AeroCentury Corp. Reports First Quarter 2019 Results

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BURLINGAME, Calif., May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AeroCentury Corp. (“AeroCentury” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported a first quarter net loss of $1.3 million, or $(0.85) per share, compared to net income $0.3 million, or $0.22 per share, for the first quarter of 2018.  First quarter 2019 results reflect the combined operations of AeroCentury and its subsidiary, JetFleet Holding Corp. (“JetFleet”), which was acquired on October 1, 2018.

The results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 included $1.4 million of impairment provisions related to two older off-lease turboprop aircraft and a spare engine, all of which were written down to their estimated sales values.  The Company expects the sales of these aircraft and engine to occur in the second quarter of 2019.  First quarter 2019 results also included a one-time, non-cash charge of $0.4 million related to the Company’s interest rate swaps, which is included in interest expense.  The first quarter of 2018 included $1.1 million of maintenance reserves revenue resulting from payments received during the first quarter of 2018 from a lessee that returned three leased aircraft to the Company in 2017. 

“Despite the reported loss for the first quarter, there were significant positive developments for the Company that create stepping stones for the Company’s future success,” stated Michael Magnusson, AeroCentury’s President. 

“First, we are indeed beginning to see the benefits of our acquisition of JetFleet in terms of cost reductions reflected in our first quarter results, and continue to expect this transaction will prove accretive to the Company’s earnings in the long term.  As a unified portfolio and management company, our results going forward now present an integrated view of the Company’s business, cost management, and financial performance, which we believe gives our shareholder base and potential new investors better insight into the Company’s business.

"Second, the renewal, in February, of our revolving credit facility to February 2023, together with the refinancing of six of our aircraft with non-recourse term loans with a new lender that same month, has freed up availability of acquisition financing under our credit facility.

"Third, the Company took a major step in the first quarter in furtherance of its fleet modernization program.  We currently have three remaining older turboprop aircraft being held for sale, but we expect to sell two of them in the second quarter of 2019, and as a result of that anticipated sale, we were required to write down the book value on those two aircraft to their sales price.”

AeroCentury’s portfolio currently consists of twenty-two aircraft, spread over nine different aircraft types.  Sixteen of the aircraft, comprised of thirteen regional jets and three turboprops, are held for lease.  Three additional regional jets and three turboprops are held under sales-type or direct finance leases.  The Company also has one engine and five turboprop aircraft that are held for sale, two of which are being sold in parts.  The current customer base comprises nine customers operating in eight countries.

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Toni PrezzoChief Financial Officer(650) 340-1888

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To supplement the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA. The Company defines EBITDA as net (loss)/income, plus depreciation expense, plus interest expense and plus/(minus) income tax (benefit)/provision.  The table below provides a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures such as net income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.  Rather, the Company presents this measure as supplemental information because it believes it provides meaningful additional information about the Company’s performance for the following reasons: (1) this measure allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management, as management uses this measure to assess the Company’s operating performance and for financial and operational decision-making; (2) this measure excludes the impact of items management believes are not directly attributable to the Company’s core operating performance and may obscure trends in the business; and (3) this measure may be used by institutional investors and the analyst community to help analyze the Company’s business.  The Company’s non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies because they may not calculate such measures in the same manner as the Company does.

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Globe Newswire: 12:00 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019

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