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GOL Linhas (GOL) Posts Breakeven Results in Q3 Earnings

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GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (GOL - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2016 net profit of $91.0 million (approximately R$65.9 million). In the year-ago quarter, the company had incurred a net loss of R$2.1 billion. Also, the company posted breakeven results (or earnings per share of R$0.19) as against an expected loss of 11 cents.

Revenues

Net revenue declined 3.5% year over year to R$2.4 billion (approximately $740 million). Ancillary and cargo revenues dipped 1.5%, while passenger revenues were down 3.8%.

Operational Statistics

Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) – the measure of revenues generated per kilometer per passenger – deteriorated 5.3% year over year. A decrease of 21.1% in international RPK and 2.9% in domestic RPK mainly contributed to the deterioration.

Available seat kilometers (ASK) – the measure of an airline's passenger carrying capacity – fell 6.7% year over year.A 21.4% decline in international ASK and 4.8% in domestic ASK led to the downside.

During the reported quarter, the company’s total load factor (percentage of seats filled with passengers) was 79.8% compared with 78.6% in the year-ago quarter. Domestically, load factor inched up 120 basis points (bps).Internationally, the figure improved 30 bps.

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Financials

GOL Linhas exited the third quarter with cash and cash equivalents of R$483.4 million (approximately $151.01 million) compared with R$1,072 million (approximately $315.3 million) at year-end 2015. Long-term debt totaled R$5,603 million (roughly $1,750.28 million) in the quarter compared with R$7,908 million (approximately $2,325.9 million) at year-end 2015.

Margins and Outlook

Operating costs and expenses in the quarter were down 12.6% to R$2,167.5 million (approximately $677.0 million). Total volume of departures fell 20.5%, while supply deteriorated 6.7%, both on a year-over-year basis.

GOL Linhas revised its outlook for 2016. Total supply is now expected to decline 8% instead of a range of 5–8%. Total volume of departures is estimated to decrease by 17% instead of the earlier projected range of 15–18% Operating margin is expected at 6%, which is the higher end of the previous guidance of a range of 4% to 6%. Fleet size is expected to be reduced further in 2017.

Despite stiff competition from peers like Copa HoldingsS.A. (CPA - Free Report) , LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (LFL - Free Report) , and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL - Free Report) the company is expected to perform well in the near term. This is reflected by the company’s Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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