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American Airlines Group Reports Second Quarter 2019 Profit

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FORT WORTH, Texas, July 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) today reported its second quarter 2019 results, including these highlights:

  • Reported second quarter 2019 pre-tax income of $882 million and net income of $662 million. Excluding net special items, pre-tax income and net income rose more than 5% to $1.1 billion and $810 million,1 respectively.
  • Second quarter earnings were $1.49 per diluted share. Excluding net special items, earnings per share grew 10% year over year to $1.82 per diluted share 1 .
  • Reported record second quarter revenue of $12 billion. Also reported record second quarter total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) — the 11th consecutive quarter of TRASM growth.

“Our team members did a tremendous job to deliver solid results despite a challenging start to our summer,” said Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. “Their extraordinary efforts led to an increase in earnings and record revenue performance, and we thank our team for their expertise and care for our customers.”

“These strong results in the face of near-term adversity, coupled with our ongoing initiatives, give us great confidence in the future of American Airlines.”

Second Quarter Revenue and Expenses

Pre-tax earnings excluding net special items for the second quarter of 2019 were $1.1 billion, a 5% increase from the second quarter of 2018. Excluding net special items, earnings were $1.82 per diluted share, up 10% year over year.

  GAAP   Non-GAAP 1
  2Q19 2Q18   2Q19 2Q18
           
Operating income ($ mil)   1,153   1,004     1,274   1,186
           
Pre-tax income ($ mil)   882   756     1,072   1,018
Pre-tax margin 7.4% 6.5%   9.0% 8.7%
           
Net income ($ mil)   662   556     810   770
           
Earnings per diluted share $   1.49 $   1.20   $   1.82 $   1.66
           

Continued strength in passenger demand drove a 2.7% year-over-year increase in second quarter 2019 total revenue to $12 billion, a record for the quarter. Driven by a record second quarter total passenger load factor of 86.6%, passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) grew 4% to a record 15.22 cents. Cargo revenue decreased 15.4% to $221 million due primarily to a 16.2% decrease in cargo ton miles. Other revenue was up 2.9% to $728 million due primarily to higher revenue from the company’s loyalty program. Marking the 11th consecutive quarter of growth, second quarter TRASM increased by 3.5% to a record 16.54 cents on a 0.8% decrease in total available seat miles.

Total second quarter 2019 operating expenses were $10.8 billion, up 1.6% year over year. Total operating cost per available seat mile (CASM) was 14.94 cents in the second quarter of 2019, up 2.4% from second quarter 2018. Excluding fuel and special items, second quarter CASM was 11.34 cents, up 4.8% year over year, driven primarily by lower than planned capacity due to the Boeing 737 MAX grounding and operational disruptions related to an illegal work slowdown by our mechanics’ union in an effort to influence contract talks.

Fleet Update

On March 13, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all U.S.-registered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The American fleet currently includes 24 MAX aircraft with an additional 76 aircraft on order, of which seven were scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter. The company now estimates that the cancellations in the second quarter negatively impacted pre-tax income by approximately $175 million.

The company has removed all MAX flying from its flight schedule through Nov. 2. With the flight cancellations extending an additional two months, the company now expects the MAX cancellations will negatively impact its full year 2019 pre-tax earnings by approximately $400 million.

Strategic Objectives

American’s success is guided by three strategic objectives: Create a world-class customer experience, make culture a competitive advantage and build American Airlines to thrive forever.

Create a world-class customer experience

American has invested more than $28 billion in its people, product and fleet over the past five years — the largest investment of any carrier in commercial aviation history. In the second quarter, American:

  • Continued to evolve American’s fleet by taking delivery of 14 new aircraft and operating its first customer flight on the Airbus A321neo, a fuel-efficient aircraft equipped with power at every seat, larger overhead bins and free wireless entertainment to each customer’s own device, including free live television.
  • Completed a two-year retrofit of Premium Economy, which offers more legroom, wider seats and enhanced meal service on long-haul international flights and select flights to Alaska and Hawaii. American also took the top spot for Premium Economy service in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, beating all other U.S. carriers.
  • Opened American’s Flagship Lounge and Flagship First Dining in Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) providing customers with quiet spaces to rest, luxury showers and a high-end, sit-down dining experience.
  • Launched DFW 900, the company’s strategic growth plan that involved the opening of the airline’s new Terminal E Satellite facility with 15 new gates and increased departures at its hub by more than 100 per day. 
  • Debuted Bang & Olufsen noise-cancelling headsets for customers in first and business class.
  • The AAdvantage program was named Best Elite Program for the Americas at the Freddie Awards, for the eighth year in a row.
  • Unveiled the new Great Hall in Terminal B at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), providing customers with a more comfortable airport experience, local flavor and innovative technology.

Make culture a competitive advantage

Taking care of team members translates into better customer care. We continue to invest in improved tools, training and support for team members and in the second quarter, American:

  • Recognized American’s Maintenance team through systemwide celebrations on Aviation Maintenance Technician Day and launched the new Ken MacTiernan Excellence in Aviation Maintenance Award.
  • Opened its 29th domestic Line Maintenance station at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).
  • Cut the ribbon on a brand new Terminal 5 ticket counter and break room at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the first major milestone toward the completion of the $1.6 billion modernization project for Terminals 4 and 5.
  • Began moving team members to the expanded Robert L. Crandall Campus in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Named among the Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for the fourth year in a row.
  • Contributed $858 million to American’s pension plans, bringing the 2019 contribution total to $1.2 billion — $436 million in excess of the required minimum contribution.
  • Awarded $976,000 in scholarships to 360 children of team members at a ceremony in Dallas as part of the American Airlines Education Foundation scholarship program.
  • Accrued $67 million for the company’s profit-sharing program, bringing the year-to-date accrual to $87 million.

Build American Airlines to thrive forever

With a nearly 100-year legacy, American is building a company that we expect to be consistently profitable today and in the future. This long-term initiative was furthered during the second quarter as American:

  • Launched 50 new routes, including new service to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Berlin, Germany.
  • Awarded tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for additional service to Tokyo’s Haneda (HND) from LAX and DFW, providing American’s customers better access to downtown Tokyo and to the domestic network of its Pacific Joint Business partner, Japan Airlines.
  • Received approval from the DOT of its joint business between American and Qantas, allowing for commercial integration between the carriers on routes between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.
  • Rolled out new technology initiatives for customers, including pre-paid bag functionality, automation to handle operationally driven overbooked flights and instant buy-up opportunities.
  • Agreed to purchase 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft, the new longer-range version of the A321neo, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2023. The agreement includes the conversion of 30 of American’s existing A321neo slots to A321XLRs and the exercise of options for an additional 20 A321XLRs.
  • Announced plans to develop a sixth terminal at DFW that could add up to 24 gates, with the first section of the terminal expected to open as soon as 2025. The plans also include investing in enhancements in Terminal C.

Quarterly Dividend
American declared a dividend of $0.10 per share to be paid on Aug. 21, 2019, to stockholders of record as of Aug. 7, 2019.

Guidance and Investor Update
American expects its third quarter 2019 TRASM to be up 1% to 3% year over year. The company also expects its third quarter 2019 pre-tax margin excluding net special items to be between 5.5% and 7.5%2. Based on today’s guidance, American now expects its 2019 diluted earnings per share excluding net special items to be between $4.50 and $62.

For additional financial forecasting detail, please refer to the company’s investor update, filed with this release with the SEC on Form 8-K. This filing will be available at aa.com/investorrelations.

Conference Call/Webcast Details
The company will conduct a live audio webcast of its earnings call today at 7:30 a.m. CT, which will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at aa.com/investorrelations. An archive of the webcast will be available on the website through Aug. 26.

Notes
See the accompanying notes in the Financial Tables section of this press release for further explanation, including a reconciliation of all GAAP to non-GAAP financial information.

1Second quarter 2019 operating special items principally included $77 million of fleet restructuring expenses (non-cash) and $39 million of merger integration expense. Nonoperating special items principally included $52 million of mark-to-market net unrealized losses (non-cash) primarily associated with the company’s equity investment in China Southern Airlines.
2American is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking projections to GAAP, as the nature or amount of special items cannot be determined at this time.

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life’s journey, American’s 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually. Since 2013, American has invested more than $28 billion in its product and people and now flies the youngest fleet among U.S. network carriers, equipped with industry-leading high-speed Wi-Fi, lie-flat seats, and more inflight entertainment and access to power. American also has enhanced food and beverage options in the air and on the ground in its world-class Admirals Club and Flagship lounges. American was recently named a Five Star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association and Airline of the Year by Air Transport World. American is a founding member of oneworld®, whose members serve 1,100 destinations in 180 countries and territories. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what’s happening at American by visiting news.aa.com and connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Information
Certain of the statements contained in this report should be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Securities Act), the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “continue,” “seek,” “target,” “guidance,” “outlook,” “if current trends continue,” “optimistic,” “forecast” and other similar words. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, estimates and strategies for the future, and other statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements are based on our current objectives, beliefs and expectations, and they are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and financial position and timing of certain events to differ materially from the information in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 (especially in Part I, Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, and Part II, Item 1A. Risk Factors), and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There may be other factors of which we are not currently aware that may affect matters discussed in the forward-looking statements and may also cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. We do not assume any obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements other than as required by law. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the statement.

                             
                             
American Airlines Group Inc.    
 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations     
(In millions, except share and per share amounts)    
(Unaudited)    
                             
    3 Months Ended
June 30,
  Percent     6 Months Ended
June 30,
  Percent  
    2019   2018 (1)   Change     2019   2018 (1)   Change  
                             
Operating revenues:                            
Passenger   $   11,011   $   10,674     3.2     $   20,669   $   20,154     2.6  
Cargo     221     261     (15.4)       439     488     (10.1)  
Other     728     708     2.9       1,436     1,402     2.4  
Total operating revenues     11,960     11,643     2.7       22,544     22,044     2.3  
                             
Operating expenses:                            
Aircraft fuel and related taxes     1,995     2,103     (5.1)       3,722     3,866     (3.7)  
Salaries, wages and benefits     3,200     3,095     3.4       6,290     6,111     2.9  
Regional expenses:                            
Fuel     487     465     4.7       909     863     5.4  
Depreciation and amortization     83     82     0.5       162     165     (1.9)  
Other     1,316     1,246     5.7       2,577     2,462     4.7  
Maintenance, materials and repairs     575     505     13.9       1,136     973     16.7  
Other rent and landing fees     535     495     8.2       1,039     962     8.0  
Aircraft rent     334     311     7.7       661     621     6.6  
Selling expenses     401     385     3.9       771     742     3.9  
Depreciation and amortization     489     457     7.0       969     898     8.0  
Special items, net     121     182     (33.6)       259     407     (36.5)  
Other     1,271     1,313     (3.2)       2,521     2,574     (2.0)  
Total operating expenses     10,807     10,639     1.6       21,016     20,644     1.8  
                             
Operating income     1,153     1,004     14.8       1,528     1,400     9.1  
                             
Nonoperating income (expense):                            
Interest income     35     30     15.2       68     55     23.6  
Interest expense, net     (275)     (263)     4.5       (546)     (525)     3.9  
Other income (expense), net     (31)     (15)     97.8       78     64     22.1  
Total nonoperating expense, net     (271)     (248)     9.0       (400)     (406)     (1.7)  
                             
Income before income taxes     882     756     16.7       1,128     994     13.5  
                             
Income tax provision     220     200     10.5       281     278     0.9  
                             
Net income   $   662   $   556     18.9     $   847   $   716     18.4  
                             
                             
Earnings per common share:                            
Basic    $   1.49   $   1.20         $   1.89   $   1.53      
Diluted   $   1.49   $   1.20         $   1.88   $   1.52      
                             
Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands):                            
Basic      445,008     463,533           448,479     467,915      
Diluted     445,587     464,618           449,508     469,608      
                             
(1) In the fourth quarter of 2018, the company adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02: Leases (Topic 842) (the New Lease Standard) as of January 1, 2018. In accordance with the New Lease Standard, the company has recast its 2018 financial information included herein to reflect the effects of adoption. For additional information, see Note 1(b) to AAG’s Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8A of its 2018 Form 10-K filed on February 25, 2019.    
                             
Note: Percent change may not recalculate due to rounding.                        


                             
                             
American Airlines Group Inc.
Consolidated Operating Statistics
(Unaudited)
                             
    3 Months Ended
June 30,
        6 Months Ended
June 30,
     
    2019   2018   Change     2019   2018   Change  
                             
Mainline                            
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     55,277     54,118     2.1 %     103,758     101,126     2.6 %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)     63,195     64,452     (2.0) %     121,518     122,416     (0.7) %
Passenger load factor (percent)     87.5     84.0     3.5 pts     85.4     82.6     2.8 pts
                             
Passenger enplanements (thousands)     40,007     38,574     3.7 %     76,553     73,414     4.3 %
Departures (thousands)     279     280     (0.4) %     550     543     1.2 %
Aircraft at end of period     966     955     1.2 %     966     955     1.2 %
                             
Block hours (thousands)     877     900     (2.6) %     1,712     1,731     (1.1) %
Average stage length (miles)     1,219     1,254     (2.8) %     1,199     1,236     (3.0) %
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions)     938     944     (0.6) %     1,791     1,789     0.1 %
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon)      2.13     2.23     (4.6) %     2.08     2.16     (3.9) %
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period     106,100     106,600     (0.5) %     106,100     106,600     (0.5) %
                             
Regional (1)                            
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     7,381     6,661     10.8 %     13,702     12,599     8.8 %
Available seat miles (millions)     9,127     8,441     8.1 %     17,478     16,301     7.2 %
Passenger load factor (percent)     80.9     78.9     2.0 pts     78.4     77.3     1.1 pts
                             
Passenger enplanements (thousands)     15,457     14,486     6.7 %     28,845     27,272     5.8 %
Aircraft at end of period     613     604     1.5 %     613     604     1.5 %
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions)     220     203     8.8 %     420     388     8.2 %
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon)      2.21     2.29     (3.7) %     2.17     2.22     (2.7) %
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period (2)     27,700     25,000     10.8 %     27,700     25,000     10.8 %
                             
Total Mainline & Regional                            
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     62,658     60,779     3.1 %     117,460     113,725     3.3 %
Available seat miles (millions)     72,322     72,893     (0.8) %     138,996     138,717     0.2 %
Passenger load factor (percent)     86.6     83.4     3.2 pts     84.5     82.0     2.5 pts
Yield (cents)     17.57     17.56     0.1 %     17.60     17.72     (0.7) %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)     15.22     14.64     4.0 %     14.87     14.53     2.4 %
Total revenue per ASM (cents)     16.54     15.97     3.5 %     16.22     15.89     2.1 %
Cargo ton miles (millions)     644     768     (16.2) %     1,269     1,455     (12.8) %
Cargo yield per ton mile (cents)     34.29     34.00     0.8 %     34.57     33.54     3.1 %
                             
Passenger enplanements (thousands)     55,464     53,060     4.5 %     105,398     100,686     4.7 %
Aircraft at end of period     1,579     1,559     1.3 %     1,579     1,559     1.3 %
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions)     1,158     1,147     1.1 %     2,211     2,177     1.6 %
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon)      2.14     2.24     (4.4) %     2.09     2.17     (3.6) %
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period     133,800     131,600     1.7 %     133,800     131,600     1.7 %
                             
Operating cost per ASM (cents)     14.94     14.59     2.4 %     15.12     14.88     1.6 %
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items (cents)     14.78     14.34     3.0 %     14.93     14.59     2.4 %
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items and fuel (cents)     11.34     10.82     4.8 %     11.60     11.18     3.8 %
                             
                             
(1) Regional includes wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase carriers.              
(2) Regional full-time equivalent employees only include our wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries.
                             
Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.                            

 

                               
American Airlines Group Inc.
Consolidated Revenue Statistics by Region
(Unaudited)
                               
      3 Months Ended
June 30,
        6 Months Ended
June 30,
     
      2019   2018   Change     2019   2018   Change  
                               
Domestic (1)                            
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     41,477     40,067     3.5 %     79,194     76,328     3.8 %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)     47,050     46,817     0.5 %     92,332     90,709     1.8 %
Passenger load factor (percent)     88.2     85.6     2.6 pts     85.8     84.1     1.7 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)     8,009     7,685     4.2 %     15,235     14,648     4.0 %
Yield (cents)     19.31     19.18     0.7 %     19.24     19.19     0.2 %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)     17.02     16.41     3.7 %     16.50     16.15     2.2 %
                               
Latin America (2)                            
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     7,829     7,903     (0.9) %     16,179     15,988     1.2 %
Available seat miles (millions)     9,157     9,894     (7.4) %     19,364     20,133     (3.8) %
Passenger load factor (percent)     85.5     79.9     5.6 pts     83.6     79.4     4.2 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)     1,241     1,284     (3.4) %     2,612     2,729     (4.3) %
Yield (cents)     15.85     16.25     (2.5) %     16.14     17.07     (5.4) %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)     13.55     12.98     4.4 %     13.49     13.55     (0.5) %
                               
Atlantic                              
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     9,763     8,855     10.3 %     14,806     13,521     9.5 %
Available seat miles (millions)     11,898     11,306     5.2 %     18,724     18,052     3.7 %
Passenger load factor (percent)     82.1     78.3     3.8 pts     79.1     74.9     4.2 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)     1,407     1,298     8.4 %     2,080     1,967     5.8 %
Yield (cents)     14.41     14.66     (1.7) %     14.05     14.55     (3.4) %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)     11.83     11.48     3.0 %     11.11     10.90     2.0 %
                               
Pacific                              
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     3,589     3,954     (9.2) %     7,281     7,888     (7.7) %
Available seat miles (millions)     4,217     4,876     (13.5) %     8,576     9,823     (12.7) %
Passenger load factor (percent)     85.1     81.1     4.0 pts     84.9     80.3     4.6 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)     354     407     (13.1) %     742     810     (8.5) %
Yield (cents)     9.86     10.29     (4.3) %     10.18     10.27     (0.9) %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)     8.39     8.35     0.5 %     8.65     8.25     4.8 %
                               
Total International                            
Revenue passenger miles (millions)     21,181     20,712     2.3 %     38,266     37,397     2.3 %
Available seat miles (millions)     25,272     26,076     (3.1) %     46,664     48,008     (2.8) %
Passenger load factor (percent)     83.8     79.4     4.4 pts     82.0     77.9     4.1 pts
Passenger revenue (dollars in millions)     3,002     2,989     0.4 %     5,434     5,506     (1.3) %
Yield (cents)     14.17     14.43     (1.8) %     14.20     14.72     (3.6) %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)     11.88     11.46     3.6 %     11.64     11.47     1.5 %
                               
(1) Domestic results include Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
(2) Latin America results include the Caribbean.
                               
Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.                        


Reconciliation of GAAP Financial Information to Non-GAAP Financial Information                         
                           
American Airlines Group Inc. (the company) sometimes uses financial measures that are derived from the condensed consolidated financial statements but that are not presented in accordance with GAAP to understand and evaluate its current operating performance and to allow for period-to-period comparisons. The company believes these non-GAAP financial measures may also provide useful information to investors and others. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures of other companies, and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance, cash flow or liquidity prepared in accordance with GAAP. The company is providing a reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable financial measures on a GAAP basis.

The tables below present the reconciliations of the following GAAP measures to their non-GAAP measures:

- Pre-Tax Income (GAAP measure) to Pre-Tax Income Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Pre-Tax Margin (GAAP measure) to Pre-Tax Margin Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Net Income (GAAP measure) to Net Income Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share (GAAP measure) to Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP measure)
- Operating Income (GAAP measure) to Operating Income Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP measure)

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate the company's current operating performance and to allow for period-to-period comparisons. As special items may vary from period-to-period in nature and amount, the adjustment to exclude special items allows management an additional tool to understand the company’s core operating performance.

Additionally, the tables below present the reconciliations of total operating costs (GAAP measure) to total operating costs excluding special items and fuel (non-GAAP measure). Management uses total operating costs excluding special items and fuel to evaluate the company's current operating performance and for period-to-period comparisons. The price of fuel, over which the company has no control, impacts the comparability of period-to-period financial performance. The adjustment to exclude aircraft fuel and special items allows management an additional tool to understand and analyze the company’s non-fuel costs and core operating performance.
                           
      3 Months Ended
June 30,
  Percent Change   6 Months Ended
June 30,
  Percent Change
  Reconciliation of Pre-Tax Income Excluding Special Items   2019   2018     2019  2018 
      (in millions, except per share amounts)       (in millions, except per share amounts)    
                           
  Pre-tax income as reported   $   882   $   756       $   1,128   $   994    
  Pre-tax special items:                        
    Special items, net (1)     121     182         259     407    
    Nonoperating special items, net (2)     69     80         (1)     80    
  Total pre-tax special items     190     262         258     487    
                           
  Pre-tax income excluding special items   $   1,072   $   1,018   5.3%   $   1,386   $   1,481   -6.4%
                           
                           
  Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin                        
                           
  Pre-tax income as reported   $   882   $   756       $   1,128   $   994    
                           
  Total operating revenues as reported   $   11,960   $   11,643       $   22,544   $   22,044    
                           
  Pre-tax margin   7.4%   6.5%       5.0%   4.5%    
                           
                           
  Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin Excluding Special Items                        
                           
  Pre-tax income excluding special items   $   1,072   $   1,018       $   1,386   $   1,481    
                           
  Total operating revenues as reported   $   11,960   $   11,643       $   22,544   $   22,044    
                           
  Pre-tax margin excluding special items   9.0%   8.7%       6.1%   6.7%    
                           
                           
  Reconciliation of Net Income Excluding Special Items                        
                           
  Net income as reported   $   662   $   556       $   847   $   716    
  Special items:                        
    Total pre-tax special items (1), (2)     190     262         258     487    
    Income tax special items, net (3)   -     18        -     40    
    Net tax effect of special items     (42)     (66)         (58)     (120)    
  Net income excluding special items   $   810   $   770   5.1%   $   1,047   $   1,123   -6.8%
                           
                           
  Reconciliation of Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share Excluding Special Items                        
                           
  Net income excluding special items   $   810   $   770       $   1,047   $   1,123    
                           
  Shares used for computation (in thousands):                        
    Basic     445,008     463,533         448,479     467,915    
    Diluted     445,587     464,618         449,508     469,608    
                           
  Earnings per share excluding special items:                        
    Basic   $   1.82   $   1.66       $   2.33   $   2.40    
    Diluted   $   1.82   $   1.66       $   2.33   $   2.39    
                           
      3 Months Ended
June 30,
      6 Months Ended
June 30,
   
  Reconciliation of Operating Income Excluding Special Items   2019   2018       2019   2018    
      (in millions)       (in millions)    
                           
  Operating income as reported   $   1,153   $   1,004       $   1,528   $   1,400    
                           
  Special items:                        
    Special items, net (1)     121     182         259     407    
  Operating income excluding special items   $   1,274   $   1,186       $   1,787   $   1,807    
                           
                           
  Reconciliation of Total Operating Cost per ASM Excluding Special Items and Fuel                        
                           
  Total operating expenses as reported   $   10,807   $   10,639       $   21,016   $   20,644    
                           
  Special items:                        
    Special items, net (1)     (121)     (182)         (259)     (407)    
  Total operating expenses, excluding special items     10,686     10,457         20,757     20,237    
                           
  Fuel:                        
    Aircraft fuel and related taxes - mainline     (1,995)     (2,103)         (3,722)     (3,866)    
    Aircraft fuel and related taxes - regional     (487)     (465)         (909)     (863)    
  Total operating expenses, excluding special items and fuel    $   8,204   $   7,889       $   16,126   $   15,508    
                           
      (in cents)       (in cents)    
                           
  Total operating expenses per ASM as reported     14.94     14.59         15.12     14.88    
                           
  Special items per ASM:                        
    Special items, net (1)     (0.17)     (0.25)         (0.19)     (0.29)    
  Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items     14.78     14.34         14.93     14.59    
                           
  Fuel per ASM:                        
    Aircraft fuel and related taxes - mainline     (2.76)     (2.89)         (2.68)     (2.79)    
    Aircraft fuel and related taxes - regional     (0.67)     (0.64)         (0.65)     (0.62)    
  Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items and fuel     11.34     10.82         11.60     11.18    
                           
  Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.                        
                           
  FOOTNOTES:                        
                           
(1) The 2019 second quarter mainline operating special items principally included $77 million of fleet restructuring expenses and $39 million of merger integration expenses. The 2019 six month period mainline operating special items principally included $160 million of fleet restructuring expenses and $76 million of merger integration expenses. 

The 2018 second quarter mainline operating special items principally included $113 million of fleet restructuring expenses, $60 million of merger integration expenses, a $26 million non-cash charge to write-off the company's Brazil route authority intangible asset as a result of the U.S.-Brazil open skies agreement, offset in part by a $57 million net credit resulting from mark-to-market adjustments on bankruptcy obligations. The 2018 six month period mainline operating special items principally included $226 million of fleet restructuring expenses, $120 million of merger integration expenses, a $45 million litigation settlement and the $26 million non-cash Brazil route impairment charge mentioned above, offset in part by a $56 million net credit resulting from mark-to-market adjustments on bankruptcy obligations.

Fleet restructuring expenses principally included accelerated depreciation and rent expense for aircraft and related equipment grounded or expected to be grounded earlier than planned. Merger integration expenses included costs associated with integration projects, principally the company's technical operations, flight attendant, human resources and payroll systems.
  .                        
(2) The 2019 second quarter nonoperating special items principally included $52 million of mark-to-market net unrealized losses primarily associated with the company's equity investment in China Southern Airlines. 
                           
  The 2018 second quarter and six month period nonoperating special items principally included $66 million of mark-to-market net unrealized losses primarily associated with the company's equity investment in China Southern Airlines. 
                           
(3) The 2018 second quarter income tax special items included an $18 million charge related to an international income tax matter. In addition to this charge, the 2018 six month period included a $22 million charge to income tax expense to establish a required valuation allowance related to the company's estimated refund for Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) credits.
                           


       
American Airlines Group Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions)
 
       
  June 30, 2019   December 31, 2018 (1) 
  (unaudited)    
Assets      
       
Current assets      
Cash $   319   $   275
Short-term investments   5,088     4,485
Restricted cash and short-term investments   157     154
Accounts receivable, net   1,943     1,706
Aircraft fuel, spare parts and supplies, net   1,708     1,522
Prepaid expenses and other   635     495
Total current assets   9,850     8,637
       
Operating property and equipment      
Flight equipment   42,437     41,499
Ground property and equipment   9,007     8,764
Equipment purchase deposits   1,372     1,278
Total property and equipment, at cost   52,816     51,541
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   (18,114)     (17,443)
Total property and equipment, net   34,702     34,098
       
Operating lease right-of-use assets    9,102     9,151
       
Other assets      
Goodwill   4,091     4,091
Intangibles, net    2,105     2,137
Deferred tax asset   792     1,145
Other assets   1,325     1,321
Total other assets   8,313     8,694
       
Total assets $   61,967   $   60,580
       
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity (Deficit)      
       
Current liabilities      
Current maturities of long-term debt and finance leases $   3,500   $   3,294
Accounts payable   2,118     1,773
Accrued salaries and wages   1,304     1,427
Air traffic liability   5,956     4,339
Loyalty program liability   3,310     3,267
Operating lease liabilities    1,639     1,654
Other accrued liabilities   2,296     2,342
Total current liabilities   20,123     18,096
       
Noncurrent liabilities       
Long-term debt and finance leases, net of current maturities   21,791     21,179
Pension and postretirement benefits   5,641     6,907
Loyalty program liability   5,249     5,272
Operating lease liabilities    7,818     7,902
Other liabilities   1,367     1,393
Total noncurrent liabilities   41,866     42,653
       
Stockholders' equity (deficit)      
Common stock   5     5
Additional paid-in capital   4,386     4,964
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5,927)     (5,896)
Retained earnings   1,514     758
Total stockholders' deficit   (22)     (169)
       
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (deficit) $   61,967   $   60,580
       
(1) On January 1, 2019, the company adopted ASU 2018-02: Income Statement - Reporting Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income. In accordance with the transition provisions of this new standard, the company has recast its 2018 balance sheet to reflect the effects of adoption. For additional information, see Note 1(b) to AAG’s Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in Part I, Item 1A of its second quarter 2019 Form 10-Q filed on July 25, 2019.

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