Chief Financial Officer
(BURLINGAME, CA) March 6, 2018 — AeroCentury Corp. (NYSE American: ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported fourth quarter earnings of $6.02 million, or $4.25 per share, compared to $385,000, or $0.27 per share in the third quarter of 2017 and a loss of $40,000, or $0.03 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 results included a $5.4 million tax benefit from the revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax liability caused by of the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Earnings for 2017, which included the $5.4 million tax benefit noted above, totaled $7.4 million, or $5.10 per share, as compared to $1.2 million, or $0.78 per share for 2016.
"Modernizing our portfolio by replacing older aircraft with younger mid-life aircraft remains a priority," said Michael Magnusson, President. "During the fourth quarter, we sold two regional jets, one turboprop aircraft, one engine and aircraft parts, generating a net gain of $922,000. To date, in 2018, we have already sold two aircraft, generating a $45,000 gain. The average age of aircraft we are holding for lease is currently approximately 11 years."
As previously reported, AeroCentury Corp. announced on October 26, 2017 the signing of a merger agreement to acquire JetFleet Holding Corp. (JHC), which has managed the Company’s operations and aircraft portfolio since AeroCentury’s founding in 1997.
"Our acquisition of JHC is proceeding on schedule," Magnusson continued. "After a fairness hearing on February 22, 2018, the California Department of Business Oversight issued a permit for the issuance of securities in the transaction, and the solicitation of consents of JHC shareholders to the acquisition has begun. We believe the merger will be accretive to earnings and expand our access to capital sources."
Fourth Quarter Highlights
Fourth Quarter 2017 Comparative Data (at or for the periods ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2016):
AeroCentury's portfolio currently consists of twenty-one aircraft and one engine that are held for lease and nine aircraft that are held under sales-type or direct finance leases. The Company also has two turboprop aircraft that are held for sale, which are being sold in parts.
The Company's portfolio consists of eleven different aircraft types. The current customer base comprises nine airlines operating in eight countries.
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About AeroCentury: AeroCentury is an independent global aircraft operating lessor and finance company specializing in leasing regional jet and turboprop aircraft and related engines. The Company's aircraft and engines are leased to regional airlines and commercial users worldwide.
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1Operating margin is a non-GAAP measure. Operating margin is calculated by dividing “Income before income taxes” by “Total revenue.” See Additional Financial Information at the end of this press release for a reconciliation to its most directly comparable GAAP measure.
2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See Additional Financial Information below for its method of calculation and reconciliation to its most directly comparable GAAP measure at the end of this press release.