During first quarter 2014, the Company generated free cash flow* of $712 million. The Company returned approximately $371 million to its Shareholders through the payment of $56 million in dividends and the repurchase of $315 million in common stock, or 12 million shares, under its share repurchase program, including $200 million under an accelerated share repurchase program with a third party financial institution.  In first quarter, pursuant to the accelerated share repurchase program, the Company advanced $200 million to the financial institution and received approximately seven million shares of the Company's common stock, representing an estimated 75 percent of the shares the Company expects to purchase under the accelerated share repurchase program.  The specific number of shares that the Company ultimately will repurchase under the accelerated share repurchase program will be determined generally based on a discount to the volume-weighted average price per share of the Company's common stock during a calculation period to be completed by May 9, 2014.  At settlement, under certain circumstances, the third party financial institution may be required to deliver additional shares of common stock to the Company, or under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to deliver shares of its common stock or may elect to make a cash payment to the third party financial institution.  Since August 2011, the Company has repurchased $1.48 billion in common stock, or 124 million shares, under its $1.5 billion share repurchase authorization.

Fleet
During first quarter 2014, the Company's fleet was reduced by five to 676 aircraft at period end.  This reflects the first quarter 2014 delivery of two new Boeing 737-800s and six pre-owned Boeing 737-700s, as well as the retirement of one Boeing 737-300.  In addition, the Company removed 12 Boeing 717-200s from service during first quarter 2014 in preparation for transition.  Additional information regarding the Company's aircraft delivery schedule is included in the accompanying tables.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Named to FORTUNE's 2014 list of World's Most Admired Companies for the 20th consecutive year and notably, the only commercial airline to rank in the Top Ten
  • Received the top recognition for best customer experience in the airline industry, according to the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings
  • Received the Diamond Award by Air Cargo World with high marks for great Customer Service, Performance, Value, and use of Information Technology
  • Named Domestic Carrier of the Year by the Airforwarders Association for the fifth consecutive year
  • Named Domestic Airline of the Year by Express Delivery & Logistics Association for the 14th consecutive year
  • Named to the BetterInvesting Top 200 companies

Conference Call
Southwest will discuss its first quarter 2014 results on a conference call at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time today.  A live broadcast of the conference call also will be available at http://southwest.investorroom.com.

*Additional information regarding special items is included in the accompanying reconciliation tables.  See Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Specific forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements related to (i) the Company's financial outlook and projected results of operations; (ii) the Company's strategic initiatives generally and its related financial and operational expectations;  (iii) the Company's fleet plans, including its fleet modernization plans, and its related financial and operational goals and expectations; (iv) the Company's expectations with respect to its integration of AirTran, including anticipated integration timeframes and the expected benefits and costs associated with the integration; (v) the Company's growth plans, including its network and capacity plans, expectations, and opportunities; (vi) the Company's plans and expectations related to managing risk associated with changing jet fuel prices; and (vii) the Company's expectations with respect to liquidity (including its plans for the repayment of debt and capital lease obligations). These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current intent, expectations, and projections and are not guarantees of future performance.  These statements involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by them.  Factors include, among others, (i) demand for the Company's services and the impact of economic conditions, fuel prices, and actions of competitors (including without limitation pricing, scheduling, and capacity decisions and consolidation and alliance activities) on the Company's business decisions, plans, and strategies; (ii) the Company's ability to timely and effectively implement, transition, and maintain the necessary information technology systems and infrastructure to support its operations and initiatives; (iii) the Company's ability to timely and effectively prioritize its strategic initiatives and related expenditures;  (iv) the Company's ability to effectively integrate AirTran and realize the expected benefits from the acquisition; (v) the Company's dependence on third parties, in particular with respect to its fleet plans; (vi) changes in fuel prices, the impact of hedge accounting, and any changes to the Company's fuel hedging strategies and positions; (vii) the impact of governmental regulations and other actions related to the Company's operations; and (viii) other factors, as described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the detailed factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

 

 

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income

(in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

       
 

Three months ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2014

 

2013

 

Percent change

OPERATING REVENUES:

         

Passenger

$

3,933

   

$

3,838

   

2.5

Freight

40

   

39

   

2.6

Other

193

   

207

   

(6.8)

   Total operating revenues

4,166

   

4,084

   

2.0

           

OPERATING EXPENSES:

         

Salaries, wages, and benefits

1,275

   

1,183

   

7.8

Fuel and oil

1,314

   

1,457

   

(9.8)

Maintenance materials and repairs

250

   

291

   

(14.1)

Aircraft rentals

81

   

93

   

(12.9)

Landing fees and other rentals

266

   

266

   

Depreciation and amortization

221

   

210

   

5.2

Acquisition and integration

18

   

13

   

38.5

Other operating expenses

526

   

501

   

5.0

   Total operating expenses

3,951

   

4,014

   

(1.6)

           

OPERATING INCOME

215

   

70

   

207.1

           

OTHER EXPENSES (INCOME):

         

Interest expense

33

   

29

   

13.8

Capitalized interest

(7)

   

(5)

   

40.0

Interest income

(2)

   

(2)

   

Other (gains) losses, net

(53)

   

(46)

   

15.2

   Total other income

(29)

   

(24)

   

20.8

           

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

244

   

94

   

159.6

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

92

   

35

   

162.9

NET INCOME

$

152

   

$

59

   

157.6

           

NET INCOME PER SHARE:

         

Basic

$

0.22

   

$

0.08

     

Diluted

$

0.22

   

$

0.08

     
           

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:

   

Basic

698

   

725

     

Diluted

707

   

727

     

 

 

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Reconciliation of Reported Amounts to Non-GAAP Items

(See Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures)

(in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

       
 

Three months ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2014

 

2013

 

Percent Change

Fuel and oil expense, unhedged

$

1,332

   

$

1,405

     

Add (Deduct): Fuel hedge (gains) losses included in Fuel and oil expense

(18)

   

52

     

Fuel and oil expense, as reported

$

1,314

   

$

1,457

     

Deduct: Net impact from fuel contracts (1)

(9)

   

(29)

     

Fuel and oil expense, non-GAAP (economic)

$

1,305

   

$

1,428

   

(8.6)

           

Total operating expenses, as reported

$

3,951

   

$

4,014

     

Deduct: Net impact from fuel contracts (1)

(9)

   

(29)

     

Total operating expenses, economic

$

3,942

   

$

3,985

     

Deduct: Acquisition and integration costs

(18)

   

(13)

     

Total operating expenses, non-GAAP

$

3,924

   

$

3,972

   

(1.2)

Deduct: Profitsharing expense

(29)

   

(15)

     

Total operating expenses, non-GAAP, excluding Profitsharing

$

3,895

   

$

3,957

   

(1.6)

Deduct: Fuel and oil expense, non-GAAP (economic)

(1,305)

   

(1,428)

     

Total operating expenses, non-GAAP, excluding Profitsharing and fuel

$

2,590

   

$

2,529

   

2.4

           

Operating income, as reported

$

215

   

$

70

     

Add : Net impact from fuel contracts (1)

9

   

29

     

Operating income, economic

$

224

   

$

99

     

Add: Acquisition and integration costs

18

   

13

     

Operating income, non-GAAP

$

242

   

$

112

   

116.1

           

Other (gains) losses, net, as reported

$

(53)

   

$

(46)

     

Add: Net impact from fuel contracts (1)

69

   

51

     

Other (gains) losses, net, non-GAAP

$

16

   

$

5

   

220.0

           

Income before income taxes, as reported

$

244

   

$

94

     

Deduct: Net impact from fuel contracts (1)

(60)

   

(22)

     
 

$

184

   

$

72

     

Add: Acquisition and integration costs

18

   

13

     

Income before income taxes, non-GAAP

$

202

   

$

85

   

137.6

           

Net income, as reported

$

152

   

$

59

     

Deduct: Net impact from fuel contracts (1)

(60)

   

(22)

     

Add: Income tax impact of fuel contracts

23

   

8

     
 

$

115

   

$

45

     

Add: Acquisition and integration costs, net (2)

11

   

8

     

Net income, non-GAAP

$

126

   

$

53

   

137.7

           

Net income per share, diluted, as reported

$

0.22

   

$

0.08

     

Deduct: Net impact from fuel contracts (2)

(0.06)

   

(0.02)

     
 

$

0.16

   

$

0.06

     

Add: Impact of special items, net (2)

0.02

   

0.01

     

Net income per share, diluted, non-GAAP

$

0.18

   

$

0.07

   

157.1

   
   

(1)

See Reconciliation of Impact from Fuel Contracts.

(2)

Amounts net of tax.

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Reconciliation of Impact from Fuel Contracts

(See Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures)

(in millions)

(unaudited)

   
 

Three months ended

 

March 31,

 

2014

 

2013

Fuel and oil expense

     

Reclassification between Fuel and oil and Other (gains) losses, net,

  associated with current period settled contracts

$

(1)

   

$

 

Contracts settling in the current period, but for which gains

  have been recognized in a prior period (1)

(8)

   

(29)

 

Impact from fuel contracts to Fuel and oil expense

$

(9)

   

$

(29)

 
       

Operating Income

     

Reclassification between Fuel and oil and Other (gains) losses, net,

  associated with current period settled contracts

$

1

   

$

 

Contracts settling in the current period, but for which gains

  have been recognized in a prior period (1)

8

   

29

 

Impact from fuel contracts to Operating Income

$

9

   

$

29

 
       

Other (gains) losses, net

     

Mark-to-market impact from fuel contracts settling in future periods

$

55

   

$

61

 

Ineffectiveness from fuel hedges settling in future periods

13

   

(10)

 

Reclassification between Fuel and oil and Other (gains) losses, net,
  associated with current period settled contracts

1

   

 

Impact from fuel contracts to Other (gains) losses, net

$

69

   

$

51

 
       

Net Income

     

Mark-to-market impact from fuel contracts settling in future periods

$

(55)

   

$

(61)

 

Ineffectiveness from fuel hedges settling in future periods

(13)

   

10

 

Other net impact of fuel contracts settling in the current or a prior

  period (excluding reclassifications)

8

   

29

 

Impact from fuel contracts to Net Income (2)

$

(60)

   

$

(22)

 
   
   

(1)

As a result of prior hedge ineffectiveness and/or contracts marked-to-market through the income statement.

(2)

Excludes income tax impact of unrealized items.

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Comparative Consolidated Operating Statistics

(unaudited)

       
 

Three months ended

   
 

March 31,

   
 

2014

 

2013

 

Change

Revenue passengers carried

25,055,809

   

25,203,934

   

(0.6)%

Enplaned passengers

30,656,581

   

30,712,625

   

(0.2)%

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) (000s)

24,155,317

   

23,756,743

   

1.7%

Available seat miles (ASMs) (000s)

30,474,582

   

30,801,424

   

(1.1)%

Load factor

79.3

%

 

77.1

%

 

2.2 pts.

Average length of passenger haul (miles)

964

   

943

   

2.2%

Average aircraft stage length (miles)

710

   

693

   

2.5%

Trips flown

299,638

   

318,514

   

(5.9)%

Average passenger fare

$

156.96

   

$

152.29

   

3.1%

Passenger revenue yield per RPM (cents)

16.28

   

16.16

   

0.7%

RASM (cents)

13.67

   

13.26

   

3.1%

PRASM (cents)

12.90

   

12.46

   

3.5%

CASM (cents)

12.96

   

13.03

   

(0.5)%

CASM, excluding fuel (cents)

8.65

   

8.30

   

4.2%

CASM, excluding special items (cents)

12.88

   

12.89

   

(0.1)%

CASM, excluding fuel and special items (cents)

8.59

   

8.26

   

4.0%

CASM, excluding fuel, special items, and profitsharing (cents)

8.50

   

8.21

   

3.5%

Fuel costs per gallon, including fuel tax (unhedged)

$

3.14

   

$

3.24

   

(3.1)%

Fuel costs per gallon, including fuel tax

$

3.10

   

$

3.36

   

(7.7)%

Fuel costs per gallon, including fuel tax (economic)

$

3.08

   

$

3.29

   

(6.4)%

Fuel consumed, in gallons (millions)

422

   

432

   

(2.3)%

Active fulltime equivalent Employees

45,163

   

45,791

   

(1.4)%

Aircraft at end of period

676

   

699

   

(3.3)%

RASM (unit revenue) - Operating revenue yield per ASM
PRASM (Passenger unit revenue) - Passenger revenue yield per ASM
CASM (unit costs) - Operating expenses per ASM
Aircraft at end of period - Aircraft in the Company's fleet at period end, less Boeing 717-200s removed from service in preparation for transition out of the fleet

 

 

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)

(See Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures)

(in millions)

(unaudited)

       
 

Twelve Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

March 31, 2014

 

March 31, 2013

Operating Income, as reported

$           1,423

 

$            672

Net impact from fuel contracts

63

 

86

Acquisition and integration costs

92

 

182

Operating Income, non-GAAP

$           1,578

 

$            940

Net adjustment for aircraft leases (1)

144

 

121

Adjustment for fuel hedge accounting

(73)

 

(35)

Adjusted Operating Income, non-GAAP

$           1,649

 

$           1,026

       

Average invested capital (2)

$         11,573

 

$       12,261

Equity adjustment for hedge accounting

23

 

98

Adjusted average invested capital

$           11,596

 

$       12,359

       

ROIC, pre-tax

14.2%

 

8.3%

   
   

(1)

Net adjustment related to presumption that all aircraft in fleet are owned (i.e., the impact of eliminating aircraft rent expense and replacing with estimated depreciation expense for those same aircraft).

(2)

Average invested capital represents a five quarter average of debt, net present value of aircraft leases, and equity.

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(in millions)

(unaudited)

       
 

March 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

ASSETS

     

Current assets:

     

   Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,741

   

$

1,355

 

   Short-term investments

1,757

   

1,797

 

   Accounts and other receivables

457

   

419

 

   Inventories of parts and supplies, at cost

438

   

467

 

   Deferred income taxes

180

   

168

 

   Prepaid expenses and other current assets

241

   

250

 

      Total current assets

4,814

   

4,456

 

Property and equipment, at cost:

     

   Flight equipment

17,107

   

16,937

 

   Ground property and equipment

2,716

   

2,666

 

   Deposits on flight equipment purchase contracts

762

   

764

 

   Assets constructed for others

478

   

453

 
 

21,063

   

20,820

 

   Less allowance for depreciation and amortization

7,643

   

7,431

 
 

13,420

   

13,389

 

Goodwill

970

   

970

 

Other assets

772

   

530

 
 

$

19,976

   

$

19,345

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

     

Current liabilities:

     

   Accounts payable

$

1,299

   

$

1,247

 

   Accrued liabilities

1,168

   

1,229

 

   Air traffic liability

3,332

   

2,571

 

   Current maturities of long-term debt

642

   

629

 

      Total current liabilities

6,441

   

5,676

 
       

Long-term debt less current maturities

2,172

   

2,191

 

Deferred income taxes

2,997

   

2,934

 

Construction obligation

450

   

437

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

726

   

771

 

Stockholders' equity:

     

   Common stock

808

   

808

 

   Capital in excess of par value

1,256

   

1,231

 

   Retained earnings

6,555

   

6,431

 

   Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(12)

   

(3)

 

   Treasury stock, at cost

(1,417)

   

(1,131)

 

       Total stockholders' equity

7,190

   

7,336

 
 

$

19,976

   

$

19,345

 

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

(in millions)

(unaudited)

   
 

Three months ended March 31,

 

2014

 

2013

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

     

    Net income

$

152

   

$

59

 

    Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used in) 

    operating activities:

     

    Depreciation and amortization

221

   

210

 

    Unrealized gains on fuel derivative instruments

(60)

   

(21)

 

    Deferred income taxes

92

   

2

 

    Changes in certain assets and liabilities:

     

       Accounts and other receivables

(72)

   

(97)

 

       Other assets

7

   

(25)

 

       Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

24

   

120

 

       Air traffic liability

761

   

707

 

       Cash collateral received from derivative counterparties

11

   

28

 

    Other, net

(17)

   

 

    Net cash provided by operating activities

1,119

   

983

 
       

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

     

    Payments for purchase of property and equipment, net

(407)

   

(534)

 

    Purchases of short-term investments

(770)

   

(725)

 

    Proceeds from sales of short-term and other investments

819

   

787

 

    Net cash used in investing activities

(358)

   

(472)

 
       

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

     

    Proceeds from Employee stock plans

49

   

6

 

    Payments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

(46)

   

(164)

 

    Payments of cash dividends

(56)

   

(15)

 

    Repayment of construction obligation

(3)

   

 

    Repurchase of common stock

(315)

   

(100)

 

    Other, net

(4)

   

(13)

 

    Net cash used in financing activities

(375)

   

(286)

 
       

NET CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

386

   

225

 
       

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

1,355

   

1,113

 
       

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

$

1,741

   

$

1,338

 

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

Fuel Derivative Contracts

As of April 21, 2014

   
 

Estimated economic jet fuel price per gallon,

including taxes

Average Brent Crude Oil  price per barrel

2Q 2014 (2)

Full Year 2014 (2)

$85

$2.35 - $2.40

$2.60 - $2.65

$95

$2.65 - $2.70

$2.75 - $2.80

Current Market (1)

$3.00 - $3.10

$3.00 - $3.10

$115

$3.15 - $3.20

$3.15 - $3.20

$125

$3.40 - $3.45

$3.30 - $3.35

   

Period

Average percent of estimated fuel consumption covered by fuel derivative contracts at varying WTI/Brent crude oil and Gulf Coast jet fuel-equivalent price levels

2Q 2014

Approx. 15%

Full Year 2014

Approx. 20%

2015

Approx. 50%

2016

Approx. 35%

2017

Approx. 50%

2018

Approx. 5%

   
   

(1)

Brent crude oil average market prices as of April 21, 2014, were approximately $109 per barrel for second quarter 2014 and $108 per barrel for full year 2014.

(2)

The Company currently has approximately 15 percent of its second quarter 2014 estimated fuel consumption covered by fuel derivative contracts at varying crude oil-equivalent prices. For full year 2014, the Company currently has approximately 10 percent of its full year 2014 estimated fuel consumption covered by fuel derivative contracts at varying crude oil-equivalent prices; and approximately 10 percent at Gulf Coast jet fuel-equivalent prices.  The economic fuel price per gallon sensitivities provided above assume the relationship between Brent crude oil and refined products based on market prices as of April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

Southwest Airlines Co.

   

737 Delivery Schedule

   

As of March 31, 2014

   
                 
 

The Boeing Company

 

The Boeing Company

   
 

737 NG

 

737 MAX

   
 

-700

Firm

Orders

 

-800

Firm 

Orders

Options

Additional

 -700s

-7

Firm

Orders

-8

Firm

Orders

 

Options

Total

 

2014

   

33

 

 

14

 

 

   

 

47

(3)

 

2015

   

19

 

 

5

 

 

   

 

24

   

2016

31

   

 

12

 

 

 

   

 

43

   

2017

15

   

 

12

 

 

 

14

   

 

41

   

2018

10

   

 

12

 

 

 

13

   

 

35

   

2019

   

 

 

 

15

 

10

   

 

25

   

2020

   

 

 

 

14

 

22

   

 

36

   

2021

   

 

 

 

1

 

33

   

18

 

52

   

2022

   

 

 

 

 

30

   

19

 

49

   

2023

   

 

 

 

 

24

   

23

 

47

   

2024

   

 

 

 

 

24

   

23

 

47

   

2025

   

 

 

 

 

   

36

 

36

   

2026

   

 

 

 

 

   

36

 

36

   

2027

   

 

 

 

 

   

36

 

36

   
 

56

(1)

 

52

 

36

 

19

 

30

 

170

(2)

 

191

 

554

   
   
   

(1)

The Company has flexibility to substitute 737-800s in lieu of 737-700 firm orders.

(2)

The Company has flexibility to substitute MAX 7 in lieu of  MAX 8 firm orders beginning in 2019.

(3)

Includes two 737-800s and six pre-owned 737-700s delivered as of March 31, 2014.

NOTE REGARDING USE OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP. These GAAP financial statements include (i) unrealized non-cash adjustments and reclassifications, which can be significant, as a result of accounting requirements and elections made under accounting pronouncements relating to derivative instruments and hedging and (ii) other charges the Company believes are not indicative of its ongoing operational performance.

As a result, the Company also provides financial information in this release that was not prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to the information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company provides supplemental non-GAAP financial information, including results that it refers to as "economic," which the Company's management utilizes to evaluate its ongoing financial performance and the Company believes provides greater transparency to investors as supplemental information to its GAAP results. The Company's economic financial results differ from GAAP results in that they only include the actual cash settlements from fuel hedge contracts--all reflected within Fuel and oil expense in the period of settlement. Thus, Fuel and oil expense on an economic basis reflects the Company's actual net cash outlays for fuel during the applicable period, inclusive of settled fuel derivative contracts. Any net premium costs paid related to option contracts are reflected as a component of Other (gains) losses, net, for both GAAP and non-GAAP (including economic) purposes in the period of contract settlement. The Company believes these economic results provide a better measure of the impact of the Company's fuel hedges on its operating performance and liquidity since they exclude the unrealized, non-cash adjustments and reclassifications that are recorded in GAAP results in accordance with accounting guidance relating to derivative instruments, and they reflect all cash settlements related to fuel derivative contracts within Fuel and oil expense. This enables the Company's management, as well as investors, to consistently assess the Company's operating performance on a year-over-year or quarter-over-quarter basis after considering all efforts in place to manage fuel expense. However, because these measures are not determined in accordance with GAAP, such measures are susceptible to varying calculations and not all companies calculate the measures in the same manner. As a result, the aforementioned measures, as presented, may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

Further information on (i) the Company's fuel hedging program, (ii) the requirements of accounting for derivative instruments, and (iii) the causes of hedge ineffectiveness and/or mark-to-market gains or losses from derivative instruments is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

In addition to its "economic" financial measures, as defined above, the Company has also provided other non-GAAP financial measures, including results that it refers to as "excluding special items," as a result of items that the Company believes are not indicative of its ongoing operations.  These include expenses associated with the Company's acquisition and integration of AirTran.   The Company believes that evaluation of its financial performance can be enhanced by a presentation of results that exclude the impact of these items in order to evaluate the results on a comparative basis with results in prior periods that do not include such items and as a basis for evaluating operating results in future periods.  As a result of the Company's acquisition of AirTran, which closed on May 2, 2011, the Company has incurred and expects to continue to incur substantial charges associated with integration of the two companies.  While the Company cannot predict the exact timing or amounts of such charges, it does expect to treat the charges as special items in its future presentation of non-GAAP results.

The Company has also provided free cash flow and return on invested capital, which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes free cash flow is a meaningful measure because it demonstrates the Company's ability to service its debt, pay dividends and make investments to enhance Shareholder value. Although free cash flow is commonly used as a measure of liquidity, definitions of free cash flow may differ; therefore, the Company is providing an explanation of its calculation for free cash flow. For the three months ended March 31, 2014, the Company generated $712 million in free cash flow, calculated as operating cash flows of $1.119 billion less capital expenditures of $407 million. The Company believes return on invested capital is a meaningful measure because it quantifies how well the Company generates operating income relative to the capital it has invested in its business.  Although return on invested capital is commonly used as a measure of capital efficiency, definitions of return on invested capital may differ; therefore, the Company is providing an explanation of its calculation for return on invested capital (before taxes and excluding special items) in the accompanying reconciliation tables to the press release (See Return on Invested Capital).  

SOURCE Southwest Airlines Co.

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