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FORM 8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 23, 2013

 

 

US AIRWAYS GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   1-8444   54-1194634
(State or other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

111 West Rio Salado Parkway

Tempe, Arizona

  85281
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (480) 693-0800

N/A

(Former name or former address if changed since last report.)

 

 

US AIRWAYS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   1-8442   53-0218143
(State or other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)

 

111 West Rio Salado Parkway

Tempe, Arizona

  85281
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (480) 693-0800

N/A

(Former name or former address if changed since last report.)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 

 


ITEM 7.01. REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE.

On January 23, 2013, US Airways Group, Inc. (the “Company”) provided an update for investors presenting information relating to its financial and operational outlook for 2013. This investor presentation is located on the Company’s website at www.usairways.com under “Investor Relations.” The update is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

 

ITEM 9.01. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

(d) Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.    Description
99.1    Investor Update


SIGNATURES

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

 

    US AIRWAYS GROUP, INC.
Date: January 23, 2013     By:   /s/ Derek J. Kerr
       

Derek J. Kerr

Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer

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

 

    US AIRWAYS, INC.
Date: January 23, 2013     By:   /s/ Derek J. Kerr
       

Derek J. Kerr

Executive Vice President and

Chief Financial Officer


EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.    Description
99.1    Investor Update
EX-99.1

EXHIBIT 99.1

 

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INVESTOR RELATIONS UPDATE

JANUARY 23, 2013

General Comments

 

 

2013 Capacity Guidance - 2013 total system capacity is expected to be up approximately 3 percent vs. 2012 primarily due to larger gauge aircraft replacing smaller gauge legacy 737 aircraft and more long-haul international flying. Domestic capacity is expected to be up approximately 3 percent and international up approximately 3.5 percent.

 

 

Cash - As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $2.71 billion in total cash and investments, of which $336 million was restricted.

 

 

Fuel - For the first quarter 2013, the Company anticipates paying an average of between $3.16 and $3.21 per gallon of mainline jet fuel (including taxes). Forecasted volume and fuel prices are provided in the table below.

 

 

Profit Sharing / CASM - Profit sharing equals approximately 10% of pre-tax earnings excluding special items up to a 10% pre-tax margin and 15% above the 10% margin. Profit sharing is excluded in the CASM guidance given below.

 

 

Cargo / Other Revenue - Includes cargo revenue, ticket change fees, excess/overweight baggage fees, first and second bag fees, contract services, simulator rental, airport clubs, and inflight service revenues.

 

 

Taxes / NOL - As of December 31, 2012, net operating losses (NOL) available for use by the Company are approximately $1.5 billion, all of which are expected to be available for use in 2013. The Company’s net deferred tax asset, which includes the NOL, is subject to a full valuation allowance. As of December 31, 2012, the valuation allowances associated with federal and state NOL approximated $88 million and $40 million, respectively. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, future utilization of the NOL reduces our deferred tax asset which in turn results in the release of our valuation allowance which offsets the Company’s tax provision dollar for dollar.

For the full year 2012, the Company did not record federal income tax expense. State income tax expense related to certain states where NOL may be limited or not available to be used was nominal.

To the extent profitable in 2013, the Company will use NOL to reduce its federal and state taxable income. The Company presently estimates that utilization of approximately $250 million of NOL will result in the full release of its remaining valuation allowance associated with federal income taxes. Accordingly, the Company may recognize non-cash federal income tax expense in 2013.

The Company may be obligated to record and pay state income tax related to certain states where NOL may be limited or not available to be used. When profitable the Company is ordinarily subject to AMT. However as the result of a special tax election made in 2009, the Company expects to be able to utilize AMT NOL to offset AMT taxable income, if profitable in 2013.

 

Please refer to the footnotes and the forward looking statements page of this document for additional information


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MAINLINE UPDATE

JANUARY 23, 2013

Mainline Comments

 

Mainline data includes US Airways operated flights and all operating expenses are for mainline operated flights only. Please refer to the following page for information pertaining to Express.

 

Mainline Guidance

   1Q13E      2Q13E      3Q13E      4Q13E      FY13E  

Available Seat Miles (ASMs) (bil)

     ~17.8         ~20.0         ~20.4         ~18.8         ~77.0   

CASM ex fuel, special items and profit sharing (YOY % change)1

     +2% to +4%         -1% to +1%         -1% to +1%         -4% to -6%         -2% to +0%   

Cargo Revenues ($ mil)

     ~40         ~40         ~40         ~40         ~160   

Other Revenues

     ~350         ~355         ~340         ~345         ~1,390   

Percent Hedged

                                       

Average Fuel Price (incl. taxes) ($/gal) (as of 01/22/2013)

     3.16 to 3.21         3.14 to 3.19         3.13 to 3.18         3.09 to 3.14        3.13 to 3.18   

Fuel Gallons Consumed (mil)

     ~259         ~290         ~298         ~277         ~1,124   

Interest Income ($ mil)

     ~0         ~(1)         ~(1)         ~0         ~(2)   

Interest Expense ($ mil)

     ~85         ~85         ~90         ~90         ~350   

Other Non-Operating (Income)/Expense ex special items ($ mil)2

     ~0         ~0         ~0         ~0         ~0   

Cash Flow/Capital Update ($ mil) Inflow/(Outflow)

   1Q13E      2Q13E      3Q13E      4Q13E      FY13E  

Cash Capex (non-aircraft)

     ~(52)         ~(40)         ~(35)         ~(43)         ~(170)   

Net aircraft Capex and PDPs

     ~(49)         ~(77)         ~(39)         ~2         ~(164)   

Net Other Cash Flow Adjustments3

     ~(113)         ~(71)         ~(50)         ~(118)         ~(352)   

Notes:

1. CASM ex fuel, special items and profit sharing is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation at the end of this document
2. Other Non-Operating (Income)/Expense ex special items includes primarily gains and losses from foreign currency and the disposition of assets
3. Debt principal repayment, aircraft refinancing, non-cash bond discount amortization/interest deferrals (included in interest expense), and other non-cash items

 

Please refer to the footnotes and the forward looking statements page of this document for additional information


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EXPRESS UPDATE

JANUARY 23, 2013

Express Comments

 

US Airways Express is a network of eight regional airlines (2 wholly owned) operating under code share and service agreements with US Airways. All operating expenses (including purchase agreements) associated with US Airways Express are included within the Express Non-Fuel Operating Expense line item on our income statement.

 

Express CASM is expected to be up 3% to 5% in 2013 primarily due to contractual rate increases and also scheduled aircraft maintenance at the Company’s wholly-owned carrier PSA.

 

Express Guidance

     1Q13E    2Q13E    3Q13E    4Q13E    FY13E

Available Seat Miles (ASMs) (bil)

   ~3.40    ~3.53    ~3.57    ~3.53    ~14.03

CASM ex fuel and special items (YOY % change) 1

   -1% to +1%    +3% to +5%    +6% to +8%    +4% to +6%    +3% to +5%

Average Fuel Price (incl. taxes) ($/gal)

   3.18 to 3.23    3.18 to 3.23    3.16 to 3.21    3.12 to 3.17    3.16 to 3.21

Fuel Gallons Consumed (mil)

   ~82    ~85    ~87    ~86    ~340

Express Carriers

                        

Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation

  

PSA Airlines, Inc.2

     

Chautauqua Airlines, Inc.

  

Republic Airline, Inc.

     

Mesa Airlines, Inc.3

  

SkyWest Airlines, Inc.

     

Piedmont Airlines, Inc. 2

  

Trans States Airlines, Inc.4

  

Notes:

1. CASM ex fuel expense and special items is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation at the end of this document.
2. Wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc.
3. Subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, Inc.
4. Pro-rate agreement.

 

Please refer to the footnotes and the forward looking statements page of this document for additional information


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FLEET UPDATE

JANUARY 23, 2013

Fleet Comments

 

The Company recently reached an agreement to acquire five Embraer 190 aircraft from Republic Airlines. These aircraft would replace certain regional aircraft and not result in incremental fleet growth. The first three of these aircraft went into service during the fourth quarter of 2012, with the final deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2013.

 

The Company expects to take delivery of 21 new Airbus aircraft in 2013 (16 A321 aircraft and five A330-200 aircraft) and expects to retire 18 737-400 aircraft and 3 older A320 aircraft.

 

Mainline Fleet Update (End of Period)
     YE12A    1Q13E    2Q13E    3Q13E    4Q13E

Mainline

                        

EMB-190

   18    20    20    20    20

B737-400

   32    32    26    18    14

A319

   93    93    93    93    93

A320

   72    72    72    72    69

A321

   75    79    83    88    91

A330-200

   7    7    9    10    12

A330-300

   9    9    9    9    9

B757

   24    24    24    24    24

B767

   10    10    10    10    10
  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

Total

   340    346    346    344    342
Express Fleet Update (End of Period)
     YE12A    1Q13E    2Q13E    3Q13E    4Q13E

Express

                        

DH8

   44    44    43    42    41

CRJ-200

   119    119    119    119    119

CRJ-700

   14    14    14    14    14

CRJ-900

   38    38    38    38    38

EMB-170

   20    20    20    20    20

ERJ-145

   9    9    9    9    9

EMB-175

   38    38    38    38    38
  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

Total

   282    282    281    280    279

 

 

 

Please refer to the footnotes and the forward looking statements page of this document for additional information


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SHARES OUTSTANDING

JANUARY 23, 2013

 

 

The estimated weighted average shares outstanding for the remainder of the year are listed below. The interest addback to net income for purposes of computing diluted earnings per share is net of the related effect of profit sharing and tax effects.

 

2013 Shares Outstanding ($ and shares mil)1

   Basic    Diluted    Interest Addback

For Q1-Q4 2013

        

Earnings above $56

   163.3    207.4    $8

Earnings between $34 and $56

   163.3    207.2    $8

Earnings up to $34

   163.3    169.5   

Net Loss

   163.3    163.3   

For FY 2013 (Average)

        

Earnings above $207

   163.3    207.4    $28

Earnings between $126 and $207

   163.3    207.2    $28

Earnings up to $126

   163.3    169.5   

Net loss

   163.3    163.3   

 

Notes:        1.        Shares outstanding are based upon several estimates and assumptions, including average per share stock price, stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock unit award activity, and conversion of outstanding senior convertible notes. The number of shares in the actual calculation of earnings per share will likely be different from those set forth above.

 

Please refer to the footnotes and the forward looking statements page of this document for additional information


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2013 GAAP to Non-GAAP RECONCILIATION

JANUARY 23, 2013

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Company is providing disclosure of the reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable financial measures on a GAAP basis. The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures provide investors the ability to measure financial performance excluding special items and profit sharing, which is more indicative of the Company’s ongoing performance and is more comparable to measures reported by other major airlines. The Company believes that the presentation of mainline CASM excluding fuel, special items & profit sharing and Express CASM excluding fuel and special items is useful to investors as both the cost and availability of fuel are subject to many economic and political factors beyond the Company’s control.

 

     GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation ($ mil except ASM and CASM data)  
     1Q13 Range      2Q13 Range      3Q13 Range      4Q13 Range      FY13 Range  
     Low      High      Low      High      Low      High      Low      High      Low      High  

Mainline

                             

Mainline operating expenses1

   $ 2,400       $ 2,444       $ 2,544       $ 2,592       $ 2,538       $ 2,586       $ 2,399       $ 2,445       $ 9,849       $ 10,034   

Less mainline fuel

     818         831         911         925         933         948         856         870         3,518         3,574   

Less special items

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —     

Less profit sharing

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Mainline operating expense excluding fuel, special items and profit sharing

     1,581         1,612         1,634         1,667         1,606         1,638         1,543         1,576         6,331         6,460   

Mainline CASM (cts)

     13.48         13.73         12.72         12.96         12.44         12.67         12.76         13.01         12.79         13.03   

Mainline CASM excluding fuel, special items and profit sharing (Non-GAAP) (cts)

     8.88         9.06         8.17         8.33         7.87         8.03         8.21         8.38         8.22         8.39   

Mainline ASMs (bil)

     17.8         17.8         20.0         20.0         20.4         20.4         18.8         18.8         77.0         77.0   

Express

                             

Express operating expenses

   $ 777       $ 791       $ 786       $ 801       $ 804       $ 818       $ 802       $ 817       $ 3,168       $ 3,226   

Less express fuel expense

     261         265         270         275         275         279         268         273         1,074         1,091   

Less special items

     —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —           —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Express operating expenses excluding fuel and special items

     516         526         516         526         529         539         534         544         2,094         2,135   

Express CASM (cts)

     22.85         23.27         22.27         22.68         22.51         22.91         22.72         23.14         22.58         22.99   

Express CASM excluding fuel and special items (Non-GAAP) (cts)

     15.18         15.48         14.62         14.90         14.81         15.09         15.12         15.41         14.92         15.21   

Express ASMs (bil)

     3.40         3.40         3.53         3.53         3.57         3.57         3.53         3.53         14.03         14.03   

Notes: Amounts may not recalculate due to rounding.

(1) Forecasted mainline operating expenses exclude profit sharing.

 

Please refer to the footnotes and the forward looking statements page of this document for additional information


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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

JANUARY 23, 2013

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain of the statements contained or referred to herein are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of 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” and similar terms used in connection with statements regarding, among others, the outlook, expected fuel costs, revenue and pricing environment, and expected financial performance and liquidity position of the Company. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the Company’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results and financial position to differ materially from these statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: the impact of significant operating losses in the future; downturns in economic conditions and their impact on passenger demand, booking practices and related revenues; the impact of the price and availability of fuel and significant disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel; competitive practices in the industry, including the impact of industry consolidation; increased costs of financing, a reduction in the availability of financing and fluctuations in interest rates; the Company’s high level of fixed obligations and ability to fund general corporate requirements, obtain additional financing and respond to competitive developments; any failure to comply with the liquidity covenants contained in financing arrangements; provisions in credit card processing and other commercial agreements that may affect the Company’s liquidity; the impact of union disputes, employee strikes and other labor-related disruptions; the inability to maintain labor costs at competitive levels; interruptions or disruptions in service at one or more of the Company’s hub airports or focus city; regulatory changes affecting the allocation of slots; the Company’s reliance on third-party regional operators or third-party service providers; the Company’s reliance on and costs, rights and functionality of third-party distribution channels, including those provided by global distribution systems, conventional travel agents and online travel agents; changes in government regulation; the impact of changes to the Company’s business model the loss of key personnel or inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the impact of conflicts overseas or terrorist attacks, and the impact of ongoing security concerns; the Company’s ability to operate and grow its route network; the impact of environmental regulation; the Company’s reliance on technology and automated systems and the impact of any failure or disruption of, or delay in, these technologies or systems; costs of ongoing data security compliance requirements and the impact of any significant data security breach; the impact of any accident involving the Company’s aircraft or the aircraft of its regional operators; delays in scheduled aircraft deliveries or other loss of anticipated fleet capacity; the Company’s dependence on a limited number of suppliers for aircraft, aircraft engines and parts; the Company’s ability to operate profitably out of Philadelphia International Airport; the impact of weather conditions and seasonality of airline travel; the impact of possible future increases in insurance costs or reductions in available insurance coverage; the impact of global events that affect travel behavior, such as an outbreak of a contagious disease; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the Company’s ability to use NOLs and certain other tax attributes; and other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in the Company’s reports to and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). There may be other factors not identified above of which the Company is 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. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or supplement any forward-looking statement to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such estimates other than as required by law. Additional factors that may affect the future results of the Company are set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 and in the Company’s other filings with the SEC, which are available at www.usairways.com.

 

Please refer to the footnotes and the forward looking statements page of this document for additional information

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