Alaska Air Group Inc.

01/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/14/2021 05:09

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January 14, 2021

(Date of earliest event reported)


(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)


(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

1-8957 91-1292054
(Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)
19300 International Boulevard Seattle Washington 98188
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(206) 392-5040

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(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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ITEM 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure

Pursuant to 17 CFR Part 243 (Regulation FD), the Company is submitting information relating to its financial and operational outlook in an Investor Update. The Investor Update is furnished herein as Exhibit 99.1.

In accordance with General Instruction B.2 of Form 8-K, the information under this item shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), nor shall such information be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing. This report will not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information required to be disclosed solely to satisfy the requirements of Regulation FD.

ITEM 9.01 Financial Statements and Other Exhibits

Investor Update dated January 14, 2021
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.



Date: January 14, 2021


Christopher M. Berry

Vice President Finance and Controller

Exhibit 99.1

Investor Update - January 14, 2021

References in this update to 'Air Group,' 'Company,' 'we,' 'us,' and 'our' refer to Alaska Air Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise specified.

This update includes forecasted operational and financial information for our consolidated operations such as capacity, total revenue and certain liquidity metrics. Please see the cautionary statement under 'Forward-Looking Information.'

Forward-Looking Information

This update 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 December 31, 2019, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the year ended September 30, 2020, as well as in other documents filed by the Company with the SEC after the date thereof. Some of these risks include the risks associated with contagious illnesses and contagion, such as COVID-19, general economic conditions, increases in operating costs including fuel, competition, labor costs and relations, our indebtedness, inability to meet cost reduction goals, seasonal fluctuations in our financial results, an aircraft accident, changes in laws and regulations, and risks inherent in the achievement of anticipated synergies and the timing thereof in connection with the acquisition of Virgin America. 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.

This investor update provides information about recent developments and performance trends for Alaska Air Group (Air Group) and subsidiaries Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon).

Capacity Updates

The public health and economic crises resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our business. We are uncertain what shape the recovery will take, and we are continuously monitoring trends in demand to determine our capacity decisions as the situation unfolds.

The table below summarizes fourth quarter results and our preliminary expectations for January.

October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 Fourth Quarter 2020

Expected January 2021(a)

Revenue passengers (000s) 1,400 1,270 1,245 3,916 1,100 - 1,200
Revenue passengers year-over-year Down 64% Down 66% Down 70% Down 67% Down 65% to 70%
ASMs year-over-year Down 45% Down 41% Down 40% Down 42% Down ~35%
Passenger load factor 49% 45% 43% 45% ~35% - 40%
Total revenue year-over-year Down 62% Down 61% Down 67% Down 64% Down 60% - 65%

(a)Percentage changes for metrics in 2021 are based on a comparison against 2019 actual results.

Liquidity Updates

Cash burn in the fourth quarter was approximately $350 million, an improvement from third quarter cash burn of approximately $399 million. The improvement was driven primarily by increases in both passengers carried and demand for future travel, which hit pandemic-period highs in October, before softening in November as new travel restrictions were announced by state, local and federal authorities. Cash bookings for future travel improved in December, in part due to marketing campaigns and promotional activities. We expect January cash burn will be approximately $125-$150, which assumes the demand environment remains soft in January. Our cash burn measurement includes all operating cash receipts and disbursements, such as cash from bookings net of refunds, other operational cash in (loyalty, cargo, etc.), plus investment earnings, offset by all cash expenditures including normal debt service and capital expenditures. Cash burn excludes financing raised or payroll support funding.

As of January 13, 2021, Air Group had cash and short-term investments of approximately $3.2 billion, which excludes any cash and short-term investments held at McGee and ASA Assurance, Inc.