ATLANTA, Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today reported financial results for the December quarter and full year 2021 and provided its outlook for the March quarter 2022.  Highlights of the December quarter and full year 2021 results, including both GAAP and adjusted metrics, are on page five and are incorporated here.

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"2021 was a year like no other for Delta, with significant progress in our recovery supported by growing brand preference, enabling us to be the only major U.S. airline to deliver profitability across the second half of the year," said Ed Bastian, Delta's chief executive officer.  "As always, our people drove this success, which is why we were happy to announce this morning a special profit-sharing payment for all eligible employees."

"While the rapidly spreading omicron variant has significantly impacted staffing levels and disrupted travel across the industry, Delta's operation has stabilized over the last week and returned to pre-holiday performance," Bastian said.  "Omicron is expected to temporarily delay the demand recovery 60 days, but as we look past the peak, we are confident in a strong spring and summer travel season with significant pent-up demand for consumer and business travel."

December Quarter 2021 Financial Results 

  • Adjusted pre-tax income of $170 million excludes a net impact of $564 million primarily in equity method losses, mark-to-market adjustments on investments and special profit-sharing payment
  • Adjusted operating revenue of $8.4 billion, which excludes third-party refinery sales, was 74 percent recovered versus December quarter 2019 on capacity that was 79 percent restored
  • Total operating expense decreased $833 million compared to the December quarter 2019. Adjusted for costs from third-party refinery sales, total operating expense decreased $1.9 billion or 19% percent in the December quarter 2021 versus the comparable 2019 period
  • Remuneration from American Express in the quarter was $1.2 billion, up 11 percent compared to the December quarter 2019
  • At the end of the December quarter, the company had $14.2 billion in liquidity, including cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and undrawn revolving credit facilities

Full Year 2021 Financial Results 

  • Adjusted pre-tax loss of $3.4 billion excludes a net benefit of $3.8 billion from items primarily related to the Payroll Support Programs (PSP), partially offset by equity method losses, debt extinguishment charges and special profit-sharing payment
  • Generated a pre-tax profit of $1.1 billion in the second half of 2021. Excluding PSP, mark-to-market adjustments, equity method losses and debt extinguishment charges reported an adjusted pre-tax profit of $386 million in the second half of 2021
  • Adjusted operating revenue of $26.7 billion, which excludes third-party refinery sales, was 57 percent recovered versus full year 2019 on capacity that was 71 percent restored
  • Total operating expense, which includes $4.5 billion of benefit related to PSP, decreased $12.4 billion compared to 2019. Adjusted for the benefits related to PSP and costs from third-party refinery sales, total operating expense, adjusted decreased $10.9 billion or 27 percent versus 2019
  • Remuneration from American Express for full year 2021 was $4.0 billion, 98 percent restored compared to full year 2019
  • Invested $2.9 billion back in the business and reduced financial obligations by $7 billion, including fully funding the pension plans on a Pension Protection Act (PPA) basis
  • The company had total debt and finance lease obligations of $26.9 billion with adjusted net debt of $20.6 billion at the end of December 2021

March Quarter 2022 Outlook



1Q22 Forecast


Capacity 1

83% - 85%


Total Revenue 1, 2

72% - 76%


Fuel Price ($/gal) 2, 3

$2.35 - $2.50


CASM-Ex 1, 2, 4

Up ~15%


Gross Capital Expenditures 2

~$1.6 billion


Adjusted Net Debt 2

~$22 billion

1 Compared to March quarter 2019

2 Non-GAAP measure

3 Fuel guidance based on prices as of January 11 (Brent at $81, cracks at $17, Monroe profit with RINS at $1.31)

4 Includes an ~3 point impact of operational disruption related cost

Revenue Environment

"The commercial strengths we spoke about last month at Capital Markets Day are evident in our December quarter results.  We ended December with revenues nearly 80 percent recovered to 2019 levels on strong demand and pricing during the holiday period, our premium products continued to perform well, we saw encouraging trends in business and international travel and our diverse revenue streams remained resilient," said Glen Hauenstein, Delta's president.

"The recent rise in COVID cases associated with the omicron variant is expected to impact the pace of demand recovery early in the quarter, with recovery momentum resuming from President's Day weekend forward.  Factoring this in to our outlook, we expect total March quarter revenue to recover to 72 to 76% of 2019 levels, compared to 74% in the December quarter." 

Operating revenue, adjusted of $8.4 billion for the December quarter 2021 improved 2 percent, or $149 million from September quarter 2021.  Compared to the same period in 2019, operating revenue, adjusted was 74 percent restored, in line with the company's mid-December guidance update on system capacity that was 79 percent restored compared to December quarter 2019 levels.

Compared to the September quarter 2021, system yields improved 7 percent on a system load factor decline of 2 points to 78 percent.  As a result, total unit revenue, adjusted improved 6 percent sequentially.

Revenue-related Highlights:

  • Domestic revenue recovery progresses on strong holiday demand: Domestic passenger revenue was 78 percent restored compared to December quarter 2019, a 6 point sequential improvement in the rate of recovery versus the September quarter 2021 driven by robust leisure demand, improving corporate travel and strong holiday bookings. International passenger revenue recovered to 50 percent of December quarter 2019 levels, an 8 point improvement sequentially.
  • Premium cabins continue to outperform main cabin: Domestic and short-haul Latin premium product revenue recovery outpaced main cabin by approximately 10 points, flat sequentially, with Domestic premium revenues 84 percent recovered compared to December quarter 2019.
  • Business demand continues to improve: Business travel continues to progress with domestic passenger volumes approaching 60 percent restored during the December quarter 2021. This includes both managed corporate and Small and Medium Enterprises.
  • American Express remuneration exceeded 2019 levels: American Express remuneration of $1.2 billion in the quarter was up 11 percent compared to December quarter 2019 and up 8 points sequentially. Co-brand spend was 121 percent of December quarter 2019, driven by strong holiday retail spend and T&E spend that exceeded December quarter 2019. Co-brand card acquisitions were 86 percent recovered compared to December quarter 2019.
  • Cargo revenue achieves five consecutive quarters of positive growth: Cargo revenue increased to $304 million, a 63 percent improvement compared to the December quarter 2019 and up 24 points sequentially on strong holiday demand and yields.

Cost Performance

"The Delta team executed incredibly well in 2021, delivering another profitable quarter in an environment that remains dynamic," said Dan Janki, Delta's chief financial officer.  "With omicron impacting our near-term outlook, we expect losses in January and February months with a return to profitability in the month of March.  Despite expectations for a loss in the March quarter, we remain positioned to generate a healthy profit in the June, September and December quarters, resulting in a meaningful profit in 2022."

For 2021, total operating expense, adjusted of $29.2 billion decreased 27 percent compared to full year 2019, driven by lower salaries and related benefits, fuel and volume and selling-related expense.  Non-fuel CASM for 2021 increased 11.4 percent versus 2019, on 29 percent lower capacity over the same period.

Total operating expense, adjusted of $8.1 billion in the December quarter 2021 increased 3 percent sequentially, driven by both higher fuel and non-fuel costs from the continued restoration of the airline. 

Fuel expense, adjusted of $1.6 billion in the December quarter 2021 increased 4 percent, or $55 million compared to the September quarter 2021.  Adjusted fuel price of $2.10 per gallon was up 8 percent compared to the September quarter 2021 driven by higher market prices and partially offset by continued refinery contribution and an improvement in RINs pricing and volume obligations.  During the December quarter 2021, fuel efficiency, defined as gallons per 1,000 ASMs, improved 4.3 percent versus the same period in 2019 as a result of our fleet renewal efforts.  In addition, carbon offsets expensed during the quarter drove a 3¢ impact on fuel prices as Delta supports its commitment to carbon neutrality by pursuing high quality, verified offsets. 

Non-fuel cost, adjusted of $6.5 billion was up 3 percent sequentially on a 4 percent decrease in capacity.  This was driven primarily by people-related and seasonal costs.  Compared to the December quarter of 2019, non-fuel unit costs (CASM-Ex) were 8.3 percent higher, including a 1.2 point impact primarily due to omicron disruptions the last two weeks of the December quarter.

Non-operating expense for the December quarter 2021 was $658 million including equity method losses, mark-to-market losses on certain investments and losses on the extinguishment of debt.  Non-operating expense, adjusted was $175 million.

Balance Sheet, Cash and Liquidity

"During 2021, we made significant progress restoring our balance sheet, reducing gross debt by $6 billion and fully funding our pension plans on a PPA basis," Janki said.  "Reducing debt remains a top financial priority as operating cash flow improves to support the return of our balance sheet back to investment grade metrics by 2024."

At the end of the December quarter 2021, the company had total debt and finance lease obligations of $26.9 billion with adjusted net debt of $20.6 billion and a weighted average interest rate of 4.2 percent. 

Operating cash flow during the December quarter 2021 was $555 million.  Free cash flow was negative $441 million for the quarter with gross capital expenditures reinvested in the business of $948 million.

The company's Air Traffic Liability was $6.4 billion at December quarter-end, approximately flat compared to the end of the September quarter. 

Delta ended the December quarter with $14.2 billion in liquidity, including $2.9 billion in undrawn revolver capacity. 

Other Highlights from the December Quarter 2021

Culture and People

  • Increased vaccination rates to more than 95 percent of employees as Delta continues to prioritize the health and safety of the Delta people
  • Provided free, convenient COVID-19 testing options to Delta people
  • Celebrated 75 years of Delta Cargo, which has played a pivotal role throughout the pandemic transporting vaccines and personal protective equipment as well as life-saving organs for transplant
  • Committed to an eight-year partnership with LA28, making Delta the inaugural founding partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Los Angeles 2028 and a sponsor of the United States Olympic and Paralympic teams through 2028. As Team USA's official airline, Delta will manage travel for U.S. Olympians and Paralympians to Beijing 2022, Paris 2024, Milano Cortina 2026 and Los Angeles 2028
  • Celebrated 200 Chairman's Club inductees through a historic 25th annual gala; this special one-time class of 200 honorees were recognized for embodying the spirit of Delta

Customer Experience and Loyalty

  • Named No. 1 in the annual Business Travel News Airline Survey for the 11th consecutive year, sweeping all categories for the 8th straight year
  • Opened the first-ever Delta-TSA PreCheck express lobby and bag drop at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with expanded facial recognition capabilities for touch-free, seamless entry
  • Installed high-speed Viasat-powered Wi-Fi on 300 aircraft in 2021, enabling customers on Delta's most popular routes to stream and browse their favorite sites at fast speeds for a simple, flat rate of $5 per flight
  • Launched in-flight entertainment partnership with leading interactive fitness platform Peloton to offer exclusive well-being focused content, giving customers more ways to stretch and unwind at their seats
  • Enhanced Delta FlyReady, a digital solution that takes the guesswork out of international travel in the pandemic era, enabling customers to understand and manage entry requirements at their destination
  • Extended Medallion Status for current Medallion members and rolled over all Medallion Qualification Miles for the second year in a row
  • Launched updates to Global Upgrade Certificates, allowing customers more access to premium seats in Delta Premium Select

Environmental, Social and Governance

  • Announced strengthening of executive leadership team with the hiring of Pam Fletcher as the industry's only C-suite Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Recognized as the No. 1 transportation company on The Just 100: Companies Doing Right By America and an overall ranking of No. 38 on the comprehensive global list
  • Promoted health equity and responded to employee feedback with a new 2022 healthcare option designed to increase predictability and lower unplanned, out-of-pocket expenses for plan participants
  • Engaged senior leaders in Racial Equity Leadership Workshops, led by the Groundwater Institute
  • Built upon Delta's commitment to supplier diversity by launching vodka from Du Nord Social Spirits, America's first Black-owned distillery, on all domestic flights and Une Femme's 100 percent women-made wine on select flights
  • Concluded 2021 with a robust set of climate-related goals including committing to set a medium-term science-based target for our global airline as well as a net zero emissions target for 2050, both aligned with the SBTi framework and the UN Race to Zero
  • Signed 27 SAF agreements with corporate and agency customers in 2021. Beginning in 2025, Delta expects to receive 81 million gallons of SAF annually from producers Aemetis, Gevo, Neste and NWABF

December Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

December quarter and full year results have been adjusted primarily for the government grant recognition, impairments and equity method losses, losses on extinguishment of debt, unrealized losses on investments, special profit-sharing payment and third-party refinery sales as described in the reconciliations in Note A.


GAAP

Adjusted

GAAP

Adjusted

($ in millions except per share and unit costs)

4Q21

4Q19

4Q21

4Q19

FY21

FY19

FY21

FY19

Pre-tax (loss)/income

(395)

1,397

170

1,417

398

6,198

(3,415)

6,214

Net (loss)/income

(408)

1,099

143

1,098

280

4,767

(2,598)

4,776

(Loss)/diluted earnings per share

(0.64)

1.71

0.22

1.70

0.44

7.30

(4.08)

7.32

Pre-tax margin

(4.2)%

12.2 %

2.0 %

12.4 %

1.3 %

13.2 %

(12.8)%

13.3 %

Operating revenue

9,470

11,439

8,430

11,384

29,899

47,007

26,670

46,718

Total revenue per available seat mile (TRASM) (cents)

18.30

17.47

16.29

17.39

15.37

17.07

13.71

16.97

Operating expense

9,207

10,040

8,086

9,961

28,013

40,389

29,197

40,082

Capital expenditures

1,217

1,072

948

954

3,247

4,936

2,876

5,306

Total debt and finance lease obligations

26,920

11,160



26,920

11,160



Adjusted net debt



20,581

10,489



20,581

10,489

Cost per available seat mile (CASM) (cents)

17.79

15.34

12.56

11.59

14.40

14.67

12.12

10.88

Fuel expense

1,577

2,012

1,588

1,983

5,633

8,519

5,625

8,477

Average fuel price per gallon

2.09

2.01

2.10

1.99

2.02

2.02

2.02

2.01

Non-operating expense

658

2

175

6

1,488

420

888

422

Operating cash flow / free cash flow

555

969

(441)

141

3,264

8,425

1,255

4,164

About Delta Air Lines  In a world that thrives on connection, no one better connects the world than Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL). Powered by its people around the world, Delta is the U.S. global airline leader in safety, innovation, reliability and customer experience. Delta was named by J.D. Power & Associates as the No. 1 airline in its 2021 North American Satisfaction Study, a recognition of its decade-long airline industry leadership in operational excellence and award-winning customer service.

Delta is a values-driven company with a mission of connecting the people and cultures of the globe, striving to foster understanding across a diverse world. Delta is the first airline to commit to becoming carbon neutral on a global basis by focusing on carbon reductions and removals, stakeholder engagement, and coalition building. Delta's long-term vision is zero-impact aviation: air travel that does not damage the environment directly or indirectly via greenhouse gas emissions, noise, waste generation or other environmental impacts. Its people are committed to these values while leading the way in ensuring safe, reliable and comfortable travel.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements regarding our estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections, goals, aspirations, commitments or strategies for the future, should be considered "forward-looking statements" under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are not guarantees or promised outcomes and should not be construed as such. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions, projections, goals, aspirations, commitments and strategies reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the material adverse effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our business; the impact of incurring significant debt in response to the pandemic; failure to comply with the financial and other covenants in our financing agreements; the possible effects of accidents involving our aircraft or aircraft of our airline partners; breaches or lapses in the security of technology systems on which we rely; disruptions in our information technology infrastructure; our dependence on technology in our operations; our commercial relationships with airlines in other parts of the world and the investments we have in certain of those airlines; the effects of a significant disruption in the operations or performance of third parties on which we rely; failure to realize the full value of intangible or long-lived assets; labor issues; the effects of weather, natural disasters and seasonality on our business; the cost of aircraft fuel; the availability of aircraft fuel; failure or inability of insurance to cover a significant liability at Monroe's Trainer refinery; failure to comply with existing and future environmental regulations to which Monroe's refinery operations are subject, including costs related to compliance with renewable fuel standard regulations; our ability to retain senior management and other key employees, and to maintain our company culture; significant damage to our reputation and brand, including from exposure to significant adverse publicity; the effects of terrorist attacks, geopolitical conflict or security events; competitive conditions in the airline industry; extended interruptions or disruptions in service at major airports at which we operate or significant problems associated with types of aircraft or engines we operate; the effects of extensive government regulation we are subject to; the impact of environmental regulation, including increased regulation to reduce emissions and other risks associated with climate change, on our business; and unfavorable economic or political conditions in the markets in which we operate or volatility in currency exchange rates.

Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that could cause differences between actual results and forward-looking statements is contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 and our Quarterly Report for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2021. Caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements, which represent our views only as of the date of this press release, and which we undertake no obligation to update except to the extent required by law.


DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended




Year Ended




December 31,




December 31,



(in millions, except per share data)

2021

2019

$ Change

% Change


2021

2019

$ Change

% Change

Operating Revenue:










Passenger

$       7,241

$     10,245

$      (3,004)

(29)%


$     22,519

$     42,277

$    (19,758)

(47)%

Cargo

304

187

117

63%


1,032

753

279

37%

Other

1,925

1,007

918

91%


6,348

3,977

2,371

60%

  Total operating revenue

9,470

11,439

(1,969)

(17)%


29,899

47,007

(17,108)

(36)%











Operating Expense:










Salaries and related costs

2,632

3,046

(414)

(14)%


9,728

11,601

(1,873)

(16)%

Aircraft fuel and related taxes

1,577

2,012

(435)

(22)%


5,633

8,519

(2,886)

(34)%

Ancillary businesses and refinery

1,233

299

934

NM


3,957

1,245

2,712

NM

Contracted services

697

742

(45)

(6)%


2,420

2,942

(522)

(18)%

Landing fees and other rents

542

538

4

1%


2,019

2,176

(157)

(7)%

Depreciation and amortization

504

622

(118)

(19)%


1,998

2,581

(583)

(23)%

Regional carrier expense

478

536

(58)

(11)%


1,736

2,158

(422)

(20)%

Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

386

417

(31)

(7)%


1,401

1,751

(350)

(20)%

Passenger commissions and other selling expenses

313

542

(229)

(42)%


953

2,211

(1,258)

(57)%

Passenger service

236

325

(89)

(27)%


756

1,312

(556)

(42)%

Aircraft rent

118

105

13

12%


430

423

7

2%

Restructuring charges

(16)

(16)

NM


(19)

(19)

NM

Profit sharing

108

387

(279)

(72)%


108

1,643

(1,535)

(93)%

Government grant recognition

NM


(4,512)

(4,512)

NM

Other

399

469

(70)

(15)%


1,405

1,827

(422)

(23)%

  Total operating expense

9,207

10,040

(833)

(8)%


28,013

40,389

(12,376)

(31)%











Operating Income

263

1,399

(1,136)

(81)%


1,886

6,618

(4,732)

(72)%











Non-Operating Expense:










Interest expense, net

(265)

(72)

(193)

NM


(1,279)

(301)

(978)

NM

Impairments and equity method (losses)/gains

(232)

18

(250)

NM


(337)

(62)

(275)

NM

Gain/(Loss) on investments, net

(197)

136

(333)

NM


56

119

(63)

(53)%

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(54)

(54)

NM


(319)

(319)

NM

Miscellaneous, net

90

(84)

174

NM


391

(176)

567

NM

  Total non-operating expense, net

(658)

(2)

(656)

NM


(1,488)

(420)

(1,068)

NM











(Loss)/Income Before Income Taxes

(395)

1,397

(1,792)

NM


398

6,198

(5,800)

(94)%











Income Tax Provision

(13)

(298)

285

(96)%


(118)

(1,431)

1,313

(92)%











Net (Loss)/Income

(408)

1,099

(1,507)

NM


$          280

$       4,767

$      (4,487)

(94)%











Basic (Loss)/Earnings Per Share

$        (0.64)

$         1.71




$         0.44

$         7.32



Diluted (Loss)/Earnings Per Share

$        (0.64)

$         1.71




$         0.44

$         7.30













Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

637

642




636

651



Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

637

644




641

653



















 


DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Passenger Revenue

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended




Year Ended




December 31,




December 31,



(in millions)

2021

2019

$ Change

% Change


2021

2019

$ Change

% Change

Ticket - Main cabin

$       3,687

$       5,238

$      (1,551)

(30)%


$     11,626

$     21,919

$    (10,293)

(47)%

Ticket - Business cabin and premium products

2,585

3,684

(1,099)

(30)%


7,713

14,989

(7,276)

(49)%

Loyalty travel awards

573

726

(153)

(21)%


1,786

2,900

(1,114)

(38)%

Travel-related services

396

597

(201)

(34)%


1,394

2,469

(1,075)

(44)%

Total passenger revenue

$       7,241

$     10,245

$      (3,004)

(29)%


$     22,519

$     42,277

$    (19,758)

(47)%































DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Other Revenue

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended




Year Ended




December 31,




December 31,



(in millions)

2021

2019

$ Change

% Change


2021

2019

$ Change

% Change

Refinery

$       1,040

$             2

$       1,038

NM


$       3,229

$           97

$       3,132

NM

Loyalty program

510

519

(9)

(2)%


1,770

1,962

(192)

(10)%

Ancillary businesses

207

305

(98)

(32)%


793

1,200

(407)

(34)%

Miscellaneous

168

181

(13)

(7)%


556

718

(162)

(23)%

Total other revenue

$       1,925

$       1,007

$         918

91%


$       6,348

$       3,977

$       2,371

60%











 

DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Total Revenue

(Unaudited)













Increase (Decrease)





4Q21 versus 4Q19

Revenue


4Q21 ($M)


Change

Unit Revenue

Yield

Capacity

       Domestic

$

5,951


(22)%

(13)%

(9)%

(10)%

Atlantic


617


(53)%

(20)%

—%

(42)%

Latin America


560


(20)%

(13)%

(3)%

(8)%

Pacific


113


(81)%

(37)%

61%

(69)%

Total Passenger

$

7,241


(29)%

(11)%

(2)%

(21)%

Cargo Revenue


304


63%




Other Revenue


1,925


91%




Total Revenue

$

9,470


(17)%

5%



       Third Party Refinery Sales


(1,040)






Total Revenue, adjusted

$

8,430


(26)%

(6)%











 

DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Statistical Summary

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended




Year Ended




December 31,




December 31,




2021

2019

Change


2021

2019

Change

Revenue passenger miles (millions)

40,402

56,028

(28)

%


134,692

237,680

(43)

%

Available seat miles (millions)

51,744

65,468

(21)

%


194,474

275,379

(29)

%

Passenger mile yield (cents)

17.92

18.29

(2)

%


16.72

17.79

(6)

%

Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

13.99

15.65

(11)

%


11.58

15.35

(25)

%

Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)

18.30

17.47

5

%


15.37

17.07

(10)

%

TRASM, adjusted - see Note A (cents)

16.29

17.39

(6)

%


13.71

16.97

(19)

%

Cost per available seat mile (cents)

17.79

15.34

16

%


14.40

14.67

(2)

%

CASM-Ex  - see Note A (cents)

12.56

11.59

8

%


12.12

10.88

11

%

Passenger load factor

78%

86%

(8)

pts


69%

86%

(17)

pts

Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

755

999

(24)

%


2,778

4,214

(34)

%

Average price per fuel gallon

$         2.09

$         2.01

4

%


$         2.02

$         2.02

%

Average price per fuel gallon, adjusted - see Note A

$         2.10

$         1.99

6

%


$         2.02

$         2.01

%

 


DELTA AIR LINES, INC.


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended



December 31,


(in millions)

2021

2019


Cash Flows From Operating Activities:




Net (loss)/income

$                   (408)

$                  1,099


Depreciation and amortization

504

622


Changes in air traffic liability

(18)

(647)


Changes in balance sheet and other, net

477

(105)


     Net cash provided by operating activities

555

969






Cash Flows From Investing Activities:




Property and equipment additions:




Flight equipment, including advance payments

(635)

(570)


Ground property and equipment, including technology

(583)

(502)


Purchase of short-term investments

(1,856)


Redemption of short-term investments

2,878


Other, net

(283)

293


     Net cash used in investing activities

(479)

(779)






Cash Flows From Financing Activities:




Payments on debt and finance lease obligations

(1,148)

(516)


Repurchase of common stock

(225)


Proceeds from long-term obligations

1,557


Cash dividends

(259)


Fuel card obligation

297


Other, net

(19)

(12)


     Net cash (used in)/provided by financing activities

(1,167)

842






Net (Decrease)/Increase in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash Equivalents

(1,091)

1,032


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at beginning of period

$                  9,660

$                  2,698


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents at end of period

$                  8,569

$                  3,730






The following table provides a reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash reported within the Consolidated Balance Sheets to the total of the same
such amounts shown above:







Current assets:




     Cash and cash equivalents

$                  7,933

$                  2,882


     Restricted cash included in prepaid expenses and other

163

212


Other assets:




     Cash restricted for airport construction

473

636


Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash equivalents

$                  8,569

$                  3,730


 







DELTA AIR LINES, INC.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)








December 31,


December 31,

(in millions)

2021


2020

ASSETS

Current Assets:





Cash and cash equivalents

$                        7,933


$                        8,307


Short-term investments

3,386


5,789


Accounts receivable, net

2,404


1,396


Fuel inventory

694


377


Expendable parts and supplies inventories, net

404


355


Prepaid expenses and other

1,119


1,180


     Total current assets

15,940


17,404






Property and Equipment, Net:





Property and equipment, net

28,749


26,529






Other Assets:





Operating lease right-of-use assets

7,173


5,733


Goodwill

9,753


9,753


Identifiable intangibles, net

6,001


6,011


Cash restricted for airport construction

473


1,556


Equity investments

1,712


1,665


Deferred income taxes, net

1,370


1,988


Other noncurrent assets

1,300


1,357


     Total other assets

27,782


28,063

Total assets

$                      72,471


$                      71,996






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:





Current maturities of debt and finance leases

$                        1,782


$                        1,732


Current maturities of operating leases

693


678


Air traffic liability

6,228


4,044


Accounts payable

4,240


2,840


Accrued salaries and related benefits

2,457


2,086


Loyalty program deferred revenue

2,710


1,777


Fuel card obligation

1,100


1,100


Other accrued liabilities

1,746


1,670


     Total current liabilities

20,956


15,927






Noncurrent Liabilities:





Debt and finance leases

25,138


27,425


Noncurrent air traffic liability

130


500


Pension, postretirement and related benefits

6,364


10,630


Loyalty program deferred revenue

4,849


5,405


Noncurrent operating leases

7,002


5,713


Other noncurrent liabilities

4,398


4,862


     Total noncurrent liabilities

47,881


54,535






Commitments and Contingencies









Stockholders' Equity:

3,634


1,534

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$                      72,471


$                      71,996

Note A: The following tables show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures. The reasons Delta uses these measures are described below. Reconciliations may not calculate due to rounding. 

Delta sometimes uses information ("non-GAAP financial measures") that is derived from the Consolidated Financial Statements, but that is not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("GAAP"). Under the Securities and Exchange Commission rules, non-GAAP financial measures may be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. The tables below show reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Forward Looking Projections. Delta is not able to reconcile forward looking non-GAAP financial measures without unreasonable effort because the adjusting items such as those used in the reconciliations below will not be known until the end of the period and could be significant. 

Adjustments. These reconciliations include certain adjustments to GAAP measures, which are directly related to the impact of COVID-19 and our response. These adjustments are made to provide comparability between the reported periods, if applicable, as indicated below:

Restructuring charges. During 2020, we recorded restructuring charges for items such as fleet impairments and voluntary early retirement and separation programs following strategic business decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the December quarter 2021 and full year 2021 we recognized $16 million and $19 million, respectively, of adjustments to certain of those restructuring charges, representing changes in our estimates.

Government grant recognition. We recognized $4.5 billion of the grant proceeds from the payroll support program extensions as contra-expense during the full year 2021. We recognized the grant proceeds as contra-expense based on the periods that the funds were intended to compensate and fully used all proceeds from the payroll support program extensions as of the end of the September quarter 2021.   

Impairments and equity method losses. This adjustment relates to recording our share of the losses recorded by our equity method investees.

Loss on extinguishment of debt. This adjustment relates to early termination of a portion of our debt.

Special profit-sharing payment. This adjustment is exclusive to 2021. To recognize the extraordinary efforts of our employees through the pandemic, we will make a special profit-sharing payment to eligible employees in February 2022, based on the adjusted pre-tax profit earned during the second half of 2021.This adjustment allows investors to better understand and analyze our recurring cost performance and provides a more meaningful comparison of our core operating costs to the airline industry.

We also regularly adjust certain GAAP measures for the following items, if applicable, for the reasons indicated below:

MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges. Mark-to-market ("MTM") adjustments are defined as fair value changes recorded in periods other than the settlement period. Such fair value changes are not necessarily indicative of the actual settlement value of the underlying hedge in the contract settlement period, and therefore we remove this impact to allow investors to better understand and analyze our core performance. Settlements represent cash received or paid on hedge contracts settled during the applicable period.

Equity investment MTM adjustments. We adjust for our proportionate share of our equity method investee, Virgin Atlantic's, hedge portfolio MTM adjustments (recorded in non-operating expense) to allow investors to understand and analyze our core operational performance in the periods shown.

MTM adjustments on investments. Unrealized gains/losses result from our equity investments that are accounted for at fair value in non-operating expense. The gains/losses are driven by changes in stock prices, foreign currency fluctuations and other valuation techniques for investments in companies without publicly-traded shares. Adjusting for these gains/losses allows investors to better understand and analyze our core operational performance in the periods shown.

Third-party refinery sales. Refinery sales to third parties, and related expenses, are not related to our airline segment. Excluding these sales therefore provides a more meaningful comparison of our airline operations to the rest of the airline industry.

Aircraft fuel and related taxes. The volatility in fuel prices impacts the comparability of year-over-year financial performance. The adjustment for aircraft fuel and related taxes allows investors to better understand and analyze our non-fuel costs and year-over-year financial performance.

Profit sharing. We adjust for profit sharing because this adjustment allows investors to better understand and analyze our recurring cost performance and provides a more meaningful comparison of our core operating costs to the airline industry.

Delta Private Jets adjustment. Because we combined Delta Private Jets with Wheels Up in January 2020, we have excluded the impact of Delta Private Jets from 2019 results for comparability.

Pre-Tax (Loss)/Income, Net (Loss)/Income, and (Loss)/Diluted Earnings per Share, adjusted


Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2021


December 31, 2021


Pre-Tax

Income

Net


(Loss)/Diluted

(in millions, except per share data)

(Loss)/Income

Tax

(Loss)/Income


Earnings Per Share

GAAP

$                (395)

$                  (13)

$                (408)


$                             (0.64)

Adjusted for:






Restructuring charges

(16)





Impairments and equity method losses

232





Loss on extinguishment of debt

54





Special profit sharing payment

108





MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

(11)





MTM adjustments on investments

197





Non-GAAP

$                 170

$                  (27)

$                 143


$                              0.22














Three Months Ended


Three Months Ended


December 31, 2019


December 31, 2019


Pre-Tax

Income

Net


Diluted Earnings

(in millions, except per share data)

Income

Tax

Income


Per Share

GAAP

$              1,397

$                (298)

$              1,099


$                              1.71

Adjusted for:






MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

22





Equity investment MTM adjustments

(1)





MTM adjustments on investments

(3)





Delta Private Jets adjustment

2





Non-GAAP

$              1,417

$                (319)

$              1,098


$                              1.70














Six Months Ended





December 31, 2021




(in millions)

Pre-Tax Income




GAAP


$              1,137




Adjusted for:






Restructuring charges


17




Government grant recognition


(1,822)




Impairments and equity method losses


281




Loss on extinguishment of debt


237




Special profit sharing payment


108




MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges


8




MTM adjustments on investments


420




Non-GAAP


$                 386





























Year Ended


Year Ended


December 31, 2021


December 31, 2021


Pre-Tax

Income

Net


(Loss)/Diluted

(in millions, except per share data)

(Loss)/Income

Tax

(Loss)/Income


Earnings Per Share

GAAP

$                 398

$                (118)

$                 280


$                              0.44

Adjusted for:






Restructuring charges

(19)





Government grant recognition

(4,512)





Impairments and equity method losses

337





Loss on extinguishment of debt

319





Special profit sharing payment

108





MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

9





MTM adjustments on investments

(56)





Non-GAAP

$             (3,415)

$                 817

$             (2,598)


$                             (4.08)














Year Ended


Year Ended


December 31, 2019


December 31, 2019


Pre-Tax

Income

Net


Diluted Earnings

(in millions, except per share data)

Income

Tax

Income


Per Share

GAAP

$              6,198

$             (1,431)

$              4,767


$                              7.30

Adjusted for:






MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

14





Equity investment MTM adjustments

(14)





MTM adjustments on investments

13





Delta Private Jets adjustment

3





Non-GAAP

$              6,214

$             (1,438)

$              4,776


$                              7.32

 

Pre-Tax Margin, adjusted



Three Months Ended


December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Pre-tax margin

(4.2)%

12.2%

Adjusted for:



Restructuring charges

(0.2)

Impairments and equity method losses

2.5

Loss on extinguishment of debt

0.6

Special profit sharing payment

1.1

MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

(0.1)

0.2

MTM adjustments on investments

2.1

Third-party refinery sales

0.2

0.1

Pre-tax margin, adjusted

2.0%

12.4%











Year Ended


December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Pre-tax margin

1.3%

13.2%

Adjusted for:



Restructuring charges

(0.1)

Government grant recognition

(15.1)

Impairments and equity method losses

1.1

Loss on extinguishment of debt

1.1

Special profit sharing payment

0.4

MTM adjustments on investments

(0.2)

Third-party refinery sales

(1.4)

0.1

Pre-tax margin, adjusted

(12.8)%

13.3%

 

Operating Revenue, adjusted and Total Revenue Per Available Seat Mile ("TRASM"), adjusted 




Three Months Ended


4Q21 vs 4Q19

% Change

(in millions)


December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2019

March 31, 2019


Operating revenue

$                    9,470

$                  9,154

$                   11,439

$                   10,472



Adjusted for:







     Third-party refinery sales

(1,040)

(872)

(2)

(48)



     Delta Private Jets adjustment

(53)

(43)



Operating revenue, adjusted

$                    8,430

$                  8,281

$                   11,384

$                   10,381


(26)%













Year Ended





(in millions)


December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019




Change

Operating revenue

$                   29,899

$                47,007





Adjusted for:







Third-party refinery sales

(3,229)

(97)





Delta Private Jets adjustment

(192)





Operating revenue, adjusted

$                   26,670

$                46,718




(43)%













Three Months Ended



4Q21 vs 4Q19

% Change



December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2019



TRASM (cents)

18.30

16.93

17.47




Adjusted for:







     Third-party refinery sales

(2.01)

(1.61)




     Delta Private Jets adjustment

(0.08)




TRASM, adjusted

16.29

15.31

17.39



(6)%













Year Ended







December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019




Change

TRASM (cents)

15.37

17.07





Adjusted for:







     Third-party refinery sales

(1.66)

(0.04)





     Delta Private Jets adjustment

(0.07)





TRASM, adjusted

13.71

16.97




(19)%

 

Operating Expense, adjusted



Three Months Ended


(in millions)

December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2019


Operating expense

$                  9,207

$                     6,949

$                 10,040


Adjusted for:





Restructuring charges

16

(33)


Government grant recognition

1,822


Special profit sharing payment

(108)


MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

11

(19)

(22)


Third-party refinery sales

(1,040)

(872)

(2)


Delta Private Jets adjustment

(55)


Operating expense, adjusted

$                  8,086

$                     7,846

$                   9,961














Year Ended



(in millions)

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019



Operating expense

$                28,013

$                   40,389



Adjusted for:





Restructuring charges

19



Government grant recognition

4,512



Special profit sharing payment

(108)



MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

(9)

(14)



Third-party refinery sales

(3,229)

(97)



Delta Private Jets adjustment

(196)



Operating expense, adjusted

$                29,197

$                   40,082








Gross Capital Expenditures. We adjust capital expenditures for the following items to determine gross capital expenditures for the reasons described below:

Financed aircraft acquisitions. This adjusts capital expenditures to reflect aircraft deliveries that are leased as capital expenditures.  The adjustment is based on their original contractual purchase price or fair value and provides a more meaningful view of our investing activities.

Net cash flows related to certain airport construction projects. Cash flows related to certain airport construction projects are included in capital expenditures. We have adjusted for these items because management believes investors should be informed that a portion of these capital expenditures from airport construction projects are either funded with restricted cash specific to these projects or reimbursed by a third party.



Three Months Ended

(in millions)

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Flight equipment, including advance payments

$                                  635

$                                  570

Ground property and equipment, including technology

582

502

Adjusted for:



Net cash flows related to certain airport construction projects

(269)

(118)

Gross capital expenditures

$                                  948

$                                  954











Year Ended

(in millions)

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Flight equipment, including advance payments

$                               1,596

$                               3,344

Ground property and equipment, including technology

1,651

1,592

Adjusted for:



Financed aircraft acquisitions

594

818

Net cash flows related to certain airport construction projects

(965)

(448)

Gross capital expenditures

$                               2,876

$                               5,306

Adjusted Net Debt. Delta uses adjusted total debt, including aircraft rent, in addition to adjusted debt and finance leases, to present estimated financial obligations. Delta reduces adjusted total debt by cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and LGA restricted cash, resulting in adjusted net debt, to present the amount of assets needed to satisfy the debt. Management believes this metric is helpful to investors in assessing the company's overall debt profile.





(in millions)


December 31, 2021

Debt and finance lease obligations


$                                   26,920

Plus: sale-leaseback financing liabilities



2,234

Plus: unamortized discount/(premium) and debt issue cost, net and other


208

Adjusted debt and finance lease obligations


$                                   29,362

Plus: 7x last twelve months' aircraft rent


3,011

Adjusted total debt


$                                   32,374

Less: cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments


(11,320)

Less: LGA restricted cash


(473)

Adjusted net debt


$                                   20,581









(in millions)


December 31, 2019

Debt and finance lease obligations


$                                   11,160

Plus: unamortized discount/(premium) and debt issue cost, net and other


(115)

Adjusted debt and finance lease obligations


$                                   11,044

Plus: 7x last twelve months' aircraft rent


2,963

Adjusted total debt


$                                   14,007

Less: cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments


(2,882)

Less: LGA restricted cash


(636)

Adjusted net debt


$                                   10,489





 

Non-Fuel Cost and Non-Fuel Unit Cost or Cost per Available Seat Mile, ("CASM-Ex")





Three Months Ended


4Q21 vs 4Q19

% Change






December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2019

March 31, 2019



CASM (cents)

17.79

12.85

15.34

15.14




Adjusted for:








Restructuring charges

0.03

(0.06)




Government grant recognition

3.37




     Aircraft fuel and related taxes

(3.05)

(2.87)

(3.08)

(3.17)




     Third-party refinery sales

(2.01)

(1.61)

(0.08)




Special profit sharing payment

(0.21)




     Profit sharing

(0.59)

(0.35)




     Delta Private Jets adjustment

(0.07)

(0.05)




CASM-Ex

12.56

11.67

11.59

11.49


8%
























Year Ended










December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019




Change


CASM (cents)

14.40

14.67






Adjusted for:








Restructuring charges

0.01






Government grant recognition

2.32






     Aircraft fuel and related taxes

(2.90)

(3.10)






     Third-party refinery sales

(1.66)

(0.04)






Special profit sharing payment

(0.06)






     Profit sharing

(0.60)






     Delta Private Jets adjustment

(0.06)






CASM-Ex

12.12

10.88




11%

























Three Months Ended



4Q21 vs 4Q19

% Change


(in millions)



December 31, 2021

September 30, 2021

December 31, 2019




Operating Expense

$                       9,207

$                    6,949

$                  10,040





Adjusted for:








Restructuring charges

16

(33)





Government grant recognition

1,822





Aircraft fuel and related taxes

(1,577)

(1,552)

(2,012)





Third-party refinery sales

(1,040)

(872)

(2)





Special profit sharing payment

(108)





Profit sharing

(387)





Delta Private Jets adjustment

(49)





Non-Fuel Cost

$                       6,498

$                    6,313

$                    7,590



(14)%




























Year Ended






(in millions)



December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019




Change


Operating Expense

$                     28,013

$                  40,389






Adjusted for:








Restructuring charges

19






Government grant recognition

4,512






Aircraft fuel and related taxes

(5,633)

(8,519)






Third-party refinery sales

(3,229)

(97)






Special profit sharing payment

(108)






Profit sharing

(1,643)






Delta Private Jets adjustment

(168)






Non-Fuel Cost

$                     23,573

$                  29,962




(21)%


 

Fuel expense, adjusted and Average fuel price per gallon, adjusted








Average Price Per Gallon



Three Months Ended



Three Months Ended



December 31,

September 30,

December 31,



December 31,

September 30,

December 31,

(in millions, except per gallon data)

2021

2021

2019



2021

2021

2019

Total fuel expense

$            1,577

$         1,552

$            2,012



$             2.09

$           1.97

$             2.01

Adjusted for:









MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

11

(19)

(23)



0.01

(0.02)

(0.02)

Delta Private Jets adjustment

(6)



(0.01)

Total fuel expense, adjusted

$            1,588

$         1,533

$            1,983



$             2.10

$           1.94

$             1.99


























Average Price Per Gallon




Year Ended




Year Ended




December 31,

December 31,




December 31,

December 31,


(in millions, except per gallon data)

2021

2019




2021

2019


Total fuel expense

$            5,633

$         8,519




$             2.02

$           2.02


Adjusted for:









MTM adjustments and settlements on hedges

(9)

(14)





Delta Private Jets adjustment

(28)




(0.01)


Total fuel expense, adjusted

$            5,625

$         8,477




$             2.02

$           2.01





















Fuel expense percent change full year 2021 compared to full year 2019:

(34)%







 

Non-operating expense, adjusted




Three Months Ended

(in millions)


December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Non-operating expense

$                                658

$                                    2

Adjusted for:



Impairments and equity method losses

(232)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(54)

Equity investment MTM adjustments

1

MTM adjustments on investments

(197)

3

Non-operating expense, adjusted

$                                175

$                                    6














Year Ended

(in millions)


December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Non-operating expense

$                             1,488

$                                420

Adjusted for:



Impairments and equity method losses

(337)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

(319)

Equity investment MTM adjustments

14

MTM adjustments on investments

56

(13)

Non-operating expense, adjusted

$                                888

$                                422






 

Free Cash Flow. We present free cash flow because management believes these metrics are helpful to investors to evaluate the company's ability to generate cash that is available for use for debt service or general corporate initiatives. Free cash flow is defined as net cash from operating activities and net cash from investing activities, adjusted for (i) net redemptions/purchases of short-term investments, (ii) strategic investments and related and (iii) net cash flows related to certain airport construction projects and other. These adjustments are made for the following reasons:

Net redemptions/purchases of short-term investments. Net redemptions/purchases of short-term investments represent the net purchase and sale activity of investments and marketable securities in the period, including gains and losses. We adjust for this activity to provide investors a better understanding of the company's free cash flow generated by our operations.

Strategic investments and related. Certain cash flows related to our investments in and related transactions with other airlines are included in our GAAP investing activities. We adjust for this activity because it provides a more meaningful comparison to our airline industry peers.

Net cash flows related to certain airport construction projects and other. Cash flows related to certain airport construction projects are included in our GAAP operating activities and capital expenditures. We have adjusted for these items because management believes investors should be informed that a portion of these capital expenditures from airport construction projects are either reimbursed by a third party or funded with restricted cash specific to these projects.





Three Months Ended

(in millions)



December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Net cash provided by operating activities


$                             555

$                             969

Net cash used in investing activities


(479)

(779)

Adjusted for:




Net (redemptions)/purchases of short-term investments


(1,022)

Strategic investments and related


274

Net cash flows related to certain airport construction projects and other


231

(49)

Free cash flow


$                            (441)

$                             141

















Year Ended

(in millions)



December 31, 2021

December 31, 2019

Net cash provided by operating activities


$                          3,264

$                          8,425

Net cash used in investing activities


(898)

(4,563)

Adjusted for:




Net (redemptions)/purchases of short-term investments


(2,381)

(206)

Strategic investments and related


181

170

Net cash flows related to certain airport construction projects and other


1,090

338

Free cash flow


$                          1,255

$                          4,164







 

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