Volaris Reports Strong First Quarter 2015: 32% Adjusted EBITDAR Margin, 9% Operating Margin

April 22, 2015

MEXICO CITY, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Volaris* (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico and the United States, today announced its financial results for the first quarter 2015.

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The following financial information, unless otherwise indicated, is presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

First Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Total operating revenues were Ps.3,768 million for the first quarter, an increase of 35.8% year over year.
  • Non-ticket revenues increased 64.6% for the first quarter year over year. Non-ticket revenue per passenger increased 41.6%, reaching Ps.337 (US$22) for the first quarter.
  • Total operating revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) increased to Ps.123.8 cents for the first quarter, an increase of 22.4% year over year.
  • Operating expenses per available seat mile (CASM) decreased 5.5% for the first quarter year over year to Ps.112.5 cents (US$7.4 cents). CASM expressed in US cents decreased 18.4% for the first quarter year over year. 
  • Adjusted EBITDAR for the first quarter was Ps.1,204 million, a Ps.1 billion increase year over year with an Adjusted EBITDAR margin of 32.0%, a margin increase of 26.1 percentage points.
  • EBIT reached Ps.346 million with an operating margin of 9.2% for the first quarter, a margin improvement of 26.8 percentage points.
  • Net income was Ps.306 million (Ps.0.30 per share / US$0.20 per ADS) with a net margin of 8.1% for the first quarter, a net margin improvement of 21.4 percentage points.
  • During the first quarter the net increase of cash and cash equivalents was Ps.862 million mainly driven by the resources provided by operating activities of Ps.949 million. Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents was Ps.3,156 million (US$208 million), representing 21% of the last twelve month total revenues.

Volaris´ CEO Enrique Beltranena commented: "Volaris' strong performance for the first three months of 2015 are evidence of the hard work and excellent execution to improve financial performance following a very challenging year. We continue to diversify our network and strengthen our unbundled product strategy, increasing our international presence and growing non-ticket revenues while maintaining cost discipline. We are committed to continue building solid foundations towards a strong and profitable 2015".

Improving Macroeconomic Environment

  • The Mexican macroeconomic environment:
    • GDP growth for the full year 2014 was 2.1%.
    • Consumer confidence increased 7.8%, 6.8% and 4.8% year over year in January, February and March of 2015, respectively.
    • The Mexican General Economic Activity Indicator (IGAE) increased 2.0% year over year in January of 2015.
  • Exchange rate volatility: The Mexican peso depreciated 12.8% year over year against the US dollar, as the exchange rate devalued from an average of Ps.13.23 pesos per US dollar in the first quarter of 2014 to Ps.14.93 pesos per US dollar during the first quarter of 2015.
  • Lower fuel prices: The average economic fuel cost per gallon decreased 27.1% year over year in the first quarter of 2015, reaching Ps.29.7 (US$1.96) per gallon.

Focus on Network Diversification and Revenue Management Results in Unit Revenue Improvement

  • Unit revenue improvement and capacity management: TRASM and yield increased 22.4% and 17.5% for the first quarter year over year, respectively, as a result of a recuperating domestic fare environment and solid international fare environment. Domestic capacity increased 4.0%, reflecting capacity discipline and supporting yield recovery, while international capacity increased 31.4%.
  • Non-ticket revenues growth: Non-ticket revenues per passenger increased 41.6% year over year for the first quarter as Volaris continues to observe a customer acceptance of its ancillary revenue strategy. This growth is mainly driven by improved ancillary bundles and revenue management of bag and seat fees, as well as new product offerings.
  • Air traffic volume increase: The Mexican DGAC reported an overall passenger increase for Mexican carriers of 9.2% for January and February 2015. Volaris' market share among Mexican carriers increased to 23.9% in both domestic and international markets, the second largest share among them.
  • New routes launch: In the first quarter, Volaris opened five routes (four domestic and one international), focusing on its VFR customer base, both in the domestic and the Mexico-US cross-border market.

First Quarter Operating Revenues: Managing Capacity for Profitability Results in Solid Traffic and Revenue Indicators

Volaris booked 2.5 million passengers in the first quarter 2015, a 16.2% year over year growth rate. Volaris traffic (measured in terms of revenue passenger miles, or RPMs) increased 10.0%.

Volaris' total operating revenues were Ps.3,768 million in the first quarter, an increase of 35.8% year over year. Non-ticket revenues and non-ticket revenue per passenger reached Ps.846 million and Ps.337 (US$22), respectively. Non-ticket revenues per passenger increased 41.6%.

Maintaining Cost Discipline: Fuel Savings Combined With Other Efficiencies

CASM for the first quarter 2015 was Ps.112.5 cents (US$7.4 cents), a 5.5% decrease compared to the first quarter of 2014, mainly driven by a lower fuel price per gallon and efficiencies achieved in landing, take-off and navigation expenses, salaries and benefits. On a US dollar basis, CASM in the first quarter decreased 18.4% compared to the same period in 2014.

In the first quarter, Volaris experienced pressures in US-dollar denominated costs such as aircraft rents, international airport costs, and maintenance expenses due to the exchange rate depreciation of the Mexican peso.

Young and Fuel Efficient Fleet

As of March 31, 2015, the Company´s fleet was comprised of 51 aircraft (33 A320s and 18 A319s), with an average age of 4.5 years. Volaris expects to end 2015 with 55 aircraft, including our first two A321s which will be entering the fleet during the second quarter of the year.

Positive Cash Flow Generation, Strong Balance Sheet and Good Liquidity

During the first quarter the net increase of cash and cash equivalents was Ps.862 million mainly driven by the resources provided by operating activities of Ps.949 million.

As of March 31, 2015, Volaris had a record balance of Ps.3,156 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, representing 21% of the last twelve month operating revenues. Volaris recorded negative net debt (or a positive net cash position) of Ps.1,900 million and total equity reached Ps.4,806 million.

During the first quarter of 2015, Volaris incurred capital expenditures of Ps.50 million, which included acquisitions of rotable spare parts, furniture and equipment of Ps.61 million, partially offset by reimbursements of net pre-delivery payments of Ps.11 million.

Active in Fuel Risk Management

Volaris has continued to remain active in its fuel risk management program with a combination of financial instruments including Jet Fuel swaps and purchase of call options. In the first quarter Volaris hedged 29% of fuel consumption at an average price of US$2.53 per gallon, which combined with the 71% unhedged consumption, resulted in a blended average economic fuel cost of US$1.96 per gallon for the quarter.

Investors are urged to carefully read the Company's periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission, for additional information regarding the Company.

Conference Call/Webcast Details:

Volaris will conduct a conference call to discuss these results on April 22, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at http://ir.volaris.com

About Volaris:

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. ("Volaris" or the "Company") (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), is an ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), with point-to-point operations, serving Mexico and the United States. Volaris offers low base fares to build its market, providing quality service and extensive customer choice. Since beginning operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from five to more than 135 and its fleet from four to 51 aircraft. Volaris offers more than 230 daily flight segments on routes that connect 38 cities in Mexico and 21 cities in the United States and Central America with the youngest aircraft fleet in Mexico. Volaris targets passengers who are visiting friends and relatives, cost-conscious business people and leisure travelers in Mexico and to select destinations in the United States. Volaris has received the ESR Award for Social Corporate Responsibility for five consecutive years. For more information, please visit: www.volaris.com

Forward-looking Statements:

Statements in this release contain various forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which represent the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. When used in this release, the words "expects," "estimates," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "targets" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe the Company's objectives, plans or goals, or actions the Company may take in the future, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's intentions and expectations regarding the delivery schedule of aircraft on order, announced new service routes and customer savings programs. All forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations, including the competitive environment in the airline industry; the Company's ability to keep costs low; changes in fuel costs; the impact of worldwide economic conditions on customer travel behavior; the Company's ability to generate non-ticket revenues; and government regulation. Additional information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

 

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. and Subsidiaries
Financial and Operating Indicators

Unaudited
(In Mexican pesos, except otherwise indicated)

Three months
ended March 31,
2015
(US Dollars)*

Three months
ended March 31,
2015

Three months
ended March 31,
2014

Variance
(%)

Total operating revenues (millions)

249

3,768

2,775

35.8%

Total operating expenses (millions)

226

3,422

3,263

4.9%

EBIT (millions)

23

346

(488)

NA

EBIT margin

9.2%

9.2%

(17.6%)

 26.8 pp

Adjusted EBITDA (millions)

30

449

(430)

NA

Adjusted EBITDA margin

11.9%

11.9%

(15.5%)

 27.4 pp

Adjusted EBITDAR (millions)

79

1,204

162

>100%

Adjusted EBITDAR margin

32.0%

32.0%

5.9%

 26.1 pp

Net  income (loss) (millions)

20

306

(370)

NA

Net margin

8.1%

8.1%

(13.3%)

 21.4 pp

Earnings (loss) per share:





Basic

0.02

0.30

(0.37)

NA

Diluted

0.02

0.30

(0.37)

NA

Earnings (loss) per ADS:





Basic

0.20

3.03

(3.66)

NA

Diluted

0.20

3.03

(3.66)

NA

Weighted average shares outstanding:





Basic

-

1,011,876,677

1,011,876,677

0.0%

Diluted

-

1,011,876,677

1,011,876,677

0.0%

Available seat miles (ASMs) (millions)(1)

-

3,043

2,742

11.0%

    Domestic

-

2,126

2,044

4.0%

    International

-

917

698

31.4%

Revenue passenger miles (RPMs) (millions)(1)

-

2,435

2,214

10.0%

    Domestic

-

1,719

1,639

4.9%

    International

-

716

575

24.5%

Load factor

-

80.0%

80.7%

(0.7) pp

    Domestic

-

80.9%

80.2%

0.7 pp

    International

-

78.0%

82.4%

(4.4) pp

Total operating revenue per ASM (TRASM) (cents)

8.2

123.8

101.2

22.4%

Passenger revenue per ASM (RASM) (cents)

6.3

96.0

82.5

16.5%

Passenger revenue per RPM (Yield) (cents)

7.9

120.0

102.1

17.5%

Average fare

76.9

1,165

1,046

11.3%

Non-ticket revenue per passenger

22.2

337

238

41.6%

Non-ticket revenue excluding cargo per passenger

21.0

319

208

52.9%

Operating expenses per ASM (CASM) (cents)

7.4

112.5

119.0

(5.5%)

Operating expenses per ASM (CASM) ( US cents)

-

7.4

9.1**   

(18.4%)

CASM ex fuel (cents)

5.1

77.9

72.1

8.1%

CASM ex fuel (US cents)

-

5.1

5.5**   

(6.7%)

Booked passengers (thousands)

-

2,511

2,161

16.2%

Departures

-

19,313

16,823

14.8%

Block hours

-

50,695

45,250

12.0%

Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

-

35.4

31.6

12.0%

Average economic fuel cost per gallon

1.96

29.7

40.8

(27.1%)

Aircraft at end of period

-

51

46

10.9%

Average aircraft utilization (block hours)

-

12.1

12.4

(2.8%)

Average exchange rate

-

14.93

13.23

12.8%

*Convenience translation to period-end U.S. dollars (Ps.15.1542). **Convenience translation to period-end U.S. dollars (Ps.13.0837)

(1)Includes schedule + charter

 

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statement of Operations

Unaudited
(In millions of Mexican pesos)

Three months
ended March 31,
2015
(US Dollars)*

Three months
ended March 31,
2015

Three months

ended March 31,
2014

Variance
 (%)

Operating revenues:





Passenger

193

2,922

2,261

29.2%

Non-ticket

56

846

514

64.6%


249

3,768

2,775

35.8%






Other operating income

(2)

(23)

(4)

>100%

Fuel

69

1,051

1,287

(18.3%)

Aircraft and engine rent expense

50

755

593

27.4%

Landing, take-off and navigation expenses

38

574

520

10.4%

Salaries and benefits

28

424

389

9.0%

Sales, marketing and distribution expenses

14

216

158

36.8%

Maintenance expenses

12

181

159

14.4%

Other operating expenses

9

142

105

35.4%

Depreciation and amortization

7

103

58

78.8%

Operating expenses

226

3,422

3,263

4.9%






Operating income (loss)

23

346

(488)

NA






Finance income

1

9

5

87.7%

Finance cost

-

(4)

(5)

(20.3%)

Exchange gain, net

6

86

11

>100%

Comprehensive financing result

6

91

11

>100%






Income (loss) before income tax

29

437

(477)

NA

Income tax (expense) benefit

(9)

(131)

107

NA

Net income (loss)

20

306

(370)

NA






Attribution of net income (loss)





Equity holders of the parent

20

306

(370)

NA

Non-controlling interest

-

-

-

-

Net income (loss)

20

306

(370)

NA

*Convenience translation to period-end U.S. dollars (Ps.15.1542)

 

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position

(In millions of Mexican pesos)

As of
March 31, 2015
Unaudited

(US Dollars)*

As of
March 31, 2015

Unaudited

As of
December 31,

2014 Audited

Assets




Cash and cash equivalents

208

3,156

2,265

Accounts receivable

19

286

449

Inventories

9

138

140

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

16

247

228

Financial instruments

4

56

63

Guarantee deposits

38

582

545

Total current assets

295

4,465

3,689

Rotable spare parts, furniture and equipment, net

145

2,191

2,223

Intangible assets, net

5

69

73

Financial instruments

5

83

5

Deferred income tax

34

522

328

Guarantee deposits

245

3,709

3,541

Other assets

3

46

46

Total assets

731

11,085

9,905

Liabilities




Unearned transportation revenue

129

1,960

1,421

Accounts payable

18

269

506

Accrued liabilities

71

1,070

1,122

Taxes and fees payable

92

1,390

677

Financial instruments

6

92

211

Financial debt

56

851

823

Other liabilities

1

11

9

Total short-term liabilities

372

5,643

4,768

Financial instruments

2

38

42

Financial debt

27

405

425

Accrued liabilities

9

130

144

Other liabilities

2

24

21

Employee benefits

1

8

8

Deferred income taxes

2

31

27

Total liabilities

414

6,279

5,435

Equity




Capital stock

196

2,974

2,974

Treasury shares

(8)

(115)

(115)

Contributions for future capital increases

-

-

-

Legal reserve

3

38

38

Additional paid-in capital

118

1,788

1,787

Accumulated losses

17

251

(56)

Accumulated other comprehensive losses

(9)

(130)

(158)

Total equity

317

4,806

4,470

Total liabilities and equity

731

11,085

9,905





Total shares outstanding fully diluted


1,011,876,677

1,011,876,677

*Convenience translation to period-end U.S. dollars (Ps.15.1542)


 

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows – Cash Flow Data Summary

Unaudited
(In millions of Mexican pesos)

Three months
ended March
31, 2015
(US Dollars)*

Three months
ended March
31, 2015

Three months
ended March
31,
2014





Net cash flow provided by (used in) operating activities

63

949

(86)

Net cash flow used in investing activities

(3)

(51)

(227)

Net cash flow (used in) provided by financing activities

(2)

(37)

99

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

57

862

(215)

Net foreign exchange differences

2

29

4

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

149

2,265

2,451

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

208

3,156

2,240

*Convenience translation to period-end U.S. dollars (Ps.15.1542)

Investor Relations Contact:
Andres Pliego / Investor Relations / ir@volaris.com / +52.55.5261.6444

Media Contact:
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