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Delta Announces December Quarter Profit

Delta Announces December Quarter Profit

Delta Air Lines has reported financial results for the December 2012 quarter.

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Key points include:

  • Net income for the December 2012 quarter was US$238 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, excluding special items. Results include the $100 million negative impact of Superstorm Sandy on airline and refinery operations.
  • Net income for 2012 was $1.6 billion, excluding special items, a $362 million increase over 2011.
  • GAAP net income was $7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the December 2012 quarter and $1.0 billion for 2012.
  • Unit revenues were up 4.3% for the quarter and the company’s unit revenue gains have outperformed the industry for 21 consecutive months.
  • 2012 results include $372 million in profit sharing expense, including $63 million in the December quarter, recognising Delta employees’ contributions toward meeting the company’s financial goals.
  • Adjusted net debt at the end of 2012 was $11.7 billion, a $5.3 billion reduction from 2009.

“Our December quarter profit caps off a successful 2012 for Delta with strong financial results, industry-leading operational performance, and across the board improvements in customer satisfaction,” said Richard Anderson, Chief Executive. “I want to thank our employees and I look forward to recognising them next month with $372 million of profit sharing for 2012.”

“We enter 2013 as a stronger airline, with initiatives in place to build on our 2012 success. In the year ahead, we will advance our position around the world and continue to build a better airline for our shareholders, customers and employees.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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