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United Continental Holdings, Inc. Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2010 Results

UAL REPORTS FOURTH-QUARTER $160 MILLION NET INCOME EXCLUDING SPECIAL ITEMS, $325 MILLION NET LOSS ON GAAP BASIS
UAL REPORTS PRO FORMA FULL-YEAR 2010 $1.6 BILLION NET INCOME EXCLUDING SPECIAL ITEMS, $253 MILLION NET INCOME ON GAAP BASIS

CHICAGO, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) today announced fourth-quarter and pro forma full-year 2010 financial results. UAL results for the fourth quarter include the financial results of its two operating subsidiaries, United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Prior to the merger on Oct. 1, 2010, UAL results only included the financial results of United Airlines. Pro forma results that consolidate the financial results for Continental for periods prior to Oct. 1, 2010, are included for meaningful year-over-year comparisons.

  • UAL reported fourth-quarter 2010 net income of $160 million or $0.44 diluted earnings per share excluding $485 million of special items consisting primarily of merger-related costs and other special charges, an improvement of $347 million compared to the pro forma results year-over-year. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported fourth-quarter net loss of $325 million or $1.01 diluted loss per share.
  • UAL reported pro forma full-year 2010 net income of $1.6 billion excluding $765 million of special items, resulting in a net margin of 4.8 percent. On a GAAP basis, UAL reported full-year 2010 net income of $253 million.
  • UAL consolidated passenger revenue increased 15.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the pro forma results for the same period in 2009. Fourth-quarter 2010 consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 11.5 percent compared to the pro forma results year-over-year.
  • UAL ended the year with $8.7 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.
  • Employees of the combined company earned $224 million in profit sharing for full-year 2010.

"Thanks to the hard work of my co-workers, we made a fourth-quarter profit, excluding special items, in a typically weak quarter," said Jeff Smisek, UAL's president and chief executive officer. "While making significant progress integrating United and Continental, we never lost focus on running a good operation. We made a solid profit for the year, and we look forward to distributing $224 million in profit sharing to our co-workers on Valentine's Day."

Fourth-Quarter Revenue and Capacity

For the fourth quarter of 2010, UAL total revenue was $8.4 billion, an increase of 15.0 percent compared to the pro forma results for the same period in 2009. Consolidated passenger revenue for the fourth quarter rose 15.8 percent, or $1.0 billion, compared to the pro forma results for the same period in 2009.

Consolidated revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 4.0 percent on a pro forma basis, while capacity (as measured by available seat miles or ASMs) increased 3.8 percent year-over-year on a pro forma basis, resulting in a fourth-quarter consolidated load factor of 82.0 percent.

Consolidated yield for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 11.3 percent year-over-year on a pro forma basis. Fourth-quarter 2010 consolidated PRASM increased 11.5 percent compared to the pro forma results for the same period of 2009.

Mainline RPMs in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 3.5 percent on a mainline capacity increase of 3.4 percent year-over-year on a pro forma basis, resulting in a fourth-quarter mainline load factor of 82.7 percent. Mainline yield for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 12.4 percent over the pro forma results for the same period in 2009. Fourth-quarter 2010 mainline PRASM increased 12.5 percent year-over-year on a pro forma basis.

"The great service our co-workers delivered to our customers resulted in strong fourth-quarter revenue performance," said Jim Compton, UAL's executive vice president and chief revenue officer. "With our focus on the customer, operational performance and capacity discipline, we look forward to improving our revenue performance as we integrate the two networks."

Passenger revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 and period-to-period comparisons of related pro forma statistics for UAL's mainline and regional operations are as follows:




4Q 2010

Passenger

Revenue

(millions)


Passenger

Revenue

vs. 4Q 2009

PRASM

vs. 4Q 2009

Yield

vs. 4Q 2009

ASM

vs. 4Q 2009









Domestic


$ 3,005


9.3%

9.4%

8.9%

(0.1%)









Atlantic


1,293


17.0%

8.0%

11.7%

8.3%

Pacific


1,093


33.8%

26.4%

20.8%

5.9%

Latin America


548


26.0%

15.7%

18.2%

8.9%

International


$ 2,934


24.5%

15.8%

16.0%

7.5%









Mainline


$ 5,939


16.3%

12.5%

12.4%

3.4%

Regional


1,471


13.9%

6.7%

5.5%

6.8%









Consolidated


$ 7,410


15.8%

11.5%

11.3%

3.8%










Cargo revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 13.6 percent, or $37 million, year-over-year on a pro forma basis driven by an increase in fuel surcharges and strength in yields.

Other revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 8.0 percent, or $53 million, year-over-year on a pro forma basis driven by continued growth in ancillary revenue.

Fourth-Quarter Costs

Total consolidated expenses for the fourth quarter of 2010, excluding special items, increased $740 million or 10.2 percent compared to the pro forma results for the fourth quarter of 2009, of which $438 million was due to higher fuel costs. Fourth-quarter 2010 consolidated expenses, excluding fuel, profit-sharing programs and special items, increased $317 million or 6.0 percent year-over-year on a pro forma basis on 3.8 percent higher capacity. Total consolidated expenses increased $1.1 billion or 15.0 percent compared to the pro forma results for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Consolidated costs per available seat mile (CASM), excluding special items, increased 6.1 percent and mainline CASM, excluding special items, increased 6.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the pro forma results for the same period last year. Fourth-quarter 2010 consolidated and mainline CASM increased 10.9 and 12.3 percent year-over-year on a pro forma basis, respectively.

On a pro forma basis, consolidated fuel prices, excluding the impact of hedges, for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 17.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, while consolidated fuel consumption increased 3.3 percent year-over-year on a pro forma basis.

In the fourth quarter, consolidated CASM excluding special items and holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant increased 1.0 percent and mainline CASM excluding special items and holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant increased 1.1 percent compared to the pro forma results for the same period of 2009. Fourth quarter 2010 includes $130 million of expense related to the execution of the trans-Atlantic joint venture for the first nine months of 2010.

"Our fourth-quarter results demonstrate the great job our entire team did operating efficiently and controlling costs despite numerous challenges throughout the quarter," said Zane Rowe, UAL's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We remain focused on achieving our goal of sustained profitability and this quarter's results are another step in the right direction."

Fourth-Quarter Liquidity

UAL ended the year with $8.7 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. During the fourth quarter, the company generated approximately $106 million of operating cash flow, made scheduled debt and net capital lease payments of $527 million and had gross capital expenditures of $257 million. In October 2010, Continental issued $427 million of enhanced equipment trust certificates securities at a blended annual interest rate of 4.88 percent. During the quarter, $175 million of Continental convertible debt was converted into UAL equity. In addition, the company pre-paid $148 million of debt in January of 2011.

Merger Integration

Since closing the merger on Oct. 1, 2010, United and Continental continued to make significant progress integrating the two carriers. The company has already repainted more than 200 aircraft in the new United livery, selected key technology platforms and begun the process of integrating information technology systems, and continued to co-locate check-in and ticket counter facilities to streamline operations that began when Continental joined Star Alliance in 2009. The carriers are now co-located at 22 airports, including the company's hubs at Chicago, Denver, Houston, Narita and New York/Newark Liberty. The carriers also made strides to align several employee programs, announcing new on-time incentive and perfect attendance programs.

Notable 2010 Accomplishments

  • On Oct. 1, 2010, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc. merged with Continental, creating a world-class global airline.
  • Based on preliminary numbers, UAL anticipates that its carriers will lead their network peers in on time performance for domestic scheduled flights. For the calendar year 2010, United recorded an on-time arrival rate (flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time) as measured by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for U.S. domestic scheduled flights of 85.2 percent and a systemwide mainline segment completion factor of 98.5 percent. Continental recorded an on-time arrival rate as measured by DOT of 81.4 percent for U.S. domestic scheduled flights and a systemwide mainline segment completion factor of 99.0 percent for the year.
  • United expanded its worldwide network by launching service to Africa with daily nonstop flights between Washington Dulles and Accra, Ghana, with continuing service to Lagos, Nigeria. Continental inaugurated service between New York/Newark and Munich and between Orange County and Hawaii, and announced new flights to Auckland, New Zealand and Lagos, Nigeria, from its Houston hub and service between New York/Newark and Cairo, Egypt.
  • The airlines continued to reconfigure their international aircraft with new lie-flat seats in first and business class. United has now reconfigured 53 of 91 aircraft (21 767s, eight 777s and 24 747s) in its international widebody fleet. Continental installed new BusinessFirst seats on its Boeing 777 and 757 aircraft, with 56 of 63 international aircraft (22 777s and 34 757s) now complete.Continental also continued its DIRECTV(R) installation, with the service now offered on 165 narrowbody aircraft.
  • The company bolstered its industry leading aircraft order book.United executed definitive agreements with Airbus for 25 Airbus A350 XWBs and with Boeing for 25 Boeing 787s. Continental placed into service 13 new fuel-efficient Boeing aircraft, leased three used Boeing 757-300s and removed from service three older, less efficient Boeing 737-300s.
  • The airlines introduced new products that offer travelers the option of customizing their travel experience with services they value, including Continental's extra legroom seating and FareLock and United's premium meal offerings on certain flights.
  • Continental concluded agreements on four new labor contracts including two with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters representing Continental's aircraft maintenance technicians and fleet service employees and two with the Transport Workers Union representing Continental's dispatchers and simulator engineers. In addition, in January 2011, the company reached a tentative agreement with the International Association of Machinists representing Continental's flight attendants.
  • Employees of the combined company earned cash incentive payments for operational performance totaling $67 million during 2010.
  • United demonstrated continued commitment to the advancement of alternative fuels by completing the first flight by a U.S. commercial airline using natural gas synthetic jet fuel, and became the first airline to conduct two trans-Atlantic flights using state-of-the-art flight planning to demonstrate the potential for fuel savings and carbon emission reductions.

About United Continental Holdings, Inc.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Together with United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection, these airlines operate a total of approximately 5,675 flights a day to 372 airports on six continents from their hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which offers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160 airports in 181 countries worldwide through its 27 member airlines. United and Continental's more than 80,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world.For more information about United Continental Holdings, Inc., go to unitedcontinentalholdings.com. For more information about the airlines, see united.com and continental.com, and follow each company on Twitter and Facebook.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain statements included in this release are forward-looking and thus reflect our current expectations and beliefs with respect to certain current and future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are and will be subject to many risks and uncertainties relating to our operations and business environment that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Words such as "expects," "will," "plans," "anticipates," "indicates," "believes," "forecast," "guidance," "outlook" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Additionally, forward-looking statements include statements which do not relate solely to historical facts, such as statements which identify uncertainties or trends, discuss the possible future effects of current known trends or uncertainties, or which indicate that the future effects of known trends or uncertainties cannot be predicted, guaranteed or assured. All forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to us on the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Our actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors including, without limitation, the following: our ability to comply with the terms of our various financing arrangements; the costs and availability of financing; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity; our ability to execute our operational plans; our ability to control our costs, including realizing benefits from our resource optimization efforts, cost reduction initiatives and fleet replacement programs; our ability to utilize our net operating losses; our ability to attract and retain customers; demand for transportation in the markets in which we operate; an outbreak of a disease that affects travel demand or travel behavior; demand for travel and the impact that global economic conditions have on customer travel patterns; excessive taxation and the inability to offset future taxable income; general economic conditions (including interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, investment or credit market conditions, crude oil prices, costs of aviation fuel and energy refining capacity in relevant markets); our ability to cost-effectively hedge against increases in the price of aviation fuel; any potential realized or unrealized gains or losses related to fuel or currency hedging programs; the effects of any hostilities, act of war or terrorist attack; the ability of other air carriers with whom we have alliances or partnerships to provide the services contemplated by the respective arrangements with such carriers; the costs and availability of aviation and other insurance; the costs associated with security measures and practices; industry consolidation or changes in airline alliances; competitive pressures on pricing and on demand; our capacity decisions and the capacity decisions of our competitors; U.S. or foreign governmental legislation, regulation and other actions (including open skies agreements); labor costs; our ability to maintain satisfactory labor relations and the results of the collective bargaining agreement process with our union groups; any disruptions to operations due to any potential actions by our labor groups; weather conditions; the possibility that expected merger synergies will not be realized or will not be realized within the expected time period; and other risks and uncertainties set forth under Item 1A., Risk Factors of Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC. Consequently, forward-looking statements should not be regarded as representations or warranties by us that such matters will be realized.

-tables attached-




UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

STATEMENT OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

REFLECTS PRO-FORMA CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FOR UAL AND CONTINENTAL AIRLINES FOR PERIODS PRIOR TO MERGER CLOSE


















Three Months



Twelve Months





Ended December 31,


%

Ended December 31,


%




2010

2009


Increase/

2010

2009


Increase/

(In millions, except per share data)

Actual

Pro Forma


(Decrease)

Pro Forma

Pro Forma


(Decrease)

Operating Revenue:








Passenger:













Mainline

$5,939

$5,107


16.3%


$23,928

$20,223


18.3%




Regional

1,471

1,292


13.9%


5,973

4,874


22.5%




Total Passenger Revenue

7,410

6,399


15.8%


29,901

25,097


19.1%



Cargo

310

273


13.6%


1,160

902


28.6%



Other

713

660


8.0%


2,952

2,609


13.1%




Total Operating Revenue

8,433

7,332


15.0%


34,013

28,608


18.9%















Operating Expenses:












Aircraft fuel

2,459

1,942


26.6%


9,558

7,201


32.7%



Salaries and related costs

1,822

1,743


4.5%


7,489

6,944


7.8%



Regional capacity purchase

602

589


2.2%


2,420

2,349


3.0%



Landing fees and other rentals

511

456


12.1%


1,978

1,872


5.7%



Depreciation and amortization

403

422


(4.5%)


1,544

1,545


(0.1%)



Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

386

380


1.6%


1,496

1,540


(2.9%)



Distribution costs

338

300


12.7%


1,387

1,207


14.9%



Aircraft rentals

256

254


0.8%


1,021

1,056


(3.3%)



Merger-related costs and special charges

482

172


NM


716

490


NM



Other

1,256

1,146


9.6%


4,586

4,421


3.7%




Total Operating Expenses

8,515

7,404


15.0%


32,195

28,625


12.5%















Operating Income (Loss)

(82)

(72)


13.9%


1,818

(17)


NM















Nonoperating Income (Expense):












Interest expense

(258)

(242)


6.6%


(1,046)

(892)


17.3%



Interest capitalized

8

10


(20.0%)


32

43


(25.6%)



Interest income

7

6


16.7%


21

31


(32.3%)



Other, net

-

28


(100.0%)


24

62


(61.3%)




Total Nonoperating Expense

(243)

(198)


22.7%


(969)

(756)


28.2%















Income (Loss) before Income Taxes and Equity in











Earnings of Affiliates

(325)

(270)


20.4%


849

(773)


NM


Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

1

(3)


NM


-

(49)


(100.0%)















Income (Loss) before Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

(326)

(267)


22.1%


849

(724)


NM



Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

1

1


0.0%


5

6


(16.7%)


Net Income (Loss)

($325)

($266)


22.2%


$854

($718)


NM















Earnings (Loss) per share, basic

($1.01)

($0.85)


18.8%


$2.69

($2.51)


NM


Earnings (Loss) per share, diluted

($1.01)

($0.85)


18.8%


$2.35

($2.51)


NM















Weighted average shares, basic

322

312


3.2%


317

286


10.8%


Weighted average shares, diluted

322

312


3.2%


378

286


32.2%















NM


Not meaningful.













UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

STATEMENT OF CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

GAAP RESULTS - REFLECTS UAL STANDALONE RESULTS FOR PERIODS PRIOR TO MERGER CLOSE











Three Months

Twelve Months



Ended December 31,


Ended December 31,





2010

2009


2010

2009


(In millions, except per share data)

Actual

Actual


Actual

Actual


Operating Revenue:






Passenger:









Mainline

$5,939

$2,860


$16,069

$11,313




Regional

1,471

765


4,229

2,884




Total Passenger Revenue

7,410

3,625


20,298

14,197



Cargo

310

166


832

536



Other

713

402


2,099

1,602




Total Operating Revenue

8,433

4,193


23,229

16,335











Operating Expenses:








Aircraft fuel

2,459

1,112


6,687

4,204



Salaries and related costs

1,822

974


5,002

3,919



Regional capacity purchase

602

388


1,812

1,523



Landing fees and other rentals

511

257


1,307

1,011



Depreciation and amortization

403

232


1,079

917



Aircraft maintenance materials and outside repairs

386

247


1,115

965



Distribution costs

338

165


912

670



Aircraft rentals

256

81


500

346



Merger-related costs and special charges

482

124


669

374



Other

1,256

687


3,170

2,567




Total Operating Expenses

8,515

4,267


22,253

16,496











Operating Income (Loss)

(82)

(74)


976

(161)











Nonoperating Income (Expense):








Interest expense

(258)

(162)


(798)

(577)



Interest capitalized

8

2


15

10



Interest income

7

4


15

19



Other, net

-

18


42

37




Total Nonoperating Expense

(243)

(138)


(726)

(511)











Income (Loss) before Income Taxes and Equity in







Earnings of Affiliates

(325)

(212)


250

(672)


Income Tax Expense (Benefit)

1

29


-

(17)











Income (Loss) before Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

(326)

(241)


250

(655)



Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

1

1


3

4


Net Income (Loss)

($325)

($240)


$253

($651)











Earnings (Loss) per share, basic

($1.01)

($1.44)


$1.22

($4.32)


Earnings (Loss) per share, diluted

($1.01)

($1.44)


$1.08

($4.32)











Weighted average shares, basic

322

167


207

151


Weighted average shares, diluted

322

167


253

151











NM

Not meaningful.









UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)















(A)

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is a holding company and its principal, wholly owned subsidiaries are United Air Lines, Inc. ("United") and, effective October 1, 2010, Continental Airlines, Inc. ("Continental"). Continental became a subsidiary of UAL as a result of a merger transaction. As a consequence of the merger, UAL Corporation changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. Included in this investor release are pro forma financial statements for the combined company from first quarter 2009 through third quarter 2010. The pro forma financial statements have been prepared based upon assumptions outlined in our Investor Update filed with our Form 8-K dated November 22, 2010. Pro forma results updated to include revised estimates of purchase accounting adjustments, will be included in the Company's annual 10-K filing. These pro forma financial statements have been adjusted to reflect new income statement classifications, as well as estimates of the impact of the acquisition method of accounting on earnings.















(B)

Special items include the following:















Three Months


Twelve Months Ended





Ended December 31,


Ended December 31,





2010

2009



2010

2009




(In millions)


Actual

Pro Forma




Pro Forma

Pro Forma





Merger-related costs


$493

$ -




$594

$ -


















Intangible asset impairments


29

12




29

162





Aircraft and spare parts impairments


24

110




142

182





Total impairments


53

122




171

344





LAX municipal bond litigation


-

-




-

27





Lease termination and other special charges


-

50




15

119





Reversal of income tax valuation allowance


(64)

-




(64)

-





Total merger-related costs and special charges


482

172




716

490


















Severance


-

10




1

33





Employee benefit adjustments


-

(2)




-

(35)





(Gain) Loss on asset sales


-

-




15

(11)





Accelerated depreciation related to early asset retirement


-

10




13

48





Operating non-cash net mark-to-market ("MTM") (gains) losses on undesignated fuel hedges


14

(65)




32

(586)


















Total special items operating impact


496

125




777

(61)


















Non-operating non-cash net MTM (gains) on undesignated fuel hedges


-

(38)




-

(279)





Total special items impact on net income before taxes


496

87




777

(340)





Income tax benefit


(11)

(8)




(12)

(54)





Special items, net of tax


$485

$79




$765

($394)

















(C)

Income taxes for the three months ended December 31, 2010, consisted primarily of $11 million of tax benefit related to the impairment of certain indefinite lived intangible assets and $12 million of state and other income tax expense. Effective tax rates differ from the federal statutory rate of 35% primarily due to the following: changes in the valuation allowance, expenses that are not deductible for federal income tax purposes and state income taxes. We are required to provide a valuation allowance for our deferred tax assets in excess of deferred tax liabilities because UAL concluded that it is more likely than not that such deferred tax assets will ultimately not be realized. As a result, pre-tax losses for the three and twelve months ending December 31, 2009 and the three months ending December 31, 2010 were not reduced by any tax benefits except for certain tax benefits resulting from the disposal and impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets. Conversely, we also did not record any provision for income taxes on our pre-tax income for the twelve months ending December 31, 2010 because we utilized a portion of the net operating loss carryforwards for which we had not previously recognized a benefit.


The pro forma results for three and twelve months ended December 31, 2009 include $32 million of income tax benefit to reflect the intraperiod tax allocation between loss from continuing operations and other comprehensive income.




UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)










(D)

UAL's results of operations include aircraft fuel expense for both mainline and regional jet operations.




Year-Over-Year Impact of Fuel Expense




United Mainline and Regional Affiliates Operations











Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



(In millions, except per gallon)


December 31,

%

December 31,

%




2010

2009

Increase/

2010

2009

Increase/




Actual

Pro Forma

(Decrease)

Pro Forma

Pro Forma

(Decrease)


Total mainline fuel expense


$1,989

$1,557

27.7%

$7,760

$5,872

32.2%


Exclude impact of non-cash net MTM gains (losses)


(14)

65

NM

(32)

586

NM


Mainline fuel expense excluding MTM impact


1,975

1,622

21.8%

7,728

6,458

19.7%


Add: Regional fuel expense


470

385

22.1%

1,798

1,329

35.3%


Consolidated fuel expense excluding MTM impact


2,445

2,007

21.8%

9,526

7,787

22.3%


Exclude impact of fuel hedge settlements


18

21

(14.3%)

(93)

(458)

(79.7%)


Consolidated fuel expense excluding hedge impacts (a) (b)


$2,463

$2,028

21.4%

$9,433

$7,329

28.7%











Mainline fuel consumption (gallons)


818

796

2.8%

3,333

3,337

(0.1%)


Mainline average jet fuel price per gallon (cents)


243.2

195.6

24.3%

232.8

176.0

32.3%


Mainline average jet fuel price per gallon excluding non-cash net MTM impact (cents)


241.4

203.8

18.4%

231.9

193.5

19.8%


Mainline average jet fuel price per gallon excluding fuel hedge impacts (cents)


243.6

206.4

18.0%

229.1

179.8

27.4%











Regional fuel consumption (gallons)


183

173

5.8%

739

682

8.4%


Regional average jet fuel price per gallon (cents)


256.8

222.5

15.4%

243.3

194.9

24.8%











Consolidated consumption (gallons)


1,001

969

3.3%

4,072

4,019

1.3%


Consolidated average jet fuel price per gallon (cents)


245.7

200.4

22.6%

234.7

179.2

31.0%


Consolidated average jet fuel price per gallon excluding non-cash net MTM impact (cents)


244.3

207.1

18.0%

233.9

193.8

20.7%


Consolidated average jet fuel price per gallon excluding fuel hedge impacts (cents)


246.1

209.3

17.6%

231.7

182.4

27.0%











(a) See Note (F) for further information related to fuel hedging and non-GAAP measures.


(b) Beginning April 1, 2010, UAL designated substantially all of its outstanding fuel derivative contracts as cash flow hedges under GAAP. As of December 31, 2010, UAL has recognized $254 million of accumulated other comprehensive gains on its balance sheet for these designated hedges.

(E)

UAL has contractual relationships with various regional carriers to provide regional jet and turboprop service branded as United Express and Continental Express. Under these agreements, UAL pays the regional carriers contractually agreed fees for crew expenses, maintenance expenses and other costs of operating these flights. These costs include aircraft rent of $160 million for the three months ended December 31, 2010, of which $106 million and $54 million is included in regional capacity purchase expense and aircraft rentals, respectively, in our Statements of Consolidated Operations.



UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

CONSOLIDATED NOTES (UNAUDITED)










(F)

Pursuant to SEC Regulation G, UAL has included the following reconciliation of reported non-GAAP financial measures to comparable financial measures reported on a GAAP basis. UAL believes that excluding fuel costs from certain measures is useful to investors because it provides an additional measure of management's performance excluding the effects of a significant cost item over which management has limited influence. UAL also believes that adjusting for special items, and other items unusual or infrequent in nature, is useful to investors because they are non-recurring items not indicative of UAL's on-going performance. UAL began to apply cash flow hedge accounting effective April 1, 2010. Prior to the designation of fuel hedge instruments as cash flow hedges, MTM gains and losses were immediately recognized in fuel expense. UAL believes that the net fuel hedge adjustments provide management and investors with a better perspective of its performance and comparison to its peers because the adjustments reflect the economic fuel cost during the periods presented and many of our peers apply cash flow hedge accounting.










Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,



2010


2009


2010


2009

(in millions)

Actual


Pro Forma


Pro Forma


Pro Forma

Consolidated Operating Expenses

$8,515


$7,404


$32,195


$28,625

Special items:









Merger-related costs

(493)


-


(594)


-


Impairments

(53)


(122)


(171)


(344)


Other special charges

64


(68)


20


(181)


Non-cash net fuel MTM impact

(14)


65


(32)


586

Consolidated operating expenses, excluding special items

8,019


7,279


31,418


28,686


Consolidated fuel expense (excluding non-cash net MTM impact)

(2,445)


(2,007)


(9,526)


(7,787)


Profit sharing programs, including taxes

(13)


(28)


(290)


(28)

Consolidated operating expenses, excluding fuel, profit-








sharing programs and special items

$5,561


$5,244


$21,602


$20,871








Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,



2010


2009


2010


2009

(in millions)

Actual


Pro Forma


Pro Forma


Pro Forma

Net Income (Loss)

($325)


($266)


$854


($718)

Special items:









Merger-related costs

493


-


594


-


Impairments

53


122


171


344


Other special charges

(64)


68


(20)


181


Non-cash net fuel MTM impact

14


(103)


32


(865)


Less: income tax benefit

(11)


(8)


(12)


(54)

Net Income (Loss), excluding special items

$160


($187)


$1,619


($1,112)












Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2010


2009


2010


2009



Actual


Pro Forma


Pro Forma


Pro Forma

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

($1.01)


($0.85)


$2.35


($2.51)

Special Items:









Merger-related costs

1.53


-


1.57


-


Impairments

0.16


0.39


0.45


1.20


Other special charges

(0.20)


0.22


(0.05)


0.63


Non-cash net fuel MTM impact

0.04


(0.33)


0.08


(3.02)


Income tax benefit

(0.03)


(0.03)


(0.03)


(0.19)


Impact of dilution

(0.05)


-


(0.07)


-

Diluted earnings (loss) per share, excluding special items

$0.44


($0.60)


$4.30


($3.89)



UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES












Three Months



Twelve Months





Ended December 31,

%

Ended December 31,

%




2010

2009

Increase/

2010

2009

Increase/

CASM Mainline Operations (cents)

Actual

Pro Forma

(Decrease)

Pro Forma

Pro Forma

(Decrease)


Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

13.02

11.59

12.3%


12.00

10.69

12.3%



Less: Special items

(0.92)

(0.21)

338.1%


(0.35)

0.04

NM


CASM, excluding special items

12.10

11.38

6.3%


11.65

10.73

8.6%



Less: Fuel cost per available seat mile

(3.65)

(3.10)

17.7%


(3.51)

(2.94)

19.4%


CASM, excluding special items and fuel

8.45

8.28

2.1%


8.14

7.79

4.5%



Less: Profit sharing cost per available seat mile

(0.03)

(0.06)

(50.0%)


(0.13)

(0.01)

NM


CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing

8.42

8.22

2.4%


8.01

7.78

3.0%



Add: Profit sharing held constant at prior year expense










per available seat mile

-

0.06

NM


-

0.01

NM



Add: Current year fuel cost at prior year fuel










price per available seat mile

3.08

-

NM

2.93

-

NM



Add: Prior year fuel cost per available seat mile

-

3.10

NM


-

2.94

NM


CASM, holding fuel and profit sharing constant and excluding









special items

11.50

11.38

1.1%

10.94

10.73

2.0%











CASM Consolidated Operations (cents)









Cost per available seat mile (CASM)

13.68

12.34

10.9%


12.72

11.43

11.3%



Less: Special items

(0.80)

(0.20)

300.0%


(0.31)

0.02

NM


CASM, excluding special items

12.88

12.14

6.1%


12.41

11.45

8.4%



Less: Fuel cost per available seat mile

(3.93)

(3.35)

17.3%


(3.76)

(3.10)

21.3%


CASM, excluding special items and fuel

8.95

8.79

1.8%


8.65

8.35

3.6%



Less: Profit sharing cost per available seat mile

(0.02)

(0.05)

(60.0%)


(0.11)

(0.02)

450.0%


CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing

8.93

8.74

2.2%


8.54

8.33

2.5%



Add: Profit sharing held constant at prior year expense










per available seat mile

-

0.05

NM


-

0.02

NM



Add: Current year fuel cost at prior year fuel










price per available seat mile

3.33

-

NM

3.12

-

NM



Add: Prior year fuel cost per available seat mile

-

3.35

NM


-

3.10

NM


CASM, holding fuel and profit sharing constant and excluding









special items

12.26

12.14

1.0%

11.66

11.45

1.8%



UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

STATISTICS












Three Months




Twelve Months




Ended December 31,

%


Ended December 31,


%


2010

2009

Increase/


2010

2009


Increase/



Actual

Pro Forma

(Decrease)


Pro Forma

Pro Forma


(Decrease)

Mainline Operations:










Passengers (thousands)

24,417

24,199


0.9%


99,452

101,751


(2.3%)


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

44,750

43,240


3.5%


184,580

180,404


2.3%


Available seat miles (millions)

54,104

52,333


3.4%


220,060

220,303


(0.1%)


Cargo ton miles (millions)

755

760


(0.7%)


3,002

2,552


17.6%













Passenger load factor











Mainline

82.7%

82.6%


0.1 pts.


83.9%

81.9%


2.0pts.


Domestic

83.8%

83.5%


0.3pts.


84.9%

84.1%


0.8pts.


International

81.5%

81.6%


(0.1)pts.


82.8%

79.3%


3.5pts.













Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

10.98

9.76


12.5%


10.87

9.18


18.4%


Total revenue per available seat mile (cents)

12.87

11.54


11.5%


12.74

10.77


18.3%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

13.27

11.81


12.4%


12.96

11.21


15.6%


Average fare per passenger

$243.23

$211.04


15.3%


$240.60

$198.75


21.1%













Cost per available seat mile (CASM) (cents):











CASM (a)

13.02

11.59


12.3%


12.00

10.69


12.3%


CASM, excluding special items

12.10

11.38


6.3%


11.65

10.73


8.6%


CASM, excluding special items and fuel

8.45

8.28


2.1%


8.14

7.79


4.5%


CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing (b)

8.42

8.22


2.4%


8.01

7.78


3.0%


CASM, holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant, excluding











special items and non-cash net MTM impact (b)

11.50

11.38


1.1%


10.94

10.73


2.0%













Average price per gallon of jet fuel (cents) (c)

243.2

195.6


24.3%


232.8

176.0


32.3%


Average price per gallon of jet fuel excluding non-cash











net MTM impact (cents) (b)

241.4

203.8


18.4%


231.9

193.5


19.8%


Average price per gallon of jet fuel excluding fuel











hedge impact (cents) (b)

243.6

206.4


18.0%


229.1

179.8


27.4%


Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

818

796


2.8%


3,333

3,337


(0.1%)













Aircraft in fleet at end of period

710

697


1.9%


710

697


1.9%


Average stage length (miles) (d)

1,777

1,721


3.3%


1,792

1,715


4.5%


Average daily utilization of each aircraft (hours)

10:24

10:26


(0.3%)


10:46

10:43


0.5%












(a)

Includes impact of merger-related costs and special items.

(b)

These financial measures provide management and investors the ability to monitor the Company's performance on a consistent basis.

(c)

Fuel price per gallon includes aircraft fuel and related taxes.

(d)

Average stage length equals the average distance a seat travels adjusted for size of aircraft (available seat miles/seats).



UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (Formerly UAL Corporation)

STATISTICS (Continued)














Three Months




Twelve Months





Ended December 31,

%


Ended December 31,


%



2010

2009

Increase/


2010

2009


Increase/



Actual

Pro Forma

(Decrease)


Pro Forma

Pro Forma


(Decrease)

Regional Affiliates:











Passengers (thousands)

11,316

10,774


5.0%


46,098

42,581


8.3%


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

6,337

5,874


7.9%


25,961

23,082


12.5%


Available seat miles (millions)

8,160

7,643


6.8%


33,034

30,126


9.7%


Passenger load factor

77.7%

76.9%


0.8pts.


78.6%

76.6%


2.0 pts.


Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

18.03

16.90


6.7%


18.08

16.18


11.7%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

23.21

22.00


5.5%


23.01

21.12


8.9%


Aircraft in fleet at end of period

552

556


(0.7%)


552

556


(0.7%)


Average stage length (miles) (d)

528

505


4.6%


528

499


5.8%












Consolidated Operations (Mainline and Regional Affiliates):











Passengers (thousands)

35,733

34,973


2.2%


145,550

144,332


0.8%


Revenue passenger miles (millions)

51,087

49,114


4.0%


210,541

203,486


3.5%


Available seat miles (millions)

62,264

59,976


3.8%


253,094

250,429


1.1%


Passenger load factor

82.0%

81.9%


0.1pts.


83.2%

81.3%


1.9pts.


Passenger revenue per available seat mile (cents)

11.90

10.67


11.5%


11.81

10.02


17.9%


Total revenue per available seat miles (cents)

13.54

12.22


10.8%


13.44

11.42


17.7%


Average yield per revenue passenger mile (cents)

14.50

13.03


11.3%


14.20

12.33


15.2%













CASM (a)

13.68

12.34


10.9%


12.72

11.43


11.3%


CASM, excluding special items

12.88

12.14


6.1%


12.41

11.45


8.4%


CASM, excluding special items and fuel

8.95

8.79


1.8%


8.65

8.35


3.6%


CASM, excluding special items, fuel and profit sharing (b)

8.93

8.74


2.2%


8.54

8.33


2.5%


CASM, holding fuel rate and profit sharing constant and excluding











special items (b)

12.26

12.14


1.0%


11.66

11.45


1.8%













Average price per gallon of jet fuel (cents) (c)

245.7

200.4


22.6%


234.7

179.2


31.0%


Average price per gallon of jet fuel excluding non-cash











net MTM impact (cents) (c)

244.3

207.1


18.0%


233.9

193.8


20.7%


Average price per gallon of jet fuel excluding fuel











hedge impacts (cents) (c)

246.1

209.3


17.6%


231.7

182.4


27.0%


Fuel gallons consumed (millions)

1,001

969


3.3%


4,072

4,019


1.3%


Average full-time equivalent employees (thousands)

80.8

81.7


(1.1%)


81.5

83.6


(2.5%)












(a)

Includes impact of merger-related costs and special items.

(b)

These financial measures provide management and investors the ability to monitor the Company's performance on a consistent basis.


(c)

Fuel price per gallon includes aircraft fuel and related taxes.










(d)

Average stage length equals the average distance a seat travels adjusted for size of aircraft (available seat miles/seats).


SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.





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