SEATTLE, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported third quarter 2009 net income of $87.6 million, or $2.46 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $86.5 million, or $2.40 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008. Excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge gains of $7.3 million ($4.6 million after tax or $0.13 per diluted share), the company reported net income of $83.0 million, or $2.33 per diluted share, compared to net income of $39.9 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, excluding mark-to-market fuel hedge losses and other special items in the third quarter of 2008.
"Our work to reduce capacity to better match demand, redeploy aircraft into promising new markets, and achieve record operational reliability contributed to our best quarterly financial performance in many years," said Bill Ayer, Alaska Air Group's chairman and chief executive officer. "My thanks to our people for taking excellent care of customers and for their relentless efforts to improve our business."
The following table reconciles the company's adjusted net income and earnings per diluted share (EPS) during the third quarters of 2009 and 2008 to the most directly related amounts as reported in accordance with GAAP (in millions except per-share amounts):
Financial and statistical data for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, as well as a reconciliation of the reported non-GAAP financial measures, can be found in the accompanying tables. A glossary of financial terms can be found at the end of this release.
A conference call regarding the third quarter 2009 results will be simulcast via the Internet at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time on Oct. 22, 2009. It can be accessed through the company's Web site at alaskaair.com/investors. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available after the conclusion of the call at alaskaair.com/investors.
References in this news release to "Air Group," "company," "we," "us" and "our" refer to Alaska Air Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise specified. Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc. are referred to as "Alaska" and "Horizon," respectively, and together as our "airlines."
This news release contains forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor protection provided by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual outcomes to be materially different from those indicated by any forward-looking statements. For a comprehensive discussion of potential risk factors, see Item 1A of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2008. Some of these risks include current economic conditions, increases in operating costs including fuel, competition, labor costs and relations, our significant indebtedness, inability to meet cost reduction goals, terrorist attacks, seasonal fluctuations in our financial results, an aircraft accident, changes in laws and regulations, and government fees and taxes. All of the forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the risk factors discussed therein. We operate in a continually changing business environment, and new risk factors emerge from time to time. Management cannot predict such new risk factors, nor can it assess the impact, if any, of such new risk factors on our business or events described in any forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date of this report to conform them to actual results. Over time, our actual results, performance or achievements will likely differ from the anticipated results, performance or achievements that are expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements, and such differences might be significant and materially adverse.
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