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AerCap Holdings N.V. Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter 2017 and Announces New Share Repurchase Program

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AerCap Holdings N.V. (NYSE:AER):

  • Net income of $265.8 million for the third quarter of 2017 and $809.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017
  • Diluted earnings per share of $1.62 for the third quarter of 2017 and $4.77 for the nine months ended September 30, 2017

Highlights

  • 89 aircraft transactions executed in the third quarter of 2017, including 36 widebody transactions.
  • 99.3% fleet utilization rate for the third quarter of 2017.
  • 7.1 years average age of owned fleet and 6.6 years average remaining lease term.
  • 100% of new aircraft deliveries through 2018 and 91% through 2019 leased.
  • $8.9 billion of available liquidity.
  • Adjusted debt/equity ratio of 2.7 to 1.
  • $55.06 book value per share, an increase of 17% since September 30, 2016.
  • Repurchased 5.4 million shares in the third quarter of 2017 for $266 million and 19.2 million shares year to date through October 27, 2017 for $888 million.
  • New $200 million share repurchase program authorized, which will run through March 31, 2018.

Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap, commented: “We are very pleased to report another quarter of consistent earnings. During the third quarter of 2017 we generated $1.62 earnings per share and net income of $265.8 million. The scale of the AerCap platform is evidenced by the 89 aircraft transactions executed this quarter. Our continued focus and disciplined approach to portfolio management was evidenced by the sale of 27 owned aircraft. AerCap’s success is underpinned by our highly consistent and disciplined approach to portfolio and liquidity management.”

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • Net income of $265.8 million, compared with $225.6 million for the same period in 2016. Diluted earnings per share of $1.62, compared with $1.22 for the same period in 2016.
  • Net income increased 18%, primarily driven by an increase in net gain on sale of assets. Furthermore, during the third quarter of 2016, we recognized charges related to the downsizing of AeroTurbine. These charges were partially offset by income related to insurance proceeds.
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 33%, driven by the same factors as net income as well as the repurchase of 30.4 million shares from July 2016 through September 2017.

Revenue and Net Spread

Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2017 2016

% increase/
(decrease)

2017 2016

% increase/
(decrease)

(U.S. Dollars in millions) (U.S. Dollars in millions)
Lease revenue:
Basic lease rents $1,038.4 $1,088.0 (5 %) $3,159.0 $3,333.6 (5 %)
Maintenance rents and other receipts 163.0 91.9 77 % 357.0 313.2 14 %
Lease revenue 1,201.4 1,179.9 2 % 3,516.0 3,646.8 (4 %)
Net gain on sale of assets 63.7 22.4 184 % 180.6 79.8 126 %
Other income 8.8 23.8 (63 %) 78.0 57.0 37 %

Total revenues and other income

$1,273.9 $1,226.1 4 % $3,774.6 $3,783.6 (0 %)

Basic lease rents were $1,038.4 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $1,088.0 million for the same period in 2016. The decrease was primarily due to the sale of mid-life and older aircraft during 2016 and 2017. Our average lease assets for the third quarter of 2017 were $34.0 billion, compared with $34.6 billion for the same period in 2016.

Maintenance rents and other receipts were $163.0 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $91.9 million for the same period in 2016. The increase was primarily the result of lease terminations during the third quarter of 2017.

Net gain on sale of assets for the third quarter of 2017 was $63.7 million, relating to 27 aircraft sold and eight aircraft reclassified to finance leases, compared with $22.4 million for the same period in 2016, relating to 36 aircraft sold and four aircraft reclassified to finance leases. The increase was primarily due to the timing and composition of asset sales.

Other income for the third quarter of 2017 was $8.8 million, compared with $23.8 million for the same period in 2016. Other income for the third quarter of 2016 included insurance proceeds, partially offset by charges related to the downsizing of AeroTurbine.

Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2017 2016

% increase/
(decrease)

2017 2016

% increase/
(decrease)

(U.S. Dollars in millions) (U.S. Dollars in millions)
Basic lease rents $1,038.4 $1,088.0 (5 %) $3,159.0 $3,333.6 (5 %)
Interest expense 280.2 273.9 2 % 840.9 839.2 0 %
Adjusted for:
Mark-to-market of interest rate caps and swaps (2.0 ) (1.6 ) 25 % (17.6 ) (20.2 ) (13 %)
Adjusted interest expense 278.2 272.3 2 % 823.3 819.0 1 %
Net interest margin, or net spread (*) $760.2 $815.7 (7 %) $2,335.7 $2,514.6 (7 %)
Average lease assets $34,035 $34,577 (2 %) $34,055 $35,078 (3 %)
Annualized net spread (*)

8.9%

9.4%

9.1%

9.6%

(*) Refer to "Notes Regarding Financial Information Presented in This Press Release" for details relating to these non-GAAP measures

As shown in the table above, adjusted interest expense was $278.2 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $272.3 million for the same period in 2016.

Annualized net spread was 8.9% for the third quarter of 2017, compared with 9.4% for the same period in 2016. The decrease was primarily the result of the lower age of our owned fleet and the higher average cost of debt. Our average cost of debt increased primarily due to the issuance of new longer-term bonds to replace shorter-term ILFC notes, which had lower reported interest expense as a result of ILFC acquisition purchase accounting.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2017 2016

% increase/
(decrease)

2017 2016

% increase/
(decrease)

(U.S. Dollars in millions) (U.S. Dollars in millions)
Selling, general and administrative expenses $58.3 $55.2 6 % $173.1 $177.9 (3 %)
Share-based compensation expenses 25.6 25.6 0 % 78.9 76.3 3 %
Total selling, general and administrative expenses $83.9 $80.8 4 % $252.0 $254.2 (1 %)

Other Expenses

Asset impairment charges were $45.6 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $15.1 million recorded for the same period in 2016. Asset impairment recorded in the third quarter of 2017 primarily related to lease terminations and was more than offset by maintenance revenue recognized as a result of these lease terminations. Leasing expenses were $137.8 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $128.7 million for the same period in 2016. The increase in leasing expenses was primarily related to higher maintenance rights expense associated with maintenance activity during the third quarter of 2017. Restructuring related expenses were nil for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $29.0 million for the same period in 2016. Restructuring related expenses in the third quarter 2016 related to the downsizing of AeroTurbine.

Effective Tax Rate

Our effective tax rate for the full year 2017 is expected to be 12.5%, compared with the effective tax rate of 14.5% for the full year 2016. It is impacted by the source and amount of earnings among our different tax jurisdictions. The higher effective tax rate in 2016 included a valuation allowance related to the AeroTurbine losses.

Our effective tax rate was 11.5% for the third quarter of 2017, compared to 16.5% for the same period in 2016. Our effective tax rate in any quarter can be impacted by revisions to the estimated full year rate.

Book Value Per Share

September 30,
2017

December 31,
2016

September 30,
2016

(U.S. Dollars in millions, except share and per share data)
Total AerCap Holdings N.V. shareholders' equity $8,546.5 $8,524.4 $8,369.5
Ordinary shares outstanding 158,015,881 176,247,154 181,743,634
Unvested restricted stock (2,805,996 ) (3,426,810 ) (3,327,489 )
Ordinary shares outstanding (excl. unvested restricted stock) 155,209,885 172,820,344 178,416,145
Book value per ordinary share outstanding (excl. unvested restricted stock) $55.06 $49.33 $46.91

Book value per share has increased 17% since September 30, 2016.

Financial Position

September 30,
2017

December 31,
2016

% increase/
(decrease) over
December 31,
2016

(U.S. Dollars in millions, except debt/equity ratio)
Total cash (incl. restricted) $1,786.2 $2,364.6 (24 %)
Total assets 41,006.7 41,620.5 (1 %)
Debt 27,287.6 27,717.0 (2 %)
Total liabilities 32,404.1 33,038.2 (2 %)
Total AerCap Holdings N.V. shareholders' equity 8,546.5 8,524.4 0 %
Total equity 8,602.6 8,582.3 0 %
Adjusted debt (*) 25,083.4 24,931.6 1 %
Adjusted equity (*) 9,352.6 9,332.3 0 %
Adjusted debt/equity ratio (*) 2.7 to 1 2.7 to 1 0 %
(*) Refer to "Notes Regarding Financial Information Presented in This Press Release" for details relating to these non-GAAP measures

As of September 30, 2017, AerCap’s portfolio consisted of 1,506 aircraft that were owned, on order or managed (including aircraft owned by AerDragon, a non-consolidated joint venture). The average age of our owned fleet as of September 30, 2017 was 7.1 years and the average remaining contracted lease term was 6.6 years.

Share Repurchase Program

Our Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase program authorizing total repurchases of up to $200 million of AerCap ordinary shares through March 31, 2018. Repurchases under the program may be made through open market purchases or privately negotiated transactions in accordance with applicable U.S. federal securities laws. The timing of repurchases and the exact number of common shares to be purchased will be determined by the Company’s management, in its discretion, and will depend upon market conditions and other factors. The program will be funded using the Company’s cash on hand and cash generated from operations. The program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.

In July 2017, our Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program authorizing total repurchases of up to $250 million of AerCap ordinary shares through December 31, 2017. In October 2017, this share repurchase program was extended to run through March 31, 2018.

Notes Regarding Financial Information Presented in This Press Release

The financial information presented in this press release is not audited.

Due to rounding, numbers presented throughout this document may not add up precisely to the totals provided and percentages may not precisely reflect the absolute figures.

The following is a definition of non-GAAP measures used in this press release. We believe these measures may further assist investors in their understanding of our operational performance.

Adjusted debt/equity ratio. This measure is the ratio obtained by dividing adjusted debt by adjusted equity.

  • Adjusted debt means consolidated total debt less cash and cash equivalents, and less a 50% equity credit with respect to certain long-term subordinated debt.
  • Adjusted equity means total equity, plus the 50% equity credit relating to the long-term subordinated debt.

Adjusted debt and adjusted equity are adjusted by the 50% equity credit to reflect the equity nature of those financing arrangements and to provide information that is consistent with definitions under certain of our debt covenants. We believe this measure may further assist investors in their understanding of our capital structure and leverage.

Adjusted Debt/Equity Ratio

September 30,
2017

December 31,
2016

(U.S. Dollars in millions, except
debt/equity ratio)

Debt $27,288 $27,717
Adjusted for:
Cash and cash equivalents (1,454 ) (2,035 )
50% credit for long-term subordinated debt (750 ) (750 )
Adjusted debt $25,084 $24,932
Equity $8,603 $8,582
Adjusted for:
50% credit for long-term subordinated debt 750 750
Adjusted equity $9,353 $9,332
Adjusted debt/equity ratio 2.7 to 1 2.7 to 1

Net interest margin, or net spread and annualized net spread

Net interest margin, or net spread is the difference between basic lease rents and interest expense, excluding the impact of the mark-to-market of interest rate caps and swaps. Annualized net spread is net spread for the applicable period, scaled to a one year period. We believe these measures may further assist investors in their understanding of the changes and trends related to the earnings of our leasing activities. These measures reflect the impact from changes in the number of aircraft leased, lease rates and utilization rates, as well as the impact from changes in the amount of debt and interest rates.

Conference Call

In connection with the earnings release, management will host an earnings conference call today, Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 8:30 am Eastern Daylight Time. The call can be accessed live by dialing (U.S./Canada) +1 323 794 2130 or (International) +353 1 246 5621 and referencing code 8149387 at least 5 minutes before start time, or by visiting AerCap’s website at www.aercap.com under “Investor Relations.”

The webcast replay will be archived in the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website for one year. For further details and to register for this event please email: aercap@instinctif.com.

For further information, contact Brian Canniffe: +353 1 418 0461 (bcanniffe@aercap.com) or Mark Walter (Instinctif Partners): +44 20 7457 2020 (aercap@instinctif.com).

About AerCap

AerCap is the global leader in aircraft leasing with, as of September 30, 2017, 1,506 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap has one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Shannon, Fort Lauderdale, Singapore, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements, estimates and forecasts with respect to future performance and events. These statements, estimates and forecasts are "forward-looking statements." In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "might," "should," "expect," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "predict," "potential" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements and are based on various underlying assumptions and expectations and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and may include projections of our future financial performance based on our growth strategies and anticipated trends in our business. These statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause our actual results, level of activity performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. As a result, we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements included in this press release will prove to be accurate or correct. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the future performance or events described in the forward-looking statements in this press release might not occur. Accordingly, you should not rely upon forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results and we do not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, we do not undertake any obligation to, and will not, update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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AerCap Holdings N.V.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)

September 30, 2017

December 31, 2016
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $1,454,233 $2,035,447
Restricted cash 331,964 329,180
Trade receivables 76,107 64,923
Flight equipment held for operating leases, net 31,578,319 31,501,973
Maintenance rights intangible and lease premium, net 1,673,442 2,167,925
Flight equipment held for sale 200,431 107,392
Net investment in finance and sales-type leases 986,502 755,882
Prepayments on flight equipment 3,331,830 3,265,979
Other intangibles, net 363,306 397,101
Deferred income tax assets 214,973 215,445
Other assets 795,623 779,206
Total Assets $41,006,730 $41,620,453
Liabilities and Equity
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities $1,033,227 $1,132,536
Accrued maintenance liability 2,568,184 2,750,576
Lessee deposit liability 829,152 859,099
Debt 27,287,634 27,716,999
Deferred income tax liabilities 685,938 578,979
Total liabilities 32,404,135 33,038,189
Ordinary share capital €0.01 par value, 350,000,000 ordinary shares
authorized as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016; 172,847,345 and
187,847,345 ordinary shares issued and 158,015,881 and 176,247,154 ordinary
shares outstanding (including 2,805,996 and 3,426,810 unvested restricted
stock) as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 2,117 2,282
Additional paid-in capital 3,926,837 4,505,019
Treasury shares, at cost (14,831,464 and 11,600,191 ordinary shares as of
September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively) (695,252 ) (490,092 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (347 ) (1,769 )
Accumulated retained earnings 5,313,120 4,509,007
Total AerCap Holdings N.V. shareholders' equity 8,546,475 8,524,447
Non-controlling interest 56,120 57,817
Total Equity 8,602,595 8,582,264
Total Liabilities and Equity $41,006,730 $41,620,453
AerCap Holdings N.V.
Unaudited Consolidated Income Statements
(U.S. Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues and other income
Lease revenue $1,201,441 $1,179,849 $3,515,965 $3,646,751
Net gain on sale of assets 63,715 22,397 180,568 79,841
Other income 8,752 23,814 77,951 56,982
Total Revenues and other income 1,273,908 1,226,060 3,774,484 3,783,574
Expenses
Depreciation and amortization 428,327 439,905 1,301,873 1,357,803
Asset impairment 45,603 15,077 50,903 70,179
Interest expense 280,195 273,905 840,891 839,182
Leasing expenses 137,834 128,675 396,588 439,224
Restructuring related expenses - 28,976 14,605 45,117
Selling, general and administrative expenses 83,920 80,750 252,035 254,244
Total Expenses 975,879 967,288 2,856,895 3,005,749

Income before income taxes and income of investments accounted for under the equity method

298,029 258,772 917,589 777,825
Provision for income taxes (34,158 ) (42,711 ) (114,699 ) (112,784 )
Equity in net earnings of investments accounted for under the equity method 2,232 4,317 7,319 9,060
Net income $266,103 $220,378 $810,209 $674,101
Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interest (256 ) 5,249 (309 ) 7,879

Net income attributable to AerCap Holdings N.V.

$265,847 $225,627 $809,900 $681,980
Basic earnings per share $1.68 $1.24 $4.95 $3.61
Diluted earnings per share $1.62 $1.22 $4.77 $3.55
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 158,372,466 181,710,294 163,769,226 188,752,244
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 164,411,228 185,326,517 169,836,856 191,874,286
AerCap Holdings N.V.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(U.S. Dollars in thousands)
Nine months ended September 30,
2017 2016
Net income $810,209 $674,101
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 1,301,873 1,357,803
Asset impairment 50,903 70,179
Amortization of debt issuance costs and debt discount 50,099 41,657
Amortization of lease premium intangibles 10,828 15,217
Amortization of fair value adjustment on debt (154,336 ) (265,520 )
Accretion of fair value adjustment on deposits and maintenance liabilities 24,205 40,188
Maintenance rights write off 405,406 484,059
Maintenance liability release to income (184,940 ) (308,810 )
Net gain on sale of assets (180,568 ) (79,841 )
Deferred income taxes 106,745 107,808
Restructuring related expenses 5,097 33,588
Other 101,159 110,125
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables (2,688 ) 73,745
Other assets 76,124 151,999
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities (4,211 ) (60,306 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 2,415,905 2,445,992
Purchase of flight equipment (2,268,294 ) (1,813,584 )
Proceeds from sale or disposal of assets 1,200,732 1,828,122
Prepayments on flight equipment (942,736 ) (602,363 )
Collections of finance and sales-type leases 68,569 49,993
Movement in restricted cash (2,784 ) (5,551 )
Other (35,876 ) (13,198 )
Net cash used in investing activities (1,980,389 ) (556,581 )
Issuance of debt 3,943,152 3,036,434
Repayment of debt (4,219,708 ) (4,434,252 )
Debt issuance costs paid (57,283 ) (27,878 )
Maintenance payments received 571,292 609,852
Maintenance payments returned (374,952 ) (390,071 )
Security deposits received 116,898 117,373
Security deposits returned (131,608 ) (187,202 )
Dividend paid to non-controlling interest holders (266 ) (10,501 )
Repurchase of shares and tax withholdings on share-based compensation (863,905 ) (778,868 )
Net cash used in financing activities (1,016,380 ) (2,065,113 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (580,864 ) (175,702 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (350 ) 623
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 2,035,447 2,403,098
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $1,454,233 $2,228,019

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AerCap Holdings N.V.
For Investors:
Brian Canniffe, +353 1 418 0461
Head of Investor Relations
bcanniffe@aercap.com
or
For Media:
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