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FORM 10-Q/A

Amendment No. 1

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C.  20549

(Mark One)

[X] QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

                     SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2000

OR

[  ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

                     SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from __________ to __________

Commission file number 1-6033

UAL CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

                      Delaware                                36-2675207

              (State or other jurisdiction of                    (I.R.S. Employer

              incorporation or organization)                   Identification No.)

1200 East Algonquin Road, Elk Grove Township, Illinois  60007

Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 66919, Chicago, Illinois  60666

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code  (847) 700-4000

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes    X     No

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

                                                        Outstanding at

                           Class                        October 31, 2000

              Common Stock ($0.01 par value)                52,100,356

 

This Amendment No. 1 is being filed to include the Part I information that was inadvertently omitted in the earlier filing of the Form 10-Q for the third quarter 2000.

 

UAL Corporation and Subsidiary Companies Report on Form 10-Q

For the Quarter Ended September 30, 2000

Index

PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Page No.

 

 

 

 

Item 1.   Financial Statements

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Statements of Consolidated

3

 

Financial Position - as of September 30, 2000

 

 

(Unaudited) and December 31, 1999

 

 

 

 

 

Statements of Consolidated Operations

5

 

(Unaudited) - for the three months ended

 

 

September 30, 2000 and 1999

 

 

 

 

 

Condensed Statements of Consolidated

7

 

Cash Flows (Unaudited) - for the three

 

 

months ended September 30, 2000 and 1999

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial

8

 

Statements (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.   Management's Discussion and Analysis of

 

 

Financial Condition and Results of Operations

12

 

 

 

 

Item 3.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

19

 

 

 

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

*Item 1.  Legal Proceedings

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*Item 6.  Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

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Signatures

 

20

 

 

 

*Exhibit Index

 

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________________________

* Previously filed

 

 

PART I.   FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.   Financial Statements

UAL Corporation and Subsidiary Companies

Condensed Statements of Consolidated Financial Position

(In Millions)

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2000

December 31, 1999

Assets

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

   Cash and cash equivalents

$     618 

$     310 

   Short-term investments

556 

379 

   Receivables, net

1,688 

1,284 

   Inventories, net

374 

340 

   Income tax receivables

243 

32 

   Deferred income taxes

208 

222 

   Prepaid expenses and other

      379 

      368 

 

   4,066 

   2,935 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating property and equipment:

 

 

   Owned

19,370 

17,695 

   Accumulated depreciation and amortization

  (5,621)

  (5,207)

 

  13,749 

  12,488 

 

 

 

   Capital leases

2,977 

3,022 

   Accumulated amortization

     (614)

     (645)

 

    2,363 

    2,377 

 

  16,112 

  14,865 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other assets:

 

 

   Investments in affiliates

293 

533 

   Intangibles, net

572 

568 

   Aircraft lease deposits

560 

594 

   Prepaid rent

580 

585 

   Other, net

      890 

      883 

 

   2,895 

   3,163 

 

 

 

 

$ 23,073 

$ 20,963 

 

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See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

UAL Corporation and Subsidiary Companies

Condensed Statements of Consolidated Financial Position

(In Millions)

 

 

 

 

September 30, 2000

December 31, 1999

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

   Short-term borrowings

$        - 

$       61 

   Current portions of long-term debt and

 

 

      capital lease obligations

    360 

    282 

   Advance ticket sales

1,935 

1,412 

   Accounts payable

1,201 

967 

   Other

   3,730 

   2,689 

 

   7,226 

   5,411 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

   3,022 

   2,650 

 

 

 

Long-term obligations under capital leases

   2,159 

   2,337 

 

 

 

Other liabilities and deferred credits:

 

 

   Deferred pension liability

70 

   Postretirement benefit liability

1,604 

    1,489 

   Deferred gains

930 

986 

   Other

   2,152 

   1,876 

 

   4,686 

   4,421 

 

 

 

Company-obligated mandatorily redeemable

 

 

   preferred securities of a subsidiary trust

       99 

     100 

Preferred stock committed to Supplemental ESOP

     737 

     893 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

   Preferred stock

      - 

      - 

   Common stock at par

       1 

       1 

   Additional capital invested

4,406 

4,099 

   Retained earnings

2,107 

2,138 

   Unearned ESOP preferred stock

(28)

   Accumulated other comprehensive income

120 

352 

   Treasury stock

(1,482)

(1,402)

   Other

        (8)

        (9)

 

   5,144 

   5,151 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingent liabilities (See note)

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 23,073 

$ 20,963 

 

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See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

UAL Corporation and Subsidiary Companies

Statements of Consolidated Operations (Unaudited)

(In Millions, Except Per Share)

 

Three Months

 

Ended September 30

 

2000

1999

Operating revenues:

 

 

   Passenger

$  4,291 

$  4,282 

   Cargo

234 

223 

   Other

      380 

      340 

 

   4,905 

   4,845 

Operating expenses:

 

 

   Salaries and related costs

1,898 

1,420 

   ESOP compensation expense

175 

   Aircraft fuel

664 

465 

   Purchased services

433 

408 

   Commissions

280 

316 

   Aircraft rent

223 

217 

   Landing fees and other rent

231 

235 

   Depreciation and amortization

253 

214 

   Special charges

12 

   Aircraft maintenance

170 

168 

   Other

     782 

      608 

 

  4,946 

   4,226 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) from operations

     (41)

      619 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

   Interest expense

(101)

(89)

   Interest capitalized

17 

19 

   Interest income

27 

21 

   Equity in loss of affiliates

(6)

(1)

   Investment impairment

(61)

-  

   Miscellaneous, net

       (7)

        (6)

 

   (131)

      (56)

Earnings (loss) before income taxes, distributions on

 

 

  preferred securities and extraordinary item

(172)

563 

Provision (credit) for income taxes

     (63)

     203 

Earnings (loss) before distributions on preferred

 

 

  securities and extraordinary item

(109)

360 

Distributions on preferred securities, net of tax

        (1)

        (1)

Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt, net of tax

       (6)

        -  

Net earnings (loss)

$   (116)

$    359 

 

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Per share, basic:

 

 

  Earnings (loss) before extraordinary item

$  (2.17)

$   6.18 

  Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt, net

  (0.13)

          - 

  Net earnings (loss)

$  (2.30)

$   6.18 

 

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Per share, diluted:

 

 

  Earnings (loss) before extraordinary item

$  (2.17)

$  2.89 

  Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt, net

  (0.13)

         - 

  Net earnings (loss)

$  (2.30)

$  2.89 

 

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See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

 

UAL Corporation and Subsidiary Companies

Statements of Consolidated Operations (Unaudited)

(In Millions, Except Per Share)

 

Nine Months

 

Ended September 30

 

2000

1999

Operating revenues:

 

 

   Passenger

$ 12,826 

$ 11,951 

   Cargo

684 

658 

   Other

    1,049 

       937 

 

14,559 

  13,546 

Operating expenses:

 

 

   Salaries and related costs

4,910 

4,249 

   ESOP compensation expense

147 

539 

   Aircraft fuel

1,792 

1,280 

   Purchased services

1,266 

1,166 

   Commissions

781 

890 

   Aircraft rent

667 

656 

   Landing fees and other rent

706 

703 

   Depreciation and amortization

731 

637 

   Special charges

114 

   Aircraft maintenance

522 

523 

   Other

   2,106 

   1,705 

 

13,742 

12,348 

Earnings from operations

     817 

    1,198 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

   Interest expense

(293)

(273)

   Interest capitalized

57 

56 

   Interest income

63 

44 

   Equity in earnings (loss) of affiliates

(8)

38 

   Gain on sale of Galileo stock

669 

   Investment impairment

(61)

   Miscellaneous, net

      (34)

         7 

 

    (276)

     541 

Earnings before income taxes, distributions on preferred

 

 

  securities, extraordinary item and cumulative effect

  541 

1,739 

Provision for income taxes

     201 

     626 

Earnings before distributions on preferred

 

 

  securities, extraordinary item and cumulative effect

340 

1,113 

Distributions on preferred securities, net of tax

       (4)

       (4)

Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt, net of tax

(6)

       (3)

Cumulative effect of accounting change, net of tax

    (209)

         - 

Net earnings

$    121 

$ 1,106 

 

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Per share, basic:

 

 

  Earnings before extraordinary item and cumulative effect

$   5.75 

$ 19.44 

  Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt, net

  (0.13)

   (0.05)

  Cumulative effect of accounting change, net

   (4.10)

         - 

  Net earnings

$   1.52 

$ 19.39 

 

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Per share, diluted:

 

 

  Earnings before extraordinary item and cumulative effect

$   2.51 

$  9.22 

  Extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt, net

   (0.06)

   (0.03)

  Cumulative effect of accounting change, net

   (1.79)

         - 

  Net earnings

$   0.66 

$  9.19 

 

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See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

UAL Corporation and Subsidiary Companies

Condensed Statements of Consolidated Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In Millions)

 

      Nine Months

 

      Ended September 30

 

          2000

         1999

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning

 

 

   of period

$   310 

$   390 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

  2,524 

  2,161 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

   Additions to property and equipment

(2,006)

(1,758)

   Proceeds on disposition of property and

 

 

      equipment

68 

147 

   Proceeds on sale of common shares in Galileo

766 

   Increase in short-term investments

(177)

(58)

   Other, net

    (141)

     (56)

 

(2,256)

   (959)

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

   Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

822 

286 

   Repayment of long-term debt

(420)

(492)

   Principal payments under capital

 

 

      lease obligations

(160)

(209)

   Purchase of equipment debt certificates under

 

 

      Company leases

(140)

(47)

   Decrease in equipment debt certificates under

 

 

      Company leases

153 

24 

   Repurchase of common stock

(81)

(42)

   Decrease in short-term borrowings

(61)

(184)

   Aircraft lease deposits

(25)

   Dividends paid

(79)

(11)

   Other, net

         1 

      23 

 

       40 

   (677)

 

 

 

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

     308 

    525 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$    618 

$   915 

 

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Cash paid during the period for:

 

 

   Interest (net of amounts capitalized)

$    207 

$   180 

   Income taxes

$      20 

$   224 

Non-cash transactions:

 

 

   Capital lease obligations incurred

$      76 

$   482 

   Net unrealized gain (loss) on investments

$  (232)

$   360 

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

UAL Corporation and Subsidiary Companies

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

The Company

UAL Corporation ("UAL" or the "Company") is a holding company whose principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc. ("United").

Interim Financial Statements

The consolidated financial statements included herein have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted pursuant to or as permitted by such rules and regulations, although UAL believes that the disclosures are adequate to make the information presented not misleading.  In management's opinion, all adjustments (which include only normal recurring adjustments) necessary for a fair presentation of the results of operations for the three- and nine-month periods have been made.  These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year 1999.

Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Pursuant to amended labor agreements which provide for wage and benefit reductions and work-rule changes which commenced July 1994, UAL has agreed to issue convertible preferred stock to employees.  Note 2 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the 1999 Annual Report on Form 10-K contains additional discussion of the agreements, stock to be issued to employees and the related accounting treatment.  Shares earned in 1999 were allocated in March 2000 as follows:  434,465 shares of Class 2 ESOP Preferred Stock were contributed to the Non-Leveraged ESOP and an additional 248,572 shares were allocated in "book entry" form under the Supplemental Plan.  Also, 2,390,931 shares of Class 1 ESOP Preferred Stock were allocated under the Leveraged ESOP.  Finally, an additional 857,096 shares of Class 1 and Class 2 ESOP Preferred Stock have been committed to be released by the Company since January 1, 2000.  The final allocation of ESOP Preferred Stock will take place in March 2001.

Income Taxes

The provisions for income taxes are based on the estimated annual effective tax rate, which differs from the federal statutory rate of 35% principally due to state income taxes, dividends on ESOP Preferred Stock and certain nondeductible items.

Per Share Amounts

Basic earnings per share were computed by dividing net income before cumulative effect and extraordinary item by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the year.  In addition, diluted earnings per share amounts include potential common shares including ESOP shares committed to be released, unless the result would be anti-dilutive.

Earnings Attributable to Common Stockholders (Millions)

Three Months

Nine Months

 

Ended September 30

Ended September 30

 

2000

1999

2000

1999

  Net income (loss) before cumulative effect and extraordinary item

$  (110)

$  359 

$   336 

$ 1,109 

  Preferred stock dividends and other

     (2)

   (31)

   (43)

    (94)

  Earnings (loss) attributable to common stockholders (Basic and Diluted)

$  (112)

$  328 

$   293 

$ 1,015 

 

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Shares (Millions)

 

 

 

 

  Weighted average shares outstanding (Basic)

51.6 

53.1 

50.9 

52.2 

  Convertible ESOP preferred stock

n/a 

59.2 

64.8 

56.7 

  Other

    n/a 

    1.0 

    0.8 

    1.3 

  Weighted average number of shares (Diluted)

51.6 

113.3 

116.5 

110.2 

 

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Earnings (Loss) Per Share (before cumulative effect and extraordinary item)

 

 

 

 

  Basic

$ (2.17)

$  6.18 

$  5.75 

$19.44 

  Diluted

$ (2.17)

$  2.89 

$  2.51 

$  9.22 

Other Comprehensive Income

Total comprehensive income (loss) for the three- and nine-month periods ending September 30, 2000 was $(178) million and $(111) million, respectively, compared to $222 million and $1.5 billion for the three- and nine-month periods ending September 30, 1999, respectively.  Other comprehensive income consisted of net unrealized gains (losses) on securities of $(62) million and $(232) million for the three- and nine-month periods ending September 30, 2000, respectively and $(137) million and $358 million for the three- and nine-month periods ending September 30, 1999, respectively.

Investments

In the third quarter, United recorded an impairment loss of $38 million, net of tax, related to its warrants held in Priceline.com.

In June 1999, United sold 17,500,000 common shares of Galileo International, Inc. ("Galileo") in a secondary offering for $766 million, resulting in a pre-tax gain of approximately $669 million ($428 million, net of tax).  This sale reduced United's holdings in Galileo from 32% to approximately 15%, requiring United to discontinue the equity method of accounting for its investment in Galileo.  United has classified its remaining 15,940,000 shares of Galileo common stock as "available-for-sale."

Long-Term Debt

During the third quarter, the Company issued $921 million in enhanced equipment trust certificates to refinance certain owned aircraft and aircraft under operating leases.  Net proceeds after refinancing the operating leases was $622 million.  

In addition to scheduled principal payments, in the third quarter, the Company repaid $116 million of debentures prior to maturity.  The debentures were scheduled to mature at various times through 2021.  An extraordinary loss of $6 million, net of tax benefits of $4 million was recorded, reflecting amounts paid in excess of the debt carrying value.

Segment Information

United has a global route network designed to transport passengers and cargo between destinations in North America, the Pacific, Latin America and Europe.  These regions constitute United's four reportable segments.

A reconciliation of the total amounts reported by reportable segments to the applicable amounts in the financial statements follows:

(In Millions)

Three Months Ended September 30, 2000

 

 

 

 

 

Reportable

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latin

Segment

 

Consolidated

 

Domestic

Pacific

Atlantic

America

Total

Other

Total

Revenue

$ 3,195 

$  874

$  647

$  200

$ 4,916

$  (11)

$ 4,905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss)*

$ (148)

$  25

$    43

$ (13)

$  (93)

$  (6)

$  (99)

(In Millions)

Three Months Ended September 30, 1999

 

 

 

 

 

Reportable

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latin

Segment

 

Consolidated

 

Domestic

Pacific

Atlantic

America

Total

Other

Total

Revenue

$ 3,340

$  722

$  571

$  201

$ 4,834

$  11

$ 4,845

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings*

$   500      

$    100

$  106    

$    22  

$    728

$  10  

$    738  

*Earnings before ESOP compensation expense, special charges, investment impairment, income taxes, cumulative effect of accounting change and extraordinary loss on debt.

(In Millions)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2000

 

 

 

 

 

Reportable

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latin

Segment

 

Consolidated

 

Domestic

Pacific

Atlantic

America

Total

Other

Total

Revenue

$ 9,921

$2,332

$1,690

$  604

$ 14,547

$   12 

$ 14,559

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss)*

$   601

$     92

$   130

$    24

$  847

$ 16 

$      863

(In Millions)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 1999

 

 

 

 

 

Reportable

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latin

Segment

 

Consolidated

 

Domestic

Pacific

Atlantic

America

Total

Other

Total

Revenue

$ 9,421

$2,006

$1,500

$  587

$ 13,514

$  32  

$ 13,546

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings*

$ 1,223  

$   128    

$   190      

$    40

$   1,581  

$  28  

$   1,609  

*Earnings before ESOP compensation expense, special charges, gain on sale, investment impairment, income taxes, cumulative effect of accounting change and extraordinary loss on debt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30

September 30

(In Millions)

2000

1999

2000

1999

Total earnings for reportable segments

$   (93)

$    728 

$   847 

$ 1,581 

  Special charges

(12)

-  

(114)

-  

  Investment impairment

(61)

-  

(61)

-  

  Gain on sale

-  

669 

  UAL subsidiary earnings (loss)

(6)

10 

16

28 

  ESOP compensation expense

     n/a

   (175)

   (147)

   (539)

Total earnings (loss) before income taxes,

 

 

 

 

  distributions on preferred securities,

 

 

 

 

  extraordinary item and cumulative effect

$   (172)

$    563 

$   541 

$ 1,739 

 

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Accounting Changes

During the first quarter of 2000, UAL changed its method of accounting for the sale of mileage to participating partners in its Mileage Plus program, in accordance with Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 101, "Revenue Recognition in Financial Statements."  Under the new accounting method, a portion of  revenue from the sale of mileage (previously recognized in other revenue) is deferred and recognized as passenger revenue when the transportation is provided.   Accordingly, UAL has recorded a charge of $209 million, net of tax, for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle to reflect the application of the accounting method to prior years.  This change resulted in a reduction to revenues of approximately $17 million and $34 million in the third quarter and nine-month periods, respectively and would have reduced revenue for the third quarter and nine-month periods of 1999 by $12 million and $36 million, respectively.  As of September 30, 2000, the deferred revenue balance relating to Mileage Plus was $405 million.

Contingencies and Commitments

UAL has certain contingencies resulting from litigation and claims (including environmental issues) incident to the ordinary course of business.  Management believes, after considering a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the views of legal counsel, the nature of contingencies to which UAL is subject and its prior experience, that the ultimate disposition of these contingencies is not expected to materially affect UAL's consolidated financial position or results of operations.

At September 30, 2000, commitments for the purchase of property and equipment, principally aircraft, approximated $4.4 billion, after deducting advance payments.  An estimated $0.7 billion will be spent during the remainder of 2000, $2.1 billion in 2001 and $1.6 billion in 2002 and thereafter.  The major commitments are for the purchase of A319, A320, B767 and B777 aircraft, which are scheduled to be delivered through 2002.  The above numbers include a recent conversion of 13 option aircraft to firm orders to be delivered in 2002.

 

 

 

I tem 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

UAL's total of cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments was $1.2 billion at September 30, 2000, compared to $689 million at December 31, 1999.  Cash flows from operating activities amounted to $2.5 billion.   Financing activities included the issuance of $622 million in equipment trust certificates, as well as principal payments under debt and capital lease obligations of $420 million and $160 million, respectively.  Included in the debt payments was the retirement of $116 million of long-term debt prior to maturity.  Additionally, the Company issued, and subsequently retired, $200 million in long-term debt during the period to finance the acquisition of aircraft.

Property additions, including aircraft and aircraft spare parts, amounted to $2.0 billion.  Property dispositions resulted in proceeds of $68 million.  In the first nine months of 2000, United took delivery of four A319, eight A320, one B747, three B767 and eight B777 aircraft.  Twenty-two of these aircraft were purchased and two were acquired under capital leases.  In addition, United retired four DC10 aircraft in the first nine months.

At September 30, 2000, commitments for the purchase of property and equipment, principally aircraft, approximated $4.4 billion, after deducting advance payments.  Of this amount, an estimated $0.7 billion is expected to be spent during the remainder of 2000.  For further details, see "Contingencies and Commitments" in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

During the second and third quarters of 2000, the Company experienced significant operational disruptions, as a result of labor-related delays and cancellations, as well as weather and air traffic control limitations, which adversely affected both revenue and expense performance. The Company attempted to mitigate the impact of these operational difficulties by reducing capacity, particularly in the domestic markets, where most of the problems were concentrated. The Company estimates the revenue shortfall arising from these disruptions and associated schedule reductions and cancellations to be somewhere between $450 and $500 million for the third quarter.  In addition, the third quarter and nine-month results reflect the impact of the recently approved contract with the Air Line Pilots' Association, International ("ALPA") and the expected impact of open contracts with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ("IAM").  The Company has begun to realize the benefits of the various steps taken to improve its operational performance as cancellations are down 60% and on-time departures have improved by 40% since the height of the operational disruptions.  

Summary of Results

UAL's earnings from operations were $817 million in the first nine months of 2000, compared to operating earnings of $1.2 billion in the first nine months of 1999.  UAL's net earnings before the cumulative effect of an accounting change and an extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt were $336 million ($2.51 per share, diluted), compared to net earnings before an extraordinary loss on early extinguishment of debt of $1.1 billion in the same period of 1999 ($9.22 per share, diluted).

In the third quarter of 2000, UAL's loss from operations was $(41) million compared to operating earnings of $619 million in the third quarter of 1999.  UAL had a net loss before the extraordinary loss on debt in the 2000 third quarter of $(110) million ($(2.17) per share), compared to net earnings of $359 million ($2.89 per share, diluted) in the same period of 1999.

The 2000 earnings for the quarter and nine months include a special charge of $8 million, net of tax for the planned early retirement of four leased DC10-30 aircraft and an impairment loss of $38 million, net of tax, related to the Company's warrants held in Priceline.com.  In addition, the 2000 earnings for the nine-month period include a special charge of $15 million, net of tax, for the planned early retirement of seven leased B747-238 aircraft, a special charge of $23 million, net of tax, for the retirement of the inflight video system on certain B777-222 aircraft, and a special charge of $26 million, net of tax, associated with the asset write-down and losses related to subleases on non-operating British Aerospace Advanced Turbo-Prop aircraft previously used in the United Express operation.

The 1999 earnings for the nine-month period include a gain of $428 million, net of tax, on the sale of a portion of United's investment in Galileo (see "Investments" in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements).

          During the ESOP allocation period, management utilized a pro forma, "Fully Distributed" basis for viewing earnings.  This approach considers all ESOP shares which will ultimately be distributed to employees throughout the ESOP (rather than just the shares committed to be released) to be immediately outstanding and thus, Fully Distributed.  Consistent with this method, the ESOP compensation expense is excluded from Fully Distributed net earnings and ESOP convertible preferred stock dividends are not deducted from earnings attributable to common stockholders.  As of April 2000, all ESOP preferred shares are considered earned and assumed outstanding for diluted earnings per share under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  Beginning with the third quarter 2000, Fully Distributed and GAAP quarterly earnings will be the same; however, year-to-date results will continue to be reported on a Fully Distributed basis for the year 2000 using the methodology described above.  A comparison of results reported on a Fully Distributed basis to results reported under GAAP is as follows (in millions, except per share):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30, 2000

September 30, 1999

 

GAAP

Fully

GAAP

Fully

 

(diluted)

Distributed

(diluted)

Distributed

Net income

$   121 

$   210 

$  1,106 

$    1,405 

 

 

 

 

 

Per share, diluted:

 

 

 

 

  Earnings before special charges, investment

 

 

 

 

    impairment, gain on sale, cumulative

 

 

 

 

    effect and extraordinary item

$ 3.46 

$ 4.51 

$ 5.34 

$ 8.16 

    Special charges

(0.62)

(0.60)

    Investment impairment

(0.33)

(0.33)

 

 

    Gain on sale

3.88 

3.43 

    Cumulative effect of accounting change

(1.79)

(1.79)

    Extraordinary item

(0.06)

(0.06)

(0.03)

  (0.03)

  Earnings per share

$ 0.66 

$ 1.73 

$ 9.19 

$11.56 

 

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          Specific factors affecting UAL's consolidated operations for the third quarter and first nine months of 2000 are described below.

Third Quarter 2000 Compared with Third Quarter 1999  

Operating revenues increased $60 million (1%) and United's revenue per available seat mile (unit revenue) increased 4% to 10.91 cents.  Passenger revenues increased $9 million (0.2%) on a 3% increase in yield to 12.68 cents.   United's revenue passenger miles decreased 3%, while available seat miles across the system were down 2% over the third quarter of 1999, resulting in a passenger load factor decrease of 0.5 points to 74.6%.  The decrease in available seat miles reflects the Company's response to the operational difficulties as well as the impact of Economy Plus (the removal of seats to provide additional legroom in a premium seating zone on each aircraft).  The following analysis by market is based on information reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation:  

 

Increase (Decrease)

 

Available Seat

Revenue Passenger Miles

Revenue Per Revenue

 

Miles (Capacity)

(Traffic)

Passenger Mile (Yield)

Domestic

  (8%)

(10%)

5%

Pacific

18%

  16%

4%

Atlantic

   7%

   6%

6%

Latin America

(9%)

  (3%)

2%

  System

   (2%)

  (3%)

3%

          Cargo revenues increased $11 million (5%), while other operating revenues increased $40 million (12%) primarily due to increased fuel sales to third parties.

Operating expenses increased $720 million (17%) and United's cost per available seat mile (unit cost) increased 20%, from 9.18 cents to 10.98 cents.  Salaries and related costs increased $478 million (34%) due to a new salary program implemented for non-contract employees, the impact of the new ALPA contract and the estimated costs of IAM contracts currently under negotiation.  Aircraft fuel increased $199 million (43%) due to a 42% increase in the cost of fuel from 58.0 cents to 82.4 cents a gallon.  Commissions decreased $36 million (11%) due to a change in the commission structure implemented in the fourth quarter of 1999.  Depreciation and amortization increased $39 million (18%) due to an increase in the number of owned aircraft.  Other operating expenses increased $174 million (29%) primarily due to costs associated with fuel sales to third parties.

Other non-operating expense amounted to $131 million in the third quarter of 2000 compared to $56 million in the third quarter of 1999.  Included in other non-operating expense in the 2000 third quarter was an investment impairment of $61 million related to the Company's warrants held in Priceline.com.

Nine Months 2000 Compared with Nine Months 1999

Operating revenues increased $1.0 billion (8%) and United's revenue per available seat mile (unit revenue) increased 9% to 11.05 cents.  Passenger revenues increased $875 million (7%) due to a 6% increase in yield to 13.28 cents.  United's revenue passenger miles increased 1%, while available seat miles across the system decreased 1%, resulting in a passenger load factor increase of 1.4 points to 72.9%.  The following analysis by market is based on information reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation:  

 

Increase (Decrease)

 

Available Seat

Revenue Passenger Miles

Revenue Per Revenue

 

Miles (Capacity)

(Traffic)

Passenger Mile (Yield)

Domestic

  (4%)

   (2%)

7%

Pacific

  8%

   9%

8%

Atlantic

  5%

  5%

8%

Latin America

(11%)

  -

3%

  System

  (1%)

  1%

6%

Cargo revenues increased $26 million (4%), despite a 1% decrease in cargo yield.  Other operating revenues increased $112 million (12%) due to increased fuel sales to third parties, partially offset by the decrease in frequent-flyer program partner-related revenues as a result of a change in accounting principle (see "Accounting Changes" in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements).

Operating expenses increased $1.4 billion (11%) and United's cost per available seat mile (unit cost) increased 12%, from 9.29 cents to 10.41 cents.  Salaries and related costs increased $661 million (16%) due to a new salary program implemented for non-contract employees, the impact of the new ALPA contract, and the estimated costs of IAM contracts currently under negotiation.  ESOP compensation expense decreased $392 million (73%) as the Company discontinued recording ESOP compensation expense once the final ESOP shares were committed to be released in April 2000.  Aircraft fuel increased $512 million (40%) due to a 38% increase in the cost of fuel from 55.7 cents to 76.9 cents a gallon.  Commissions decreased $109 million (12%) due to a change in the commission structure implemented in the fourth quarter of 1999.  Purchased services increased $100 million (9%) primarily due to increases in computer reservations fees and credit card discounts.  Depreciation and amortization increased $94 million (15%) due to an increase in the number of owned aircraft.  Other operating expenses increased $401 million (24%) primarily due to costs associated with fuel sales to third parties.

Other non-operating expense amounted to $215 million in 2000 (excluding the investment impairment - see "Investments" in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements) compared to $128 million in 1999 (excluding the gain on the Galileo transaction - see "Investments" in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements).  Equity in earnings of affiliates decreased $46 million as a result of the Company discontinuing the equity method of accounting for its investment in Galileo.  Miscellaneous, net includes $11 million in losses on foreign currency options and $3 million in other foreign exchange losses in the first nine months of 2000, compared to $8 million in gains on written yen call options for the same period in 1999.

LABOR AGREEMENTS

On April 12, 2000, the Company's contract with ALPA became amendable.  On October 26, 2000, the Company and ALPA signed a new contract.  The agreement, which will remain in effect through 2004, includes provisions for an immediate increase in wages of 21.5% to 28.7%, retroactive to April 12, as well as additional annual increases of 4.5% to 5.62% for the duration of the contract.  Additionally, the contract allows United Express carriers to increase the number of small jets beyond the current 65-jet limit up to an additional 150 immediately as replacements for existing turboprops, with additional increases in small jets as United's fleet grows.  United may also share in profits and losses of revenues with foreign carriers with whom United has antitrust immunity, provided United gets its fair share of the flying.

On July 12, 2000, the Company's contracts with the IAM became amendable.  The Company has been in negotiations with the IAM since January for new contracts.  Since September 1, the negotiations have been conducted with the assistance of the National Mediation Board ("NMB").  On November 8, at the request of the NMB, negotiations between United and the IAM were recessed.  The NMB announced that it intends to resume discussions with both parties within the next two weeks.  Under the terms of the Railway Labor Act, United's current agreements with the IAM will remain in effect while negotiations continue.

The Company's contract with the Association of Flight Attendants ("AFA"), which becomes amendable in 2006, provides for a mid-term wage conference in the first quarter of 2001.  While the Company is under no obligation to re-open the contract, on September 26, 2000, United announced that it would accelerate these discussions as well as addressing integration issues related to United's acquisition of US Airways Group, Inc.  On November 6, the AFA rejected a proposal from United on the tentative format for agreeing both on the pay adjustment and the pending acquisition.  The Company does not anticipate any AFA action that would inconvenience its customers or disrupt schedules and will take appropriate steps should such action occur.

US AIRWAYS ACQUISITION

On May 24, 2000, UAL announced that it had entered into a definitive merger agreement with US Airways Group, Inc. ("US Airways") pursuant to which US Airways will be acquired by the Company in an all-cash transaction valued at $4.3 billion.   Additionally, UAL will assume approximately $1.5 billion in US Airways debt and $5.8 billion in aircraft operating leases.  On October 12, 2000, the stockholders of US Airways approved the merger.  The transaction, which the Company anticipates closing in the first quarter of 2001, is still subject to regulatory clearance and other customary closing conditions.  Definitive financing arrangements have not yet been determined although UAL expects to incur additional indebtedness to finance the acquisition.

Subject to regulatory approval of the transaction and the successful outcome of negotiations with local authorities, the Company has announced its plans to expand US Airways' maintenance facility in Pittsburgh at a total cost of $160 million.   Additionally, the Company recognizes that it will incur significant costs associated with the integration of US Airways in order to achieve the anticipated benefits to both the Company and the millions of passengers and hundreds of communities served by United throughout the United States and that it may encounter difficulties in achieving these benefits.  The Company expects that the new network will make traveling more convenient for passengers, connecting US Airways' eastern U.S. markets with United's east-west and international markets.  As part of the agreement with US Airways, UAL generally has agreed to pay US Airways a $50 million termination fee in the event the merger does not take place.

COMMON STOCK DIVIDENDS

During 2000, UAL instituted an annual dividend of $1.25 per share on UAL common stock.  Accordingly, UAL paid $36 million ($0.3125 per share) in dividends in the second and third quarters.  A third dividend of $0.3125 was declared and paid on November 1 to shareholders of record October 16, 2000.

NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

In June 1998, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133, "Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities" ("SFAS No. 133"), which establishes accounting and reporting standards requiring that every derivative instrument be recorded in the balance sheet as either an asset or liability measured at its fair value.  SFAS No. 133 requires that changes in the derivative's fair value be recognized currently in earnings unless specific hedge accounting criteria are met.  Special accounting for qualifying hedges allows a derivative's gains and losses to offset related results on the hedged item in the income statement, and requires that a company must formally document, designate and assess the effectiveness of transactions that receive hedge accounting.

The effective date of SFAS No. 133 has been delayed one year, to fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2000.  The Company plans on adopting SFAS No. 133 in the first quarter of 2001.  United is in the process of reviewing its various contracts to determine which contracts meet the requirements of SFAS No. 133 and would need to be reflected as derivatives under the standard and accounted for at fair value.  In accordance with the provisions of SFAS No. 133, United will recognize a charge for the cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle in the first quarter of 2001, to reflect application of the accounting method to prior years.  Based on current assumptions, the Company estimates this charge to be insignificant.  However, the adoption of SFAS No. 133 could increase volatility in earnings and other comprehensive income in future periods.

 

 

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

GetThere.com is a leading provider of internet-based travel planning products tailored to individual, corporate, travel supplier and travel agency customers.  During 1998 and 1999, United invested approximately $51 million in GetThere.com resulting in a 28% minority interest in GetThere.com consisting of common stock, warrants and options.  United accounts for its investment in GetThere.com using the equity method of accounting.

On August 28, 2000, Sabre Holdings Corporation announced its intentions to acquire GetThere.com in an all cash tender offer for any or all outstanding shares of GetThere.com common stock at $17.75 per share.  The tender offer commenced September 11 and expired on October 6, 2000.  Accordingly, after converting its options and warrants, United tendered all of its shares in GetThere.com for net proceeds of $147 million, resulting in a pre-tax gain of approximately $109 million ($69 million, net of tax).  This transaction will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

E-COMMERCE AND MILEAGE PLUS

In October 2000, UAL announced the formation of United NewVentures, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary which will create businesses to provide innovative solutions for its customers, strengthen United's airline business and create incremental value for UAL's shareholders.  The subsidiary will employ about 100 people, primarily from the Company's former e-commerce division and will consist of two divisions, United NetWorks and United NetVentures.

United NetWorks will focus on United-branded e-commerce and wireless activities, including the recently redesigned united.com web site, as well as taking responsibility for the marketing side of Mileage Plus sale of miles to third parties.   Revenue from third-party mileage sales reached $340 million during the first nine months of 2000, compared to $289 million in 1999, as adjusted for the change in accounting principle.  Gross air bookings on united.com in the first nine months of 2000 grew 59% from the same period last year.  Total passenger revenue from sales over the Internet reached $173 million in the third quarter compared to $109 million in the same period of 1999.

United NetVentures will manage United's investments in other Internet ventures, including two new airline-backed web sites, Orbitz and Hotwire, and identify new business opportunities in e-commerce.

OUTLOOK FOR FOURTH QUARTER

The Company expects that reduced capacity levels, effected to address the operational difficulties, will continue to impact revenue performance in the fourth quarter.  Additionally, many of the factors which negatively affected performance in the third quarter could continue.  Unit costs are expected to increase 17%, based on an average fuel price of 92 cents per gallon.  Excluding fuel, unit costs are expected to rise 11%.  The increase reflects lower-than-planned capacity levels as a result of the schedule adjustments, as well as wage increases associated with the new pilot contract and the expected impact of the other labor agreements currently in negotiation.  Combined, these factors point to a likely loss in the fourth quarter.

Information included in the above "Outlook for Fourth Quarter" and "US Airways Acquisition" paragraphs is forward-looking and involves risks and uncertainties that could result in actual results differing materially from expected results.  Forward-looking statements represent the Company's expectations and beliefs concerning future events, based on information available to the Company as of the date of this filing.  Some factors that could significantly impact revenues, expenses, unit costs, and the results and benefits of the pending merger between United and US Airways include, without limitation, the airline pricing environment; industry capacity decisions; competitors' route decisions; obtaining regulatory approvals for the United and US Airways merger; successfully integrating the businesses of United and US Airways; costs related to the United and US Airways merger; achieving cost-cutting synergies resulting from the United and US Airways merger; labor integration issues; the success of the Company's cost-control efforts; the cost of crude oil and jet fuel; the success of fuel hedging strategies; the results of union contract negotiations and their impact on labor costs; operational disruptions as a result of bad weather, air traffic control-related difficulties and labor issues; the growth of e-commerce and off-tariff distribution channels; the success of customer win-back strategies; the effective deployment of customer service tools and resources; actions of the U.S., foreign and local governments; willingness of customers to travel; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the stability of the U.S. economy; inflation; the economic environment of the airline industry and the economic environment in general.

Investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking information contained herein, which speaks only as of the date of this filing.  UAL disclaims any intent or obligation to update or alter any of the forward-looking statements whether in response to new information, unforeseen events, changed circumstances or otherwise.

 

Item 3.   QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

For information regarding the Company's exposure to certain market risks, see Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk in UAL's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year 1999.  Significant changes which have occurred since year-end are as follows:

Foreign Currency Risk -

(In millions, except average contract rates)

Notional

Average

Estimated

 

Amount

Contract Rate

Fair Value

 

 

 

(Pay)/Receive*

Forward exchange contracts

 

 

 

Japanese Yen - Purchased forwards

$    131

106.83

$    (1)

                             - Sold forwards

$     64

108.34

$       -

      Hong Kong Dollar - Sold forwards

$     19

    7.81

$       -

      French Franc - Purchased forwards

$     50

    5.05          

  $     (5)  

      Euro - Purchased forwards

$   140

    1.30      

  $   (12)  

 

 

 

 

Currency options

 

 

 

Japanese Yen - Purchased put options

$    140

102.28

$     7

Australian Dollar - Purchased put options

$      34

     0.62

$     4

British Pound - Purchased put options

$      16

     1.55

$      1

Euro - Purchased put options

$      26

     0.99

$      3

Correlation Basket Option - Sold

$   216

    N/A

$      -

Price Risk (Aircraft fuel) -

(In millions, except average contract rates)

Notional

Average

Estimated

 

Amount

Contract Rate

Fair Value

 

 

 

(Pay)/Receive*

Purchased call contracts - Crude oil

$   343

$  22.14/bbl

$  108

*Estimated fair values represent the amount United would pay/receive on September 30, 2000 to terminate the contracts.

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this amended report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

UAL CORPORATION

 

 

By:  /s/ Douglas A. Hacker

 

Douglas A. Hacker

 

Executive Vice President and

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

(principal financial and

 

accounting officer)

 

 

 

Dated:  November 13, 2000