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Mesa Air Group Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results

PHOENIX, May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesa Air Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MESA) today reported second quarter fiscal 2023 financial and operating results.

Fiscal Second Quarter Update:

  • Total operating revenues of $121.8 million
  • Pre-tax loss of $37.2 million, net loss of $35.1 million or $(0.88) per diluted share
  • Adjusted net loss1 of $21.3 million or $(0.53) per diluted share
  • Adjusted net loss excludes $13.8 million primarily related to impairment of assets held for sale
  • Initiated CRJ-900 transition to United Airlines in March, with last American Airlines flight operated April 3rd
  • Experiencing pilot attrition below pre-COVID levels
  • Reduced debt by approximately $80 million primarily with proceeds from asset sales

Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and CEO, said, “While our financial results reflect the ongoing transition of CRJ flying to United, we believe these actions will prove to be the right long-term strategic decision for the company. We began operating CRJ-900 flights for United Airlines in March, representing the culmination of months of diligent preparation and coordination between Mesa and United teams. We have already started to realize significantly improved pilot retention and attraction as a result of our expanded agreement with United. While we were ultimately more conservative in the timing of our transition than we had projected through second-quarter end, we have now transitioned 24 CRJ-900s.”

Fiscal Second Quarter Details:

Total operating revenues in Q2 2023 were $121.8 million, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 1.1%, from $123.2 million for Q2 2022. Contract revenue decreased $8.2 million, or 7.3%. These decreases were driven by deferred revenue and lower block hours, partially offset by higher United block-hour rates for new pilot payscales. Pass-through revenue, driven by maintenance and property taxes, increased by $6.8 million. Mesa’s Q2 2023 results include, per GAAP, the deferral of $5.7 million, versus the recognition of $0.8 million of previously deferred revenue in Q2 2022. The remaining deferred revenue balance of $24.5 million will be recognized as flights are completed over the remaining term of the United contract.

Total operating expenses in Q2 2023 were $148.7 million, a decrease of $19.3 million, or 11.5%, versus Q2 2022. This decrease was primarily due to $22.7 million lower non-cash impairment of assets held for sale versus Q2 2022, an $8.6 million decrease in aircraft rent attributable to the reclassification from operating lease to finance lease for certain CRJ-900s, and a $4.2 million decrease in depreciation primarily driven by the lower depreciable base from the CRJ-900 asset impairment charge in Q4 2022. The decrease was partially offset by a $12.4 million increase in flight operations expense to $54.8 million, reflecting higher pilot pay scales and increased training costs as we continue to drive pilot throughput, as well as a $5.7 million increase in general and administrative expense, reflecting higher pass-through property tax costs. Total adjusted operating expenses, excluding one-time items, were $132 million, an increase of 2.7% compared to the prior year period.

Mesa’s Q2 2023 results reflect a net loss of $35.1 million, or $(0.88) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $42.8 million, or $(1.19) per diluted share for Q2 2022. Mesa’s Q2 2023 adjusted net loss1 was $21.3 million, or $(0.53) per diluted share, versus an adjusted net loss1 of $10.3 million, or $(0.29) per diluted share, in Q2 2022.

Mesa’s Adjusted EBITDA1 for Q2 2023 was $7.1 million, compared to $15.8 million in Q2 2022, and Adjusted EBITDAR1 was $7.9 million for Q2 2023, compared to $25.2 million in Q2 2022.

Operationally, the Company reported a controllable completion factor of 99.6% for United and 99.8% for American during Q2 2023. This is compared to a controllable completion factor of 96.7% for United and 96.8% for American during Q2 2022. This excludes cancellations due to weather and air traffic control.

With respect to a total completion factor that includes all cancellations, Mesa reported a total completion factor of 98.5% for United and 94.7% for American during Q2 2023. This is compared to a total completion factor of 93.7% for United and 93.5% for American during Q2 2022.

For Q2 2023, 55% of the Company’s total revenue was derived from our contracts with United, 40% from American, 4% from DHL, and 1% from leases of aircraft to a third party. Upon our completion of the transition of the American CRJ-900s to United, our contracted regional fleet will consist of 80 large (70/76 seats) jets, comprising a mix of E-175s and CRJ-900s. Additionally, we will continue to operate four 737-400/800s at DHL.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow:

Mesa ended the quarter at $51.4 million in unrestricted cash and equivalents. As of March 31, 2023, the Company had $608.7 million in total debt secured primarily with aircraft and engines.

During the quarter, the Company closed on the sale of 4 of the 11 CRJ-900s agreed to be sold to a third-party. Mesa also sold to United the remaining eight CRJ-550s and ten out of the 30 engines previously agreed upon. Net proceeds from these transactions were used to pay down $52 million of debt. Additionally, we made $28 million of scheduled debt payments in the quarter.

Conference Call Details:

Mesa Air Group will host a conference call with analysts on May 9th at 4:30 pm EDT. The conference call number is 888-469-2054 (Passcode: Phoenix (7463649)). The conference call can also be accessed live via the web by visiting

A recorded version will be available on Mesa’s website approximately two hours after the call for approximately 14 days.

About Mesa Air Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Mesa Air Group, Inc. is the holding company of Mesa Airlines, a regional air carrier providing scheduled passenger service to 105 cities in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Mexico as well as cargo services out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. As of March 31, 2023, Mesa operated or leased a fleet of 109 aircraft with approximately 325 daily departures and 2,388 employees. Mesa operates all of its flights as either American Eagle, United Express, or DHL Express flights pursuant to the terms of capacity purchase agreements entered into with American Airlines, Inc. and United Airlines, Inc. and a flight service agreement with DHL.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are subject to the “safe harbor” created by those sections. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seek,” “approximate” or “plan,” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. Forward-looking statements, by their nature, involve estimates, projections, goals, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. For more information on risk factors for Mesa Air Group, Inc.’s business, please refer to the periodic reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. These forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as predictions of future events. Mesa Air Group, Inc. expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein, to reflect any change in Mesa Air Group, Inc.’s expectations with regard thereto, or any other change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.


Mesa Air Group, Inc.

Investor Relations
Doug Cooper

Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive (Loss) Income
(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)
  Three Months Ended
March 31
 Six Months Ended
March 31
   2023   2022   2023   2022 
Operating revenues:        
Contract revenue (2023—$52,399 and $111,769
 $103,782  $111,988  $232,232  $248,882 
and 2022—$48,295 and $110,880 from related                
Pass-through and other revenue  18,052   11,225   36,776   22,088 
Total operating revenues  121,834   123,213   269,008   270,970 
Operating expenses:        
Flight operations  54,830   42,410  113,150 
Maintenance  45,985   47,357   94,272  106,338 
Aircraft rent  835   9,434   4,918  19,020 
General and administrative  13,538   7,860   27,526  20,438 
Depreciation and amortization  16,541   20,747   31,744  41,775 
Impairment of assets held for sale  16,743   39,475   20,462  39,475 
Other operating expenses  233   685   1,359  2,657 
Total operating expenses  148,705   167,968   293,431   319,711 
Operating income (loss)  (26,871)  (44,755)  (24,423)  (48,741)
Other income (expense), net:        
Interest expense  (13,030)  (8,120)  (24,306)  (16,050)
Interest income  49   42   120   93 
Gain on investments, net  2,095   (2,261)  416   (8,723)
Other income (expense), net  538   (71)  955   (130)
Total other income (expense), net  (10,348)  (10,410)  (22,815)  (24,810)
Income (loss) before taxes  (37,219)  (55,165)  (47,238)  (73,551)
Income tax expense (benefit)  (2,097)  (12,382)  (3,027)  (16,494)
Net income (loss) $(35,122) $(42,783) $(44,211) $(57,057)
Net income (loss) per share attributable to common shareholders        
Basic $(0.88) $(1.19) $(1.16) $(1.58)
Diluted $(0.88) $(1.19) $(1.16) $(1.58)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding        
Basic  39,932   36,048   38,135   36,005 
Diluted  39,932   36,048   38,135   36,005 

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except shares) (Unaudited)
  March 31,
 September 30,
Cash and cash equivalents $51,428 $57,683
Restricted cash  3,144  3,342
Receivables, net  9,924  3,978
Expendable parts and supplies, net  26,754  26,715
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  6,341  6,616
Total current assets  97,591  98,334
Property and equipment, net  868,027  865,254
Intangible assets, net    3,842
Lease and equipment deposits  1,686  6,085
Operating lease right-of-use assets  11,593  43,090
Deferred heavy maintenance, net  9,532  9,707
Assets held for sale  40,530  73,000
Other assets  26,398  16,290
TOTAL ASSETS $1,055,357 $1,115,602
Current portion of long-term debt and finance leases ($30,630 and $0 from related party) $145,046 $97,218
Current portion of deferred revenue  5,174  385
Current maturities of operating leases  5,562  17,233
Accounts payable  48,480  59,386
Accrued compensation  9,745  11,255
Other accrued expenses  28,081  29,000
Total current liabilities  242,088  214,477
Long-term debt and finance leases, excluding current portion  463,646  502,517
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities  8,459  16,732
Deferred credits ($1,965 and $2,193 from related party)  3,300  3,082
Deferred income taxes  14,512  17,719
Deferred revenue, net of current portion  19,306  23,682
Other noncurrent liabilities  28,829  29,219
Total noncurrent liabilities  538,052  592,951
Total liabilities  780,140  807,428
Common stock of no par value and additional paid-in capital, 125,000,000 shares authorized; 40,619,274 (2023) and 36,376,897 (2022) shares issued and outstanding, 4,899,497 (2023) and 4,899,497 (2022) warrants issued and outstanding  270,432  259,177
Retained earnings  4,785  48,997
Total stockholders’ equity  275,217  308,174

Operating Highlights (unaudited)
  Three months ended
  March 31
  2023  2022  Change 
Available seat miles (thousands) 1,065,771  1,616,896  -34.1% 
Block hours 48,186  65,613  -26.6% 
Average stage length (miles) 542  671  -19.2% 
Departures 26,450  31,983  -17.3% 
Passengers 1,545,489  1,921,635  -19.6% 
Controllable completion factor*      
American 99.76%  96.76%  3.1% 
United 99.63%  96.71%  3.0% 
Total completion factor**      
American 94.68%  93.51%  1.3% 
United 98.48%  93.74%  5.1% 

*Controllable completion factor excludes cancellations due to weather and air traffic control
**Total completion factor includes all cancellations

1Reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures

Although these financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. (“GAAP”), certain non-GAAP financial measures may provide investors with useful information regarding the underlying business trends and performance of Mesa’s ongoing operations and may be useful for period-over-period comparisons of such operations. The tables below reflect supplemental financial data and reconciliations to GAAP financial statements for the three and six months ended March 31, 2023 and March 31, 2022. Readers should consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, not a substitute for, financial reporting measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude some, but not all items that may affect the Company’s net income or loss. Additionally, these calculations may not be comparable with similarly titled measures of other companies.

1Reconciliation of GAAP versus non-GAAP Disclosures
(In thousands, except for per diluted share) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2023 Three Months Ended March 31, 2022
 Income (Loss) Before TaxesIncome Tax (Expense)
Net Income (Loss) Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share  Income
Before Taxes
Income Tax (Expense)
Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share
GAAP income (loss)$(37,219)$2,097 $(35,122)$(0.88) $(55,165)$12,382 $(42,783)$(1.19)
Gain on investments, net (2,095) 139  (1,956)$(0.05)  2,261  (522) 1,739 $0.05 
Deferred financing write-off on sale of assets 663  (44) 619 $0.02   -  -  -  - 
Gain of disposal of fixed assets (549) 36  (513)$(0.01)  -  -  -  - 
Asset Impairment 16,743  (1,112) 15,631 $0.39   39,843  (9,097) 30,746 $0.85 
Adjusted income         
(loss) (22,457) 1,117  (21,340)$(0.53)  (13,061) 2,763  (10,298)$(0.29)
Interest expense 13,030     8,120   
Interest income (49)     (42)   
Depreciation and amortization 16,541      20,747    
Adjusted EBITDA 7,065      15,764    
Aircraft rent 835      9,434    
Adjusted EBITDAR$7,900     $25,198    

 Six Months Ended March 31, 2023 Six Months Ended March 31, 2022
 Income (Loss) Before TaxesIncome Tax (Expense)BenefitNet Income (Loss) Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share  Income
Before Taxes
Income Tax (Expense)BenefitNet Income
Net Income (Loss) per Diluted Share
GAAP income (loss)$(47,238)$3,027 $(44,211)$(1.16) $(73,551)$16,494 $(57,057)$(1.58)
Adjustments(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)(8) 20,160  (1,568) 18,592 $0.49   48,566  (11,089) 37,477 $1.04 
Adjusted income         
(loss) (27,078) 1,459  (25,619)$(0.67)  (24,985) 5,405  (19,580)$(0.54)
Interest expense 24,306      16,050    
Interest income (120)     (93)   
Depreciation and amortization 31,744      41,775    
Adjusted EBITDA 28,852      32,747    
Aircraft rent 4,918      19,020    
Adjusted EBITDAR$33,770     $51,767    

(1)   $0.4 million impairment loss on operating lease right of use asset related to the abandonment of one the Company’s leased facilities during the six months ended March 31, 2022.
(2)   $39.5 million impairment loss on held for sale accounting treatment on twelve (12) CRJ 900 aircraft during the six months ended March 31, 2022.
(3)   $8.7 million loss resulting from changes in the fair value of the Company’s investments in equity securities for the six months ended March 31, 2022.
(4)   $16.7 million impairment loss on Held for Sale accounting treatment on seven (7) CRJ 900 aircraft during the six months ended March 31, 2023.
(5)   $3.7 million impairment loss on intangible asset during the six months ended March 31, 2023.
(6)   $0.5 million gain from sale of ten (10) engines during the six months ended March 31, 2023.
(7)   $0.7 million loss on deferred financing costs related to retirement of debts during the six months ended March 31, 2023.
(8)   $0.4 million gain resulting from changes in the fair value of the Company’s investments in equity securities for the six months ended March 31, 2023.

Source: Mesa Air Group, Inc.

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