ATSG reports strong 3Q results

ATSG also said it has reached an agreement in principle with DHL, setting covering 767 freighter leases and operating services


Air Transport Services Group ATSG DHL Joe Hete


Air Transport Services Group, a provider of medium wide-body aircraft leasing, air cargo transportation and related services, reported consolidated financial results for the quarter ended 30 September 2014.

Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations increased 25 per cent to US$15.6 million driven by a US$7.0 million improvement in airline profitability compared with a year ago. Nett earnings from continuing operations increased 23 per cent to US$9.6 million, from US$7.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Revenues were US$138.4 million, 2 per cent lower than a year ago. Excluding revenues from reimbursable expenses, revenues decreased US$4.8 million, or 4 per cent. Loss of revenues from Mideast operations offset additional revenues from aircraft dry leases.

ATSG also said it has reached an agreement in principle with DHL, setting a framework for multi-year commercial agreements covering 767 freighter leases and operating services that ATSG’s businesses currently provide in support of DHL’s US network.

The framework anticipates that DHL will extend the leases for 13 Boeing 767 freighters, and execute new leases for at least two more freighters that currently support DHL under short-term arrangements. The new leases will commence next year on or before 31 March 2015, and all of the freighter leases with DHL will run through March 2019. Also, ATSG’s businesses will operate and maintain those aircraft through March 2019 under an amendment to the current CMI (Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) Agreement that would otherwise expire in March 2015. Management expects to execute definitive agreements before the end of 2014.