Brazil’s GOL reports record profits

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A., Brazil’s low-cost, low-fare airline, announced financial results for the third quarter of 2006 (3Q06).The following financial and operating information, unless otherwise indicated, is presented pursuant to US GAAP and in Brazilian Reais (R$), and comparisons refer to the third quarter of 2005 (3Q05).

  —Net income for the quarter was R$190.0mm (US$87.6mm), representing a
    17.5% net margin.  Earnings per share (EPS) was R$0.97 and earnings per
    ADS increased 41% to US$0.45.
  —Operating income increased 27.2% to R$233.1mm, representing an EBIT
    margin of 21.5%.  Net cash from operations increased by 75% to R$
    316.1mm. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled
  —Operating cost per ASK (CASK) increased 13.2% from 14.41 cents (R$) in
    3Q05 to 16.31 cents (R$) in 3Q06.  Non-fuel CASK increased 10.3% to
    9.44 cents (R$).
  —RPKs increased 56.3% from 2,627mm in 3Q05 to 4,107mm in 3Q06.  ASKs
    increased 46.1% from 3,565mm in 3Q05 to 5,210mm in 3Q06.  Average load
    factor increased 5.1 percentage points to 78.8%.  Average fares
    increased 11.7% from R$195 to R$217.  Net revenues totaled R$1.1bn,
    representing growth of 55.5%.  GOL’s domestic and international regular
    air transportation market-shares at the end of 3Q06 were 36% and 13%.
  —A net quarterly dividend payment of R$60.8mm (R$ 0.2939 net per share
    and US$0.1355 net per ADS) was approved at the September 15, 2006, and
    October 27, 2006, Board Meetings to be paid on November 14, 2006, as
    interest on shareholders’ equity and on December 26, 2006, as
    complementary dividends.
  —On-time arrivals and flight completion averaged 98% and 92% (ANAC)
    respectively, during 3Q06.