updated 5/12/2011 4:17:54 PM ET 2011-05-12T20:17:54

CLEARWATER, Fla., May 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avantair, Inc. (OTCBB:AAIR), the industry leader of fractional aircraft ownership and flight hour time cards in the light-jet cabin category and the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator, today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended March 31, 2011.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Performance:

  • Total revenue increased to $36.5 million, compared with $36.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.
  • During the Company's seasonally slowest sales quarter, 9 new fractional shares were sold, in addition to 5.5 fractional leased shares through the Company's newly introduced Axis Lease Program.
  • Flight hour cards sold in the fiscal 2011 third quarter increased 24% year-over-year to 102 and six new Axis Club memberships were sold.
  • Revenue generating flight hours flown reached a new third quarter record of 10,582. This is an increase of 10% compared with 9,623 hours in the third quarter of 2010.
  • Fractional owner hours flown increased 2% to 8,032, up from 7,878 in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.
  • Operating income was $62,000 and EBITDA was $0.9 million, compared with operating income of $501,000 and EBITDA of $1.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 includes a $0.5 million reduction in depreciation expense based on an increase in the estimated depreciable life for the Company's core aircraft to better align with the aircrafts' actual service life.
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders was ($1.3) million, or ($0.05) per share, based on 26.4 million weighted-average shares outstanding. This compares with a net loss attributable to common stockholders of ($1.1) million, or ($0.04) per share, based on 26.3 million weighted average shares outstanding for the third quarter of fiscal 2010.
  • Net loss attributable to common stockholders decreased by $3.1 million on a sequential quarter basis.
  • Retired approximately $1.2 million in long-term debt during the quarter bringing the fiscal year-to-date total debt retirement to $9.2 million.
  • Cash flow from operations for the nine months ended March 31, 2011 was $4.9 million.
  • Strengthened fleet with the delivery of 56th aircraft.

Steven Santo, Chief Executive Officer of Avantair, said, "During this quarter we realized record third quarter revenues and demonstrated our continued strong sales, renewed traction among the fractional market, and improvement to our bottom line. Despite the seasonally slower third quarter sales cycle, we achieved sequential quarter fractional sales growth, which we believe is indicative of an uptrend in the fractional market.

"Fiscal year-to-date we have sold 18 new fractional shares and an additional 5.5 shares from our newly introduced fractional Axis Lease Program, which adds another layer to our attractive fractional offering with the added incentive of no upfront costs. This compares with only 7 fractional shares sold for the same period last year. Flight hour card sales also remain strong and we expect all of our programs will continue to foster continued sales growth. During the period we also took delivery of an additional aircraft to strengthen our fleet and have since put down deposits for the delivery of three additional aircraft in the coming months. With our accelerated maintenance schedule completed and additional aircraft to support heightened demand for our services, we are now beginning to see how our operational strategies are translating to increased efficiency and will further narrow our net loss as we work to achieve sustainable profitability," Santo concluded.

Conference Call

Chief Executive Officer Steven Santo, Chief Financial Officer Richard Pytak and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Beitzel will host a conference call with the financial community on Friday, May 13, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time to review the Company's financial results and provide a further update on business developments.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 1-877-941-4474 (1-480-629-9760 for international callers). When prompted, ask for the "Avantair, Inc. Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call." The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Avantair, Inc. website at www.avantair.com under the Investors section. 

A telephonic replay of the conference call may be accessed approximately two hours after the call through May 27, 2011, by dialing 1-800-406-7325 (1-303-590-3030 for international callers). The replay access code is 4438921#. The webcast replay will be archived for 12 months.

Use of Non-GAAP Measure of Performance

The following table reflects the reconciliation of net loss, prepared in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA.

  Three Months Ended March 31, 
  2011 2010
GAAP net loss $(956,567) $(773,504)
Depreciation and amortization 794,941 1,314,870
Interest expense 1,034,484 1,281,626
Interest and other income (15,763) (7,234)
EBITDA $857,095 $1,815,758

The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA is useful to investors as it excludes certain non-cash expenses that do not directly relate to the operation of aircraft. This measure is a supplement to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States used to prepare the Company's financial statements and should not be viewed as a substitute for GAAP measures. In addition, the Company's non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to non-GAAP measures of other companies.

About Avantair

Avantair, the sole North American provider of fractional shares, flight time cards and Axis Lease in the Piaggio Avanti aircraft, and the only publicly traded stand-alone private aircraft operator, is headquartered in Clearwater, FL, with approximately 450 employees. The Company offers private travel solutions for individuals and businesses traveling within its service area, which includes the continental United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, at a fraction of the cost of whole aircraft ownership. The Company currently manages a fleet of 56 aircraft, with another 51 Piaggio Avanti aircraft on order through 2013. For more information about Avantair, please visit: www.avantair.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to Avantair's future financial or business performance, strategies and expectations. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "trend," "potential," "opportunity," "pipeline," "believe," "comfortable," "expect," "anticipate," "current," "intention," "estimate," "position," "assume," "outlook," "continue," "remain," "maintain," "sustain," "seek," "achieve," and similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," "may" and similar expressions. Avantair cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Avantair assumes no duty to and does not undertake to update forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements and future results could differ materially from historical performance.

In addition to factors previously disclosed in Avantair's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and those as may be identified elsewhere in this press release, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements or historical performance: general economic and business conditions in the U.S. and abroad, changing interpretations of generally accepted accounting principles, changes in market acceptance of the company's products, inquiries and investigations and related litigation, fluctuations in customer demand, management of rapid growth, intensity of competition. The information set forth herein should be read in light of such risks. Avantair does not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.

Avantair's filings with the SEC, accessible on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov, discuss these factors in more detail and identify additional factors that can affect forward-looking statements.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  March 31, June 30,
  2011 2010
Cash and cash equivalents $3,958,187 $9,446,619
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of

$201,245 at March 31, 2011 and $208,065 at June 30, 2010
14,384,378 10,976,129
Inventory 384,005 181,782
Current portion of aircraft costs related to fractional share sales 22,996,202 26,680,081
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,774,586 2,979,055
Total current assets 46,497,358 50,263,666
Aircraft costs related to fractional share sales, net of current portion 14,112,081 43,461,597
Property and equipment, at cost, net of accumulated depreciation and

amortization of $19,074,243 at March 31, 2011 and $15,821,591 at June 30, 2010
36,653,432 22,583,073
Cash - restricted 2,361,079 2,358,558
Deposits on aircraft 7,693,032 7,883,834
Deferred maintenance on aircraft engines 1,615,958 603,515
Goodwill 1,141,159 1,141,159
Other assets 3,473,503 3,342,198
Total other assets 16,284,731 15,329,264
Total assets $113,547,602 $131,637,600
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  March 31, June 30,
  2011 2010
Accounts payable $4,963,097 $4,723,718
Accrued liabilities 8,464,828 5,000,249
Customer deposits 1,560,951 1,358,988
Short-term debt 11,200,000 11,000,000
Current portion of long-term debt 7,281,601 4,202,726
Current portion of deferred revenue related to fractional aircraft

share sales
25,670,512 32,770,605
Unearned management fee, flight hour card and Axis Club

Membership revenues
45,445,104 35,126,401
Total current liabilities 104,586,093 94,182,687
Long-term debt, net of current portion 9,465,962 15,620,479
Deferred revenue related to fractional aircraft share sales, net of

current portion
23,120,282 35,085,148
Deferred revenue related to Axis Club Membership sales, net of

current portion
1,811,039 1,773,943
Other liabilities 2,741,724 2,520,537
Total long-term liabilities 37,139,007 55,000,107
Total liabilities 141,725,100 149,182,794
Series A convertible preferred stock, $.0001 par value, authorized

300,000 shares; 152,000 shares issued and outstanding
14,685,564 14,617,958
Preferred stock, $.0001 par value, authorized 700,000 shares; none

 --   -- 
Common stock, Class A, $.0001 par value, 75,000,000 shares

authorized, 26,411,893 shares issued and outstanding at March 31,

2011 and 26,353,201 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2010
2,642 2,635
Additional paid-in capital 57,075,601 56,896,831
Accumulated deficit (99,941,305) (89,062,618)
Total stockholders' deficit (42,863,062) (32,163,152)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $113,547,602 $131,637,600
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  March 31, March 31,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
Fractional aircraft sold $7,720,559 $10,458,376 $25,696,960 $33,664,521
Management and maintenance fees 18,713,993 18,329,491 55,946,175 54,594,085
Flight hour card and Axis Club membership revenue 8,029,167 5,683,548 21,443,660 14,518,782
Other revenue 2,024,874 1,538,020 5,768,452 4,201,888
  36,488,593 36,009,435 108,855,247 106,979,276
Total revenue        
Operating expenses        
Cost of fractional aircraft shares sold 6,618,110 8,958,823 22,255,800 28,636,220
Cost of flight operations 16,328,921 13,884,386 51,671,193 39,608,930
Cost of fuel 4,112,436 3,558,323 12,648,324 10,610,995
Gain on sale of assets  --   --   --  -897,595
General and administrative expenses 7,244,888 6,443,599 20,799,106 18,978,745
Selling expenses 1,327,143 1,348,546 4,553,668 3,715,491
Depreciation and amortization 794,941 1,314,870 3,313,297 4,181,661
  36,426,439 35,508,547 115,241,388 104,834,447
Total operating expenses        
Income (loss) from operations 62,154 500,888 (6,386,141) 2,144,829
Other income (expenses)        
Interest and other income 15,763 7,234 49,916 25,019
Interest expense (1,034,484) (1,281,626) (3,501,015) (4,492,399)
Total other (expenses) (1,018,721) (1,274,392) (3,451,099) (4,467,380)
Net loss (956,567) (773,504) (9,837,240) (2,322,551)
Preferred stock dividend and accretion of

(364,326) (364,189) (1,109,054) (1,138,547)
  $(1,320,893) $(1,137,693) $(10,946,294) $(3,461,098)
Net loss attributable to common stockholders        
Loss per common share:        
Basic and diluted $(0.05) $(0.04) $(0.41) $(0.15)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:        
Basic and diluted 26,406,574 26,327,827 26,380,798 22,457,292
CONTACT:  Avantair, Inc.
          Richard Pytak
          Chief Financial Officer
          727-538-7910 x.105

          The Piacente Group, Inc.
          Brandi Floberg
          Investor Relations

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