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American Airlines Group Reports First-Quarter Profit

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) today reported its first-quarter 2017 results, including these highlights:

  • Recorded a first-quarter 2017 pre-tax profit of $365 million, or $491 million excluding net special items,1 and net profit of $234 million, or $308 million excluding net special items
  • Reported first-quarter earnings of $0.46 per diluted share, or $0.61 per diluted share excluding net special items
  • Deferred the first delivery of Airbus A350 XWBs from 2018 to 2020, delaying capital expenditures and providing additional widebody capacity flexibility
  • Announced an unprecedented step to increase hourly base pay for the airline’s crewmembers outside of contract negotiations, bringing those workgroups’ base pay levels to the top of the industry, consistent with other American Airlines workgroups

“We are excited about the long-term prospects for American Airlines, and our first-quarter results only serve to reinforce our enthusiasm. We successfully launched several important commercial initiatives, including Basic Economy and Premium Economy, which are designed to provide more choice for our customers. We expanded our global presence with our planned investment in China Southern Airlines. We continued to make significant investments in our product, including taking delivery of 22 new aircraft. These new deliveries widen our already significant advantage in average fleet age versus our large competitors,” said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO.

“Investing in our product, however, is not enough to retain our customers’ loyalty if we are not investing in our team. As a service business, it is our team who will differentiate American from the competition. Recently we reiterated a commitment we made when we merged our airlines over three years ago – that team members would be paid as much as their industry peers. This commitment will be realized by adjusting the base pay levels for our flight attendants and pilots outside of contract negotiations.

“The American team did an amazing job of taking care of our customers during the quarter. This commitment was demonstrated in the improvement in our operating reliability, improved mishandled baggage rates, and improved on-time performance. All of this work is being recognized by others, too, as American was named Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year for 2017 and Full Service Airline Brand of the Year by the Harris Poll.

“The future is very bright and we are well on our way to validating the trust placed in us by our team members, our customers and our investors. Today’s results are an affirmation that we are on the proper path to that long-term objective,” Parker said.

Revenue and Expenses

  • Reported a 2.0 percent increase in total revenue, to $9.6 billion. First-quarter total revenue per available seat mile rose 3.1 percent year-over-year
  • Accrued approximately $31 million for the company’s profit sharing plan

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    GAAP   Non-GAAP1  
    1Q17
  1Q16
  1Q17
  1Q16
 
               
  Total operating revenues ($ mil) $ 9,624     $ 9,435     $ 9,624     $ 9,435    
  Total operating expenses ($ mil)     9,023         8,100         8,902         7,996    
  Operating income ($ mil)   601       1,335       722       1,439    
               
  Pre-tax income ($ mil)   365       1,117       491       1,221    
  Pre-tax margin   3.8 %     11.8 %     5.1 %     12.9 %  
               
  Net income ($ mil)   234       700       308       765    
               
  Earnings per diluted share $ 0.46     $ 1.14     $ 0.61     $ 1.25    
               

Strong demand and improving yields drove a 2.0 percent increase in total revenue, to $9.6 billion. Other revenue was up 9.3 percent primarily due to the new co-branded credit card agreements that became effective in the third quarter of 2016. Total revenue per available seat mile increased by 3.1 percent, on a 1.1 percent decline in total available seat miles.

Total first-quarter operating expenses were $9.0 billion, up 11.4 percent year-over-year due primarily to a 37.8 percent increase in consolidated fuel expense. Total first-quarter cost per available seat mile excluding fuel and special items was 11.16 cents, up 7.6 percent year-over-year, due primarily to a 6.5 percent increase in salaries and benefits expense and other investments to improve the operation.

Commercial Initiatives

  • Launched Basic Economy for sale on 10 routes, for travel that began March 1. We also began selling Premium Economy seats on select international routes, for travel beginning May 4
  • Entered into an arrangement with Scandinavian Airlines to obtain two slot pairs at London’s Heathrow Airport, strengthening American’s presence at a key international gateway for American and joint business partner British Airways
  • Simplified the boarding process, using intuitive group numbers to streamline and speed up the boarding process and improve the experience for customers

We are continuing to expand Basic Economy and Premium Economy as we add new options to offer the right fare for each customer. Each new 787-9 delivery includes Premium Economy, a new class of service between the Main Cabin and Business Class on international flights. We expect to have 14 of these aircraft by the end of 2017. In addition, a retrofit program to add Premium Economy to most of our other widebody aircraft begins later this year and will be completed by the end of 2018.

“While it’s still early, the initial results from our new Basic and Premium Economy products are encouraging. Approximately 50 percent of customers who are presented with a choice for Basic Economy end up choosing a Main Cabin fare, showing that they understand their options and are choosing the ticket that’s the right fit for their travel,” said Robert Isom, American Airlines President.

“We also moved quickly on the opportunity to add two new slot pairs at Heathrow, which we will use to improve service to and from one of the world's most important business markets,” Isom said.

“We expect second-quarter TRASM to rise approximately 3.0 to 5.0 percent, which reflects improving customer demand in both corporate and leisure travel. We also expect second-quarter pre-tax margin excluding special items to be between 11.0 and 13.0 percent,”2 Isom said.

People Accomplishments

  • Distributed its first annual profit-sharing payment as a combined airline for 2016
  • Contributed $279 million to the company’s defined benefit plan in April
  • Began offering 10 weeks of maternity pay and reimbursements for $4,000 in adoption expenses regardless of workgroup or representation status

In addition, the company yesterday disclosed on form 8-K with the Securities Exchange Commission that it has offered a mid-contract hourly base pay rate adjustment for its flight attendants and pilots of an average of approximately five percent and an average of eight percent, respectively.

Capital Investments, Fleet, and Shareholder Return

  • Returned $563 million to stockholders through repurchases of 11.7 million shares for $512 million and dividends of $51 million in the first quarter
  • Declared a dividend of $0.10 per share, to be paid on May 30, 2017, to stockholders of record as of May 16, 2017

American plans to invest $4.1 billion in new aircraft this year, as it continues to renew its fleet. During the quarter, the company invested $1.2 billion as it took delivery of 17 mainline aircraft and five regional aircraft. These new deliveries will replace aircraft that are expected to leave the fleet. In addition, the company expects to invest $1.6 billion in non-aircraft capital expenditures in 2017 focused on integrating the airline, product enhancements, and operational improvements.

To provide widebody capacity flexibility, the company reached an agreement with Airbus to defer delivery of the A350 XWB. Under the new delivery schedule, American expects to receive its first A350 aircraft in late 2020 instead of 2018 as previously planned. American now expects to receive 22 A350s from 2020 through 2024, with an average deferral of two years. In addition, the company reached an agreement with Boeing to defer the delivery of two 787-9 aircraft from the second quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019.

These changes as well as the impact of changes to net pre-delivery payments reduce the company’s planned capital expenditures by $500 million in 2018 and $300 million in 2019 and in 2020.

Since mid-2014, the company has returned more than $10.2 billion to stockholders primarily through share repurchases and dividends, and reduced the share count by 34 percent to 495.7 million shares. As of March 31, the company had approximately $1.5 billion remaining of its $2.0 billion share repurchase authority.3

Investor Update

For additional financial forecasting detail, please refer to the company’s investor relations update, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 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 May 27.

Notes

  1. In the first quarter, the company recognized $126 million in net special items before the effect of income taxes, principally consisting of merger integration expenses relating to information technology, professional fees, rebranding of aircraft and airport facilities and training, as well as fleet restructuring expenses driven by the merger. 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.
  2. American is unable to reconcile certain forward-looking projections to GAAP as the nature or amount of special items cannot be determined at this time.
  3. Share repurchases under the buyback program may be made through a variety of methods, which may include open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, block trades or accelerated share repurchase transactions. Any such repurchases will be made from time to time subject to market and economic conditions, applicable legal requirements and other relevant factors. The program does not obligate the company to repurchase any specific number of shares or continue a dividend for any fixed period, and may be suspended at any time at the company's discretion.

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

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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 March 31, 2017 (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 in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in our other filings with the SEC. 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 statements.

             
American Airlines Group Inc.
 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(In millions, except share and per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
             
  3 Months Ended
March 31,
  Percent  
    2017       2016     Change  
             
Operating revenues:            
Mainline passenger $ 6,607     $ 6,564     0.6    
Regional passenger   1,548       1,523     1.7    
Cargo   172       162     6.3    
Other     1,297         1,186     9.3    
Total operating revenues   9,624       9,435     2.0    
             
Operating expenses:            
Aircraft fuel and related taxes   1,402       1,029     36.2    
Salaries, wages and benefits   2,825       2,652     6.5    
Regional expenses:            
Fuel   318       219     45.2    
Other   1,255       1,213     3.4    
Maintenance, materials and repairs   492       419     17.5    
Other rent and landing fees   440       422     4.4    
Aircraft rent   295       306     (3.8 )  
Selling expenses   318       308     3.2    
Depreciation and amortization   405       355     14.1    
Special items, net   119       99     19.8    
Other     1,154         1,078     7.1    
Total operating expenses     9,023         8,100     11.4    
             
Operating income   601       1,335     (55.0 )  
             
Nonoperating income (expense):            
Interest income   21       13     63.6    
Interest expense, net   (257 )     (239 )   7.6    
Other, net     -          8     nm    
Total nonoperating expense, net     (236 )       (218 )   8.3    
             
Income before income taxes   365       1,117     (67.4 )  
             
Income tax provision     131         417     (68.7 )  
             
Net income $   234     $   700     (66.6 )  
             
             
Earnings per common share:            
Basic $   0.46     $   1.15        
Diluted $   0.46     $   1.14        
             
Weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands):            
Basic     503,902         606,245        
Diluted     507,797         611,488        
             
Note: Percent change may not recalculate due to rounding.          
             

 

                   
American Airlines Group Inc.  
Consolidated Operating Statistics  
(Unaudited)  
                   
    3 Months Ended
March 31,
         
    2017   2016   Change      
                   
Mainline                  
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   45,211   46,220   (2.2 ) %    
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)   56,564   57,564   (1.7 ) %    
Passenger load factor (percent)   79.9   80.3   (0.4 ) pts    
Yield (cents)   14.61   14.20   2.9   %    
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   11.68   11.40   2.4   %    
                   
Passenger enplanements (thousands)   33,755   34,547   (2.3 ) %    
Departures (thousands)   262   272   (3.4 ) %    
Aircraft at end of period   944   942   0.2   %    
                   
Block hours (thousands)   819   845   (3.1 ) %    
Average stage length (miles)   1,201   1,205   (0.3 ) %    
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions)   831   855   (2.8 ) %    
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon) 1.69   1.20   40.1   %    
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period   102,900   100,200   2.7   %    
                   
Operating cost per ASM (cents)   13.17   11.58   13.7   %    
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items (cents)   12.96   11.41   13.6   %    
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items and fuel (cents)   10.48   9.62   8.9   %    
                   
Regional (A)                  
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   5,773   5,551   4.0   %    
Available seat miles (millions)   7,777   7,500   3.7   %    
Passenger load factor (percent)   74.2   74.0   0.2   pts    
Yield (cents)   26.82   27.44   (2.2 ) %    
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   19.91   20.31   (2.0 ) %    
                   
Passenger enplanements (thousands)   12,605   12,368   1.9   %    
Aircraft at end of period   623   597   4.4   %    
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions)   182   178   2.6   %    
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon) 1.75   1.24   41.5   %    
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period (B)   21,400   20,000   7.0   %    
                   
Operating cost per ASM (cents)   20.23   19.10   5.9   %    
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items (cents)   20.19   19.03   6.1   %    
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items and fuel (cents)   16.10   16.11   (0.1 ) %    
                   
Total Mainline & Regional                  
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   50,984   51,771   (1.5 ) %    
Available seat miles (millions)   64,341   65,064   (1.1 ) %    
Cargo ton miles (millions)   619   543   13.9   %    
Passenger load factor (percent)   79.2   79.6   (0.4 ) pts    
Yield (cents)   16.00   15.62   2.4   %    
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   12.67   12.43   2.0   %    
Total revenue per ASM (cents)   14.96   14.50   3.1   %    
Cargo yield per ton mile (cents)   27.77   29.77   (6.7 ) %    
                   
Passenger enplanements (thousands)   46,360   46,915   (1.2 ) %    
Aircraft at end of period   1,567   1,539   1.8   %    
Fuel consumption (gallons in millions)   1,013   1,033   (1.8 ) %    
Average aircraft fuel price including related taxes (dollars per gallon) 1.70   1.21   40.4   %    
Full-time equivalent employees at end of period (B)   124,300   120,200   3.4   %    
                   
Operating cost per ASM (cents)   14.02   12.45   12.6   %    
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items (cents)   13.84   12.29   12.6   %    
Operating cost per ASM excluding special items and fuel (cents)   11.16   10.37   7.6   %    
                   
                   
(A) Regional includes wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries and operating results from capacity purchase carriers.    
(B) 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
March 31,
     
      2017   2016   Change  
                 
Domestic - Mainline              
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   29,530   30,391   (2.8 ) %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)   35,805   36,543   (2.0 ) %
Passenger load factor (percent)   82.5   83.2   (0.7 ) pts
Yield (cents)   15.31   14.72   4.1   %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   12.63   12.24   3.2   %
                 
Domestic Consolidated - Mainline and              
Total Regional (A)              
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   35,303   35,942   (1.8 ) %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)   43,582   44,043   (1.0 ) %
Passenger load factor (percent)   81.0   81.6   (0.6 ) pts
Yield (cents)   17.20   16.68   3.1   %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   13.93   13.61   2.3   %
                 
Latin America              
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   7,490   8,054   (7.0 ) %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)   9,775   10,480   (6.7 ) %
Passenger load factor (percent)   76.6   76.9   (0.3 ) pts
Yield (cents)   14.88   13.78   8.0   %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   11.41   10.59   7.7   %
                 
Atlantic                
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   4,500   4,801   (6.3 ) %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)   6,415   6,893   (6.9 ) %
Passenger load factor (percent)   70.1   69.7   0.4   pts
Yield (cents)   13.51   14.46   (6.6 ) %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   9.47   10.07   (5.9 ) %
                 
Pacific                
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   3,691   2,974   24.1   %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)   4,569   3,648   25.3   %
Passenger load factor (percent)   80.8   81.5   (0.7 ) pts
Yield (cents)   9.80   9.68   1.3   %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   7.92   7.89   0.4   %
                 
Total International              
Revenue passenger miles (millions)   15,681   15,829   (0.9 ) %
Available seat miles (ASM) (millions)   20,759   21,021   (1.2 ) %
Passenger load factor (percent)   75.5   75.3   0.2   pts
Yield (cents)   13.29   13.22   0.6   %
Passenger revenue per ASM (cents)   10.04   9.95   0.9   %
                 
(A) Revenue statistics for all Regional flying are included herein.  
                 
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 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 measure:

- 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 better understand the Company’s core operating performance.

Additionally, the tables below present the reconciliations of mainline, regional and total operating costs (GAAP measure) to mainline, regional and total operating costs excluding special items and fuel (non-GAAP measure). Management uses mainline, regional and 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 better understand and analyze the Company’s non-fuel costs and core operating performance.
               
      3 Months Ended
March 31,
  Percent Change
  Reconciliation of Pre-Tax Income Excluding Special Items     2017       2016    
      (in millions)    
               
  Pre-tax income as reported   $ 365     $ 1,117      
  Pre-tax special items:            
  Special items, net (1)     119       99      
  Regional operating special items, net     2       5      
  Nonoperating special items, net (2)       5         -      
  Total pre-tax special items     126       104      
               
  Pre-tax income excluding special items   $ 491     $ 1,221     -60 %
               
               
  Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin            
               
  Pre-tax income as reported   $ 365     $ 1,117      
               
  Total operating revenues as reported   $ 9,624     $ 9,435      
               
  Pre-tax margin     3.8 %     11.8 %    
               
               
  Calculation of Pre-Tax Margin Excluding Special Items            
               
  Pre-tax income excluding special items   $ 491     $ 1,221      
               
  Total operating revenues as reported   $ 9,624     $ 9,435      
               
  Pre-tax margin excluding special items     5.1 %     12.9 %    
               
               
  Reconciliation of Net Income Excluding Special Items            
               
  Net income as reported   $ 234     $ 700      
  Special items:            
  Total pre-tax special items (1) (2)     126       104      
  Net tax effect of special items       (52 )       (39 )    
  Net income excluding special items   $ 308     $ 765     -60 %
               
               
  Reconciliation of Basic and Diluted Earnings Per Share Excluding   3 Months Ended
March 31,
   
  Special Items     2017       2016      
      (in millions, except per share amounts)    
               
  Net income excluding special items   $ 308     $ 765      
               
  Shares used for computation (in thousands):            
  Basic       503,902         606,245      
  Diluted       507,797         611,488      
               
  Earnings per share excluding special items:            
  Basic   $   0.61     $   1.26      
  Diluted   $   0.61     $   1.25      
               
           
  Reconciliation of Operating Income Excluding Special Items            
               
  Operating income as reported   $ 601     $ 1,335      
               
  Special items:            
  Special items, net (1)     119       99      
  Regional operating special items, net       2         5      
  Operating income excluding special items   $ 722     $ 1,439      
               
               
  Reconciliation of Operating Cost per ASM Excluding Special   3 Months Ended
March 31,
   
  Items and Fuel - Mainline only     2017       2016      
      (in millions)    
               
  Total operating expenses as reported   $ 9,023     $ 8,100      
  Less regional expenses as reported:            
  Fuel     (318 )     (219 )    
  Other       (1,255 )       (1,213 )    
  Total mainline operating expenses as reported     7,450       6,668      
               
  Special items, net (1)       (119 )       (99 )    
  Mainline operating expenses, excluding special items     7,331       6,569      
               
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes       (1,402 )       (1,029 )    
  Mainline operating expenses, excluding special items and fuel   $ 5,929     $ 5,540      
               
      (in cents)    
               
  Mainline operating expenses per ASM as reported     13.17       11.58      
               
  Special items, net per ASM (1)       (0.21 )       (0.17 )    
  Mainline operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items     12.96       11.41      
               
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes per ASM       (2.48 )       (1.79 )    
  Mainline operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items            
  and fuel     10.48       9.62      
               
  Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.            
               
  Reconciliation of Operating Cost per ASM Excluding Special   3 Months Ended
March 31,
   
  Items and Fuel - Regional only     2017       2016      
      (in millions)    
               
  Total regional operating expenses as reported   $ 1,573     $ 1,432      
               
  Regional operating special items, net       (2 )       (5 )    
  Regional operating expenses, excluding special items     1,571       1,427      
               
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes       (318 )       (219 )    
  Regional operating expenses, excluding special items and fuel   $ 1,253     $ 1,208      
               
      (in cents)    
               
  Regional operating expenses per ASM as reported     20.23       19.10      
               
  Regional operating special items, net per ASM       (0.04 )       (0.07 )    
  Regional operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items     20.19       19.03      
               
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes per ASM       (4.09 )       (2.92 )    
  Regional operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items and fuel     16.10       16.11      
               
  Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.            
               
  Reconciliation of Operating Cost per ASM Excluding Special    3 Months Ended
March 31,
   
  Items and Fuel - Total Mainline and Regional     2017       2016      
      (in millions)    
               
  Total operating expenses as reported   $ 9,023     $ 8,100      
               
  Special items:            
  Special items, net (1)     (119 )     (99 )    
  Regional operating special items, net       (2 )       (5 )    
  Total operating expenses, excluding special items     8,902       7,996      
               
  Fuel:            
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - mainline     (1,402 )     (1,029 )    
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - regional       (318 )       (219 )    
  Total operating expenses, excluding special items and fuel   $ 7,182     $ 6,748      
               
      (in cents)    
               
  Total operating expenses per ASM as reported     14.02       12.45      
               
  Special items per ASM:            
  Special items, net (1)     (0.18 )     (0.15 )    
  Regional operating special items, net       -         (0.01 )    
  Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items     13.84       12.29      
               
  Fuel per ASM:            
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - mainline     (2.18 )     (1.58 )    
  Aircraft fuel and related taxes - regional       (0.49 )       (0.34 )    
  Total operating expenses per ASM, excluding special items            
  and fuel     11.16       10.37      
               
  Note: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.            
               
  FOOTNOTES:            
               
(1 ) The 2017 first quarter mainline operating special items totaled a net charge of $119 million, which principally included $63 million of merger integration expenses and $63 million of fleet restructuring expenses.

The 2016 first quarter mainline operating special items totaled a net charge of $99 million, which principally included $104 million of merger integration expenses and $26 million of fleet restructuring expenses.

Merger integration expenses included costs related to information technology, professional fees, re-branding of aircraft and airport facilities and training. Additionally, the 2016 period also included merger integration expenses related to alignment of labor union contracts, re-branded uniforms, severance and relocation. Fleet restructuring expenses driven by the merger included the acceleration of aircraft depreciation, impairments, remaining lease payments and lease return costs for aircraft currently grounded or expected to be grounded earlier than planned.
   
               
(2 ) The 2017 first quarter nonoperating special charges primarily consisted of debt issuance and extinguishment costs associated with a term loan refinancing.    
               
               

 

       
American Airlines Group Inc. 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
       
  March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016
Assets      
       
Current assets      
Cash $ 374     $ 322  
Short-term investments   6,302       6,037  
Restricted cash and short-term investments   543       638  
Accounts receivable, net   1,397       1,594  
Aircraft fuel, spare parts and supplies, net   1,154       1,094  
Prepaid expenses and other     856         639  
Total current assets   10,626       10,324  
       
Operating property and equipment      
Flight equipment   38,352       37,028  
Ground property and equipment   7,332       7,116  
Equipment purchase deposits     1,247         1,209  
Total property and equipment, at cost   46,931       45,353  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization     (14,640 )       (14,194 )
Total property and equipment, net   32,291       31,159  
       
Other assets      
Goodwill   4,091       4,091  
Intangibles, net   2,236       2,173  
Deferred tax asset   1,379       1,498  
Other assets     2,004         2,029  
Total other assets     9,710         9,791  
       
Total assets $   52,627     $   51,274  
       
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
       
Current liabilities      
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases $ 1,714     $ 1,855  
Accounts payable   1,882       1,592  
Accrued salaries and wages   1,064       1,516  
Air traffic liability   5,298       3,912  
Loyalty program liability   3,056       2,789  
Other accrued liabilities     2,272         2,208  
Total current liabilities   15,286       13,872  
       
Noncurrent liabilities      
Long-term debt and capital leases, net of current maturities   22,829       22,489  
Pension and postretirement benefits   7,808       7,842  
Deferred gains and credits, net   494       526  
Other liabilities     2,753         2,760  
Total noncurrent liabilities   33,884       33,617  
       
Stockholders' equity      
Common stock   5       5  
Additional paid-in capital   6,726       7,223  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (5,097 )     (5,083 )
Retained earnings     1,823         1,640  
Total stockholders' equity     3,457         3,785  
       
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $   52,627     $   51,274  
       
       

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