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Willis Lease Finance Reports Second Quarter Pretax Profit Grew 76% to $10.2 Million

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NOVATO, Calif., Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Lease Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:WLFC) today reported that pretax income grew 76% to $10.2 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $5.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, on revenues of $67.8 million. The Company’s second quarter 2017 results were bolstered by continued strength in its core leasing business with 90% utilization at quarter end and $19.4 million of spare parts and equipment sales revenue, of which $12.9 million was generated by the sale of equipment. Net income attributable to common shareholders for the second quarter increased 68% to $5.7 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, from $3.4 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the second quarter 2016. Earnings in the second quarter included a $2.3 million non-cash write down of equipment and parts.

“We continue to drive strong pre-tax financial growth in 2017, and build the business for the future,” said Charles F. Willis, Chairman and CEO. “Our leasing business is delivering support and value for our customers at a time when engine shop visit activity is extremely high.”

“We believe we have a unique service offering and our customers are just beginning to see the value of our total platform,” said Brian R. Hole, President. “While leasing remains strong with utilization of 90% at quarter end and our trading business continues to become more efficient, we will focus on growth and delivering additional value worldwide through our subsidiaries, Willis Aeronautical Services and Willis Asset Management.”

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights:

  • Total revenue grew 36.7% to $67.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, from $49.6 million in the year ago period.

  • Average utilization in the second quarter of 2017 was 88% as compared to 89% in the preceding quarter. Utilization was 90% at the end of Q2 2017.

  • Second quarter lease rent revenue was $31.3 million, up 7.4% year-over-year.

  • Maintenance reserve revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2017 increased 40% to $43.8 million compared to $31.3 million in the year ago period.

  • The Company purchased $81.5 million and sold $21.2 million of assets in the second quarter of 2017.

  • The equipment portfolio grew 2.1% to $1.161 billion, from $1.137 billion at year end 2016, net of asset sales and depreciation expense.

  • Tangible book value per share increased 7% to $32.52 at June 30, 2017, as compared to $30.66 per share at December 31, 2016.

  • Under the Company’s five-year repurchase plan, the Company purchased a total of 114,833 shares of common stock in the quarter for $2.7 million.

  • The Company maintained $250 million of undrawn revolver capacity at June 30, 2017.
Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2017, Willis Lease had 217 commercial aircraft engines, 13 aircraft and 5 aircraft parts packages and other engine-related equipment in its lease portfolio, with a net book value of $1.161 billion, compared to 201 commercial aircraft engines, 10 aircraft, 5 aircraft parts packages, and other engine-related equipment in its lease portfolio, with a net book value of $1.081 billion a year ago. The Company’s funded debt-to-equity ratio was 4.40 to 1 at quarter end compared to 4.59 to 1 at December 31, 2016, and 4.47 to 1 a year ago.

Willis Lease Finance

Willis Lease Finance Corporation leases large and regional spare commercial aircraft engines, auxiliary power units and aircraft to airlines, aircraft engine manufacturers and maintenance, repair and overhaul providers in 120 countries. These leasing activities are integrated with engine and aircraft trading, engine lease pools and asset management services supported by cutting edge technology through its subsidiary Willis Asset Management, as well as various end-of-life solutions for aircraft, engines and aviation materials provided through its subsidiary, Willis Aeronautical Services, Inc.

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Do not unduly rely on forward-looking statements, which give only expectations about the future and are not guarantees. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update them. Our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to: the effects on the airline industry and the global economy of events such as terrorist activity, changes in oil prices and other disruptions to the world markets; trends in the airline industry and our ability to capitalize on those trends, including growth rates of markets and other economic factors; risks associated with owning and leasing jet engines and aircraft; our ability to successfully negotiate equipment purchases, sales and leases, to collect outstanding amounts due and to control costs and expenses; changes in interest rates and availability of capital, both to us and our customers; our ability to continue to meet the changing customer demands; regulatory changes affecting airline operations, aircraft maintenance, accounting standards and taxes; the market value of engines and other assets in our portfolio; and risks detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other continuing reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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