SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 15, 2022
UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC.
UNITED AIRLINES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|Delaware|| ||001-06033|| ||36-2675207|
|Delaware|| ||001-10323|| ||74-2099724|
|(State or other jurisdiction|| ||(Commission File Number)|| ||(IRS Employer|
|of incorporation)|| || ||Identification Number)|
|233 S. Wacker Drive,||Chicago,||IL|| ||60606|
|233 S. Wacker Drive,||Chicago,||IL|| ||60606|
|(Address of principal executive offices)|| ||(Zip Code)|
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Registrant||Title of Each Class||Trading Symbol||Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered|
|United Airlines Holdings, Inc.||Common Stock, $0.01 par value||UAL||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
|United Airlines Holdings, Inc.||Preferred Stock Purchase Rights||None||The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC|
|United Airlines, Inc.||None||None||None|
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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.
United Airlines, Inc. ("United"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Airlines Holdings, Inc. ("UAL" and, together with United, the "Company"), is providing an update regarding its financial outlook for first quarter and full year 2022 and establishing adjusted pre-tax income1 outlook for second quarter 2022.
In the period following the peak in COVID-19 case counts associated with the Omicron variant in January 2022, demand for travel has exceeded the Company's previous expectations. System bookings for future travel have improved close to 40 points since the first week of 2022 and business traffic has increased more than 30 points since the peak of the Omicron impact in January 2022. The Company now expects first quarter 2022 total operating revenue to be near the better end of previous guidance of down between 20% and 25% versus first quarter 2019. As a result of the strong revenue environment and based on a second quarter 2022 average fuel price2 per gallon of approximately $3.50, the Company continues to expect positive adjusted pre-tax income1 in second quarter 2022.
As a result of the impact of the Omicron variant early in the year, as well as additional flight cancellations associated with current geopolitical conditions, the Company now expects first quarter 2022 capacity to be down approximately 19% versus first quarter 2019, below our previous guidance of down between 16% and 18%. As a result of this decrease in capacity, the Company now expects first quarter 2022 CASM-ex3 to increase approximately 18% versus first quarter 2019, as compared to our previous guidance of an increase of between 14% and 15%. In addition, the Company now expects its fuel price2 per gallon to be approximately $2.99 for first quarter 2022.
In response to several macroeconomic factors including rising fuel prices as well as expected aircraft delivery delays, the Company has reduced its total capacity plan for the full year 2022 to be down in the high single digits versus full year 2019.
On March 15, 2022, the Company is presenting at the J.P. Morgan Industrials Conference with an accompanying investor presentation that includes a business update on the COVID-19 recovery. A copy of the investor presentation is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information in this Item 7.01 is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains certain "forward-looking statements," within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, relating to, among other things, guidance regarding the Company's future financial and operating results. Such forward-looking statements are based on historical performance and current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the Company's future financial and operating results and involve inherent risks, assumptions and uncertainties, known or unknown, including internal or external factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, that are difficult to predict, may be beyond the Company's control and could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, the statements. Words such as "should," "could," "would," "will," "may," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "indicates," "remains," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook," "goals", "targets" and other words and terms of similar meaning and expression are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such terms. All statements, other than those that relate solely to historical facts, are forward-looking statements. Additionally, forward-looking statements include conditional statements and statements that identify uncertainties or trends, discuss the possible future effects of known trends or uncertainties, or that indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed or assured. All forward-looking statements in this report are based upon information available to us on the date of this report. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-
1 Adjusted pre-tax income is a non-GAAP financial measure calculated as pre-tax income excluding special charges (credits) and unrealized (gains) losses on investments, net. The Company is not providing a target for or a reconciliation to pre-tax income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, because the Company is unable to predict certain items contained in the GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts.
2 Fuel cost assumption is based on the Jet A forward curve as of March 4, 2022.
3 CASM-ex (adjusted cost or operating expense per available seat mile) is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes fuel, profit sharing, third-party business expenses and special charges (credits). The Company is not providing a target for or reconciliation to CASM, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, because the Company is unable to predict certain items contained in the GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts.
looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable law or regulation.
Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, without limitation, the following: the adverse impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic on our business, operating results, financial condition and liquidity; execution risks associated with our strategic operating plan; changes in our network strategy or other factors outside our control resulting in less economic aircraft orders, costs related to modification or termination of aircraft orders or entry into less favorable aircraft orders, as well as any inability to accept or integrate new aircraft into our fleet as planned; any failure to effectively manage, and receive anticipated benefits and returns from, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, joint ventures and other portfolio actions; adverse publicity, harm to our brand, reduced travel demand, potential tort liability and voluntary or mandatory operational restrictions as a result of an accident, catastrophe or incident involving us, our regional carriers, our codeshare partners or another airline; the highly competitive nature of the global airline industry and susceptibility of the industry to price discounting and changes in capacity, including as a result of alliances, joint business arrangements or other consolidations; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers to source a majority of our aircraft and certain parts, and the impact of any failure to obtain timely deliveries, additional equipment or support from any of these suppliers; disruptions to our regional network and United Express flights provided by third-party regional carriers; unfavorable economic and political conditions in the United States and globally; reliance on third-party service providers and the impact of any significant failure of these parties to perform as expected, or interruptions in our relationships with these providers or their provision of services; extended interruptions or disruptions in service at major airports where we operate and space, facility and infrastructure constrains at our hubs or other airports; geopolitical conflict, terrorist attacks or security events; any damage to our reputation or brand image; our reliance on technology and automated systems to operate our business and the impact of any significant failure or disruption of, or failure to effectively integrate and implement, the technology or systems; increasing privacy and data security obligations or a significant data breach; increased use of social media platforms by us, our employees and others; the impacts of union disputes, employee strikes or slowdowns, and other labor-related disruptions on our operations; any failure to attract, train or retain skilled personnel, including our senior management team or other key employees; the monetary and operational costs of compliance with extensive government regulation of the airline industry; current or future litigation and regulatory actions, or failure to comply with the terms of any settlement, order or arrangement relating to these actions; costs, liabilities and risks associated with environmental regulation and climate change, including our climate goals; high and/or volatile fuel prices or significant disruptions in the supply of aircraft fuel; the impacts of our significant amount of financial leverage from fixed obligations, the possibility we may seek material amounts of additional financial liquidity in the short-term, and the impacts of insufficient liquidity on our financial condition and business; failure to comply with financial and other covenants governing our debt, including our MileagePlus® financing agreements; the impacts of the proposed phase out of the London interbank offer rate; limitations on our ability to use our net operating loss carryforwards and certain other tax attributes to offset future taxable income for U.S. federal income tax purposes; our failure to realize the full value of our intangible assets or our long-lived assets, causing us to record impairments; fluctuations in the price of our common stock; the impacts of seasonality and other factors associated with the airline industry; increases in insurance costs or inadequate insurance coverage and other risks and uncertainties set forth under Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the reports we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The foregoing list sets forth many, but not all, of the factors that could impact our ability to achieve results described in any forward-looking statements. Investors should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and should not consider this list to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. In addition, certain forward-looking outlook provided in this report relies on assumptions about the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the timing of the return to a more stable business environment, the volatility of aircraft fuel prices, customer behavior changes and return in demand for air travel, among other things (together, the "Recovery Process"). If the actual Recovery Process differs materially from our assumptions, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business could be worse than expected, and our actual results may be negatively impacted and may vary materially from our expectations and projections. It is routine for our internal projections and expectations to change as the year or each quarter in the year progresses, and therefore it should be clearly understood that the internal projections, beliefs and assumptions upon which we base our expectations may change. For instance, we regularly monitor future demand and booking trends and adjust capacity, as needed. As such, our actual flown capacity may differ materially from currently published flight schedules or current estimations.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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 hereunto duly authorized.
|UNITED AIRLINES HOLDINGS, INC.|
|UNITED AIRLINES, INC.|
/s/ Gerald Laderman
|Title:||Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
Date: March 15, 2022