AMR Corporation Reports 2007 Net Profit of $504 Million

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AMR Corporation Reports 2007 Net Profit of $504 Million, Company's Second Consecutive Annual Profit and a $273 Million Improvement Over 2006 Results
Wednesday January 16, 9:00 am ET

RECORD FUEL PRICES CONTRIBUTE TO COMPANY'S $69 MILLION NET LOSS IN FOURTH QUARTER, COMPANY'S FIRST QUARTERLY LOSS SINCE FIRST QUARTER OF 2006

In Spite of Soaring Fuel Costs and Significant Weather Challenges, AMR Makes Progress in 2007 with Improved Profitability, Stronger Balance Sheet and Additional Investments to Improve its Products and Services

FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AMR Corporation (NYSE: AMR - News), the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., today reported a net loss of $69 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, or $0.28 per share.

The results for the fourth quarter of 2007 include the impact of several special items that were identified in AMR's Dec. 21 investor update and amounted to a cumulative positive impact of approximately $115 million, or $0.46 cents per diluted share. These items include: a $138 million gain on the sale of AMR's stake in ARINC; a $39 million gain to reflect the positive impact of the previously announced change to an 18-month expiration of AAdvantage® miles; and a $63 million charge associated with the retirement of 24 MD-80 aircraft that previously had been temporarily stored.

The current quarter results compare to a net profit of $17 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, or $0.07 per diluted share.

For all of 2007, AMR posted a net profit of $504 million, or $1.78 per diluted share. In addition to the special items from the fourth quarter, the full-year 2007 results also include the impact of a $30 million charge, disclosed in the third quarter, to reflect an adjustment for additional salary and benefit expense accruals related to years 2003 through 2006.

AMR's full-year 2007 results compare to a net profit of $231 million net profit, or $0.98 per diluted share, for all of 2006.

"Our employees overcame enormous challenges from unprecedented weather disruptions, air traffic control problems and record fuel prices to help our company take another important step forward in 2007. We earned our second straight annual profit, achieving our first back-to-back profitable years since 1999-2000, and made progress in many areas, including strengthening our balance sheet, focusing on customers, renewing our fleet, bolstering our network and investing in products and services," said AMR Chairman and CEO Gerard Arpey. "While record fuel prices contributed significantly to our fourth quarter loss -- our first quarterly loss after six straight profitable quarters -- they are a reminder of the challenges we must continue to overcome as we strive for consistent and adequate profitability. As we thank our employees for their efforts in 2007, it is also clear that we have more work ahead as we seek to maintain momentum in 2008 and beyond."

Operational Performance

American's mainline passenger revenue per available seat mile (unit revenue), excluding special items, increased by 4.5 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the year-ago quarter.

Mainline capacity, or total available seat miles, in the fourth quarter increased 0.4 percent compared to the same period in 2006. The year-over-year increase in capacity was largely the result of previously announced aircraft density initiatives, mitigated somewhat by weather-related cancellations. Fourth quarter mainline departures declined slightly year over year.

American's mainline load factor -- or the percentage of total seats filled -- was a record 80.2 percent during the fourth quarter, compared to 78.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006. American's fourth-quarter yield, which represents average fares paid, excluding special items, increased 2.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2006, its 11th consecutive quarter of year-over-year yield increases.

Excluding special items, AMR reported fourth quarter consolidated revenues of approximately $5.6 billion, an increase of 4.6 percent year over year.

American's mainline cost per available seat mile (unit cost) in the fourth quarter, excluding special items, increased 8.6 percent year over year. The largest contributor to the year-over-year increase in unit costs was fuel. In the fourth quarter, American paid $367 million more than it would have paid at fourth quarter 2006 fuel prices. Consolidated fuel expense in the fourth quarter was $412 million higher than it would have been at fourth quarter 2006 fuel prices.

Excluding fuel and special items, mainline unit costs in the fourth quarter increased by 0.6 percent year over year, largely reflecting a $44 million accrual in the fourth quarter for a one-time payment to eligible employees under the Company's broad-based variable compensation plans. For the full year, the accrual for the one-time payment totaled $67 million.

Arpey said the Company's Board of Directors had approved the one-time payment "in recognition of the collective effort of our employees and the special circumstances that existed in 2007." Each eligible American Airlines employee is expected to receive a payment of $800 under the Customer Service Component of the Company's Annual Incentive Plan (AIP). "This is a tangible way of saying 'thank you' for all that our employees did for our company in a challenging year," he said.

Balance Sheet Improvement

AMR continued to strengthen its balance sheet in the fourth quarter.

AMR ended the fourth quarter with $5.0 billion in cash and short-term investments, including a restricted balance of $428 million, compared to a balance of $5.2 billion in cash and short-term investments, including a restricted balance of $468 million, at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006. As previously disclosed, AMR paid off $865 million in debt in the fourth quarter, including scheduled debt payments and an unscheduled $545 million aircraft debt prepayment. Of the Company's $2.3 billion in debt payments for all of 2007, approximately $1 billion of those were prepayments.

AMR reduced Total Debt, which it defines as the aggregate of its long-term debt, capital lease obligations, the principal amount of airport facility tax-exempt bonds, and the present value of aircraft operating lease obligations, to $15.6 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to $18.4 billion a year earlier. AMR reduced Net Debt, which it defines as Total Debt less unrestricted cash and short-term investments, from $13.6 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006 to $11.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2007.

As a result of scheduled principal payments as well as prepayments, refinancings and other efforts to strengthen its balance sheet, AMR's net interest expense for 2007 was $174 million lower than in 2006, a 23.2 percent reduction.

As announced in October, AMR met its projected 2007 commitment to fund its defined benefit pension plans for employees by contributing $380 million to these plans through the first three quarters of the year. AMR has contributed nearly $2 billion to these plans since 2002, as the Company continues to meet this important commitment to employees. The Company's 2007 pension contributions, along with strong investment returns, higher market discount rates and legislative changes to the mandatory pilot retirement age, helped to improve the accumulated benefit obligation funded status of AMR's pension plans to 96 percent, up from 84 percent at the end of 2006.


Highlights
Fourth Quarter 2007 and Recent

* Since providing a fleet renewal update in October, American has
increased the number of additional Boeing 737-800s that will be
delivered in 2009 by 10 aircraft. Six of the 10 737s are part of
American's announced plan to accelerate the deliveries of 47
previously ordered 737s into the 2009-2012 timeframe, while the
other four 737s are incremental to the 47 aircraft. Including the 10
737s cited today, American so far has scheduled delivery of a total
of 23 737s throughout 2009 (representing 18 of the initial 47
aircraft and five incremental aircraft).
* American announced that it is offering complimentary Wi-Fi service
powered by T-Mobile to Admirals Club members and One-Day pass guests
visiting club locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. The
complimentary in-club service is part of American's continuing focus
on enhancing the value of the Admirals Club membership, and it
allows members a way to remain easily connected to work, home or
elsewhere when traveling.
* AMR announced plans to divest American Eagle, its wholly-owned
regional airline. AMR said that the divestiture of American Eagle is
intended to provide it with the structure, incentives and
opportunities to win new business and provide new opportunities for
its employees. AMR also said that it believes that the divestiture
will enable American to focus on its mainline business, while
ensuring American's continued access to cost-competitive regional
feed.
* American announced that it will begin nonstop service from Chicago's
O'Hare International Airport to Moscow's Domodedovo International
Airport on June 2, 2008. From Chicago, American is -- or soon will
be -- providing links to the world's key developing economies in
Russia, China, and India as well as the established markets of
Japan, Europe, and Latin America.
* American launched its inaugural nonstop service between New York's
John F. Kennedy International Airport and London's Stansted Airport.
American's second daily round trip between JFK and Stansted, to be
added in April 2008, will give customers the choice of an early or
late evening departure from New York to Stansted and a morning or
late afternoon departure from Stansted to New York.
* American launched new service from South Florida, including:
Miami-Barranquilla, Colombia; Ft. Lauderdale-Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic; and Ft. Lauderdale-San Jose, Costa Rica.
American also launched: Chicago-Buenos Aires, Argentina; DFW-Panama
City, Panama; and DFW-Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.


Third Quarter 2007

* American introduced DealFinder, a downloadable, computer desktop
tool that offers customers exclusive, targeted, discounted fares to
locations throughout American's network. The tool, available at
http://www.aa.com/dealfinder, searches for the lowest fares,
allowing customers to spend less time planning travel.
* American continued to grow and enhance its New York service into
Europe, announcing that it will begin two new routes early in 2008
to Milan, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, from JFK, as well as a second
daily roundtrip between JFK and London's Stansted Airport. American
also unveiled its state-of-the-art, $1.3 billion terminal at JFK as
part of its continuing commitment to become the airline of choice in
the New York market.
* American, American Eagle and Texas Aero Engine Services Limited
(TAESL), an affiliated engine repair facility, received the coveted
Federal Aviation Administration's Diamond Award for excellence in
training their Aviation Maintenance Technicians (AMT).


Second Quarter 2007

* Overhaul & Maintenance Magazine honored American and the Transport
Workers Union (TWU) with its Outstanding Achievement Award for their
work together as partners to transform the airline's Maintenance &
Engineering organization from a cost center to a profit center.
* American announced plans to make upgrades on its entire fleet of 124
Boeing 757 aircraft, including installation of new seats, new cabin
interiors and updated in-flight entertainment systems.
* AMR continued to improve its balance sheet by refinancing the $442
million floating rate term loan portion of its credit facility,
refinancing $586 million in airport facility bonds and prepaying $48
million in aircraft debt.
* American announced and implemented a significant upgrade to AA.com
that offers customers a faster and easier way to shop for and
purchase travel. The new shopping and ticket purchase functionality
on AA.com empowers customers to quickly evaluate flight options by
providing a convenient display of schedule, price and levels of
service combinations.


First Quarter 2007

* AMR improved its balance sheet by paying down the $285 million
balance on its revolving credit facility and by prepaying $79
million in aircraft debt.
* AMR was honored by PLANSPONSOR Magazine as Corporate Plan Sponsor of
the Year for the Company's efforts to protect and preserve its
employees' defined benefit pension plans.
* American launched a new booking tool on AA.com that makes it easier
and more convenient for AAdvantage program members to redeem earned
miles for travel.


Guidance

Mainline and Consolidated Capacity

AMR expects its full-year mainline capacity to increase by 1.0 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, with a 0.4 percent reduction in domestic capacity and a 3.3 percent increase in international capacity. On a consolidated basis, AMR expects full-year capacity to increase by 0.9 percent in 2008 compared to 2007. Given that weather cancellations caused American to significantly under-fly its 2007 schedule, 2008 mainline capacity is expected to be roughly flat with 2007 levels on a schedule-to-schedule basis.

AMR expects mainline capacity in the first quarter of 2008 to increase 0.9 percent year over year. It expects consolidated capacity to increase 0.8 percent in the first quarter of 2008 compared to the prior-year period. However, mainline capacity and consolidated capacity in the first quarter of 2008 are expected to decline year over year on a schedule-to-schedule basis due to under-flying related to weather impact in the first quarter of 2007.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

While the cost of jet fuel remains volatile, as of now AMR is planning for an average system price of $2.64 per gallon in the first quarter of 2008 and $2.65 per gallon for all of 2008. AMR has 35 percent of its anticipated first quarter 2008 fuel consumption capped at an average crude equivalent of $77 per barrel (jet fuel equivalent of $2.21 per gallon), with 24 percent of its anticipated full-year consumption capped at an average crude equivalent of $79 per barrel (jet fuel equivalent of $2.31 per gallon). Consolidated consumption for the first quarter is expected to be 771 million gallons of jet fuel.

Mainline and Consolidated Unit Costs (Excluding the impact of special items)

For the first quarter of 2008, mainline unit costs are expected to increase 13.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007, while first quarter consolidated unit costs are expected to increase 12.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007.

In the first quarter of 2008, mainline unit costs excluding fuel are expected to increase 1.8 percent year over year while consolidated unit costs excluding fuel are expected to increase 1.7 percent from the first quarter of 2007.

Full-year mainline unit costs are expected to increase 8.6 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, while full-year consolidated unit costs are expected to increase 8.4 percent in 2008 compared to 2007.

AMR expects mainline unit costs excluding fuel to be 1.5 percent higher in 2008 versus 2007 while 2008 consolidated unit costs excluding fuel are expected to increase 1.4 percent year over year.
 
AMR is handing out checks for 800.00 to every eligible employee beginning today.

No profit sharing - but a nice gesture just the same.

From CEO Arpey:

While our 2007 earnings were not enough to trigger profit sharing, I'm very pleased to share with you that in recognition of the collective effort of the people of American Airlines, and the special circumstances that we battled in 2007, the AMR Board of Directors has approved a one-time payment under the Customer Service Component of the Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) of $800 for every eligible employee. Checks will begin arriving in the workplace today, and continue over the next few days. Please pick up your check from your supervisor along with our thanks and appreciation for a job well done.
 
AMR is handing out checks for 800.00 to every eligible employee beginning today.

No profit sharing - but a nice gesture just the same.

From CEO Arpey:

While our 2007 earnings were not enough to trigger profit sharing, I'm very pleased to share with you that in recognition of the collective effort of the people of American Airlines, and the special circumstances that we battled in 2007, the AMR Board of Directors has approved a one-time payment under the Customer Service Component of the Annual Incentive Plan (AIP) of $800 for every eligible employee. Checks will begin arriving in the workplace today, and continue over the next few days. Please pick up your check from your supervisor along with our thanks and appreciation for a job well done.

A nice classy gesture by American management. Kudos for giving your employees who have sacrificed so much a little extra in the form of a bonus.
 
I am excited and Happy. I hope this is a new way of thinking from management. May better things are coming. One can always Hope
 
I agree. This goes well above and beyond what profit sharing could have paid, and it's the flat payment I've advocated for years... My back of the napkin estimate would have been approx $8 per employee before taxes, assuming a flat payment to everyone.


Biggest item above: Pensions funded to 96% of obligations.

Debt down to half of what it was in 2003 -- $11B . Cash down to the $4.6B anticipated in the 8-K last month.
 
Nice gesture and the right thing to do. It is interesting it took until contract year to make it happen.
 
Good news for the employees of American and their families. I don't know if the cash bonuses to employees are going to make the Wall Street types happy or not, but it sure helps to boost faith in any employee where it once might have been lagging. I hope the good news of how well American Airlines has fared this past year, despite the very real rising fuel costs and atc/weather problems, isn't downplayed by all the "management is greedy" stuff you read, which I chalk up to as a part of traditional organized labor public relations tactics.
 
Now, the smart thing to do is take that 800 bucks and buy AMR stock with it. Every employee buying 800 bucks worth of stock - Imagine the headaches that will cause at HDQ! ;)
 
Good news for the employees of American and their families. I don't know if the cash bonuses to employees are going to make the Wall Street types happy or not, but it sure helps to boost faith in any employee where it once might have been lagging. I hope the good news of how well American Airlines has fared this past year, despite the very real rising fuel costs and atc/weather problems, isn't downplayed by all the "management is greedy" stuff you read, which I chalk up to as a part of traditional organized labor public relations tactics.

I realize this is almost $500 (after taxes - the other $300 is symbolic) we didn't have before today, but the first thing that came to mind re: the reasoning of the execs and the BOD was similar to the old joke about General Custer's last words: "Where did all these f****** Indians come from?"

Again, it's money we didn't have, but I can't shake the feeling of being thrown a bone then being told to shut up.
 
I realize this is almost $500 (after taxes - the other $300 is symbolic) we didn't have before today, but the first thing that came to mind re: the reasoning of the execs and the BOD was similar to the old joke about General Custer's last words: "Where did all these f****** Indians come from?"

Again, it's money we didn't have, but I can't shake the feeling of being thrown a bone then being told to shut up.

I know where you're coming from, but I'm trying to focus on the recognition and not the size of the bone.
 
Nice move by management. If I didn't know better, I'd think that maybe someone at HQ watched Alastair Sim in A Christmas Carol over the Holidays. Better late than never, although it would have been nice if they'd got religion at the end of 2003 instead of waiting four years. Won't make everything all better again, but certainly is an improvement in thinking.

And half a billion in net profit ain't bad, especially considering the lack of consolidation so far and the sky high rise in oil prices. If fuel cost in 2007 what it cost in 2003, the profit would have been several billion dollars.

Pensions funded to 96% ?!? Excellent news! Where's Boomer? I predicted that the pension funding would be close to 100% - it's nice to be right. B)
 
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