Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. today announced second-quarter 2021 net income of $107.1 million, or $3.53 per diluted share, compared with net income of $78.9 million, or $3.01 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020.
On an adjusted basis, EBITDA totaled $243.7 million in the second quarter this year compared with $247.0 million in the second quarter of 2020.
Adjusted net income in the second quarter of 2021 totaled $121.8 million, or $4.10 per diluted share, compared with $123.2 million, or $4.71 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020.
Second-quarter 2021 Airline Operations segment performance improved significantly compared with the prior year that included exceptionally high commercial cargo Charter yields in April and May 2020.
“Our strong performance continued in the second quarter, with revenue and earnings exceeding our already high expectations,” said Atlas Air Worldwide President and Chief Executive Officer John W. Dietrich.
“These positive results were driven by our team executing our strategy, increasing the utilization of our aircraft and delivering safe, high-quality service for our customers.
“Our performance continued to benefit from operating the four 747 freighters and one 777 freighter we reintroduced to our fleet throughout 2020.
“This capacity, along with a tremendous team effort, contributed to our ability to enter into and extend long-term agreements with strategic customers, as well as to capitalize on lucrative short-term opportunities in the strong global airfreight market.
“Economic and supply chain conditions remain favorable for air cargo and our dedicated freighters.
“These include global airfreight volumes exceeding pre-pandemic levels, an acceleration of e-commerce and express growth, low inventory levels, positive Purchasing Managers’ Index readings, as well as congestion, long lead times and elevated pricing for ocean freight.
“Demand also continues to exceed available supply, particularly on long-haul international routes, as belly capacity on a significant number of widebody passenger aircraft remains out of the market.”
Mr. Dietrich added: “I would like to thank all our employees for safely supporting our customers and the global supply chain during this time of continued need.
“While the operating environment remains challenging due to the ongoing pandemic, the market dynamics we are seeing in the third quarter remain strong.
“As a result, we expect revenue of nearly $1.0 billion and adjusted EBITDA of about $250 million from flying more than 90,000 block hours in the third quarter of 2021.
“In addition, we anticipate adjusted net income to grow approximately 50% compared with adjusted net income of $82.7 million in the third quarter of 2020.*
“Given ongoing economic and market-related uncertainties, including COVID-19 and the Delta variant, as well as travel restrictions, low international passenger travel and other factors, we are providing a third-quarter outlook, but not issuing a further outlook at this time.”
Volumes in the second quarter of 2021 increased to 93,190 block hours compared with 84,966 in the second quarter of 2020, with revenue growing to $990.4 million versus $825.3 million in the prior-year period.