Harold M. Lyons
Chief Financial Officer
BURLINGAME, California, May 21, 2021 -- AeroCentury Corp. ("AeroCentury" or the "Company") (NYSE American: ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported a first quarter 2021 net loss of $5.4 million, or ($3.50) per share, compared to a net loss of $10.2 million, or ($6.58) per share, for the first quarter of 2020.
Revenues and other income decreased by 47% to $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily a result of a 43% decrease in operating lease revenues to $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2021 from $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of reduced rent income from the sale of aircraft during the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021 and reduced rent for two assets in the 2021 quarter as a result of lease amendments related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 also reflected reduced depreciation expense compared to the first quarter of 2020, primarily as a result of aircraft sales, and increased professional fees and other expenses, primarily due to higher legal expenses. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company recorded a bad debt allowance of $821,000 related to one of its sales-type finance leases. During the first quarter of 2021, the Company recorded an impairment loss of $1,940,400 on its two assets held for sale, based on expected sales proceeds, which had an aggregate fair value of $347,400.
The results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 included impairment losses totaling $6.7 million, arising from estimated sales proceeds for three regional jet aircraft and an older turboprop aircraft that is being sold in parts. Results also included a $1.2 million bad debt allowance related to two of the Company’s aircraft that are subject to finance leases and a $1.9 million non-cash charge related to the Company’s interest rate swaps, which is included in interest expense.
As previously reported, the Company and its subsidiaries, JetFleet Holding Corp. and JetFleet Management Corp. ("the Debtors"") filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on March 29, 2021. After the bankruptcy filing, the Company has continued to operate its businesses in the ordinary course as "debtors-in-possession" under the jurisdiction of the Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code. The Bankruptcy Court has granted the Company’s motions designed primarily to minimize the effect of bankruptcy on the Company’s operations, customers and employees and make it possible for the Company to continue existing operations without interruption during the pendency of the Chapter 11 Case.
The Bankruptcy Court also approved the conduct of a process to market and sell the Company’s assets as part of the Chapter 11 proceeding in order to permit the Company to satisfy the Company’s obligations to its creditors, including its sole secured creditor, Drake Asset Management Jersey Limited ("Drake""). The Company entered into a stalking horse agreement with Drake for the sale of certain of the aircraft assets securing the Drake Indebtedness (the "Drake Collateral""), which if approved by the Bankruptcy Court as the best and/or highest offer for the Drake Collateral, will, upon consummation, lead to full satisfaction of the Company’s obligations to Drake under the Drake Indebtedness.
No third party qualified bids were received for the Company’s assets in the Court-approved marketing and sale process, so the proposed auction for assets will not be conducted, and the Company anticipates that the sale of the Drake Collateral will proceed under the terms of the stalking horse agreement. There were non-qualified third party bids received by the Company for certain subsets of the Company’s aircraft assets, and the Company is currently reviewing and evaluating those offers. With respect to any asset purchases proposed in such non-qualified bids that include Drake Collateral, the Company is consulting with Drake.First Quarter 2021 Highlights and Comparative Data
Aircraft and Engine Portfolio
AeroCentury’s portfolio currently consists of twelve aircraft, spread over four different aircraft types: (i) four regional jets and two turboprops that are on lease to three customers operating in three countries; (ii) two turboprops that are financed under sales-type leases (iii) one turboprop and three regional jets that are off lease and (iv) two turboprop aircraft that are being sold in parts and are held for sale. The off-lease aircraft were reclassified from held for sale to held for lease during the first quarter of 2021 as a result of the Company’s Chapter 11 filing and the Company’s consequent lack of authority to sell certain assets without the approval of the Bankruptcy Court.
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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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements in this press release other than statements that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding the Company’s continuation of operations during the pendency of its bankruptcy proceeding, the sale of the Drake Collateral pursuant to the terms of a stalking horse agreement; and anticipated sale of one of is turboprops. The forward-looking statements in this press release and the Company’s future results of operations are subject to additional risks and uncertainties set forth under the heading “Factors that May Affect Future Results and Liquidity” in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and the Company’s latest annual report on Form 10-K, and are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. The Company does not intend, and assumes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements made in this press release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.