SkyWest's ( SKYW Quick Quote SKYW - Free Report) third-quarter 2020 earnings per share of 66 cents surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 57 cents. However, earnings declined 63.1% year over year due to coronavirus-induced low air-travel demand.
Moreover, quarterly revenues of $457.5 million plunged 39.8% year over year but surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $426.8 million. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant cut in the number of scheduled flights, thereby inducing the year-over-year decline in the top line.
Revenues from flying agreements (contributing 97.27% to the top line) decreased 39.7% from the year-ago quarter’s figure. Total expenses (on a reported basis) fell 37.6% to $382.94 million due to the reduced number of flights operated in the Jul-Sep period. The carrier, which carried 57.5% less passengers during the reported quarter, reported a 40.8% decline in block hours (a measure of aircraft utilization). Passenger load factor (percentage of seats filled by passengers) deteriorated 29.8 points to 54.1% in the September quarter due to the shrinkage in air-travel demand.
Meanwhile, SkyWest entered into an agreement with American Airlines (
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SkyWest, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), exited the third quarter with cash and marketable securities of $822 million, up from $520 million at 2019 end. Long-term debt (net of current maturities) was $2.7 billion compared with $2.63 billion at 2019 end.
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