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AeroCentury Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 And Full Year 2012 Results And Amended Credit Facility

2013-03-14 09:00 ET - News Release

BURLINGAME, Calif., March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AeroCentury Corp. (NYSE MKT: ACY), an independent aircraft leasing company, today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2012. 

The Company also announced that its credit facility has been amended to, among other things, increase borrowing capacity from $90 million to $130 million, extend the maturity date to September 30, 2015 and add a participant to the lender syndicate. Union Bank, N.A. is the Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent for the facility.

"Given that conditions in the global aviation and capital markets remain very challenging, we are pleased with the 2012 results and we are delighted to have increased the amount and extended the term of our credit facility," said Neal Crispin, President of AeroCentury. "We appreciate the vote of confidence shown by our syndicate of lenders."

The Company reported net income of $1.8 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $1.2 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2012. The Company reported net income of $5.2 million, or $3.32 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012, compared to a net loss of $1.5 million, or ($0.94) per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2011. 

Total revenues were $8.0 million and $29.4 million for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012, respectively, compared with total revenues of $6.7 million and $24.6 million for the same periods a year ago. The year-to-year increases were primarily due to increases in operating lease revenue and maintenance reserves revenue resulting from higher average utilization of the Company's asset portfolio in the 2012 periods and revenue from assets that were purchased subsequent to the 2011 periods.

Total expenses increased by approximately $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to the same period in 2012 and decreased by $5.0 million in the year ended December 31, 2012, as compared to 2011. Interest expense was higher in the 2012 periods, primarily as a result of higher fee amortization related to the Company's credit facility and a higher average credit facility balance in 2012 as a result of aircraft acquisitions, which also resulted in higher management fees. Maintenance expense was higher in the fourth quarter of 2012 than in the fourth quarter of 2011, as a result of increased maintenance costs related to lessee maintenance claims in the 2012 period. Maintenance expense was higher in the fourth quarter of 2012 than in the fourth quarter of 2011, as a result of increased maintenance costs related to lessee maintenance claims in the 2012 period, only a portion of which was funded by non-refundable reserves collected by the Company.  Maintenance expense for the year ended December 31, 2012 was lower than in 2011 because of significant maintenance expense in 2011, funded by non-refundable maintenance reserves, on aircraft returned to the Company during 2010.

AeroCentury is an aircraft operating lessor and finance company specializing in leasing regional aircraft and engines utilizing triple net leases. The Company's aircraft and engines are leased to regional airlines and commercial users worldwide.

(see tables following)

AeroCentury Corp.

Selected Financial Information

 (in thousands, except share and per share data)



For the Three Months

Ended December 31,

For the Year

Ended December 31,


2012

2011

2012

2011


(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Revenues and other income:










Operating lease revenue

$6,274

$5,589

$23,662

$19,404

Maintenance reserves revenue

1,072

1,065

4,099

3,340

Gain on disposal of assets

613

-

1,486

1,371

Other income

30

48

111

438


7,989

6,702

29,358

24,553

Expenses:










Depreciation

1,601

1,492

6,127

5,599

Interest

1,168

1,024

4,627

3,935

Management fees

1,081

930

4,166

3,715

Maintenance costs

908

705

4,082

10,934

Professional fees and other

570

450

2,469

2,302


5,328

4,601

21,471

26,485






Income/(loss) before income tax provision/(benefit)

2,661

2,101

7,887

(1,932)






Income tax provision/(benefit)

870

881

2,698

(482)






Net income/(loss)

$1,791

$   1,220

$  5,189

$(1,450)






Earnings/(loss) per share:





  Basic

$  1.16

$     0.79

$    3.36

$  (0.94)

  Diluted

$  1.14

$     0.79

$    3.32

$  (0.94)






Weighted average shares used in earnings per share computations:





  Basic

1,543,257

1,543,257

1,543,257

1,543,257

  Diluted

1,569,769

1,543,257

1,563,054

1,543,257







Summary Balance Sheet:

December 31,

2012

December 31,

2011


(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Total assets

$152,426

$130,826

Total liabilities

$106,547

$  90,136

Stockholders' equity

$  45,879

$  40,690

SOURCE AeroCentury Corp.

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