United Announces Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2014 Profit - United Hub

United Announces Full-Year and Fourth-Quarter 2014 Profit

January 22, 2015

CHICAGO, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today reported full-year 2014 net income of $1.97 billion, an increase of 89 percent year-over-year, or $5.06 per diluted share, excluding $834 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported full-year net income of $1.13 billion, or $2.93 per diluted share. UAL reported fourth-quarter 2014 net income of $461 million, an increase of 86 percent year-over-year, or $1.20 per diluted share, excluding $433 million of special items. Including special items, UAL reported fourth-quarter 2014 net income of $28 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.

  • UAL earned a 12.9 percent return on invested capital in 2014.
  • United's consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 1.6 percent for full-year 2014 compared to full-year 2013.
  • Full-year 2014 consolidated unit costs (CASM), excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.3 percent year-over-year on a consolidated capacity increase of 0.3 percent. Full-year 2014 CASM, including those items, decreased 1.6 percent year-over-year.
  • In 2014, United returned approximately $320 million to shareholders as part of its previously announced $1 billion share buyback program. In addition, throughout the year, United spent $310 million to retire convertible debt that was convertible into approximately 5.8 million shares of UAL common stock.
  • Employees earned $235 million in profit sharing for full-year 2014, which will be distributed on Feb. 13.
  • UAL ended the year with $5.7 billion in unrestricted liquidity.

"Thanks to the good work of the United team, we reported a $2 billion profit for 2014, excluding special items," said Jeff Smisek, UAL's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We're starting 2015 as a better airline, and we expect to generate far better results. I'm excited about what we will do this year to improve our operations, our product, and our customer service, focusing on growing our core earnings and margins. For the first quarter, we expect our pre-tax margin to be between 5 and 7 percent, excluding special items."

Fourth-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the fourth quarter of 2014, total revenue was $9.3 billion, a decrease of 0.2 percent year-over-year. Fourth-quarter consolidated passenger revenue increased 1.3 percent to $8.1 billion, compared to the same period in 2013. Ancillary revenue per passenger in the fourth quarter increased 9.7 percent year-over-year to more than $22 per passenger. Fourth-quarter cargo revenue grew 18.2 percent to $260 million driven by higher volumes year-over-year, as cargo traffic recovered from the prior year's lower bookings. Other revenue in the fourth quarter decreased 14.3 percent year-over-year to $970 million mostly due to the company choosing to discontinue an agreement to sell fuel to a third party. The corresponding expense decline appears in third-party business expense.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles increased 0.1 percent and consolidated available seat miles increased 0.9 percent year-over-year for the fourth quarter, resulting in a fourth-quarter consolidated load factor of 81.7 percent.

Fourth-quarter 2014 consolidated PRASM increased 0.4 percent and consolidated yield increased 1.3 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.

Passenger revenue for the fourth quarter of 2014 and period-to-period comparisons of related statistics for UAL's mainline and regional operations are as follows:

 

Fourth-Quarter Costs

Fourth-quarter consolidated CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expense, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.2 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.  Fourth-quarter consolidated CASM including those items decreased 5.3 percent.

Fourth-quarter total operating expenses, excluding special charges, decreased $420 million, or 4.7 percent, year-over-year. Including special charges, total operating expenses decreased $406 million, or 4.5 percent, in the fourth quarter versus the same period in 2013.

Fourth-Quarter Liquidity and Cash Flow

UAL ended the fourth quarter with $5.7 billion in unrestricted liquidity, including $1.35 billion of undrawn commitments under its revolving credit facility. During the fourth quarter, the company had gross capital expenditures of $1 billion, excluding fully reimbursable projects. The company made debt and capital lease principal payments of $534 million in the fourth quarter, including prepayment of $248 million of convertible debt that was convertible into approximately 4.3 million shares of United common stock.

As part of United's $1 billion share buyback program, the company spent approximately $100 million in share repurchases in the fourth quarter. For the year, United returned a total of approximately $320 million to shareholders through share repurchases and open market transactions. In addition, for the year the company spent $310 million to retire convertible debt that was convertible into approximately 5.8 million shares.       

For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2014, the company's return on invested capital was 12.9 percent.

"In 2014 we made significant progress towards creating long-term value for our investors while providing a better experience for our customers," said John Rainey, UAL's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Our solid cost performance in 2014 was driven by executing on our Project Quality efficiency initiatives. As our cost initiatives mature throughout 2015, we anticipate that 2015 consolidated CASM, excluding fuel and third-party business expense, will be approximately flat."

For more information on United's first-quarter 2015 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company's investor update.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,055 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer 175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

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2014 - Special items

 

Severance and benefit costs: During the fourth quarter of 2014, the company recorded $141 million of costs related primarily to a voluntary early-out program for its flight attendants. More than 2,500 participants elected a one-time opportunity to voluntarily separate from the company and will receive a severance payment, with a maximum value of $100,000 per participant, based on years of service, with retirement dates from November 30, 2014 through the end of 2015. The company will record additional expense associated with this program through 2015 over the remaining required service periods. In addition to the fourth quarter item, during the year ended December 31, 2014, the company recorded $58 million of severance and benefits primarily related to reductions of management and front-line employees, including from Cleveland airport, as part of its cost savings initiatives. The company is currently evaluating its options regarding its long-term contractual commitments at Cleveland. The capacity reductions at Cleveland may result in further special charges, which could be significant, related to our contractual commitments.

   
 

Integration-related costs: Integration-related costs include compensation costs related to systems integration, training, severance and relocation for employees.

 

 

Impairment of assets: During the fourth quarter of 2014, the company recorded a charge of $16 million ($10 million net of related income tax benefits) related to its annual assessment of impairment of its indefinite-lived intangible assets (primarily international Pacific routes). In addition to the fourth quarter item, during the year ended December 31, 2014, the company recorded $33 million for charges related primarily to impairment of its flight equipment held for disposal associated with its Boeing 737-300 and 737-500 fleets.

   
 

Costs associated with permanently grounding Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft: During the year ended December 31, 2014, the company recorded $66 million for the permanent grounding of 21 of the company's Embraer ERJ 135 regional aircraft under lease through 2018, which includes an accrual for remaining lease payments and an amount for maintenance return conditions. As a result of the current fuel prices, new Embraer 175 regional jet deliveries and impact of pilot shortages at regional carriers, the company decided to permanently ground these 21 Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft. The company continues to operate nine Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft and will assess the possibility of grounding those aircraft when the term of the current capacity purchase contract ends.

   
 

Loss on extinguishment of debt and other special charges, net: On October 10, 2014, United used cash to retire, at par, the entire $248 million principal balance of the 6% Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures and the 6% Convertible Preferred Securities, Term Income Deferrable Equity Securities (TIDES). The $53 million expense is primarily associated with the write-off of non-cash debt discounts recorded on the TIDES due to purchase accounting during the merger with Continental Airlines in 2010.

   
 

MTM losses from fuel hedges settling in future periods and prior period gains (losses) on fuel contracts settled in the current period: The company utilizes certain derivative instruments that are economic hedges but do not qualify for hedge accounting under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The company records changes in the fair value of these economic hedges to Nonoperating income (expense): Miscellaneous, net in the statements of consolidated operations. During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, the company recorded $225 million and $244 million, respectively, in MTM losses on economic hedges that will settle in future periods. For economic hedges that settled in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2014, the company recorded MTM gains (losses) of ($18) million and $83 million, respectively, in prior periods. The figures above also include an insignificant amount of ineffectiveness on hedges that are designated for hedge accounting.

   
 

2013 - Special items

 

Severance and benefit costs: During the fourth quarter of 2013, the company recorded a $91 million severance and benefit special charge. The company offered a voluntary retirement program for its fleet service, passenger service, storekeeper and pilot workgroups. Approximately 1,200 employees volunteered during the fourth quarter and United recorded approximately $64 million of costs for the programs. The company also offered a voluntary leave of absence program that approximately 1,100 flight attendants accepted, which allowed for continued medical coverage during the leave of absence period, resulting in a charge of approximately $12 million. The remaining $15 million of severance and benefit costs is related to involuntary severance programs associated with other workgroups. During the year ended December 31, 2013, the company recorded a $14 million charge associated with a voluntary program offered by United in which flight attendants took an unpaid 13-month leave of absence. The flight attendants received medical benefits and other company benefits while on leave under this program. Approximately 1,300 flight attendants opted to participate in the program.

   
 

Integration-related costs: Integration-related costs included compensation costs related to systems integration and training, branding activities, new uniforms, write-off or acceleration of depreciation on systems and facilities that were no longer used or planned to be used for significantly shorter periods, relocation for employees and severance primarily associated with administrative headcount reductions.

   
 

Impairment of assets: During the year ended December 31, 2013, the company recorded $32 million of charges related primarily to impairment of its flight equipment held for disposal associated with its 737-300 and 737-500 fleets and a $1 million charge associated with a route to Manila to reflect the estimated fair value of this asset as part of its annual impairment test of indefinite-lived intangible assets.

   
 

Labor agreements costs: On September 26, 2013, the company announced that it had reached tentative agreements with respect to joint collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists for the fleet service, passenger service and storekeeper workgroups. The company recorded a $127 million special charge associated with lump sum cash payments that would be made in conjunction with the ratification of the agreements. The agreements were ratified and the payments were made in the fourth quarter of 2013.

   
 

Losses on sale of assets and other special (gains) losses, net: During the year ended December 31, 2013, the company recorded $18 million associated with the temporary grounding of its Boeing 787 aircraft. The charges were comprised of aircraft depreciation expense and dedicated personnel costs that the company incurred while the aircraft were grounded. The aircraft returned to service in May 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the company recorded approximately $11 million in accruals for future rent associated with the early retirement of four leased 757-200 aircraft, offset by $5 million in gains on the sale of aircraft and a $5 million adjustment in legal reserves. In addition to the fourth quarter items, during the year ended December 31, 2013, the company adjusted its reserves for certain legal matters by $34 million, recorded a $5 million gain related to a contract termination and recorded $2 million in losses on the sale of assets.

   
 

MTM gains from fuel hedges settling in future periods and prior period gains on fuel contracts settled in the current period: During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, the company recorded $59 million and $84 million, respectively, in MTM gains on economic hedges that settled in later periods. For economic hedges that settled in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013, the company recorded MTM gains of $9 million and $39 million, respectively, in prior periods. The figures above also include an insignificant amount of ineffectiveness on hedges that are designated for hedge accounting.

     

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No federal income tax expense was recognized related to the company's pretax income for the three months ended December 31, 2014, and 2013 and the year ended December 31, 2014, and 2013 due to the utilization of book net operating loss carry forwards for which no benefit has previously been recognized. The company is required to provide a valuation allowance for its deferred tax assets in excess of deferred tax liabilities because UAL concluded that it is more likely than not that such deferred tax assets will ultimately not be realized.

 

 

 

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For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, +1-872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United is Onboard as the Official Airline of the 92nd Street Y’s Acclaimed Talks Series

January 24, 2020

NEW YORK, January 24, 2020 – United is teaming up with famed New York community and cultural center, the 92nd Street Y (92Y), to serve as the official airline of the nonprofit's renowned Recanati-Kaplan Talks Series for 2020. For decades, 92Y has been home to New York City's largest and most successful talks series, featuring prominent artists, entertainers, musicians, scientists, comedians, political figures, fashion designers, dancers, economists and many others.

Pop TV's Schitt's Creek: A Screening and Conversation with Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy, Moderated by Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson at the 92Y.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

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"United's shared purpose drives us to unite the world by connecting people to what matters most, which is why we are thrilled to be aligned with an organization such as the 92nd Street Y which embodies our brand's commitment," said Jill Kaplan, President, New York / New Jersey for United Airlines. "We are extremely proud to join this iconic institution in treating New Yorkers to another season of compelling commentary and captivating stories that will lift hearts, illuminate minds and bring our community together."

"We are delighted to collaborate with United Airlines for our 2020 season of Recanati-Kaplan Talks," said Susan Engel, executive director of 92Y Talks. "Their generosity helps us to continue to present unforgettable events with some of the most interesting and culturally significant speakers of our times."

Talks for the 2020 season include Larry David, the cast of Schitt's Creek, John Mulaney, Jeffrey Toobin, Paul Krugman, Samantha Bee, Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski, Diane Keaton, Issa Rae, Edie Falco, Seth Rogen, the cast of Outlander, Kevin Kline, Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer, Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Noah Centineo, Ezra Klein, Malcolm Gladwell, Fareed Zakaria, Ramit Sethi, Glennon Doyle, Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn and many more.

Every customer. Every flight. Every day.

United continues to strengthen its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers' best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today's announcement, United recently:

  • Announced that MileagePlus award miles will never expire
  • Committed $40 million toward a new investment initiative focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonization technologies
  • Established Miles on a Mission, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform which gives customers a simple way to donate miles to non-profit organizations and charities in need of air travel
  • Launched ConnectionSaver, a digital tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers with connecting flights
  • Instituted PlusPoints, new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus Premier members
  • Gave Economy customers a choice of complimentary snacks on domestic flights
  • Made DIRECTV free for every customer on more than 200 aircraft

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United and United Express operate approximately 5,000 flights a day to 362 airports across five continents. In 2019, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 791 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express partners operate 579 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

About 92Y

92nd Street Y is a world-class, nonprofit cultural and community center that fosters the mental, physical and spiritual health of people throughout their lives, offering: wide-ranging conversations with the world's best minds; an outstanding range of programming in the performing, visual and literary arts; fitness and sports programs; and activities for children and families. 92Y is reimagining what it means to be a community center in the digital age with initiatives like the award-winning #GivingTuesday, launched by 92Y in 2012 and now recognized across the US and in a growing number of regions worldwide as a day to celebrate and promote giving. These kinds of initiatives are transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action both locally and around the world. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually; millions more participate in 92Y's digital and online initiatives. A proudly Jewish organization since its founding in 1874, 92Y embraces its heritage and welcomes people of all backgrounds and perspectives. For more information, visit www.92Y.org.

United Adds 29 New Flights to Miami for the Big Game

January 23, 2020

CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines is offering football fans across the United States more options to get to Miami for the Big Game. United is offering fans more than 5,600 seats through 29 additional nonstop flights to Miami from its seven U.S. hubs including Los Angeles and seven special point-to-point flights between Kansas City and Miami. Tickets are now available for purchase on united.com.

"This year we're offering football fans from every corner of the country more opportunities than ever to get to Miami for the Big Game including extra flights between San Francisco and Miami and new service between Kansas City and Miami," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning. "In addition to our expanded network to Miami for the game, travelers can easily get to Miami via United's 25 daily flights to Fort Lauderdale's Hollywood International Airport from Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington Dulles and Cleveland."

United's Big Game Service to Miami


Day

From

To

Frequency

Friday

San Francisco

Miami

3 Flights

Friday

Kansas City

Miami

2 Flights

Friday

Chicago

Miami

5 Flights

Friday

Denver

Miami

1 Flight

Friday

Houston

Miami

5 Flights

Friday

Los Angeles

Miami

1 Flight

Friday

New York/Newark

Miami

8 Flights

Friday

Washington Dulles

Miami

2 Flights





Saturday

San Francisco

Miami

3 Flights

Saturday

Kansas City

Miami

2 Flights

Saturday

Chicago

Miami

5 Flights

Saturday

Denver

Miami

1 Flight

Saturday

Houston

Miami

6 Flights

Saturday

New York/Newark

Miami

6 Flights

Saturday

Washington Dulles

Miami

2 Flights





Monday

Miami

San Francisco

5 Flights

Monday

Miami

Kansas City

3 Flights

Monday

Miami

Chicago

4 Flights

Monday

Miami

Denver

1 Flight

Monday

Miami

Houston

5 Flights

Monday

Miami

Los Angeles

2 Flights

Monday

Miami

New York/Newark

9 Flights

Monday

Miami

Washington Dulles

3 Flights

Every customer. Every flight. Every day.

United continues to strengthen its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers' best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today's announcement, United recently:

  • Announced that MileagePlus award miles will never expire
  • Committed $40 million toward a new investment initiative focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonization technologies
  • Established Miles on a Mission, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform which gives customers a simple way to donate miles to non-profit organizations and charities in need of air travel
  • Launched ConnectionSaver, a digital tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers with connecting flights
  • Instituted PlusPoints, new upgrade benefits for MileagePlus Premier members
  • Gave Economy customers a choice of complimentary snacks on domestic flights
  • Made DIRECTV free for every customer on more than 200 aircraft

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 362 airports across six continents. In 2019, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 791 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express partners operate 581 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

 

SOURCE United Airlines

For further information: United Airlines Worldwide Media Relations, 872-825-8640, media.relations@united.com

United Airlines Reaches 2020 Adjusted Earnings Per Share Target One Year Ahead Of Schedule

January 21, 2020

CHICAGO, Jan. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines (UAL) today announced it reached its 2020 goal -- first announced in January 2018 -- to achieve adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) target2 of $11 to $13 a full year ahead of schedule. The company also achieved full year pre-tax margin growth of 2.6 points, which is expected to outpace its largest competitors for 2019.

  • Reported fourth quarter net income of $641 million, diluted EPS of $2.53, up 50% versus the fourth quarter of 2018, pre-tax earnings of $844 million and pre-tax margin of 7.8 percent, expanding pre-tax margin 2.5 points versus the fourth quarter of 2018.
  • Reported fourth quarter adjusted net income of $676 million, adjusted diluted EPS of $2.67, up 11% versus the fourth quarter of 2018, adjusted pre-tax earnings of $889 million and adjusted pre-tax margin of 8.2 percent, expanding adjusted pre-tax margin 0.5 points versus the fourth quarter of 2018.1
  • Reported full year net income of $3.0 billion, diluted EPS of $11.58, up 51% versus full year 2018, pre-tax earnings of $3.9 billion and pre-tax margin of 9.0 percent, expanding pre-tax margin 2.6 points versus full year 2018.
  • Reported full year adjusted net income of $3.1 billion, adjusted diluted EPS of $12.05, up 32% versus full year 2018, adjusted pre-tax earnings of $4.1 billion and adjusted pre-tax margin of 9.4 percent, expanding adjusted pre-tax margin 1.7 points versus full year 2018.1
  • Consolidated fourth quarter passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 0.8 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated fourth quarter unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 1.3 percent year-over-year and consolidated full year unit cost per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 1.2 percent year-over-year.
  • Consolidated fourth quarter CASM, excluding special charges, third party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 2.7 percent year-over-year. Consolidated full year CASM, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.0 percent year-over-year.
  • Repurchased $216 million of its common shares in the fourth quarter of 2019, at an average purchase price of $88.95 per share, bringing share repurchases for full year 2019 to $1.6 billion.

"2019 was a great year for our United team -- highlighted by achieving our $11 to $13 adjusted EPS target a full year ahead of schedule," said Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines. "With a four-quarter streak of expanding profit margins, when all the results are in we expect our full year 2019 pre-tax margin growth to be the highest amongst our largest competitors. When I look at United's fundamental strength, I could not be prouder of what we've accomplished in such a short time. This is the New United we set out to build more than four years ago. As we embark on a new year and decade, I believe the outlook for United's future has never been brighter."

1 Excludes special charges, unrealized gains and losses on investments and imputed interest on certain finance leases. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the tables accompanying this release.
2 Excludes special charges and unrealized gains and losses on investments, the nature of which are not determined at this time. Accordingly, UAL does not provide earnings guidance on a GAAP basis.

For more information on UAL's first quarter and full year 2020 guidance, please visit ir.united.com for the company's investor update.

2019 Highlights

Operations and Employees

  • Flew most revenue passengers in company history.
  • Set new company record for most mainline departures with nearly 800,000 departures.
  • Number one in on-time departures at all hubs with direct competitors -- Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
  • Hosted Backstage 2019, which brought all 25,000 flight attendants to Chicago for an event which was designed to underscore the important role flight attendants play in delivering great service.
  • Profit sharing for 2019 was on average 45 percent higher per participating employee year-over-year.
  • Launched Aviate, a new pilot recruiting and development program and career website to establish a more structured career path to becoming a United pilot.
  • Hired nearly 9,000 aviation professionals in well paying careers with great benefits in 2019.

Customer Experience

  • Introduced ConnectionSaver, a new tool dedicated to improving the experience for customers connecting from one United flight to the next, saving nearly 100,000 connections to be made in 2019.
  • Became the first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels in addition to providing the option to select the title "Mx." during booking.
  • Announced MileagePlus award miles never expire, giving members a lifetime to use miles on flights, experiences, hotels and more.
  • Announced free live DIRECTV on 211 Boeing 737 United aircraft equipped with seat back TV, providing more than 100 channels of live television.
  • Introduced a re-imagined mobile app to customers featuring a more dynamic experience that updates customers at each step of their travel journey.
  • Customers are now provided three inflight snack options on domestic flights regardless of departure time, including the Stroopwafel.
  • MileagePlus members between the ages of 18 to 22 received a discount on domestic flights when booked through the United mobile app through the end of 2019.
  • Opened the fifth of its award-winning United Polaris Lounges at Los Angeles International Airport.
  • Opened three new United Clubs at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
  • Announced the addition of more than 1,600 United Polaris® business class and United First seats to nearly 250 international and domestic aircraft.
  • Began flight operations at LaGuardia Airport's new Terminal B Eastern Concourse.
  • Customers can now pre-pay for bags as soon as their ticket is issued. Previously customers had to wait until check-in to pay for their bags.
  • Announced partnership with CLEAR which includes a free or discounted CLEAR membership for U.S.-based MileagePlus members.

Network

  • Announced a total of nine new international routes and two new expanded routes beginning in 2020, including four new daily nonstop flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport.
  • Strengthened the domestic route network with 69 new routes including launching 54 new routes and announcing 15 routes beginning in 2020.
  • Launched 11 new international routes in 2019, including direct flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Cape Town, South Africa; Prague, Czech Republic; and Naples, Italy.

Fleet

  • Took delivery of 49 aircraft in 2019, including eight Boeing 787-10 aircraft, becoming the first carrier in the world to operate all three Dreamliner models.
  • Signed agreements to purchase 50 Airbus A321 XLR, 20 used Boeing 737-700 aircraft and 20 Embraer E175 aircraft operated by our regional partners.
  • Introduced a brand new and revolutionary regional flying experience with the addition of the two-cabin, 50-seat Bombardier CRJ 550 aircraft.
  • Unveiled next paint design, which brings a refreshed look to its fleet, serving as a visual representation of the airline's ongoing brand evolution.
  • Launched Boeing 767-300ER ultra-premium United Polaris business class configuration on all flights between New York/Newark and Chicago to London-Heathrow.

Community and Environment

  • Launched Miles on a Mission, a first-of-its-kind crowdsourcing platform which gives customers a simple way to donate miles to non-profit organizations and charities in need of air travel.
  • Pledged on Giving Tuesday to match up to 10 million MileagePlus miles to featured Miles on a Mission partners.
  • Committed $40 million toward a new investment initiative focused on accelerating the development of sustainable aviation fuels and other decarbonization technologies.
  • Made history with the departure of the "Flight for the Planet," the most eco-friendly commercial flight of its kind in the history of aviation.
  • Renewed contract with Boston-based World Energy to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive, commercial-scale, sustainable aviation biofuel.
  • Launched Her Art Here, a contest where two women artists were chosen to have their work painted on California- and New York/New Jersey-themed Boeing 757s to uplift underrepresented women artists.
  • Celebrated Women in Aviation International's annual Girls in Aviation Day by hosting more than 500 girls in 14 locations around the world.
  • Became the first public company to be inducted into Pride Live's Stonewall Ambassador program in recognition of the airline's commitment to LGBTQ+ equality.
  • Reached a milestone of 1 million meals packed for charity partner Rise Against Hunger.
  • Donated $1 million to Feeding America's Shutdown Response Fund to directly support the food banks providing food for families of federal workers.

Earnings Call

UAL will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2019 financial results as well as its financial and operational outlook for first quarter and full year 2020 on Wednesday, January 22, at 9:30 a.m. Central time / 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. A live, listen-only webcast of the conference call will be available at ir.united.com. The webcast will be available for replay within 24 hours of the conference call and then archived on the website for three months.

About United

United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 362 airports across six continents. In 2019, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 162 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 791 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express partners operate 581 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol "UAL".

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-tables attached-

On January 1, 2019, United Airlines Holdings, Inc. ("UAL") adopted Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases ("Topic 842"). As such, certain previously reported 2018 figures are adjusted in this report on a basis consistent with Topic 842.

UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC,

STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended
December 31,


%
Increase/
(Decrease)



Year Ended
December 31,


%
Increase/
(Decrease)


(In millions, except per share data)


2019


2018




2019


2018



Operating revenue:















Passenger


$

9,933



$

9,556



3.9




$

39,625



$

37,706



5.1



Cargo


316



334



(5.4)




1,179



1,237



(4.7)



Other operating revenue


639



601



6.3




2,455



2,360



4.0



Total operating revenue


10,888



10,491



3.8




43,259



41,303



4.7


















Operating expense:















Salaries and related costs


3,078



2,924



5.3




12,071



11,458



5.3



Aircraft fuel


2,249



2,380



(5.5)




8,953



9,307



(3.8)



Regional capacity purchase


725



650



11.5




2,849



2,649



7.6



Landing fees and other rent


650



627



3.7




2,543



2,449



3.8



Depreciation and amortization


606



558



8.6




2,288



2,165



5.7



Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs


475



434



9.4




1,794



1,767



1.5



Distribution expenses


417



396



5.3




1,651



1,558



6.0



Aircraft rent


67



78



(14.1)




288



433



(33.5)



Special charges (B)


130



301



NM




246



487



NM



Other operating expenses


1,630



1,508



8.1




6,275



5,801



8.2



Total operating expense


10,027



9,856



1.7




38,958



38,074



2.3


















Operating income


861



635



35.6




4,301



3,229



33.2


















Operating margin


7.9

%


6.1

%


1.8

pts.



9.9

%


7.8

%


2.1

pts.

















Nonoperating income (expense):















Interest expense


(161)



(173)



(6.9)




(731)



(670)



9.1



Interest capitalized


20



19



5.3




85



65



30.8



Interest income


30



31



(3.2)




133



101



31.7



Unrealized gains (losses) on investments, net (B)


81



56



44.6




153



(5)



NM


Miscellaneous, net


13



(15)



NM




(27)



(72)



(62.5)



Total nonoperating expense


(17)



(82)



(79.3)




(387)



(581)



(33.4)


















Income before income taxes


844



553



52.6




3,914



2,648



47.8


















Pre-tax margin


7.8

%


5.3

%


2.5

pts.



9.0

%


6.4

%


2.6

pts.

















Income tax expense (D)


203



92



120.7




905



526



72.1



Net income


$

641



$

461



39.0




$

3,009



$

2,122



41.8


















Diluted earnings per share


$

2.53



$

1.69



49.7




$

11.58



$

7.67



51.0



Diluted weighted average shares


253.4



272.7



(7.1)




259.9



276.7



(6.1)


















NM Not meaningful
















 

UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC.

PASSENGER REVENUE INFORMATION AND STATISTICS


Passenger revenue information is as follows (in millions, except for percentage changes):



4Q 2019

Passenger

Revenue


4Q 2018

Passenger

Revenue (a)


Reporting Adjustments (b)


4Q 2018

Passenger

Revenue (b)


Passenger

Revenue

vs.

4Q 2018 (b)


PRASM vs. 4Q 2018 (b)


Yield vs. 4Q 2018 (b)


Available

Seat Miles

vs.

4Q 2018


4Q 2019 Available Seat Miles


4Q 2019 Revenue Passenger Miles

Domestic

$

6,338



$

6,088



$

52



$

6,140



3.2%


0.6%


1.5%


2.6%


40,612


34,051





















Atlantic

1,616



1,535



(30)



1,505



7.4%


(0.2%)


(1.3%)


7.6%


12,649


10,373

Pacific

1,088



1,139



(31)



1,108



(1.8)%


(1.2)%


(1.9)%


(0.7%)


11,098


8,653

Latin America

891



794



9



803



11.0%


6.3%


5.8%


4.4%


6,679


5,556

International

3,595



3,468



(52)



3,416



5.2%


1.5%


0.5%


3.8%


30,426


24,582





















Consolidated

$

9,933



$

9,556



$



$

9,556



3.9%


0.8%


1.0%


3.1%


71,038


58,633






















(a) As previously reported.

(b) During the third quarter of 2019, United implemented a new revenue accounting software system which allowed it to more precisely determine the geographic regions associated with certain ancillary passenger revenue items. Prior to July 2019, those ancillary revenue items were determined using an allocation method that was based on revenue from passenger travel. While the total passenger revenue is not impacted, the geographic totals for each period are not comparable year-over-year due to the change. The fourth quarter 2018 passenger revenue presented in the table above reallocates these ancillary items using the 2019 allocation.

 

Select operating statistics are as follows:




Three Months Ended
December 31,


%

Increase/

(Decrease)



Year Ended
December 31,


%

Increase/

(Decrease)




2019


2018




2019


2018



Passengers (thousands)


40,306



39,891



1.0




162,443



158,330



2.6



Revenue passenger miles (millions)


58,633



56,968



2.9




239,360



230,155



4.0



Available seat miles (millions)


71,038



68,902



3.1




284,999



275,262



3.5



Passenger load factor:















    Consolidated


82.5

%


82.7

%


(0.2)

pts.



84.0

%


83.6

%


0.4

pts.


    Domestic


83.8

%


84.6

%


(0.8)

pts.



85.2

%


85.4

%


(0.2)

pts.


    International


80.8

%


80.1

%


0.7

pts.



82.4

%


81.3

%


1.1

pts.


Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)


13.98



13.87



0.8




13.90



13.70



1.5



Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)


15.33



15.23



0.7




15.18



15.00



1.2



Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)


16.94



16.77



1.0




16.55



16.38



1.0



Cargo ton miles


889



902



(1.4)




3,329



3,425



(2.8)



Aircraft in fleet at end of period


1,372



1,329



3.2




1,372



1,329



3.2



Average stage length (miles)


1,446



1,426



1.4




1,460



1,446



1.0



Average full-time equivalent employees


90,264



87,315



3.4




90,116



86,641



4.0



Average aircraft fuel price per gallon


$

2.10



$

2.30



(8.7)




$

2.09



$

2.25



(7.1)



Fuel gallons consumed (millions)


1,071



1,036



3.4




4,292



4,137



3.7





























Note: See Part II, Item 6, Selected Financial Data, of UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, for definitions of these statistics.       


 

UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)


 (In millions)

December 31, 2019


December 31, 2018

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,762



$

1,694


Short-term investments

2,182



2,256


Receivables, less allowance for doubtful accounts

1,364



1,426


Aircraft fuel, spare parts and supplies, less obsolescence allowance

1,072



985


Prepaid expenses and other

814



733


Total current assets

8,194



7,094






Total operating property and equipment, net

30,170



27,399


Operating lease right-of-use assets

4,758



5,262






Other assets:




Goodwill

4,523



4,523


Intangibles, less accumulated amortization

3,009



3,159


Restricted cash

106



105


Notes receivable, net

671



516


Investments in affiliates and other, net

1,180



966


Total other assets

9,489



9,269


Total assets

$

52,611



$

49,024






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Advance ticket sales

$

4,819



$

4,381


Accounts payable

2,703



2,363


Frequent flyer deferred revenue

2,440



2,286


Accrued salaries and benefits

2,271



2,184


Current maturities of long-term debt

1,407



1,230


Current maturities of finance leases

46



123


Current maturities of operating leases

686



719


Other

566



553


Total current liabilities

14,938



13,839






Other long-term liabilities and deferred credits:




Long-term debt

13,145



12,215


Long-term obligations under finance leases

220



224


Long-term obligations under operating leases

4,946



5,276


Frequent flyer deferred revenue

2,836



2,719


Postretirement benefit liability

789



1,295


Pension liability

1,446



1,576


Deferred income taxes

1,736



828


Other

1,024



1,010


Total other long-term liabilities and deferred credits

26,142



25,143


Stockholders' equity

11,531



10,042


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

52,611



$

49,024



 

UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)


 (In millions)

Year Ended
December 31,


2019


2018

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




Net cash provided by operating activities

$

6,909



$

6,164






Cash Flows from Investing Activities:




Capital expenditures

(4,528)



(4,070)


Purchases of short-term and other investments

(2,897)



(2,552)


Proceeds from sale of short-term and other investments

2,996



2,616


Loans made to others

(174)



(466)


Investment in affiliates

(36)



(139)


Other, net

79



156


Net cash used in investing activities

(4,560)



(4,455)